The Woman Who Jumped From the Empire State Building’s 86th Floor and Survived


Over 30 people have committed suicide by jumping off the Empire State Building in New York. The first occurred in 1931 when a man who had lost his job jumped from the 58th floor of the 102-story building. Then, there was Evelyn McHale, whose body landed on a limousine in 1947. In 1979, Elvita Adams figured that jumping off the 1,250 feet structure was going to produce the same result, but she was wrong. Adams had lost her job and was living off welfare that was insufficient to pay her rent and care for her 10-year-old son. Facing eviction, a depressed Adams decided to jump from the 86th floor. She climbed over the fence surrounding the observational platform and jumped. Instead of plummeting to the ground to a certain death, Adams landed on a 3-foot ledge on the 85th floor. Strong wind gusts had saved her by pushing her back toward the ledge. A security guard who heard Adams moaning arrived and pulled her in. She was taken to the hospital, where she was admitted with a fractured pelvis. It’s unclear whatever happened to the 29-year-old once she was discharged from the hospital.