by Saima

After a discussion with my sister about Sylvia Plath and her weird way of killing herself, i was moved to research more on some of the weird suicides. Surprisingly, most of them are poets/authors. Here is an interesting analysis.

Some of the weird suicides are below.

Peter I

One of the Twelve Apostles, Peter is generally credited with founding the Roman Catholic Church and is considered by many as the first Pope. It is believed that after the great fire that destroyed Rome during Nero’s reign, Peter was one of the Christians rounded up and blamed for the fire. Tradition states that when Peter was ordered executed by the cross that he requested to be crucified upside down as he was not worthy of being killed the same way Jesus Christ was. The Romans granted him his wish in roughly 64 AD.

Virginia Woolf


Virginia suffered breakdowns throughout her years and on March 28th, 1941, she filled her overcoat with stones and walked into the river near her home and drowned herself leaving behind this note:

“I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go thru another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices.”

George Eastman


George Eastman invented the 35mm film and founded the Eastman Kodak. Born July 12th,1854, suffered from intense pain due to a degenerative disorder, which affected his spine and his walking, because of this Eastman became increasingly depressed. On March 14th, 1932, Eastman committed suicide, leaving behind this note that simply read:

“My work here is done. Why wait?”

Ernest Hemingway


Hemingway attempted suicide in the spring of 1961, and received ECT treatment again. On the morning of July 2, 1961, some three weeks short of his 62nd birthday, he died at his home in Ketchum, Idaho, the result of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. Judged not mentally responsible for his final act, he was buried in a Roman Catholic service. In a particularly gruesome suicide, he rested the gun butt of the double-barreled shotgun on the floor of a hallway in his home, leaned over it to put the twin muzzles to his forehead just above the eyes, and pulled both triggers.

Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton

On October 4 1974 Sexton had lunch with the poet Maxine Kumin to review one of Sexton’s recent book The Awful Rowing Toward God. On returning home she put on her mother’s old fur coat, locked herself in her garage and started the engine of her car, so committing suicide by  carbon monoxide poisoning.

Sylvia Plath


Plath took her own life after she completely sealed the rooms between herself and her sleeping children with wet towels and cloths. Plath then placed her head in the oven while the gas was turned on. The next day an inquiry ruled that her death was a suicide.