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September 7, 1990 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 42-year-old daughter of LSD guru Timothy Leary died two days after she apparently used a shoelace to hang herself from the bars of her jail cell in Los Angeles, authorities said Thursday. Sheriff's deputies discovered Susan F. Martino, also known as Susan Leary, during a routine check of her cell Monday morning at Sybil Brand Institute, a Los Angeles Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said. The checks are made every 20 minutes.
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September 17, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A man who held off police for more than 22 hours as he perched on the Gerald Desmond Bridge jumped to his death at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. The 30-year-old Huntington Beach man, whose name was not released, fell about 120 feet to the ground. He had begun his standoff with Long Beach police about 10 p.m. Saturday.
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June 25, 1997 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Brian Keith, best known as the bachelor guardian Uncle Bill on the television series "Family Affair," was found dead Tuesday morning in his Malibu home, an apparent suicide. Officers called to the home by family members found Keith dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. He was 75 and reportedly had been suffering from cancer.
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June 2, 2001
The ex-wife of golfer Fred Couples died after jumping seven stories from a chapel roof on May 26, the golfer's current wife confirmed Friday. Deborah Couples, 43, was reported missing from her Corona del Mar home last Saturday, Newport Beach Police Sgt. Mike McDermott said. She may have been depressed, according to a missing persons report. Her body was discovered by neighborhood children after she jumped from the Kresge Chapel at the Claremont School of Theology, police said.
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May 1, 1998 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In one of the most graphic and bizarre events ever to unfold on a Los Angeles freeway, a man with a gripe against HMOs parked his pickup truck on a busy freeway intersection Thursday afternoon, set it ablaze and then committed suicide--on live television--creating a nightmarish, miles-long traffic jam during the evening commute. The incident at first appeared to be yet another of Southern California's now prosaic freeway chases.
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December 13, 1989 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lindsay Crosby, the youngest son of Bing Crosby from the famed crooner's first marriage, shot himself to death in a Las Virgenes apartment after learning that the inheritance he relied on to support his family was gone, a family spokeswoman said Tuesday. Just 11 days earlier, Crosby and his three brothers had been told by attorneys that the oil investments their late mother, Wilma Wyatt, made for them had gone broke, said Marilyn Reiss, spokeswoman for Lindsay's older brother, Gary.
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June 4, 1996 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Distraught over marital problems and recent career setbacks, former game show host Ray Combs tried to commit suicide at least twice last week before he succeeded in hanging himself in a hospital room, authorities said Monday. Police said Combs, 40, who hosted "The New Family Feud" from 1988 to 1994, was found dead in a closet, hanging from a bedsheet, at about 4 a.m. Sunday at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Sgt.
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January 11, 1998 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An apparent grudge between two airmen led to the first multiple slaying in the history of one of the nation's most storied air bases Saturday, leaving three men dead, including a military police officer. A gunman killed the MP and a fellow senior airman before shooting himself once in the head with a 9-millimeter Glock pistol in his military dormitory, Air Force officials said. Dead are Tech. Sgt. Robert B.
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May 16, 1991 | JESSE KATZ and NIESON HIMMEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A jealous teen-ager suspected of a shooting rampage that left his former girlfriend critically wounded and her mother and sister dead took his own life Wednesday night as detectives attempted to arrest him in Venice, police said. Matthew Lee Walker was returning to a 1985 black Mercedes-Benz automobile he had taken from his victims' home in an affluent West Covina neighborhood when undercover officers tried to block the car with their vehicle, West Covina Police Lt. John Schimanski said.
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May 9, 1990 | SHARON BERNSTEIN
David Rappaport was as determined to die as he had been to live. His mind--that well-schooled repository of British university education, of years of teaching and writing and musicianship and acting--had of late refused to turn itself off. The thoughts, said his cousin and manager, Frankie Leigh, kept coming like a record stuck on a turntable, ideas twisting through his brain and keeping him up night after night.
