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Presented are 5 cases that have come to my attention
"Anyone who commits murder and then attempts to make it appear as a suicide should be sentenced to harsher penalties than would otherwise be warranted. Killing someone in this way is one of the more sinister things a person can do."
Homicides disguised as suicides. Family members of someone whose death is ruled a suicide suffer greatly as a result of the additional emotions involved in a death by suicide.
To follow are just the cases I have learned about and I suspect there are 100-1000 more for everyone I have heard of. As I learn of more I will post the information here. In one of the cases below, the killer was slick enough to get his girlfriend to write down everything that was depressing her in life just prior to murdering her. That note was then used by the police and medical examiner to justify their ruling of suicide. The guy planned it that diabolically. That is the case where the guy confessed after seeing the movie The Passion of Christ.
Finally, we need to collect DNA samples from everyone who dies, to insure that as many of these unsolved cases as possible are solved and do not remain cold cases for eternity. By burying people without taking these samples we stand to miss many cases being solved. In the case of Dennis Raider, the BTK Killer from Wichita KS, what if he had died in a car wreck and been buried. The BTK Killings would most likely not have ever been solved.
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On a lighter note, if I am ever found dead and it is ruled a suicide, you will know for sure it is a lie if they find any Little Debbie snacks still in my house. If they have a 12 step program for Little Debbie snacks contact me! With that in mind, please continue on and see the stories that have come to my attention. I will add new ones from older cases hopefully and not new ones. Truly devastating for an entire family.
Suicide Investigation Turns To Murder
LAKE WORTH, Texas -- Although Lake Worth police said they found a suicide note near the body of Kris Anna Lee, 57, investigators now are treating the case as a homicide.Lee's body was found July 6 inside her house in the small town northwest of Fort Worth. According to police, her grandsons, ages 16 and 18, found her body. The grandsons screamed for help, according to an NBC 5 report.
A neighbor responded to the calls for help."I knew CPR, so I was going to help her out as best I could," neighbor Melissa Baker said.
Lee was found shot to death. What appeared to be a rambling suicide note was close to her body.Baker said she knew some of the contents of the note, such as, " the family's lies and stuff like that, and how it wasn't the boys' fault," Baker said.
She also said the handwritten note contained a plea not to blame the grandsons in Lee's death.Lake Worth investigators said the message was not a genuine suicide note. They cited one piece of key evidence that led them to believe the case was a homicide.
Police said Lee's body had a gunshot wound to the back of her head."It's not the most likely or most probable place for somebody, if they're going to take their own life, to do a gunshot," said Brett McGuire, Lake Worth police chief.
Police said they are close to making arrests in the case, although they declined to name any suspects. Police are waiting for gun-residue and handwriting tests before concluding the investigation.Lee's mother, however, blamed the grandsons who found Lee's body.
"Those boys had to kill her, probably within the hour (of the discovery)," Virginia Haniwalt said. "And I think they probably had planned it because all her phones were disconnected."The grandsons said they have been wrongly accused. Haniwalt said her daughter, who she said was a Christian, would not have committed suicide because of her religious beliefs.
The grandsons said they simply found Lee's body. They have hired an attorney.If the case does turn out to be a homicide, it would be the first to occur in Lake Worth in about eight years.
2nd Story'Passion' inspires confession to murder
March 26, 2004
See a video of this story at the following link - Note: the quality is not that great but you can see and hear both the story and the mother of the victims thoughts about the situation, and the fact she never once believed it was a suicide. This goes to show that all deaths should be approached as a murder at all times, and suicide rulings should only be the last, final resort. See the video by clicking:
HOUSTON, TX -- A man who had gotten away with murder confessed to police after seeing "The Passion of the Christ" and talking with a spiritual adviser, authorities said.
Dan R. Leach's viewing of Mel Gibson's cinematic depiction of the last hours of Jesus, along with the discussion with a family friend, led him to walk into the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department earlier this month and confess to killing Ashley Nicole Wilson, Detective Mike Kubricht said.
A coroner had ruled her death by hanging a suicide,
Wilson's body was discovered Jan. 19 in her apartment near Richmond, southwest of Houston. All physical evidence pointed to suicide, Kubricht said, and the 19-year-old had gone off anti-depressant medications because she was pregnant.
The pregnancy apparently was the motive, Kubricht said, because Leach believed he was responsible and did not want to raise a child.
Leach, 21, wore gloves and left none of his own DNA behind, Kubricht said.
"He was very, very meticulous," Kubricht said. "It was very well-planned and well-executed."
Case 3 - Another Case of Mistaken Suicide Ruling maybe - 12/2004
A doctor who used to work for the U.S. Government died as a result of an experiment by fellow agents. His death was covered up and labeled a suicide as a result. Only many years later did the truth come out and the family was informed of this ill-planned experiment by his government co-workers. Dr. Frank Olson died a horrible death and his family suffered for years as a result. See more information about Dr. Olson, his family and the incident that occurred, as well as the continuing work of his son to share his Dads story with the world through a website dedicated to his Dad, on my "Favorite People" page. Very intriguing story.
5th Case, And It Gives Insight Into What Kurt Cobain's daughter Might Feel Like Growing Up Without Her Dad
Harold "Buddy" Vest
Herb Vest was not quite 2 years old when he lost his father. And, 58 years
later, the pain still lingered. Correspondent Harold Dow reports on this 48
Hours Mystery that was originally broadcast Feb. 12, 2005.
And still, there are more clues to be uncovered. Herb and his mother are
having additional DNA testing performed on the envelope containing Smith's
letter. The first tests found an unknown male's DNA on the flap.
Link to Complete Article: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/06/23/48hours/main703749_page2.shtml
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"Suicide: a permanent solution to a temporary
"Suicide: a permanent solution to a temporary problem."