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Most Popular Suicide Sites

Why do people kill themselves in such beautiful places?

It’s highly ironic but many of the most popular suicide sites in the world are also some of the most beautiful places on earth.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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  1. Maria Blazz

    On February 3, 2009 at 10:00 am


    If it’s the last image they’re going to see, maybe they just want to see something beautiful…
    Frightening stats.

  2. IreniaPehuajo

    On February 4, 2009 at 7:07 pm


    Yes, I agree with Maria, it´s true, and I guess they offer good opportunities too

  3. Joe Dorish

    On February 9, 2009 at 10:06 am


    Well they all have great height except for Aokigahara so that might be why.

  4. Jess

    On February 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm


    That height from the golden gate bridge looks terrifying.

  5. Katcja

    On February 12, 2009 at 2:37 pm


    Height seems to the common theme.

  6. Someone who gets it

    On February 22, 2009 at 6:38 pm


    They kill themselves in beautiful places beacause life is so ugly.It makes perfect sense to me.

  7. person

    On February 27, 2009 at 9:20 pm


    i really agree with someone who gets its because i think yhey do that because out there in the world it is very ugly thats why they die in beautiful places.

  8. richard walker

    On March 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm


    life is far too complex for some of us to cope with

  9. Taylor

    On March 18, 2009 at 11:58 pm


    The thing about the Eiffel tower, is amazing.
    how she landed on the car, and married the owner of the car.
    amazing, how things work out.
    everything happens for a reason.

  10. karamjeet kaur

    On April 7, 2009 at 1:30 am


    Never think suicide is end of your prblems and your life. After death just your body is distroyed but your soul is keep on burning with your problems. So if you are alive you can take out solution of your problems but after death its impossible. love your self temple of god and trust in god.your freind

  11. the-dark-of-night-no-light-of-day

    On May 8, 2009 at 7:24 pm


    Who decided suicide prevention is more important than the right of people to control or end their own lives? #9, who says everything happens for a reason? Ever hear of luck, random events? Bad timing? #10, who made you the expert on what happens after death? How do you know you don’t just cease to exist? How do you know there is an afterlife? How do you know your soul keeps burning with your problems and they can’t be resolved? Who says your god gave you all the answers, especially since you can’t even spell friend?

    Just a few thoughts from someone who sleeps better knowing I could end it if I needed to.

  12. Softly softly

    On May 14, 2009 at 6:49 am


    I sincerely hope that there is no afterlife and that we continue our suffering then. It’s bad enough being here and suffering. I too sleep better knowin that suicide is an option if things ever get really bad.

  13. kerrie

    On May 22, 2009 at 12:20 pm


    the vast majority of people who kill themselves have affective disorders-depression or bipolar disorder

  14. Radhika

    On May 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm


    some people has there own problems, nobody can solve i think sucide is only solution.. if we can’t solve their problems we don’t have a right to stop them…

  15. you dont need to know

    On June 8, 2009 at 3:59 am


    u r all queer apart frm the lady who survived after jumping off the eiffel tower, cos i think you are cool :)

  16. mikey

    On June 8, 2009 at 4:00 am


    god u guys are LAME get sum lives!!!

  17. lol

    On June 9, 2009 at 8:26 am


    i was gonna commit suicide but now im not thats stupid lol this is so funny last time i read something this funny i fell off my dinosaur!

  18. lol again

    On June 9, 2009 at 8:27 am


    this is cute i remember when i had my first beer!

  19. thelaststrawithink

    On June 15, 2009 at 2:24 am


    I want to end it all and soon, but suffer from vertigo. Ok, you jump and hit the water soon from a bridge, but how long to die in the water? That is my greatest fear. At least from a high building you SHOULD be dead almost instantly. How did that bloody woman feel who survived? Did the man she married end her problems? I think not – problems are in the mind.

  20. survivor

    On July 19, 2009 at 2:33 am


    i jumped off of beachy head and survived.one of a few if any to do so.i chose the location for its beauty and it was nearby.

  21. Cillian

    On July 23, 2009 at 4:49 pm


    I agree with Taylor. The story about the woman who jumped off the Eiffel Tower and married is very sweet!

  22. zzzz

    On January 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm


    I think people commit suicide, jump or kill themselves in these beautiful places because they are also the most dangerous places no safety at all and when people fell, jump, Authority consider them as having depression and problems so they can avoid search for bodies and safe them, many people fell from those places not jumped, for example Niagara falls in death trap no safety at all the rail are short and just any size of person can slid between them my brother was standing and laying his back against the rail he was joking and saying I can jump over this rail, this is nothing and as you know some time unconsciously you brain will do what you say so he did it and fell on horseshoe fall his body never found till now. it was biggest tragedy for our family if this place had tall fence my brother would be alive today he was 23 years old full of live and he and my family were just visiting the place for weekend get away, after he fell Authority came and instead starting the search right away they start to pull the tourist back and questioning my family why jumped. it was 8:00PM summer time by the time they finish with questions it was already dark and too late to be found or safe.

  23. Cindy

    On March 10, 2010 at 5:13 am


    You forgot about The Gap (in Watson’s Bay) in Australia. Something like 50 people jump from the 260+ foot cliffside & die each year. It’s the most notorious suicide spot in Australia.

    They were smart enough to put barriers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and as soon as they did, it ceased to be a spot people jumped from. Now they are talking of putting up barriers at The Gap as well as install CCTV cameras and put up emergency phone stations to try and curb the number of deaths.

  24. Joe Dorish

    On March 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm


    Did not forget the Gap Cindy. It’s in Part II of this series along with the story of Charmaine Dragun who jumped at the Gap an hour before her 5 pm newscast. Click my name and you will go to part II.

  25. wali jan

    On November 23, 2010 at 1:17 am


    All I want to say forgive me Allah If i did such a sin & my family…I feel like going to the gap and I m thinking about it. This is my life and i m not very happy at all bt I try hard to make myself happy everyday……………….. Such is life.

  26. LifeAngel

    On January 27, 2011 at 11:41 pm


    Someone somewhere loves you….Just remember that before taking your life. With love all problems can be solved….

  27. wasup369

    On May 16, 2012 at 3:59 am


    They wanted to see something beautiful before they go. Incidentally they did not want a botched job, the places are quite high

  28. Josh

    On August 30, 2012 at 3:25 am


    I actually live by clifton bridge and there havent been any suicides for years. there is even a story that a woman jumped off and survived because her dress billowed out like a parachute

  29. BS

    On August 30, 2012 at 4:27 am


    So… the women jumped 300 metres, landing on a car which would have crushed her, the car and the guy inside (if the guy was inside the car) then married him? I don’t believe that.

  30. Joe Dorish

    On August 30, 2012 at 9:54 am


    The woman who landed on a car and then married the owner of the car jumped from one of the lower decks on the Eiffel Tower, she did not jump from the top.

  31. David Ayton

    On November 28, 2012 at 8:19 pm


    I think that God loves us all and having recovered from a near death experience in Bangkok in 2006 I feel born again and that God must have a purpose to keep me alive. God bless you all and particularly those of you that have reached the final step, my advice is to pray to our dear God and I say the Lords prayer in bed everynight and thank him for keeping me alive.

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