New York

Teenager’s apparent suicide, impaled on flagpole

October 22, 1976
Buffalo, New York
Bobby Jackson (19) dies after being impaled by a flagpole

Officially, Jackson’s death was ruled as a suicide. He jumped from the 28th story of Buffalo City Hall, intent on dying from the 250 foot drop. It was suggested a gust of wind changed his intended trajectory to the top of the flagpole where he was impaled rather than dying from the impact with the ground. Gravity pulled Jackson and the flag halfway down the pole before coming to a rest. Cranes were employed and the base of the flagpole sawed off to help remove Jackson’s body while 200 people looked on.

Jackson’s brother, 16 at the time, insisted his brother was murdered, pushed or thrown from the building. A police sergeant attached to the case disagreed saying it would have been impossible for someone to throw a human the 8 feet over the glass observatory wall and 15 feet away from the building necessary for Jackson’s body to land on the flagpole. Those who believe Jackson was murdered have their concerns reinforced as the Buffalo Police Department cannot seem to locate the public records pertaining to the case.

Photo credit: Jet magazine, December 9, 1976

7 thoughts on “Teenager’s apparent suicide, impaled on flagpole

  1. I’m no longer sure the place you’re getting your info, however good topic. I must spend a while learning more or figuring out more. Thank you for wonderful information I was looking for this information for my mission.


    1. I use a variety of resources to find my information, including (but not limited to), Murderpedia, Clark County Prosecutors,, and dozens of various true crime books

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  2. It’s a true story. I grew up in Buffalo and was 10 years old at the time of this suicide. The local news channels actually showed the young man’s impaled corpse on the flag pole on TV. I remembered how horrible it was to see this on the television my whole life.


  3. I agree with Bobby’s younger brother. The lake and the winds are on the opposite side of the city hall. Bobby Jackson was thrown ( a projectile) to land on the flag pole. As a teen ager of the 70s, where are his “bell bottoms”? There was also a taller building ( 40 Stories) with a public restaurant t on the 40th floor. I think that would of been easier. Still, he would of needed a running start. RIP Bobby Jackson


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