Husband & Wife Call Son Before Jumping in Front of Speeding Train

Earl Myatt loved his wife, Mary Watt, so much he could no longer stand to see her in pain. The woman he'd met at age 17 and to whom he was married for 42 years had suffered a brain aneurysm that made it impossible for her to continue caring for herself. Instead of dealing with the difficult task of watching her deteriorate, the 59-year-old father of two and grandfather of four took Mary to the Verona train tracks in New York on Sunday afternoon. He helped position them both so that they would be killed by an oncoming train. And, if that isn't heartbreaking enough, the last phone call he made before they committed suicide was to his son.

According to Brad Myatt, Earl called him before the incident to remind him that he loved him and was "sorry." Brad says his father was incredibly in love with and devoted to his mother. After she suffered the brain aneurysm, Mary experienced a very slow recovery in which she needed help to do things like use the bathroom. She also had a difficult time communicating.

Even though he stuck by her throughout the entire ordeal, Brad says his father fell into a state of depression because he couldn't handle seeing his wife deteriorate in such a dramatic way.

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I've only been married eight years and I can't imagine what it would feel like to witness my husband suffer anything more severe than a broken leg. It's difficult to put yourself in Earl's shoes and say with certainty how you would handle things if your partner suddenly lost his or her ability to live a full and happy life. We aren't sure what part, if any, Mary played in this act -- did she ask Earl to take this dramatic step and end her life?

The man left a suicide note in the couple's car, but its content hasn't been made public. While it's possible both Earl and Mary were on board with this decision, it doesn't make it any less painful for the family they've left behind, I'm sure. Their sons are now left with the task of living life without BOTH their mom and dad. I hope the message dad left for his children gives them some peace and closure.

Do you think this man and his wife have the "right" to commit suicide together or was this a selfish decision?

Please call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in case you are worried about yourself or someone else.


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nonmember avatar IMO

I believe we all should all have a say in our own death, especially when it is a terminal illness or something like this where there is no real recovery. I know my son will miss me when I am gone but I never want him to have the memories of watching me die slowly, deteriorating with every day. My husband is well aware of this and knows that I will take a large amount of drugs to end my suffering and keep my child from seeing me become a shell of what I once was.

Chris... Chrissy_Lynn

My dad passed away this year on the day before easter, heWas 50 and my moms 47. His passing was not expected. My mom had known my dad since she was 7, he was friends with her brother and thats how they met. They married and had there first child when my mom was 16.

My mom has not went back to work and has only left the house once to go shopping and she went an hour away where nobody new her because she didn't want people approaching her asking her how she is doing and saying how sorry they are.

My sisters and I worry about her. My dad always joked saying she had to die first because if he went first she would end up in the nut house. The day after he passed she was talking about how she had a doctors appointmentcoming up and was being checked for cervical and breast cancer. She said she prays she has cancer because she doesn't want to live without him

Sarah... SarahHall58

That's sad and sweet at the same time.

Julia Saenz

Chrissy thats heartbreaking, I cant stop crying.

nonmember avatar Viola

How about taking sleeping pill. Why such a painful suicide Geez!!!!!!!

TheSi... TheSilence

While I can understand the fact that he was depressed and didn't want her to suffer, what he did was incredibly selfish. He didn't think for one second about the poor train conductor who just killed two people, even if they wanted to die.

That's not something you should ever do to someone else.

They also didn't think about all the people riding the train, in view of the train or the people who would have to clean up the train after the fact.

If you want to end your life for whatever reason, fine do so, but don't drag innocent people into it and force them I live with that image. Selfish.

court... courtastic

Anyone considering something like this should take a second to research the kind of affect this has on train drivers.  Accounts from the drivers usually talk about how horrible it feels because they almost always see it coming and have no way to stop in time.  They may end up suffering from PTSD or depression for years afterwards.

AliPa... AliParker

I absolutely agree with thesilence and courtastic. This would've been a completely different story with a completely different feeling if this man didn't make others a part of something so devastating. The poor train driver and others standing there that had to see this horror. The poor people that have I clean that up. It takes all the pity I would have and just makes me angry that he was so ignorant and selfish.

Samantha Romaine

The linked article did mention it was a freight train. The conductor and crew still don't deserve this but at least there wasn't passengers.

I think suicide is selfish. I watched my father in law kill him self. It's not something I would wish on my worst enemy! The man knew it was wrong and unfair to his children or he wouldn't have called his son to apologize!

Austi... Austinsmommy12

TheSilence is right on. Can't think of any better way to say it. How terrible for the kids. My grandparents were married 57 years, and my grandmother suddenly died from a massive heart attack at age 74. My grandfather was 86 at the time, and healthy as a horse. He grieved himself to death, but spoke of suicide often. He died two years later from natural causes, but we all know it was her dying that made him give up on life. Death affects people differently of course, but it seems this particular way was much more violent and brutal than necessary. A bottle of pills and a fifth of Jack would've done the same job, and not hurt the family and all the people involved like it did.

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