Twin Sisters Known for OCD Battle Found Dead From Apparent Suicide Pact

Twins Sara Eldritch and Amanda Eldritch didn't just make headlines for their battle with an extreme manifestation of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

The two, who battled OCD from childhood well into adulthood, underwent a groundbreaking procedure that, at least for a time, eased their symptoms and allowed them to lead normal lives.

Tragically, the women have both been found dead. Police suspect that they may have had a suicide pact.

Eldritch twins the doctors

The Canon City Daily Record reports that the Eldritch twins were found dead with gunshot wounds.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says that Sara and Amanda were found in a car which was parked at a rest area  Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, which is in Canon City.

Sgt. Megan Richards reported that police believe that the sisters may have had a suicide pact.

That is, at the moment, speculation.

What they say with reasonable confidence is that there is no known threat to the community at large.

Eldritch twins childhood

In the video below, you can see both Sara and Amanda speak about their shared battle with OCD.

Their disorder manifested at a very young age, where even a simple process like putting on their shoes could take a great deal of time because they found, for example, wrinkles in their socks to be unbearable.

Many of us dislike things like that, but for someone with OCD, there is an irresistible compulsion to address what most of us would view as a regrettable source of irritation.

The twins described their OCD as like someone holding a gun to their head and forcing them to go through a task or ritual.

By their twenties, their OCD symptoms had worsened, and they would find themselves taking 10-hour showers, scrubbing their skin raw.

Eldritch twins separation anxiety

You can also see how their lives improved after they underwent a groundbreaking procedure.

Electrodes were placed within their brains, connected to batteries stored within their chests. Which, yes, sounds like a child's idea of what surgery might be, but we're not making it up.

The procedure, normally used for Parkinson's, allowed them to manage their anxieties.

They came to feel as if their younger, OCD-ridden selves were almost different people. In some ways, they were.

The twins were able to go on and get jobs and function in everyday life. For a time, at least.

It's heartbreaking to think that they died just a few years later.

Eldritch twins separated

Though a number of treatments for OCD exist and work to varying degrees, there is no "magic pill" for these compulsions.

In fact, OCD is not really well understood.

There is evidence for a genetic component to OCD. Both anecdotally and statistically, the odds of having OCD are higher if a relative has it.

In other cases, OCD can arise from traumatic situations such as abuse.

There are even controversial theories that there is an autoimmune element at play in OCD.

Eldritch mom

Their mother must be feeling so devastated.

Some wonder if the procedure that had given the twins so much freedom back in 2015 had tragically stopped working.

If so, that would compound the sadness. Especially if they chose to die rather than return to how their lives once were.

But, at the moment, so much of this is just speculation.

Hopefully, investigators will uncover a concrete, verifiable explanation for how this tragedy came to pass.

In the mean time, let's look at the twins when they were happily explaining how their lives had improved.

Twin sisters known for ocd battle found dead from apparent suici

Dwayne Johnson Reveals Depression Battle, Mother’s Suicide Attempt

Depression is an illness that millions battle, and it can involve a powerful hereditary component. Some feel that it’s like a family curse.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the legendary wrestler-turned-actor known for his sunny disposition and affection for his fans, is opening up about his own experiences with depression.

And revealing that he nearly lost his mother to suicide.

As part of his press tour for Rampage, Johnson opened up in an interview with Express about his secret battle with depression.

And he describes a horrifying moment when, at 15, he nearly lost his mother, Ata.

“She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic.”

That is absolutely horrifying. Fortunately, he was able to save her life at the time.

“I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road.”

Though Johnson was already tall and muscular at 15, that’s a heartbreaking scenario for anyone to face with their own mother — particularly when that person is only a teenager.

“What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is that to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t.”

Depression can impair memory.

Johnson then goes on to reveal how this has impacted him even more personally.

“Struggle and pain is real. I was devastated and depressed.”

And he describes some tell-tale symptoms of depression.

“I reached a point where I didn’t want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly.”

Depression robs people of the ability to enjoy their favorite activities, and can also release inhibitions on the expression of certain negative emotions.

He shares that he and his mother were eventually able to manage their depression.

