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A Mother’s Failed Suicide and the Drowning Deaths of her Children

In 1985, Japanese immigrant Fumiko Kimura tried to commit oyako-shinju or parent-child suicide, after learning of her husband’s infidelity. Pulled out of the water by passers-by, Kimura survived. Her two young children did not.

Justin Helzer of ‘Children of Thunder’ Cult Commits Suicide

Justin Helzer convicted in 2004 along with his brother Glen, both leaders of the Children of Thunder cult, for his part in the murders of five people. Trial documents held that the brothers committed the murders to bring joy, peace, love and Christ back to the world; that however never really worked out.

Teen Army Recruit Allegedly Killed by Suicidal Sergeant

Teen army recruit Michelle Miller, who was reportedly “smitten” with her much older recruiter, left home to help him when she thought he was in danger of hurting himself. In the morning, both were found dead.

Today in Crime History: Robert Anderson Commits Suicide

On March 30, 2003, while awaiting the results of his appeal, serial killer Robert Anderson committed suicide. Anderson was on death row for stalking and abducting women to torture, rape and murder with his friend.

Man Blows His Brains Out During Gun Safety Class — On Purpose

Bellevue, Washington, man Brian J. Parry, 50, seems to have taken advantage of a local gun safety class, intended to introduce people to the safe use of handguns, and used the opportunity to kill himself.

Woman Who Killed Grandmother With Kiwi Dies in Prison

Christina Black, 52, had been living in an Arizona prison since 1999, when she was sentenced to life for using a kiwi to kill her grandmother. Yesterday, Black, who had a reported history of “mental problems” was found dead at the Perryville prison complex in Goodyear.

Police Release Israel Keyes’ Creepy Bloodstained Suicide Note

Serial killer Israel Keyes was arrested on March 12, 2012 for the murder of Samantha Koenig, but soon revealed that he had killed as many as 12 people. Police tied him to only three murders before Keyes decided to kill himself. The following four-page note was found under his body, bloodstained and illegible.

Bethany Deaton Killed Herself, Says Accused Bible Cult Killer’s Attorney

Micah Moore, a member of a cult-like prayer group, was arraigned last week for murder of Bethany Deaton, the wife of the group’s spiritual leader, Tyler Deaton. Moore had allegedly confessed to killing Bethany in order to keep her from revealing the sexual abuse she was subjected to by members of the group. An attorney for Moore says Bethany committed suicide.

Mother Announces Murder and Attempted Suicide on Facebook

From our friends at the Daily Dot: After announcing it on Facebook, a Florida woman tried and failed to commit suicide after having shot and killed her 6-month-old son.

Teen Suicide and Social Media

In the pre-internet era, news of teenage indiscretions might travel around the high school hallways. Now they are broadcast to the world. Too often, the cyber-bullying of vulnerable teenage girls leads to self-mutiliation or even suicide. Two teenaged girls recently killed themselves after posting heart-wrenching messages on social media. On the flip side, another teen might have been saved by the online activist group Anonymous, who stepped in to defend a 15 year-old girl from cyber-bullies and trolls.

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