Richard M. Talley, the 56-year-old CEO and founder of American Title Services in Greenwood Village, Colorado, committed suicide by shooting himself eight times in the head and upper chest with a high-powered nail gun. American Title Services was under investigation at the time for insurance fraud.
Michael Marin, a 53-year-old Wall Street trader and father of four from Phoenix, Arizona, killed himself in court during the reading of his guilty verdict. Marin was on trial for insurance fraud after a forensic investigation of the aftermath of his 3.5 million dollar mansion burning down indicated arson. Potentially facing a sentence of up to 21 years in prison, Marin swallowed a cyanide tablet he had purchased online and concealed during the trial and died within minutes. The incident was recorded on video and has since been made available on the Internet.
Malachi Ritscher, a 52-year-old musician and recording-engineer, set himself on fire and burned to death on the side of the Kennedy Expressway during morning rush-hour in downtown Chicago in what he claimed in a suicide-note to be an act of protest against the Iraq War.
Bobby Jackson, a 19-year-old from Buffalo, New York, committed suicide by jumping off of the observation-deck of the 28th floor of the Buffalo City Hall Building. During his fall a gust of wind blew him about 15 ft. out of his initial trajectory, and he was impaled through the back and out the chest on a 40 ft. flagpole sticking up from the roof of the building’s 4th floor landing.
Christine Chubbuck, a news reporter working for WXLT-TV in Florida, committed suicide during a live television broadcast. On the morning of July 15, 1974, Chubbuck concluded a usual summary of the top news-stories of the day and turned to the camera to say “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in ‘blood and guts’, and in living color, you are going to see another first – attempted suicide”, before withdrawing a revolver and shooting herself behind her right ear. Chubbuck violently collapsed onto her desk, with the technical-director on set immediately fading the broadcast to black and having the channel broadcast a PSA and then a movie to fill the void in the schedule. The station was hit with a wave of phone-calls from viewers asking if what they had seen had been an elaborate prank. Suffering from extended bouts of clinical depression, Chubbuck had apparently planned to commit suicide during a live broadcast well in advance, as the sheets she had been reading from for her broadcast turned out to contain an account of her suicide she had written in advance in the form of a news-report. Footage of the incident has been withheld by WXLT-TV and no copy of the incident was known to have been recorded by any viewers of the live broadcast.
Twenty-seven-year-old Sean Moylan of Novato, California, whose grandfather has been a prominent advocate for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge, killed himself, leaping to his death from the famed span, a magnet for roughly two dozen suicides a year.
Jodon F. Romero, 33, was accused of stealing a red Dodge Caliber from Phoenix, Arizona, and leading police on a high-speed pursuit. At the end of an hour-long pursuit on an interstate west of Phoenix Friday, Romero pulled into the desert and an officer shot at him, although it appears he missed. Fox News was covering the chase that began about midday using a live helicopter shot from Phoenix affiliate KSAZ-TV. Romero then walked off the dirt road, put a gun to his head and shot himself in the head. On live TV.