This week two reports caught my eye….the death of “Dr. Death” and the resurgence of another person who is packaging kits for assisted suicides.
Jack Kevorkian finally died …it seems that he was unassisted but who really knows.
I wonder what was going through his mind as his own death neared…did he experience the visions of all those that he assisted in death greeting him as he made his own transition from life? He certainly brought “death” into our living rooms with his defiance of state laws prohibiting assisted suicides. He even went to jail and when he was released we did not hear too much from him.
What I find ironic, earlier this same week there is yet another suicide assistant out there…this time in California. Her name is Sharlotte Hydorn. She is devoted to the “right to die” cause.
So as one crusader dies another takes up the cause…but Sharlotte, herself, is 91 years old so she does not have a whole lot of time to promote her product…
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the central figure in the tumultuous national drama surrounding assisted suicide, died Friday in a Michigan hospital. He was 83 and lived in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Reporting from El Cajon, Calif.— Sharlotte Hydorn peddles a product touted for its deadly simplicity. Inside her butterfly-decorated boxes are clear plastic bags and medical-grade tubing. A customer places the bag over his head, connects the tubing from the bag to a helium tank, turns the valve and breathes. The so-called suicide kit asphyxiates a customer within minutes.
Orders come from all over the world, from people young and old, depressed and terminally ill. “People commit suicide by jumping out of windows and buildings, and hanging themselves,” said the 91-year-old former elementary school science teacher. Her product, she says, ends lives peacefully, leaving people “eternally sleepy.”