Research supervisor, Bear Stearns

23 May 2008 – Fort Lee, N.J., U.S.A.

Fox was in great concern over his financial future, after his employer, troubled investment bank Bear Stearns announced its sale to J.P. Morgan Chase. May 1, he e-mailed a childhood friend saying: ‘I should know in a few days, or a week or two whether I’ll be going over to J.P. Morgan Chase. I have a chance but not a great chance – there are many applicants and few openings.’ On the morning of May 22, Fox received a call from a J.P. Morgan manager informing him that he would not be hired. Later that evening he took an overdose of prescription pills and laid down in bed. Waking up in the middle of the night, realising the pills were not effective enough, he decided to jump off his 29th-floor balcony. – The complete lexicon of crisis related suicides, Vol. I, 2008-2013, Richard Sluijs