One of the most horrific and enduring 9/11 images was the people trapped in the upper levels of the twin towers. Many people trapped by fire and smoke in the upper floors jumped to their deaths. Some held hands while they did so. At least two hundred people are believed to have taken the fateful plunge. One person at street level, a NYC Firefighter, was killed when he was hit by a jumper.

The featured picture taken by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew was deemed too controversial by most newspaper editors. “The Falling Man” became the subject of a documentary, but the identity of the man plummeting to his death is still disputed. Some families refuse to believe it could be their relative for religious reasons, even though no 9/11 victim has been classified as dying by suicide.

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