Death on Oak Road in Unincorporated Walnut Creek Ruled a Suicide

February 11, 2013 17:51 pm · 33 comments

As we first reported over the weekend, a man was found dead inside his condo on Oak Road in unincorporated Walnut Creek on Friday.

Investigators were on scene for over five hours, and today, they’ve determined the cause of death.

Jimmy Lee with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office says the Coroner determined the 50-year-old man’s death was due to a stab wound to the heart.

His death has been ruled a suicide.

J. February 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Wow, falling on your sword is a tough way to out.


doesntmatter February 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

What a thug. It takes a mans man to do that

Atticus Thraxx February 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Takes a determined man to stab himself in the heart to death.

Fig Newton February 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Sad !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lori February 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM


Triple Canopy February 11, 2013 at 5:56 PM

A sour relationship? Despair? Addiction?

On the other hand, I’d rather have a murderer take his/her own life than languishing in a prison where he/she gets three square meals, full medical care, and housing. Not much of an existence but yet it is still an undeserved existence.

Kimchee February 11, 2013 at 6:03 PM

That sounds a little suspicious. I don’t think many people would be able to stab themselves. Either way, it is very sad.

Jeff February 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Sad. RIP, dude. Whatever the reason for your despair, I hope that you and your family find peace.

I will point out, however, that it’s time to ban knives. After all, they are the REASON this happened. I think we should also go after the manufacturers of said knives, tax those that buy them, force any bank that supports them to withdraw their funds, and thus make the world safer “for the kids”.

Signed, Dianne Feinstein.

Just goes to show you HOW BIG AN IDIOT SHE IS.

Dennis February 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

One would hope he left a note. It is understandable that WCPD treated this as a suspicious death … stabbing oneself in the heart is a very rare form of suicide.

A couple years ago, a guy (D.K.) committed suicide by walking out onto Kirker Pass Rd. one very dark night, and layed down across the fast lane, and waited for someone to run over him.

My condolences are for the neighbors and family who are left with the guilt and shame caused by the suicide. No sympathy for the person who committes suicide, however.

Triple Canopy February 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Dennis @9… it’s unincorporated WC so that means the death/investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Office (County) – not WCPD.

Julio-Antioch February 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM

No one should feel guilt and shame over a suicide. It isn’t their fault and most likely they could not have stopped it. RIP.

Triple Canopy February 11, 2013 at 7:52 PM

0@11… I don’t think it is a matter of guilt or shame as you perceive. It’s a matter of perspective that someone felt helpless and the only answer was checking out my their own hand.

Nothing can be that bad to do that… well, except if you’re the killer and want to avoid prison or the death penalty. Then hell, I’d be more than happy to offer a double-tap but then again I like my freedom too much to do that – normally.

anon February 11, 2013 at 8:18 PM


Dennis February 11, 2013 at 8:23 PM

@#13 you mean like Abu Nidal, who told Saddam Hussein “No”, and the next day was found to have committed suicide; he shot himself in the back 23 times with a 9mm. ;

Bimbo Slice February 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM

gangster way to do it though, just say’n. I wonder if he was trying restore his family honor japanese-style, like with a katana or something wild like that.

Mimi (original) February 11, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Oh my! How sad! What a horrible way to go. RIP.

Shuley February 12, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Congratulations to Dennis, Jeff and most of all Triple Canopy for making a tragic situation you know nothing about all about YOU. Triple Canopy’s posts are particularly ignorant, careless and downright offensive. However, par for the course for him/her.

I hope the the family of the deceased can find some solitude – starting by not reading this blog.

Cowellian February 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

I remember a story in National Lampoon about Salvador Allende committing suicide by shooting himself in the back, fifteen times, pausing only once to reload.

Incognito February 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

To all those who are speculative, judgmental, and quite frankly know-it-alls:

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”

Dennis February 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

@Shuley and @Incognito why shouldn’t we judge suicides harshly? Last time I looked, every culture does so. We aren’t dissing the surviving family members; indeed, we offer our condolences to them. You, however seem to feel that we should pity the selfish, cruel, and cowardly suicide instead? PS Incognito who says we can’t be judgemental? Who can, if not us? The losers, misfits, sociopaths, and criminals? Who sets the standards for society, the non-members who refuse to be a part of it?

@dennis February 12, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Dennis, you are a sorry excuse for a human being. May God have mercy on your soul.

commoncents February 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM

@21 – you’re being nice.

Jeff February 13, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Shuley, Common – please. We have just as much a right to our freedom of speech as you do yours. Both of us offered condolences, but put in our two cents.

If you don’t like freedom of speech, keep voting democrat.

Shuley February 13, 2013 at 9:59 AM

@ Dennis. Your ignorance and narcissism are quite apparent on this subject. A large percentage of suicides are directly the result of people suffering from real clinical depression. I am not talking about people who are sad, but people who have REAL psychologically diagnosed depression. Some are lucky enough to have the insurance or financial means to treat it with pharmaceuticals but many cannot. You must not know anyone who truly suffers from depression, or just too wrapped up in your world to notice. These people are not “selfish, cruel, and cowardly” like you say, they are sick, feel helpless and give up. I lost a friend to suicide several months ago who left a wife and two kids behind. He battled depression for most of his life. He was not a coward or selfish. He was a great person and screw you for saying otherwise – which you did.

