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Mystery surrounds death of Kirk Jones

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From the Niagara Gazette:

The curious case of the death of Kirk Jones is not closed.

Despite the recovery and identification of Jones’ body, New York State Park Police are still trying to piece together the details of what happened to Jones on the morning of April 19.

At the moment, they have just as many questions as they have answers.

Why did Jones, who survived a suicide attempt over the Horseshoe Falls in 2003 make another attempt to survive the perilous 167-foot plunge?

Why wasn’t Jones inside the 8-foot plastic ball, that was going to be his vessel, when it was spotted in the Niagara River rapids and then, finally, went over the falls?

And where is the 7-foot long boa constrictor, named Misty, that he apparently had planned to have join him on his ride?

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A flood of metaphor set in a dying Rust Belt resort

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From the New Orleans Advocate:

For many Americans, Niagara Falls exists only in imagination or memory. It’s nearly effortless to conjure up images of the towering, majestic falls and the great rush of water, images often inspired by picture-perfect postcards or by distant recollections of a long-ago honeymoon.

But for residents of Niagara Falls, New York, the reality is much bleaker. Despite the famous falls, Niagara Falls is a Rust Belt town that has been on the decline since the 1960s. It’s the sight of dangerous toxic waste dumps, and it’s one of the country’s top destinations for suicides, right up there with San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

“Niagara Falls,” a new play by Justin Maxwell, running through Feb. 5 (with additional dates to be announced) at The Theatre at St. Claude, blends fantasy and fact in an effort to capture the dark, dying essence of a once-great piece of American real estate.

How did these people survive a plunge over Niagara Falls?

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From the Toronto Star:

Death, taxes, Niagara Falls.

In the old days, those were the only certain things in life — or death — according to the river men who patrolled a thunderous Horseshoe Falls before it became somewhat tamed by hydro companies.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, thousands of suicide and accident victims plunged over the 52-metre world-famous cataract and none were known to have survived. Even three of the first six daredevils in protective barrels perished.

Now meet a kinder, gentler Niagara Falls. In the past nine years, three men have miraculously survived the terrible fall — the only three in modern history known to live without a safety device.

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