Man Who Commits Suicide at Harvard Leaves 1,905 Page Suicide Note Online

From the Cambridge Chronicle:

A Somerville man not affiliated with Harvard University fatally shot himself in the yard this past Saturday at about 10:50 a.m., authorities said. No foul play is suspected.

The Harvard Crimson identified the man as 35-year-old Somerville resident Mitchell Heisman who posted a 1,905-page document on, a website he created, arguing history, politics, religion and death. His mother reportedly told the Crimson to publish his name to let people know of his work “because that’s what he wanted.” She said he worked on his book in Harvard libraries and from his Craigie Street home. She also told the Crimson he seemed happy to be finishing his work.

Friend Jared Nathanson said he and about 400 others received an automated e-mail from Heisman on Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. containing a link to his site with the book attached. “Several of us wrote responses trying to dissuade him, not knowing it was too late,” he said. “I am deeply saddened and surprised by his death.”

The incident took place at about 11 a.m. Sept. 18 when Harvard Police received a call about a shooting outside Memorial Church, and responded to find a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, lying in a pool of blood. A silver revolver was found near the body, and a bullet was found lodged in a nearby column, according to the police report.

I tried reading some of it. It really could have used an abstract.