A young man sadly fell more than 200 feet to his death from the top of the Statue of Liberty, landing on the pedestal, in May 1929. It was the first recorded suicide at the monument. A 30-year-old man died after jumping from 80 feet in June 1997. In April 2004, a 22-year-old man died after falling from the statue's head. In these cases, it is presumed that the individuals were not able to overcome their despair and commit suicide.
The man who committed suicide in May 1929 had been despondent for some time before he took his life. He had been working at a job near the statue when he told his employer that he was going to jump off the edge of the pedestal because "things weren't right with him." The employer warned him against doing so, but he went ahead with his plan anyway.
After his death, an inquest was held into his cause of death. The coroner's report stated that the man had suffered from depression for at least two months prior to his fall. He also had a history of mental illness in his family. His parents were divorced and he was being treated by a psychiatrist at the time of his death.
Suicide is a serious problem that threatens people's lives every day. If you are thinking about killing yourself, call 911 or go to a hospital immediately.
Two persons committed suicide by jumping off the monument, one in 1929 and the other in 1932, although many more have leapt and survived. 33. In her poem "The New Colossus," American poet Emma Lazarus wrote on the Statue of Liberty (1883). It is a tribute to the courage of those who fought for America's freedom and to the hope we can give to those who would flee oppression and despair. Today, it is an icon of freedom and immigration for our time.
Here are five unsuccessful and five successful suicides of well-known monuments or sites. 1. On May 13, 1929, the Statue of Liberty committed suicide. According to a witness, Ralph Gleason made his way out of one of the crown windows, then appeared to change his mind and try to get back in. He was prevented from doing so by New York police officers, who took him into custody. His reason for trying to kill himself was that he had been dishonored by the statue's refusal to admit him as a correspondent. The incident caused an international scandal and led to changes being made in how journalists are treated by U.S. authorities.
Why does everyone call it a "suicide"? Because he was driven insane by the criticism he received for writing an article that some people found controversial.
About a year after her husband's death, Mrs. Gleason followed him over the edge of the pedestal and fell to her death. She is buried in Fort Greene Cemetery in Brooklyn.
The statue was taken down during World War II, when its copper skin was used to make ammunition boxes for airplanes. It was restored after the war and put back up on its current site in New York Harbor in 1947.
Two years later, Lady Liberty went through another scandal when it was discovered that she too had killed herself. This time, however, there were no witnesses.
According to the National Parks Service, the guy who was denied permission to ascend the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty was murdered yesterday evening when he leapt or fell from a promenade at the foot of the statue. His body was found by a security guard at around 9:00 PM.
The man in question was 41-year-old Michael Roberts from New York City. He had come to Lady Liberty's arm to climb up but was denied access because he did not have a ticket. Frustrated by this, he jumped or fell from the promenade and was killed instantly.
Police are treating his death as a suicide. However, due to the nature of the incident, police are not closing off any possibilities including murder.
Roberts worked as a waiter at a restaurant near where he lived. He also spent time volunteering with a homeless shelter and cooking meals for elderly people living by themselves.
"He was a great guy," one of his coworkers said. "We don't know what could have made him want to do such a thing."
The Statue of Liberty is a sculpture created by American artist Frederic Auguste Rodin. It was built between 1884 and 1891 for the Paris Exposition Universelle. The original title of the work was "The Genius of Humanity".