The most beautiful suicide as told by some inconsiderate story teller!!

On May 1, 1947, Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from the observation
deck of the Empire State Building. Photographer Robert Wiles took a
photo of McHale a few minutes after her death.

The photo ran a couple of weeks later in Life magazine accompanied by the following caption:

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.

At 10:40 A. M., Patrolman John Morrissey of Traffic C,
directing traffic at Thirty-fourth Street and Fifth Avenue, noticed a
swirling white scarf floating down from the upper floors of the Empire
State. A moment later he heard a crash that sounded like an explosion.
He saw a crowd converge in Thirty-third Street.

Two hundred feet
west of Fifth Avenue, Miss McHale’s body landed atop the car. The
impact stove in the metal roof and shattered the car’s windows. The
driver was in a near-by drug store, thereby escaping death or serious

On the observation deck, Detective Frank Murray of the
West Thirtieth Street station, found Miss McHale’s gray cloth coat, her
pocketbook with several dollars and the note, and a make-up kit filled
with family pictures.


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