The Most Beautiful Suicide
On the 1st of May 1947 Evelyn McHale commits suicide by jumping of the Empire State Building. Photography student Robert Wiles happens to be walking by and hears a loud crash. Only minutes later he takes a picture of the young woman who seems oddly at peace among the broken glass and warped car roof. Almost as if she is sleeping; tragic and beautiful. LIFE magazine published his photograph and it is now known as The Most Beautiful Suicide.
Another iconic photo: Voluptuous Death
Image © Robert C. Wiles