Martin MacNeill cuts self with razor in apparent suicide attempt

Ex-doctor's attempt is 'cop out,' not remorse, sister-in-law says

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  • sisucas San Bernardino, CA
    Dec. 10, 2013 11:26 p.m.

    @ doingmyway The Femoral Artery carries a lot more blood than the jugular vein and is under far higher pressure. The jugular is easy to compress to stop bleeding and doesn't cause significant problems if ligated. The carotid artery, underlying the jugular is a decent option, but the femoral artery is going to make one bleed to death far faster. I think he was serious, and as a physician he went for the most dangerous choice.

  • doingmyway Salem, UT
    Dec. 8, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    He wasn't trying to kill himself, it's just another way for him to have some control over those around him. If he had really wanted to kill himself he would have gone for the jugular vien, any doctor would have known this.

  • my two cents777 ,
    Dec. 7, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    My first inclination was to think: oh, too bad they interrupted him. But, after thinking it through I am glad he didn't manage his cowardly act- he will have a long time in prison to feel (hopefully) remorse for his idiocy and cruelty. He deserves that more than a quick escape through suicide. (or the fake attempt). I feel such sympathy for his children- nobody deserves to live through one parent killing another. Depraved could be the best word to describe this hateful man.

  • sukiyhtaky us, CA
    Dec. 7, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    Why don't we let them kill themselves? Because if they do their families would step in and sue the state/county for negligence and usually win a multi-million dollar settlement...not to mention the man hours and salaries needed of all involved to fight the lawsuit. You would think in light of their crimes they would be too embarrassed, but we see it time and time again. If his partner in crime...and let there be no doubt about it his GF was a partner even if she was self-serving in agreeing to testify against his beneficiary she could even be the one to sue if he did succeed. Wouldn't that just be insult to injury.

  • oaklandaforlife SLC, UT
    Dec. 7, 2013 12:06 p.m.



  • dbrbmw Orem, UT
    Dec. 7, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    His medical care covered by Obamacare?

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 7, 2013 7:42 a.m.

    Even in prison, suicide is much more an indicator of depression and despair than it is of guilt. None of us are in a position to know why he tried it, and I find it disturbing that any of us would find happiness or apparent joy in hearing that another person would attempt to kill himself. I suppose it depends on whether you feel that some sins cannot be forgiven even though that belief would undercut the basic message of most religions, including Christianity and Judaism.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Dec. 7, 2013 6:03 a.m.

    Old Navy, This guy has been a con man and a fraud his whole life. He has fooled a lot of people.

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 5:09 p.m.

    I'm still curious how this guy was appointed by Gov. Leavitt to his former position with all the red flags in his past?

    Perhaps an investigation as to why/how the governor chose him is in order.

  • Gosh-DUH Burlington, CT
    Dec. 6, 2013 4:20 p.m.

    Wouldn't a physician, serious about a suicide attempt, be able to make a cut using a razor blade sufficient for significant blood loss within the allotted time. Guess he just wanted time out of his cell. Hope he is being carefully guarded while at the hospital.

  • md Cache, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    Why stop him? He has wasted enough time, money and attention already. His lawyers will continue to file motions to make another buck off of the public. The appeals will be expensive. Housing him will be nearly 40K per year in prison. How about hand him a rope and leave the room?

  • D. Call El Paso, TX
    Dec. 6, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    Someone please tell me why we shouldn't let this monster, and other monsters like him, kill himself. It would save taxpayers a good deal of money and allow these people to meet their maker a lot faster, not to mention the fact that it would give their victims more peace of mind.

  • pby47 St George, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 1:22 p.m.

    Why? Why spend more taxpayer money at the hospital? IF he wants to die, let him die. The taxpayer should continue to pay for criminals like rushing them to the hospital to save their life!

  • Jim Cobabe Provo, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    It seems apparent that he regards death as a way of dealing with an intolerable situation.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    MacNeill’s sentencing is set for Jan. 7.

    If they hadn't intervened,
    that would have been changed to Dec. 5th.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Dec. 6, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    Further proof that he did what he was convicted of.