Tragedy struck in New York Friday. A chiropractor and his wife jumped to their deaths from their 9th-floor office early Friday morning. They had spiraling, out of control financial woes and both decided to take their lives because of it. They leave behind two children who are 19 and 20 years-old. I don’t think the kids will see losing their parents as anything but a nightmare here.
Chiropractor Glenn Scarpelli and his wife Patricia, ages 53 and 50, have been identified as the couple who killed themselves at around 5:45 am yesterday. They lived close to Wall Street with both of their children. Glenn had recently been forced to close down his practice and that is where they decided to end their lives. They died instantly when they smashed into the asphalt of East 33rd Street, near Madison Avenue. Police covered their bodies with white sheets, but the blood was still evident as were their shoes that were flung in the impact. The entire block was shut down.
They left a suicide note in a plastic baggie for their kids and the authorities. It detailed their ‘final spiral’. They spoke of having everything in life, but they couldn’t live with their current financial reality. In the wife’s suicide note, she asked people to take care of their kids. They had a history of financial problems. Including dozens of tax liens by the IRS and city authorities. They date back to at least 1998.
Glenn Scarpelli had also been in trouble over failure to pay back a federal loan from 2000 for advanced medical education in 2013. He had failed to make most of the payments over a ten-year period. He owed $213,000 to the federal government and almost $42,000 to the state in unpaid taxes dating back to 2003.
Somehow, they still managed to pay for private school for both children. They attended the elite Loyola School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Tuition at the Jesuit-run Catholic school is $8,905 for the current year. They were active in the school and seemed to only want the best for their children.
Their daughter, Isabella, 20, attends St. Edward’s in Austin, Texas. Their son, Joseph, 19, attends the University of Miami. He wrote at school that he was part of a proud Italian-American family, who were also devout Catholics. This must shock them to their core as suicide is a grave sin in the Catholic Church. Joseph’s essay said: “My parents repeatedly told me that I could wake up one day and lose every material possession and everyone I love, but no one will ever be able to take away my faith.”
By all accounts, this was a nice couple who kept to themselves and were just trying to live their lives until it all became too much for them. They were devoted parents. There are some reports that Glenn drank some, but none that said he was an alcoholic. Scarpelli was originally from Brick, New Jersey. He went on to study at Logan College of Chiropractic in St Louis, Missouri, graduating in 1990. Much of his family is still in Brick. They must be devastated by this.
The day before, the couple had carted dozens of trash bags filled with their belongings to the curb. 911 was called immediately after they jumped and the EMTs covered their poor, broken bodies. They committed suicide just a few hours after the Republicans failed to pass a repeal on Obamacare. I have no idea if there is a connection there or not. I also don’t know if their children have been notified. By now, they probably have. This will scar them for life. What an awful way to go and it’s a terrible thing to do to your family.