This powerful photograph taken by Robert C. Wills was published as a full-page image in the May 12, 1947 issue of Life magazine. It went with the caption: "Evelyn McHale's body rests peacefully in strange beer at the bottom of the Empire State Building, her fallen body hitting the top of a car".
Evelyn McHale is probably the most famous Empire State Building suicide victim. The young and beautiful Evelyn jumped from the 86th-floor observatory in 1947 and landed on the roof of a United Nations limousine parked across the street below.
Her calm elegant demeanor, her legs crossed at the ankles, the way the metal of the car folded like sheets and covered her head and arms - were probably the reasons that earned McHale's death the title of "The Most Beautiful Suicide". went. When he died, he was still wearing his pearl and white gloves.
She made her way to New York City where she worked as a bookkeeper and lived quietly with her brother and sister-in-law in Baldwin, Long Island.
She met her fiancée, Barry Rhodes, a Pennsylvania college student who had just discharged from the Air Force and was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Rhodes' younger brother.