Why did Jude Richmond kill herself and her disabled daughter? Her close friend reveals what drove this brilliant woman to such desperation - 2010-03-18
She was intelligent, resourceful and talented - but beneath the surface, she was more troubled than any of us ever realised. Once I heard that she and Millie were dead, I sensed that Jude had probably had some kind of psychotic episode.
At the inquest, the coroner mentioned the history of depression in Jude's family, her dabblings with Scientology, and her irrational belief that Millie did not have cerebral palsy but was ill because of an allergy to metal objects.
My last three phone calls with Jude came back to haunt me. My conversations with her on the day before she went missing had been very odd, although in the ten years I'd known her, starting when we were neighbours in London, I'd witnessed this other side to her personality before.