Manhattan Seppuku

September 20th, 2005 | researchmaterial

“Mister Schrathe” is the blog of a New York police officer:

I was called to my first suicide of the semester… a white American kid who committed Seppuku. He apparently tried twice to get the daito up under his abdomen but I imagine the pain response was too much for him. He finally placed the blade under his sternum and simply leaned forward on it. I spent a great deal of time explaining to the detectives what this all looked to be. He even went so far as to write a haiku suicide note. The concept of a Haiku was like explaining binary molecular compounds to (my rabbit)….but eventually it sunk in.

I have to admit I never thought I’d see a ritual suicide…


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