Suicide is a complex and emotional subject. The most common reasons why people contemplate taking such drastic measures involve depression or other mental issues; financial problems, terminal illnesses or disability, and a host of other reasons. However, that doesn’t explain why certain locations around the world seem to somehow become suicide hot spots, drawing a cluster of people on an annual basis. Could it be their heights? Or maybe their iconic status? We really don’t know. But what we do know is that these popular landmarks for some reason or another are suicide hot spots and many people decide to end their lives, on them. What’s your opinion on these 25 popular landmarks that are creepy suicide hot spots?
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On February 11, 1933, a twenty-one-year-old Japanese student threw herself into the volcanic crater of Mount Mihara on the Japanese island of Izu Oshima. See, back in the ‘30s the prude Japanese society would never accept her love affair with another woman so she decided to end the torture she experienced. During the same year almost a thousand more people would jump into the crater and until 1935 an additional 350 suicides took place there.
The Mount Mihara suicide “trend” finally started decreasing at the end of WWII after the local government enhanced security to prevent suicides while a new law was put into effect that made it a criminal offense for anyone who purchased a one-way ticket to the island.
According to one of the most respected historians of the Falls, Paul Gromosiak, there have been over 2,780 known suicides between 1856 and 1995, while the suicide rate there has increased in the past twenty years. Many psychologists have tried to analyze and interpret the macabre phenomenon from a scientific point of view but no clear answer has been found.
There are many theories suggesting that many suicide victims are looking for a terribly “romantic” way to highlight their most desperate act.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is seventy-six years old and is an architectural marvel that marries strength and grace. The bridge is also the world’s premier venue for suicide and arguably the most famous one thanks to film and pop culture. On average, a person jumps to his or her death from it every two weeks.
They call it the suicide forest of Japan and how could they not? Even though the estimates vary it is believed that each year the authorities remove as many as 100 bodies found hanging in the country’s suicide hotspot while others can lie undiscovered for years.
Aokigahara is also considered the most haunted place in Japan, where the unsettled ghosts known as yurei howl their suffering into the winds. However, all the scary stories about the forest being haunted and filled with evil energy don’t stop those who desire to end their lives.
Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
When the impressive construction was completed in 1969 it was hailed as a major engineering feat in the People’s Republic of China and no one could ever imagine that one day it would become one of the world’s most popular suicide locations. According to the official data and reports, since 1969 over 2,000 people have committed suicide at the bridge in Nanjing, capital of the eastern Jiangsu Province, a fact that makes the bridge the most deadly suicide destination in the world.