A family destroyed

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Submitted by SDowner on October 7, 2008 - 8:22am

This is really sad. Reminds me of an earlier post where someone said "Its only money, not worth wasting your life over." Somehow I think this is just the beginning of such horrible news.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/10/06/cali...

Submitted by CBad on October 7, 2008 - 8:54am.

"One is taking his own life and the other is taking the lives of his family and himself. ... He talked himself into the second strategy, believing that was, in effect, the honorable thing to do."

Honorable my arse. Dude, take your own life if you must but leave your family alone.

Submitted by kewp on October 7, 2008 - 9:10am.

Jeeze, dude.

I was unemployed almost a year following the dotcom bust. Personally, I enjoyed the break.

What a piker!

Submitted by 23109VC on October 7, 2008 - 9:20am.

a coworker of mine did this a few years back. details of his personal life issues wer enever made public, but it was believed *something* was going on at home - either $$ problems, marital problems, molesting - I have NO idea what the trigger was..but dad lived with wife, three children and his mother. he killed them all, called 911, and then shot himself in the head while on the phone with police.

i worked with this man daily for several years and he was the nicest, most likeable, friendly, outgoing person you could imagine. highly paid, educated, in a six figure income job. he was about 45 yrs old or so.

when news spread that he and the family had been killed everyone assumed it was some kind of robbery gone bad - and when the real news came out that he had done it - people were in disbelief.

there are those "weird" neighbors who you think are the "type" who would do this - and there are people who you would NEVER expect to do this.

my friend was the latter. just goes to show you that no matter how well you think you know someone, you don't REALLY know what goes on at home or what is really going on in their mind.

it is tragic that my friend, and this poor man get so screwed up in their mind that they think this is the way to solve their problems. truly sad.

Submitted by EconProf on October 7, 2008 - 10:33am.

Depression is the usual cause of suicide, and it is far more common than we think. Will probably get worse with the rise in unemployment that is coming.
People with clinical depression are often very good at hiding it and not seeking help, especially men. Then they can snap and sometimes feel the need to take others with them. It is good to recognize the symptoms of depression in others and get them help. Often suicides mention the possibility to others--never ignor such talk.

Submitted by Coronita on October 7, 2008 - 10:59am.

It was pretty sad reading the article. The poor kids, wife, and mother-in-law. It's really not the end of the world. Even more so if you have a family- the more reason why you just need to just keep fighting.

Submitted by blahblahblah on October 7, 2008 - 11:20am.

Here's another version of the story that has a little more info.

Submitted by Coronita on October 7, 2008 - 11:34am.

Geeze, that's horrible...If I were to shoot myself every single time I "lost" a significant amount of money (realized or unrealized), I'd be dead now...5+ times :) I guess for some, this sort of initial shocker hasn't been experienced before and it's traumatic.

If any of you folks are really depressed over the markets, please...It's not really worth losing sleep over.

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