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updated: 12.31.12
articles about skyway jumpers before this site was created.
  google news scans old newspapers and we cobbled together images of these scans.
while the quality is sketchy at times, they are an interesting read none the less.
some images link to these google scans, although many are now 'pay-per-view'.
if you subscribe to the st. pete times news archives and/or have items to share, please do.
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11.26.81: save, male
Christopher Moody
11.27.81: full article
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11.22.81: jumper, male, lived
Eugene (Bill) French, 25

 
  

  
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09.17.81: jumper, male, died
Glenn Veilleux, 26
tbo.com, Parked truck on bridge, jumped off. Body recovered next day. Suicide note left in truck.
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07.17.81: involuntary jumper, male, died, forced to jump at gun point.
Michael Plezia, 24
07.18.81: full article





 
04.13.82: full article


04.16.82: full article


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12.28.80: jumper, female, lived
unknown
12.30.80: full article
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07.30.80: jumper, female, lived
Sheridan Desroches, 32

 
 
tbo.com, May have attempted to drive car off of bridge first. After scraping guardrail, got out and jumped.
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06.14.80: likely jumper, male

 
 
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05.09.80: ship collision collapses the skyway. 35 die. disaster page.
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04.14.80: jumper, female, died
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, 37
05.05.04, Jeff, Saint Petersburg, Florida, Her name was Geraldine Fitzpatrick. She was 37 years old... found floating 300 yards northeast of the hump of the old bridge. A toll booth worker noticed her car at the top.. with nobody inside.. no suicide note was found. The body was taken to the St. Petersburg Coast Guard station and then turned over to the Pinellas County medial examiner. At the time.. she was the 36th person to jump. She was my roomates Aunt. I have the original newspaper article for proof.
tbo.com, Parked car on southbound side of main span, jumped. Body found same day.
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02.12.80: possible jumper, female
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01.21.80: jumper, male, died
James Slater, 50

 
 
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11.25.79: jumper, male, died
Allan G. Coughlin, 19

 
 
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10.09.79: save, male
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08.15.79: jumper, male, died
William Dixon Gresh, 55

 
 
 
 
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07.31.79: save, male
unknown

full article

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06.08.79: jumper, male, died •
Anthony Valentine Cubby, 21
06.08.79: full article

links to google paper scan: page 1b • 14b. image of the wreak on page 1b of the google scan.

06.09.79: full article

 
tbo.com, Crashed into back of another vehicle on bridge, told bystanders he wanted to kill himself and jumped.
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04.16.79: jumper, male, died
Roy Krebs, 75

tbo.com, Left car on southbound side of main span, jumped. Body found same day.
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02.21.79: save, female
unknown
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02.19.79: jumper, male, died
Paul D. Martin, 77


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02.03.79: jumper, male, died
James David Hicks, 21
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