Tania Murrell’s brother has died

Per this article: Tania Marie Murrell‘s brother, John, has passed away. The 37-year-old, it says, “had battled drug addictions through most of his adult life.” He was living in a halfway house when he took an overdose of methadone and was taken to the hospital. He convinced a friend to sneak him out so he could make it back to the halfway house by curfew time. They found him dead in his bed the next morning.

Obviously it’s very sad. Drug and alcohol addiction is caused by a lot of complex factors, both genetic and environmental, but I’m sure the disappearance of his sister when he was a child was a great trauma. It may not have caused his later problems but it certainly didn’t help. He was the one who was supposed to have walked home from school with Tania that day. She went the other way instead, and never came back.

I happened to speak once to a psychologist who, I think as part of his PhD, studied one particular family who had lost a boy when he was a child — literally lost, the boy was kidnapped and is listed on Charley. (I’m not going to identify the psychologist or the boy because I don’t want to upset anyone or get anyone in trouble. I’m not sure it was appropriate for the person to have confided this knowledge to me.) Anyway, the psychologist told me the boy came from a very large family and, in spite of having had a good upbringing with loving working-class parents, the kids were all pretty troubled and several of them became addicted to drugs and alcohol later in life.

John and Tania’s sister has her brother’s ashes and hopes to scatter them at Niagara Falls. If only she knew where Tania was.

2 thoughts on “Tania Murrell’s brother has died

  1. Angie March 30, 2015 / 10:09 am

    Wow, with friends like that, who needs enemies? I’m surprised they weren’t able to keep him in the hospital involuntarily; he clearly was in no position to make his own decisions and was endangering his life.

    I actually know which missing boy you are talking about because a few weeks ago on Reddit, someone made a post about this boy and stated that they had also studied videos of his family’s therapy in graduate school and gave details about the content of the videos. When I told them maybe they shouldn’t be putting that info publicly on the internet, multiple people attacked me. Oh well.

  2. Colin August 10, 2017 / 5:28 am

    It was a suicide. He intentionally took his own life sadly.

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