Hello all, I apologize if this post is a bit distasteful but I have no idea how to ask this in the way that I am. I'll provide the question clearly, but I'll explain why I'm asking this too as well. The main question is, in successful suicides, is it common for people to cause suffering to themselves (and animals), such as through smoke inhalation rather than dying from an actual fire? I ask this because my mom died a day and a half later from a house fire more than 3 months ago. The detectives have recently deemed it a suicide, but as far as I can tell, it honestly looks like a murder especially given the circumstances of abuse and a major fight the night fire (Not to mention people seeing those same people scoping the house the night before). My sister had actually gotten a text message from my mother asking her not to come because she didn't know how her boyfriend was going to be, and the tone was genuine fear. Coincidentally around the same time the detectives later on determined, or were at least ruling the cause as, it to be a suicide my stepfather / mother's boyfriend accidentally sent a text message to my sister's boyfriends phone, with the contents saying "all the loose ends are finally tied up." My sister sent a text back to him asking what does he mean, and he responded he meant that for his cousin (Who had the same name). That creeps me out a bit. Now to describe the fire; it was large, but it was set in 3 or more spots but my bother suffered absolutely no burns outside of collapsing onto a heated floor (Which the burns were not severe by any means), but she had massive smoke inhalation. Additionally, all 4 animals in the house died as well -- and my mother would absolutely never hurt an animal. The problem is my stepfather, is a truck driver and his GPS showed him as not being at the house. The weird thing is though is that one of his brothers was driving the truck, which is extremely rare. Why that day of all days? I wonder if one of them used their own vehicle and used the GPS to kill any suspicion? Is it logical for anyone to kill themselves in that way? Everyone I've talked to agrees with my consensus, including therapists and psychologists who have never heard of such an event. Not to mention I have not spoken to anyone who disagrees with my view of their involvement. I mean, it could always be case that they weren't involved. But when there is 20 to 30 things pointing at them, you have to question. Anyway, thank you for your time. And I do apologize for the details and if it caused anyone stress to have to read that.