37-Year-Old JPMorgan Executive Is The Latest Leading Banker To Die Strangely Over The Past Three Weeks

jpmorgan chaseTwo weeks ago we noted that in a span of six days, a former Federal Reserve economist was found dead in an apparent suicide, a former senior manager for Deutsche Bank was discovered hanging from a noose in his home, and a JPMorgan Chase vice president seemingly jumped to death in London. The Financial Post reports that the string of sudden fatalities among masters-of-the-universe continues:

A 37-year-old JPMorgan Chase & Co executive director who died from unknown causes Feb. 3 appears to be the latest in a series of untimely deaths among finance workers and business leaders around the world in the past three weeks.

Ryan Crane, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. employee who in a 14-year career at the New York-based bank rose to executive director of a unit that trades blocks of stocks for clients, died in his Stamford, Connecticut, home. The cause of death will be determined when a toxicology report is completed in about six weeks.

Crane started at JPMorgan in equities trading after graduating from Harvard University in 1999. Following promotions, he worked as an executive director, or a rank above vice president and below managing director, in the bank’s Americas Program Trading group.

43 Comments on "37-Year-Old JPMorgan Executive Is The Latest Leading Banker To Die Strangely Over The Past Three Weeks"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Feb 20, 2014 at 10:12 am |

    “37-Year-Old JPMorgan Executive Is The Latest Leading Banker To Die Strangely . . . ”

    Welcome to the “new normal”, *ssholes!

    • Anarchy Pony | Feb 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm |

      Apparently they made their beds and realized that no, they don’t want to lay in them.

  2. Gjallarbru | Feb 20, 2014 at 10:32 am |

    What I want to know is if there is a link between them.

    Is it just their consciousness taking too much of a shock when they realize what they have become? Is it that they are being silenced so they don’t spill something they know? Do they know something is coming, and they can’t take it? Is their life just too empty after having been so focused on money for so long?

    This is too peculiar to be simply coincidence, so many in so little time. I can’t say I’m particularly prone to conspiracies, but this is getting at popcorn eating level, wondering who’s next, and why.

    • Liam_McGonagle | Feb 20, 2014 at 10:44 am |

      My guess: Their business model has hit the wall, and there are no further profits possible without cannibalising (almost literally) their own staff.

      Internal competition was brutal, even in the best of times. But these are not the “best of times”. Quite possibly it is the “End of Times”, in the sense that they’ve starved the middle class out of existence and short of directly funnelling cash from the Fed to these banks further profit is not even possible.

      A market crash is coming, and it could be dampened or delayed by further radical government intervention, but it will be pretty grotesque and transparent. We’ve seen this before and the public can no longer by stymied by its novelty or dazzled by bullsh*t. Too familiar.

      I don’t think the suicides are a direct result of the coming crash, but a very real indirect result.

      • Gjallarbru | Feb 20, 2014 at 10:55 am |

        Yeah, I’m leaning towards that possibility, and I figure you must close to the mark. That being said, I wish something would leak out and establish something clearly. Right now, all we have is a bunch of deaths that are just too similar.

        • Liam_McGonagle | Feb 20, 2014 at 11:03 am |

          This come anywhere near the mark for you? I mean, in terms of establishing the impending crash.


          The pressures of a profoundly misanthropic system like banking are manifest in countless ways, so the proximate triggers of each of these guys’ suicides are bound to be complex and unique. I can promise you based on my own personal experience that these guys endure horrible amounts of abuse 24/7 from irrational, threatening bosses, customers and coworkers, but you can’t get a real sense for it unless you’ve been through it yourself.

          But, really, if they’re too stupid to realize that and get out, for the sake of their own health, sanity and self-respect, who cares? What comes around goes around, and I guess this is just the home stretch.

          • Gjallarbru | Feb 20, 2014 at 11:33 am |

            I have read that article, and I am also fairly convinced of an imminent crash. But, I think this will go further than a crash. I look at the situation around the world, and I see a complete systemic failure on the verge of happening. So many revolts and uprisings, seem like so many gasps of world order dying. And now, this string of strange deaths in economic circles.

            The problem with this, and I hope I’m wrong, is that the times the system failed so badly, world wars have have been triggered to “reset” things. This time though, we have a whole new set of variables, not the least of which are nuclear weapons.

            So I guess I’m not interested in the deaths themselves, but more as to their value in the equation on a global scale. The relation between the death would reveal their value.

          • Liam_McGonagle | Feb 20, 2014 at 11:44 am |

            Oh, I see.

            Well, I don’t pretend to know. But at least it offers the POSSIBILITY of change. It is definitely a transition point., anyhow, even if we don’t quite know to what.

            Mind you, as a species, humans are not known for their perspecacity, so likely it is the dawn of a new Dark Age. But since nobody can really claim to know for certain, it is my personal preference to see them as the birthing pains of a new, more sustainable order that acknowledges the folly of rigid class/national divisions.

            My fantasies are as good as anybody else’s, I figure.

          • Gjallarbru | Feb 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm |

            I would gladly join you in that fantasy of a better world. I’m just not one to ignore history, so I fear its repetition.

          • Liam_McGonagle | Feb 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm |

            Who’s ignoring history? You don’t seriously think you can change it, do you? Whatever is going to happen is going to happen, and nobody really knows what it will be until it’s over.

