Gabrial Adams, a 38-year-old inmate serving life without parole for his role in a headline-grabbing double-murder committed when he was a teenager, was found dead in his cell on March 9. Although autopsy results have not yet been released and the Colorado Department of Corrections is offering little ... More >>
Update: On August 19, we noted that suicide statistics in Colorado had set an awful new record, with the rate registering its highest number ever; see our previous coverage below. Drilling down with the help of Jarrod Hindman, the state's director of suicide prevention, reveals details behind the d ... More >>
Dr. Rich Mahogany is not a real doctor. The mustachioed star of ManTherapy.org is a fake therapist who loves fly fishing, chainsaws and stuffed moose heads. He cusses, does bicep curls with a bowling ball and, most importantly, dispenses facts and tips about depression, anxiety, substance abuse and ... More >>
Update: The Wheat Ridge Police Department has now identified the principals in a Sunday murder suicide at the Wheatridge Manor nursing home as Donald Schaffer, 66, and Joyce Schaffer, 69, who'd been living at the facility for ten months. The couple were married for 43 years -- and their loved ones ... More >>
That old saw about divorce being hardest on the kids almost turned fatal in the case of Nyesha Hall-Gonzalez, 28. She's accused of burying a Carmelo Ortiz-Hall, her two-year-old son, under tumbleweeds and leaving him to die in an El Paso County field because of her desire to kill herself -- and her ... More >>
Keenu TiymeWhen homicide detectives questioned him in 2008, shortly after the discovery of his ex-wife's battered and slashed corpse in a hotel room, Keenu Tiyme had trouble recalling his phone number and address. This afternoon, a Denver jury will be asked to decide where he'll reside in the ... More >>
Big pic below.Can a suicide attempt be a parole violation? Yes, if the person hoping to kill himself has been ordered to stay away from drugs and he tries to overdose. That's the accusation against Eric Kinder, 43, whose alleged death wish follows a conviction over a police standoff prompted ... More >>
Keenu TiymeBarring a last-minute deal, attorneys will be picking a jury Monday morning in Denver District Court to decide the fate of Keenu Tiyme -- more than two-and-a-half years after the body piercer was arrested and charged with the gruesome death of his ex-wife, 39-year-old tattoo artist ... More >>
B.J. Nikkel.After the Colorado Civil Union Act was approved by the Senate, sponsor Pat Steadman predicted that it would pass the House if not blocked by "extremists." However, the measure died in the judiciary committee, with B.J. Nikkel and other Republican members voting against it. The ang ... More >>
Fox 31Update: Christopher Wells may have been in custody at the time the bodies of his ex-wife, Amara Wells, and Robert Rafferty were discovered -- but the Douglas County Sheriff's Office still believes he played a key role in their deaths. Along with Josiah Sher, Matthew Plake and Micah Wood ... More >>
Big pic below.Update: William Rex Fowler, whose software firm faced ruin in part because he donated around $200,000 to the Church of Scientology, argued that he had been about to kill himself when his partner, Thomas Ciancio, interrupted him -- and wound up with multiple gunshots to the head. ... More >>
Early this morning, a closure impacted one of Aurora's major intersections: Chambers Road at Smith Road. Traffic is moving there again -- but why the earlier shutdown? According to Aurora Police Department spokesman Bob Friel, a woman tried to commit suicide by jumping in front of a slow-movi ... More >>
7NewsUpdate: As noted in our original item about the death of Maria Duron and Art Medina, on view below, all signs pointed to a murder-suicide in the case -- and that proved to be the case, according to the Arapahoe County coroner. But the details are still shocking. The coroner found that M ... More >>
Tom MurphyGem Trails is Trevor Peterson GEM TRAILS With Thundercade and Kevin Costner Suicide Pact Meadowlark | January 7, 2011 Gem Trails is the solo side project of Trevor Peterson from Woodsman. From this performance, the name is appropriate for the spectral, glistening streaming of guit ... More >>
Kristin Hermeler.Update: The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office has released surveillance footage and photos of Kristin and Candice Hermeler, Australian twins who acted out a suicide pact at the Family Shooting Center; Kristin died, while Candice was gravely wounded but survived. The footage ce ... More >>
