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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Kansas Sportswriter's "Suicide Website" Is a Troubling Template for 21st-Century Suicide Notes

By Will Oremus | Posted Friday, Aug. 16, 2013
Slate Magazine

Suicide is, generally speaking, a tragic and hideously hurtful act. Martin Manley, a 60-year-old former sports writer and statistician for the Kansas City Star, seems to have been at least vaguely aware of that. But he did it anyway—and left behind a meticulously detailed website explaining virtually every aspect of his decision.

The case is noteworthy not so much because Manley was a semi-public figure—though he was credited with popularizing the NBA’s standard efficiency rating—but because he used technology to intentionally blow open the wall of privacy that typically surrounds suicides. More than 100 people die by suicide on an average day in the United States, and a significant portion of them leave notes for their stricken friends and relatives. Some are vengeful, some apologetic, some maddeningly cryptic. Regardless, most are read only by a small circle of authorities and loved ones. For Manley, confronting friends and family with his death wasn’t enough. He wanted to confront the public at large. He wanted desperately to justify his own life and death—to the world, but perhaps above all to himself.

The entire article is here.

The original site was taken down by Yahoo as it violated their Terms of Service.  Anonymous hosts a "mirror site" for those interested in the content.

Thanks to Gregory Milbourne for the information.
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