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Prosecutor On Lam Commits Suicide

Wed., Nov. 27, 1996, midnight

A former New Jersey prosecutor who jumped bail more than a week ago rather than go to prison shot himself to death Tuesday in a casino hotel room after federal marshals tracked him down and kicked in the door.

Nicholas Bissell, who was convicted of skimming $146,000 from his business to live a life of gambling and luxury, stuck a gun in his mouth and fired as officers tried to talk him into surrendering, marshals said.

The news stunned those who remembered him as a brash, often arrogant crimefighter proud of the millions in assets his office seized in drug cases.

Bissell, 49, had vanished on Nov. 18 while under house arrest, cutting off his electronic monitoring bracelet and leaving it on a kitchen counter along with what was characterized as a suicide note. The contents were not disclosed.

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