And The “Banker” Body Count Keeps Climbing

Technically, he was a trader for Vertical Group in Midtown Manhattan—which may not be exactly the same as a banker.

From the New York Post:

A Manhattan trader was killed Tuesday morning by a speeding Long Island Rail Road commuter train, marking at least the seventh suicide of a financial professional this year.

Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, 47, a trader at Midtown’s Vertical Group, jumped in front of an LIRR train at 6 a.m. near the Syosset train station.

He was declared dead at the scene.

At least the seventh?

As we have mentioned earlier, there have been quite a number of mysterious deaths of people in the financial industry. By Paul Joseph Watson’s count there have been at least nine in the last seven weeks. The Daily Mail puts the total at eleven dead.

Here is their account of the other ten:

There have been a spate of suicides amongst financial services employees since the beginning of 2014. They’ve occurred in London, the U.S. and Hong Kong. 

1 William Broeksmit, a 58-year-old former senior executive for Deutsche Bank AG, was found dead in at home after apparently taking his own life in South Kensington in central London, on January 26

2 Karl Slym, the 51 year old Tata Motors managing director was discovered dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27

3 Gabriel Magee, the 39-year-old JP Morgan employee, who died after plummeting from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London’s Canary Wharf on January 27

4 Mike Dueker, the 50-year-old chief economist of US bank Russell Investments was discovered dead near to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State on January 31

5 Richard Talley, the 57 year old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead on February 4 after apparently shooting himself with a nail gun.

6 Tim Dickenson, who was a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, died in late January, in as yet unexplained circumstances

7 Ryan Henry Crane, the 37 year old executive at JP Morgan died in an alleged suicide just a few weeks ago on February 3 at his home in Connecticut

8 Li Junjie, 33-year-old banker in Hong Kong jumped from the JP Morgan HQ in Hong Kong on February 19

9 James Stuart, the former National Bank of Commerce CEO was found dead in Scottsdale, Arizona on the morning of February 19. The cause of death has yet to be announced

10 Autumn Radtke, the CEO of First Meta, a digital currency exchange firm who was found dead on February 28 outside her Singapore apartment.

The death that disturbs me the most is the man who allegedly killed himself with a nail gun. I can’t even imagine. Of course, even if there is something up, Reilly or one of the others may not be part of it. Reilly was recently divorced so maybe this was a “normal” suicide for personal reasons. Coincidences do happen.

So what do we make of this? I haven’t seen anyone work with the statistics to show if the list is as odd as it seems, so I’m not sure how much weight to put on what has happened. And I’m not sure I want to be wrapping my head in any more tin foil by speculating on what could be happening. (Actually, I use a wet towel; everyone knows that tin foil only amplifies the signal.)

But I think this trend is worth following in case it leads somewhere.