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Fourth financial executive commits 'suicide' in little more than a week

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On Tuesday, the lifeless body of Richard Talley, 57, the CEO of American Title Services was found in his Centennial, Colorado home.

Talley's death was a strange one indeed...

The Denver Post reported:

A coroner's spokeswoman Thursday said Talley was found in his garage by a family member who called authorities. They said Talley died from seven or eight self-inflicted wounds from a nail gun fired into his torso and head.

Prior to founding American Title Services, Talley was a financial officer at investment firm Drexel Burnham Lambert in Chicago.

Over the last several years, Talley founded several businesses, including American Escrow, Clear Title, Clear Creek Financial Holdings, Swift Basin, Sumar, American Real Estate Services, and the American Alliance of Real Estate Professionals.

Talley is the fourth banking/financial executive to die by his own hands since Jan. 28.

On Oct. 29, 1929, the stock market crashed, setting-off a flurry of now, infamous suicides, by newly-ruined bankers and investors. However, the crash was preceded by suicides as well.

The website, Worst Stock Market Crashes, reports:

A vice president of the Earl Radio Corporation jumped to his death from the window of a Manhattan hotel. His suicide note read, "We are broke. Last April I was worth $100,000. Today I am $24,000 in the red." But this happened in early October, weeks before the crash.

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