The story of Donald and Sandra Lee Cragin sounds a bit like the story
tragic romance story of Romeo and Juliet. The couple, who have been
married for thirty years took their lives only three weeks to their 31st
wedding anniversary which would have been on Valentine’s day.
Donald Lee Cragin, 65, and Sandra Lee Cragin, 55, were found dead, lying
side by side on their bed at home in Shaws Mill Road, Standish, Maine,
US, after they both took their own lives a few minutes apart.
Sandra Cragin, a mother-of-two and a grandmother, took her life first
having been diagnosed a decade ago with Huntington’s disease, a terminal
genetic disorder, the same disease that killed her father.
Sandra took her own life first by overdosing on pills after leaving a
note for her husband. Donald who could not live without her took his own
life soon after. Their body was discovered at about 12.30pm
on January 24 by Michael Sullivan, Sandra’s brother when he stopped by
her house to check up on her and Donald, as he often did. He found the
door unlocked and a note taped to it asking him to come in. He went in
to find his sister lying in bed under the covers and her husband beside
The police were called in and they do not suspect foul play.
Gail Rich, Sandra’s mother said her daughter took her life because she
did not want her illness to take a toll on her loved ones. Donald, in
turn, took his because he could not bear to live without her.
The couple have two grown children, Savannah and Derek and two
grandchildren, one from each of their children. Their daughter Savanah
took to her parent’s Facebook page to drop a tribute which reads in
part; “No child should have to bury both of their parents in a day.”