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golden gate jumpers

1937-1999    2000-
updated: 05.17.22
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1995, male
Navy Corpsman Lee
09.08.08, John M., Fresno, regarding: Navy Corpsman Lee, Please help as he was my friend but I did not know his first name. It was 1995 not exactly sure the month. His last name is Lee. (anyone?)
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10.31.90, 3:30pm, male, died, body not found
Ali Baldward
12.29.21, Sarah, toyko, japan, (10.31.90, 3:30pm, male, died, body not found), Ali Baldward, this person was my best friend. I just want everyone to know that they should NEVER jump. It hurts too many people.
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08.07.89, male, missing
Fred C. Friedman
07.09.21, Howard Friedman, San Jose, regarding: Fred C. Friedman 8/7/89, My brother died from jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge on this date. There was a bus stopped by his blue Toyota truck that blocked the right lane. There was an off duty bridge PD present as well, from what I had been told. Dense fog and denial by the authorities complicated his demise and reporting this. Also the tide was so strong, it most likely pushed his body far out to sea. He was never recovered. My Uncle Peter Cameron was stationed at the navy base at Alameda and had the Coast Guard search for his body. Our family was called by the bridge authorities to report the truck blocking traffic. One person said they saw him go over the rails, but nothing was followed up. This is be best I can provide. I am shocked that the authorities did nothing but try to say he walked to Marin on the catwalk in the dark on an extremely windy night. He had stated he was going to commit suicide by jumping from the bridge many times over the years.
07.09.21, skyway, sorry for your loss and the hurt it caused you and your family. him never being found is tragic, as there can be no closure. we hope you cope.
07.09.21, Howard Friedman, It's been a long time and my brother's struggle with schizophrenia was equally difficult. I have had decades to get to a place of peace. I just found a load of his notes and medical docs. today. Interesting and difficult to read. It's just not right in my book that my brother is invisible and his death is not noted by the bridge authorities. Took 7 years to declare him deceased. I appreciate your kind words. I have had a great life and remember him in a very loving and positive way. In appreciation- Howard
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05.10.89, male
03.04.03, michael j., Occidental, CA., 05.10.89, I jumped of the golden gate bridge and it was a mad rush. After a half a second I blacked out and I then awoke in a car. It was so crazy. Nothing was wrong. just some bruses. I loved it.
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03.13.88: full article
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1985
05.17.22, Jon D., facebook, In 1985, I caught my 2nd wife in bed the the President's son-in-law. A week or two later I got fired from the Sacramento TV station where I worked. I drove to San Francisco with intentions to pursue a similar denouement. Parked my car at the back gate to the Presidio. I went into the cute German tavern a hundred feet from there and got so drunk I could barely see or walk.
But I did do both all the way to the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge, in a blinding rain storm. Without a moment's hesitation, I swung one leg over the railing - and promptly blacked out. When I came out of my stupor... I was caked head to toe, with two inch cover of grit and dirt splashed over me by cars speeding north in ankle deep water, saturated with gravel.
I crawled back to the south end of the GGB and took shelter in a MUNI kiosk. Driver of first bus refused to let me board. Figure it was because I was so dirty. So I stood under the eaves spout. I was clean but soaking wet. The second bus driver also denied me passage. Not sure whether it was because I would soak everything in his bus, or the possibility I was a deranged and dangerous psychotic escapee from the nearby Letterman Military Hospital. But the driver of the third bus opened his doors. Took one look at me, and said, "Well buddy, a couple years ago I was where you are now. Somebody kept me from killing myself. Finally. It's my chance to pay it forward. Come in. Sit down. And dry off."
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12.1982
11.13.09, Dreamer, Las Vegas, NV., (12.1982, male, died, body never found), My uncle jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge. Body was never recovered, but he DID jump. It was late at night, December of 1982, I think. He was coming home from playing cards. The Bridge was not on his way home....he made a detour. He car was recovered from the north side of the bridge, in the parking lot.
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05.15.82
Jack H.
12.18.20, Linda M., OKC, OK, regarding: Jack H 05.15.1982, Jack was my oldest brother and we loved him so much. He lived in San Francisco going to Berkley on the GI Bill. We dont know why he jumped... There was 2 or 3 witnesses, one tried to stop him, but couldn't get to him in time. His body was never recovered
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07.30.81: full article
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12.05.80
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10.08.79: full article
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09.14.79
Ann McGuire
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1977
Tullia Tesauro
02.18.17, Barry Young, Los Angeles, CA, My beloved Sister-In-Law. Very, very sad.
