Evelyn McHale is probably the most famous Empire State Building suicide victim. The young and lovely Evelyn leaped from the 86th-floor observatory in 1947 and landed on the roof of a United Nations limousine parked on the street below.
Photographer Robert Wiles happened to be nearby and took a photograph of McHale just moments after her death. The result is a haunting image that famously appeared in Life
and inspired a work by Andy Warhol
The 23-year-old McHale somehow looked serene and lovely after plummeting 86 floors. She become known as "the most beautiful suicide."
Many struggled to understand why someone like Evelyn would jump
. She was a young beauty who was planning her wedding. The sad answer is that depression can torment anyone. Evelyn left her coat and a suicide note on the observatory. Her note said, "I don't think I would make a good wife for anybody."