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.
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 17, 1994 |
An award-winning poet who had battled schizophrenia for a decade hanged himself in a Humboldt County jail cell, authorities said. Eric Walker, 29, had been in jail since March 3 on charges of stalking and violating a court order. Jailers found Walker hanging from a bedsheet attached to the bars of his cell during a routine check Sunday. The county coroner ruled it a suicide.
December 9, 1993 |
San Mateo County sheriff's deputies are re-examining the 1973 death of a high school student, which was originally ruled a suicide, because she was last seen alive by the man charged with abducting and killing Polly Klaas. Marlene Voris, 18, died of a shotgun blast to the head in her La Honda home during a party that was attended by Richard Allen Davis, the suspect in the Klaas case. Davis grew up in La Honda and was a classmate of Voris.
December 31, 1992 |
A week before attacking his family and killing two police officers and himself, Jay Choe put $200 down on his own coffin and funeral. He calmly picked out a blue and silver steel coffin, requested a Christian service and handed over two $100 bills on Dec. 23, said James Smith, director of Smith & Cannon Funeral Services. Choe said he would return with the $2,318 balance. If he planned at the time to kill himself during a rampage at his ex-wife's home, Choe gave no hint, Smith said.
December 6, 1992 |
Los Rios Community College Chancellor Marjorie K. Blaha, who led the 55,000-student district for the last three years, was found dead in her home. The Sacramento County coroner's office called Blaha's death a probable suicide. Blaha, 58, was found Friday afternoon in her garage, with the engine of her car running, by a neighbor and two district staff members who went to her home when Blaha missed three scheduled meetings.