4 responses to An Amish Suicide
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    Comment on An Amish Suicide (June 11th, 2008 at 14:14)

    There is a very interesting story here that goes way beyond the NY Times article. It involves a series of suicides by three Amish men who had been friends. My grandfather lived just down the road from the Schrocks and was sent down to see what was going on because they could hear a commotion. He found a suicide note. There is an Amish legend about what happened that caused these men to commit suicide. My brother has tried to track down verification of it; has been able to confirm parts of it but not other parts of it. Regarding Amish suicides in general, I had an uncle (by marriage) who suffered from depression and committed suicide when he was in his 60s. In his immediate family, there were several brothers who also suffered from severe depression, and I believe there was at least one other attempt.

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    Comment on An Amish Suicide (June 11th, 2008 at 16:05)

    Unfortunately, depression and other mental illness can and does strike anyone. It doesn’t care how nurtured and loved you are and sadly, it can cause suicide.

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    Comment on An Amish Suicide (June 16th, 2008 at 04:07)

    Crockhead thanks for sharing the story. It seems there can be a familial predisposition for depression and suicide–among humans everywhere.

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    Comment on An Amish Suicide (June 16th, 2008 at 04:28)

    Turns out I had the wrong story. The Schrock suicide was a different one than the one my grandfather told about.

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