i wish i had wine.. then i wouldn’t have such freaky dreams
i fell asleep before (i didn’t mean to, but yeah) and i dreamed of these huge black ducks with killer teeth that were infesting my house and were everywhere outside too, so when i woke up i had to turn ALL the lights on. it felt really real
the news reporter who killed herself on air? her name was christine chubbuck, she was on a morning talk show called suncoast digest in sarasota, florida. she suffered from depression and once joked about committing suicide during the show. three days before her suicide one of her stories was cut to cover a shoot-out, her boss wanted to focus on “blood and guts”.
On the morning of July 15, 1974, Chubbuck confused co-workers by claiming she had to read a newscast to open her program, Suncoast Digest, something she had never done before. That morning’s talk show guest waited across the studio while she sat at the news anchor’s desk. Her news copy actually contained a speculative report of her impending suicide, wherein she conjectured she would be declared dead fourteen hours later. She placed a .38 revolver in her bag of puppets and put it beneath her desk. During the first eight minutes of her program, Chubbuck covered three national news stories and then a local restaurant shooting from the previous day. The restaurant was the Beef and Bottle Restaurant at the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport on U.S. 41. The film reel of the restaurant shooting had jammed and would not run, so Chubbuck shrugged it off and said, “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first—attempted suicide.” She drew the revolver and shot herself behind her right ear. Chubbuck fell forward violently and the technical director faded slowly to black. Camera operator Jean Reed later recalled she thought it had been an elaborate prank and did not realize she had actually shot herself until she saw Chubbuck’s twitching body. The station quickly ran a standard public service announcement and then a movie. Some television viewers called the police, while others called the station to inquire if the shooting was faked.
After the shooting, news director Mike Simmons found the papers from which Chubbuck had been reading her newscast contained a complete script of her program, including not only the shooting, but also a third-person account to be read by whatever staff member took over the broadcast after the incident. He said her script called for her condition to be listed as “critical.” Chubbuck was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, as her script had predicted; there, she was pronounced dead 14 hours later. Upon receiving the news, a WXLT staffer released the information to other stations using Chubbuck’s script.