Martin Manley committed suicide on Thursday, August 15, his 60th birthday, shooting himself in the head in the parking lot of a Kansas City police station.
Manley, a former Kansas City Star sports reporter, left behind a website, set to publish after his death, documenting his life – everything from his childhood, right up to his decision to kill himself.
It’s quite a read.
“I always thought I might commit suicide someday. When I considered the options of living to be old and all the negatives associated with that alternative, I knew there was no way on earth I was going to allow myself to deal with such an intolerable situation. In order to guarantee that I avoided it, I also knew that I had to commit the act before I was incapacitated and unable to carry it out.”
In the “Suicide – How 2” section he goes through his options, including poisons, and why he settled on a bullet to the head. I’m guessing that part will rub some people the wrong way.
My reaction runs from fascination (What an unusual idea!) and admiration (Well, he certainly picked a project and saw it through!) to contempt (Why would anyone throw away their one life?).
Update: Yahoo took down the site , because they are assholes. Regardless of you feel about it, this guy devoted his life and death to this project and he worked really hard on it. The least you could do is have some respect and let it be. Manley’s sister is trying to get it back up.