Why Are Bankers Killing Themselves in Droves?

The idea that “mysterious deaths” circle around major events or people is central to the mythology of conspiracy theories. From the Clintons and Barack Obama to the JFK assassination and 9/11 to whistleblowing journalists and UFO researchers, those with their eyes opened believe the Globalist Controllers have the power to kill anyone, anywhere and make it look like an accident or suicide.

So when a cluster of bankers and major players in the financial industry died within a few weeks 2014, it raised eyebrows. Even more bizarre is that many of them worked for JP Morgan, are of similar ages and died by either unknown or self-inflicted causes.

Nine “banksters” all dying mysteriously and all within the same short span of time. What’s going on here? Are loose ends being tied up? Were they about to go public about something terrible? Is another economic crash around the corner or something even worse, like a financial reset, foreign currency scandal or total economic collapse? Did these poor souls know things they weren’t supposed to?

A graphic from InfoWars, as subtle and incorrect as always.

A graphic from InfoWars, as subtle and incorrect as always.

When examining these so called “death lists” it’s important not to mistake coincidence for conspiracy. It’s also important to get past the click-bait headlines and “just asking questions” ethos of websites in need of ad revenue.

Sure, “nine bankers mysteriously dying in a month” sounds weird and creepy. But every death that occurs for reasons other than natural causes is inherently “mysterious” until the reasons for why it happened are determined. So is there something else that explain this string of deaths, other than “they were taken out by the Powers That Be?”

Let’s take a look at the lists, and then we can go from there. In the last month, three JP Morgan employees died, all with different positions and in different cities. They are:

• Gabriel Magee, 39, vice president, corporate and investment bank technology, London, January 28, jumped off a building
• Ryan Henry Crane, 37, executive director, New York, February 3, unknown causes
• Li Junjie, 33, finance, Hong Kong, February 18, jumped off a building

Other sources then add a number of names to the list, anywhere between six and nine bankers who dies under “mysterious circumstances.” This is the list that’s most commonly being used on sites trying to make a connection between the deaths:

• David Bird, 55, Wall Street Journal writer covering OPEC, New Jersey, January 11, went missing on walk
• Tim Dickenson, age unknown, Communications director at Swiss Re AG, London, January 21, unknown causes
• William Broeksmit, 58, former senior risk manager at Deutsche Bank, London, January 26, suicide by hanging
• Karl Slym, 51, managing director of Tata Motors, Bangkok, January 27, death by jumping out window
• Mike Dueker, 50, chief economist at Russell Investments, Washington State, January 31, death by falling
• Richard Talley, 57, founder of American Title Services, Denver, February 4, shot himself with nail gun
• James Stuart, Jr., 70, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO, Scottsdale, February 19, unknown causes

Even just a cursory glance at the list turns the “nine dead banksters” narrative into a shambles. Two of the names, Bird and Slym, had nothing to do with banks or banking, working in journalism and the automotive industry. Two of the others, Broeksmit and Stuart, were retired and no longer working in the financial sector. Stuart was also 70, and it’s reasonable to think he passed away of natural causes (a cause of death hasn’t been released for several people on the “list.”)

Fox Business gets in on the panic

Fox Business gets in on the panic

Further, Dickenson worked in communications and presumably wasn’t involved with financial operations. Talley hadn’t worked in finance in decades, and his company was under investigation by Colorado state insurance regulators at the time of his death because of missing escrow funds. And while theorists point to Talley’s gruesome manner of suicide as some kind of clue that he was “taken out,” self-shooting by nail gun is actually not uncommon.

So through the smallest bit of research, our list of “nine dead bankers” has actually become “four dead bankers.” And believe it or not, this is simply not an unusually high number of deaths in the field of finance, even given the similar cause and short period of time.

JP Morgan is a huge company, employing over 250,000 people around the world. Three suicides over three weeks by those who work there is, sadly, a perfectly reasonable expectation given the size of the company, the stress and pressure of working with vast amounts of other people’s money and the long hours many upper-tier finance employees work. There’s no indication that the three knew each other, were involved in the same work or had any connection beyond working in the same massive corporation. The fact that they were all “bankers” is not even accurate, given that Magee actually worked in IT.

Furthermore, we know suicides are contagious, so to speak. For a variety of psychological and social factors, one high profile death often leads to copycat suicides. There’s no reason to think this wouldn’t be as true in the financial sector as it in in schools.

The suicides did send a shiver through banking centers, but not because of a vast conspiracy or the threat of Illuminati hoods tying up loose ends. It was a reminder of the fear that many finance employees live under. Fear of making a mistake, fear of losing their jobs, fear of making a bad deal or investment. It brought home the incredible scrutiny many live with, given the financial crisis, the massive amount of new regulations they deal with and their need to justify high salaries. And in the vicious, kill or be killed world of Wall Street, asking for help with the stress of your job can be seen as a sign that you don’t want it, or worse, that you can’t hack it.

