10 of History’s Most Bizarre Suicides

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The majority of us cling to life with every ounce of strength we have. After all, it’s tough to think about your own end since we don’t know if death is simply “lights out” or if there is something more. For some unfortunate souls, life’s journey brings them to a place that’s so unbearable that they no longer want to deal with it.

There are probably thousands of ways one can kill oneself and a variety of methods have employed for just that purpose. Here are a few that stood out from the crowd.

1. Driving While Headless

In an elaborate plan to get back at his ex-wife, 54-year-old Gerald Mellin used a tree, a length of rope and his Aston Martin convertible sports car. The well-to-do U.K. businessman grew increasingly angry after his 33-year-old wife left him, even showing her the rope he planned to use to kill himself. His master plan involved tying one end of the rope around a tree and the other end around his neck. He then got into his car – with the convertible top down for maximum shock value – and sped onto a busy road. Numerous other drivers witnessed his decapitation. Prior to his suicide, Mellin cancelled his life insurance policies and ran up an impressive amount of debt.

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