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Key West Scribe Shoots Himself

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Key West Scribe Shoots Himself

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Feeling pressured, popular 'Miami Herald' columnist takes life on bridge

In the weeks be-fore he shot himself on a bridge overlooking a Key West, Fla., canal, Miami Herald columnist Julian "Ozzie" Osborne told friends he was feeling pressured and disrespected by the newspaper.

"I saw this man -- who was a prince of men -- go down the rat hole in 41/2 weeks. He was so distraught by the way he was being treated," Osborne's close friend, Key West magic shop owner Capt. Bill Grosscup, said in a telephone interview, pausing several times to compose himself. "He said to me, 'Bill, they're driving me nuts. They treat me like a janitor.'"

Osborne, 76, died of the gunshot wound June 3. He worked part time at the Herald's Key West bureau, writing a weekly feature column about local personalities and compiling four columns of briefs each week. The paper had recently asked him to add two more columns of briefs and to scan photos for his work, said Executive Editor Martin Baron. Osborne resigned the day before he shot himself, writing in a letter that he needed to attend to family business in Virginia, where he was a political reporter at The Roanoke Times for three decades before retiring to live in Key West. …

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