“We both healed but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain.”

But he believes that outreach from people who understand can be the key to helping.

“We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone.”

Johnson has hinted at this struggle in the past.

Once, a fan confessed over social media that they struggled with depression.

Johnson responded at the time, saying:

“I hear you. I’ve battled that beast more than once.”

It’s one thing to have sympathy for a fan for what they’re going to and to then publicly express that. It’s another to share your personal pain to let them know how well you understand their struggle.

Johnson is expecting his second child with his wife, Lauren Hashian.

This beloved actor is cherished by fans for his forthrightness, his ever-present smile, and for destroying stereotypes that say that men with hyper-masculine builds can’t express tenderness, joy, or vulnerability.

His fans adore him with good reason. Since Johnson has threatened to run for President in the past, some people wonder if he might actually have enough popularity and public support to get on a ballot.

Not everyone — even his fans — agree with some of his politics.

But if this last year or so has taught us anything, it’s that America could do far, far worse than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.


Selena Gomez: BLASTED By Father of Suicide Victim

From the time of its debut last year, the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has been the subject of constant controversy.

The show deals with the subject of teen suicide in a way that some critics feel might serve to glamorize the tragic act in the eyes of a very young and impressionable audience.

As 13 Reasons‘ most high-profile personnel, executive producer Selena Gomez has often found herself in the position of being forced to publicly defend the show’s subject matter.

And now, she’s receiving her harshest criticism yet from a man who knows all too well how dangerous the show’s message can be when it’s received by a vulnerable audience.

John Herndon of Livermore, California lost hs 15-year-old daughter, Bella, to suicide last year.

After her death Herndon and his wife learned that Bella had recently been watching 13 Reasons Why.

Herndon has spoken out against the series in the past, and this week, he was asked to comment on news that each episode of the  show’s second season will feature a public service announcement from the cast encouraging viewers to seek helo if they’re experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Not surprisingly, Herndon feels the precautions are insufficient to prevent further tragedies.

“It’s like putting a Band-Aid on a broken leg. It’s not going to help,” he told Radar Online.

“The whole point of them doing this was they wanted to raise awareness about teen suicide,” Herndon added.

“The way they chose to do that was to showcase a young teenage girl being raped, being denied access to any adult’s help, watching a girl be forced to watch her friends get raped, bullying at school, being constantly turned away by people she was close to – this is how they bring awareness to teen suicide?”

“Then they finish off by rewriting of the [book’s] end to show a very graphic portrayal of suicide,” Herndon continued.

“To market this show to teens is wrong.”

Herndon added that he doesn’t feel warnings about the show’s potentially tirggering content will  “make any difference whatsoever.”

Herndon concluded his message with a parting shot directed at Gomez:

“Selena, grow up,” he said, adding that he would like the singer to “stop acting irresponsible.”


Vicky Cornell Speaks on Husband’s Suicide: “I Lost My Soulmate”

As we near the one-year anniversary of Chris Cornell's suicide, the widow of this late musician has spoken out on camera for the first time since this tragedy took place.

In a sit-down with Robin Roberts for Good Morning America, Vicky Cornell opens up about the Soundgarden singer as a husband and a father, while also touching on his drug addiction.

"I know that people say, you know, you can't blame yourself. And I'm trying not to, but there were signs," Vicky says through tears in the video below.

In the past, Vicky said her husband was not noticeably depressed at the time he took his own life.

But that doesn't mean she isn't aware that drug addiction is an illness with no permanent cure.

"People think that addiction is like, 'Oh, you were an addict,' and people don't recognize it as a disease," Vicky explains to GMA, adding:

"I was, I feel, guilty of the same thing. You think addiction is a choice, and it's not."

The late rock star and Vicky got married in 2004.

They share two kids (13-year-old daughter Toni and 12-year-old son Christopher), while Cornell also has a 17-year-old daughter, Lillian, from his previous marriage to Susan Silver.

Cornell was always candid about his substance abuse issues.

But Vicky wants to make it known that this doesn't mean the artist wasn't always there for his loved ones.

"My husband was the furthest thing from a rock star junkie. He just wasn't," she says here.

