The bodies of Griffith and her son, Helious, were discovered by a nurse performing a bed check shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday. Griffith’s son had been a patient at the hospital for about a week.
“It appears that the mother for unknown reasons took the life of the child and then took her own life there in the room.” Mesa Police Detective Steve Berry said.
According to a fundraiser created by Griffith, her son suffered from Cerebral Palsy with Dystonia, has sensitivities to audio, odor, and touch, and suffers from extreme anxiety. She had been looking for help raising $1500 dollars for a vehicle, but had not gotten close to her goal.
Police say the Arizona Department of Child Safety do have an open case with the family, but that Griffith was her son’s legal guardian.
“I can tell you this family was actively involved with DCS (Arizona Department of Child Safety) and that it was an open case and that they were actively working on that as recently as two days ago,” Berry said.…
Singleton was home alone with his 6-year-old sister on Oct 10 when he used a handgun to shoot himself in the head. His sister then ran to get help from a neighbor, who called police.
Neighbors would report hearing the girl screaming about blood as she was rushed away from the scene.
Investigators revealed that there wasn’t anyone home supervising the two children when the shooting happened, and that the gun belonged to someone who lived in the home. A family friend said the boy’s parents told him the gun had been in a safe.
On Wednesday, the coroner ruled Singleton’s death a suicide – the youngest recorded case in Nevada since 2005. That same day, the Clark County Department of Family Services and Metro said that Singleton’s death remains under investigation and that they will talk with the district attorney’s office to decide what, if anything, happens next.…
On July 19, the 53-year-old Laura Stuardo was on a cruise with her boyfriend, 55-year-old Giovanni Pia. The couple had booked the cruise in an attempt to fix their broken relationship.
While the ship was docked in a Norwegian port, Stuardo fell 115 feet from the couple’s cabin balcony into the fjord below. Pia would tell investigators that Stuardo had jumped off the balcony in an attempt to kill herself.
A camera on the ship contradicted that statement a bit, as it showed Stuardo hanging from the balcony for a few seconds before falling into the water. Other passengers described hearing a loud argument coming from the couple’s room shortly before Stuardo fell.
As for Stuardo, she wasn’t saying much at the time. Not because she was dead, though. Remarkably, she survived the fall but suffered injuries to her head, lung, stomach and spleen.…
The two were not students at the university, but were attending a party being thrown by a student who lived at the dorm. Witnesses told police that at around 2 a.m., the distraught was walking along a narrow ledge yelling that he was going to jump.
The older man was also on the ledge, trying to talk the teen into not killing himself. He quickly learned that no good deed goes unpunished, when he and the teen he was trying to save both fell from the ledge and landed 14 floors below.
The 24-year-old was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The teen is currently in critical condition at the hospital. If he wanted to kill himself before, I’m sure he’s really wanting to do it now — especially after learning his antics resulted in the death of someone who was just trying to help.…
DEFOREST, WI – Theodore Peterson, 47, killed his disabled, teenage son before shooting himself in the head with a nail gun at Token Creek County Park.
On July 21, Peterson sent his wife a text saying he was at the park taking their 16-year-old son Maxwell for a walk. Maxwell suffered from Angelman syndrome, a rare neuro-genetic disorder that requires lifelong care.
While there, Peterson killed Maxwell by slitting his throat with a knife, then used a nail gun to shoot himself in the head. Peterson didn’t do as good of a job on himself as he did with his son, as he was still alive when a woman riding a horse found the pair lying on a trail.
Peterson was flown by helicopter to University of Wisconsin hospital where he was charged with the murder of his son before dying of his injuries a day or so later. No official word on a motive behind Peterson’s actions, but his wife told police that a respite care provider for Maxwell was no longer allowing a female worker into the Peterson home because of something posted on Facebook.…
The shooting happened 20 minutes into a showing of Trainwreck, when a dumbass in the audience started randomly shooting at approximately 75 other movie patrons. After he was finished, the unidentified coward committed suicide.
One of his victims died on the scene, while eight others were taken to local hospitals. One of those victims would later die from their injuries.
“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” theatergoer Katie Domingue said. She then witnessed “an older white man” standing up and shooting down into the theater. “He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either,” Domingue said.
