Example: [Collected via e-mail, November 2009]
Origins: "Last moment of life" photographs hold an especial fascination for many people, perhaps because they serve as chilling reminders of our own mortality yet also as reassuring notices that, whatever tragedies may have befallen others, those of
The image of an Eiffel Tower visitor about to take a deliberate plunge over the side of that famous landmark displayed above belongs in the former category: It's an entry (entitled "Paris Jumper") submitted to a 2003 Photoshop contest
Many people have indeed taken suicide plunges off the Eiffel Tower (a 1966 article placed the tally-to-date at 349 back then), but the installation of preventive barricades has made the practice more difficult in recent years.
Last updated: 4 October 2014
Sparks, Ian. "Teenager Jumps to Her Death from Eiffel Tower." Daily Mail. 27 June 2009. Time. "France: Jumping-Off Place." 9 September 1966.