By LUCY ORMONDE
On the 13th of March, 44-year-old New York lawyer Cynthia Wachenheim sat down and wrote a 13-page note to her friends and family.
In the handwritten letter, written on lined notebook paper, the new mother wrote about a fear; she was convinced her 10-month-old son has autism or cerebral palsy – despite assurances from doctors that he did not. She blamed herself for two falls her son has sustained while in her care and which, in her opinion, had led to a change in his personality.
“I love you. I’m making you suffer. You’re going to think I’m evil,” she wrote.
A little while after Wachenheim wrote the letter, she strapped her baby boy Keston to her chest and jumped from the eighth floor of the New York apartment she shared with her husband, Hal.