First Death Caught On Camera

From the picture
From the picture, 28-year-old Marion Perloff can be seen about to leap to her death from the 11th floor of the Time and Life Building in New York City.

Over the years there have been so many shocking deaths caught live on television and accidentally broadcast to the public. In this article we take a look at the first death ever caught live on television cameras.

This shocking event happened on June 28, 1938. At that time television was obviously not very common as it is today. Only the extremely rich had the opportunity to own television sets in their homes.

Now, the incident in question was the suicide of a 28-year-old woman named Marion Perloff which occurred in New York City. Perloff’s suicide would have just been like any of the numerous suicides that year except for the fact that this suicide was captured live on camera. It’s worth noting that the numerous suicides that occurred around that period was because America was still battling with the Great Depression.

Anyway, reports have it that Ross Plaisted, who worked as a cameraman for NBC, was at the Rockefeller Center testing his camera and other equipment when he saw Perloff commit suicide by throwing herself down from the 11th floor of the Time and Life Building.

The shocked NBC cameraman could only start filming the woman’s suicide when she reached the sixth floor. He filmed her fall from that point all the way to final moment when she crashed heavily onto the ground.

The shocking footage was never broadcast on television but it ended up being one of the most reported stories that year considering its highly shocking nature and the fact that it was the first suicide caught live on a television camera.