ELMWOOD PARK, NJ – Police say that 100-year-old Michael Juskin hacked his sleeping wife to death with an ax, becoming one of the oldest people ever accused of homicide, before killing himself with a knife.
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said late Sunday night, used an ax to murder 88-year-old Rosalia Juskin as she slept. Afterwards, he went into a bathroom and killed himself with a knife. Their bodies were found by a family member Monday morning.
Molinelli said Michael and Rosalia Juskin had a “history of domestic issues,” while family members have said that Michael suffered from dementia. “Sometimes he was lucid and sometimes he wasn’t,” the family member said.
Neighbors say they would often see Michael walking his dog and Rosalia tending her garden, but that they “kept to themselves.” Teresa Communicates said she spoke with Rosalia on occasion but that Michael “wasn’t the type to converse.”
Authorities are still investigating, but have yet to determine a motive for the murder-suicide. If there is a silver lining to this cloud, it’s that Michael Juskin may be the oldest person accused of murder.…
HUDSON, FL – A 13-year-old boy shot and killed his 6-year-old brother and wounded his 16-year-old brother before committing suicide, following a heated argument over food.
The three siblings were home alone Wednesday while their mother and an older brother were at work. At some point they were eating dinner and an argument broke out over food.
That’s when authorities say the 13-year-old retrieved a handgun and used it to fatally shoot his little brother. He then shot his older brother before turning the gun on himself.
The 16-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was able to call police. The scene was reportedly so grisly that a crisis intervention team was brought in for the responding deputies.
“This is a nightmare when you hear about the ages of these boys,” said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco. “A 6-year-old that was probably playing in his room, an argument over food, and he lost his life.”
Details regarding the argument, the names of those involved and how the boy was able to get his hands on a gun have not been released at this time.…
DUMONT, NJ – Students will return to Grant Elementary School this morning following the death of one of their classmates who jumped out of a classroom’s second-story window.
On Friday, around 20 fifth-graders and a lunch aide were in a classroom for lunch when the 10-year-old boy handed a note to a classmate he had been playing chess with.
He then walked over to an open window and, without saying a word to anyone, jumped out. The boy would die at the hospital from injuries he sustained from landing on a concrete sidewalk 25 feet below.
Officials have not released the boy’s name or the details contained in the note he handed his classmate. A law enforcement source did not describe it as a suicide note, but said suicide is one of the motives being investigated.
The boy hasn’t been at the school long, but another student said he fit in well and had lots of friends. Counselors have been made available for any students, parents or staff who need them.…
Jacobson was a popular photography instructor who had taught at the school for the last eight years. When some of her students tried to get inside her classroom they found the door was locked.
This was not normal for that time of day, so the students found another teacher who unlocked the door. That’s when they found Jacobson hanging from the ceiling. The teacher removed Jacobson and 911 was called.
“Paramedics performed life saving measures, however after several minutes the victim was declared deceased at the scene,” a Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District spokesman said in a statement. “The initial investigation indicates the cause of death to be suicide.”
Placentia police Lt. Eric Point said investigators have not located a suicide note. Several students said that Jacobson’s father had also committed suicide and that Jacobson had constantly advised her students against taking their own life.…
BONNEY LAKE, WA – Police say 36-year-old Sarah Cieslikowski fatally shot her her 16-year-old, wheelchair-bound daughter before shooting herself.
According to reports, Cieslikowski’s boyfriend called police after he found their bodies just after 10:30 p.m. Friday. Police say they found a note written by Cieslikowski.
The details of this note have not been released, but neighbors say Cieslikowski’s daughter was a special needs student at Bonney Lake High School and used a wheelchair.
Neighbors also said the mother and daughter could often be heard arguing outside whenever the school bus arrived.
“I’m not sure what kind of problems she had,” said Patsy Warner. “But she was disabled, for sure. I think she fought her mom, not to go to school or something.”
BOSTON, MA – Michelle Carter, 18, is facing involuntary manslaughter charges after investigators say she encouraged 18-year-old Conrad Roy to commit suicide last year.
Roy was found dead inside his truck behind a K-Mart last year. The teen had decided to kill himself and did so via carbon monoxide poisoning. After a lengthy investigation, it was revealed that Carter had “strongly influenced” Roy to kill himself.
After his body was found, police searched the teen’s cell phone and found thousands of text messages between him and Carter in the days leading to his death. The text messages continued up until the moments before he died.
“It is alleged that Ms. Carter had firsthand knowledge of Roy’s suicidal thoughts,” the district attorney’s office said. “Instead of attempting to assist him or notify his family or school officials, Ms. Carter is alleged to have strongly influenced his decision to take his own life, encouraged him to commit suicide and guided him in his engagement of activities which led to his death.”
And by encouraging Roy, they mean she basically instructed him to. …
KINGS MILL, OH – Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender, committed suicide by walking in front of a tractor trailer and left a letter in which she explains her decision to kill herself while also blaming her Christian parents.
After Alcorn stepped in front of the truck on Sunday, her suicide note was posted to her Tumblr account. It begins with: “If you are reading this, it means that I have committed suicide and obviously failed to delete this post from my queue.”
