Cops Blame Porn (Not Bullying) for Bullied College Student's Suicide

On April 16th, 19-year-old University of Wisconsin-River Falls student Alyssa Funke committed suicide. In the weeks prior, she'd suffered an avalanche of threats and bullying from former high school classmates. But police are eager to blame pornography — and not online harassment — for her suicide. » 5/21/14 6:00pm 5/21/14 6:00pm

L'Wren Scott Dead at 49 in Apparent Suicide

The Daily News and the New York Post are reporting that designer L'Wren Scott died Monday morning from an apparent suicide. There's little information available now, but what we do know is very sad: Scott's assistant reportedly found her hanging from a scarf tied to a doorknob in her apartment in Chelsea. A former… » 3/17/14 12:59pm 3/17/14 12:59pm

Trans Woman Commits Suicide Amid Fear of Outing by Sports Blog

Reporter Caleb Hannan thought he'd found an interesting idea for a story when he stumbled across a YouTube video about about a "scientifically superior" golf club called the Oracle, invented by a brilliant MIT-credentialed physicist named Dr. V. He set out to find out more about the woman behind the invention, but… » 1/18/14 4:40pm 1/18/14 4:40pm

How to Feel About Ariel Castro's Suicide

Last night, just a month and change into serving his life + 1,000-year sentence for kidnapping three Cleveland women and keeping them captive under hellish conditions for a decade, Ariel Castro committed suicide in jail. After I heard the news, I felt a range of awful, base emotions, none of which made me feel good… » 9/04/13 11:30am 9/04/13 11:30am

Could this gloomy song really inspire a person to commit suicide?

Rezső Seress and László Jávor's song "Gloomy Sunday" may be one of the most depressing songs ever recorded, and is commonly called "The Hungarian Suicide Song" because of its connection to a rash of 20th century suicides. But could this admittedly glum song really trigger suicidal behavior? » 8/11/13 9:00pm 8/11/13 9:00pm

Why Are We So Fascinated With Female Suicides?

Vice provoked the ire of denizens of decency around the web when they ran a fashion spread depicting photos of famous female authors in the act of doing themselves in. It has since been removed. But was it really in poor taste, or just poorly done? How should we talk about and show the complex tragedy of suicide? » 6/23/13 4:30pm 6/23/13 4:30pm

Extremely Mean Phone-Robot Siri Doesn't Want You to Kill Yourself

Like most everyone in possession of an iPhone, I have a very contentious relationship with Siri: she never tells me jokes, she refuses to learn my name, and she's often extremely judgmental of me ("I'm sorry, I don't have any results for 'goat tree'. Would you like me to Google it?" she will often say in a dismissive,… » 6/20/13 11:45am 6/20/13 11:45am