One of the blessings, or curses, of mystery studies is that every intriguing case suggests dozens of subtle questions, and can send you down the path of some new, complex studies.
Suicide, a depressing subject, stands as a field of its own–organizations like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the American Association of Suicidology attempt to study the eternal mystery, and methods to prevent, such a tragic act.
In the case of questionable suicides, the suspicious deaths that might instead have been accidents, or homicides, can the science of suicide help us make a determination? A representative of Mind Over Mystery visited St. Augustine, Florida, for two days in April, 2017, to take a closer look at the death of Michelle O’Connell on September 2, 2010. She’s the young woman who texted pessimistic thoughts on the same night she broke off with a boyfriend, and later was found dead with his gun at her side, in his home. Our thoughts on her case are on this website, but may evolve further as the case continues to garner national attention.
Her demise came about from one of two possibilities: either the stress of breaking up with Jeremy Banks caused her to snap and end her own life, or he snapped in anger and ended it for her. In addition to the personality profile of the key players, can the science of suicidology offer an opinion as to which scenario is more likely?
If any readers have in depth knowledge on this subject, interpreting the language of possible suicide, please let us and other readers know.