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'Wall Street Suicides' Mostly Urban Myth

By September 22, 2008

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The current financial crisis reminds a lot of people of the catastrophic stock market crash of 1929, prompting this timely exercise in historical factchecking by Slate's Explainer:
Tall tales about panicked speculators leaping to their deaths have become part of the popular lore about the Great Crash. But although jumping from bridges or buildings was the second-most-popular form of suicide in New York between 1921 and 1931, the "crash-related jumping epidemic" is just a myth. Between Black Thursday and the end of 1929, only four of the 100 suicides and suicide attempts reported in the New York Times were plunges linked to the crash, and only two took place on Wall Street.
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October 20, 2010 at 4:01 am
(1) M.Harris says:

Thank god for my low position in life so whenever I fall i don’t have to fall far. It is’nt a myth that these guys on wall street plunging to they death,jumping in front of trains,splitting they rist,because they lost billions of dollars in the market. Yeah its true all suicides didnt take place on wall street but they have accured in different places. If you live my life you’ll be fighting yo live. In the hood where im from or worst days make or hardtimes easy. “A Reccesion”….come on i been living in a reccesion all my life that does’nt make me kill my self it makes me work harder. Like the ol’ sayin goes “Or you a Man or a mouse”… suicide is an act of cowardness stand up and be a man and let God take of your problems.

November 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm
(2) ilmedico says:

God does not exist.

The real man is above God. And Devil.

January 23, 2014 at 10:01 am
(3) Sheena says:

There is a saying, I believe to be true.”if in the end you don’t believe in Jesus Christ, it won’t matter what you’ve believed. Christ is the way of salvation. I wouldn’t want to deny him nor would I want to risk the consequences of that choice. All choices have consequences. “Choose ye this day, whom (or what) ye shall serve” . Eternity is a long time to regret the choices made in this life.

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