Golden Gate Suicide Map

November 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Social, Urbanism | 2 Comments »

The Golden Gate Bridge is the world’s No. 1 suicide magnet, in part because it makes suicide so easy. People jump and kill themselves there, an average of 19 a year. In the peak year, 1977, there were 40 suicides. Some dive not expecting obscurity or oblivion but a kind of grace — a welcoming body of water that inducts the jumper into nature. The SF Chronicle discusses the issues surrounding the Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier (map & timeline).

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2 Comments on “Golden Gate Suicide Map”

  1. 1 Mike Ernst said at 8:47 pm on November 11th, 2005:

    Love the graphic! Apparently an article in that Chronicle series was plagiarized.

    from boingboing.net:

    “Here’s ‘The story of how I caught the San Francisco Chronicle plagiarizing from the New Yorker last week. (There will most likely be a SF Weekly article about this soon.)’

    I read the two stories, side-by-side, with increasing disbelief. But what really made my jaw drop was one particular graf. Again, from the New Yorker:

    “In 1995, as No. 1,000 approached, the frenzy was even greater. A local disk jockey went so far as to promise a case of Snapple to the family of the victim. That June, trying to stop the countdown fever, the California Highway Patrol halted its official count at 997. In early July, Eric Atkinson, age twenty-five, became the unofficial thousandth; he was seen jumping, but his body was never found.”

    From the Chronicle:

    “In the ’90s, a suicide club was formed to predict the exact date that the 1,000th suicide would jump to his or her death. As the death toll approached, a local disc jockey promised a case of Snapple to the victim’s family. In June 1995, trying to stem the countdown fever, the California Highway Patrol halted its official count at 997. In early July, Eric Atkinson, age 20, became the unofficial thousandth; he was seen jumping, but his body was never found.”

    Link

  2. 2 Metropolis » said at 10:35 pm on December 14th, 2005:

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