The New York Post carries a brief story Thursday about a man who fell from the Empire State building. Whilst a dramatic event it was not as wild as first thought. The man was on the observation deck on the 86th floor, late Wednesday, when he apparently jumped rather than fell. He did not fall far, just one floor down to the 85th.
The New York Post reports "Nathaniel Simone, 33, climbed over a security fence on the observation deck on the 86th floor about 11:30 p.m. and jumped — but only fell to the 85th floor, sources said".
Simone, who was a tourist in New York, suffered a broken ankle for which he received hospital treatment at Bellvue. Police have since charged him with reckless endangerment, trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Simone is from Hamilton, Massachusettes.
Did Simone travel to New York with the sole purpose of committing suicide? If he did surely there were easier and more sure-fire methods? Was it more a cry for help than a serious suicide attempt?
Trying to second guess a person on the brink of suicide or with mental health issues can be nigh on impossible, even to professional health carers.
Simone may have been just acting the fool but, if it was a serious suicide attempt, he will need professional medical help. Either way it would have been a dramatic incident for others in the vicinity. Enough to give you a heart attack if you observed his antics and believed he was about to fall to earth with one almighty crash bang wallop.
Looking on youtube there have been many "jumpers" from the Empire State building. One video [attached] shows the panic caused on the observation deck when a former stuntman attempts to carry out a jump.
Whatever happened in the case of Simone on Wednesday may never be known by any person other than himself. Let's hope it was a foolish one-off in his case.