A female banker allegedly jumped to her death in France this week, bringing the number of recent deaths in the banking industry, most of them suicides, to a record 14.
The woman, whose first name is Lydia-- no last name has been released-- was an employee of the Bred-Banque Populaire. According to the Le Parisien, the 52-year-old woman jumped from the 14th floor of the bank’s headquarters in Paris Tuesday around 10 a.m.
Lydia reportedly jumped to her death after an argument with upper management. A police investigation is underway and employees are being offered medical help for the shock. No other information is available at this time.
Since January of this year, 13 other bankers have reportedly taken their lives or died under suspicious circumstances. This amount of deaths, including suicides among bankers is highly unusual and the mystery surrounding them have understandably unleashed an avalanche of conspiracy theories online-though the main stream media is mum on the issue.
Some of these deaths are extremely strange—like the banker who died from as much as 10 nails embedded in his skull from a nail gun. Another was found hanging in his apartment.
Then there was former National Bank of Commerce CEO James Stuart Jr. of Scottsdale, Ariz., who was found dead on the morning of Feb. 19.
The Intellihub News website has painstakingly listed 9 of the bankers who died mysteriously or committed suicide and say they are keeping a close eye on the death toll. Visit them to read the details.
The first death on Jan. 26, was 58 year old William Broeksmit, a former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG. He was reportedly found dead in his home after an apparent suicide in South Kensington in central London.
The second was 51 year old Karl Slym, Tata Motors managing director who was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27th.
The third was 39-year-old Gabriel Magee, a JP Morgan employee, who died after falling from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London January 27th.
I am no conspiracy theorist but why are so many bankers dying? Is another doomsday looming? Is the stress of still juggling massive complex, questionable derivatives or balancing borderline fraudulent deals like those that sent the U.S. and the parts of the globe into financial freefall--responsible?
Or is something even more sinister at play: is it murder made to look like suicide? I love a good mystery and some of my favorite novels are by, , and yes that's an eclectic mix but so am I.
However, this is not fiction, though sometimes life can imitate and even out-perform art in the macabre, bizarre and diabolical department.