Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

July 24, 2007

Bulletin: Theresa Duncan Not Yet Ruled a Suicide

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 11:19 am

According to sources I checked with in the New York City Police Department and the City Medical Examiner’s Office, the death of Theresa Duncan (se posts below) which has been almost without exception called “a suicide” in the local papers has not yet been officially ruled a suicide.. It may well still be. To my knowledge no evidence has come to light suggesting murder or accidental death. But the authorities aren’t commenting , awaiting, for one thing, toxicology reports on Duncan they say may not be available for at least two weeks.

A verdict “on the cause and manner of her death” is still “pending investigation” is all a spokesman for the Medical Examiner said she was authorized to say.

Meanwhile the body of Theresa Duncan’s boyfriend, Jeremy Blake–who reportedly committed suicide in the waters off Rockaway Beach because he was “despondent” over Theresa’s death–has still not been found.

I have some more information on Jeremy Blake’s death and other aspects of the case that I am checking out and hope to post soon.


  1. THANK YOU for asking the right questions.

    Comment by spencer mack — July 24, 2007 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  2. Theresa Duncan’s death should be assumed a suicide. She left a suicide note and evidence gathered in her apartment indicates that she overdosed on Tylenol PM. It is not unusual for the OME to investigate a death such as this with toxicology tests that take time.

    What is surprising is that the police in New Jersey are not getting around to performing a DNA identification on the body that was found by a fisherman and thought to be Jeremy Blake’s. If they are treating Theresa’s death as worthy of criminal investigation, why are they not pursuing Jeremy’s with the same rigor?

    A comparison of these related deaths indicates an inconsistency in Medical Examiner procedures from state to state.

    Comment by Melinda Hunt — July 26, 2007 @ 5:03 pm | Reply

  3. R:

    A body, possibly Jeremy Blake, was found off the coast of New Jersey. This is such a horrible story. Was at Feigen the other day to see their new space, very tense over there. This is horribly sad.,0,180976.story?coll=la-home-center

    Comment by Pink bunny — July 26, 2007 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  4. I find myself fascinated by this case, and particularly by Theresa Duncan’s beautiful prose, as well. I am inclined to think that this is a double suicide, but something that has stuck out to me to suggest otherwise is the fact that Theresa was making a film in NYC about a rock star who disappeared (was kidnapped by teenage girls), and whose fame only increased after his disappearance. Something about that echoes in the Jeremy Blake disappearance. What do you think? What is that eerie coincidence about?

    Comment by Jen — July 27, 2007 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

  5. Ron,

    First, thanks for your curiosity and honesty in all this. I have more than a passing interest in the deaths of Theresa and Jeremy. I dated Theresa for about a year (before she met Jeremy), and in fact, I just learned from my sister that Jeremy Blake is the same Jeremy that was her best friend when they were both at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Knowing these two as we both did then, it makes little sense that this happened. Though it was so many years ago, the worst I could say about Theresa is that she was ungrounded, and unfocused; but certainly not depressed. She had far too much creative energy and a never ending quest to get to the truth of the world around her. I think in meeting Jeremy she indeed found her grounding and her focus and her place in the bigger picture. So then what was it that pushed her over the edge/ Did she find a “truth” she could reconcile with her own being? Did she lose Jeremy and her grounding? I have no idea? I have not seen her in some time, but we have many old friends in common. many of whom she met through me back when we were dating. I have not really had the chance to speak to many of these people, but if I do I’ll pass along whatever information might be of interest to you as you dig for her final truth. Thanks for this.

    Michael Ryan

    Comment by Michael — July 28, 2007 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

  6. Thank you again! And keep us posted!

    Comment by Robert del Valle — July 30, 2007 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

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