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Officials: Financial crisis can lead to violence. Your thoughts?

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 43 minutes ago

An out-of-work money manager in California loses a fortune and wipes out his family in a murder-suicide. A 90-year-old Ohio widow shoots herself in the chest as authorities arrive to evict her from the modest house she called home for 38 years.

In Massachusetts, a housewife who had hidden her family’s mounting financial crisis from her husband sends a note to the mortgage company warning: "By the time you foreclose on my house, I’ll be dead."

Then Carlene Balderrama shot herself to death, leaving an insurance policy and a suicide note on a table.

Across the country, authorities are becoming concerned that the nation’s financial woes could turn increasingly violent, and they are urging people to get help. In some places, mental-health hot lines are jammed, counseling services are in high demand and domestic-violence shelters are full.

"I’ve had a number of people say that this is the thing most reminiscent of 9/11 that’s happened here since then," said the Rev. Canon Ann Malonee, vicar at Trinity Church in the heart of New York’s financial district. "It’s that sense of having the rug pulled out from under them."

With nowhere else to turn, many people are calling suicide-prevention hot lines. The Samaritans of New York have seen calls rise more than 16 percent in the past year, many of them money-related. The Switchboard of Miami has recorded more than 500 foreclosure-related calls this year.

"A lot of people are telling us they are losing everything. They’re losing their homes, they’re going into foreclosure, they’ve lost their jobs," said Virginia Cervasio, executive director of a suicide resource enter in southwest Florida’s Lee County.

Suicide. Family homicides. Beyond scary! ( o _ 0 )

It leads to alot of things. This is not gonna be pretty by any means.

  1. Alex W
    April 11th, 2010 at 18:55 | #1

    Maybe they’ll finally admit poverty causes crime, and if we took care of our lower-class people this entire country would be a much better place. But when people don’t have money and can’t get money, there are very few options left.
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    April 11th, 2010 at 19:01 | #2

    It leads to alot of things. This is not gonna be pretty by any means.
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