Principal dies by suicide at Disneyland to escape ‘toxic’ relationship, daughter claims

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Much information is coming to light after the shocking suicide at Disneyland.

As we reported on Tuesday, the 51-year-old elementary school principal Christopher Christensen was identified as the man who died at the “Happiest Place on Earth” on Saturday night. He jumped to his death from a garage in the Anaheim, California amusement park.

In a social media post he wrote shortly before his death, Christensen explained that it was because he was recently arrested for endangering children and charging batteries in the home. As we reported, the elementary school principal was arrested in mid-November after a family dispute with his wife, Marlena.

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In his online messages before committing suicide, Christensen blamed his death on legal process after his arrest. He also claims that he and Marlena were happy together until a domestic dispute in mid-November changed their lives.

However, Christensen’s eldest daughter is now moving forward to set the record; she said everything was okay Not well before committing suicide. Instead, she claims in a new interview that the principal is in a “toxic” relationship with his “abusive” wife – and perhaps sees suicide as his “escape.” from their bad marriage. Damned.

Brittany Christensenthe 26-year-old daughter of the late principal from a previous relationship, spoke to DailyMail.com about the sad situation. First, Brittany claimed recent domestic violence allegations against her father were “lies”, telling the outlet:

“The allegations are incorrect. [Marlena] has been very difficult in our family for the past year or so and we have not had any contact with her. I just started contacting him again in the last two weeks and it’s been really great. He tried to find a way to leave her. In my opinion, this seems to be his way out of his relationship.”

She also criticized Marlena, claiming that her stepmother also caused a rift between members of Christopher’s extended family:

“She put him in a really terrible position that night and painted him an inaccurate picture of his personality, and I think that was too much for him. . … She abused our whole family for 5 years. That’s why we don’t have any contact with her anymore.”

Brittany also seems to support her accusations. She shared screenshots of old text messages from an argument she had with Marlena in April of this year.

In an April 24 message, Marlena appears to have written this disturbing letter to Brittany:

“You are a horrible excuse for girls and sisters. Go find your father, play the hero. But that’s me, he’ll be missing in the morning.


Brittany also accused Marlena of hitting her car keys during a private family dispute. In that incident, which is said to have happened “several months ago,” Christopher went to his daughter’s apartment in Costa Mesa after an argument with Marlena. During that time, the late principal apparently “tried to break up” with her – and that went horribly wrong.

That night, he parked the car in the lot and stayed at Brittany’s apartment. However, at some point in the night, Marlena arrived on the scene. She allegedly hit Brittany’s car keys and took Chris’s car home with her.

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The grieving daughter claims damages amounting to $6,000. She even filed a police report about the incident, for the good she did:

“The case is still unsolved as she won’t admit to anything, but we have video from the doorbell camera of her leaving the house in the middle of the night and then coming to my apartment and taking [her father’s] car. So when we woke up, my dad’s car was gone and my car had keys on every dashboard.”

Finally, Brittany explains things haven’t been going well at home for her father for a while:

“Marlena has exhibited a consistent pattern of manipulation and inappropriate behavior towards my family for some time. Although my dad mentioned in his post that their relationship was still ‘great’ until two weeks ago, in reality their relationship has turned toxic and has caused both of them to suffer. suffer.

And she added:

“Honestly, I never thought I did anything to her but she never apologized for her words or actions, even when she reacted harshly to her family. my family. In my opinion, it was a gradual wear and tear on my father’s soul over a period of more than two weeks and I wish that at this stage she could leave my family alone.”

Marlena did not respond to the outlet’s request for comment on these shocking claims. However, she made a statement about the whole incident on Facebook.

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According to the source, in the days after her husband’s death, Marlena wrote in a comment that she was “living a nightmare” about it:

“None of you know the whole story. I’m living a nightmare and trying to grieve. Chris is the love of my life and I am heartbroken by what has happened. I didn’t make him do this and it’s not my fault. I’m not sick – I just know in my heart what the truth is.”

However, the store also interviewed Christopher’s mother kareen. 85-year-old man talks about how her son recently visited her home for Thanksgiving do not have bring Marlena. At that time, the elder of the family was surprised by that:

“He seemed bored after serving me and my other son a Thanksgiving meal. He lay upstairs for an hour or two, not saying or doing anything. He seems very depressed. But I don’t think he ever thought about killing himself. I just couldn’t believe it. He did not offer to bring [Marlena] or include her as part of a meal or whatever. I think it’s kind of weird.

Karen also recalls another recent time when Christopher came to her house to swim in the pool. He’s also alone for that – and cryptically says he won’t carry Marlena around anymore:

“When he swam here once about a month ago, he talked about how he probably wouldn’t bring her back here to swim again. At the time I didn’t know exactly what it meant. I don’t think the relationship with Chris and [Marlena] is the best thing. I don’t think she’s the best for Chris. He is our youngest son. I thought he would outlive the rest of us. I am very sad about that.”

OH. So sad.

Here’s more about the aftermath of Christensen’s suicide, and its effect on those he worked with and taught at his elementary school in the Fountain Valley area:


This whole situation is amazing. Our condolences to those who loved Christensen and are grieving his shocking death.

If you have good reason to suspect child abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or access www.childhelp.org.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, help is available. Consider calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or text START at 88788 or visit https://www.thehotline.org/.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, help is always available. Consider contacting the Suicide & Crisis Hotline at 988, by calling, texting or chatting or visiting 988lifeline.org.

[Image via ABC7 News/YouTube/Fountain Valley School District]


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