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  • Bryan

    This is an interesting list. I don’t think it counts as a defenestration, but the death of Garry Hoy is pretty unique. He was a lawyer for the law firm of Holden Day Wilson in Toronto and in 1993 he was attempting to prove to a group of his partners that the glass in the Toronto-Dominion Centre was unbreakable, he threw himself against the glass and it gave way. Gary fell to his death from the 24th story. I think being killed by defenestration would be a brutal way to die.

    • Brandt

      Yeah, Garry Hoy's story is pretty crazy! Technically, it does count as defenestration; I just didn't use it for this list. Anything falling out of a window – intentional or not – can be referred to as defenestration.

      I actually used Hoy's story for a different list of mine that hasn't been published yet.

      • Mike Z I think has an article about this because this is the basis of the Urban Legend making the rounds about the same exact event but the city, name, and law firm changes, usually to a more local locale.

  • Mike Z

    Suprised you didn't have Frank Olsen on the list… this is the first paragraph of what Wikipedia says, which summarizes what happened..

    Frank Olson (July 17, 1910 – November 28, 1953) was a U.S. Army biological warfare specialist employed at Ft. Detrick, MD, who was at first said to have taken his own life due to depression. Later it came out, in the 1970s, that he had been unwittingly given LSD at a joint meeting between CIA spies and US Army biowarfare experts, who cooperated on biological weapons and toxins and drugs under the umbrella of MKNAOMI and MKULTRA. This was said to have driven him to leap out of a hotel window ten days later. Further evidence pointed to the CIA having assassinated Frank Olson over fears that he would reveal the entire U.S. biological warfare program, as well as the chemical interrogation program, to the press.

    • Brandt

      Very interesting! Thanks for the heads up.

      • Rachael

        Yea, glad to see someone who knows a lot about history!

        • Mike Z

          Well I do watch a lot of the History channel, Nat Geo, Discovery channel, Tru tv and such. I remember watching something about LSD or the CIA experiments and the Frank Olsen case in the last couple weeks on one of those channels.

  • Equalizer

    Great Article. Very informative. Nice Job.

  • Dale

    You forgot wicked Queen Jezebel

    2 Kings 9:30-35 Jezebel Killed

    Then Jehu went to Jezreel. When Jezebel heard about it, she painted her eyes, arranged her hair and looked out of a window. As Jehu entered the gate, she asked, "Have you come in peace, Zimri, you murderer of your master?"

    He looked up at the window and called out, "Who is on my side? Who?" Two or three eunuchs looked down at him. "Throw her down!" Jehu said. So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered the wall and the horses as they trampled her underfoot.

    Jehu went in and ate and drank. "Take care of that cursed woman," he said, "and bury her, for she was a king's daughter." But when they went out to bury her, they found nothing except her skull, her feet and her hands.

  • Dale

    sorry I must have missed that one too bad I can't delete my comment 🙁