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Suicide Note Found Online (Drudge title: Man who killed himself left 1,900-page suicide note...)
The Harvard Crimson ^ | Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | Eric P. Newcomer and Naveen N. Srivatsa

Posted on 09/24/2010 11:46:24 AM PDT by null and void

The man who shot himself on the steps of Memorial Church Saturday morning had published online a 1,905-page document entitled “Suicide Note,” according to his mother.

The death of Mitchell L. Heisman, a 35-year-old Somerville resident, on campus was met with shock, and University officials described the incident as “tragic.”

“It’s really sad, it was horrible, and these kinds of incidents affect all of us really negatively,” Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds said in an interview yesterday. “This campus is situated in an urban context, and we can’t control these kinds of things.”

Born in New York City in 1975, Heisman attended elementary school in Monroe Township, N.J., and graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Albany.

While living in a Craigie Street apartment, Heisman wrote “Suicide Note,” a sprawling series of arguments that touch upon historical, religious, and nihilist themes, his mother said.

“He didn’t show me that this was at all what he had in his mind. All I knew was he was finishing his book and he was happy about that,” said his mother Lonni Heisman, 76.

Heisman said she supported publishing her son’s name in The Crimson to let people know of his work “because that’s what he wanted.”

An avid reader interested in mathematics and science, Heisman visited Harvard libraries and may have contacted professors while writing the document, his mother said.

A University spokesman was unable to confirm whether Heisman had reached out to Harvard faculty last night.

The document references Harvard and research done by Harvard faculty—such as Law School professor Alan M. Dershowitz, government professor Harvey C. Mansfield ’53, and psychology professor Steven Pinker—more than half a dozen times.

Heisman discusses death at length in the piece, which is publicly available online.

Heisman committed suicide on the top step of Memorial Church Saturday in front of a tour group of more than 20 people, according to a Cambridge Police Department report.

His death took place during Yom Kippur services that morning and resulted in campus security shutting down the eastern half of Harvard Yard for much of the day.

Jared L. Nathanson, a 37-year-old singer who described himself as Heisman’s acquaintance, said he had had conversations with Heisman about art, music, and movies.

Nathanson received a copy of “Suicide Note” in an e-mail that day.

“From what I understood of him, his book was very important to him,” Nathanson said.

Heisman worked in several bookstores in the area and relied on an inheritance from his father Alvin Heisman—who passed away while Mitchell Heisman was still an adolescent—to support his writing, according to his mother.

But he was reluctant to talk to her about its contents, she said.

“I’m devastated. I just can’t believe it,” she said. “I don’t think I ever will.”

She spoke with Heisman just two days before his death, she said.

“I expected him to come here to help me move, which I am in the process of,” she said. “I expected him to come back in October. He really was non-committal.”

—Staff writer Eric P. Newcomer can be reached at newcomer@fas.harvard.edu. —Staff writer Naveen N. Srivatsa can be reached at srivatsa@fas.harvard.edu.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: academicbias; antichristian; atheism; atheistsupremacist; harvard; manifesto; mitchellheisman; mitchelllheisman; nihilism; opus; religiousintolerance; suicide
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nully title:

The Ultimate Opus Out

1 posted on 09/24/2010 11:46:29 AM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void
If anyone reads it they'll probably find it's just a copy of the first 90% of the Obamacare law.
2 posted on 09/24/2010 11:48:36 AM PDT by highlander_UW (Education is too important to abdicate control of it to the government)
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To: null and void

Here is his “note”:

http://www.suicidenote.info/ebook/suicide_note.pdf


3 posted on 09/24/2010 11:49:16 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: null and void
1900 pages of pride.

Very sad.

4 posted on 09/24/2010 11:50:13 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: null and void
Mitchell Shrugged
5 posted on 09/24/2010 11:51:34 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: BunnySlippers

One of the chapters.....

Creating God and the Evolution of Genetic Suicide
Why Liberal Democracy Leads to the Rational Biological Self-Destruction of Humans and the Rational Technological Creation of God


6 posted on 09/24/2010 11:54:31 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: null and void

And his closest loved ones and friends said...

“I’m not reading that [bleep]ing thing.”


7 posted on 09/24/2010 11:54:32 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...Richard Frank DeCamp, 11/13/34-9/15/10, R.I.P.)
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To: null and void

lol Rather than killing himself, he should have run for Congress.....


