Ward suicide, New York, 1938.
John William Ward, a twenty-six-year-old New Yorker, committed suicide on July 26, 1938. He jumped from the eaves of the window on the seventeenth floor of the hotel Gotham, located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 55 streets in Manhattan. 11 hours of hesitation of a young man kept in suspense three hundred New York policemen - they were afraid to make an extra move.
Hundreds of police, firefighters and volunteers tried to prevent suicide. The hotel’s administration called the psychiatrist J. Presner to persuade Ward, who was suspected of having clinical depression. The psychiatrist dissolved the tablets in the water, which was suicidal, but it did not help.
Policeman Charles Glasco tried to persuade Ward not to jump for hours.They talked about baseball, table tennis and picnics, and other subjects. Glascoe removed his uniform, badge and holster with a pistol, and pretended to be a hotel porter who would lose his job if John jumped. Glascoe almost convinced Ward to climb back, but a certain photographer ran into the room (no one knows how he got into it) and tried to take a picture. As a result, Ward jumped off. Glasso was not just upset, he was furious: if it were not for the photographer, Ward most likely would not have jumped. During a long conversation with Glasco, Ward told him a secret, which Glasco never disclosed, as Ward had promised. It is unknown what that secret was, and whether he had anything to do with Ward's suicide.
Ward jumped off at 10:38, when he fell, he broke his glass canopy over the entrance to the hotel and fell on the boulevard. The fall of Ward was observed by 10,000 people gathered at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street. Before the last step of Ward, the crowd shouted: "Now jump!", And at the time of the fall there was silence ...
The case was widely discussed and new rules for the preservation of the crime scene were adopted, and the circle of persons clearly definedeligible to contact in similar situations from 1939. In the late 1940s, special negotiators appeared in the police, while from the rescue services (such as 911).