Local AR Author Kills Self in Wal-Mart

Filed in Gather Books Essential by on April 24, 2009 0 Comments

Tragic story out of Arkansas this week about non-fiction author David McElyea, who committed suicide on Wednesday in a Wal-Mart in Fayetteville. Author of “When Money Grows On Trees,” McElyea slit his own throat and continued to stab himself until restrained by police.

Authorities were called to Wal-Mart late Wednesday evening when McElyea allegedly attempted to shoplift merchandise from the store. The 52-year-old author had been arrested once before for robbery as well as assaulting a store employee in an attempt to escape.

A comment by a local user on 4029tv.com quoted an email from McElyea dated January 2008, in which the author allegedly wrote, “To have danced is what is important….I don’t want to dance anymore.”

Read the full story here.


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