          • Gjallarbru | Feb 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm |

            LOL, no I don’t think I can change it. But I do like to have an idea where things are going, so that I can thrive. Please excuse my optimism! 😉

          • Anarchy Pony | Feb 20, 2014 at 12:29 pm |

            I heard that. But the transition will likely be smoother in some places than others. At times of upheaval is when fascist reactionary movements are born.

  3. Ha, ha:)

    • Maybe. Or maybe these are the people who woke up a little to the reality of what they do and what they are creating. If they are suicides, it’s just more of the same ignorance, cowardice and selfishness that defined their lives. After all… they were in a position to do something about it, push for change, blow the whistle, get a real job doing honest work, something… and instead they run away to oblivion and leave the rest of us to deal with the mess.

      • Liam_McGonagle | Feb 20, 2014 at 11:13 am |

        There is such a thing as a resignation, you know. They could have resigned.

        The idea of “changing the system from within” is a farce designed for the co-option and destruction of naifs. Predation is inherent to their business model; you’re not going to survive (much less get promoted to leadership) unless you’re a predator yourself.

        You don’t turn a grizzly into a vegan. I learned that one myself. The hard way.

        • I mostly agree with that. Just saying that (if it’s suicide) their behavior is consistent i.e. too chickenshit to accept the real consequences of their actions, take their lumps and try to move on and do better next time.

          Sometimes I think one of main reasons we like the idea of a judging god or karma is that it seems so wrong that people can wreck havoc on others and then just escape into nothingness.

      • I don’t know, could be; could be something completely different.
        They could also be murders, or some are murders and others are suicides. We’ll never know.
        Whatever it is, something is definitely afoot.
        Interesting times.

        • Rhoid Rager | Feb 20, 2014 at 7:48 pm |

          8 nail-gun shots to the head and chest is a pretty ballsy way to off one’s self. Maybe the next suicide will be a guy who runs over his head with a car. lol

          • Really? Holy fuck! I have not been tracking much of anything that is called news these days, except for what I see here. Did not read the piece above.
            Dude, if that’s the case . . . how the fuck is this a “suicide?”
            This is more blatant than the Gary Webb “suicide.”
            As some one else here has suggested, some one “suicided” this guy, and prolly a bucha those other bank bastards too.

          • I have a friend who does IT for a bank in Zurich, and she suggests that what is happening is what she called a “silencing campaign.” Sounds about right to me.

  4. emperorreagan | Feb 20, 2014 at 10:56 am |

    I had an idea for a book that followed a similar story line to all these deaths.

    • Liam_McGonagle | Feb 20, 2014 at 11:15 am |

      The sad part, of course, being that no publisher would believe anyone would care about a bunch of bankers dying.

      Or did I get the spirit of the thing wrong? Was it a kind of literary snuff fest? Framing can make all the difference in the world.

  5. Cortacespedes | Feb 20, 2014 at 10:59 am |

    Hmmm. Perhaps it’s a bit of life imitating “art”. Like “The Heathers”, but with bankers.

  6. BuzzCoastin | Feb 20, 2014 at 12:03 pm |

    I’m waiting for the headline
    100 Year Old Federal Reserve Dies In Horrific Finacial Accident

  7. Anarchy Pony | Feb 20, 2014 at 12:25 pm |

    Can’t decide whether this is a conspiracy and they’re being assassinated or if they know something bad is coming and they’re just offing themselves.

    • Rhoid Rager | Feb 20, 2014 at 7:53 pm |

      one guy made plans to go out to dinner with his gf and then jumps off the 30-story JP Morgan building in London; another shoots himself with a nail gun 8 times in the head and chest; another *rolls* down a 50ft embankment to his death. bankers sure are unpredictable and creative lot! lol

      • sonicbphuct | Feb 23, 2014 at 8:53 am |

        it’s just another expression of their creativity – derivatives, creative accounting, and now, creative suicides. Also, the date with the GF – excellent use of asymmetrical info to corner the suicide market.

  8. Place your bets, place your bets, folks! When is the crash coming? April gots the lead with a 2-1 wager, followed by June, 3-1, and May at 4-1. Window’s closing, last call! Last Call!! Last call for leveraged accounts!!

    • Anarchy Pony | Feb 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm |

      If it’s in april that’ll be a fun birthday.

      • You give me a date and I’ll try to make it happen for you. My company’s computer sits 3 levels North of the Money HUB.

        ((For the tech geeks out there, that’s only 100 yards of fucking-fast-and-secret optics from this desk to the global buy/sell button)) ((Wink, winky-wink-wink)) ((SHHH!!!)).

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  9. Remember the dark internet’s assassination site?

    I hope it’s that.

  10. AManCalledDa-da | Feb 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm |

    Didn’t lots of bankers jump out windows prior to the big stock market collapse of 1929?

  11. It would be interesting if these tragic accidents were to start happening to CEOs in major financial institutions.

    • Yes! And generals and other assorted mass murderers from the fucking military. Some high ranking politicians would also be excellent.

  12. Sounds like a marketing scheme to celebrate the newly remastered director’s cut version of The Happening on Blu-Ray™…

  13. scribblerlarry | Feb 21, 2014 at 3:59 am |

    Has someone finally gotten pissed-off enough to start making some of those greedy rascals pay a penalty for their misdeeds?

    I doubt it….. but, oh, it would be sooooo good if true!!

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