How gambling ruined people's lives


IL - Since casinos opened in Joliet five years ago, Will County Coroner Patrick O'Neil said he has handled three suicides involving people who had racked up debts on the riverboats. But there are others, he said, such as the Kankakee couple who killed themselves outside O'Neil's jurisdiction.
Sun Times 7/28/97

IL - 27-year-old Larry ruined his career, maxed out his credit cards and finally killed himself after gambling away his girlfriend's rent money.
TODAY 8/13/01

IL - A gambler, Robert Jewell, threatened to spray gunfire in an Elgin, Ill., casino, then returned home and shot himself.
Los Angeles Times 6/22/97

IL - Kate, 40, a gambling addict and mother of 2, committed suicide by shooting herself in the head.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2/22/95

TAMPA -- The night Hillsborough State Attorney Harry walked into a darkened field carrying his gun, he already was mired deep in gambling debt and facing an investigation. He committed suicide.
St. Petersburg Times 11/28/00

AZ - Harrah's Indian gambling director committed suicide over a jackpot dispute.
The Associated Press 1/21/98

LA - After a night of drinking at a Kenner casino Saturday night, a Ponchatoula man, 21, apparently shot himself to death in his car outside the gambling boat, police said.
Times Picayune 11/8/99

MO - Mother committed suicide after secret, luckless trips to Casino St. Charles.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 3/3/96

Las Vegas - Pierce was the second prominent actor to take his life in a little more than a year. In March 1999, David Strickland hanged himself at the Oasis Motel, 1731 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Strickland was in the TV series "Suddenly Susan."
Las Vegas Review-Journal 7/12/00

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 24-year-old Utah man scaled two security barriers and jumped to his death from the observation deck of the 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower hotel-casino late Wednesday, police said.
Las Vegas Sun 1/6/00

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The bullets fired by the family man and Alabama Power employee struck three people he'd apparently never met inside the 23-story hotel and casino, and sparked a panic that didn't end until a dozen other people were injured in the melee. McConnell then shot himself in the head. A casino employee said he had been in the casino before and was upset after losing at the slot machines.
Alabama Live 1/15/01

Las Vegas - They have bank statements showing that Batdorf drained his $17,000 Florida bank account in 11 days. Between August and September he made $600 daily ATM withdrawals as often as three times a day and maxed out his credit cards that put him $72,000 in debt. A pawn shop ticket with his name and thumbprint on it prove he hocked the last of his things, among them the ceramic W.C. Fields and Marx Brothers figurines his mom gave him for Christmas. All activity stopped on his credit cards and bank statements a little over two months later in Las Vegas -- about the same time a man's body matching Batdorf's description turned up in the desert, dead from a .357-caliber gunshot wound in the head.
Las Vegas SUN 10/31/98

CA - A compulsive gambler shot and killed himself in San Diego. It was at least the second such suicide in that city within the past few months, yet these events are rarely reported and when they are, the connection with gambling is often overlooked.
The Los Angeles Times 6/30/97

Iowa - Where a 19-year-old college dropout, Jason Berg, shot himself to death in June 1994, despairing over a budding gambling habit.
Los Angeles Times 6/22/97

A Long Island teen who had a "death wish" because of a $6,000 World Series gambling debt used a $1.75 toy gun to force cops to shoot and kill him, police said yesterday.
New York Post 11/16/98

Pergament, depressed over $6,000 in gambling debts, got himself shot Friday night by threatening officers with what turned out to be a toy gun, police said. They call it "suicide by co" -- and say they've seen it before.
The Associated Press 11/17/97

My father, a successful lawyer in Los Angeles, was also a compulsive gambler, and he killed himself in 1976, shortly after one of his many trips to Las Vegas.
WARD M. WINTON St. Paul, Dec. 16, 1997

SALEM, Ore. - A Eugene woman who blames her brother's suicide on the state lottery's video poker network filed a lawsuit Tuesday that would constitutionally invalidate the lottery.
The Register-Guard 7/25/01

RI - Hours after Police Chief Thomas Moffatt was found dead Nov. 20, apparently a suicide, in the basement of the police station, four city officials were told of reports that the chief had been borrowing money from subordinates to pay gambling debts.
The Providence Journal 11/30/98

Miss. - After two losing days at the Tunica gambling tables, Ronnie Austin told his wife he was ready to leave. By the time she caught up to him in the Horseshoe Casino parking garage, the Cordova resident was dead from a 9 mm gunshot wound to the chest, an apparent suicide captured on security camera videotape.
The Commercial Appeal 3/17/98

Las Vegas - Tillander became immersed in a gambling habit. While no one knows the extent of Tillander's debts, his inability to stop gambling left him unwilling to go on. "His finances were getting out of control," Flatt says. "Gambling is a tough addiction because when you confront someone about it, there is usually very little evidence." authorities found Tillander's body in his apartment. He had crafted the cyanide gas concoction, stuck his head in a pup tent and taken in the deadly fumes.
Las Vegas Review-Journal 11/16/98

CT - A bank employee and father with a gambling habit, in desperation, killed himself by hanging after leaving a casino.
The Day Publishing Online 9/9/00

CT - The body of 28-year-old John Diakos was found in a casino parking lot after he committed suicide by ingesting a mixture of drugs and cutting his arms.
The Day Publishing Online 9/9/00

CT - 38-year-old woman of Stamford drowned herself by wading into the Thames River after losing hundreds of dollars at gambling the maximum amount allowed on her credit cards at the casino.
The Day Publishing Online 9/9/00

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Anon, Monday July 05, 2004
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