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After crashing her white Corvette and injuring her much-glorified face on the way home from another night of hard partying, Shannon Wilsey sent a friend out to walk her Rottweiler, Daisy, and then shot herself in the head. For the 23-year-old sex video superstar known as Savannah, it was the most outrageous act in a short but outrage-filled public life.
April 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- After a five-hour standoff with a SWAT team, a drug suspect identified as linked to a Mexican prison gang was found dead Monday in a La Mesa motel of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, officials said. U.S. marshals had attempted to arrest the 40-year-old man being sought on a federal drug warrant. After shooting at the marshals, he refused to leave his room at a Rodeway Inn. After negotiations proved futile, authorities used a flash grenade. A woman in the room, possibly the suspect's girlfriend, came out. When authorities rushed the room, the suspect, identified as Robert DeLeon Jr., was found dead of a gunshot wound to his head, officials said.
June 24, 1990 | Joel Sappell and Robert W. Welkos, Time Staff Writers
L. Ron Hubbard enjoyed being pampered. He surrounded himself with teen-age followers, whom he indoctrinated, treated like servants and cherished as though they were his own children. He called them the "Commodore's messengers." " 'Messenger!' " he would boom in the morning. "And we'd pull him out of bed," one recalled. The youngsters, whose parents belonged to Hubbard's Church of Scientology, would lay out his clothes, run his shower and help him dress.
April 19, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
Metro Red Line service was delayed late Friday when a man jumped in front of a train in what officials called a suicide attempt. A witness at the Hollywood/Western Station said the man was dragged 20 yards but survived. He had a large gash on his head and was taken to a hospital. Train service was delayed more than 30 minutes.   ALSO: Baby died in SUV while neighbors worked just a few feet away FBI: Man suspected of brutally killing his family may be in L.A. area Box of newborn kittens accidentally shipped from L.A. to San Diego      
July 9, 2003 | Scott Gold and Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writers
A Mississippi man who had spoken openly about his hatred of blacks and his capacity for killing went on a rampage Tuesday morning at the defense plant where he worked, fatally shooting five and wounding nine before taking his own life with a shotgun, authorities and area residents said. Investigators identified the gunman as Doug Williams, 48, a production assemblyman for the past 19 years at a Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
March 9, 1997
Percentage of U.S. high school students who have seriously thought about attempting suicide in the past 12 months: 24% * Percentage who actually attempt to kill themselves: U.S.: 9% Calif.: 12% L.A.: 16% * Percentage in U.S. with whom the attempt requires medical attention: 3% GENDER * More than one in three high school girls in Los Angeles has thought seriously about attempting suicide in the last 12 months. *--* Female Male U.S. 30% 18% L.A.
June 8, 2012 | By David Zucchino, This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.
Suicides among U.S. military members have spiked this year, with an average of one suicide a day - the highest rate so far during a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to new Pentagon figures, 154 military service members committed suicide during the first 155 days of this year. During the same period, ending June 3, 136 U.S. troops died in combat in Afghanistan, according to, a website that tracks combat casualties. The upsurge in suicides comes after the military suicide rate leveled off in 2010 and 2011.
May 27, 2010 | By Barbara Demick and David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Psychologists and Buddhist monks have come to console workers. There is a suicide hotline, piped-in music and a stress-release center where workers are invited to hit a punching bag with a picture of their supervisor. But so far, nothing and nobody have been able to stop the suicides at Foxconn Technology Group, which manufactures Apple's iPhones as well as Dell and Hewlett-Packard components in Shenzhen in southern China. The latest worker to commit suicide jumped to his death Tuesday.
December 7, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
A judge has ruled that doctor-assisted suicides are legal, a decision likely to be appealed as the state argues that the Legislature, not the court, should decide whether terminally ill patients have the right to take their own lives. Judge Dorothy McCarter ruled late Friday in the case of a Billings man with terminal cancer.
June 17, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
In data compiled by the Defense Department on military suicides, perhaps the most surprising statistic is that between 2008 and 2011, 52% of service members who took their own lives had never been deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq. That figure, which challenges the popular belief that exposure to war is the primary driver of a surge in suicides, became the basis for an L.A. Times story Sunday. But another statistic in the story also deserves attention: 524. That is the number of suicides in the military last year.
