‘I feel like it’s pulling me’: The dangerous trance of Niagara Falls

It was gruesome, exhausting work to recover a body from Niagara Falls. Moving hand-over-hand along a steel cable attached to the trees, down 90 metres in early morning darkness to the edge of the churning whirlpool downstream from the falls.

“It was an awful way to die,” recalls Michael Clarkson, who took part in rescues in the 1980s.

But as he writes in a new e-book, The River of Lost Souls: What We Can Learn From Suicides at Niagara Falls, it’s not just “love sickness and family...

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