The note goes on to explain how Alcorn identified as a girl as a child and didn’t realize what transgendered meant until she was 14. While getting support from friends, her parents weren’t too happy about it and had her seeing Christian therapists.
After her parents pulled her out of public school and took away her ability to get online, she became more depressed. After being allowed back online, she felt the arms that greeted her back were not that open. She states she is “never going to be happy” living the rest of her life as a lonely man and that each day is worse than the next.…
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – An online troll hiding behind online anonymity to send hateful messages to the parents of Madeleine McCann, has been found dead in a hotel room shortly after her identity was exposed.
Brenda Leyland, 63, was allegedly among a handful of people who feel the need to continually harass Madeleine’s parents by sending them abusive messages online.
Anyone who’s in the crime scene in any capacity is aware of the Madeleine McAnn disappearance and the campaign of hatred directed towards the McAnns from people who believe they have something to do with it — even though there isn’t a shred of proof to support that belief.
On Twitter, Facebook and even forums like ours, people state they want the McAnns killed or to suffer a variety of different fates. Leyland, using the Twitter handle sweepyface, once posted she wanted the couple to “suffer for the rest of their miserable lives.”
Some people were rightfully concerned with these messages and started gathering as much information as they could, eventually handing over seven years worth of info on the accounts making these comments to Scotland Yard.…
BELL, FL – Police say Don Spirit wiped out 2% of a small town’s population after the 51-year-old fatally shot his daughter and six grandchildren before killing himself.
On Thursday, Spirit is said to have gunned down his daughter and her six children before killing himself at a home in Bell, Florida, a town of only 350 people. The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office said the seven victims were found “all over on the property,” and included a 10-week-old baby.
The victims have been identified as Sarah Lorraine Spirit, 28, and her daughters Alanna Stewart, 2½ months, Brandon Stewart, 4, Destiny Stewart, 5, and Kylie Kuhlmann, 9, and sons Johnathon Kuhlmann, 8, and Kaleb Kuhlmann, 11.
This wasn’t the first time Spirit has shot and killed a family member. In 2001, Spirit “accidentally” shot and killed his eight-year-old son, Kyle, while hunting together. Before that incident, Spirit had convictions for depriving a child of food and shelter, battery, and felony possession of marijuana.
Just as the trial was to begin for the shooting death of his son, Spirit pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and received the minimum sentence of three years behind bars.…
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Police say 48-year-old Amy Newman, a sixth-grade math teacher, left her school after a heated phone conversation then stabbed herself to death in a Holiday Inn hotel room.
Newman arrived at Francis Scott Key School yesterday morning, where she has worked for twenty years, but stormed out after a heated telephone conversation.
She then drove to a Holiday Inn a mile away, left her purse in her car and entered a first-floor restroom just feet away from a packed conference room. Minutes later someone attending the conference entered the bathroom and noticed blood pooling from underneath one of the stalls
Hotel staff were notified and would find Newman in the locked stall suffering from multiple stab wounds; a steak knife and a pair of scissors at her feet. She was rushed to the hospital suffering from several self-inflicted stab wounds to her neck, breast and arms, but was pronounced dead after undergoing surgery.
Police say they’ve recovered a suicide note at the school where grief counselors have been made available to students and staff.…
TOKYO – The elementary schoolgirls, aged 11 and 12, left their shoes side by side on the roof of an apartment building before jumping off in a joint suicide on Friday.
The girls were classmates and for reasons not known at this time, jumped from between the 7th and 8th floors of the nine story apartment building.
One of the girls died instantly when she hit the asphalt parking lot near the entrance to the building, while the other died at the hospital shortly afterwards.
Police said the 11-year-old lived with her family at the apartments, while her 12-year-old friend lived nearby. Students who knew the girls described them as leaders among their friends and showed no signs of being suicidal or worried about anything.
A school official told reporters both girls were at school on Friday and that he was unaware of any bullying incidents involving the girls.
The girls did leave a suicide note with their shoes, but police have declined to reveal its contents. “The note is a matter for the parents,” said a police spokesman.…
SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ – An 11-year-old boy upset over doing chores used a gun to kill himself with a gunshot to the head.
On Tuesday, Samuel Epps was at home with his father and three siblings when he became upset over completing some chores. “Samuel went into the home’s master bedroom and a short time later a single gunshot was heard by other family members.” Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tim Gaffney said.
Samuel’s father forced his way into the locked bedroom and found that his son had shot himself in the head. Samuel’s father called 911 and paramedics were on the scene withing minutes.
Although Samuel was still breathing and had a pulse, he would be pronounced dead two hours later after being airlifted to Maricopa County Medical Center.
Samuel’s father is a supervisor with the Arizona State University Police Department, but investigators say the gun Samuel used was an off-duty weapon.
Studies have shown that 90 percent of young children who commit suicide have some kind of mental health disorder, but detectives have not found any evidence that Samuel exhibited depression, mental illness or suicidal thoughts.…
NEW YORK – Police say a 51-year-old Tomas Rivera beheaded himself Monday morning by tying one end of a chain to a pole and the other end around his neck before getting in his 2005 Honda CRV and stepping on the gas.
