August 17, 2016 |
LEESPORT, Pa. - About three weeks before she and her three young children were killed at gunpoint on the floor of their living room, Megan Swingle Short had called 911 to say she was afraid of the man who would end up murdering her family - her husband. She told a Berks County emergency dispatcher that she and Mark Short had been arguing. But Mark Short was gone from the family's house in Sinking Spring when police arrived on that day in July. Officers told the 33-year-old mother how to get a protection-from-abuse order to keep him away.
January 2, 2016
A 38-year-old South Jersey man was struck and killed Wednesday night in Haverford Township by a Norristown high speed train, in what police are calling an apparent suicide. The victim, a resident of Mays Landing, was not identified pending notification of kin. Witnesses told Haverford Township police the man park his car in a lot near the Ardmore Junction station about 10:45 p.m., walked up the embankment and onto the tracks. As the outbound train approached, the man lay down on the tracks.
September 12, 2014 |
WHEN PUPILS and teachers return to the halls of South Philly's Francis Scott Key Elementary School this morning, it will be under a cloud of grief. Amy Persky Newman, 48, a beloved teacher at Key for 20 years, died yesterday on the fourth day of the new school year. Preliminary evidence indicated that the sixth-grade teacher took her own life inside a public bathroom on the lobby floor of the Holiday Inn Stadium, on Packer Avenue near 10th Street in South Philly, police said.
August 14, 2014 |
SHE WAS WATCHING Jeopardy! on Monday when the news scrolled across the bottom of the TV screen that Robin Williams had taken his own life. "I burst into tears," says "Helen," who has asked to remain anonymous to protect her daughter. "I wanted to call his wife and tell her there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. I wanted to hug her. " Helen says this even though, more often than not, she feels the pain of her brother's 2010 suicide as if it, too, happened Monday. And even though she still battles the despair that led to her own suicide attempt just eight months after her brother died.
August 29, 2013 |
After Susan Dow learned of her lover's affair, she moved out of the Cinnaminson house they had shared, called him nearly 90 times over the next few days, told his new mistress to leave her man alone, and then returned with a gun, authorities said. Dow was convicted of murdering William "Mike" Seidle, 48, a forklift driver she had been with for six months, after a jury found she had shot him in the chest. The British national was sentenced to 30 years in prison. An appeals panel overturned the verdict this month, citing judicial and prosecutorial missteps, and sent the case back to the lower court for a new trial.
June 14, 2013 |
TO A FEW Philadelphians with a long memory or a love of civic history, the shocking news that a city Licenses and Inspections employee had died in an apparent suicide instantly called up memories of one of the most notorious eras in city history: a time when six city workers or cops committed suicide in fewer than three years. But friends and co-workers say the death Wednesday night of L&I inspector Ronald Wagenhoffer, who monitored the Market Street demolition that collapsed and killed six people last week, is a case of a good and honest man, wracked by guilt over the episode.
April 4, 2013 |
THE DAYS foreshadowed in Paddy Chayefsky 's "Network" are upon us. In that 1976 movie, network bosses hire a terrorist group to kill an aging anchorman on air to goose ratings. Is what TV is doing (and causing) today - outing fame-starved people in a pressure cooker - that much different? Five people who've appeared on Dr. Drew 's "Celebrity Rehab" have died since being on the show. Wesley Durden Jr. , a contestant on "Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker," shot himself.
March 1, 2013 |
NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. - Debra Denison's struggles with mental illness were well-known in her family, and when she wanted to pick up her grandsons from day care for the older boy's birthday, mother Brenda Perry hesitated. Denison not only wanted to pick up 2-year-old Alton and 6-month-old Ashton, but she also wanted to do it alone, the boys' great-grandmother said. Perry told her mother the boys were too much for her to handle, but Denison, 47, insisted. She left a suicide note, drove to the day care, picked up the boys, took them to a lake, and apparently used her husband's gun to shoot them and herself, authorities and relatives said.
February 14, 2013 |
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A University of Maryland graduate student with a history of mental illness shot and killed one roommate early Tuesday near the off-campus home they shared and wounded another before committing suicide, authorities said. Prince George's County police identified the shooter as Dayvon Maurice Green of College Park, 23, an engineering student. Green's family told investigators that he had been suffering from a mental illness for at least a year and had been prescribed medication, police spokeswoman Julie Parker said.
February 13, 2013 |
A 25-year veteran of the Lower Merion Township Police Department was found dead Monday, evidently a suicide. Officer Sean Quinn was found in his car in Franklin D. Roosevelt Park in South Philadelphia. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. "The Lower Merion Police Department wishes to express its heartfelt condolences to Officer Quinn's family and friends, and asks that they be kept in your thoughts and prayers as we all try to come to terms with this tragic event," said Police Superintendent Michael McGrath, who issued an alert Monday morning that Quinn, 46, of Aston, was missing after not reporting for his 7 a.m. shift.