This image by Robert Wiles was taken on the 1st of May 1947, minutes after 23 year old Evelyn McHale leaped to her death from an observation deck on the 83rd floor of the Empire State Building.  It has become one of the most iconic suicide photographs in history.

McHale, who was an American bookkeeper, landed on a United Nations limousine. A suicide note was found in a black pocketbook next to her neatly folded coat on the observation deck wall. It read: I don’t want anyone in or out of my family to see any part of me. Could you destroy my body by cremation? I beg of you and my family – don’t have any service for me or remembrance for me. My fiance asked me to marry him in June. I don’t think I would make a good wife for anybody. He is much better off without me. Tell my father, I have too many of my mother’s tendencies.

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