Man drops off own obit to paper

If you don’t check your mail often, let this be a lesson to you because the contents of your Post Office box might be very important.

On April 13, a man from Placerville, Calif., delivered an obituary to the Mountain Democrat newspaper. He then hanged himself from a local bridge.

The newspaper opened the obituary approximately 30 minutes after the man, 64-year-old Allan Leo Peters II, committed suicide.

To the surprise of the newspaper staff, Peters had delivered his own obituary complete with a suicide note.

According to the story in the Sacramento Bee, the note from Peters said, “An explanation might be in order. Yes, I have hanged myself (At least I hope I did). … I have had emphysema for the past few years, and lately it has been really hard to struggle to even catch a breath. I really cannot convey to you how very hard it was even to try to take a very deep breath. … My life has been drastically altered in the past few years, and I believe in euthanasia.”

Peters’ body was found at approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. He had delivered the obit the evening of April 13, but it wasn’t opened until around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The report said Peters “left information at the scene directing coroner’s officials on how to notify his next of kin.”

“The envelope included a picture, apparently of Peters, with a cigarette hanging from his mouth,” the Mountain Democrat reported. “He is wearing a baseball cap with ‘True Value’ written on it. There also was a money order for $90, the exact amount for an obituary with a picture included.”

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