Josh’s brother, Michael Powell, threw himself off a 7-story building Monday, apparently after learning he would not profit from the death of Susan and her two sons.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Powell story, I must first congratulate you for finally crawling out from underneath that rock! And second, we’ll do a quick rehash.
Susan Powell disappeared in December of 2009. Her husband, Josh, told police that he decided to take his boys, Charlie and Braden, ages 4 and 2, on an impromptu camping trip that weekend, in the middle of a friggin’ blizzard even, and when he returned home, Susan was gone. Josh was named a “person of interest” in her disappearance.
Fast forward a couple of years. While investigating Susan’s disappearance, police find child pornography on a computer that belonged to Steve Powell – Josh’s father.
Not only did Steve’s computer contain pictures of underage girls, it also contained pictures of Susan.…
BOYNTON BEACH, FL — Police say a man broke into his estranged wife’s home and murdered his two youngest sons as their mother pleaded for him to stop. Before he killed himself, the man told the mother he was letting her live so she would have to suffer the loss of her children.
Victoria Zavala said that at around 2 a.m. Saturday she heard a commotion in her home and went to investigate. In the kitchen she found her husband, 45-year-old Isidro Zavala, dressed in black and strangling one of the couple’s teen sons with a rope.
Victoria begged Isidro to kill her instead, but Isidro told her he wanted her to suffer the loss of her two sons — 12-year-old Eduardo and 11-year-old Mario — before he shot himself once in the chest and then once in the head.
Police responding to Victoria’s call to 911 would find Isidro and his two sons dead at the scene. One child was found on the back patio and the other in the kitchen dining area.…
Portland, OR — A 15-year-old boy is still clinging to life after hanging himself from some playground equipment at Central Elementary School.
Last Saturday, Jadin Bell was found by a passerby after the teen had climbed on top of a play structure and hanged himself. The person who found Bell tried rescuing the teen who was taken to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital where he remains on life support.
Reports are that Bell is an openly gay student at LHS where he is also a cheerleader. Even though he has a supportive family and large network of friends, Bell has been the target of bullying, reportedly in person and online.
School administrators confirmed that Bell had recently spoken with a school counselor and that they were investigating “a name calling incident.” In light of Bell’s attempted suicide, they’e also concerned about the other teen who was involved. Friends say that Bell had complained about bullying before, but that they have a hard time believing that this is what lead to Bell trying to take his own life.…
Grapevine, TX — A teen girl in Texas received the worst birthday present ever after her father killed her mother and then himself while attending her birthday party.
Kristi Suckla, 44, and her two children had been living with Kristi’s parents for about two months after after separating from her husband, 43-year-old Kelly Suckla.
On Saturday, the Suckla family was reuniting at the home of Kristi’s parents to celebrate Rachel Suckla’s sixteenth birthday. Kelly was invited to the party and family members were aware he was going to be there.
Sometime around 10 p.m., Kelly and Kristi stepped outside and got into an argument. No word on what it was about, but it ended when Kelly pulled out a gun and shot Kristi multiple times before turning the gun on himself.
Kristi Suckla died from multiple gunshot wounds and was found right outside the front door. Kelly Suckla died from a single gunshot wound to the head and was found lying in the driveway. Their two children did not see the actual shooting, but did see their parents’ bodies immediately afterwards.…
HUDSON, FL –– Pasco County authorities say 16-year-old Jessica Laney hanged herself Sunday night, and some of her friends say cyber-bullying is to blame.
According to one of her friends, Laney attended Fivay High School after being transferred there due to bullying at her previous high school. But they say the bullying that led to Laney killing herself did not come from her new school, but rather from anonymous people online. In particular, members of the website Ask.fm.
For the un-initiated, Ask.fm is a social site where users can invite questions and comments from other members, anonymously. Laney’s page is full of the standard crap you would expect on a cute 16-year-old girl’s page, but also contains some disparaging comments from anonymous users calling her fat and a loser. Some even tell teh girl no one cares about her and instruct Laney to hurry up and kill herself.
Her friends say these negative comments are what led the girl to hang herself Sunday night, although official from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office says neither Laney’s parents nor Laney’s boyfriend were aware of Laney being bullied.…
MILLBOURNE, PA — Authorities are saying a 44-year-old woman, whose body was found in a Pennsylvania state park almost a week after being reported missing, committed suicide by inhaling helium gas.
A man contacted police on December 2 to report that he had returned home and was unable to find his girlfriend, Teresa Mastracola.
He’d last seen her that morning as she left for Delaware County Memorial Hospital where she worked as an imaging Equipment Specialist, and her co-workers reported that Mastracola never showed up for work that day.
Police did not immediately treat the woman’s disappearance as suspicious because Mastracola, a Master Sergeant with the National Guard, was an avid hiker and would often spend days out in the woods. But this past Saturday, her body was found in a heavily wooded area deep in Ridley Creek State Park.
