And it seemed that there had been plenty of indications of her suicidal tendencies prior to Frances’ death. For instance, during a stay at a friend’s home shortly before her suicide, Frances was found staring into a mirror, entranced and muttering, “I wonder where the jugular vein is?” Sadly, her implied threat turned out not to be an idle one.
Despite new of Frances’ death circulating in the media soon after, Henry decided to hide the real cause of death from their children. He instead chose not to discuss the tragic circumstances surrounding her passing at all. In fact, Jane and Peter didn’t find out the true story until much later, when Jane was shown a magazine article about the suicide.