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BREAKING: Kentucky Lawmaker Facing Sexual Assault Allegations Kills Himself

Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky, killed himself Wednesday night. He was 57.

Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said Johnson died of a single gunshot wound on Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Billings said Johnson stopped his car at the end of a bridge in a secluded area, then got out and walked to the front of the car. He said an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning.

“I would say it is probably suicide,” he said.

Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016, part of a wave of Republican victories that gave the GOP control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in nearly 100 years. He won his election despite Republican leaders urging him to drop out of the race after local media reported on some of his Facebook posts comparing Barack and Michelle Obama to monkeys.

“Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said Johnson died of a single gunshot wound on Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Billings said Johnson stopped his car at the end of a bridge in a secluded area, then got out and walked to the front of the car … “

The pastor of Heart of Fire church in Louisville, Johnson sponsored a number of bills having to do with religious liberty and teaching the Bible in public schools. But he was mostly out of the spotlight until Monday, when the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an account from a woman saying Johnson sexually assaulted her in the basement of his home in 2013.

At the time, the woman told police about the incident, who investigated but closed the case and did not file charges.

On Tuesday, Johnson held a news conference in the pulpit of his church, which he began by leading friends and family in singing a portion of the Christmas carol “O Come All Ye Faithful.” He said the allegations against him were “totally false” and said they were part of a nationwide strategy of defeating conservative Republicans. Read the rest of this entry »

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BREAKING: Michelle Carter Found GUILTY of Involuntary Manslaughter in Texting Suicide Trial

Emily Shapiro reports: Michelle Carter, a 20-year-old who was accused of urging her then-boyfriend to commit suicide three years ago, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by a Massachusetts judge.

Carter broke down crying in court, putting her head in her hands, before Judge Lawrence Moniz announced the verdict.

Conrad Roy was 18 when he died in July 2014 of carbon monoxide poisoning after locking himself in his truck.

The prosecution claimed Carter, then 17, was reckless and caused his death by telling Roy to get back in the car even though they say he didn’t want to die. Read the rest of this entry »


Hong Kong News Anchor Kelvin Tang Leaps to Death from High Rise Building the Morning Before Christmas

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Senior television journalist Kelvin Tang King-fai, once dubbed as Hong Kong’s ‘News Prince’, fell to his death the day before Christmas.

scmp.com reports: Shock among local journalists who knew Kelvin Tang from his heyday as a popular ATV news anchor during the 1990s

Senior television journalist Kelvin Tang King-fai, once dubbed as Hong Kong’s “News Prince”, fell to his death the day before Christmas.

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Police said officers received a report at 7.12 am on Thursday that a man had fallen from a residential building on Tai Yue Avenue in Tai Koo Shing, Quarry Bay. The man was unconscious when paramedics arrived and he was brought to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It’s not known if he jumped.

He was identified later as Tang, 51, a senior news anchor for Digital Broadcasting Corporation.

Tang graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism in the 1980s. He joined KTSF Television in San Francisco in the United States after graduation and returned to Hong Kong in 1992 to join Asia Television. Read the rest of this entry »


Jim Carrey’s Ex-Girlfriend Commits Suicide

Ethan Sacks Jim Carrey’s girlfriend committed suicide after breaking up with her high-profile boyfriend, TMZ is reporting.

Los Angeles police responding to a call Monday night discovered the body of Cathriona White after being called to the scene by worried friends, sources told the gossip site.

The 28-year-old Irish makeup artist, who had been dating the 53-year-old Carrey on and off since 2012, left a suicide note that mentioned the “Dumb and Dumber” star, who apparently broke up with her again last Thursday, according to the report.

Law enforcement sources are looking at an overdose of drugs as a cause.

The couple started dating in 2012, the Irish Independent first reported, but had reportedly ended their relationship several times since.

“I did go out with an Irish girl,” Carrey told the Irish newspaper in 2013. “We’re not seeing each other anymore. But she is lovely.” Read the rest of this entry »


Military Vets are Standing Watch on Pasadena’s So-Called ‘Suicide Bridge’ in Hopes of Preventing Veteran Suicides


‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Child Star Sawyer Sweeten Commits Suicide

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Ben Brumfield reports: Sawyer Sweeten grew up before the eyes of millions as a child star on the endearing family sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Early Thursday he committed suicide, his sister Madylin Sweeten said in a statement.

He was 19.

“We are devastated to report that our beloved brother, son, and friend, Sawyer Sweeten, took his own life. He was weeks away from his 20th birthday. At this sensitive time, our family requests privacy and we beg of you to reach out to the ones you love.”

