‘The Silent Killer’ Teaches Parents and Kids How To Recognize Suicidal Signs and Symptoms

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This book was written following my counseling efforts with the parents of eight kids who committed suicide at the same time in different places in Plano, Texas. This happened in 1984 and was the first reported cluster suicide in the United States. It caused incredible alarm.

Because of this nationwide scare and the fact that the Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, who was a longtime friend mine and knew about the book I had written on Suicide, invited me to come to the Arkansas capital and Train the Counselors and Chaplains that served in the Arkansas Prison System on how to recognize the signs, symptoms, and causes for Suicide.

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I shared with Governor Mike that the book was intended for the masses and I wanted everyone to know up front that “heart of the book” was taken from the Bible and the Seven Accounts of Suicide contained therein. The biblical characters were caught in some of the same snares that exist today, and they simply could not cope so they killed themselves. I told my friend, the Governor, that we can learn much about the current causes of why today’s people are so problem ridden by closely examining these seven stories. Hence, this unique book is entitled, “The Silent Killer: What The Bible Teaches About Suicide.”

The Silent Killer:

What The Bible Teaches About Suicide

Before we study the people in Scripture that actually committed suicide, let’s examine Three Syndromes of how to better understand the Suicidal Mentality. When a person is deeply wounded or physically exhausted in his or her spirit, it becomes increasingly difficult to fake it or hide it. Prayer is almost impossible because the person in pain probably feels like the heavens have turned to brass and God does not hear anything they have to say.


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If you have ever felt like this, or are feeling something like this now, you will have no problem understanding the suicide mentality and you will actually find yourself in pretty fair company from a Scriptural perspective. I would like to develop these syndromes from very prominent Bible characters who were hurting to such a degree that they felt their lives were not worth continuing so they asked God to kill them.


God chose Moses to deliver His people from their bondage in Egypt and lead them to the land of milk and honey. During the exodus Moses had seen numerous miracles with his own eyes. Nevertheless, during their after their deliverance from bondage, the people of Israel began to gripe and murmur about their plight. They became fearful, left their faith, began to look at their circumstances instead of their Lord and lost their appetite for the things of God. In other words, they became a stupendous burden for Moses to bear.

So, you see, the problem as it developed was PHYSICAL EXHAUSTION, leading to EMOTIONAL IMBALANCE, followed by an inability to COMMUNICATE with God[MH1] . Too often, we have the old ‘Charlton Heston’ image of the man called Moses. Please notice the term “man”. Moses was just a man. He was human and subject to hurt like all the rest of us. When Moses realized his dilemma, it was too late for him to do anything about it in his own strength, so he prayed to die.

This is found in Numbers 11:14. Moses, this mighty man of God who had been so used by Him, actually asked God to kill him. He felt trapped in a hopeless situation. So, he thought of ending his life. Recognize the Suicide Mentality?


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THE JOHAH SYNDROME -- Jonah was given a mandate from God that he did not desire to perform, so he ran away from home. Have you ever run away from a mandate from God? I have! Yet, God gained Jonah’s full attention from within the belly of a fish, and he finally obeyed. His mission was to preach the message of repentance to the wicked city of Nineveh. This was no small task. Nineveh was so large that a straight walk from wall to wall was a three-day journey.

When God hemmed Jonah up and he finally obeyed, this prophet began the greatest revival ever recorded. Jonah was not allowed to walk off and he preached one of the most tiring campaigns in the history of evangelism causing extreme physical

exertion. To top it all, the entire city repented. What power from on high! What energy must have coursed through Jonah’s life! Certainly, he was PHYSICALLY EXHAUSTED.

The same pattern emerged as it did in Moses’ life. When the campaign

was over and Jonah’s weariness got the best of him, he became EMOTIONALLY

IMBALANCED. In Jonah 4:3, he prayed the same prayer that Moses prayed. He

asked God to kill him. He prayed to die. He was physically exhausted, mentally

distraught and felt totally helpless. Recognize the Suicide Mentality?


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One of the most profound men of God in all the Bible was the prophet Elijah. He had such a relationship with the Lord that he could pray, and rain would stop ... and start. His power was without challenge as he proved in his famous battle with the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel recorded in 1 Kings 18. However, he wound up in the same hopeless state as did Moses and Jonah.

The pattern begins to develop when he defeated and slew 450 of Baal’s prophets personally with a sword. If you consider the physical implications of this magnificent event, and the possible fact that Baal’s guys probably didn’t stand still for their slaughter, it is easy to see just how draining that situation might have been. Elijah had just called fire down from heaven. Power from on high moved through him with incomprehensible results and afterward he killed hundreds of men. Needless to say, he was PHYSICALLY EXHAUSTED.

Elijah had just seen one of the greatest victories the Bible has on record and a

messenger from his enemy sent him into flight. The reason is found in the same

pattern as Moses and Jonah. This mighty prophet was PHYSICALLY


To add to that, he ran an entire day’s journey into the wilderness, which made him even more exhausted and then he fell under a tree with this prayer on his lips. “God, I am no better than my fathers. If this is the way it is to be, please take my life ... kill me. “ I Kings 19:4 tells us that Elijah asked God to take his life. This was the prayer of an EMOTIONALLY IMBALANCED person. He prayed to die. He was hurting so badly that he didn’t want to live any longer. Recognize the SUICIDE MENTALITY?


