When economic stress proves too much

The reported suicide of acting Freddie Mac (FRE) Chief Financial Officer David Kellermann puts a human face on the damage the recession has taken on the American psyche.

Kellermann, 41, apparently was uneasy about the publicity he got after it was reported that he received an $800,000 bonus from the troubled mortgage giant. The New York Times reported that Kellermann had hired a private security firm after reporters came to his house to ask him about his bonus. He also might have felt under pressure because of an ongoing investigation into Freddie Mac's accounting, though it is not clear whether he was under particular suspicion.