An MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Notre Dame. I live with my boyfriend, poet Robert Bruno, and our two cats: TaMolly and Rocket.

thesinset:

“The Most Beautiful Suicide” 23 year old Evelyn McHale, of Long Island, became engaged in early 1947. On April 30th, she took the train to Easton, PA to spend her fiance’s birthday with him at his college dorm. They planned to be married that June. She boarded a 7:00 AM train back to New York the following morning but never did make it home. Upon her arrival in New York City, she checked into
the Governor Clinton Hotel on 31st Street, where she composed a note, and tucked it into her purse. From there, she went to the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. Just before 10:30 am, on May 1, she calmly, and neatly, folder her coat, placing it against the guard railing alongside her purse and her makeup bag. She then flung herself off the building, falling more than 1,000 feet and landing squarely on the roof of a 1947 Cadillac parked on the street below.  The note that Evelyn left in her purse 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.” Ironically, for someone who wanted to throw herself into obscurity, never to be remembered, a nearby photographer captured this image within minutes of her demise, and by the following week it appeared as a full page print in Life Magazine. The image of her lifeless body lying gracefully, and peacefully, atop the wreckage, immortalized forever.  Sometimes you can simply never get what is that you want in life, even in death.

thesinset:

“The Most Beautiful Suicide”

23 year old Evelyn McHale, of Long Island, became engaged in early 1947. On April 30th, she took the train to Easton, PA to spend her fiance’s birthday with him at his college dorm. They planned to be married that June. She boarded a 7:00 AM train back to New York the following morning but never did make it home.

Upon her arrival in New York City, she checked into
the Governor Clinton Hotel on 31st Street, where she composed a note, and tucked it into her purse. From there, she went to the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. Just before 10:30 am, on May 1, she calmly, and neatly, folder her coat, placing it against the guard railing alongside her purse and her makeup bag. She then flung herself off the building, falling more than 1,000 feet and landing squarely on the roof of a 1947 Cadillac parked on the street below.

The note that Evelyn left in her purse 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.”

Ironically, for someone who wanted to throw herself into obscurity, never to be remembered, a nearby photographer captured this image within minutes of her demise, and by the following week it appeared as a full page print in Life Magazine. The image of her lifeless body lying gracefully, and peacefully, atop the wreckage, immortalized forever.

Sometimes you can simply never get what is that you want in life, even in death.
  1. become-comfortably-dumb reblogged this from parking-lot-hymns
  2. nicninetyfive reblogged this from wlmager
  3. parking-lot-hymns reblogged this from travelerofbothtimeandspace
  4. youthpsychiatricward reblogged this from a204g
  5. wekizzy reblogged this from thesinset
  6. roydemora reblogged this from being-my-own-hero
  7. essmuss-sein reblogged this from being-my-own-hero
  8. hey-mr-darcy reblogged this from being-my-own-hero
  9. being-my-own-hero reblogged this from inthewinterspale
  10. snowburry reblogged this from fuckyeahwizardryy
  11. jordanmedenwaldt reblogged this from thesinset
  12. unorthodox-flowerchild reblogged this from kittensandcandlesticks
  13. bricksninja reblogged this from thesinset
  14. vassalofthewhiteking reblogged this from clemvalentine
  15. hecticfeel reblogged this from mtvgeneration
  16. sheletsitbe reblogged this from wlmager
  17. chelll reblogged this from aaliyahluna
  18. lunamaybethesecondme reblogged this from thesinset
  19. 1shotbomboclat reblogged this from thesinset
  20. ninelegs reblogged this from moiraie
  21. aaliyahluna reblogged this from thesinset
  22. peetin reblogged this from thesinset
  23. thekittycatgoesmeow reblogged this from kittynymphs
  24. enshifresh reblogged this from girl-behind-the-aura
  25. girl-behind-the-aura reblogged this from lucylovesmemore
  26. pirateluv reblogged this from lucylovesmemore
  27. lucylovesmemore reblogged this from thesinset
  28. thursdays-with-cas-and-bucky reblogged this from feyathene
  29. feyathene reblogged this from annsotherns
  30. eltangodelamuerte reblogged this from jeanharlows