Dec. 5, 1963 –
In his Boston apartment, the reclusive eccentric Arthur Crew Inman (68) shoots himself because he can no longer bear the noise of the construction of the nearby Prudential Tower.
Inman was a rich heir who had wanted to become a poet, but had been suffering from increasing problems since a mental breakdown at the age of 21. During the rest of his life he had tried to kill himself several times.
He lived in a darkened and soundproofed apartment, where he occupied himself with writing a uniquely detailed diary: 155 handwritten volumes detailing his life and that of some of his guests, from 1919 to 1963, in 17 million words. In 1985, a Harvard literature professor would publish an abridged two-volume edition of this remarkable document.
Specialists today think that Inman suffered from some brain damage in his temporal lobe, which can cause oversensitivity to external stimuli, triggering not just incidental seizures but also depression.
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