Why Did People Believe This Little Girl Committed Suicide to Join Her Father in Heaven?

In 2013, the Daily Mail and Examiner posted a story about a 12-year-old girl named Maria Kislo who committed suicide. Allegedly, her mother found her hanging in her bedroom in Leszno, Poland, with a note explaining why she took her own life.

According to reports, it read: “Dear Mum. Please don’t be sad. I just miss Daddy so much, I want to see him again.” Ever since her father died after suffering from a heart attack, she had been unable to cope with the devastating loss.

“Five years ago I lost my husband Arek,” her mother, Monika, said. “This year my daughter. I don’t know if I can go on, and I wouldn’t if it was not for my son. She didn’t seem unhappy. She didn’t have problems at school and she seemed a happy little girl. I had no idea she missed her father so much, she never really spoke about it.”

The stories that circulated on the Internet claimed Monika had went upstairs to read her a bedtime story when the grisly discovery was made.

However, according to Polish news sources, the story surrounding the girl’s suicide was not sourced and totally fabricated.

First and foremost, there was no suicide note. Maria’s motivations are a mystery. The police are investigating her computer and diaries, but refrain from commenting on any clues they may have found so far. Secondly, Maria’s father didn’t die of a heart attack, but was brutally shot to death by his new girlfriend’s brother-in-law in 2009, about six months after Maria’s parents’ divorce. Thirdly, Maria’s mother wasn’t going to read a bedtime story to a 12-year-old, but just started wondering why the girl was staying so long alone in her room supposedly reading a book.

The girl did commit suicide, however, there isn’t any credible evidence that her suicide was influenced by a belief in heaven.