Some men and women who tragically feel the need to take their own lives leave a letter. Some don’t. Seemingly all show some form or another of frantic, panicked or fearful lifestyle towards the end.
What makes the suicide of Martin Manley so harrowing (or comforting) then may be the fact that it looks like it took months to plan.
His website is a sprawling collection of explanations, apologies to loved ones, memoirs of his time as a sports statistics expert (Manley contributed to the Kansas City Star and invented an official NBA statistic known as the “Efficiency Rating”) and simply life lessons and travels.
It is terribly, terribly lonesome. Terribly sad. But it was his choice: From the choice of the day he would take his own life (his 60th birthday), to the record of how he will be remembered, absolutely everything was his decision. The excerpt below explains as much:
The major reasons adults commit suicide – health, legal, financial, loss of loved ones, loneliness or depression… none of those issues are relevant to me and, for the most part of my life, have never been.
I decided I wanted to have one of the most organized good-byes in recorded history and I think I will be successful. The key has always been to do it before it becomes impossible to accomplish what I’m doing now – because then it’s too late and I would simply be along for the ride to the inevitable cliff. And, that has always been an unacceptable conclusion to my life. I became convinced that had I waited even another few years, I would never have been able to produce this site.
So, I created MartinManleyLifeAndDeath.com which is prepaid for five years, as is SportsInReview.com. Whether it gets extended beyond that is up to others. Five years is as long as Yahoo would let me pay in advance.