Thursday, August 20, 2009
Christine Chubbuck was a reporter that shot her self live on air on 70s TV.
Christine's family brought an injunction against WXLT to prevent the release of the 2" quad videotape of her suicide. The Sarasota Sheriff's Department file lists a copy of the tape seized as evidence and later released it to Christine's family along with her possessions.
Wiki had a good description: During the first eight minutes of her program, Chubbuck covered three national news stories and then a local restaurant shooting from the day before. The restaurant was the Beef and Bottle Restaurant at the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport on U.S. 41. The filmreel 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.
Theres a couple of clips on youtube from a 2007 E! Entertainment Television special, that had a bloke commenting that the left side of her face was blown off.
This is a visual diary of some the images taking during the making of that doll.