I continue to see that there are a small pocket of internet readers that want "justice" for Leann Bearden, who was a suicide victim.
As owner of the blog, I have instructed that all such comments be removed, and have initiated the moderation of the comments section on the old articles. She was a missing person, and now found, her family is left suffering from their loss.
Leann was not a homicide victim.
There were no linguistic indicators of deception to justify accusing Leann's husband of murder. Besides this, police have found no reason as well to think anything but suicide. In hindsight, I think police should have guided the family into revealing that Leann was suicidal, and this would have explained the distancing language, and perhaps would have lessened suspicion, though I cannot help but wonder if it would have not dissuaded some from their suspicions.
Leann was reported to have hung herself.
This is a violent way to die.
How much suffering may this family have experienced before her death?
This suggests that her depression, or even self loathing, was deep. It also may indicate that her husband has long known about it and likely dealt with the suicidal ideation for a long time.
Those who live with victims who commit suicide often speak of living life on the edge, as the victim may have long expressed, or even threatened suicide, leaving her loved ones with the terrible agony of not only losing her, but also of a terrible pain of...
Families of suicide victims can be left with this terribly conflicting emotion. They may have gone weeks, months, or even years of fear of suicide. This may include:
middle of the night phone calls;
suicide attempts of varying degrees of severity
countering threats of suicide by altering not only their life styles, but even the words they choose to use. This means that the loved ones have learned to adapt, down to a single word, their language, just to not set off the suicidal verbalization.
It is unbearable for the loved ones.
They have the same high level of hormones that any person in an emergency experiences, but sometimes it is repeated, over and over, and the natural consequence (PTSD) that comes from the brain protecting itself is a form of 'shut down' or distancing.
They rushed out to the ER in the middle of the night and it was very difficult.
Then they did it again.
They can even become embittered towards the victim and the suicde actually ends the constant state of emergency. As they catch their breath, they feel guilty for a sense of relief that there will no longer be middle of the night phone calls, waking them up with the frightful news that the loved one is en route to the hospital.
Even as relief sets in, so does the guilt.
Not only do they have the "what if" guilt of what they could have done differently, but they feel guilt for having the nightmare of constant emergencies or threats come to an end.
If they get past this pain, they then are now finally confronted with:
They no longer have the loved one.
They miss the good times.
Suicide is bad for everyone.
In our modern era, it may be just this much rougher on a family member to have to see in the news baseless speculation.
It has to hurt and add needless pain. There is no reason to call for justice for Leann. None of us knows how terribly her husband and her loved ones suffered, just as we do not know how badly Leann suffered enough to bring her to the point of hopelessness.
Sometimes it feels like medical science still knows so little about depression.
God comfort those who loved Leann Bearden.