8 posted on 09/24/2010 11:56:09 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: RichInOC
"..don't let Oprah find it."
9 posted on 09/24/2010 11:56:43 AM PDT by yesca (..belief is the enemy)
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To: highlander_UW

I confess that my first thought was congress should have hired him to write their bills.


10 posted on 09/24/2010 11:56:43 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 612 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Another Chapter.....

The Seditious Genius of the Spiritual Penis of Jesus
How Christianity’s Subversion of Kin Selective Altruism Evolved into the Modern Idea of Social Progress

_________________________________________________

No wonder this poor lost soul took his own life.


11 posted on 09/24/2010 11:57:02 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: null and void; writer33

Wow.

I guess he might have had something to say.

I am sure it’ll be a best seller. lol.


12 posted on 09/24/2010 11:58:02 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Okay, never mind the length. If those chapter titles are representative of the prose, you would have to put me in restraints like Malcolm McDowell in the therapy scenes in “Clockwork Orange” to get me to read that thing. And I’d still be as horrified as Alex was at the prospect.


13 posted on 09/24/2010 11:58:12 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...Richard Frank DeCamp, 11/13/34-9/15/10, R.I.P.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The national IQ must have rose with his death


14 posted on 09/24/2010 11:59:34 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: null and void
I confess that my first thought was congress should have hired him to write their bills.

They already have Soros funded "think tanks" and unions to write their bills for them. That's why Pelosi said they'd have to vote on the bill to find out what is in it...no one in Congress wrote it.

15 posted on 09/24/2010 11:59:53 AM PDT by highlander_UW (Education is too important to abdicate control of it to the government)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Spiritual Penis of Jesus would be a good name for a band.

Or not.

16 posted on 09/24/2010 12:00:13 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: null and void

1,905-page sucide note? No wonder he was depressed. Any one who reads it should be put on a sucide watch!


17 posted on 09/24/2010 12:00:27 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: BunnySlippers
Here is his “note”: http://www.suicidenote.info/ebook/suicide_note.pdf

After a loooong scroll to the first sentence:

"If my hypothesis is correct, this work will be repressed."

So, he killed himself over an incorrect hypothesis?

18 posted on 09/24/2010 12:00:46 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: highlander_UW

I knew that I’d never be the first one to say it when I clicked on but my first thought was that it was Pelosis suicide note in the form of Obama care.


19 posted on 09/24/2010 12:02:25 PM PDT by mpackard (Read my Lip-Stick)
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To: null and void
a simple massachusetts meltdown...

these things happen here.

20 posted on 09/24/2010 12:02:37 PM PDT by mmercier (my foot is outside the door)
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To: BunnySlippers

As David Byrne once sang: “You’re talking a lot, but you’re not saying anything.”


22 posted on 09/24/2010 12:02:42 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Things will change after the revolution, but not before.)
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To: Kartographer

So we know how it ends. Let me know when the “Cliff Note” version comes out.


23 posted on 09/24/2010 12:03:14 PM PDT by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: null and void

Sounds like it could give vogan poetry a run for it’s money.


24 posted on 09/24/2010 12:04:44 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: null and void

“It’s really sad, it was horrible, and these kinds of incidents affect all of us really negatively,” Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds said in an interview yesterday. “This campus is situated in an urban context, and we can’t control these kinds of things.”

And in a “rural context”, the Twit-ette Dean would have had some control?


25 posted on 09/24/2010 12:05:06 PM PDT by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to become Obama's critics.)
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To: null and void

FR has seen a lengthy opus now and again, but nothing like this, thankfully.

Sadly, this document is probably on a par with most of the academic writing coming out of Harvard these days.

Perhaps it could be said that attending an Ivy League school these days is the intellectual equivalent of blowing your brains out in public.


26 posted on 09/24/2010 12:06:27 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. -GW)
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To: BunnySlippers

just took very quick glance; near end the phrase “now before I blow my brains out” shows up.


27 posted on 09/24/2010 12:07:31 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: null and void
Just guessing that he was an ATHEIST.....AND a Democrat...same thing these days.

Funny that the mother didn't know anything was going on with him....she was interested that he would come and help her move!

My mother could tell by the tome of my voice that something was wrong.

28 posted on 09/24/2010 12:08:27 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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...a bachelor’s in psychology ...

