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Hi Grant, you wrote,
> Has anybody tried to compare the number of people who saw this event in
> media and the number of people who supposedly copied it? And how many
> people out there were already contemplating killing themselves or their
> families? A certain number of these events happen every year, regardless.
> If the rate increases significantly beyond normal, there might be a case
> transferrence. Otherwise, all I can see is coincidence.
<< Exactly my point !
In Belgium each suicide which is succesful stands for 10 not- succesful
That means, atleast for my country that a 100 people a day try something to
end their lives !
Those 100 cases are by no means mentioned in any news- bulletin, so the
contaigon rate is zero ! But each day, 365 days on the trot, 7 to 10 people
succesfully commit suicide, without any influence of any media whatsoever !
IMO, I think coincidence is for that matter mush to simple to explain such
high rates, but yes there is yet not found any trace of transferrence.
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