People who are overworked, under intense pressure and feel unable to get help often take desperate actions. And sometimes, they take the most desperate action of all: taking their own life.

And that’s the real tragedy here. Not a non-existent economic collapse, FOREX scandal or Globalist Controller takeover. It’s the widowed wives and orphaned children. It’s the friends and colleagues who will never know why these suicides happened or what they could have done to prevent them. Yes, shockingly, even “banksters” have people who love them – and those people are left behind if they commit suicide.

In short, the “mystery” that surrounds this string of deaths is the same mystery that surrounds any death, especially one that’s self-inflicted.

About Mike Rothschild

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14 Responses to Why Are Bankers Killing Themselves in Droves?

  1. Shirley Rieven says:

    Thank you for this article.

  2. ask412 says:

    Appreciate the perspective and premise debunking ‘mythology of conspiracy’. Touching on the cause of stress and suicide creates a great conversation for a thread.

    “… brought home the incredible scrutiny many live with, given the financial crisis, the massive amount of new regulations they deal with and their need to justify high salaries. And in the vicious, kill or be killed world of Wall Street” Mike Rothschild

    Understanding the primary premise is profit for financiers, executive, stakeholders and shareholders ‘before’ corporate social responsibility [CSR] is a key point of discovery. Anyone who grasps fractional banking* knows there is an ethical issue with the culture’s business model.

    This business model is no conspiracy theory. However believing it is acceptable for banks to carry a small reserve^ of capital is difficult to grasp.

    The simple example of accepting a dollar deposit, then lending nine, a close an analogy for an overview. Creation of money on paper a reality many deny, because it breaks their rules, values and stage of personal development, because this is the very foundation of the banking pyramid.

    What is interesting is North American settlers risked a great deal to escape England’s banking culture and yet it still thrives over many hundreds of years later.

    Those inside discovering how predatory banking culture is have three overarching choices.

    1) Doing nothing, denying it contravenes their values and pushing forward.

    2) Acceptance, shifting their thinking, leaving the culture and evolving values.

    3) Acceptance, shifting their thinking by association to the next level and testing their predatory values.

    As once inside, the closer to the apex of the elite, the better anyone can operate with impunity by leveraging wealth and power to limit their personal liability. However failure to limit liability as the article points out is causing a rise in suicides within the culture.

    “… the “mystery” that surrounds this string of deaths is the same mystery that surrounds any death, especially one that’s self-inflicted.” Mike Rothschild

    ‘Self-inflicted’ is a great keyword. However, it projects responsibility away from the banking culture itself.

    Just how important that is ‘personally’ is based on how developed ‘our values’ are.

    Points of conversation are are:

    Do we accept that this is how banking works believing the values are acceptable?

    Is this pyramid of banking meritocracy an integral model benefiting our community?

    Should these national and transnational banking corporations be made to operate with a primary premise of CSR before profit?

    * basic overview of fractional banking reserve ;

    ^ “… Total capital must be at least 8% of total risk-weighted assets …”

  3. Edward Rothschild says:

    Is it not amazing that a simple look at facts will show that theories based on speculation and desire to find a conspiracy do not hold up.

  4. nwo alex jones says:

    mike Rothschild is only writing this story because he is part of the evil rothschilds family banking cartel hes NWO corporate big bankster shill

  5. Nabeel says:

    imo someone’s taking them out making it look like suicides.
    no one wants to pry into that (openly).
    remember The Star Chamber?

  6. Torchwood says:

    I worked in a bank. We were given frequent training in laws and rules that we were (silently) expected to ignore at the behest of a $$$customer or a bank officer, knowing that if there was a problem we’d get stomped, and if we did not acede to the request we’d get stomped.

    I don’t know why more bankers DON’T committ suicide.

  7. Virginia Padgett Jenkins says:

    American money, the U. S. Dollars will become like Confederate War Money of 1865 year Worthless .
    The American Dollar is going to be doomed this year 2014, this is inevitable.
    The Elite Powers of Financial money World that wants a One World Currency for their personal private gains !

  8. Yeah right, mr. Rothschild. The link is the reason and not the fact that there are suicides. The question is simply why are they being committed now rather then any other time period. Do not try to bring conspiracy concept into question since this is not the point.

    If you stick with the definition people conspire every-time even between friends. The word “conspiracy” now became a label used to dismiss further argumentation and/or investigation.

