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  1. Christine Chubbuck - Wikipedia

    Christine Chubbuck (August 24, 1944 – July 15, 1974) was an American television news reporter who worked for WTOG and WXLT-TV in Sarasota, Florida. She was the first person to commit suicide on a live television broadcast.

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    On July 15, 1974, Christine Chubbuck arrived at WXLT-TV to do her community affairs talk show, Suncoast Digest. She told coworkers that she needed to read a news report before starting the series. Something that she had never done before, but they allowed it. Chubbuck read three national news stories and a local one. When video for the local didn’t play, however, she calmly sat behind the desk and said, “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first—an attempted suicide.” Chubbuck then pulled a .38 caliber revolver out of her bag, placed it at the base of her skull, and pulled the trigger. Suncoast Digestwasn’t a huge show, but hundreds of viewers did witness the event. Many called either the police or the station to report what happened. Chubbuck also had a full script of the show for whoever took over after she shot herself. She also wrote an “update” for her condition, saying that her cond...

    Chubbuck was severely depressed and had suicidal tendencies, which she talked with her family about. Up until several weeks before her death, Chubbuck was seeing a psychiatrist. Her mother didn’t tell her job because she felt like Chubbuck would be fired. According to co-workers and family members, Chubbuck lamented the lack of close relationships in her life and that she was still a virgin in her late 20s. Chubbuck also had an ovary removed and was told she only had a couple years to conceive if she wanted children. A 1974 article in The Washington Postsaid that Chubbuck was also dealing with an unrequited crush on co-worker George Peter Ryan, who was romantically involved with sports reporter Andrea Kirby. Kirby was the co-worker closest to Chubbuck. Between Kirby and Ryan’s relationship along with Kirby’s new job in Baltimore, Chubbuck sunk further into depression. She was just socially awkward and had a hard time connecting with the people around her. Chubbuck also felt like her...

    Chubbuck was cremated and ashes were scattered into the Gulf of Mexico. 120 people attended the service where Presbyterian minister Thomas Beason said in a eulogy, “We suffer at our sense of loss, we are frightened by her rage, we are guilty in the face of her rejection, we are hurt by her choice of isolation and we are confused by her message.” Chubbuck’s parents and eldest brother have died. Her sole surviving closest family member Greg has only talked about his sister’s death a few times. With the two 2016 movies Christine and Kate Plays Christine, he worried about them not focusing on the positive qualities of his sister, who did puppet shows for intellectual disabilities, and loved her family. Greg Chubbuck said in 2016, “My family adored my sister. She was an interesting, gifted, flawed person.”

    Since Chubbuck’s death was filmed, then you’re probably a little curious about what happened to the tape. There are a couple of stories about what happened to the footage of Chubbuck’s suicide. Apparently, it has become something of a “holy grail” for people who want to watch that sort of thing. In the documentary, Kate Plays Christineformer WXLT weatherman Steve Newman recalled, “There is only one copy of that videotape for that last day that exists. Nobody copied it.” Sally Quinn, who wrote the 1974 profile on Chubbuck for The Washington Post, reportedly watched it. Newman said that the station’s owner Robert Nelson kept the tape, which passed onto his widow Mollie. It’s rumored that she handed it over to an unnamed law firm for safekeeping Greg Chubbuck, however, said that the Chubbuck family was given the tape by authorities. He doesn’t know where it is and swears that, so long as he’s alive, it will never see the light of day. — If you’re obsessed with the most insane true crim...

  2. Why did reporter Christine Chubbuck shoot herself live on air?

    On the morning of July 15, 1974, Christine Chubbuck, a 29-year-old television presenter, arrived at Channel 40, the local Florida TV station where she worked. “She was in extraordinary good...

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  3. Christine Chubbuck Biography - Facts, Childhood, Family Life ...

    Christine Chubbuck was born in Hudson, Ohio, US, on August 24, 1944, to Margaretha D. “Peg” and George Fairbanks Chubbuck. She was very close to her parents and family. She also had an elder brother, Timothy, and a younger brother, Greg. After her parents’ divorce, she mostly stayed with her mother and Greg.

  4. The Christine Chubbuck tape (lost on-air suicide footage ...
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    Chubbuck originally worked at WXLT-TV (Channel 40, now WWSB, a small market channel and ABC affiliate in south-west Florida which, up until relatively recently, only served three counties) as an evening news reporter, later moving on to host a morning community affairs talk show titled Suncoast Digest.In the lead-up to her suicide, Chubbuck (who was known to detest what she referred to as \\"blood and guts\\" reporting, i.e., sensationalised violence over legitimate journalism) had volunteered to...

    July 15 began much like any other day, until Chubbuck (who was noticeably more enthusiastic and cheerful than usual) declared, just before Suncoast Digest was due to go on air, that she needed to read a newscast beforehand, confusing co-workers (as this was something she had never done before).Oblivious to her real intentions, the audience casually watched her read the newscast for eight minutes, as she covered three national stories. When she got to the fourth story (i.e., that of a shooting...

    As the broadcast took place in 1974, it's possible - though highly unlikely - that the suicide could've been recorded by a home viewer, as several primitive VCRs had been made commercially available by that time, such as the U-matic, one of the first home video recorders. However, due to the high cost of the unit, it was incredibly rare for a 1974 household to possess one.Until some form of hard evidence surfaces indicating that an additional copy still exists somewhere (or proof that the ori...

    1. Christine Chubbuck segment from an episode of E!'s Boulevard of Broken Dreams, via YouTube; 26 Feb 2007. Last Retrieved 14 Jul '19 2. An extensive collection of newspaper articles and documentation on the incident, via Flickr. Last Retrieved 08 Oct '14

  5. Christine Chubbuck(REAL VIDEO) - YouTube

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  6. Brother of Christine Chubbuck Says No One Will Ever Find Tape ...

    Feb 11, 2016 · Christine Chubbuck grew up in the upscale Ohio suburb of Harbor with her parents, George and Peg, and two brothers, older brother Tim and younger brother Greg. The only daughter of a high-end...

  7. Christine Chubbuck was a news anchor who committed suicide live on air in July of 1974. Of course, this was witnessed by thousands, but no known copies of the footage have ever surfaced until now.

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  8. 8 Live Deaths Caught By Unsuspecting TV Cameras

    Oct 17, 2017 · As Sarasota, Florida newswoman Christine Chubbuck sat at her anchor desk on July 15, 1974, she said into the camera, “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first—an attempted suicide.”

  9. - Christine Chubbuck suicide footage

    5 Christine Chubbuck suicide footage Rare. In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first: attempted suicide