I think the tales of Wall Street financiers plunging to their deaths in 1929 are probably well known.
From Random Facts - The Great Depression:
After the initial crash, there was a wave of suicides in the New York’s financial district.
It is said that the clerks of one hotel even started asking new guests if they needed a room for sleeping or jumping. 1
1. Feinstein, Stephen. 2006. The 1930s: From the Great Depression to the Wizard of Oz.
Revised Ed. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc.
But according to John Kenneth Galbraith's The Great Crash, 1929 this is a myth.
In the wake of Black Thursday London newspapers reported that ruined speculators were throwing themselves from windows, but Galbraith asserts there was no substance to these claims of widespread suicides.
- Was there a crash related wave of suicides in New York City?
- Was there a high(er) number of people plunging to their deaths?