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University of Wisconsin Student
Dies by Suicide from Self-Immolation

University of Wisconsin Student Dies by Suicide from Self-Immolation

by Kevin Caruso

April 14, 2008

Michael Mowers, 22, a University of Wisconsin-Madison sophomore student was found dead, with his body badly burned, so an autopsy was conducted to determine the cause of death.

The medical examiner’s autopsy report indicated that chemicals commonly found in lacquer, paint removers, gasoline and other fire accelerants were found on Michael Mowers’ body.

Michael had recently been honorably discharged from the Navy due to a “pre-existing personality disorder,” and was having difficulty adjusting to college.

The local police did not suspect foul play and the autopsy report concluded that Michael died from self-immolation.

Self-immolation is a relatively rare type of suicide in the United States, where the most common suicide methods are firearms, hanging, and poisoning.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, please go to the Home Page of this website for immediate help.

Thank you.

I love you.

Take care,

Kevin Caruso

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