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November 20, 2018

Code Name Black Venus

AFP - Agence France Presse

Seoul (AFP) – Before meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, Southern spy “Black Venus” was told to stay up late, shower, and dress neatly. He also hid a micro recorder in his penis. Few spies have ever got as close to the leader of an enemy state — let alone one as reclusive as […]


November 11, 2018

Euthanasia Pioneer Nitschke warns of ‘beg and grovel’ legislation

Thomas Manch, The Dominion Post

A proposed law to allow voluntary death for the terminally ill has been labelled “beg and grovel” legislation by euthanasia pioneer Dr Philip Nitschke. The first doctor to administer euthanasia, Nitschke is holding public talks and instructional workshops on the subject with his pro-euthanasia group Exit International this week. On Thursday, about 30 members gathered in a meeting room behind St Andrew’s church […]


May 28, 2018

Death with Dignity: the story of Bev & Athol Whiston

NRC Handelsblad, Nina van Hattum, Enzo van Steenbergen & Benjamin Kat

Documentary. Beverly (79) and Athol Whiston (80) chose to die together in Peru after they purchased and consumed a euthanatic substance. Although they were relatively healthy, they wanted euthanasia. That was not an option for them in Australia. In this documentary, Beverly and Athol, their son and friends reveal what they had to go through […]


May 4, 2018

NYT: Why Scientist David Goodall, 104, Wants to Die

Yonette Joseph, New York Times

David Goodall, 104, who is believed to be Australia’s oldest scientist, wants to die. But he can’t do it in his own country, where assisted suicide is banned. So on Wednesday, he took what was expected to be his last flight, bound for Europe, to accomplish his goal — and renewed a debate in Australia […]


April 16, 2018

A euthanasia expert just unveiled his ‘suicide machine’ at an Amsterdam funeral fair

The Washington Post, Amanda Erickson

It is not the most cheerful offering. But euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke thinks he is about to revolutionize how we die. At a funeral fair in Amsterdam last week, he showed off his “suicide machine.” The “Sarco,” short for sarcophagus, is designed to “provide people with a death when they wish to die,” Nitschke, an Australian national, told the […]


June 13, 2017

The Big Sleep: the Rational Suicide of Scientists Pat & Peter Shaw

Sydney Morning Herald by Julia Medew Scientists Pat and Peter Shaw died in a suicide pact in October. Here, their daughters reflect on their parents’ plan – and their remarkable lives. For as long as the blue-eyed Shaw sisters can remember, they knew that their parents planned to one day take their own lives. It […]


May 17, 2015

The Last Day of Her Life

The Last Day of her Life, Robin Marantz Henig

When Sandy Bem found out she had Alzheimer’s, she resolved that before the disease stole her mind, she would kill herself. The question was, when? Sandy Bem, a Cornell psychology professor one month shy of her 65th birthday, was alone in her bedroom one night in May 2009, watching an HBO documentary called “The Alzheimer’s […]


April 25, 2015

Gail O’Rorke acquitted on two of three charges against her

Connor Gallagher, The Irish Times

The jury in the trial of a woman accused of helping her friend take her own life has been ordered to find her not guilty on two of the three charges against her due to a lack of evidence. Following legal argument at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Patrick McCartan ordered the jury to acquit […]