In suicde

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Description: Suicide facts, including statistics, its interpretation throughout history, suicide notes, and its depiction in film and literature.

  • The usual modern life insurance policy will pay for death by suicide provided that the death occurs two years or more after the initiation of the policy. b
  • Between 10% and 35% of people who commit suicide leave behind a note. e
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus (c. A.D. 55-120) reports on the ancient practice of pinning down the body of suicide victims in bogs. The practice predates Christianity among Germanic tribes and was done to prevent the spirits of the dead from haunting or harming the living. b
  • Monday appears to be the day on which most suicides occur. Saturday sees the fewest. e
  • Some experts believe that 25% of drivers who die in auto accidents cause them subconsciously. “Autocides” are suicides disguised as automobile accidents. b
  • Nearly 10% of fatal police shootings in the United States are a result of “suicide by cop.” b
  • Many more suicides are linked to psychiatric illness than to serious medical disorders such as Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or cancer. e
  • Many Jews imprisoned at Treblinka, one of the most notorious World War II Nazi concentration camps, chose to kill themselves as an affirmation of the freedom to control their own destiny. d
  • One suicide victim who committed suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge left behind a note saying: “I’m going to walk to the bridge. If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump.” e
  • c “Florida Teen Broadcasts Suicide on the Internet .” New York Post. November 21, 2008. Accessed: June 23, 2009.

    e Jamison, Kay Redfield. 1999. Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide. New York, NY: Vintage Books.

    g Lieberman, Lisa. 2003. Leaving You: The Cultural Meaning of Suicide. Chicago, IL: Ivan R. Dee Publisher.

    i Minois, Georges. 1999. History of Suicide: Voluntary Death in Western Culture. Trans. Lydia G. Cochrane. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press.

    j Murray, Alexander. 2000. Suicide in the Middle Ages: The Curse on Self-Murder. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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