BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER
ANCHOR ALEX ROZIER
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No, you didn’t read the headline wrong. Even an anchor for LA’s KNBC couldn’t wrap her mind around it...
“This one is really hard to comprehend. Mail-order suicide kits, sold by a 91-year-old woman from southern California.”
The kits, sold by the “Gladd Company”--AKA 91-year-old Sharlotte Hydorn, sell for 60-bucks a pop. The kit includes a plastic bag that fits around the head and neck, plus a plastic tube that connects to a helium tank--which is not included.
“She says the kit is meant to give people a kind option in times of pain, but some call it, irresponsible. In Oregon, lawmakers are already fighting to make it a felony after this man... 29- Year-old Nick Klonoski ordered a kit and took his life.” (Video Source: KGTV)
The Daily Beast quoted Klonoski’s brother, Zach, spoke out against the woman--and her kits.
“This, an emotional Zach testified at the hearing earlier this month, should be illegal... ‘This is analogous to putting a gun-vending machine next to a depression clinic,’ [he said, and]...Though Hydorn admits she did sell Zach’s brother his implement of death, she makes no apology for it. She has a story of her own.”
And it’s San Francisco’s KCBS that has that story, though in all of her media interviews, Hydorn refused to show her face.
REPORTER: “Some people might say, why, are you doing this for the money?”
REPORTER: “Why are you doing this, Sharlotte?
HYDORN: “Because I care about people.”
REPORTER: “It was care for her own husband during his battle with colon cancer that Sharlotte began making and selling her suicide kits.”
HYDORN: “I wish he had died a peaceful death.”
But while Hydorn’s motive for creating the kits may seem sincere- is it legal? According to The Huffington Post...
“To this point, California does not have laws enacted that make this type of business illegal, despite many recent calls to enact laws that will limit the availability of such devices.”
The Huffington Post also reports- about 1600 kits are sold every year.
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