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Man who jumped to death at Disneyland left behind note saying life with wife was 'toxic' and 'abusive'

Toronto Sun logo Toronto Sun 2022-12-09 Kevin Connor
Christopher Christensen, right, who took his own life by jumping from parking structure at Disneyland. © Provided by Toronto Sun Christopher Christensen, right, who took his own life by jumping from parking structure at Disneyland.

A California school principal took a fatal leap at Disneyland after writing a suicide note saying life with his wife was “toxic” and “abusive”.

Christopher Christensen, 51, had been the principal of elementary school in Huntington Beach for 22 years.

Brittany Christensen, 26, a daughter from a previous marriage said his current wife, Marlena, had been the abusive partner, The New York Post reports.

“[Marlena] has been very difficult in our family for about the last year, and we haven’t had any contact with her,” Brittany claimed.

“I’d just now started regaining contact with (Chris) over the last two weeks, and it’s been really great. He’d been trying to figure out how to leave her. In my opinion, it seems like this, in his mind, was his way out of his relationship.”

Christensen had pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges after his Nov. 15 arrest and was released on $10,000 bail.

In a Facebook note, he blamed the “flawed” legal system for ruining his life.

He said he and his wife got into a “heated argument” in front of his stepdaughters, and insisted that he had not “hit, slap, or hurt” his wife or the young women.

“Unfortunately, Marlena’s anger got the best of her that night and she called the police, which landed me in jail that night. Yes, me! A man who has never hit or harmed anyone in his life!” he wrote.

Brittany claimed Marlena had been “abusive to our entire family for five years,” adding that her account to law enforcement was “riddled with lies.”

“You’re a horrible disgusting excuse for a daughter and sister. Go find your Dad, play the hero. But it’s me he will be missing [in] the morning,” Marlena reportedly wrote, according to the outlet.

Brittany also said Marlena caused $6,000 worth of damage to her car after the argument.


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