A Witness to Suicide, One Reporter Pieces Together the Troubled Backstory

When Chicago Sun-Times reporter Frank Main showed the first draft to his wife after weeks worth of work, she gave him some advice: “You need to put yourself into the story.”

He had plenty of his own experience to share. On May 6, Main watched as a young woman jumped to her death from a four-story building. His paper doesn’t usually cover suicides and didn’t report this one either — until Main began fleshing out the intimate details of her troubled life.

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