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 plans to be in St. Augustine, Florida, for two days later this month of 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.  Only a brief introduction to her case sits on our website, as we withhold more commentary until we complete the on-site visit.

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 advice to what we should pursue while in St. Augustine, which avenues to explore further, please let us know this month.