Posts tagged ‘beachy head’

July 12, 2019

Trigger’s Cousin

by duncanr

scene from classic british comedy ‘Only Fools and Horses’ . . .

June 2, 2009

The Power of Love

by duncanr

B HEAD AND LIGHTHOUSE_g-200Every year, around 20 people commit suicide by jumping off the 500ft cliffs at Beachy Head.

The news that coatsguards on Sunday night had found the bodies of a couple who had thrown themselves off the cliff would have elicited no more than a brief mention – competing as it was against more newsworthy items such as the ongoing row over MP’s expenses claims, and Susan Boyle’s shock defeat by Diversity in the BGT final on Saturday, if it had not been for one thing. One gruesome detail. The body of a child – stuffed into a haversack was found alongside the bodies of the two adults.

The first thoughts of many on hearing this news were perhaps dark thoughts about the motives and actions of the parents of the child. As more details became known, however, what emerged was a beautiful ‘love story’ with a tragic ending.

samputtick-200Five year old Samuel Puttick had been confined to a wheelchair following a car crash when he was 18-months-old. A week ago, he was taken ill with meningitis. When doctors advised his parents, Neil and Kazumi Puttick, that there was no more that could be done for Sam they begged that he be allowed home to die there.

Forensic tests show that Sam passed away on Friday night. His distraught parents who lived for Sam could not bear to live without him and decided to end their lives together – as a family. The couple jumped to their deaths from Beachy Head with two haversacks – one containing the body of their beloved son Sam – the other, his favourite toys

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