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The Beauty of Suicide…

August 29, 2010

Ok, before I start, I’m not depressed, so the title isn’t a reference to my state of mind – but of an image I have come across today which has moved me.

Sadly I have lost friends through suicide so I don’t see it as ‘beautiful’. It may be a beautiful release for those who have chosen this path but it is never referenced as ‘beautiful’ to those left behind.

Yet the image f Evelyn McHale moments after she committed suicide captured by Photographer Robert Wiles portrays a beautiful image of peace.

I hope she found it….Peace.

Evelyn McHale by Robert Wiles, suicide

On May Day, just after leaving her fiancé, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale wrote a note. 'He is much better off without me ... I wouldn't make a good wife for anybody,' ... Then she crossed it out. She went to the observation platform of the Empire State Building. Through the mist she gazed at the street, 86 floors below. Then she jumped. In her desperate determination she leaped clear of the setbacks and hit a United Nations limousine parked at the curb. Across the street photography student Robert Wiles heard an explosive crash. Just four minutes after Evelyn McHale's death Wiles got this picture of death's violence and its composure. LIFE May 12, 1947

Evelyn McHale by Robert Wiles
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