April 15, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
OLATHE, Kan. -   A self-styled white supremacist from Missouri appeared by video in a packed courtroom on Tuesday and was charged with capital murder in the killings of three people outside two Jewish facilities.  Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, was charged with one count of capital murder and one count of premeditated first-degree murder in connection with the Sunday shooting at a Jewish Community Center and nearby Jewish retirement home.   If Cross is convicted of capital murder, under Kansas law, he could face the death penalty.
April 2, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A Taliban suicide bomber managed to get past a security checkpoint Wednesday and then blew himself up at the entrance to the Afghan Interior Ministry, killing six police officers on the last day of campaigning in this country's closely watched presidential election. The midafternoon bombing outside one of Kabul's most heavily guarded government installations was the latest of several major attacks that have sown fear in the Afghan capital ahead of Saturday's contest that will determine President Hamid Karzai's successor.
March 21, 2014 | By August Brown
Two decades after Kurt Cobain's suicide, the Seattle police department has released new photos of the scene where the Nirvana singer took his own life. The two images show an array of what appears to be drug paraphernalia (including needles and a spoon) and personal effects like sunglasses and a wallet. The new images were taken from four rolls of film containing crime scene images that had gone undeveloped until recently. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Cobain's suicide, Seattle police cold-case detective Mike Ciesynski reviewed the case files but did not formally reopen the case or start any new investigation.
March 19, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BERKELEY - Something was definitely amiss when I returned to my hotel Tuesday afternoon after an interview on the UC Berkeley campus. At least three big firetrucks were blocking the street in front of the Berkeley City Club, a historic women's club converted into a hotel just south of campus on Durant Avenue. The street was closed by yellow police tape. Berkeley police officers redirected traffic. I ditched my car in a loading zone and ducked under the tape. A fireman standing next to his truck told me there was a “hazardous materials” situation going on, but that I was free to enter the building.
March 18, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- A review of the emails and a search of a home flight simulator have found nothing so far to suggest the pilots on the missing plane purposely compromised the flight by diverting it away from Beijing, according to two U.S. law enforcement officials. “Nothing stuck out,” said one of the sources, who was briefed on the search conducted by Malaysian officials. He said authorities sought to find out whether the pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, might have been training on the simulator, specifically how to turn off the transponders and other in-flight devices before the March 8 flight.
March 10, 2014 | Karen Kaplan
Victims of bullying were more than twice as likely as other kids to contemplate suicide and about 2.5 times as likely to try to kill themselves, according to a new study that quantifies the emotional effects of being teased, harassed, beaten up or otherwise harmed by one's peers. Children and teens who were taunted by cyberbullies were especially vulnerable -- they were about three times as likely than other kids to have suicidal thoughts, the study found. The findings, published online Monday by the journal JAMA Pediatrics, puts the lie to the old adage about sticks and stones.
June 13, 2006
Re "Guantanamo's First Suicides Pressure U.S.," June 11 I don't think I've ever felt as nauseated as I did today. The notion that individuals could be held indefinitely, without charges, would have been considered fiction only 10 years ago. Now, it is a practically elementary aspect of reality. How can we, as U.S. citizens, continue to allow the Bush administration to unabashedly trample upon human rights, dignity, truth and justice? Navy Rear Adm. Harry Harris called the three men who took their lives "committed jihadists" -- yet I am skeptical as to the accuracy of this claim; it is common knowledge that these men, along with others, were being held indefinitely without any formal charges having been brought against them.
March 6, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
In "Bethlehem," Israel's submission to the recent Academy Awards for the foreign language Oscar, first-time filmmaker Yuval Adler views entrenched political tensions through the template of a police procedural. Focusing on an Israeli intelligence agent and one of his Palestinian informants, the movie has the taut efficiency of a well-constructed crime thriller, while its real-world underpinnings play out with a less convincing sense of urgency. Tsahi Halevy carries himself with a mournful, in-over-his-head demeanor as Razi, an officer in Israel's secret service who's trying to prevent an impending suicide bombing in Jerusalem.
February 24, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suspected suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives outside the Iranian consulate in an upmarket section of this northwestern city Monday evening, killing two Pakistani paramilitary soldiers and wounding 10 people, officials said. The latest violence to rock Peshawar came when the vehicle was stopped by soldiers outside the consulate in the University Town district, which houses offices of the United Nations and international aid agencies. The blast occurred outside tents belonging to members of Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps, who were guarding the consulate, officials said.
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