Garfield man who jumped from Fort Lee cliffs with dog wrote of chronic pain, mental issues
A troubled Garfield man who held his Yorkshire Terrier in his arms as he jumped to their deaths from the Palisades in Fort Lee Historic Park this afternoon claimed that his parents threatened to obtain a restraining order against him after accusing him of taking a knife to his mother.
Cross Yoler, 34, also posted a portion of a psychiatric evaluation on his Facebook page that called him a danger to others and said he’d threatened to kill himself and the dog.
He also wrote of chronic leg pain from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), posting images from a thermographic exam.
“here we go,” Yoler wrote in a recent post. “Dad took off for a week, here starts the [expletive] abuse. if i die this week it will be because of the yoler family ……good bye world…..”
- UPDATE: Before jumping from the Palisades in Fort Lee Historic Park with his beloved Yorkshire Terrier in his arms, a troubled 34-year-old Garfield man took to Facebook, posting anguished thoughts and accusing others of “murdering” him. READ MORE….
After setting his car on fire today, Yoler threw his backpack off the cliffs, then followed with the Yorkie around 3 p.m., Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Chief Michael Coppola told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
PIP police responding to near-simultaneous reports of a car fire and apparent bicycle crash on Henry Hudson Drive between Englewood Cliffs and Edgewater and found Yoler’s body, Coppola said tonight.
Fort Lee firefighters extinguished the car fire.
Three weeks ago, Yoler wrote on his Facebook page that he’d been accused of taking a knife to his mother when, in fact, he was fighting off his father, who he said “was choking me.”
“Tell me if you were being choked to death are going to stand there and do nothing or will you go in self defense mode,” posted Yoler, whose brother is a police officer.
“Family around the world this is for you. added Yoler, a Little Ferry native who was graduated from Ridgefield Park High School and attended Berkeley College in Clifton, according to his profile.
“Parents did this first,” he wrote, adding that his parents claimed he was mentally ill. “I am only protecting myself…..And my psychologist, he can go f— himself.”
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