tibor’s suicide note
I am very sorry to cause some unavoidable in – convenience. I have decided to end my life and have taken an overdose of sleeping tablets. The reasons do not matter,
The coroner might be interested in them.
but you will understand that nobody would take such a decision lightly. There was no other way out.
No other way out of what, exactly?
I suppose the formalities will be fairly simple, and I would like to ask you, as far as it rests with you, to see that the following arrangements are observed.
The statutory formalities of dealing with a suicide are not ‘fairly simple.’ The police have to investigate, interview witnesses, take possession of all the relevant material, log them, list them, store them, store the body, prepare a brief for the inquest and then sit it out. Then there is the post-mortem, and keeping the body cool in the interim.
I should like to leave my body to the University for research or teaching purposes. If this is not possible I should like to be cremated without any ceremony. I leave my belongings to the Red Cross if something is left after payment of expenses.
What University would accept the poisoned remains of a man who took his own life?
What coroner would accede to a request to be cremated?
What policeman would offer items from his lock-up to a charity.
No notifications are necessary as I have no relatives and have informed a friend in London myself.
How? By letter, telegram, cable, transmittter? And why London? He had been in Australia for many years, was he friendless?
I should be particularly grateful if you could prevent the incident getting in to the press as far as this is possible.
Who had the power to prevent witnesses talking to the press, or police, or the coroner?
I am enclosing one pound for my hotel expenses and 10/- sh for distribution to the chambermaid and others to whom I may cause inconvenience.
How is this unauthorised distribution of his estate legal?
I think this uncovers about everything.
Once more sincere apologies for the unpleasantness and best?
thanks for the trouble you are taking.
P.S. If you want to take any of my things
you are quite welcome. There is an inventory
of clothing articles in the bigger suitcase
Kaldor had been in Australia for many years, he knew the drill, and the South Australian Police weren’t the Stasi, they didn’t have a help yourself policy.