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Offline Pack93z  
#1 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 9:59:01 AM(UTC)
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Basically... and very apparently, this blogger/writer has been planning this for sometime... he took his own life on his 60th birthday.

This has happened.. and probably way to often.. however what is a somewhat mystery is that he constructed a website to share his life in vivid detail. His thoughts on a wide range of topic.. and he has protected it so it stays up.

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RELEASE OF RIGHTS
I, Martin Manley, being the creator and owner of all information on the site "MartinManleyLifeAndDeath.com", neither hold nor retain any claim or copyright on any part of this web-site. I do not grant these rights to any individual person or entity either in life or upon death. Rather I release all rights to this work - making it public domain. Anyone can do with it whatever they wish.


Even though it is utterly sad and some might think me morbid for posting it, I find it interesting at the same time that a healthy, seemingly stable person put forth such an effort to share this extensively with the world his thoughts from why to 911.

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1) I had no health issues. I was only sick three times in my adult life that I can remember – and all three were self-induced (accidental). I didn’t miss a scheduled day of work in over 25 years. I had no diseases. I never drank. I never took drugs. I never smoked. Thus, I had no physical problems other than occasional acid indigestion – but, that was usually after eating a whole pan of brownies! So, I admit, I did have brownie issue.

2) I had no legal issues. I had never been arrested, much less convicted. I’d never seen a jail from the inside. Other than traffic tickets, I was a model citizen – or at least I pretended to be and nobody could prove otherwise.

3) I had no financial problems. I sold my house which was completely paid for in 1998. The same year I bought $30,000 in 1/10 ounce gold coins and pre 1965 silver coins. Gold was $300/ounce when I bought it and silver was $4/ounce. Gold went up to $1,700 and Silver to $44 making my stash worth over $200,000.

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And, I had other assets, including a 401K. Besides, everyone who knows me knew I was extremely cheap. I wanted for nothing.

4) I had no loss of anyone close to me that I couldn’t bear. My mom and dad died at elderly ages and neither were unexpected. My brother and sister are healthy and active. I never had anyone die who was extremely close to me other than my parents. Other more distant relatives and secondary friends have died, but nobody close.

5) I had plenty of activities in which I participated – including church choir, monthly poker, friends, family, internet, and SportsInReview.com. I did not feel lonely or in any way unappreciated for who I was.

6) I was not depressed. Anyone who says I was is either ignorant or a liar. I stressed out at times – especially in the workplace, because my tendency was to work myself to death. But, I was “retired” for 18 months before I ended my life and I didn’t have any stress during that time. In some respects, I feel like I was retired the last 15 years of my life because doing sports statistics could hardly be considered "work". In any event, I can’t imagine anyone being more free of stress than I.


Also.. I find it odd that his above domain is unavailable, but this http://www.zeroshare.info/ is active with all his thoughts.

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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.

Edited by user Monday, August 19, 2013 10:21:44 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

I think when there's enough will and aggression, there's no shortage of talent either.

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Offline Pack93z  
#2 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 10:10:06 AM(UTC)
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SUICIDE PREFACE
I know the question you are asking. "Why did you want to die? ... or Why didn't you want to live?" Here is the answer. I didn't want to die. If I could have waved a magic wand and lived for 200 years, I would have. Unfortunately, that's not an option. Therefore, since death is inevitable, the better question is... do I want to live as long as humanly possible OR do I want to control the time and manner and circumstances of my death? That was my choice (and yours). I chose what was most appealing to me.



Let me ask you a question. After you die, you can be remembered by a few-line obituary for one day in a newspaper when you're too old to matter to anyone anyway... OR you can be remembered for years by a site such as this. That was my choice and I chose the obvious.
I think when there's enough will and aggression, there's no shortage of talent either.

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Offline olds70supreme  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 7:09:39 AM(UTC)
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Bizarre. Not to sound heartless, but it seems like he used the unique circumstances around his death as a way to grab attention. Unfortunately for him I would also guess that nobody is going to care in 3 months. In the end the choice was his.
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Offline Pack93z  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, August 20, 2013 2:20:43 PM(UTC)
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Bizarre. Not to sound heartless, but it seems like he used the unique circumstances around his death as a way to grab attention. Unfortunately for him I would also guess that nobody is going to care in 3 months. In the end the choice was his.


There is no doubt that there is the attention factor.. my psych minor finds it interesting, the steps this guy took in planning the telling of his story in such detail; not to mention his rationalization of the act. At such peace with his decision.
I think when there's enough will and aggression, there's no shortage of talent either.

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