When a crowd gathers near a suicidal jumper something terrible is unleashed.
In Seattle in 2001, a 26-year-old woman who had recently ended a relationship held up traffic for a little too long as she considered the implications of leaping to her death. As motorists began to back-up on the bridge and become irate, they started yelling “Jump, bitch, jump!” until she did.
Cases like this aren’t unusual.
How you can loose yourself in an anonymous crowd. Do note, this does not actually strip you of responsibility for your own actions.
This is over at the fabulous You Are Not So Smart, published every once in a while.