Friends: Woman in murder-suicide was a 'very troubled spirit'

Published: Oct. 22, 2013 at 7:53 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM CDT
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Dr. Karen Diamond
Dr. Karen Diamond

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Dr. Karen Diamond's friends say she was a 'very troubled spirit' who suffered from physical and mental anguish.

Dr. Diamond is accused of killing her mother, Eula Diamond, 87 and their dog before ultimately killing herself. The killings happened inside of the home the two shared in the Settlement at Willow Grove subdivision in Baton Rouge off Perkins Road.

The doctor's Facebook page is littered with several images of sad figures and several images of art splattered with blood.

Dr. Diamond's close friends say she had a huge heart, but was overwhelmed by a deep and dark depression. She last reached out to some of her friends in a Saturday evening email.

"She posted this in email form to five of us whom I assume she deemed were her close friends," said Dr. Alan Bowers a man who says he knew Diamond for 26 years, the two attended medical school together.

"At the very close of it she just typed, 'I'm sorry' And that was it."

Dr. Diamond had stopped practicing in Baton Rouge July 2013.

In the past, she admitted to abusing prescription drugs. Diamond lost her license for a time in 1999 while practicing in upstate New York because of the abuse.

Dr. Diamond's friends say she had beaten those demons long ago.

Representatives with Diamond's most recent employer, the system that runs the Baton Rouge General network, says the doctor's past was explored before she was hired.

"Dr. Diamond went through a rigorous hiring and thorough credentialing review process to ensure she was fit to practice," said Maryann Rowland, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist for Baton Rouge General Medical Center.

"General Health System's hiring process for employed physicians includes a full criminal background check, SSN check, reference check for past employment and education, Office of Inspector General check, Louisiana Patient's Compensation Fund review and is cleared through the LA State Board of Medical Examiners for licensure. Our hospital Medical Staff Members are cleared through the LA State Board of Medical Examiners to conduct background checks for annual licensure renewal, upon which we rely."

In the end, Diamond's friends say she was having a hard time seeing her aging mother suffer and knew she was the last one left to care for her.

"She was dealing with some depression issues and sometimes felt like she was unable to cope with or handle things about herself, which was in direct conflict with the independent nature," Dr. Bowers said.

"She probably reached a point where it was overwhelming for her and she felt that there was no way to pull back from the edge. And she really didn't see that there were other people that were standing and asking her what they could do to help her. Maybe because of the depression she had that she couldn't recognize that there was help available from a lot of people who loved her very much."

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