LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — UPDATE: October 8, 2014. The trans person who posted a suicide note on Facebook (the subject of this article) did in fact, commit suicide on October 1st, according to a coroner’s report. Allison Woolbert of the Facebook group Transgender Violence Tracking Project https://www.facebook.com/TransMSVTracker contacted that department and passed along her findings to me. I have no reason to doubt her.
The report shows that her residence was in Los Angeles, not West Hollywood as indicated by von Roeder’s Facebook settings. This is pretty much all the facts we have.
I do not know the location of the suicide — whether it was in Los Angeles or West Hollywood (or even somewhere else). My phone call to WeHo PD points toward the Los Angeles as most likely as does the coroner’s report. I don’t know which police jurisdiction the suicide took place in and who subsequently handled the case. There’s still no explanation for contrary posts from her friends on FB, or the sources for both the (now) correct and incorrect information news reports that covered this story. But at this point, all this is pretty much moot since we have a more pressing concern: the reality of trans suicide.
The major trigger for trans suicide is not the fact that some people are transgender, but rather, it’s society’s rejection of trans people. Research data from numerous studies show many trans people are rejected by their friends and families, often lose or are barred access to jobs or means to income, mistreated or denied proper access to health care, and are lacking of a strong support network. Because of these dismal conditions, 42% of trans people attempt suicide, and the suicide rate is 20x higher than the population at large.
I urge readers to educate themselves and others about trans suicide: https://lexiecannes.com/stats-on-transgender-discrimination-violence-and-suicide/
(Original article) On Oct. 1st, trans woman Kate von Roeder posted this on Facebook: “Goodbye, I’m killing myself.” She also tweeted something similiar on Twitter. And hasn’t been heard from since. Her earlier posts talked of buying a gun.
Kate’s friends replied urging her to reconsider, however the last several posts ended with “We just got off the phone with WeHo PD. She’s gone.” and “Kate followed through according to the LAPD. I am very sorry.“
And no posts since. No outpouring, no disbelief, no vigil planning, nothing — things one usually sees in the event of a real death. There was something else, too. No mutual friends. I’ve 5k friends on FB and not one in-common trans friend. My inquiries revealed that others noted the same.
This immediately triggered my hoax alarm. Unfortunately these unusual circumstances didn’t stop this incident from being shared across social media — over 250 shares on Facebook by the time I ran across it (now over 700) and it was also “reported” in a couple of bottom feeding news media outlets, including The Inquisitr and The Daily Dot. Her death was also reported in a number of gaming blogs — something she was heavily involved in according to her Facebook profile.
In every one of these reports, including the statement “confirmation by the police” pointed back to her Facebook page as the sole source. There was no independent confirmation that this event actually happened. I inquired to the writer of The Inquisitr article, Nathan Frances, about his sources a few days ago. He has not responded. I inquired at where she supposedly worked. No reply. I inquired of nearly a couple dozen people on Facebook and the news outlets commentators who claim to have personal knowledge or police confirmation of this the person’s death, and not one person was able to substantiate their claim — it apparently was all hearsay based, and they insisted their sources were correct.
My initial contacts with the LAPD and West Hollywood PD were less than successful. Evidence however, strongly points to West Hollywood, as do most claims and the victim’s own Facebook page. A second inquiry to West Hollywood PD was more successful. The duty officer, Sgt. Hewett made a through check, twice. Not only there was no name “Kate von Roeder” to be found in their records, there were no suicides reported on the days the suicide could have occurred.
It looks like we’ve been had, folks. More disturbing is how gullible people are in quickly believing reports based solely on one Facebook post. People just ate it up! Worse, people defended their beliefs in the incident as being factual based solely on “hearsay’.
As for The Inquisitr and The Daily Dot and their not confirming their facts and allowing rumor mongering to propagate in their comments section (traffic =$$$), their ugly tabloid underpinnings have been exposed — they don’t do journalism, they do exploitation!
As for Kate von Roeder, we don’t have enough information to know the whole story, what we DO know is that whatever happened didn’t do down the way you were lead to believe by your sharing friends on FB or shoddy bloggers.
On the upside, this means Kate may still be alive, but many of you may have been played for suckers.
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