Throwing my two cents in as well. The young man sounds very educated and intelligent in the letter, how he thinks and writes. He is clearly suffering from depression. This can come from a multitude of factors. So it is hard to ascribe it to things like sexuality alone. Other things that play into mental health is your actual diet, hormones, and activities that you do to keep you fit. Plus a plentitude of other things, What is clear is that, he had for some time, been depressed about his situation and ended it. I am not sure if he is from out of state, or from the same state. I will point out that; they thought he was 16-17, in part, due to that they could not find his fingerprints in any records. Such as prison, or military. Meaning if, he was 18, he would have been summoned serve in the military for a year which was common back then. But what if he just, did not show up for it, or otherwise was not qualified to serve. Many sort of just, uh, skipped out on that during the times of peace and love. So I am tempted to believe that he might have been a smidgen older than 16-17. Maybe even younger as well.