Authorities have not released all the details surrounding her death, but are confident foul play was not involved, and that the woman had committed suicide. Coroner Frederic Hellman listed her cause of death as chemical asphyxia from helium inhalation.…
UK — There are a few things in this world I loathe. Child abusers, the space between theater seats that suck cell phones from your pocket, Christmas, and morning DJ’s (who, aside from not being funny, use our stuff on air and do not give us credit).
Speaking of the latter, a pair of morning DJ’s in Australia made a really stupid prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was staying, and now the nurse who took the call has been found dead in an apparent suicide.
For those of you who haven’t heard the incredibly important news regarding Kate Middleton being in the hospital recently, she and Prince Williams are expecting a baby and she was recently admitted to King Edward VII hospital suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum — or as others have called it, morning sickness times 1000.
While at the hospital recuperating, two morning DJ’s in Australia decided they would try calling the hospital to ask how she was doing while pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles.…
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – A 14-year-old boy in Utah died yesterday after he pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head in front of his classmates.
David Phan was a ninth-grader at Bennion Junior High where he was reportedly enduring bullying. His friends say he was nice to everyone but that it didn’t stop other students from constantly picking on him. After a meeting in the principal’s office yesterday, he left the school with his mother at around 1:30 pm. The school has not released what the meeting was about, but reports are that he was searched for weapons before being allowed to leave.
A couple hours later he returned to a pedestrian bridge near the school and encountered other students he knew who had just gotten out of school. There was a short conversation before David pulled out a handgun he had retrieved from a locked safe at his home, and then shot himself in the head. He was still alive when emergency personnel arrived, but he would die a short while later in the hospital.…
SANFORD, MI — A man committed suicide Wednesday when police arrived at his home looking for Leigh Swanson, the 45-year-old missing for over a week, and a female body was found nearby.
Swanson has not been seen since meeting a man online and going out on a date with him on Nov 16. Initially nervous about the date, Swanson went anyway and called her mother later to tell her everything was fine. Two days later, Swanson called her mother to say she would be home in a few hours. That’s the last time anyone has had contact with her.
Police ended up tracing the phone call she made to a home in Edenville Township. When they arrived at the home and approached the front door, they heard a gunshot and took cover. Shortly after, a man came out of the home while on the phone with 911. He told police his son had just shot himself. Police would find the body of a 28-year-old man inside the home. His identity has not been released.…
Ireland — A pregnant mother of two boys became so depressed after learning that she was pregnant with twin boys that she threw herself off a cliff.
The last anyone heard from 35-year-old Anna Byrne was on March 7 when she told her husband she was going to the grocery store. “At the end of the call, I told her to phone anytime if there was anything,” Terry Byrne said. “We told each other that we loved each other and she said ‘I’ll see ya later'”.
He wouldn’t realize his wife was missing until later that day when she did not pick up one of their sons from school. He called the supermarket, friends and maternity wards, but was unable to locate her. Around midnight, a friend would find her car parked near a cliff-top at Howth summit. Inside the car, an undated suicide note was found.
A search and rescue operation was organized, but was called off at 3:30 that morning. Four hours later, a helicopter would spot Byrne’s body at the base of the cliff.…
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — A former Westminster police detective has killed himself just hours before he was to be sentenced after being found guilty of raping a 24-year-old woman he abducted from a mall.
Back in 2010, the victim was leaving her cocktail waitress job at Dave & Buster’s in the Ontario Mills Mall, when 33-year-old Anthony Nicholas Orban forced her at gunpoint to drive to a strip mall in Fontana. There he proceeded to beat and sexually assault the woman for more than an hour. Luckily, she was able to escape out of an unlocked door of her SUV and Orban fled the scene.
It didn’t take police long to identify Orban as a suspect as his dumbass left his registered service revolver in the victim’s vehicle. He was arrested, charged, and kicked off the force. He pleaded not guilty and insulted a jury’s intelligence by claiming he was insane at the time of the attack.
He said that a dose of the drug Zoloft had triggered hallucinations and suicidal and homicidal fantasies days before the rape and that since he does not recall committing the crime, he should not be held accountable for his actions.…
STATEN ISLAND, NY — I’m just getting back from vacation and behind on the news, so I’m just going to post some stories I found interesting, starting with the 15-year-old high school freshman who jumped in front of a train last week because she was tired of being bullied by members of her high school’s football team.
Felicia Garcia, a 15-year-old student at Tottenville High School, was being picked on because of rumors that she slept with multiple members of the football team at a party held after a game. After school administrators heard about the rumors, they met with Garcia and the 17-year-old boy who was singled out as the main instigator.
Reports are that the meeting ended with Garcia running out while shouting at the boy. Her friends say that Garcia normally didn’t let the bullying bother her. She’d already had a tough life with her parents dying when she was young and being bounced between foster homes after running away from her aunt’s home to be with an older man.…
Vancouver, Canada – A 32-year-old Internet bully who allegedly drove 15-year-old Amanda Todd to hang herself on October 10th has been outed by Anonymous, a world-famous computer hacking organization.