"He was the best husband, the greatest father. I lost my soul mate and the love of my life."

According to a statement Vicky released to Entertainment Tonight following Cornell's passing, her husband called her the evening he died and told her he "may have taken an extra Ativan or two."

Cornell had a prescription at the time for this anxiety medication.

He was staying last May at the MGM Grand in Detroit, which is where his body was eventually discovered.

And Vicky is convinced the drug in Chris' system played a key role in his suicide.

"He wanted to be there for his family, for his children. He loved his life. He would never have ever left this world," Vicky told Roberts, adding:

"I don't think that he could make any decisions because of the level of impairment."

The full interview with Vicky will air on Good Morning America on Wednesday, February 21.

Watch an excerpt below:

Vicky cornell speaks husbands suicide i lost my soulmate

Mark Salling Child Porn Case: Dismissed Following Suicide

Facing four to seven years for possessing child pornography, former Glee star Mark Salling pleaded guilty.

Mark Salling committed suicide, however. A complicated act that may have royally screwed over a lot of victims.

Now, some may find it curious that Salling’s criminal case has been (posthumously) dismissed.

In a document obtained by The Blast, it is shown that the court has dismissed the child porn case against Mark Salling.

“For good cause shown, it is hereby ordered that: The government’s motion to dismiss the indictment pursuant to Rule 48 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure is granted. The indictment in the above referenced case is dismissed without prejudice.”

Note that “without prejudice” means that a case can be brought before the court again. Though that’s unlikely — Salling is dead.

Prosecutors filed the motion to dismiss the case on Tuesday.

United States District Judge Otis D. Wright then signed the order on Wednesday.

This was basically just a formality. If Salling had waited until the case was closed, it wouldn’t be an issue. As it is, courts don’t try and convict the dead. That would be farcical.

The details of Mark Salling’s child porn charges were horrifying.

He was first turned in by a girlfriend, who apparently found “hundreds” of images of minors — the kinds of images that no one should have — on his computer.

Police investigated, and discovered that Salling had multiple devices containing horrifying, child pornography in both images and video.

The evidence against him, as presented in court, contained over 100,000 pages. Not all of those were photographs, but more than 50,000 of them were.

Those are a lot of victims and a lot of ruined childhoods.

A lot of ruined lives.

One fact from the case that will always haunt us is the knowledge that one of the videos in his possession was of a five-year-old girl performing a sex act, reportedly on Salling himself.

As we mentioned, Mark Salling’s suicide screwed over his victims.

Months before he ended his own life, Salling had agreed to pay restitution to some of his (identified) victims.

Reports claimed that each would have received $ 50,000. A later clarification reported that amounts would have varied according to factors such as therapy costs and other expenses.

While no one can imagine that Salling’s money could have changed the lives of every single victim in his stockpile of over 50,000 images, the restitution could have made some difference in the lives of some of those whom he personally victimized.

Despite the agreement, it had not yet been ordered by a judge, and could not go into effect without Salling.

In all likelihoods, these survivors will get nothing from Salling unless they sue his estate. And perhaps not even then.

Salling’s suicide is a complicated one.

Many would cheer at the death of someone who did so much harm in his life — and who could blame them?

However, applauding a suicide is … different than applauding an accidental death or even a murder, because people who struggle with suicidal depression may be impacted by such celebrations.

For those who struggle with suicidal thoughts on a regular basis, the topic of suicide is akin to an allergen. Just as most of us can eat peanuts without issue but they’re fatal to others, most of us can talk about the death of a very bad man, but others cannot.

Adding to the complexity, of course, is the knowledge that, in taking his own life, Mark Salling cheated these victims out of restitution. That money would never have compensated for ruined childhoods and damaged lives, but it might have helped.

Who’s to say, however, what was on Mark Salling’s mind at the time?

It’s very likely that he wasn’t thinking of them at all when he took his life.

That this wasn’t a final insult to people who likely suffered at the hands of many adult men, but just a way out of what was sure to be a miserable prison experience.

Or perhaps it was a way out of his own self-loathing, if that’s truly how he was feeling about his crimes.

But now Salling is gone. Now his case is dismissed.