Why do people kill themselves in such beautiful places?
Golden Gate Bridge – located in San Francisco this bridge is believed to be the number one suicide site in the world. Its great height and the choppy currents below ensure that most who jump off the bridge will not survive though a few people have. One suicidal man jumped from the bridge and despite suffering injuries managed to swim to shore and drive himself to the hospital. It is believed over 1,500 people have committed suicide here.
Aokigahara – a forest located at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan and is also known as the Sea of Trees. It is reportedly a rocky and icy place believed to be haunted and full of paranormal phenomena. It is popular for suicides in part due to a Japanese novel, “Kuroi Jukai”, in which the lovers end up committing suicide in Aokigahara. It’s estimated up to 70 people per year kill themselves in the forest.
Beachy Head, England – this chalky headland is on the south coast of England and is 540 feet high. It’s believed that over 500 people have committed suicide here by leaping over the cliff. It is not believed that the guy in this picture is one of them at least on the occasion of this haunting picture.
Niagara Falls – some people come here for a Honeymoon and some come to jump over the falls. It’s not really known how many have done both but you can imagine for yourself. It’s believed that over 2,700 people have gone over the falls and died but is putting yourself in a padded barrel and then floating over the falls considered suicide? If you live they put you in a padded room.
Eiffel Tower – stands 325 meters high and is the tallest building in Paris. Named after its engineering creator, Gustave Eiffel, over 200 million people have visited the Tower and it is believed that 367 of them committed suicide here. Reportedly a woman jumped from the Tower from one of the lower decks in a suicide attempt but survived when she landed on a car and after recovering from her injuries she married the owner of the car.
Clifton Bridge – located in England, this bridge is believed to have had over 1,000 people commit suicide from jumping from its height of 245 feet. It’s been around since 1864. In 1998 barriers were installed and the yearly suicide rate has been cut in half. Which leads to the obvious question. Why did they wait 134 years to build the barriers?
Aurora Bridge – located in Seattle, Washington the bridge is 167 feet high and home to 230 reported suicides since it was built in 1932. The bridge is so popular for suicides it has been used for case studies by those who study such phenomena. A 160 lb person would cover the distance from bridge to ground or water in 2.2 seconds. Things got so bad here the state of Washington finally allocated $1.4 million in 2007 to build an 8 foot high suicide prevention fence.
Coronado Bridge – located in San Diego this bridge opened in 1969 and has seen at least 200 suicides since that time. It is over 2 miles long and reaches a height of 200 feet at its center to allow Navy ships from the nearby Naval Base to pass underneath. It is the 3rd deadliest suicide bridge in the United States. The bridge has no bike lanes but on September 7th, 2008 the bridge was temporarily opened to bikers and over 2,000 of them jumped at the chance to bike the Coronado. None of them is believed to have jumped off.
Sunshine Skyway Bridge – located in Tampa Bay this huge bridge is 5.5 miles long and reaches a height of 175 feet. The bridge originally opened in 1954 and was redone and reopened in 1987. Since 1987 it is believed that at least 96 people committed suicide by leaping from the bridge. Another 57 were believed to have leaped to their deaths from the old bridge. Why the new bridge is more popular for suicides than the old one is not known.