Former auditor spokesman cites fear of unemployment in suicide note
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Former auditor spokesman cites fear of unemployment in suicide note

Date: March 31, 2015
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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The Jefferson City Police Department released the contents of former auditor spokesman Spence Jackson's suicide note Tuesday during a news conference.
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Wrap: Captain Doug Shoemaker read the contents of Spence Jackson's suicide note to the press, but did not release it to reporters afterwards.

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Description: "At the top, it is dated 3-27-15. It says, 'I'm so sorry. I just can't take being unemployed again.' That is the note."

Shoemaker confirmed at the time of Jackson's death, he was still employed with the auditor's office.

An hour later, interim spokesman David Luther said Auditor John Watson talked with senior staff and said they understood the political landscape may change and their employment could be in question.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

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Former auditor spokesman Spence Jackson cited fear of unemployment in his suicide note that he left before he killed himself Friday.
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Wrap: Captain Doug Shoemaker of the Jefferson City Police Department released the note to the media that said, "I'm so sorry. I just can't take being unemployed again."

Shoemaker also said the case is being looked at as a suicide.

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Description: "We are investigating this case as a suicide. There is no reason or evidence to date that would indicate anything at all to the contrary."

Shoemaker also said Jackson most likely took his life around Friday afternoon or evening.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.


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