Kristin HermelerIt didn't make much sense that Candice and Kristin Hermeler would travel halfway across the world to enact a suicide pact at a local gun range -- until reports began to surface about the Australian twins' obsession with the Columbine shootings. While police have tried to downp ... More >>
In a post yesterday, GLBT Center's Hope Wisneski discussed the recent rash of gay teen suicides without attacking Focus on the Family, which recently criticized pro-gay anti-bullying programs as anti-Christian. But while Focus hasn't fanned flames since the national media picked up the suicid ... More >>
Kenny McKinley.Broncos receiver Kenny McKinley was laid to rest yesterday (fortunately with no reported protests from members of Westboro Baptist Church) on the same day that Denver Public Schools publicly introduced its Signs of Suicide curriculum. The later event had been planned long befor ... More >>
Kenny McKinley.The death by suicide of Denver Bronco Kenny McKinley, whose funeral today may be protested by the Westboro Baptist Church, has brought new attention to the subject of suicide in general. In many ways, that's a good thing -- but it also has drawbacks according to Denver Public S ... More >>
Woody Paige.We've often made sport of Denver Post and ESPN vet Woody Paige. But when he's not cobbling together forced riffs and calling them columns, he can be a moving writer. Think of his 2006 piece about his sister's losing battle with cancer -- and today's effort about late Bronco receiv ... More >>
Stephanie Rochester.The horrible story of Stephanie Rochester, the apparently perfect Superior mom arrested on suspicion that she killed her infant son, Rylan, just got worse. A newly released affidavit (check it out below) details her ultimately successful efforts to smother the boy, motiva ... More >>
View Larger Map Let's hope murder-suicides don't come in threes. Just yesterday, we told you about a likely murder-suicide in Broomfield involving Darryl Stricklin, 45, and Jodi Samuels, 36. Shortly thereafter, the Denver Coroner's Office identified Filadelfo Mazariego and Alba Rodriguez-Ruiz as a c ... More >>
John Beech left his will, car titles and other papers for police on his kitchen table. A Jefferson County judge threw out objections Friday afternoon to a suicide's controversial will, ruling that the man's estate must go to a prominent Denver charity -- even though his family contends that the ch ... More >>
The most resonant information that's come my way thus far today in relation to the anniversary of the April 20, 1999 shootings at Columbine High School was contained in an e-mail sent to Westword by Vicki Newell, a public-policy director with the Colorado PTA. It's a list of school shootings since ... More >>
There's always an interest when like-minded solo artists come together to collaborate on a project. So when Colorado emcees Whygee and Sunken State announced they were releasing a seven-song EP called Suicide Watch, those who follow the local scene were excited to hear the results. To add to the exc ... More >>
Cyanide -- it's not just for Nazi leaders anymore. The bizarre death-by-cyanide of Abdirahman Dirie, a Somali native turned Canadian citizen whose body was found in Denver's Burnsley Hotel earlier this month, has been ruled a suicide, and the modest amount of space devoted to the report by the Den ... More >>
A Denver scene icon has passed, but his music lives on.
The Toasted Subs Franchisee Association won a victory against Quiznos in Denver’s federal court on Thursday, May 3 – the same day that my feature story about the Denver-based chain hit newsstands. Last November, a Quiznos franchisee in California killed himself in a Quiznos bathroom, leaving a ... More >>
Franchise owners thought they'd make a fortune serving the toasted sandwiches created by Quiznos. Instead, they got burned.
The tragic death of one of America's most important investigative journalists
Angie Stevens has finally put the past behind her.
Inmate suicides put the spotlight on medical care at Colorado's supermax.
Elliott Smith 1969-2003
A well-liked former CIA agent was living another kind of double life in the years before his suicide.
A Question of Mercy deals with the touchy subject of assisted suicide.
Can a 24-hour crisis hotline put callers on hold? The state will get back to you on that.
The members of Pennywise carry on in the wake of tragedy.
Arapahoe County sends deputies to arrest a man who had died in their jail.
THE MAYOR TRIES TO HAVE ONE OF HIS SONS COMMITTED FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS.