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Detroit News, March 18, 1931. I’m trying to figure out when and why newspapers stopped reporting the suicides of ordinary private citizens. Tabloids used to be all about suicides: it’s not unusual to see 4 or 5 cases reported in a single issue. Today those deaths would only be reported if the circumstances were extraordinary (e.g. a murder-suicide) or the subject was famous. When the change came, was it just a matter of evolving standards of propriety? Or were newspapers suddenly taking the phenomenon of suicide contagion into account? Perhaps they were worried about the impact on their circulation.

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  1. […] Suicide Detroit Times, April 23, 1931. I think I’ve supported the assertion I made in an early post that the tabloids of this era were “all about suicide.” This item goes above and beyond […]

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