Suicide Notes


→ Oct 2013 Vachel Lindsay
Date of Death: December 5, 1931
Cause of Death: Drinking bottle of Lysol
Note (addressed to none in particular; result of increasing paranoia and deteriorating mental health):
They tried to get me - I got them first!

Vachel Lindsay

Date of Death: December 5, 1931

Cause of Death: Drinking bottle of Lysol

Note (addressed to none in particular; result of increasing paranoia and deteriorating mental health):

They tried to get me - I got them first!

→ Oct 2013 Adolf Hitler
Date of Death: April 30, 1945
Cause of Death: Cyanide poisoning followed by gunshot
Note (addressed to none in particular):
I myself and my wife – in order to escape the disgrace of deposition or capitulation – choose death. It is our wish to be burnt immediately on the spot where I have carried out the greatest part of my daily work in the course of a twelve years’ service to my people.

Adolf Hitler

Date of Death: April 30, 1945

Cause of Death: Cyanide poisoning followed by gunshot

Note (addressed to none in particular):

I myself and my wife – in order to escape the disgrace of deposition or capitulation – choose death. It is our wish to be burnt immediately on the spot where I have carried out the greatest part of my daily work in the course of a twelve years’ service to my people.

→ Oct 2013

George Eastman

Date of Death: March 14, 1932

Cause of Death: Gunshot to heart

Note (addressed to his friends):

To my friends,

My work here is done. Why wait?

→ Oct 2013 Robert Howard
Date of Death: June 11, 1936 
Cause of Death: Shot to head
Note (addressed to none in particular):
All fled… all alone, so lift me on the pyre; the feat is over, and the lamp expire.

Robert Howard

Date of Death: June 11, 1936 

Cause of Death: Shot to head

Note (addressed to none in particular):

All fled… all alone, so lift me on the pyre; the feat is over, and the lamp expire.

→ May 2013 Nicolas-Sebastian Chamfort
Date of Death: April 13, 1794
Cause of Death: Stabbing (Originally shot himself in face, but the pistol malfunctioned and only shot off part of his nose and jaw. He then stabbed his neck with a paper cutter, but failed to cut an artery. Finally, he used the paper cutter to stab himself in the chest)
Note (Addressed to none in particular, signed in own blood):
 Moi, Sebastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort, déclare avoir voulu mourir en homme libre plutôt que d’être reconduit en esclave dans une maison d’arrêt 
Translation:
I, Sebastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort, hereby declare my wish to die a free man rather than to continue to live as a slave in a prison

(His last words were: “And so I leave this world, where the heart must either break or turn to lead.”)

Nicolas-Sebastian Chamfort

Date of Death: April 13, 1794

Cause of Death: Stabbing (Originally shot himself in face, but the pistol malfunctioned and only shot off part of his nose and jaw. He then stabbed his neck with a paper cutter, but failed to cut an artery. Finally, he used the paper cutter to stab himself in the chest)

Note (Addressed to none in particular, signed in own blood):

 Moi, Sebastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort, déclare avoir voulu mourir en homme libre plutôt que d’être reconduit en esclave dans une maison d’arrêt 

Translation:

I, Sebastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort, hereby declare my wish to die a free man rather than to continue to live as a slave in a prison

(His last words were: “And so I leave this world, where the heart must either break or turn to lead.”)

→ May 2013 Bradley E. Delp
Date of Death: March 9, 2007
Cause of Death: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Note (There were 4 personal notes left for family members, this was left to the general public):
J’ai une ame solitaire
Translation:
I am a lonely soul
 

Bradley E. Delp

Date of Death: March 9, 2007

Cause of Death: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Note (There were 4 personal notes left for family members, this was left to the general public):

J’ai une ame solitaire


Translation:

I am a lonely soul

 

→ May 2013

Freddie Prinze

Date of Death: January 29, 1977

Cause of Death: Gunshot to head

Note (Addressed to none in particular; ‘Dusty’ refers to Marvin Snyder, Prinze’s business manager who attempted to stop Prinze):

 I must end it. There’s no hope left. I’ll be at peace. No one had anything to do with this. My decision totally

- Freddie Prinze

P.S. I’m sorry. Forgive me. Dusty’s here. He’s innocent. He cared.

→ May 2013 Unknown
Date of Death: Unknown
Cause of Death: Unknown
Note:
I longer wish to live this life. I will be dead when you find this. Goodbye.

Unknown

Date of Death: Unknown

Cause of Death: Unknown

Note:

I longer wish to live this life. I will be dead when you find this. Goodbye.

(Source: every-at0m-of-me, via arbutus-arbutus)

→ May 2013 Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Date of Death: August 17, 1935
Cause of Death: Chloroform poisoning
Note (Addressed to none in particular):
Human life consists in mutual service. No grief, pain, misfortune, or “broken heart,” is excuse for cutting off one’s life while any power of service remains. But when all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Date of Death: August 17, 1935

Cause of Death: Chloroform poisoning

Note (Addressed to none in particular):

Human life consists in mutual service. No grief, pain, misfortune, or “broken heart,” is excuse for cutting off one’s life while any power of service remains. But when all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one.

→ May 2013 James Whale
Date of Death: May 29, 1957
Cause of Death: Drowning
Note (Addressed ‘to all I love’):
Do not grieve for me. My nerves are all shot and for the last year I have been in agony day and night—except when I sleep with sleeping pills—and any peace I have by day is when I am drugged by pills.I have had a wonderful life but it is over and my nerves get worse and I am afraid they will have to take me away. So please forgive me, all those I love and may God forgive me too, but I cannot bear the agony and it [is] best for everyone this way.The future is just old age and illness and pain. Goodbye and thank you for all your love. I must have peace and this is the only way.Jimmy

James Whale

Date of Death: May 29, 1957

Cause of Death: Drowning

Note (Addressed ‘to all I love’):


Do not grieve for me. My nerves are all shot and for the last year I have been in agony day and night—except when I sleep with sleeping pills—and any peace I have by day is when I am drugged by pills.
I have had a wonderful life but it is over and my nerves get worse and I am afraid they will have to take me away. So please forgive me, all those I love and may God forgive me too, but I cannot bear the agony and it [is] best for everyone this way.
The future is just old age and illness and pain. Goodbye and thank you for all your love. I must have peace and this is the only way.
Jimmy