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Man Shoots Cows, Self

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COLUMBIA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A sad story in Columbia County, as police say a dairy farmer committed suicide after shooting and killing 51 head of cattle at his farm in Copake.

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Dee C (23)
Friday January 22, 2010, 8:30 pm
State Police say Dean Pearson, of Weed Mine Road, was found dead inside a cow barn with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They say the farmer had been despondent over a personal issue.

Police say the case is still under investigation.

See video at site..

. (0)
Friday January 22, 2010, 8:59 pm
Another sad story.

Cheree M (46)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 1:32 am
Sadly Noted. Thanks Dee

Janine Boguslawski (95)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 3:34 am
Such a sad story. Take youself but why the cows?

David B (34)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 4:27 am
sorry,i don't care how bad his problems were he didn't need to slaughter all the cattle like that.thanks Dee.

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 9:36 am
Noted, ThankX. OMGosh, how dreadful!

Lynn M (192)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 11:11 am
Sad story; but why take the cows with him? Horrible slaughter.

wendy w (47)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 11:45 am
This man was very disturbed. Too bad he included his cows; however they probably died more humanely than if they'd gone to the slaughterhouse. RIP

susan w (13)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 5:51 pm
this man was not in his right mind.....

kathryn cook (628)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 5:53 pm
ty for this post

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 6:03 pm
Sad story yet a blessing! Man was despondent for several day. It does not say the reason why. It is possible that he had financial difficulties & could no longer afford to feed them. And it weighed heavily on him. He knew that if they were left alive they would starve to death so he did what he taught would be best for them. Probably felt horrible then justified killing himself over this! One will never know. I hope God has mercy on his soul. RIP Dean.

Teresa F (395)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 6:33 pm

Peggy A (109)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 7:14 pm
I agree with Henriette,that he just gave up and did not want the cows to suffer.So sad the man and the cows had to die

Catherine Turley (192)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 7:23 pm
it is curious. was he trying to spare his beloved cows an uncertain and possibly torturous future, or was he just tying up loose ends... taking care of final business. farmers don't normally think of livestock as pets.

Erika H (3)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 8:12 pm
This is so sad

Dee C (23)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 8:29 pm
Someone close to the source said he had spoken about his fear in knowing if he would not be around to care for the cows..they would not be taken care of and he didn't want that to happen..

Actually Catherine..I know quite a few farmers..and you be very surprised to know how much they do care about their animals..

Very sad indeed..

Gilles E (30)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 9:03 pm
Triste mais noté merci ...

Cheryl Ulrich (110)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 9:24 pm
Geez .. Couldn't he sell them before he did himself in ? I wonder what the cows thought as they saw their 'sisters' drop one by one ? Gruesome ...

Barbara West (0)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 9:30 pm
Poor cows. Poor man. May God bless all.

Michael Falzarano (0)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 10:05 pm
poor cows- I could care less about the man

Dee C (23)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 10:11 pm
"poor cows- I could care less about the man"

Truly a sad statement..

. (0)
Saturday January 23, 2010, 10:16 pm
I don't understand how people cannot feel empathy for a man who felt so much in despair that he felt he had to end his life and that of those he felt responsible for. His pain must have been unbearable.

Catherine Turley (192)
Sunday January 24, 2010, 12:19 am
i think people are just fed up that animals are always at the mercy of humans. whether there are many, some, or few farmers like those dee knows, the perception is that they don't care about their animals. they care about what animals can do for them. let's face it, their priority is to make money off of animals. i haven't read too many articles where dairy farmers let their non-productive cows live out their lives rather than sell them for slaughter.

what i would say to people who feel as michael does is that articles, and video clips, and the internet have a way of making people one dimensional. people are not always as they seem. and death doesn't punish the dead, it punishes the living. his mom or his wife may be a saint who doesn't deserve to suffer.

Christoph Wuth (72)
Sunday January 24, 2010, 3:37 am

a-mok ( muk, -mak) n. [[< Malay amuk , attacking furiously, ult. < Old Javanese]] in Indonesia and the Philippines, a condition of great emotional disturbance under which a person loses control and goes about killing (animals, fellow people) indiscriminately.
Beware: Anybody may -at any moment- run amok.


Jamie Clemons (282)
Sunday January 24, 2010, 8:40 am
he didnt want someone else to profit off of his cows.

Patricia C (96)
Sunday January 24, 2010, 9:23 am
Just sad, sad all the way around. I certainly don't feel empathy for those who kill their children or others they feel resonsible for before killing themselves. We'll probably never know why he killed the poor cows, but if they WERE bound for the slaughterhouse, he saved them some misery.

Sunday January 24, 2010, 4:17 pm

Karen S (106)
Sunday January 24, 2010, 4:20 pm
Thanks Dee. Sadly, there are many 'farmers' who contemplate and carry out suicide. Surely, our ability to have empathy for one who has suffered greatly enough to end his life, should not depend on whether we consider his occupation to be noble or not. The capacity to show empathy reflects on the one choosing to empathize or withhold empathy, not on the poor guy who took his own life.

In defense of farmers, I can assure you some of us do care greatly for our animals and yes, even consider them pets.

Suicide is not a selfless act and neither is mass slaughtering 51 animals. Whether the man's ability to rationalize the consequences of his actions is a question we may never have an answer to.


Sunday January 24, 2010, 9:58 pm
In perilous times like now, desperation, frustration and sorrow had become more and more heart consuming. It is more sad to know that there are those who had to lose the battle.

However, I believe that there is strentgh in a presence of friends. Let us not shaken the bond of our humanity amidst this dark age. A smile, a simple hello, a pat on the back, a little hug, or shortbump on the shoulder might in time save a life.

Mr. Dean Pearson left it to us to continue the battle he had decided to leave behind.

gerlinde p (161)
Sunday January 24, 2010, 10:58 pm
very sad.

Lil Judd (70)
Monday January 25, 2010, 8:54 am
I would have to think the man was really "lost" to kill himself after first killing the cows. There must have been a reason so very strong to him...
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