Thanks for the link. Indeed, an eerie portrait and sad life in many ways.
Is there some connection between her and seattle?
She seemed pretty normal to me, just more extreme in her outward manifestations of desperation for attention. Millions of people live as she described-- "Because competition contains so many shades of human behavior, including altruism, love and kindness, it makes the question ‘Are we winning?’ central to any entertainment." They just wouldn't admit it and would politely try to hide it.
The saddest part of the story is the implication that she may have finally realized that she wasn't special, that she was talented but normal, and rather than see the collapse of her house of lies as an opportunity to finally grow up, she chose to die. What a waste of her creativity and passion.
That was a hit piece on the deceased artist by a right wing blogger, using the tragedy to boost her career.
The major questions remain unanswered. From what I gather, most of those close to the couple are silent or only comment off the record, leaving others who had a grudge to be freely quoted by reporters.
I worked with Theresa Duncan years ago in DC on her award winning Chop Suey CD-ROM. I experienced her meltdown that led to her being escorted out of the building. She was definitely a smart and driven person who had an incredible mind as well as knockout looks and style. I've contacted some other people I know who worked with her in NYC and they say the paranoia dates back to at least 2000. Very sad that someone who still seemed to have a lot going for her would take her own life and thus her lover would take his own. Some of those I contacted were not surprised by her suicide while others were shocked. I can't say that I am shocked but sad that their world caved in on them. I also hope there is not a link to the CoS but that wouldn't surprise me either as they are a very weird cult IMHO.
I wrote the LA Weekly piece and I'm hardly a "right wing blogger". I was limited by space, even in the on line piece, and I didn't have room for everyone I spoke with--most of whom went on the record about her CDRom work. Many people also spoke with Chris Lee of the LA Times.
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