1. Welcome to VegasMessageBoard
    It appears you are visiting our community as a guest.
    In order to view full-size images, participate in discussions, vote in polls, etc, you will need to Log in or Register.

Suicide at Riviera Liquidation sale

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by sammasseur, May 24, 2015.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. sammasseur

    sammasseur VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2009
    Messages:
    2,785
    Location:
    Salem Oregon
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    63
    I was there this morning when a woman jumped off one of the balconies during the Riviera sale. I had just been up there and could have passed her in the hallways. I saw the body on the ground near the pool. It was just awful. The police were there and had the body covered and they were preventing people from taking photos or going outside. I sat on the stairs outside trying to get my wits gathered before leaving, but never saw an ambulance arrive. Only two police cars, and neither of them had their lights flashing. It was very subdued and creepy/calm.

    Oddly, I haven't been able to find coverage in the news except for this article in Review Journal. Nothing that I've seen on the local news sites or Facebook pages. http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/woman-dies-after-jumping-tower-riviera
     
  2. Knucklehead69

    Knucklehead69 Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2013
    Messages:
    229
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    40
    That's horrible. I can't even imagine the anguish this poor woman was dealing with. Prayers to all involved.
     
  3. Piggylane

    Piggylane Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2013
    Messages:
    680
    Location:
    Quabbin Reservoir, MA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    159
    Sorry you had to go through this. Unfortunately it's an all to common occurrence in Las Vegas. I was at Luxor when someone took their life around 2001 or 2002. Happened while I was sleeping. Jumped from an upper floor. Never made the LVRJ either.

    I spent 25 years on my local Fire Department. Those who commit suicide are convinced it's the only way out or see it as a way to end their pain. It almost always creates more pain for their families left behind.
     
  4. UTE

    UTE Plastics

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2011
    Messages:
    1,699
    Location:
    Salt Lake/Las Vegas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    0
    I'd discuss the stats about suicide in depth, but it's a bit morbid for this forum. Suffice to say, it's much more common than people think it is. Most simply choose not to do it in such a spectacular way as the case at hand.

    Bill
     
  5. IWannaBeInVegas

    IWannaBeInVegas VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2002
    Messages:
    2,639
    Location:
    Between here and there
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    20
    When I was there in 2011 they had a suicide where someone jumped at the cosmo.
     
    Tentative Arrival
  6. caretaker77

    caretaker77 Tourist

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2014
    Messages:
    31
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    5
    So is this common in Las Vegas but under-reported because of the bad PR? Or is it so common it's not "newsworthy" at this point?
     
  7. NickPapageorgio

    NickPapageorgio OG of the Sal Sagev Hotel

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,508
    Location:
    Yuma, AZ
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    99
    No way has suicide in Vegas become so common that the news outlets yawn. It's common in Vegas and ultimately it gets reported. The LVRJ doesn't always report, but the AP and national media outlets take care of getting the story out....

    Guy jumps to his death at the Luxor? That's a hot story. Down and out gambler chooses to jump? Death sells.

    Nick:beer:
     
  8. NickPapageorgio

    NickPapageorgio OG of the Sal Sagev Hotel

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,508
    Location:
    Yuma, AZ
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    99
    Poor woman? We've all been there at some point in our lives. It's the delta where helplessness meets perseverance. Some folks don't want to continue on and others have mental illnesses. I feel for the family members, but to those that take the easy way out (outside of mental illness), it's cowardly and wrong.

    Nick:beer:
     
  9. UTE

    UTE Plastics

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2011
    Messages:
    1,699
    Location:
    Salt Lake/Las Vegas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    0
    Worst suicide in Las Vegas? That happened in 1967 at the Orbit Inn on Fremont and 7th Street (Downtown). A guy blew himself up with dynamite - taking out five other people with him.

    “We went over there. And all there was, was a big hole. No fire. It just blew it up.”
    - Sheriff Lamb

    Bill
     

    Attached Files:

  10. merlin

    merlin VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2009
    Messages:
    2,412
    Location:
    mn
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    40
    I know up here the papers wont print about accidents that are suicides, a friend of the inlaws killed himself by driving fast into a parked flatbed trailer and they were told the papers wont print the story, whereas other fatal traffic accidents are printed.
     
  11. lithium78

    lithium78 High-Roller

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2013
    Messages:
    899
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    4
    This is such a depressing thread. We all go to Vegas to enjoy ourselves and have a bit of fun, but there are so many people out there with addictions and mental illnesses who just can't handle themselves at all. I guess that's the real dark side of Vegas.
     
  12. salukidean

    salukidean Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2010
    Messages:
    448
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    50
    There's 2-3 suicides per day frequently on the strip. Most get no news coverage though. They just quietly get rid of the body and clean up the scene. It's a sad and unknown side of vegas....but if all of them got news coverage, it would be even more prevalent.
     
  13. NickPapageorgio

    NickPapageorgio OG of the Sal Sagev Hotel

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,508
    Location:
    Yuma, AZ
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    99
    98.77528231% of statistics are made up on the spot.

    Do you really believe what you quoted here? It's not remotely close to 2-3 per day or "frequently", as ambiguous as that term may be.

    Nick:beer:
     
  14. caretaker77

    caretaker77 Tourist

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2014
    Messages:
    31
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    5
    I would think this too. That's why it's weird when others were saying that they didn't see reports in the press.
     
  15. abraxis

    abraxis Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2013
    Messages:
    260
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    6
    At least around these parts, all the local news outlets (both TV and print) agree not to cover suicides unless there is something particularly newsworthy about the person or the circumstance. Makes sense to me.
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2015
  16. RockyBalboa

    RockyBalboa VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2010
    Messages:
    4,081
    Location:
    Houston by way of Philadelphia
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    12
    Sorry you had to see that and God Bless her family. Mental illness is a real problem and the anguish that those who have it is real.

    I did read something in a Vegas book once, can't recall which one, that mentioned the local media will usually not report on suicides or issues that can be kept relatively on the down low. The hotels frown upon it because of bad publicity.
     
  17. salukidean

    salukidean Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2010
    Messages:
    448
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    50
    It's absolutely true. Talk to a 911 operator in Las Vegas if you don't believe me.

    There are some people that end up taking their own lifes here due to the effects of drugs, alcohol, or gambling losses. Others come to Las Vegas specifically to take their lifes here after one final fling..

    Many locals are aware of it, but it will never become a mainstream news story.
     
  18. bbbbcccc

    bbbbcccc Tourist

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2013
    Messages:
    11
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    2

    One recent year there were 46 out of towners valley wide. That is not just the strip, but is still less than one a week. Which is no where close to 2-3 a day.

    http://www.8newsnow.com/story/27698550/las-vegas-has-highest-suicide-rate-in-nation
     
  19. merlin

    merlin VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2009
    Messages:
    2,412
    Location:
    mn
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    40
    Out of towners prob wouldn't be as quick to kill themselves(you only bring and have access to so much cash), locals who have destroyed their lives would likely be more common.
     
  20. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    6,840
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    50
    I am a bit skeptical also. Just based on the size of Las Vegas and the national suicide rate, there should be somewhere between 90 and 120 suicides a year in Las Vegas. It would not surprise me that the vegas rate is higher than the national average, but 2-3 suicides per day is six to nine times the national average! That's a gigantic variance
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.