Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful and most photographed structures in the world. It is also the most deadly. Since it opened in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge has been the site of more than 1,700 confirmed suicides and many others that haven't been confirmed. Unlike the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, St. Peter's Basilica, and other one-time suicide magnets, the Golden Gate Bridge is the only major international landmark without a suicide barrier.
Weaving drama, tragedy, and politics against the backdrop of a world-famous city, The Final Leap is the first book ever written about Golden Gate Bridge suicides. It uncovers the reasons for the design decision that has led to so many deaths, provides insight into the phenomenon of suicide, and examines arguments for and against a suicide barrier. It includes stories of those who have died, the few who have survived, and the many who have been affected—loving families, witnesses, mental health professionals, Bridge Patrol officers who try to talk people down, Coast Guard crews who retrieve the bodies, the coroner who does the autopsies, and others. No one who reads this book will look at the world's largest Art Deco sculpture—the Golden Gate Bridge—the same way again.
© 2015 John Bateson. Information on this website is from my book The Final Leap: Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge, published in 2012 by the University of California Press.