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May262011

Feds Raid Home of 91-Year-Old Suicide Kit Maker

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(EL CAJON, Calif.) -- On Wednesday morning, 91-year-old Sharlotte Hydorn answered a knock on her door to find nearly a dozen FBI agents outside. The agents reportedly raided the suicide kit maker's home, seizing her computer, sewing machine and kit supplies.

FBI Agent Darrell Foxworth would not confirm the contents of the warrant.

Hydorn, of El Cajon, Calif., was thrown into the spotlight just a few months ago after a 29-year-old Oregonian named Nick Klonoski used one of her kits to end his life in December. Klonoski had ordered the simple kit, which contained a hood and tube, through the mail.

Earlier this month, Oregon senators unanimously voted in favor of passing a bill that would ban the sale or marketing of suicide kits.

Klonoski reportedly was not terminally ill and would not have qualified for lethal prescriptions available to eligible Oregon residents under the Death With Dignity Act. Oregon is one of three states -- Washington and Montana are the others -- in which assisted suicide is legal.

Hydorn said the homemade kits, which she has been selling for four years, are intended to assist the death of those who are terminally ill or in severe chronic pain. But anyone can request the $60 kit, and she does not screen her clients before sending them a kit.

But Hydorn remains unapologetic about Klonoski's death.

Business doubled after Klonoski's death made headlines, according to Hydorn, and she plans on continuing to grow her small company.

Still, Hydorn said she is not in it for the money.

"I get emotional satisfaction out of being able to help people," she said. "My motivation is to help people. If they misunderstand that, then so be it, but I'm not at fault for other people's choices."

If you or someone you know has contemplated suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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