Twelve deaths in eight months, by suicide & otherwise, among the CEO classes

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Gaius Publius

We did a piece some time ago about several mysterious deaths (and one missing person) connected to finance-industry investigations, all within 18 days of each other:

Twelve deaths in eight months, by suicide & otherwise, among the CEO classes

Thanks to Facebook friend StarGazer, it seems we have more of these cases, many more in fact.

StarGazer has assembled a more complete list with links. Take a look:

1. ABC Verlag (greetings cards, not finance) — CEO Daniel Eicher — suicide, left two notes — week of 6/10/2013

2. Swisscom (telecom) – CEO Carsten Schloter, 49 — suicide, found hanging — 7/23/13

3. Bank of America — intern Moritz Erhardt, 21 — seizure due to exhaustion — week of 8/12/2013

4. Zurich Insurance Group AG (insurance) — CFO Pierre Wauthier — suicide, found hanging, left two notes — 8/26/2013

bank-failures5. Wall Street — hedge fund exec Robert Wilson, 87 — suicide, jumped from 16th floor — week of Dec 23, 2013. (He gave away $800 million prior to death.)

6. Wall Street Journal — reporter  David Birdmissing/disappeared – 1/11/2014 (covered in our original piece)

7. Swiss Re AG — U.K.–based communications director Tim Dickenson — cause not released — week of  1/19/2014

8. Deutsche Bank AG — executive William Broeksmit — apparent suicide, found hanging— 1/26/14 (covered in our original piece)

9. JP Morgan — banker Gabriel Magee — jumped or fell from building, Canary Wharf, London — 1/28/14 (covered in our original piece)

10. Russell Investment — Mike Dueker, 50 — found dead next to Tacoma Narrows Bridge, suicide — week of 1/26/2014 (covered in our original piece)

11. JPMorgan — equities trading executive Ryan Crane, 37 — no cause given — 2/3/14

12. American Title (insurance) — CEO Richard Talley, 57 — suicide by nail gun,7 or 8 self-inflicted wounds — 2/7/14

Feel free to click and read. Some of these are obviously suicides, or in the case of the intern (#3), a seizure. But several are at least suspicious, especially with the underlying company under investigation. For example, here’s what the linked news article says about Richard Talley (#12):

Richard M. Talley, 56, was found dead in his Greenwood Village garage Tuesday by a family member, the Denver Post reported. He had shot himself seven or eight times in the head and chest with a nail gun.

Really? All of the other aspects are reasonable; the company was “under investigation” and this is the CEO. But consider the method itself. A nail gun. If you start with the head, can you do the chest? And if you start with the chest, are you really able to do more, pull the trigger 6 or 7 more times?

Remember, this is a nail gun, not a 9 mm pistol. That’s a Jack Reacher, high-endurance suicide, and no one is Jack Reacher, or so I hear.

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One Response

  1. ozspeaksup says:

    while you do hear the odd case of a nailgun victim not feeling much but a sting as they cop a nail fired from someone else that hits them by accident..no way could you stand there and do head chest, and hope you managed to hit the right spot..its hilarious!
    and also makes the self inflicted finding Coroner more than a little worth a look at.

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