Who Jumped Off The Golden Gate Bridge?greenspun.com : LUSENET : San Francisco History : One Thread
Does anyone know of a list of names and what number they were of jumpers off the Golden Gate Bridge? For example, "who was jumper # 300?
-- John F. Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 23, 2004
Read through this posting down below:
I know it's 3 years old, but it should still get you some good links.
-- Rosa (email@example.com), January 24, 2004.
I don't have any list but I knew someone who jumped around the mid to late 80s or maybe it was the early 80s. There was recently, about 3 to 6 months ago, a jumper from a Marin County Real Estate office I heard about. Someone told me it was in the local newspapers. It was his second jump as he had survived the first one. I wonder if that might be the same guy since there are not that many people who survive the jump. I remember that someone told me that the guy I knew later on worked for awhile in the late 80s at a nightclub on Haight called the I-Beam. I don't think that nightclub exists anymore.
There has been a policy in general that no names or information be published about jumpers to discourage jumping. But I think I read that on the average there is like one jump every two weeks. The police do have a record of jumpers but they will not disclose it because of policy so you will be pretty much out of luck in getting any list unless you could bribe someone in charge of the records department. They don't want to give out constant publicity and then have everyone from the entire world come here and make a sport on the Golden Gate Bridge for high death diving.
-- Harry Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 24, 2004.
They quit publicly listing after the number hit 1000...and that was YEARS ago! It's actually a popular suicide spot. Of the first 1000, 26 lived! I remember a Hawaii diver living from a suicide jump in about 1957 or 58. Natural reflexes forced her into drive mode.
-- Maugo (Maugo99@hotmail.com), February 16, 2004.
I seem to remember news of the 1,000th jumper in the late 1990's. It was around that time that activists lobbied for an anti-jumping fence to be erected. But Mayor Willie Brown sided with opponents and decided such a fence would ruin the view for the rest of us who might choose NOT to jump.
-- Troy McLure (email@example.com), October 14, 2004.
This site gives a lot of info on GGB jumpers. They come from all over the world, on the average of one every 2 weeks, and sometimes they come as couples. Survivors of the jump have reported that it was a deeply spiritual experience! I got this info from an interesting website on the subject: http://www.mythicarts.com/writing/Golden_Gate_Bridge.htm
-- Les Borean (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 13, 2004.
I just got done reading an article in a 1979 issue of US Magazine where a bodybuilder/Mr. America by the name of Mike Dayton was to jump off the Golden Gate January or February of 1979.
Any word on whether he made the jump?
I know he's still alive, so I doubt he made the leap.
-- Ross (Denyanddelay@yahoo.com), January 25, 2005.