Thanks to folks who have taken the time to forward links to news articles, papers and other research in this blog. Please continue, it is much appreciated.
What is documented here comes from news reports and other credible sources. However with that said, we are sure this is not all there is, only what folks have advised us of.
The purpose of this blog is to document incidents of suicides and other deaths occurring to folks whose lives touch on sex offenses. Included here are folks who have been convicted of sex offenses, and folks who are accused of sex offenses but have no prior record of a sex offense. In addition, there are times when someone, a bystander so to speak, who has no connection to a sex offense or a sex offender, is mistakenly accused of committing a sex crime, they too are included.
If a person is known to be an -Advocate of Sex Offender Issues- then will be assigned a special tag "Advocate of Cause." Advocates of Cause may or may not be a person formerly convicted of any offense, and may or may not have committed suicide.
We retain these stories so other folks can find out what happened to the person should they be looking for them. Over time we have had many requests and this blog answers those questions.
Article Tags, Topics, Issues Index:
"+" TAGS: Notice that some of the entries have a "+" before them, these are the entries that are educational in nature, or, we are bringing attention to special cases to help Advocates to find these when they speak with Lawmakers. We will post relevant educational material as we find them or are made aware of them. The remaining entries are factual, actual events. All stories are supported by news articles or other reasonable verifiable sources.
Bad / Dead Article Links:
Unfortunately as time goes on some of the Internet links (sources of news articles) will no longer work. This is due to various reasons such as the news site has been rearranged, older articles are removed or archived, etc. There is nothing we can do about this, which is why we try to capture the essence of a story initially, the relevant facts, so folks can still see what happened later on.
YEAR followed by blank, CC: The year follow by no designation means this is a US case. CC means it is a civil commitment case.
Suicide US - of RSOs/SOs: We are no longer keeping track of Foreign suicides, only those in the United States, no matter whether the person was registered (RSO) or not (SO). If someone in the U.S. -has no prior sex offense- and is accused of a sex offense, or believed to have committed a sex offense, their suicide will be flagged "SO."
Accused / Not Accused: By "accused" we mean was the person was accused of a sex crime at the point of death (if a RSO it would mean recidivism, if a SO it would be their first sex crime). The absence of the word "Accused" would put the case in one of the other designations. Accused includes "thought to have committed a sex crime," whether the thinking is the police or others involved in the case. Now, sometimes it is claimed a person committed a sex crime but authorities cannot find any evidence of it, or, the facts of the article does not show real evidence to support the claim, hence, we tag these "... Accused, but innocent." Selecting appropriate tags is difficult and can change when a newer article reveals more or incorrect evidence; we do our best.
w-Death/s of Innocent Others: Occasionally, someone is killed who IS NOT the RSO or the SO accused, we call those deaths "Innocent Others" and we keep track of them as well. Generally it is the RSO or SO accused who kills the Innocent Other, but there are times when someone else (Public Servants, Police) who accidentally cause the death. Those cases, "Innocent Other" deaths, are also recorded in our "Deaths Related to Sex Offenders or Offenses" blog, where we count them.
Article Tags, Topics, Issues Index & Their Meanings:
The most important question we are asked is, how many have committed suicide. If you look at the "Article Tags / Topics / Issues" Index (right side of page) you will see "Suicide -" and "Suicide/s US -" or "Suicide/s FRN -". NOTE: "Suicide -" are facts about the cases documented, while the other two are the actual number of suicides shown in the (##). Individual groupings are (Mathematically important):
- Suicide/s US - of RSOs (##)
- Suicide/s US - of RSOs Accused (##)
- Suicide/s US - of SOs Accused (##)
- -- We do not track Foreign Registries --
- -- Eff. August 2012 No More FRN cases --
Article Tags Advocate of Cause