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The Empire State Building Ghost

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The Empire State Building is a very easily recognized landmark in New York City. It earns its name from the nickname of the state; the Empire State. Due to its impressive height, many poor souls have attempted to commit suicide by leaping from the Empire State Building over the years.

Evelyn McHale, a 23-year-old woman, was one of these five suicides that happened in 1947. McHale lived with relatives in Long Island and was engaged to a college student. She spent her 23rd birthday with him, Barry Rhodes, staying through the night, the next morning she wrote a suicide note:

"I don't want anyone in or out of my family to see any part of me. Could you destroy my body by cremation? I beg of you and my family – don't have any service for me or remembrance for me. My fiance asked me to marry him in June. I don't think I would make a good wife for anybody. He is much better off without me. Tell my father, I have too many of my mother's tendencies.

McHale went to the Empire State Building where she placed her tan coat, black bag, and a collection of family photos, against the observation deck rail. At 10:40, she jumped, her expensive rose-colored dress flashed through the mist as she plummeted past office windows landing on a United Nations Cadillac limousine on 33rd street. Her white scarf floated down lazily behind her and fell onto the face of a policeman.

A photography student, Robert C. Wiley standing across the street, heard the crash and rushed across to take a picture. His photo was published in Life Magazine in 1947, and the body was dubbed, “the most beautiful suicide.”

Most agree this suicide resulted in a haunting. The ghost of a pretty young woman is seen on the Empire’s observation deck. Witnesses state that this ghost talked to them, expressing sadness, and then they saw her remove her coat and leap to her death through the barrier fence as if it wasn’t even there. Female witnesses have reported that after seeing her jump, they then were even more shocked later to see her again in the woman’s restroom looking in a mirror and touching up her make-up.

It appears this ghost is doomed to reenact her final moments over and over again.


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