October 20, 2020: Man Illegally Jumps Over Niagara Falls
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Joan stared out at the water eat was epic the way it boomed in his ears. It was a monster of a river nature at her finest. No wonder. So many couples came here for their honeymoons. It was just the place to feel the majesty of the world and to embrace an enormous risk to give yourself fully to another person. But Kirk wasn't here for love. He was on a different kind of mission and it was time to launch. Without further ADO, the forty year old American threw himself into the icy water. It swept him beat I towards the edge of the falls almost instantly the river rushed at one hundred, fifty, thousand gallons per second Kirk heard the sound of screaming tourists and then he fell. The feeling of plunging down the one hundred eighty foot drop was unlike anything he had ever experienced it was as if an enormous vacuum cleaner was sucking him up like he was no more than a tiny insect on a counter being pulled into a swirling vortex, and then he was on the inside and beloved by the falls he spiraled down through the water, his entire body compressed under an unbelievable pressure, and then there was the pain. Kirk crashed hard into the granite table at the base of the falls. But before he could fully register the impact, his mind went blank he blacked out. When he came to he was underwater sputtering and shocked he crawled to the surface and took a deep breath of air as the oxygen filled his panicked adrenaline fuelled body. He realized he'd made it to the falls and lived. Jones pulled himself onto a nearby rock huddled into a little ball and sat down to wheat. Now that he was here at the base of Horseshoe falls and breathing all the uncertainty of the day was gone the park would send a rescue team. He'd visit a hospital to heal his aching ribs. Then he'd explained to authorities that it all had been a suicide attempt hopefully, they'd let him off easy and finally in a week or so he do an interview with Good Morning America about the experience after all he was the first man to go over the falls without any protection and survived. Coming. Up The fallout from Kirk. Jones's jump and the day his luck finally ran out. Listeners. Who Doesn't love a good ghost story rattling chains mysteriously moving objects unfinished business. I, am ready for all things spooky and so is podcast network starting October. 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On October twentieth two, thousand, three, forty year old Kirk Jones was swept over the biggest of the Niagara Falls Horseshoe falls he came out of the one hundred eighty foot drop with just a few minor rib injuries at a bruised spine making him the first person to ever survive the jump without protection. and. Then he explained that this wasn't the desired outcome. It had all been a suicide attempt authorities were not as sympathetic to his claim as you might have hoped in part that was because his family and friends predicted it claiming he'd pulled the stunt for the Thrill and glory when he went on Good Morning America to talk about the experience he seemed to revel in the publicity deepening their suspicions. Finally when Kirk announced that he and his brother would be writing a book about the dive those suspicions were all but confirmed it was apparently going to be titled. You're kidding me a knuckleheads guide to surviving Niagara Falls. Still the consequences were fairly mild. Jones was charged with mischief and unlawfully performing a stunt in Canada as the falls straddled the US Canadian border after pleading guilty, he was hit with a three thousand dollar fine and banned from Canada for life. That should have been the end of the Kirk Jones Niagara Story as himself put after leaving court I understand what I did was wrong. You'll never see and action in Niagara Waters with mine name written on it again. And for years, it was true. Jones never published a book about his Niagara Fall and soon after the fiasco, he leveraged his fifteen minutes of fame to get a job as a stunt performer with a Florida circus, an apt and legal home for his talents. By two, thousand, seventeen, he was a relatively unknown fifty-three-year-old living in spring, Hill. Florida. Until in June of that year, he decided it was time to return to the north and Niagara Falls. In youngstown New York about twelve miles from horseshoe falls the Niagara River and lake. Ontario meet on June second two, thousand, seventeen nearly fourteen years after he took his first plunge that's where Kirk Jones's body washed to shore investigators quickly surmised that he'd returned to the area on April nineteenth and attempted the horseshoe falls drop a second time. Allegedly Kirk had called his wife and told her he was doing a stunt at the falls then he reportedly asked her to wish him luck. But wishing for luck doesn't always work and this time Kirk had none to spare. He may have been inspired to jump over the falls a second time because he was no longer the only man to survive the stunt during the fourteen years between his first and last drops. Three other people matched his achievement. His legacy was also overshadowed by nick will lender. The self-described King of the high wire will Linda is known for performing high-wire stunts without a safety net and on June fifteenth to thousand twelve, he became the first person to walk a tight rope across Niagara, falls. More dare devils are likely to supplant both Jones and will lend in the future. The rushing Niagara River at its majestic falls are an iconic natural monument and for someone with a taste for watery thrills, they'll always be an alluring challenge. Thanks for listening today in true crime. I'm Vanessa Richardson. You can find all episodes of today in true crime and all other originals from podcast. For Freon, spotify we'll be back with a brand new episode tomorrow in True Crime. Today true crime was created by Max Cutler and his a podcast studios original it executive produced by Max Cutler Sound Design Juan Boorda with production assistance by Ron Shapiro Carly Madden, and Freddie. 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