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How hard would it be to write a suicide note?

How hard would it be to write a suicide note?

Some years ago a woman parked her car up by Minyon Falls, opened the door, got out and almost ran to the edge of the lookout precipice before taking the two second fall to the boulders below. She left no suicide note. There wasn’t time.

Tibor Kaldor settled into his Adelaide hotel room and composed a long suicide note outlining his thoughts and leaving instructions for his body’s disposal, not to mention disposition of the money he left for the unfortunate who was left to discover his body.

The Somerton Man’s suicide note was thought to have been the TS slip found in his pocket, but would those two foreign words have been enough for the woman whose immediate reaction to seeing his death mask was to almost collapse from shock? Would that have been all he left her: The End?

Tibor wrote his suicide note in an easy to understand freehand.

The Somerton Man only wanted one person to understand what he had written.

Verse 8.

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  1. Clive #

    Reading Tibor’s suicide letter, it’s hard to believe that anyone could write with such a steady hand and, in a matter-of-fact manner request how his body should be disposed of, which never happened, for some strange reason.

    October 15, 2021
    • Andy Baader #

      Is the inverse true of the code page? Who’d scrawl their last lines… their legacy… in such a chaotic, messy way?

      No way for a gentleman to bow out.

      October 15, 2021
      • There’s nothing chaotic about it.

        October 15, 2021
        • Andy Baader #

          The script is near indecipherable, to the extent that we could still happily argue about Ms and Ws while killing time, waiting for the DNA moonshot. The layout is uneven across what we assume to be “the page”. It features a crossing out.

          Does that look like a suicide note to you? Because it doesn’t to me.

          Search on suicide+notes and select ‘images’ to find some examples for reference. The majority appear to be carefully composed and neatly executed. Just like Tibor’s. Not like Keane’s.

          October 15, 2021
          • There’s an inverse saying that applies, Andy, in that you can’t see the tree for the forest.

            October 15, 2021
            • Andy Baader #

              You’re going to have to spell it out to us. Unlike Keano.

              October 15, 2021
  2. Nope. It’s mine to know and you to figure out.

    October 15, 2021
    • Andy Baader #

      Verse 8 by which numbering?

      There are two quatrains referencing Jamshyd and Kaikobad. In (some, at least) Fitzgerald renderings these are 8 and 9. In other editions they are 9 and 10.

      October 17, 2021
      • Andy, I’d like to think he came all the way to Adelaide to die on a specific date, just as I reckon the 4XA’s wasn’t just a long shot happenstance, that being so … and I’m joining plenty of dots here … my feeling is the A sequence (repeatedly) pointed to a particular verse by using a simple numeric/alpha code. But it couldn’t be that simple, could it? But I’ll keep trying it until someone buys it.

        October 17, 2021
        • Andy Baader #

          I read you. I’m not sure I’d call it “that simple”. But the first day of that Australian summer is tantalising, yes.

          October 18, 2021
          • I tried the proxy suicide note routine on Bob Forrest, noted Rubaiyat scholar, and he thought it was a huge leap of imagination. That’s a good thing, isn’t it?

            October 18, 2021
  3. Clive #

    And the 7th letter in Kaikobad is the letter ‘A’

    October 18, 2021

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