Thursday, October 16, 2014
Oliver Jay Bright -- None too Bright
The sales manager for 23 years of the Levy-Page Company, a music equipment house in Norfolk, Virginia, Bright abruptly quit just weeks prior to the last day of his life. , June 9, 1936. At 3:40 P.M. that day, Bright, 55, visited the City Hall Rifle Range in Norfolk, calmly asked for a .22-caliber target pistol, and announced to bystanders, "I want to see if I can shoot a bullseye." He fired two shots at the target then fired a third into his right temple. Bright died four hours later at St. Vincent's Hospital. In a note found afterward, the former sales manager explained that "business worries" had driven him to the act.