FBI raids home of US suicide kit maker

By REUTERS
May 26, 2011 23:23

 
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SAN DIEGO - Federal agents have raided the California home of a 91-year-old U.S. woman who was selling suicide kits for $60 in a mail-order business from her home, an FBI spokeswoman said on Thursday.

April Langwell, the agency's spokeswoman in San Diego, confirmed FBI agents carried out a search warrant on Wednesday at the home of Sharlotte Hydorn but declined to release further details of the investigation.

Hydorn made headlines after one of her customers from Oregon, Nicholas Klonoski, 29, described by his family as suffering from depression but otherwise healthy, used one of her kits to take his own life in December.

Hydorn's product consists of a plastic hood that closes around the neck, and tubing that connects the hood to a tank of helium or other inert gas that users must supply for themselves.

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