Death of Meriwether Lewis: Murder or Suicide

Like many individuals who become psychologists, I have had a lifelong interest in history and a desire to know and understand people and their life stories. Following my doctoral training at CSPP and licensure in 1991, I began training in Adult Psychoanalysis at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center in 1996 to continue to grow and learn about myself and others from an in-depth perspective. 1996 was also the year that the book Undaunted Courage, by New York Times best-selling author Steven Ambrose was published about the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1806. Reading it piqued my curiosity to explore this great American adventure story on a deeper level, especially after learning that Ambrose lived in Helena, Montana, for half the year – the same area where my husband David and I were building a log cabin (also located close to the site of his grandparents’ farm). After sending a fan letter to Ambrose through his publisher, Simon and Schuster, about how much we enjoyed his book and informing him that we spent time near Helena on summer vacations, we didn’t expect to ever hear back from him. We were surprised to receive a return letter with an invitation to meet Steve and his wife Moira, who we learned were also building a log cabin near the Little Blackfoot River, about fifty miles northwest of Helena. Thus began our treasured friendship with them until Steve died in 2002 and Moira passed in 2009. 

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