LOS ANGELES (AP) — The suicide of a young woman in the Hollywood Hills might have seemed just another sad Tinseltown story but for large notes plastered on the window of the car in which she died: "Danger! Chemicals Inside! Call 911."
Police and coroner's investigators had seen this before — three or four times in the past year — and they knew the danger was real to them and the neighborhood. Had the chemical cloud escaped from the car with people nearby, many others could have died, according to authorities. An evacuation of residents was contemplated but never carried out.
While most suicides affect only the deceased and their families, these cases have the potential to kill strangers.
Of course, the focus in the article is on the big, bad Internet, and those irresponsible folks who put others at risk while ending their own lives (but who are, however, responsible enough to post notes warning of the danger - good job, guys).
What you'll never, ever see in a mainstream media outlet: an acknowledgment that the problem is a lack of availability of quick, painless, effective means of suicide that don't put others at risk.
Legalize barbiturates and you'll never see another chemical suicide.
See also: "The Unspeakable Solution to Japan's Toxic Fume Suicide Epidemic"