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Tear Jerker / Down the Rabbit Hole

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Many of the cases Knudsen covers are just full of tragedy, of which we get to hear about at length.

  • The ongoing downfall of Christine Weston Chandler in Sonichu and Christian Weston Chandler. She's banned from the majority of stores, her community college, and all other public places in her town and beyond due to her strange and bellicose behavior, thus she is effectively cut off from the outside world. She gets bullied by the trolls so much that she outright becomes paranoid of everyone who interacts with her in any way, and blames the trolls for killing her father when he died of a heart attack. Christine lives with her mom as the entire house builds up with trash and other junk that they hoard while she spends herself into debt with her credit cards. The house then catches on fire from a faulty wire, and thanks to the trash and squalid conditions, it burned through the entire house. While Christine and her mother escaped unharmed, and eventually managed to move back in, they practically lost everything they owned. Christine will most likely spend the rest of her life in paranoia and isolation, with her physical and mental states continuing to degrade — all the while with debt continuing to crush her. note 
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  • The ending of the Collyer Brothers. Langley accidentally triggers one of his own traps crushing him under the pile of junk and his blind and immobile brother starves to death, both alone in their apartment and only being found after they died note , and their apartment is condemned and demolished. Fred himself admits that it was one of the most difficult videos he made emotionally and nearly broke down crying while doing the research.
  • The ending of the Time Cube episode. Gene Ray's disciple Richard Janczarski commits suicide after struggling for years with mental illness and being rejected by his idol, Gene Ray himself dies of old age, the website goes under, and there's the fact that Gene Ray served, in hindsight, as an example of how the internet would soon target the mentally ill and the eccentric for the sake of entertainment.
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  • The whole of Noah Antwiler (Spoony), especially if one was a fan that watched his rise and fall from his days at Channel Awesome to a near recluse. Worse is that, unlike DarksydePhil or Norman Boutin, Noah is framed as egotistical and causing his own misfortune, but also as a victim of his own mental problems that eventually broke him down over time.
  • In the GameLife episode, it's mentioned that Melissa regularly received harassment, up to and including death threats, from viewers who accused her of being a "fake gamer girl" and playing off her looks despite being the most professional of the team and her clear enthusiasm for gaming as a hobby. For many, this serves as a sad reminder of how poorly female gamers are sometimes treated by certain elements of the gaming community. The fact that she effectively disappeared from the public view following the group's collapse makes it all the more heartrending.
  • The ending of the TempleOS episode. Terry, homeless and without his van to keep him sheltered, ends up in Portland, Oregon, where his mental state had completely given out. By the summer of 2018, his speech had become so slurred that it was almost impossible to understand what he was saying. He ultimately met his end when a train struck and killed him.
    • The usage of Terry's videos can be heartrending in a way too. While initially simply poorly put together and rambling, over time they began to devolve into nonsensical ranting, prejudice and hate due to Terry's rapidly deteriorating mental state. It becomes very clear that at some point Terry stopped taking his Schizophrenia medication and began succumbing to the effects of his disease to the point where he's barely even able to speak. Seeing him talking to someone who tracked him down while he was homeless, talking rather lucidly about computer programming over a meal at McDonald's shows that there was still a flicker of who he used to be before the train accident that took his life. Made worse by his haunting talks about what was clearly his growing ennui during some of his livestreams and the ruling of his death as a suicide. His strangely lucid words in the last video shown during the credits, apparently recorded the morning he died, are especially poignant.
      I really like this library... so... I come here to use their computer and smoke out here, they must have been freaking out, 'cause such an impure person was in their presence... oh, well, I was clueless, not now, these two have a respect for purity... so, it's good to be king! Hahahah... maybe. I think maybe I am just like a little, a bizarre little person who walks back and forth... whatever, you know.
    • The possibility that he actually committed suicide is even worse because it implies that he might have been lucid for a moment and decided to end his own life while still feeling like himself instead of being a broken mess from schizophrenia. In the QA vid for TempleOs, Fredrik admits that is a possibility and while he is uncertain if Terry did kill himself, he doesn't rule it out either.
  • The ongoing downfall of Jordie Jordan in WingsOfRedemption. Jordie was once a moderately popular figure in the Call of Duty fandom on YouTube, but his bad attitude and lack of social skills would ultimately prove to be his undoing. This resulted in Jordie alienating all his friends and most of his fanbase, leaving the trolls as his only remaining audience. By the time it was all over, Jordie had been reduced to a state worthy more of pity than scorn, openly hating making gaming content but seeing no other available source of income.
    • It would be easy to look at this guy and see him as someone toxic who constantly hurts the people around him and refuses to take any steps to actively improve his situation, regardless of his mental situation. However, when he punches a wall and breaks down in frustration, it's hard not to feel bad for him.
  • In Purr Cat Cafe, we have a woman named Janice asking Diane to take care of her cat while she cares for an ill relative, only for said cat to fall ill itself. Diane opts to criticize the owner for "giving her a sick cat" and by the time that Janice returns, it's too late to do anything about it, and the cat had to be euthanized. Despite medical papers confirming that this time, Diane really wasn't at fault and there wasn't anything she could've done, it was clear that Diane was shaken up by the incident and attempted to kill herself by overdosing on cat pills and downing it with alcohol. Thankfully, she was rescued before her attempt could succeed. But in the end the cafe was closed down due to Diane’s poor business practices, and inability to properly run her store. It also shows that for all of her bad business sense and faults, she did legitimately care about cats.

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