July 8, 1998 |
A sex offender whose name, photograph and address were publicized under the provisions of Megan's Law was found hanging from a tree in a suspected suicide, Santa Rosa police said Tuesday. The body of Michael Patton, 42, was found dangling from a redwood tree Sunday morning, five days after his neighbors in this town about 50 miles north of San Francisco were warned that Patton was a known sexual predator.
November 14, 1997 |
The body of a San Jose police officer was found on a grassy hillside in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Thursday, four days after his wife's body was found in the trunk of her car with her throat slashed. An autopsy was pending, but authorities said it appeared that Officer Tom Harris died of a self-inflicted wound. Investigators insisted Thursday that the officer, a 15-year veteran of the force, was not a suspect in the death of his wife, Judith Lynne Harris, as earlier reports had suggested.
July 16, 1997 |
Footsteps in the sand show where a 16-year-old straight-A student walked alone into a reservoir and drowned after saying goodbye to the boyfriend that her parents demanded she leave, police said. "We have no evidence of anything but [a suicide]," San Mateo Sheriff's Lt. Larry Boss said of Dyung Khanh Vu, whose body was found in Crystal Springs Reservoir on Sunday. "There is no evidence of foul play. She was upset, despondent about the breakup with her boyfriend."
June 26, 1997 |
A suicide note found near a decomposed body in rural Calaveras County was signed by Al Vieira, a pilot accused of secretly stockpiling thousands of boxes of cremated human remains, authorities said Wednesday. The handwritten note found in an abandoned car read in part, "I'm sorry for the pain I've caused," said Sheriff's Lt. Randy Grasmuck. The rest of the note was not revealed. Grasmuck said the note was left in plain sight next to keys on the dashboard of the station wagon.
April 2, 1997 |
In the first apparent "copycat" suicide after the Heaven's Gate mass suicide, a backwoods recluse in Northern California killed himself so that he could join "the spaceship with Hale-Bopp to be with those who have gone before me." Cult experts said Tuesday that they still believe the deaths of 39 cult members in Rancho Santa Fe will not trigger other large-scale suicides--noting that cult leaders commonly need to spend years convincing their followers to take such extreme steps.
November 5, 1996 |
A former Marine apparently distraught over his treatment by the federal Veterans Administration shot himself to death Monday inside the offices of Rep. Tom Lantos. Lantos, a Democrat, was not in the office. Victor Francis, 40, shot himself once in the chest and was declared dead upon arrival at Mills Peninsula Hospital. Police spokesman Terry Reidy said the man entered the offices about midday and talked briefly with a woman working in the lobby.
February 28, 1996 |
Just before Jane Greenhow died, she drove up a lonely road in remote Shasta County and wrote a note to the one she loved: her Glock 10-millimeter pistol. "I am so sorry I have to leave you now, the only one I am reluctant to leave behind," the tattooed, 23-year-old neo-Nazi sympathizer wrote to her gun. "I guess you just functioned more reliably--I jammed."
September 19, 1995
A University of California administrator who allegedly embezzled nearly $1 million while working in the office responsible for protecting UC's assets from fraudulent claims has committed suicide, the Contra Costa county coroner's office confirmed Monday. A family member found the body of Diana Spaniol, 47, Sunday in her Walnut Creek home, said Capt. John Hart. The cause of death was inhalation of natural gas, he said.
March 4, 1995 |
Ed Flanders, known for his role in the "St. Elsewhere" television show, committed suicide, authorities said Thursday. Flanders, 60, died Feb. 22 of a gunshot wound to the head at his home in Denny, 280 miles north of San Francisco, authorities said. The death certificate lists suicide, Trinity County Deputy Coroner William Fischer said. Initial reports of Flanders' death did not include a cause and his family had asked that details of the death not be disclosed.
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June 1, 1994 |
The body of a woman found dangling from a playground swing forced closure of an elementary school Tuesday. Garbage collectors making their rounds before dawn found the body of the unidentified woman, who apparently hanged herself sometime during the night, according to Police Sgt. Louis Quezada. Valle Vista School officials canceled classes "because they didn't want to traumatize the children," Quezada said. The school was scheduled to reopen today.