Love and Marriage and Death – And Suicide

Sadly, some couples find their lives too difficult to continue living, for a variety of reasons. This phenomenon of the suicide pact is not new. The couple below were engaged to be married yet decided to commit suicide by strychnine ingestion:

Salem Star-Journal, Salem, Ohio, 30 October 1903, p1.
Salem Daily News, Salem, Ohio, 2 Jun 1891, p1.

Suicide pacts are not just for the young. The following older couple decided to commit suicide together because of financial difficulties and ailing health.

Sandusky Star-Journal, 30 October 1903, p1.
Sandusky Star-Journal, Sandusky, Ohio, 30 October 1903, p1.

Probably the most tragic are the murder-suicide incidents. This young man felt that he would never be enough to marry the girl he loved and was so distraught that he felt that the only solution was to kill her and then himself.

The Marion Star, Marion, Ohio, 9 May 1894, p1.
The Marion Star, Marion, Ohio, 9 May 1894, p1.

Sometimes love is so strong and so mind-bending that logical and clear thought seems to escape some. Of course we can’t know for sure what was going on for these couples but their love tied them together even to death.

 

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