Saturday, February 12, 2011


Paris (CNN) - Two missing Swiss six-year old girls are feared dead after police said their father had left a note saying his daughters were “resting in peace” before throwing himself under a train in Italy. Matthias Schepp, 43, also studied suicide techniques, poisons and ferry schedules before allegedly taking 6 year-old Alessia and Livia Schepp from their home St. Sulpice, near Lausanne in western Switzerland, on January 30, according to police in the Swiss canton of Vaud. The girls were spotted on a ferry to the island of Corsica the next day, but there have been no confirmed sightings since, according to investigators. Schepp killed himself by stepping in front of a train in Cerignola on February 3, a spokesman for the Swiss police said this week. The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera published a sentence it said was from Schepp’s last letter, dated the same day he committed suicide and mailed from Bari, in southern Italy, where his body was found.

“The children rest in peace, they have not suffered,” the newspaper quoted the letter as saying. It is possible that Schepp killed the girls on the ferry to Corsica and threw their bodies overboard, said a French prosecutor. In addition to the alleged confession, the letters - eight in all - contained about 4,500 Euros, police said. Police are now searching for the girls in Corsica, while the investigation in Switzerland is examining the family situation and the father’s private and professional life. Police have said Schepp took the girls following family problems, but police said they aren’t aware of any evidence suggesting Schepp was having an affair.

The father of the missing twin girls from Switzerland wrote a letter saying his daughters were “resting in peace” before throwing himself under a train in Italy. Matthias Schepp, who abducted his daughters, Alessia and Livia, before committing suicide, had sent a letter to their mother suggesting they were dead. The couple, reportedly both employees of the tobacco company Philip Morris, was in the midst of a tense separation and had shared custody of the children before Mr Schepp’s unexplained dash by car from Switzerland to Italy. Schepp’s family described him as a loving and caring father but suffering a serious emotional breakdown which led him to commit such terrible acts.

The reason for depression may be different for each person, and there are a variety of causes. ... And what is worse, if the depression is not remedied, then it can escalate to feelings of suicide. When a person in despair feels that all of their basic defenses are broken and there is no one to turn to, nor can they find a comforting voice to console or support them, then they may conclude that there is no way out but through death. If their cry for help is not heard or seems to be ignored, or if they do not know where to find help, then suicide may be considered as a last resort. But it must be understood that suicide is never the end. And suicide, and the state of mind that one has to compel one to commit suicide, is never a way for progressing into the next realm. Death is never the final act. It only opens the door to additional challenges that must be met or endured, depending on how one leaves their body.

Stephen Knapp (Śrīpad Nandanandana dasa) :
“Curing Depression with Spirituality”

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