San Francisco Suicide Attempt

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

San Francisco, Dec 31st 1973
Fireman John Lacues, left, & Rich Allen get their hands on Wanda Riles, 29 year old patient at the psychiatric unit of Presbyterian Hispital and keep her from jumping from the roof of a four storey mental health halfway house yesterday in San Francisco. Officers said the woman was taken to the San Francisco General Hospital for observation.

Suicide Newspaper Article

The Daily News
Feb 12, 1977

The scene would be replayed many times. Every day after school, Cathy Reeve, Black Hawk, Wis., would huddle in her bedroom for house - sometimes daydreaming - often strumming on her guitar.

Her guitar & the music she made from it had become her salvation. She dreamed of using it to become famous. "She carried the guitar with her all the time," her father rememembers."

Two hundred miles away, Cynthia Harper, a West Side Chicago woman, also 21, dreamed of becoming someone important, a nurse. She was anxious to help people - so much so that a neighbor who remembers her childhood describes her this way: "If she saw one of her neighbors walking down the street with a bag of groceries she would offter to help carry them."

The women had different backgrounds - one a small town white, the other a big city black. Neither had money in their family; their life-styles were not shared.

Much of their lives they spent apart, but for the last 16 months they were closer than sisters. Their differences had become similarities and their successes and failures were akin.

They were together one day two weeks ago when they died. Moments apart, they plunged to their deaths from an eight floor window at the Lawson YMCA.

A Neighbor at the YMCA called their deaths a "tragic mistake."

And indeed they appear to be. It's believed that only Cathy had planned to leap from the YMCA hotel window because she believe she had cancer. Cynthia wasn't supposed to have fallen from the window.

Police found evidence to that when they discovered two envelopes, one addressed to Cathy's parents and the other addressed to Cynthia. Inside were letters that gave instructions for what should happen to her belongings.

The medical examiner's office has called the deaths suicides and the two vibrant women have become statistics to those who never knew them.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

1910. Germany.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Image circa 1950's.. father and son.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

1933. Woman dead in casket.

Suicide Newspaper Article

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

2 Beautiful Babies.

Two Dead Men, One Damn Post.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

No information for me to share.

In Soviet Russia Hamburger Eat You!

Soviet Russia CCCP, sometime during the 1920's or 30's.


No idea what happened to this guy, or if it already happened, or what he did to deserve it. No information. Sometime during WWI or WWII.

Vintage Autopsy!

This gentleman is laid to rest in his home in France in the 1950's.

This is a very unique and rare photo, not only because it's a father and his little girl, but in the 1930's not many black people had burials of this type. Sad, but true.



Polish man in is final resting place.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Gypsy Woman!

Probably not a Gypsy woman, just looks religious, but she does remind me of the old hag from Drag Me To Hell - one of my favorite movies, BTW.

Smiling Dead Man!

Weird picture of a smiling dead man. Wonder what he`s smiling about.

German Skulls

I find this image quite fitting for this blog. It`s a vintage postcard, my source states it`s from Germany. Human skulls are used in the display.

Attempted Suicide


I guess that`s too prevent any copycat attempts. The events took place on December 13th, 1970. Typed out for those folks who can`t see too well.

When 30-minute pleas by would-be rescuers failed to convince Cylvester Nurnally, 21, of East Orange, N.J. to come back up, he plunged 150 feet from a warning light below to Williamsburg Bridge December 13th to icy waters of the East River below. A police launch was waiting to pluck him from the river, wet with torn pants buy apparently unhurt.

I wonder if he later attempted & succeeded.

More vintage autopsy photos.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Man in casket circa 1910.

1950's dead man

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Two Japs where they died defending Iwo Jima Beach in WWII, 1940's. This was issued by the US Military as a nice propaganda souvenir photo.

Blazing Jap.