Shuley February 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

@ Jeff

I never said you didn’t have a right to freedom of speech. I work for a publishing company for Christ’s sake. I have never once asked or requested mayor to delete any post on this blog, nor would I.

However, you took a thread about a tragic situation and used it as and opportunity to spew your tiresome, constant pro-gun argument. Everyone has the freedom of speech (albeit there are limits to this constitutional right just as there should be for the second amendment). If you want to say stupid things, we all have the right to exercise our 1st amendment rights and call you out on it.

Jeff February 13, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Excuse me Shuley – I was talking about Knives, not firearms. You are mistaken in your assumption. And my reference was how much of an idiot Feinstein is.

I said my piece about the neighborhood, and hope that he and his family find peace.

Perhaps you should read my entire post again.

For a person who works for a publisher, you sure like to skip over the content. I imagine it’s all just part of the job, eh?


Anon2you February 13, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Suicide by stabbing yourself in the heart? Really? Sounds very suspicious, I think it would be hard to do too. I guess if you fell on the blade, but if that was the case how would you know if it was intentional or accidental? Was there a note?
I feel sorry for the family members…

Dennis February 13, 2013 at 9:53 PM

@Shuley excuse you for your ignorance. Few persons with depression commit suicide. Just a few people who are poor commit violent crimes. Am I insulated from the real world? Nope. Are you intentionally trying to redefine reality to provide an excuse for selfish losers and cowards who ‘take the easy way out’, trying to blame everyone else, shift the responsibility for that suicide to society, making him the victim, instead of us?
Your great pal left behind a wife and two kids? They are the victims of his act. I’m not to blame, and neither are they.
Your great pal left them to clean up the mess, not just emotionally, but legally and financially too.
I have no sympathy for him. I have sympathy for his wife and kids, who will have a lifetime of guilt, and indeed depression, because of your great pal’s selfish and cowardly choice to take the easy way out – for him, and f#%$ everyone else.

Dennis February 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

@Shuley if you work for a publisher yould know all about the evils of ‘prior restraint’. It is just as wrong to use prior restraint in an attempt to bypass the 2nd Amendment as the 1st. When ‘regulation’ involves prior restraint, it is against the very basis of our system of freedoms and rights.
And by the way, when the 1st Amendment was inked, you were limited to an audience close enough for you to shout at, or give handwritten fliers to. Since then, innovation and invention – technical progress – have given you the printing press, the telegraph, radio, TV, telephones, and the internet, so your audience is millions of times as many people. You don’t suggest limiting freedom of speech to an audience of 100 or less, do you? Why, then, claim that the 2nd Amendment only applies to firearms existing at the time, and banning every advancement technologically since then in guns? Sure, they hold more, and better ammo. Sure, they can fire more ammunition per minute. So unless you want to ban all the communications advances, and claim the 1st A doesn’t protect them, you certainly need to dump the illogic of claiming the 2nd A doesnt apply to modern firearms.

Dennis February 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

@#21 no, God needs to have mercy on the soul of the suicide. In fact, in every religion, suicides cannot be buried in hallowed ground (with true believers), and in many cases, were buried face down. Your holier-than-thou attitude sucks. No wonder you posted anonymously.

Shuley February 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

@ Dennis I got as far as your statement “Few persons with depression commit suicide.” and stopped reading because that is all I took to realize you are a complete moron.. Untreated depression is the #1 cause for suicide. Other causes are almost always linked to other mental disorders such as drug addiction, eating disorders, PTSD, etc etc. Get a clue

@ Jeff – Don’t be stupid. Your facetious comment about banning knives is obviously a passive argument against gun control. In fact, just about every post you ever make on here is a gun control post. If you want to have a debate with someone who cannot read between the lines and has the intellect of a 4th grader, debate Dennis. Besides, I thought you moved away. Why are you still posting to this blog when you could be out playing army with the other gun nuts?

A friend of the deceased February 14, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Patrick was a friend and all those who know him KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that he did not nor would he EVER commit suicide! The report reads that he stabbed himself in the heart twice (not once but TWICE!!!) through the chest plate and then in the neck. If this is not investigated further as a homicide it is a catastrophic failure of law enforcement! He WAS NOT depressed, he had many friends, two beautiful daughter whom he loved so much, a successful business and a zest for life and living unlike anyone I have ever met! As those of you who are writing horrible, scathing, ignorant and insensitive remarks about a beautiful, kind, loving man whom you don’t know please think about the friends and family who lost a loved one in this tragedy and either refrain from further comment or simply offer condolences to those left behind to pick up the pieces.

Carol February 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM

My condolences to everyone touched by this tragic situation. The family that is grieving ..reading horrible posts from inconsiderate heart goes out to you. I know the pain you’re feeling. I lost my mom in late 2012 and this site picked up the story.. I read everyone’s post and they brought me to tears.. People made jokes of it and then some. I hope the man who is no longer alive is able to find peace after his passing and the grieving family and friends can carry on with life knowing a piece of him will be with them daily!

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