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    UK - Mother self-immolates in train toilet 14 years after stabbing son, 5, to death

    The filicide was found to have been the result of "a profound psychotic episode." Talk about a tragic case.

    Mother killed herself in train toilet fireball on 14th anniversary of day she stabbed her five-year-old son to death
    A grieving mother burned to death after setting fire to herself in a train toilet - on the 14th anniversary of the day she killed her son.

    Rachel James had spent 10 years in a mental hospital after stabbing her 5-year-old son Perry to death.

    She had been released to live alone in the community and was travelling on a train from Northampton to London when she went into a cubicle and set herself alight after pouring petrol over herself, an inquest heard today.
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    And the filicide?
    When aged 29 Ms James had been charged with the murder of Perry and attempted murder of his 9 year old brother Aaron in an attack on April 11 1997.

    She appeared at Watford magistrates court and was sent to a psychiatric hospital.

    The single mother - who was then called Helen Philips - stabbed Perry to death and stabbed Aaron and battered him with a hammer after snapping under the pressure of debts at their flat in Northend, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

    The first her neighbours knew of the tragedy was when she appeared in the window of her flat with Perry’s lifeless body in her arms.
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    And her suicide?
    The impression [acquaintances] had of Ms James was that she feared that she was going to have to go back to hospital.
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    more, with pictures, at Daily Mail link above

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    Why the heck did they let her out? She could have hurt someone else while blowing herself up.
    If there is anything worse than the sandwiches, it is the sausages which sit next to them. Joyless tubes, full of gristle, floating in a sea of something hot and sad, stuck with a plastic pin in the shape of a chef’s hat: A memorial, one feels, for some chef who hated the world, and died, forgotten and alone among his cats on a back stair in Stepney. – Douglas Adams



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