The Martyr of the Solway - John Everett Millais, 1871
On May 1, 1947, Evelyn McHale leapt to her death from the observation deck of the Empire State Building. Photo: Robert Wiles. LIFE May 12, 1947
On May Day, just after leaving her fiancé, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale wrote a note. ‘He is much better off without me … I wouldn’t make a good wife for anybody’ She went to the observation platform of the Empire State Building. In her desperate determination she leaped clear of the setbacks and hit a United Nations limousine parked at the curb. Across the street photography student Robert Wiles heard an explosive crash. Just four minutes after Evelyn McHale’s death Wiles got this picture of death’s violence and its composure.
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