The Sad Tally

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Graph of Suicides committed from Golden Gate Bridge.

At least 1,218 suicides have been reported since the GG opened in 1937.

Over the years, there have been 7 attempts to build a suicide barrier.

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    13 Responses to The Sad Tally

    1. Why exactly are there so many suicides at light pole 69?


    2. Perhaps people just like 69.


    3. Suicide barrier? I’ve walked that bridge a few times and there’s nothing of the sort. If you ever wanted to jump, there’d be nothing to stop you but the tourists. And fucking hell it’s high. Giant boats pass underneath and look like ants. And supposedly the water is full of *sharks*. That bridge is the easily the best suicide place in the Bay Area.
      Between the walkway and the road there’s a little crack you can see through, but it’s too small for an adult. I remember a huge controversy when a toddler slipped through, and the parents held it through the crack for, like, ten minutes, till they lost their grip and watched their toddler fall half a mile to its death. Fucking creepy bridge, that.


    4. 69 is right in the center of the bridge facing teh city.

      Who’s the tard that offed themselves down at 2, or 5?


    5. they were walking across and decided fuck this its too far.


    6. I would like to put microphones in each of the light poles to record every jumpers last words


    7. Also, it just occurred to me that a few hundred people have committed suicide right into Fort Point, an open-air touristy thing directly below the bridge:
      That’s an awesome way to say ‘fuck you’ to the world before you go, really. Seriously, if you jumped from there, you couldn’t avoid splattering people from Idaho with your blood.

      fuckin a


    8. My brother is a CHP officer, when he first started he had to do bridge duty after 9/11. Check the Bay Area bridges at night with night vision etc.. One night they found a rental car parked on the bridge keys in the ignition running. Next day or so a females body was found. When she was I.D.’d and found out she had rented this car. They investigated a time line. She had Flown in from S.Dakota (not totally certain of the state) landed at S.F. rented a car, drove directly to the Golden Gate and jumped. He figured she must of thought there would be some big write up about it. The fact of the matter is they stopped reporting jumpers when it was getting close to its 1000th jumper. They were afraid there would be a bunch of attempts so someone would be that “1000th” jumper. He says they have a couple of attempts a week and almost 1 successful one every couple of weeks.

      A buddy of his from the academy was on bridge duty his very first day. Saw a guy over the side. As soon as the guy saw him he jumped.

      Now my bro is on the G.P.D. (Governor’s Protective Detail) he goes where every Arnie and his family goes.


    9. “He says they have a couple of attempts a week and almost 1 successful one every couple of weeks.”

      Attempts? How the fuck do you fail to kill yourself? If you want to die, rly want to, then no one can stop you. If you are that hesitant that you allow others to stop you then your just after some attention.


    10. Maybe we’re missing a new tourism niche here……

      Come see California’s Favorite Suicide Spot! Goodbye, Cruel World tours, busses leaving on the half-hour.
      Christmas ’08 packages still available!

      …….or not.


    11. @Wisebrute: There’s a lot of tourists walking along that bridge, and the railing is pretty chunky. I could see trying to climb over, and someone grabbing you before you could.


    12. Go watch “The Bridge.” It’s a documentary about the high rate of suicides on the Golden Gate. There’s also a number of scenes with actual footage of people jumping. They talk to the jumper’s family and friends.


    13. @Lord Cocksworth
      lightpost 96 is at the midpoint between the two towers. I’m thinking that, in a jumpers mind, that would make it the best place to jump.
      I’m sure there is some specific reason why that side also has a higher incidence of jumpers than the other. Perhaps a subconscious need to see the city for the last time…

      To add to Caio’s comment, suicide is not something people generally get a lot of experience in. 🙂 People, especially distraught ones, tend to make mistakes…


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