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A 91-year-old Californian woman has pleaded guilty to failing to file federal tax returns for her company that made and sold helium hood kits. They were intended for the terminally ill to bring their lives to a speedy end if they wished.

Sharlotte Hydorn admitted paying no tax on $66,717 (£42,775) of income in 2010. In a plea deal, she agreed to pay $26,000 in outstanding tax.

Federal agents found the kits when they raided the retired teacher’s home in El Cajon, near San Diego, in May. She used the name of GLADD.

Footnote: There is now nowhere else that these kits can be purchased. “How to make your own helium hood kit” instructions can be downloaded as a pdf for $5 from

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