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03.17.75
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08.15.73
Elizabeth A. Paro
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1970? or 1971?
Ronald Miller
02.22.21, Stephen J., Eastsound, I want to set the record straight. My high school friend Ronald Miller in 1970 or 1971 DID NOT commit suicide as was stated in reports. Ron was an athlete and wanted to be a stunt man in the movies. He had a friend filming him when he purposely DOVE off the Golden Gate Bridge as a stunt. He would take the film to Hollywood! The friend doing the filming refused to make the film public and destroyed it. That's how I remember it.
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1970? or 1971?
Michelle S.
399th jumper off golden gate. I wish I could've been there to help her somehow. The young toddler she left behind that day has grown up to be a wonderful man, father, a beautiful wife (K), and happens to be my best friend. And not a day goes by he doesn't think of his Mom and wonder Why? And Loves you to this day. For him and for you I wish I could've helped you somehow. later: And she wasn't from the States, neither was his Dad. They came over from England. I understand there were problems between them, and I "think" she may have had postpartum depression. Which wasn't a thing back then really. And all that, a new country, new baby, and no real friends yet - she was depressed, alone, and a brand new Mom with her Marriage falling apart, living somewhere far from the home she knew, and friends & family to turn to. I wish help was available back then, it could have saved her? And saved him years of wondering & heartache.  
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12.24.70
Robert Dickinson
12.24.20, Dena D., San Jose, California, My brother jumped Christmas eve 1970. 50 years ago. I believe his partner jumped 2 days later. Want to check list.
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11.08.70
Louis Sales, 29
03.14.19, Louis, San Antonio, Texas, He was driving along in a panel van and witnesses said he stopped in the middle of traffic and calmly jumped. His death cert shows "Jump from Golden gate Bridge" and his body was found in SF Bay with multiple traumatic injuries. I never got over it in all these years and only share this for him.
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1969
Barbara Baker
09.22.20, Kristin C., Berkeley Ca. Alameda, regarding: Barbara Baker
The police chief of Berkeley Ca.s wife. In 1969. They were my neighbor across the street, John Baker police chief of Berkeley, California had Bloodhounds & random aggressive Geese.
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04.1968
James Moss
01.11.22, Courtney W., Franklin, oh., regarding: James Moss April 1968, Hospital called family in Illinois to say he was fighting for his life, his car ran out of gas on the Golden Gate Bridge. He passed April 6, 1969.
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1965 or 1966
Walter Weeks
03.30.19, Harriet K., Oakland, CA.
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01.11.65: full article
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12.03.61
Francis Patrick Kennedy, 20
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Mid 1960
07.26.20, Mark, Boulder Colorado, regarding: Mid 1960, I witnessed a person jumping to their death from below the bridge. I was at the Fort Point walkway outside the fort looking up. The sight and sound of that very few seconds has stayed with me, like it just happened moments ago. All I know is from the paper is a woman jumped that day. To this day 2020 I wish I knew her name and could have talked to her and maybe she could have found help. Rest In Peace, I have prayed for you since that day. ❤️
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01.29.57
James Donald Ross
08.24.20, Margaret G., Berkeley, CA, S.F. News, Wed Jan 30, 1957 reads:
Cab Driver Leaps From Gate Span: A 54-year-old cab driver leaped to his death last night from the Golden Gate Bridge. He was the 166th known suicide from the span.
The Coast Guard recovered the body of James D. Ross, of 1325 Pine-st, just 12 minutes after a highway patrolman flashed word that a motorist had seen a man go over the side.
Ross left no notes, but his mother, Mrs. Caroline Ross, 87, said he had been worried about losing his job.
He was my great uncle.
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1954
Hugh Frasher Cunningham
10.02.18, anon, jumped off the golden gate bridge He was my grandfather 1954 i think is when he jumped.
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02.06.48: full article
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07.24.45: full article
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1941-ish, female
Madera Wells
10.21.21, Sathya K., Redondo beach, CA., regarding: Great-Grandmother, Madera Wells, 1941-ish
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02.17.37: full article
 
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