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In lieu of a traditional suicide note, Suzanne's family received an e-mail the day of her death. The note was intentionally scheduled to arrive after Suzanne had already killed herself, ensuring her family had no way to stop her. Suzanne wrote: "If you haven't heard by now, I have passed away. I know I should have told you, but I have been depressed and suicidal for a long, long time. It is all right to be sad, and it is all right to cry. These types of things tend to happen. It really isn't that big a deal. Death is just another part of life."

Suzanne's suicide stunned her family. The last time Jennifer saw her sister, she remembered Suzanne seemed pale and a little stressed, but Jennifer attributed the change in behavior to the normal stresses of college life.

Her mother, Mary, had spoken to Suzanne the day before her death and noticed nothing out of the ordinary. "She called me at my office," Mary says, "She said, 'Mom, I just wanted to say hi, see how you're doing today and tell you I love you."
FROM: The Bank-Robbing Dad and the Shocked Sons Who Turned Him In
Published on January 25, 2006