Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  Patrick Granfors, iJanice Scott, iBino Pires, iHugh McCracken, iKaren Wilson, iLaurie Conrad, iMichael Csizmadia, i

  Home > Crime > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Jane St Clair

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Books
· Articles
· Stories
· 55 Titles
· 30 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
Member Since: Jan, 2008

Jane St Clair, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

Featured Book
Entangled in Darkness
by Lindsey Webster

Entangled in Darkness is a fictional novel about a young woman and her family and their struggle to survive in the face of mental illness...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Grandma's Suicide Kit Backfires
by Jane St Clair   
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
Last edited: Saturday, June 04, 2011
Posted: Saturday, June 04, 2011

  Print   Save    Follow    Share 

Recent articles by
Jane St Clair

I Survived Hospice! Wear that tee shirt proudly!
Ten Myths About Legalizing Assisted Suicide
The St. Croix Cougar Belongs to the West
Living Wills, End-of-Life Medical Forms and the New York Times
Murder by Suicide: Internet Predator Attacks the Most Vulnerable Among Us
Sonoran Desert Spring, April Spring, Tucson, Arizona
Civil War Re-Enactment at Picacho Peak: The Gettysburg of the West
           >> View all

A 91-year-old sells suicide kits from her house, and it's a $100,000 a year business. But one person who bought a kit was a much-loved young man from Oregon, a kid from a loving home with a brilliant potential.



      by Jane St. Clair


You'd think that a woman over ninety would have better things to do than sit all day sewing suicide kits.  But hey, her business took in almost $100,000 last year.

Sharlotte Hydorn sells suicide kits at $60 a pop from her home in El Cajon, California.  She considers herself on a "mission of compassion," a kind person who helps others.  She recalls the sad death of her husband from cancer some 35 years ago, and regrets that he went through prolonged treatments and died in a hospital instead of at home. <em> Inquiring minds want to know: why didn't he just refuse treatment and go into home hospice?</em> Or if his wife had medical authority, why didn't she do that for him? But whatever, that's her story and she's sticking to it.

So Hydorn sits all day sewing together plastic bags and tubes so you can create your own do-it-yourself gas chamber.  For 60 bucks, you don't get your money's worth.  The suicide kit is a tacky mess, and it does not provide a dignified death, as promised.  You die wearing a plastic dry cleaning bag over your head.

Hydorn brags that she brings "eternal sleepiness" to people. Where's the evidence for that?  Even genius Shakespeare, who was not particularly religious, called death that "undiscovered Country, from whose bourn no traveler returns." One of the time-honored ways psychiatrists still use to talk people out of suicide is to say things like, "Well, are you sure you want to risk it? After all, you can't be sure where you're going once you leave here ..." But Hydorn is a science teacher, and as a scientist, she knows more than all of us.

One of the people who bought a Hydorn kit, shipped to him in a box decorated with butterflies, was a young man in his twenties, a recent college graduate.  Nick Klonoski came from a nice family of five boys.  His mom is a U.S. District Court Judge, his late father taught political science at the University of Oregon.  Although he had battled depression for years, Nick was known for his mischievous smile and brilliant potential, and he certainly was not terminally ill. Over a thousand people came to his funeral.

His brother Jake told reporters, "They made money off my brother. They gave him the tools to take his own life without knowing him, without knowing anything about him.  For $60, they blew his life apart. It breaks my heart."

The Klonoski family lives in Oregon, one of three states in the USA that has legalized assisted suicide.  Since it became legal there and thus sanctioned by adult society, the suicide rate of young people in that state has gone up.

Hydorn told reporters that she "feels sorry for Nick Klonoski's mama, but I cannot take all the sadness of the world on my shoulders."

Yet when it came to this one young man,  Hydorn succeeded in making this world a sadder,  less merciful place.  And that was no mission of compassion.



Bjornstad, Randi. "Suicide kits sell death by mail," The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, May 11, 2011.

Conley, Mikaela. "FBI raids home of suicide kit maker," ABC News, "Health" topics, May 26, 2011.

Ertelt, Steven. "91-year-old grandma busted for suicide kit business," LifeNews, May 27, 2011.

Marosi, Richard. "Woman selling suicide kits reignites right-to-die debate," the Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2011.



If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call 1-800-SUICIDE now and get help.  People care.


Web Site: The Compassionate Choice

Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Popular Crime Articles
  1. Rodrigo Villalobos - 10 Reasons to Love or
  3. Words I Now Regret
  4. New York Fugitives; How An Ex-Fugitive Suc
  5. I have Three Questions
  6. Dad's Final Message
  7. Once Upon a Time Prayer was in Schools and
  9. FACTS OF LIFE ...
  10. Crime Stats & Guns

Free Download - Corruption and Crime by Sam Vaknin

Essays about corruption, money laundering, crime, and international finance. ..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

The Careless Word by Catriona King

Book 8 in the Craig Crime Series..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.