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Rosemary2205 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-10-06 10:35 AM
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42. To the board in general -- suicide is not an admission of guilt
Mom may or may not have done something to her child but her suicide is not proof of guilt. It's only proof of her mental pain.


A good 20 yrs ago a neighbor of mine had her husband and child turn up dead one morning and she said she slept through it. The police right away focused on her as the culprit. She had trouble answering questions and was generally uncooperative. Her inlaws were calling for her to get the death penalty in the media and the reporters were camped out at her house for weeks. Even her own siblings and parents seemed to believe she did it.

She committed suicide with the same sleeping pills she had taken that night and left a note saying she didn't do it. Was overwhelmed by the loss and just could not live with the pressure of being under suspicion any longer. 7 years later a cold case detective was able to get the DNA evidence and it matched someone in jail for other murders. When detectives interviewed him in jail he admitted the murders and the details he gave both completely confirmed his guilt and my neighbor's innocence. In the end, it turned out hubby was into some ugly stuff and paid a price.

Just because people don't react the way we think we would in a certain situation doesn't mean they are guilty of anything. And I really hope and pray to God none of us ever has to find out how we would personally react.
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