“This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred,” Madylin Sweeten said in a statement passed on by her manager Dino May.

“We are devastated to report that our beloved brother, son, and friend, Sawyer Sweeten, took his own life. He was weeks away from his 20th birthday. At this sensitive time, our family requests privacy and we beg of you to reach out to the ones you love.”

Sweeten, best known for his role Geoffrey Barone, was visiting family in Texas, entertainment industry magazine Hollywood Reporter reported, where he is believed to have shot himself on the front porch.

Sawyer Sweeten was born in May 1995 in Brownwood, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: LOCKDOWN: U.S. Capitol on Lockdown After Reported Suicide

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The U.S. Capitol and the Capitol Visitors Center is on lockdown amid police activity on the scene, according to the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms Office.

Related to this incident, the U.S. Capitol Police are continuing to investigate the suspicious package on the lower West Terrace of the U.S. Capitol Building. They said the suspected shooter has been neutralized, but the U.S. Capitol Building has been locked down as a precautionary measure.

Frank Thorp, a NBC News producer and reporter, said Capitol staff has been instructed to shelter in place after reports of a man shooting himself in the vicinity of the Capitol.

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“The suspected shooter has been neutralized but the U.S. Capitol Building has been locked down as a precautionary measure.”

— Lt. Kimberly Schneider of the Capitol Police.

NBC News reporter Pete Williams said the suspected shooter has shot himself, and the package is a suitcase near the man. Williams reports police are searching for the man’s car.

A DC Alerts notification said police were conducting a suicide investigation in the 100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue….

Developing…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Police report shots fired on the west front of the Capitol in Washington and say the building has been locked down as a precaution. Read the rest of this entry »


Two Found Dead in Possible Murder-Suicide in Beverly Hills

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Police in Beverly Hills were investigating a possible murder-suicide on Wednesday night after a man and woman were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

Officers received a call around 4:24 p.m. from a residence in the 300 block of S. Elm Drive, according to Lt. Lincoln Hoshino with the Beverly Hills Police Department.

When they arrived, officers discovered the bodies of a man and a woman, Hoshino said.

Both victims had been shot.

No other information had been released.

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Good News from Japan: ‘We’re not killing ourselves as much as we were a few years ago’

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[AUDIO] Foreshadowing Suicidal Thoughts: April 2010 Interview with Robin Williams

This link suggested by our Los Angeles Bureau Chief, KABC reporter and Pundit Planet‘s West Coast Correspondent Robert Holguin.

My impression: In customary Robin Williams style, he’s displaying an internal dialogue between different parts of himself. Only this time it isn’t comic. It’s part of a thoughtful discussion about recovering from heart surgery, fear of death, and the unexpected appearance of suicidal thoughts, reflecting on how he responded to the mysterious internal ‘voice’ that suggested it.

It’s a provocative interview. Also, characteristically, funny, and spirited.

This interview took place on April 26, 2010. The relevant portion that Robert highlights starts at 52 minutes.

What’s striking to me about this part of the discussion is Williams’ self-awareness, and insight. Evidence of being rational.

It amplifies my instinct that Williams could, and should, have survived this rough patch. Under different circumstances, perhaps only by a fraction, he could have prevailed over the morbid, self-destructive (and impossible for any outsider to know) thoughts that led him to take his life.

In what appears to be (I just watched the press conference, the preliminary findings confirming suicide as cause of death) an extremely desperate act. Anyone who heard the description has to conclude, this was the actions of a man committed to succeeding in this effort to kill himself. Read the rest of this entry »


Vintage Japanese Painting of the Day: “The Tale of the Forty-Seven Loyal Warriors”

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“The tale of the forty-seven loyal warriors is based on events that took place inJapan in the years 1701-03. The warriors vowed to avenge the death of their master Lord Enya Hangan, who had been ordered to commit suicide as punishment for drawing his sword and attacking a high official in the palace. This official, who had in fact provoked Hangan, was the evil Moronao. Following two years of planning, the warriors (actually “ronin,” former samurai who have lost their master) finally killed Moronao in his home. A year later they too were ordered to perform ritual suicide. A dramatization of the actual events appeared on the Kabuki stage almost immediately. The best-known play, Chushingura, was written for the puppet theater in 1748.  Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1798-1861)”

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UPDATE: Seattle Police Deny Re-Opening Kurt Cobain Death Investigation: 4 Undeveloped Film Rolls Discovered in Evidence Vault

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UPDATE: Seattle Police are refuting the KIRO report, and in an effort to correct the record and quash rumors, are getting the message out that the KIRO news story is inaccurate. celebuzz.com disappoints conspiracy buffs with this headline: Despite What You’ve Heard, No the Seattle Police Department Has Not Reopened the Investigation into Kurt Cobain’s Death. SPD’s Twitter feed has the following:

Here’s the original KIRO report that started the controversy:

KIRO 7’s Casey McNerthney and Amy Clancy report: Nearly 20 years after Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain was found dead in his home near Lake Washington, Seattle police have reexamined the case.

