The Most Beautiful Suicide


They say there’s a story behind every photograph. Here are some of world’s most famous photographs and astonishing stories behind them.  

There are unexpected tales behind some of the most recognizable photographs in history—some tragic, some uplifting, but all incredible. Here are some of the iconic photographs of all time and the real stories behind them.

Evelyn McHale committed suicide by jumping off from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building on May 1, 1947. She landed on top of a United Nations limousine that was parked right in front of the building. Her legs were perfectly crossed when lay on top of the car.

A photography student Robert Wiles was passing by and captured this image a few minutes after she died. The Most Beautiful Suicide was printed 11 days later in LIFE magazine, gaining instant fame. Hale was only 23 years old when she committed suicide.

In her suicide note, she wrote My fiancé 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.


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