Friday, November 11, 2005

Parents: Online newsgroup helped daughter commit suicide

Thelma Gutierrez and Kim McCabe write on

A bubbly 19-year-old with loving parents and good friends, [Suzanne Gonzales] was also a strong student and earned a science scholarship for college.

But everything changed one spring day two years ago, when Suzanne's parents, Mike and Mary Gonzales, received the following e-mail.

"Dear Mom, Dad, and Jennifer, I will make this short as I know. It will be hard to deal with. If you haven't heard by now, I've passed away," the e-mail read.

Alone in a Florida hotel room, just miles from her college apartment, Suzanne methodically prepared and swallowed a lethal cocktail of potassium cyanide, lay down on the bed and died.

[...] Suzanne's case has an unusual twist. She frequented an Internet newsgroup called called ASH, short for Alt.Suicide.Holiday.


At Thu Feb 08, 08:49:00 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's nothing wrong with that group, those of us who frequent it have found consolation and affirmation, as well as useful advice should we someday decide to catch the bus.


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