A mystery man who took a fatal dose of...

BOISE, Idaho -- A mystery man who took a fatal dose of cyanide and died in a church pew was buried in a service held to symbolize the plight of those who die in despair during the holiday season.

The body of the blond, deeply tanned and fashionably dressed man was found under a pew in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church three weeks ago.


A cryptic suicide note and $1,900 in cash were found beside the corpse.

A short, typewritten note, saying the church could have any of the money not needed for funeral expenses, was signed 'Wm. L. Toomey.' Police doubted that was his real name

Toxicology tests showed he died from cyanide poisoning.

The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher focused much of the funeral mass Monday on the unidentified man, whose stark, gray casket was adorned with fresh flowers and viewed by about 150 mourners.

The priest said the mass was for all those who have died in despair during the holidays.

'He came to us to die,' Faucher said. 'We don't know who he is, but we come here in faith, to pray for him, whoever he may be, and to pray for ourselves.'


Detective Frank Richardson said he doubted the man's name was Toomey because the signature on the note was not like the well-practiced signature strokes of a man about 35 or 40 years old.

All identification had been removed, and the fingerprints could not be matched with any on file in Boise or with the FBI.

'He didn't want his name to be known, for whatever reason,' Richardson said. 'It's strange.'

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