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Jay-sus!!! [Oct. 27th, 2005|09:10 pm]
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News of the goddamn frickin' weird:

Suicide Mistaken for Halloween Decoration

FREDERICA, Del. - The apparent suicide of a woman found hanging from a tree went unreported for hours because passers-by thought the body was a Halloween decoration, authorities said.

The 42-year-old woman used rope to hang herself across the street from some homes on a moderately busy road late Tuesday or early Wednesday, state police said.

The body, suspended about 15 feet above the ground, could be easily seen from passing vehicles.

State police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Oldham and neighbors said people noticed the body at breakfast time Wednesday but dismissed it as a holiday prank. Authorities were called to the scene more than three hours later.

"They thought it was a Halloween decoration," Fay Glanden, wife of Mayor William Glanden, told The (Wilmington) News Journal.

"It looked like something somebody would have rigged up," she said.

I have to wonder - was it her last laugh on the world, or just one more pathetic confirmation that no one cared?

[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2005-10-28 12:24 pm (UTC)
I have to wonder - was it her last laugh on the world, or just one more pathetic confirmation that no one cared?

Perhaps she saw the news story from just south of me: some pranksters hung a mannequin from a sign over I-95. People thought it was a person, and traffic ground to a standstill. Some time later, the police arrived and determined it was a sick joke.

I am surprised, though, that someone going past the house at close proximity wouldn't be able to tell that it was a person and not a decoration.

It probably was her last laugh on the world, and an example of how people don't pay attention to their surroundings. Self absorbed, they are.
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From: kbreen
2005-10-28 09:35 pm (UTC)
That's not quite fair, if self-absorbed is meant in a negative sense. Like, are we supposed to be constantly on the look-out on the off chance that one day a stranger might attempt suicide in front of our eyes and we might be able to save them? BTW this comment is not attended as an attack on kmg or as disregarding the seriousness of suicide, I'm just questioning kmg's last sentence.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2005-10-29 01:49 pm (UTC)
Self absorbed probably wasn't the best term - I always scored higher on math than verbal ;)

By self-absorbed, I mean that generally people are completely oblivious to their surroundings, be it while driving, in a supermarket, walking on the sidewalk, etc. At least they are where I live.

Whether or not one considers that a negative personality trait is up to the eye of the beholder, I suppose.
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