Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Who jumps from the Golden Gate Bridge?
More than 1,250 people have leapt to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge in the past 70 years, and a mythology has emerged that they come from all over the world to end their lives at the famous span.
But a report by the Marin County Coroner's Office, which investigates most of the leaps, proves otherwise.
In fact, more than 85 percent of the jumpers are locals, say coroner stats from 1996 to now. The average jumper was a white 41-year-old man. Male suicides outnumber females nearly 3 to 1. And 83 percent of all suicides are white. The youngest was a 14-year-old girl and the oldest was an 84-year-old man.
On average, two people commit suicide every month at the bridge, but right now the suicide rate there is running about three a month.
And three of every four suicides are witnessed by tourists or commuters.