Tag: suicide

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Death of a Troll

The story behind an online gamer’s suicide.

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A Deadly Deployment, a Navy SEAL’s Despair

The final days of the last Navy SEAL to die in Afghanistan.

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The Silicon Valley Suicides

Why are so many teenagers killing themselves in Palo Alto?

Hanna Rosin on the Longform Podcast
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The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous

While on a string of tour dates opening for Radiohead, interaction between Mark Linkous’ antidepressants and the Rohypnol he took to sleep caused him to pass out. A hotel maid found him the next morning bent into a position where his legs had been cut off from circulation. When they untangled, built-up potassium shot from his lower body upward, triggering a harmful chain reaction that caused a heart attack and kidney failure.

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The Good Soldier

Struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide, Army officer Lawrence Franks went AWOL. Five years later, he reappeared as Christopher Flaherty, a member of the French Foreign Legion who served three tours in Africa. Then he was court-martialed.

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In Unit Stalked by Suicide, Veterans Try to Save One Another

One Marine battalion has had four members kill themselves in just the last year. The soldiers have jury-rigged a system of Facebook notifications and Google spreadsheets to try to stop it.

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Daniel Wolfe Is Killing Himself Live on Facebook

The search for an Iraq veteran on the brink of suicide.

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The Ghosts of Pickering Trail

Only after buying a new home did the Milliken family learn something terrible had happened in it.

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The Death of Randall Jarrell

The poet died when he was hit by a car in 1965. Everything else about his demise is a mystery.

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In the Valley of the Shadow of Death

In Guyana after the Jonestown massacre, with the survivors and the dead.

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The Mysterious Death of a Doctor Who Peddled Autism ‘Cures’ to Thousands

After a lab linked to him was raided, James Jeffrey Bradstreet’s body was found with a bullet wound to the chest. His death was ruled a suicide, but other theories abound.

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The Man Who Jumped Out of the Window

In 1952, Abe Feller, the U.N.’s first General Counsel, jumped to his death. More than 50 years later, his great nephew tries to figure out why.