There are SEVEN accounts of self-destruction found in Scripture. Taken together, these accounts embody all of the major reasons being examined today from the base of relativity. It is my intent that the heart of this book be the study of each of these Biblical accounts. This is in order to take the causes of suicide to the “root of all Truth” for the Christian, while attempting to be of help to any other discipline of thought. My concerted opinion is that no one wants to see anybody kill themselves and would seek any information that might prevent them from committing the act. Here are some circumstantial facts from the number one bestselling book of all time.

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Dr. Haynes teaches Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention for all counselors and chaplains that serve in the Arkansas Prison System at the invitation from Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.



The story of Judas is the most commonly known of all of the Biblical suicides. Immediately following his betrayal of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane with the famous ‘kiss of death’, he came to the realization of what he had done. The Scripture states that guilt seized him and he couldn’t cope.

The following Pattern Develops for all of the Seven Biblical Suicide Accounts. First there is a Snare or Trap because of who they are… the way they think. In other words, what caused Judas to being open in his thinking that made him even consider the betrayal of Jesus Christ, the leader of the disciples.

Though Judas isn’t mentioned nearly as much during Jesus’ ministry as others like Peter, James, and John, the Bible does record that he was the treasurer for the disciples. However, the Bible also reveals that Judas used this position for his own personal gain. John records he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used it to help himself to what was put into it.

Another tidbit the Bible offers is a scene in which Judas protests Jesus’ actions. John 12 records that Jesus’ friend Mary took a large quantity of expensive perfume, poured it over Jesus’ feet, and wiped His feet with her hair as an act of worship.

Judas objected. “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.”

Though his intentions seemed pure, the Bible states that, “He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief. Obviously, he intended to skim the funds from the money bag.

This seems to have been a tipping point of sorts for Judas. After recounting the story of the perfume, Matthew and Mark immediately follow this scene with that of Judas’ deal with those who wanted to kill Jesus.

Matthew records, .”(Matthew 26:14-16) “Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So, they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

During the last supper scene, John 13:2 records that the devil had prompted Judas to betray Jesus. Judas’s habits with the money bag might suggest that materialism was the trap that Judas had stepped into long before this final scene. Judas’ depression caused him to hang himself on a tree where he remained until his body fell apart.

Hence the Pattern has a beginning.





Judas is the only suicide recorded in the New Testament. There are six suicides recorded in the Old Testament. I shared a more extensive background that led to Judas final pattern. I will only share the patterns for The Old Testament suicides because I want you to see their backgrounds the “The Silent Killer” book you are about to order. When you get the book and study the backgrounds and patterns you will see the Suicidal Tendencies and be able to know the Suicide Prevention techniques. Then you can apply or teach others how to recognize the thinking and activity of people contemplating suicide.

Following will be the patterns of Old Testament Suicides.


Ahithophel was King David’s chief war counselor. His counseling was rejected and he was devastated.

His Trap was the Unresolved Hurt because of Rejection.

He Expressed the Hurt through Non Loyalty

The Connective Cause was Bitterness

Harbored Bitterness is a Major Cause for Suicide Today

3. THE SUICIDE OF ZIMRI: I Kings 16:15-20.

Zimri was a rebellious King in the time when Israel was in deep sin against God.

His Trap was Pride. He wanted to be Number One

He Expressed His Pride by Rejecting Authority

The Connective Cause was Rebellion

Rebellion is a Major Cause for Suicide Today


Abimelech was a son of Gideon and became a Judge in Israel. He was the product of an incredible maze of family abnormalities.

His Trap was Personal Identity. Breakdown of Family.

He Expressed His Identity Crisis by Killing his half brothers

The Connective Cause was Insecurity

Insecurity is a Major Cause for Suicide Today

5. THE SUICIDE OF SAMPSON: Judges 16:25-30.

Samson desired to die for a purpose, or a CAUSE. It was an act of martyrdom.

His Trap Was Disobedience

He Expressed His Mistake by Adopting a Cause

The Connective Cause was Revenge

Revenge is a Major Cause for Suicide Today

6. THE SUICIDE OF SAUL: 1 Samuel 31:4

The People of Israel demanded to have a king like all the nations around them, so God granted their request. Saul was a perfect specimen for Israel’s choice.

His Trap was Failure He was rejected as King

He Expressed His Failure in Rejection

The Connective Cause was Hopelessness

Hopelessness is a Major Cause for Suicide Today


The story of the death of Saul’s armor bearer is almost identical to

approximately 40% of the youth who successfully commit suicide today.


His Trap was Misplaced Loyalty

He Expressed Confusion

The Connective Cause was Irreversible Impluse

Impluse is a Major Cause for Suicide Today

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Dr. Michael K. Haynes with his beloved poodle Zacc,

short for Zacchaeus (wee little man) Haynes

There are SO MANY health benefits to owning a pet, but some may not realize the true POWER and capability bred within them to actually heal a broken heart, help with lonliness, lower your cholesterol, protect you from danger, guide you safely across the street, spoon with you at night or in some cases even save your very life.

However, one thing is for certain... they will assuradley give you love without question no matter the circumstance they are put in. They will do everything in their power to become your most loyal friend in the world.

This story was born from the countless hours, bloody paws, and tenacious non-stop persistance during the attack on our World Trade Center September 11, 2001. The cadavier dogs I worked with at Ground Zero in New York would go and go and go trying to find someone's loved one in the rubble. They would climb over metal, live wires, collapsed concrete and shifting debris everywhere and yet their entire goal was to find a beating heart.



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