Jumper (suicide)

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This young woman was persuaded not to jump off a building in Dallas, Texas, by police officers.

A jumper, in police and media parlance, is a person who plans to fall or jump (or already has fallen or jumped) from a potentially deadly height, sometimes with the intention to commit suicide, at other times to escape conditions inside (e.g., a burning building).[1][2]

The term includes successfully-fatal suicides as well as those people who survive the attempt. The latter are often left with major injuries and permanent disabilities from the impact-related injuries.[3] A frequent scenario is that the jumper will sit on an elevated highway or building-ledge as police attempt to talk them down. Potential jumpers are sometimes encouraged by observers to jump, an effect known as "suicide baiting".[4]

Popular songs "Jumper" (1998) by Third Eye Blind, "Spring" (2005) by Rammstein, "Jumpers" (2005) by Sleater-Kinney, "Summertime Sadness" (2012) by Lana Del Rey, and "Fall" (2012) by Stephan Nance incorporate "jumping" as their main theme.[5][6]

As of 2002, the highest documented suicide jump was by expert skydiver Charles "Nish" Bruce, who killed himself[7] by leaping without a parachute from an airplane, at an altitude of over 5,000 feet (1,500 m).[8]

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  1. ^ Kemp, Joe (March 20, 2011). "Miracle mom who survived horrific 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire was 'one in a million'". New York Daily News. 
  2. ^ Leonard, Tom Leonard (11 September 2011). "The 9/11 victims America wants to forget: The 200 jumpers who flung themselves from the Twin Towers who have been 'airbrushed from history'". Mail Online. 
  3. ^ "Attempted Suicide Horrors". Suicide.org!. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  4. ^ Mann, L. (1981). "The baiting crowd in episodes of threatened suicide". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 41 (4): 7039. 
  5. ^ Bell, Crystal (20 July 2012). "Lana Del Rey 'Summertime Sadness' Video: Jaime King Is Lana's Suicidal Lesbian Lover". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Stephan Nance Lyrics". Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Allison, Rebecca (21 June 2002). "Suicide Verdict - Depressed pilot leapt to death". The Guardian. 
  8. ^ "SAS Soldier dies in plane plunge". CNN World News. 10 January 2002.