We did a piece some time ago about several mysterious deaths (and one missing person) connected to finance-industry investigations, all within 18 days of each other:
Thanks to Facebook friend StarGazer, it seems we have more of these cases, many more in fact.
StarGazer has assembled a more complete list with links. Take a look:
1. ABC Verlag (greetings cards, not finance) — CEO Daniel Eicher — suicide, left two notes — week of 6/10/2013
2. Swisscom (telecom) – CEO Carsten Schloter, 49 — suicide, found hanging — 7/23/13
4. Zurich Insurance Group AG (insurance) — CFO Pierre Wauthier — suicide, found hanging, left two notes — 8/26/2013
5. Wall Street — hedge fund exec Robert Wilson, 87 — suicide, jumped from 16th floor — week of Dec 23, 2013. (He gave away $800 million prior to death.)
7. Swiss Re AG — U.K.–based communications director Tim Dickenson — cause not released — week of 1/19/2014
11. JPMorgan — equities trading executive Ryan Crane, 37 — no cause given — 2/3/14
12. American Title (insurance) — CEO Richard Talley, 57 — suicide by nail gun,7 or 8 self-inflicted wounds — 2/7/14
Feel free to click and read. Some of these are obviously suicides, or in the case of the intern (#3), a seizure. But several are at least suspicious, especially with the underlying company under investigation. For example, here’s what the linked news article says about Richard Talley (#12):
Richard M. Talley, 56, was found dead in his Greenwood Village garage Tuesday by a family member, the Denver Post reported. He had shot himself seven or eight times in the head and chest with a nail gun.
Really? All of the other aspects are reasonable; the company was “under investigation” and this is the CEO. But consider the method itself. A nail gun. If you start with the head, can you do the chest? And if you start with the chest, are you really able to do more, pull the trigger 6 or 7 more times?
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