The Banker Body Count Continues

Back when I thought up the title for Bob’s second post on the mysteriously dying bankers, I was overly generous by saying that there were five deaths in a month. As we reported, the deaths started on Sunday, January 26. So we are still within the time span of the month.

And yes, we have another death.

From Zero Hedge: “Second JPMorgan Banker Jumps To His Death: Said To Be 33 Year Old Hong Kong FX Trader.”

The banker suicide wave that started in late January has now become an epidemic, and it seems to be focusing on one bank: JP Morgan.

After the first suicide that took place in JPM’s London headquarters [9], ending the life of 39 year old Gabriel Magee, a vice president in the investment bank’s technology department, next it was 37 year old Ryan Crane [10], an executive director in the firm’s program trading division, who died under still unknown circumstances.

Moments ago a third JPMorgan banker committed suicide, this time at the JPMorgan Charter House Asia headquarters in central Hong Kong, where a 33 year old man who was said to have been an FX trader for JPM, just jumped to his death.

Not much is known yet about the circumstances of the suicide, however according to early reports [11], the man was 33-years-old, surnamed Lee, and believed to be a forex trader for JP Morgan.

Commuters noticed the man at the top of Chater House around 2pm to 3pm in the afternoon and called the police but policemen who arrived at the scene failed to convince the man not to jump. The deceased was sent to the hospital immediately but was pronounced dead on arrival.

So now we have six deaths in a single month and we still have time, if need be to raise the number. Zero Hedge offers some speculation about this. You can decide for yourself. At this point, I’m just watching and waiting for the next shoe to fall.

Or body.