Copycat Suicides, a la Metra

The beginning of the online version of the copycat suicide article.

Despite the negative comments that appear under articles published that remind folks that Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano’s highly publicized suicide by stepping in front of a commuter train, it seems others are of similar opinions.

Tuesday, the Chicago Sun-Times had such an article.

And the person agreeing was Illinois Commerce Commissioner Chip Pew, whose job is to keep cars and people from hitting trains.

“Copycatting is an element,” he told reporter Mary Wisniewski.

Illinois is on track to have double the number of train suicides this year as in 2009, Pew’s statistics show.

And a second Crystal Lake Metra crook gave this mode of ending one’s life the huge publicity push in early May.

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