Suicide on TV

christine chubbuck

“If it bleeds, it leads.”

At 9:38 am on July 15, 1974, a news anchor of Florida TV WXLT-TV channels, when she was hosting Suncoast Digest, she  looked at camera lens and said “In keeping with Channel 40′s policy of bringing you the latest in ‘blood and guts’, and in living color, you are going to see another first—attempted suicide.” ,then she took a .38 pistol out of her handbag and shot at her head.

The anchor,Christine Chubbuck, had struggled with depression for many years. All tapes of the event have been destroyed.

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