Police say the incident happened at around 9:35 a.m. Monday morning on Longfellow Ave. near Randall Ave. Rivera’s car stopped after hitting a parked vehicle. Rivera died immediately.
While I’ll give this man points for style, I can’t give him any for originality. Back in 2009, a London cab driver did this same thing by tying a rope to a lamppost and the other end round his neck before getting in his cab and driving off.
A Chicago man in 2011 also did this following a domestic dispute with his ex-wife and a brief standoff with police. He tied a cable to a tree then tied the other end to his neck before hopping in his SUV and driving off.
Personally, if I was going to kill myself via decapitation, I’ll do what a Michigan man did in 2007.…
ORLANDO, FL – The family of Rebecca Sedwick, the 12-year-old girl who jumped to her death last year, has filed a lawsuit against one one of the girl’s alleged bullies, the School Board of Polk County, Cemex Construction Materials of Florida.
“I feel like I need to have some definitive answers and get some form of justice for Becca in order to start the whole healing process,” said Tricia Norman, Rebecca’s mother.
According to Norman’s attorney, David Henry, Rebecca’s family is seeking at least $15,000 from each of the defendants in order to “hold those accountable to account.”
For those of you who may have missed this story when it happened last year, Rebecca killed herself by jumping from a tower at an abandoned cement plant. There were reportedly various factors for her doing this, including ongoing harassment from two of her classmates, 14-year-old Guadalupe Shaw and 13-year-old Katelyn Roman.
After Rebecca started dating Guadalupe’s ex-boyfriend, she became the target of repeated physical and online attacks. Aside from the standard-issue name calling, she was also encouraged to kill herself.…
MEXICO CITY – Oscar Otero Aguilar died over the weekend after accidentally shooting himself in the head while posing with a gun for a Facebook picture.
According to the Ministry of Public Security, the 21-year-old was drinking with two friends when he put a gun to his head to take a picture for his Facebook account. His friends say that Aguilar accidentally pulled the trigger, shooting himself once in the head.
Police in the area arrived on the scene and found that Aguilar had a bullet wound to the forehead and was still alive. He wasn’t alive for long, as he was pronounced dead once paramedics got to the home — ensuring a Darwin Award nomination.
His body will be handed over to the family once an autopsy has been completed. I’m guessing officials want to make sure the friends’ story of Aguilar shooting himself jives with the forensic evidence, especially since one of his friends, 21-year-old Omar Campos Abner Vives, was arrested; while “El Paco” fled the scene.
This makes the second person we’ve reported on this year to die while posing for a selfie.…
Matthew Burdette killed himself on November 29. His family had noticed the once happy, popular teen had become withdrawn in the days leading up to his suicide, but say they never saw it coming.
Matthew left a note that stated he had no friends and that he could no longer handle school. Wanting answers, his family started asking questions – starting with school officials at University City High School.
They say school officials wouldn’t tell them anything about what may have happened at the school to have caused Matthew to suddenly hate school so bad that it would be part of his reasoning for ending his own life.
However, other students didn’t have such issues. They told Matthew’s family that their son was being relentlessly bullied over a video that was posted online that went viral.…
SAN DIEGO, CA — A 12-year-old boy at a Boy Scout camp on Fiesta Island used a handgun to shoot and kill himself Monday morning, police said.
The boy was part of a group of around 20 who arrived at the camp from Las Vegas and were scheduled to stay at the camp until July 5, said Lt. Mike Hastings. Included with the group was a scout master and the boy’s father.
At around 7:36 a.m. Monday morning, police were called to the camp after the boy was found inside his tent suffering from a single gunshot wound. Initially reported that he’d been shot in the head, it is now being reported he’d shot himself once in the chest.
The boy’s identity has not been officially release and police have not said how the boy got his hands on the gun that was found inside the boy’s tent.
The camp allows Scouts to earn a variety of merit badges, sail and build leadership skills. Firearms are not allowed at the camp and the program offers no activities in which a firearm would be used.…
CHESTERFIELD, VA – Police say 35-year-old Barry Jernigan fatally shot his wife and two kids before killing himself Sunday evening.
Police were first alerted to the family’s home after Barry’s boss called to report that Barry had left him a message “that sounded threatening and possibly suicidal in nature.” Officers heard gunshots as they approached the home, but it was already too late.
Barry’s wife, 30-year-old Renotta Jernigan, and stepdaughter, 9-year-old Alexis Kellas, had both collapsed in the front yard after being shot. Neighbors who’d heard the gunfire were providing first aid to the victims, but Renotta would die on the scene while Alexis would die later at the hospital.
Inside the home, police would find 2-year-old Seth Jernigan had been shot to death as he lay in his crib. As for Barry, he was also found in the home, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. “At this point, the investigation indicates that Barry Jernigan shot his son, stepdaughter and wife before turning the gun on himself,” police said in a statement.…