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May 28, 2001 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a summer morning last July, a pale and shaking Bobby Prince told his parents he was going for cigarettes. He climbed into his car and headed south, past the stream where he caught bass as a boy, and rolled onto the Ventura Freeway. Five miles down the road, he stopped under the ticking clock tower at the Agoura Hills Target Range. Prince, 31, marked a single passage in his Bible and tucked it into the console. Then he walked into the range, rented a shotgun and killed himself.
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March 22, 2001
A man who wrestled a gun from a California Highway Patrol officer in San Dimas on Wednesday morning fled to Forest Lawn cemetery and killed himself with the weapon, authorities said. The officer responded to a report about 8:25 a.m. of a possibly intoxicated motorist in a disabled vehicle on the Via Verde onramp to the eastbound San Bernardino Freeway, said CHP Officer Bill Preciado. The man and the female officer struggled and a shot was fired, Preciado said.
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February 27, 2001 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 16-year-old ward at a California Youth Authority facility in Norwalk has been found dead of an apparent suicide in a case certain to draw new attention to the agency's safety procedures. Although the death of the teenager would be the first suicide in more than 1 1/2 years at a CYA facility, authorities were scrambling to determine how the youth, unidentified because of his age, could have hanged himself Thursday night in a room equipped with a video camera.
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December 31, 2000 | ALEX MURASHKO
The death of a Long Beach police detective found with a single gunshot wound in her Rancho Santa Margarita home early Friday was ruled a suicide by the Orange County coroner's office Saturday. Suphada "Sue" Nelson, 32, died of a lacerated heart and aorta caused by the gunshot, coroner's official Bruce Lyle said. Although further details were not disclosed, the autopsy results indicated that her death was a suicide "based on a preponderance of evidence," Lyle said.
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December 30, 2000
The husband of a 32-year-old Long Beach Police Department detective found her fatally shot early Friday in their Rancho Santa Margarita home, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said. Suphada "Sue" Nelson had a single gunshot wound to her upper torso that "appeared to be self-inflicted," and an autopsy will be conducted this morning by the coroner's office, a department spokesman said. A gun was found, but it hasn't been determined if it was her service weapon.
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December 2, 2000
A man who apparently shot his girlfriend to death Friday morning in Pomona and then fled the house with another woman as captive shot himself to death after his car crashed in Inglewood, police said. James W. Jackson, 28, of Inglewood killed himself as a police officer from the Inglewood Unified School District approached his wrecked car at Florence Avenue near Cedar Street at 4:15 a.m.
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August 21, 1996 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actress and onetime supermodel Margaux Hemingway killed herself with a massive overdose of a barbiturate, the Los Angeles County coroner's office announced Tuesday, adding her name to the grim litany of Hemingway family members who have taken their own lives. Hemingway had about twice the lethal level of phenobarbital in her system when she died--so much of the drug that she succumbed before she could even digest all the pills in her stomach, coroner's officials said.
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May 14, 1996
Ignoring three witnesses, a 32-year-old man scaled a fence along the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, flung off his motorcycle helmet and leaped 250 feet to his death Monday morning, police said. The man, whose name was being held pending family notification, landed on a shipping terminal dock at the Port of Los Angeles shortly after 11 a.m., Police Lt. Jim McNair said. Police said he was carrying cigarettes, a checkbook and a driver's license with a West Hollywood address.
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September 11, 2000 | From a Times staff writer
An 80-year-old man who died in a shootout with a police officer Saturday was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot, officials said Sunday. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Edward Ramirez said autopsy results revealed that Verland Franks of El Segundo shot himself in the upper torso. Franks faced off with El Segundo police about 8:45 a.m. Saturday at his house in the 600 block of West Sycamore Avenue.
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April 28, 2000 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The widow of a Korean American who killed himself after alleging workplace discrimination by his Japanese bosses asked a federal court Thursday to permit her to pursue a wrongful-death action against the dead man's former employer. Junko Lee's lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, accuses Nippon Express USA Inc., a worldwide shipping company, of discriminating against her husband, Myung-Sub "Mike" Lee, because he was Korean. The document also responds to a lawsuit filed by the company.
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