Martin MacNeill cuts self with razor in apparent suicide attempt
Ex-doctor's attempt is 'cop out,' not remorse, sister-in-law says
Gustin said she was told MacNeill was stable but doesn't know much else about the extent of his injuries or if they required surgery. She does not expect the incident to delay his scheduled sentencing unless Adult Probation and Parole agents haven't yet had the chance to interview MacNeill for his pre-sentence report.
MacNeill's life has been surrounded by suicides.
One daughter, Rachel MacNeill, said she remembers her father threatening to commit suicide many times during her life. Sometime after her mother's death, she said she realized that around the time of each of those suicide threats, her father was doing things he could have gotten in trouble for — whether by his wife or by police.
One such incident occurred in 1994, about the same time he was accused of having sexual relations with one of his patients at the BYU Health Center. Rachel MacNeill said her father threatened suicide then and again after his wife caught him looking at pornography in 2005.
MacNeill also threatened to kill himself and his wife with a butcher knife after she caught him looking at pornography in August of 2000, according to a police report. After hearing screaming and seeing what was going on, a friend at the house called police. Son Damian MacNeill, then a young teenager, was able to get the knife away from his father shortly before police arrived. Martin MacNeill then spent the night at Wasatch Mental Health.
Anna Osborne Walthall, who had an affair with MacNeill in 2005, told police that he once told her he’d killed his brother Roy MacNeill, who “had repeatedly attempted suicide for attention, and had become an ‘embarrassment.’ He claimed he found his brother in the tub and that both of his wrists were bleeding in an apparent suicide attempt. Martin told (Walthall) that he pushed the head of his brother under the water and drowned him,” a police affidavit states.
During the same talk at the funeral, MacNeill said another brother took his own life just two months before Michele MacNeill died. A sister died in her early 20s after strangling herself, he said.
In the summer of 2008, one of MacNeill’s daughters said she approached her father about her struggles with drugs and he offered a solution that they both kill themselves. Walthall also told investigators the same story, saying he considered the daughter a family "embarrassment" at the time.
MacNeill's only son, Damian, committed suicide in January 2010 by overdosing on prescription drugs.
Cannon said deputies have kept a close eye on MacNeill since his conviction. The jail puts different classification statuses on its inmates. Such classifications determine how often a deputy will check on them, and sometimes whether the inmate is allowed to have items in the cell with them that they could use to harm themselves, such as a bed sheet.
Cannon did not know what classification MacNeill was under, but noted that he was not under a suicide watch and had not exhibited any signs of wanting to commit suicide prior to Thursday.
Likewise, the sergeant said he could not comment on what classification MacNeill will be placed under when he is returned to jail, but said it "seems common sense" that there will be a heightened level of observation.
Contributing: Andrew Adams
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