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March 1, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A suicide note discovered by Orange County sheriff's investigators suggests that last week's shooting rampage that left four dead was planned, authorities said. Ali Syed, a 20-year-old college student, killed a woman in his parents' Ladera Ranch home in the early morning hours of Feb. 19, then committed a series of violent carjackings in Tustin and Santa Ana, killing two men before turning the gun on himself. A document titled "suicide note" was created about an hour before Syed's panicked mother called 911 to report a shooting, said sheriff's investigator Dan Salcedo.
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January 9, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
She was a young actress with designs on mega-stardom. But to realize her dreams, Jang Ja-yeon was resigned to take her place in the seamy realm of the South Korean sexual casting couch. In the end, the disgrace proved too much. In the seven-page note she wrote before her March 2009 suicide, the 27-year-old TV sitcom regular described how her manager forced her to have sex with industry VIPs such as directors, media executives and CEOs, many of whom she cited by name. Jang's death stunned this nation transfixed by celebrity and all its trappings.
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November 19, 1991
The daughter of television actor Jerry Van Dyke, apparently upset over marital problems, killed herself in her North Hollywood apartment, Los Angeles police said Monday. A friend found the body of Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance, 33, hanging in her bedroom about 5 p.m. Sunday, said Detective Mike Coffey.
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September 28, 2010 | Alexandra Zavis and Tony Barboza
As a teacher in an impoverished, gang-ridden area of South Los Angeles, Rigoberto Ruelas always reached out to the toughest kids. He would tutor them on weekends and after school, visit their homes, encourage them to aim high and go to college. The fifth-grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary School was so passionate about his mission that, school authorities say, he had near perfect attendance in 14 years on the job. So when Ruelas, 39, failed to show up for work last week, his colleagues instantly began to worry.
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March 23, 1990 | AARON CURTISS and MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Roxanne Jones, the Reseda woman who shot her three children to death as they slept and then turned the gun on herself, talked of killing herself and taking her children with her for as long as two months before carrying out the threat, police and acquaintances said Thursday. None of those who heard her discuss suicide took her seriously enough to contact authorities or to steer her toward counseling.
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August 23, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Criminal charges will not be filed against an 88-year-old San Marcos man who sat beside his ailing wife as she committed suicide, the San Diego County district attorney's office announced Wednesday. After a thorough review, the office decided that it could not meet "the ethical and legal burden" of proving a charge of "assisted suicide" against Alan Purdy, according to a spokesman for Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis. "We do not discuss the reasons when we don't file criminal charges," spokesman Steve Walker said, "other than [to say that]
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June 21, 1998 | TIM DAHLBERG, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The detective was bluffing, but Jarrett Betterson didn't know it. His wife, Barbara, stood behind him as he opened the door a crack and stammered responses to questions about a bouncing, bubbly 2-year-old they had left Michigan with 20 years ago. "I know what happened to your daughter," Det. Jeff Rosgen said. "It will be easier on you if you tell us the whole story." Betterson was shaken.
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March 19, 1996 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY and JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In two homes, two schools, two communities, grief in all its manifestations came to call Monday as those who knew the South Bay victims of an apparent teenage suicide pact struggled with the inevitable: "Why?" In tony Rancho Palos Verdes, where 15-year-old Heidi K. Chamberlain attended one of the nation's finest public schools, her stricken parents numbly made funeral plans, and her girlfriends huddled, red-eyed, in the school halls.
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May 16, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN MARCOS, Calif. —When paramedics arrived at the Purdy home March 20, Margaret was seated in her favorite chair in the living room. The morning sunshine streamed in through a picture window that overlooked a valley. A plastic bag was over her head, tied securely at the neck. A suicide note in her handwriting was in a folder on her desk, beneath a shelf with books about death and dying. She had written that the pain from her various medical conditions had become unbearable. Alan Purdy met the paramedics at the door.
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August 20, 2005 | Julie Cart and Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writers
First she killed her dogs, shot them in the head with a .38-caliber revolver and covered the two bodies with a quilt. Then Marlene Braun leveled the blue steel muzzle three inches above her right ear and pulled the trigger. "I can't face what appears to be required to continue to live in my world," the meticulous 46-year-old wrote in May in a suicide note. "Most of all, I cannot leave Carrizo, a place where I finally found a home and a place I love dearly."
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