Initial news reports stated Katelyn’s body was discovered with self-inflicted wounds outside her home at around 6 p.m. on Dec 30, 2016. Despite attempts to save her life, she was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.
Turns out, Katelyn used the Live.me application to live-stream her suicide, and the 42-minute video details her hanging herself from a tree. I am including the video below, but be warned, it’s a child committing suicide.
For those of you who don’t want to watch it, the first half of the video is Katelyn positioning the camera, measuring the rope she attaches to a tree and makes adjustments. During this section, the sun is shining and the ambient neighborhood noises of passing cars, birds and barking dogs can be heard in the background.
She then climbs on top of a bucket and fastens the noose around her neck. At 21:24, after taking several deep breaths and crying, Katelyn says an anguished “Goodbye” before stepping off the bucket. Now hanging by her neck, Katelyn’s arms and legs begin to jerk and kick for a short time.
For the remaining 20 minutes of the video, Katelyn’s body sways at the end of the rope as the sun goes down, as dogs bark in the background. After 10 minutes or so, you can hear Katelyn’s family calling for her and coming close to finding her on camera. The video ends as the sun disappears and Katelyn’s cell phone repeatedly rings.
The entire video is as surreal as it is tragic.
As for why Katelyn decided to kill herself, some of her reasons can be seen by checking out her online diary and Instagram account. According to her, she was already on medication for depression, had attempted suicide before, was a cutter, and was beaten by her stepfather who she also accused of trying to rape her.
UPDATE: VIDEO REMOVED PER REQUEST
Despite the hundreds of calls for us to remove the link to the video, the mass emails, the online petitions, threats, etc., I am removing the video ONLY because we were politely asked to by a detective investigating Katelyn’s death.
I don’t have to, but we have never done anything to hinder an active police investigation and have, on multiple occasions our members will be more than happy to talk about, helped in some police investigations.
For those of you who wanted this video down because of your feelings, or the feelings of the family, good luck getting it removed from the Internet. It ain’t gonna happen. Ever. The sooner you accept that, the better. Or, for some of you nutjobs who contacted me, enjoy your new online crusade.
For those of you who are just now seeing this article without the video, you can read the description above, but I wanted to add some details for any kids who may read this and think of doing the same.
Katelyn’s death was not quick and painless. The way she hanged herself, with the knot at the back of her neck and doing a short drop, is called a slow hanging. She felt the pain of the rope in her neck as well as the pain of her neck stretching. She probably did not die from asphyxiation, but rather from the rope pinching the Vagal nerve in her neck. This results in the Vagal reflex, which stops the heart.
Sometimes death can be within a few seconds – if you are lucky. Katelyn was not lucky – in life, or her chosen manner of death. The flopping of her arms people mention never reached for the noose around her neck was not a sign of determination, it is the symptom of her losing her motor reflexes. I’d imagine those arm movements you see WAS her attempt at reaching for the noose.
I’m not stating this to be cruel, I am stating this because it is a cold, hard fact. I didn’t know Katelyn. I don’t know if the accusations she made against her family members were true. What I do know is that she had issues that were not addressed. Whose fault that is, I have no clue and not here to judge. But I felt the video deserved to be seen.
We have multiple articles on the site regarding child suicides and in almost every case, people believe it is fake (which you can see in the following comments), that it doesn’t happen, or that it is murder disguised as suicide. Why? Because some people just cannot fathom a child purposefully blowing their brains out or hanging themselves from a tree. In this case, we had a girl with an active online profile who wanted her suicide to be seen. You see the beginning, the during, and the after.
I felt seeing the cold, hard truth of child suicide was better than sanitizing her death because of some people’s feelings. I still do. Some of you disagree, and that is within your right. I do not censor comments, even if they are negative towards me and the site. Unlike a lot of places today, I welcome discussion from all points of view – no matter how retarded some of you act.
But I truly feel that the video being seen, even if it means pain for her friends and family, could save lives.Tags: Crime, Georgia, Juvenile, Katelyn Davis, livestream, Suicide