There's a term for it: Rational suicide.
Essentially rational suicide is when there seems to be a solid justification for taking one's own life. Mostly the term is applied to situations involving the elderly. The classic example is the person who is developing dementia. It seems rational that suicide would be considered.
The day of closing arguments in the trial for his alleged sexual abuse of his former students, he committed suicide. Out on bond, he did not show up in court and was found dead in his apartment in Anaheim, California. The case was then dismissed.
As the Daily Mail reports, Bruce had been a full-time drama teacher at Sycamore Junior High from 1981 until 2010, then served as a substitute teacher there. During that time he allegedly exploited sexually five students. He had promised to help them land Hollywood careers.
If convicted he could have been sentenced to life in prison. And, in prison child molesters don't do well.
His opting for a way out of that kind of possible future seems like a rational choice.
The surprising thing is that this isn't the road more traveled for those on the verge of being convicted of heinous crimes.
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