Train death highlights sad body obsession
Train death highlights sad body obsession

A young dancer who was hit by a train was wrote notes of torment about her appearance and self-worth before she died, a British coroner's court has been told.

Fifteen-year-old Tallulah Wilson died on October 14, 2012, after being hit by a train at St Pancras Station in London.

Her diary was later found by police and it contained harsh self-criticisms, including entries saying "I am fat" and "What am I? I am nothing". In another document, she had scrawled "worthless" several times and "ugly".

The court was told Tallulah had become obsessed by the internet and used it to both bare her agony and to escape reality by pretending to be someone else.

The Guardian website reports that British transport police seized material from Tallulah's home - including computers, diaries and a journal - as part of the investigation into her death.

Tallulah moved to a new school just a month before her death. Photo: Google Maps

Detective Sergeant Adrian Naylor told the hearing there were disturbing writings relating to self-harm and self-loathing in a journal that was taken from the house. One picture of self-inflicted injury on a computer had been captioned "my arm", he said.

When senior coroner Mary Hassell asked if there was a particular trigger for Tallulah's death, Det-Sgt said: "There is no specific trigger, it is a culmination of what appears to be relationship breakdown with people on the internet, concerns about self-appearance and basically engaging with people with like-minded people who seemed to feed that obsession."

The Daily Mail reports that family friend Carolyn Scarlett said Talullah's case was "an escalating story of horror".

If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

The West Australian

Popular videos

Our Picks

Follow Us

More from The West