I think I see the problem................

29 posted on 09/24/2010 12:09:38 PM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: null and void

is the book like those old Mission Impossible tapes where they self-destruct at the end?


30 posted on 09/24/2010 12:10:57 PM PDT by ZinGirl
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To: raccoonradio
>>I am sure it’ll be a best seller

Maybe it'll be like a Confederacy of Dunces--Mom gets it published and it becomes a posthumous cult hit.

Naah...the late John Kennedy Toole's work is probably more entertaining (read THAT but not really, this)


31 posted on 09/24/2010 12:10:57 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: null and void
So the reason he killed himself was that he didn't know how to write a memo? I mean The Complete History of World War II was only around 1000 pages. And that had maps. Nobody has that much interesting to say. Well OK perhaps the Dos Equis guy.

32 posted on 09/24/2010 12:11:05 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: raccoonradio

One of my favorite books.


33 posted on 09/24/2010 12:12:13 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Responsibility2nd

ROFL!!


34 posted on 09/24/2010 12:12:15 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: GonzoGOP

“Well OK perhaps the Dos Equis guy.”

LOL!


35 posted on 09/24/2010 12:13:12 PM PDT by MplsSteve (http://www.demmerforcongress.com)
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To: Responsibility2nd

A least he put us out of his misery.

I spent too much of my life thinking about him already.

RIP


36 posted on 09/24/2010 12:13:12 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I am pretty sure he was Jewish.


37 posted on 09/24/2010 12:14:59 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: BunnySlippers

.....1905 page note.....

I had a whole book published with only 159 pages.


38 posted on 09/24/2010 12:15:36 PM PDT by mono
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To: null and void

He could have just read Proust, realized a 2,000 page rambling, boring, disjointed book had already been done and moved on to something more productive. Of course, if he had read Proust, he would have probably been tempted to commit suicide anyway.


39 posted on 09/24/2010 12:15:41 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: MarMema

It may have been a ROFL.

But I hit report abuse on myself.

(Some things are better left unsent.)


40 posted on 09/24/2010 12:18:33 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Constitution Day

Read it AFTER trip to New Orleans, caught the references.
Though I read synopsis of it online before the trip and did
get a Lucky Dog at the airport. Twelve inches of paradise.


41 posted on 09/24/2010 12:19:19 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Do they say how the guy killed himself? I’m assuming he shot himself in the head? On the Harvard campus? What was he doing with a gun? Did he possess it legally or illegally? I can’t imagine Harvard students can legally possess a gun on campus. They have strict gun control laws in Massachusetts, don’t they? If they had only kept a gun out of his hands, this tradgedy would not have happened. I see a big lawsuit coming from this guy’s family against Harvard for allowing this to happen, for allowing this poor soul to have a gun. It’s not this guy’s fault, it’s Harvard’s fault for allowing him to have a gun. Harvard killed this guy, he did not kill himself.


42 posted on 09/24/2010 12:21:27 PM PDT by decisis
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To: Responsibility2nd

NO KIDDING! Talk about pride.


43 posted on 09/24/2010 12:23:47 PM PDT by Amerikan_Samurai
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To: raccoonradio

Probably the only way this guy could ever get published. They say “publish or perish,” looks like he did both.


44 posted on 09/24/2010 12:24:14 PM PDT by decisis
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To: decisis

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20100919suicide_in_harvard_yard/

Shot himself on steps of church


45 posted on 09/24/2010 12:25:07 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

What the hell ever happened to having a couple of cold beers and trying again in the morning.


46 posted on 09/24/2010 12:25:23 PM PDT by Amerikan_Samurai
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To: raccoonradio

I hope that you wrote a review of your trip on your Big Chief tablet! *smile*


47 posted on 09/24/2010 12:29:03 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Amerikan_Samurai

...or in the morning,afternoon,and evening.


48 posted on 09/24/2010 12:29:28 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: decisis
Do they say how the guy killed himself?

Asphyxiation whilst attempting to recite his suicide note in one breath.

49 posted on 09/24/2010 12:29:33 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (WTF happened to my country?? I joined the Marines and defended the USA and it degenerates into this?)
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To: null and void

I think he’d be in the running for a Heisman Trophy of a more tragic sort...


50 posted on 09/24/2010 12:29:54 PM PDT by BWDog
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