  9. Kate says:

    Sure. Co-incidence this little lot mr Rothschild

    May – Daniel Leaf senior manager at the Bank of Scotland/Saracen Fund Managers – FELL OFF A CLIFF

    May – Nigel Sharvin Senior Relationship Manager Ulster Bank manage portfolio of distressed businesses. – ACCIDENTAL DROWNING

    April – Lydia (no surname given) 52, France’s Bred-Banque-Populaire, SUICIDE

    April – Li Jianhua, 49, Non-bank Financial Institutions Supervision Department of the regulator HEART ATTACK

    April – Benedict Philippens, Director/Manager Bank Ans-Saint-Nicolas – SHOT

    April – Tanji Dewberry – Assistant Vice President, Credit Suisse – HOUSE FIRE

    April – Amir Kess, co-founder and managing director Markstone Capital Group private equity fund, CYCLIST HIT BY CAR

    April – Juergen Frick Bank Frick & Co. AG – SHOT

    April – Jan Peter Schmittmann former CEO of Dutch Bank ABN Amro (Possibly suicide. SHOT)

    April – Andrew Jarzyk – Assistant Vice President, Commercial Banking at PNC Financial Services Group MISSING/DEAD

    March -Mohamed Hamwi – System Analyst at Trepp, a financial data and analytics firm, SHOT

    March – Joseph Giampapa = JP Morgan – CYCLIST HIT BY MINIVAN

    March – Kenneth Bellandro, former JP Morgan, – SUICIDE

    Feb John Ruiz – Morgan Stanley Municipal Debt Analyst, died suddenly – no cause given

    Feb – Jason Alan Salais, Information Technology specialist at JPMorgan found dead outside a Walgreens pharmacy.

    FEB. –  Autumn Radtke, CEO of First Meta, a cyber-currency exchange firm, SUICIDE

    Feb – James Stuart Jr, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO, found dead

    Feb – Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, trader at Midtown’s Vertical Group -SUICIDE

    Li Junjie, JP Morgan .SUICIDE


    Feb – Richard Talley Unknown cause

    Jan – Gabriel Magee – SUICIDE

    Jan – William ‘Bill’ Broeksmit – HUNG/POSSIBLE SUICIDE


    Jan – Carl Slym – SUICIDE

    Jan Tim Dickenson – SUDDEN DEATH – CAUSE UNKNOWN

    Nov 2013 Patrick Sheehan CAR ACCIDENT

    Dec 2013 Robert Wilson, a retired hedge fund founder – apparent SUICIDE- leaped to his death from his 16th floor residence –

    Dec 2013 Joseph M. Ambrosio, age 34, Financial Analyst for J.P. Morgan – died suddenly from Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

    Dec 2013 Benjamin Idim CAR ACCIDENT

    Dec 2013 Susan Hewitt – Deutsche Bank – Accidental Drowning

    Nov 2013 Michael Anthony Turner, Career Banker – cause not confirmed

    Nov 2013 Venera Minakhmetova Former Financial Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch CYCLIST HIT BY LORRY

    Oct 2013 Michael Burdin, SUICIDE

    October 2013 Ezdehar Husainat – former JP Morgan banker killed in freak accident when her SUV crushed her to death

    Sept 2013 Guy Ratovondrahona -Madagascar central bank – Sudden death – cause not confirmed

    Aug, 2013 Pierre Wauthier, -SUICIDE

    Aug 2013 Moritz Erhardt -SUICIDE

    July 2013 Hussain Najadi CEO of merchant bank AIAK Group – SHOT

    July 2013 Carsten Schloter, SUICIDE

    July 2013 Sascha Schornstein – RBS in its commodity finance -MISSING

    April 2013 David William Waygood SUICIDE

    7 Mar 2013 – David Rossi -communications director of troubled Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) SUICIDE

    • The blog post covers a bunch of these already. As for the rest, again, like the blog says, banking is a high-pressure profession that drives some of the people in it to suicide.

      • Paul Denet says:

        The year’s almost over and more have been added to the list. Some of which have died under bizarre circumstances.

      • joe smith says:

        Yeah part of the rothchilds???not coincidence . I am sure you are well aware of the thieving rothchilds aka central bankers. Try again on libtards. I am sure they will buy your garbage

      • None says:

        There’s a long story behind the death of each of them. I like a guy who is an investment banker, and he’s a Rothschild unfortunately. We don’t want a lot of money, all we want is to live in peace. He resigned a couple of years ago and he’s still in their control, we can’t meet, can’t talk and whenever he gets chance he talks to me after months !!!! I feel pity for both of us, I could see the pain and helplessness from his face, his eyes tell the torment he’s living, I have been requesting him to be brave and not to commit suicide otherwise these human faced devils have been doing so much to drive him to commit suicide. :'(

  10. Anonymous says:

    I have real issues with around 38 dead bankers and some of there families. We are talking mega wealthy folk here, not some poor homeless down and out scrambling for their next meal.
    Something is very very wrong here people. This stinks.

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