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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Police have charged a 31-year-old
Florida woman with murder after she allegedly smothered her
8-year-old son to death on Christmas.
Police said Eryn Allegra, of Port St. Lucie, gave the boy eight
Advil pills to put him to sleep, then early Thursday morning
suffocated him with a pillow in a hotel room. Allegra then
allegedly tried to slit her wrists, but the blade she used was too
dull. Police said she dialed 911 and was taken to a local hospital.
Allegra told investigators she had been having financial
problems since August 2007.

the national media become fixated on stories like the man dressed as Santa who killed 8 or 9 in California the other day.  That may have been financial related in part as he seemed to be on a downward spiral with no hope in sight.  A woman killing her only child is not unheard of; the question becomes what is the breaking point, when does economic hopelessness and a terrible fear that there is no other way out turn an impulse into a tragedy?

We hear and read of the growing number of suicides stemming from Wall Street, most recently surrounding the Bernie Madoff tragedy.   Main Street always follows Wall Street.....

On Oct. 3, with sheriff’s deputies at her door, Addie Polk, 90, tried to kill herself to avoid eviction from her Akron, Ohio, home. Her neighbor Robert Dillon, hearing loud noises from her home, used a ladder to enter the second floor window and found Polk lying on her bed. As he told CNN, “Then she kind of moved toward me a little and I saw that blood, and I said, ‘Oh, no. Miss Polk musta done shot herself.’ ” As she recovered in the hospital from two self-inflicted gunshot wounds, Fannie Mae forgave her debt.

On Oct. 6, in Sevier County, Tenn., sheriff’s deputies arrived to evict Jimmy and Pamela Ross from their home. They heard a shot and entered the home to find 57-year-old Pamela dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Neighbor Ruth Blakey told WVLT-TV, “I know she really hated to leave that house.”

Wanda Dunn told neighbors she would rather die than leave her home. On Oct. 13, the day she was to be evicted, the 53-year-old Pasadena, Calif., native apparently set fire her home before shooting herself in the head. “We knew it was going to happen,” neighbor Steve Brooks told the Los Angeles Times.

Suicide is not always enough for some....

Ashley and Andres Iraheta, along with their father, Jorge Cruz Iraheta, 31, were found shot to death Friday night when officers were called to the home a second time, police said. The children's mother, Marta Iraheta, 35, was found wounded in the leg.

An unemployed California man shot and killed his wife, three children and mother-in-law before taking his own life over his family’s financial difficulties, police said.
Los Angeles Police Department deputy chief Michael Moore said the gunman, 45, shot his wife, 39, her mother, 70, and three sons aged 19, 12 and 7 at their home in an upmarket suburb of Los Angeles.

A York County man murdered his wife and toddler before taking his own life at a home in the 1300-block of Clover Lane in Spring Garden Township, York County.    Police say 39-year-old John Goodman shot his wife, 39-year-old Julie Goodman, multiple times.  He also shot his 2-year-old son, Langon, with a single bullet.  John Goodman then took his own life.

An 81-year-old man shot and killed his wife and middle-aged son yesterday in their Fairfax County home before fatally shooting himself in what police described as an apparent double murder-suicide and "a family tragedy."

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- A man distraught because he could not find work shot and killed his mother-in-law, his wife and three sons and then killed himself inside a home in an upscale San Fernando Valley neighborhood, police said.

The victims in a triple murder/suicide in Toronto this week were all stabbed to death, autopsy results released Sunday show.  Police say Keith DeLong, 66, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head after killing the three others: Wanda DeLong, 64; Richard DeLong, 38; and Elizabeth Tompkins, 41.

All of these tragedies took place since October.  Hope is in short supply.  Sometimes it's all there is.  Let's hope that 2009 brings a better situation for those who need it.  Happy New Year.

Originally posted to route66 on Sat Dec 27, 2008 at 06:41 AM PST.

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