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Rober­to Calvi’s Corpse: Was “God’s Banker” set­ting a trend?

Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [2] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

COMMENT: “Par­ticipo” alerts us to an arti­cle from The New York Post [3] updat­ing the mor­tal­i­ty rate [4] in the finan­cial indus­try. Although the Post–once a very good news­pa­per, now a Mur­doch sheet–spins the sto­ry in a snide sort of way, it is more than a lit­tle inter­est­ing to see the stun­ning casu­al­ty rate in the finan­cial indus­try.

These deaths are occur­ring as numer­ous inves­ti­ga­tions are under­way into var­i­ous kinds of malfea­sance in the glob­al finan­cial sec­tor, manip­u­la­tion of the for­eign exchange rate, in par­tic­u­lar.

We notice that Richard Tal­ley [5] was omit­ted from the list. Tal­ley, you will recall, alleged­ly killed him­self with sev­en or eight shots from a nail gun in the head and tor­so. 

Per­haps the edi­tors felt that not even “Mur­dochi­ans” would buy that one. Or, per­haps, the inves­ti­ga­tion into Tal­ley’s death was reclas­si­fied as a homi­cide case.

Long live the Repub­lic!

UPDATE: “Pter­rafractyl” con­tributes the death of yet anoth­er JP Mor­gan exec­u­tive [6].

“String of Sui­cides Rock­ing Finan­cial World Baf­fles Experts” by Michael Gray; New York Post; 3/18/2014. [3]

EXCERPT: The finan­cial world has been rat­tled by a rash of appar­ent sui­cides, with some of the best and bright­est among the finance work­ers who have tak­en their lives since the start of the year.

A major­ity of the eight sui­cides of 2014 have been very pub­lic demon­stra­tions, which has sui­cide-pre­ven­tion experts puz­zled.

“Jump­ing is much less com­mon as a method for sui­cide in gen­eral, so I am struck by the num­ber that have occurred in recent months in this indus­try,” said Dr. Chris­tine Mouti­er, chief med­ical offi­cer of the Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion for Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion.

Mouti­er also dis­counts the loca­tion of the act as being the dri­ver behind the rea­son for the sui­cide.

“The sui­cide-research lit­er­a­ture doesn’t help very much with the ques­tion of why the method of these sui­cides is so out in the open,” she added.

MARCH 12: Ken­neth Bel­lando, 28, an invest­ment banker at Levy Cap­i­tal, was found dead on the side­walk out­side his build­ing on Manhattan’s East Side, after alleged­ly jump­ing from the sixth-sto­ry roof, sources said.

MARCH 11: Edmund (Eddie) Reil­ly, 47, a trad­er at Midtown’s Ver­ti­cal Group, jumped in front of an LIRR train near the Syos­set, NY, train sta­tion.

FEB. 28:  Autumn Radtke, CEO of First Meta, a cyber-cur­ren­cy exchange firm, was found dead out­side her Sin­ga­pore apart­ment. The 28-year-old Amer­i­can jumped from a 25-sto­ry build­ing, author­i­ties said.

FEB. 18: Li Jun­jie, a 33-year-old JPMor­gan finance pro, leaped to his death from the roof of the company’s 30-sto­ry Hong Kong office tow­er, author­i­ties said.

FEB. 3: Ryan Hen­ry Crane, 37, a JPMor­gan exec­u­tive direc­tor who worked in New York, was found dead inside his Stam­ford, Conn., home. A cause of death in Crane’s case has yet to be deter­mined as author­i­ties await a tox­i­col­ogy report, a spokesper­son for the Stam­ford Police Depart­ment said.

JAN. 31: Mike Duek­er, 50, chief econ­o­mist at Rus­sell Invest­ments and a for­mer Fed­eral Reserve bank econ­o­mist, was found dead at the side of a road that leads to the Taco­ma Nar­rows Bridge in Wash­ing­ton state after jump­ing a fence and falling down an embank­ment, accord­ing to the Pierce Coun­ty Sheriff’s Depart­ment.

JAN. 28: Gabriel Magee, 39, a vice pres­i­dent with JPMorgan’s cor­po­rate and invest­ment bank tech­nol­ogy arm in the UK, jumped to his death from the roof of the bank’s 33-sto­ry Canary Wharf tow­er in Lon­don.

JAN. 26: William Broeksmit, 58, a for­mer senior risk man­ager at Deutsche Bank, was found hanged in a house in South Kens­ing­ton, accord­ing to Lon­don police.

“Vet­eran Cyclist Killed by Mini­van Knew the Dan­gers All Too Well” by Bill Bush; The Colum­bus Dis­patch; 3/24/2014. [6]

EXCERPT: About a decade ago, Jeff Stephens was bicy­cling shoul­der-to-shoul­der with Joseph A. Giampa­pa when the two wit­nessed anoth­er cyclist get fatal­ly struck by a car right in front of them.

“It was sort of a bond that we had, and I would say it’s a bur­den that we car­ried,” Stephens said yes­ter­day. “We were in very close con­tact for months after that sit­u­a­tion.”

On Sat­ur­day, Stephens, of Wor­thing­ton, got a phone call from the scene of anoth­er acci­dent — this time, it was Giampa­pa who had been struck by a mini­van and killed while bicy­cling [6] north of Troy.

Giampa­pa, 56, of the North­west Side, was an accom­plished long-dis­tance cyclist and cor­po­rate attor­ney for JPMor­gan Chase in Colum­bus. He was a long­time res­i­dent of Vic­to­rian Vil­lage who had moved with his wife, Thel­ma, into a con­do­minium near Dublin about two years ago.

He was able to ride his bike thou­sands of miles in short peri­ods of time and cov­ered some of the most dif­fi­cult ter­rain in bik­ing, includ­ing the same Alpine routes used in the Tour de France, his friends said yes­ter­day.

“He rode many of the famous climbs in the Alps” in both France and Italy, said Greg DuBois, 59, of Wor­thing­ton, who had trav­eled with Giampa­pa on his excur­sions.

“He could just ride phe­nom­e­nal dis­tances with­out stop­ping and with­out get­ting tired.”


Giampa­pa was bik­ing north on Troy-Sid­ney Road, near Loy Road, out­side of Piqua just after 11 a.m. Sat­ur­day when a mini­van struck him from behind, Mia­mi Coun­ty Deputy Todd Ten­nant said. Giampa­pa was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

The mini­van dri­ver, Thomas G. Davis, 78, was at fault, Ten­nant said, but charges haven’t been filed.

Ten­nant said charges are pend­ing the out­come of a blood tox­i­col­ogy test. But it didn’t appear as though Davis was intox­i­cated, he added. All of the evi­dence even­tu­ally will be giv­en to a grand jury, Ten­nant said, but pos­si­bly not until May, depend­ing on how long it takes for the blood sam­ples to be processed.

Giampapa’s friends were at a loss about why he was hit.

“It wasn’t a blind turn,” said David Rod­er­ick of Athens, who helped orga­nize the 200-kilo­me­ter (124.3‑mile) event from Spring­field to Quin­cy to Troy and back that Giampa­pa was par­tic­i­pat­ing in.

“It wasn’t on a hill,” Rod­er­ick said. “You could see rid­ers for a very long dis­tance.”