When Amanda Todd was just 12 years old, a man in an Internet chat room convinced her to flash her breasts on webcam. A year later, she asserted that he contacted her again and insisted that she perform a little show for him. She declined and the man responded by posting the year-old picture of her breasts to a Facebook page of his own creation, using the picture as its profile photo. He then messaged her friends to announce its existence.
News of the new page spread quickly amongst her classmates, leading to relentless online bullying and ridicule, causing her to drink to excess, become depressed and suicidal, and cut her own arms.
Todd moved to a new city and a new school, but the bullying picked right up again when she began a romantic relationship with an older man who had a girlfriend. …
HUNTSVILLE, TX — Police in Texas say a 10-year-old boy was at home when he shot his sister and then fatally shot himself.
Sheriff’s deputies said that sometime late Thursday, Coby Tucker walked into his 15-year-old sister’s bedroom and shot her multiple times with a small caliber handgun before turning the gun on himself. The siblings’ father was at work at the time, but their mother was downstairs and called 911 after hearing the first shots.
Coby and his sister, Ashley, were flown to the hospital were Coby was pronounced dead. Ashley underwent surgery and is currently listed in good condition. At this time, police do not have a motive. “We have not been able to talk to the girl because she was in surgery this morning,” Detective Greg Williams said. “It is still early in the investigation, and we are not sure why this happened.”
Police did say they think that Cody got the handgun from a locked gun safe in the home and that, at this time, no charges will be filed against the parents. …
WILKES-BARRE, PA — In the comment section of a recent teen suicide we reported on, the subject of suicides being contagious came up. I didn’t know it at the time, but Luzerne County has lost four teenagers to suicide in the last week, all within 30 miles of each other.
If there are any inaccuracies with the following details, I apologize. I had to read about fifteen different articles and a ton of comments just to hash everything out.
On Sept. 18, 13-year-old Joshuah Delos Santos from Nanticoke shot himself. Bullying seems to be involved, although officials say they have not seen any proof of that. But over at the Joshuah Delos Santos Memorial Fund, his cousin reportedly stated otherwise. “The morning of September 18, 2012, my cousin Joshuah Allen Delos Santos decided to end his life because he was being bullied,” she said. Comments on a Facebook tribute page echoed her claims.
On Sept. 21, in Jenkins Township, 16-year-old Matthew Montagna used a hunting rifle to kill himself at his home.…
STILLWATER, OK — Yesterday, 13-year-old Cade Poulos came to Stillwater Junior High School dressed as the Batman villain Two Face, then used a handgun to kill himself in a hallway full of fellow students.
Poulos was in the crowded hallway at around 7:50 a.m. Wednesday. It was Super-Hero Dress Up Day at the school, and for reasons unknown, Poulos arrived dressed as a villain. It was during a prayer time before the morning bell sounded that Poulos pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the head.
Immediately after the shooting, the school was locked down, students were evacuated, and parents were asked to pick up their children via a district messaging system.
Initial reports were hinting at bullying as the reason for the teen’s decision to commit suicide, possibly because of some statements made on a Facebook memorial. But Stillwater superintendent Ann Caine said the district had no records of Poulos being bullied and his family have also stated that Poulus was not a victim of bullying.
Whatever the reason was, we may never know what caused Poulos to kill himself in front of his peers.…
MUNCIE, Ind. — Police in Indiana have arrested a woman after they say she drove her 16-year-old to attempt suicide and helped ensure the attempt was a success.
Sabrina Howard, 40, of Muncie has been charged with neglect of a dependent and causing suicide, both felonies, after investigators say she caused her suicidal son to take a handful of her prescription medication, then failed to render aid.
Police say that on July 10, Howard confronted her son, Charles Howard, about 20 missing Xanax, and 26 missing Lortabs. She said her son denied taking them, but that he had “slow speech” and appeared “groggy.” Before he fell asleep on the couch, she warned him that if he had consumed that amount, then he had taken enough to kill him.
Despite this, Howard did not call for help and left him sleeping on the couch. She told investigators she would check on him periodically, but called 911 eight hours later when she noticed he was not breathing and had turned an unnatural shade of gray.…
Santa Ana, CA – A California professor, grief-stricken over the recent suicide of his high school son, was allegedly plotting a rampage at the high school where his son attended, planning to kill teachers and administrators before burning down the building.
Rainer Reinscheid, a professor at the University of California for the last 12 years, has been charged with setting five fires on the campus of University High School, in Mason Park Preserve, and at a school administrator’s home. It was after he was released on bond that investigators found these fires may have been the beginning of a much more sinister plot.
They say that e-mails found on Reinscheid’s cell phone contained a detailed mass murder plot against University High School.
“He is accused of writing a graphic, detailed emails,” Orange County Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz told MyFoxLA.com, “In which he laid out plans to purchase guns, murder unnamed students and named administrators, burn the school to the ground, commit acts of sexual assault and kill himself.”
Investigators say the motive may have been revenge against the people he felt responsible for his 14-year-old son’s suicide in March.…