Police know the identity of the man, but have not released it to the press at this time. They say the shooting appears to be random, but are checking to see if he was connected to the victims in any way.…
NAPERVILLE, IL – An unidentified man has apparently killed himself Thursday afternoon by jumping under a moving carnival ride at Ribfest in Naperville.
The death happened at around 3 p.m. at a ride called Pharaoh’s Fury. I’m sure you’ve seen or rode on one these style of rides; a boat-shaped ride that swings back and forth on a pendulum.
According to witnesses, the man intentionally dove under the ride as it was moving, and was struck three times before the operator was able to stop the ride. People who were on the ride at the time reported hearing a thumping sound.
Medical personnel arrived to find the man, described as being in his early 20s, unresponsive and not breathing. An autopsy would show the man died of massive traumatic injuries.
Naperville Deputy Chief Brian Cunningham said the ride was functioning properly at the time and that the act did not appear to be accidental.
But the show must go on. Don Emery, Ribfest marketing chairman, said nearly all of the carnival rides continued to operate and the area was “essentially open.”
I read through a lot of comments regarding this incident.…
The bodies of 30-year-old Elizabeth Flores and her kids, 7-year-old Xavier Neff and 2-year-old Sofia Chiddo, were found by a friend on Saturday after not hearing from them since Friday.
Police have confirmed that all four of the victims died from gunshot wounds, and have since called the case a murder suicide. Police do not have a motive for the killings and are continuing to investigate.
The shootings may have taken place Friday night, as one neighbor reported hearing noises at that time but thought it was fireworks.
“We were in the house last night and I got there at 8 p.m. We heard like firecrackers and I said to my daughter are you sure it was fireworks,” said the neighbor. “She said ya mom it had to be fireworks last night so we didn’t think about it.”
Neighbors say that the family was often seen outside playing, but that they were very private and keep to themselves. …
Police say that on Saturday, the 39-year-old killed 24-year-old Cecelia Woods, 3-year-old Keyon Jackson and 2-year-old James Jackson Jr. Afterwards, he contacted people to confess what he had done and his plans to kill himself.
“Just prior to his own death, Jackson Sr. contacted numerous people, confessing that he had killed Woods and the children, and his intention to kill himself,” state police said in a statement. “He also posted a suicide note on the refrigerator door.”
He wasn’t lying, and he made good on his word. When police arrived at the mobile home, they found Jackson hanging by his neck from a dog-lead cable that was attached to a TV antenna just outside the front door.
Inside they would find Woods dead in one bedroom, and the two children dead on a mattress in another bedroom.
A medical examiner would conclude Woods and her two children had all been strangled to death with the same metal dog lead Jackson used to hang himself with.…
On Thursday, police received phone calls reporting gunshots coming from Janzen’s home, followed by a loud bang. A SWAT team arrived at the home, beginning a four hour standoff before a fire was started inside the home.
After firefighters put out the blaze, members of the SWAT made entry into the home and found the bodies of Randy Janzen, his wife, Laurel, and their 19-year-old daughter, Emily. The body of his sister, Shelly, was found shot to death at another location.
According to a post made under Rand Janzen’s Facebook account the murder of his daughter was a cure for the migraines that had plagued his daughter since elementary school. He states that “he shot her in the head and now she is migraine free.”
He claims he murdered his wife and sister because it was in their best interest. His wife was killed because “a mother should never hear the news that their baby has died,” and he murdered his sister so she would not have to live with the shame he’d caused.…
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Former Jared Foundation director Russell Taylor, who was arrested on federal child porn charges last week, attempted suicide in his Marion County Jail cell Wednesday.
Up until his arrest, the 43-year-old was the executive director of the Jared Foundation, an organization named after Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle that works toward raising awareness about childhood obesity.
Taylor found himself in some trouble after investigators found more than 400 videos child pornography on his home office computers. Police also found videos taken by cameras hidden in Taylor’s homes during a period between 2012 and 2015.
The children in these particular videos, between the ages of 9 and 16, were not aware they were being filmed. Taylor told police that the cameras were setup to monitor whether things were being stolen, or if someone was having sex in his home.
Police are also investigating reports that Taylor’s sexual preference wasn’t limited to children. According to court documents, Taylor sent a text message to a female to websites dedicated to bestiality.…
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.…