Kim Hartman

Kim Hartman
Location
Charleston, West Virginia, USA
Birthday
April 01
Company
~Flying Solo~
Bio
Kim is a former publisher and editor and now works as a freelance journalist and writer covering topics that include- Holistic and Alternative Health, Spirituality and Environmental issues, as well as southern living, culture and humor about daily life. With 20 years of experience she has written for magazines and newspapers throughout the Mid-Atlantic states and was a featured writer for Coastal Connection, InnerSelf and a contributor to the Smithsonian Magazine Health, and CNN, iREPORT and opensalon. She particularly enjoys gardening, writing and reading satire and parodies and the news of the odd, bizarre and strange, with a penchant for sharing opinions on things that make you go hmmm. email: CelebrateMe@aol.com~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them...about the only thing you can't do is ignore them, because they change things. They push the human race forward. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They create. They explore. They inspire. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written? Or paint words to paper in a way that makes them come alive? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." ~~ Apple Computer ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ -The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you." Rita Mae Brown-

MARCH 31, 2010 11:34PM

The Most Beautiful Suicide

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.                                 Leaping Lizards Look Out Below

Cameron Dabaghi, a 21-year-old Yale student scaled a 10-foot-high fence on the observation deck of the Empire State Building last evening, jumped and thudded to the ground 86 floors below in front of horrified onlookers. "It was an explosion," a witness told the New York Daily News. "His body was shattered and his sneakers were scattered on the sidewalk." One pedestrian ran to cover the body with an umbrella."
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Police say Dabaghi left a note in his dorm room apologizing and saying that he planned to jump from either the Empire State Building or the George Washington Bridge.
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The 102 story landmark, Empire State Building has been the launching pad for 31 successful suicides. Some say as many as 36 people have leaped to their death from the famed structure.
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The first suicide at the Empire State Building  was a construction worker who had been laid off before the building was completed. He jumped from an open elevator shaft and died on the scene.
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The 1250 ft tallest  building in New York City had been replaced by the World Train Center as  the tallest until the disaster of Sept. 11 when the Empire State Building regained its rank as tallest skyscraper in NYC and the favorite building to leap from for both New Yorkers and tourists who want to end their life on the sidewalk below.
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The first suicide jumper fell to his death landing on the 86th floor soon after the building had opened. Sixteen more suicides occurred during the period of 1932 to 1947.    In one suicide the body struck a pedestrian on the street below seriously injuring her.  One 23-year old woman leaped from the building and her body struck a United Nations limousine below.  The incident resulted in a famous Life Magazine photograph by Robert Wiles.
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-The photo ran a couple of weeks later in LIFE -  magazine accompanied by the following caption and story:  "At the bottom of the Empire State Building the body of Evelyn Mchale reposes calmly in a Grotesque Bier, Her Falling Body Punched Into the Top of a Car.

On May Day, just after leaving her fiancé, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale wrote a note. 'He is much better off without me ... I wouldn't make a good wife for anybody,' ... Then she crossed it out. She went to the observation platform of the Empire State Building. Through the mist she gazed at the street, 86 floors below. Then she jumped. In her desperate determination she leaped clear of the setbacks and hit a United Nations limousine parked at the curb. Across the street photography student Robert Wiles heard an explosive crash. Just four minutes after Evelyn McHale's death Wiles got this picture of death's violence and its composure.

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New security measures were put into place after that highly publicized suicide and security guards were hired. This temporarily slowed the suicides from both the observation deck and the 86th floor observatory for a while.
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On December 2, 1979, Elvita Adams jumped from the 86th floor, only to be blown back onto the 85th floor and left with only a broken hip. In 1997 a gunman killed a Dutch tourist and wounded six others before shooting himself on the 86th floor observation deck.  This is the only suicide death that was not the result from jumping from the building. At least one person attempting suicide survived the jump from an office window inside the building.
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 In February 2004 a man leapt from the 80th floor after filling out a job application and in November a young West African man leapt from the observation deck.  In 2006 a twenty-one year old man, David Abramowitz purchased a ticket for the 86th floor observatory.  He ended up leaping from the 66th floor of the building.  
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On April 13, 2007 Moshe Kanovsky, who was a legal immigrant worker in the building, leapt from a law office on the 69th floor.  His body was found on the 30th floor landing, but in the process of the fall his leg shattered and part of it fell to the ground, disturbing diners in a restaurant below.  The last recorded suicide occurred on January 7, 2009 when a woman, who was an employee in the building, leapt out a 39 th story window until the recent leap of the Yale student Dabaghi.
         
                       Suicide is not painless or beautiful
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Why do people choose famous places and landmarks to leap from and as places to commit suicide? Is it for attention, to get headlines, to make someone feel even worse about their death by their own hands.  Perhaps they hope they get caught and get the attention, love and medical-psychiatric care they need. Or is notoriety what they seek? To become a legend in a macabre fashion? So many gory deaths and even more unanswered questions.
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The Empire State offered promise for the people and the businesses of the city and state of New York when it was being constructed during the Depression.  Since than it has also become a morbid mecca for those ready to die in the public eye or at their feet in the case of suicide jumpers. Is this the legacy they want to be remembered by?  Will it continue to be an iconic attraction for those who want to end their lives splattered on the sidewalk below?     Sadly so, it probably will.
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When You Feel You Can't Go On... and your ready to jump -- stop  Right Now    -- call your local suicide prevention hotline AND  ask for Help from anyone and everyone around you - your life depends on it.
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And remember someone on the ground below you- walking past the Empire State Building will thank you for it later and you will thank yourself too.  -
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The Most Beautiful Suicide - is the one that never happens.... sigh.
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All I can think to say is, suicide is never beautiful, and I've got the scars to prove it
A post not to be ignored.

Studman: You're too beautiful to leave us.

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Definitely something to think about-
The picture Wiles took is amazing work.
The picture is sombering - the reflection of death in the metal of the car is very intense - I can't help but be drawn into the "moment" of death.
The Most Beautiful Suicide - is the one that never happens.... sigh.