25 Popular Landmarks That Are Creepy Suicide Hot Spots
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?
20. Eduardo Villena Rey Bridge
In the very religious country of Peru where suicide is still a major taboo, the Eduardo Villena Rey Bridge, located in the capital, Lima, had to be covered with large windows due to the high suicide rates. People believe that the street under the bridge is haunted by the souls of those who committed suicide and for that reason many local citizens avoid passing by there.
15. New York City’s Skyscrapers
According to a recent study conducted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the percentage of suicides by jumping from New York City’s skyscrapers is by far higher than that of any other American city. To get an idea how big the problem is, keep in mind that of the 473 people who committed suicide in New York City in 2008, nearly sixty of them did so by jumping from skyscrapers.
10. Colorado Street Bridge
When the beautiful bridge along Colorado Street over the Arroyo Seco River bed was built in Pasadena back in 1912, the builders probably never imagined that a few years later it would acquire the nickname “Suicide Bridge.” Even though the famous bridge has a very romantic and old-charm appearance from a distance, it has seen a couple hundred people commit suicide throughout the years. The first recorded suicide was on November 16, 1919, while nearly fifty suicides occurred during the Great Depression from 1933 to 1937.
5. Mount Mihara
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 â€˜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.