Last month, police developed four rolls of film that had been sitting for years in a Seattle police evidence vault. The 35 mm film was processed by the King County Sheriff’s Office photo lab under high security.

“Kurt went up there for one purpose, which was to commit suicide. And I beleive he did not want to be found and be revived, so he wanted to make a sure way to kill himself…”

Though the pictures have a slight green tint because of deterioration, police say they more clearly show the scene than the earlier Polaroid photos taken by investigators. Police said the case was a suicide in 1994.

“…there were always these conspiracy theorists out there and so I was asked to look at the case and review it.”

— Detective Mike Ciesynski

kurt_cobain_1992“I was requested to look at the case because I’m a cold case detective because it is 20 years later and it’s a high media case,” said Detective Mike Ciesynski, who had the four rolls of film developed and conducted interviews. “And there were always these conspiracy theorists out there and so I was asked to look at the case and review it.”

Tonight only on KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Eleven at 11, we speak with the detective who re-investigated the case about the new details in the investigation.

“Kurt went up there for one purpose, which was to committ suicide,” Ciesynski said. “And I beleive he did not want to be found and be revived, so he wanted to make a sure way to kill himself.” Read the rest of this entry »


8 Suicides in High-Finance Sector Mystify Experts

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New York Post‘s Michael Gray writes: The financial world has been rattled by a rash of apparent suicides, with some of the best and brightest among the finance workers who have taken their lives since the start of the year.

“Jumping is much less common as a method for suicide in general, so I am struck by the number that have occurred in recent months in this industry…”

A majority of the eight suicides of 2014 have been very public demonstrations, which has suicide-prevention experts puzzled.

“The suicide-research literature doesn’t help very much with the question of why the method of these suicides is so out in the open.”

— Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Breaking: Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend Found Hanged in Apparent Suicide

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Fashion designer and model L’Wren Scott dead at 49

The NY Daily News reports: L’Wren Scott, the glamorous fashion designer and longtime lover of Mick Jagger, used a scarf to hang herself from a doorknob Monday in her Manhattan apartment.

The former model was found dead by her assistant around 10 a.m. — about an hour-and-a-half after Scott texted her to come over, police sources said.

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“This is a tragic incident, but this time of year can be very stressful for many people.”

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Man Leaps to His Death in Shopping Mall After Girlfriend Insists on More Shopping

CHINA – a 38-year-old man leaped to his death after an argument with his girlfriend who insisted they continue shopping. CCTV captured Tao Hsiao and his girlfriend in a mall in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, east China where they had reportedly been shopping for five hours or so before he hit his limit.

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Eyewitnesses said Hsiao could be heard telling his girlfriend that they already had more bags than they could carry, but she insisted on hitting one more store where there was a sale on shoes.

An eyewitness said: “He told her she already had enough shoes, more shoes that she could wear in a lifetime, and it was pointless buying any more. She started shouting at him, accusing him of being a skinflint, and of spoiling Christmas. It was a really heated argument.”

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Protecting Everyone From Themselves

Not so much to save lives as to forestall litigation

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I’ve encountered these hyper-saftey suicide-proof hotel windows! They suck! Oddly enough, the one place I can recall finding a hotel that didn’t have prison-like windows was in, of all places, Vancouver, Canada. I could walk right out on the balcony, like a free person, at my own risk. What luxury! It led me to speculate that Canadians are less litigation-crazy, and don’t have the compulsion to over-manage the safety of their guests. I’m glad to see someone address this, and use it as a basis to discuss what it represents. Check out Taki’s Magazine for Dalrymple‘s full essay. Here’s an excerpt:

Theodore Dalrymple writes:  Of recent years I have noticed something rather peculiar about hotels. Nowadays they treat their guests as if they were all potential suicides: that is to say, as if their first thought on arrival in their rooms was to jump out of the window. To protect against this mass suicidal mania of hotel guests, the hotels have installed windows that cannot be opened more than a few inches, which means that the rooms are stuffy and airless. Read the rest of this entry »