J.A.I.L. News Journal
Los Angeles - December 25,
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Lady Jumps From Ninth
Thursday, December 21,
Murder-Suicide From Ledge Kills 3
By LOUIS SAHAGUN,
Times Staff Writer
A distraught woman killed her two young
daughters by pushing them off a
ninth-floor ledge of the downtown Los
Angeles County courthouse Wednesday, then leaped to her own death, Los Angeles
Witnesses said the woman let out a piercing scream before
landing in a lighted interior courtyard. Moments earlier,
police had received a report of a suicidal woman on top of the building and
tried to talk her back inside. One witness told of seeing the woman throw "two
objects off the ninth-floor cafeteria balcony. That witness had no idea those
objects were actually children," Lt. Horace Frank said.
The tragedy took
place at the courthouse at 111 N. Hill St. as the building
emptied for the
day at about 5:40 p.m.
Frank would not identify the victims beyond
saying that the woman was
African American in her mid-30s and the girls were
6 and 8. The family was believed to have lived in Southwest Los Angeles, he
What prompted the woman's actions was not clear, but county
officials said she may have reacted to a civil case she attended in the building
Wednesday morning with her husband and daughters.
Suddenly, "she climbed up on the ledge and
jumped, hitting the fourth-floor ledge," Frank said. Officers who rushed to the
fourth floor found "two girls who appeared to be lifeless," he said.
woman, who fell to the ground floor, died at the scene. The girls
traumatic injuries and were in full cardiac arrest when taken to
Medical Center. They were pronounced dead on arrival, he said.
Angeles Police Department homicide detectives and Los Angeles County sheriff's
investigators were conducting a murder-suicide investigation of the incident
that Frank described as "very tragic for many reasons."
is the time of the year for people to be festive and
celebrating," he said.
"Now, [this family] has to deal with a situation like
Article received on Thursday, December 21 2000 from Los
* Obviously, most people will lose the
significance of this event, chalking it up as an unstable woman who received an
unfavorable ruling in court that day, affirming the soundness in reasoning
of the judge. While I cannot address the particulars of this case, I am not
ready to quickly dismiss this event as that of just an outright "wacko"
woman. The odds are more than likely that this distraught woman, as are many
others experiencing injustice in the courts of today, was driven to her action
by hopelessness foisted upon her by the judge. It is inestimable just how many
people have been driven to suicide and irrational behavior because they could
not fathom hope beyond the court's gavel.
Many courts have ruined and destroyed
innumerable lives beyond comprehension, either directly or indirectly, to which,
if the truth could be comprehended, there would be a national outcry for
immediate reform! Only because the public is diluted with the idea that the
underdog just could not deal with the justice meted out, that they do irrational
things, that keeps the judicial system, particularly family law, afloat.
They cannot imagine that the courts could really be so corrupt as to ruin good
honest and just people. No, not in America, after all, we are guaranteed
"Liberty and Justice for All!"
Until America wakes up to the real facts of our
judicial system, the evils of this system will continue until it hits them. Then
they will scream, "How can this be?" and they may feel like committing suicide
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