'I'm Dead, You Can Find My Body Inside', UN Translator Kills Himself, Leaves Note on Front Door

Published September 2nd, 2018 - 12:44 GMT
United Nations in Geneva (Shutterstock/File Photo)
United Nations in Geneva (Shutterstock/File Photo)

A former United Nations translator killed himself and left a note for the postman saying 'I'm dead, you can find my body inside'.

Peter Stabler, 83, pinned the message to his front door before taking his own life at his home in Bungay, Suffolk.

The note gave details on where to find a spare key and asked whoever found it to call the police.



Postman James Whitely discovered the message and followed the instructions before police found Mr Stabler's body in the bathroom.

Mr Stabler, who had pulmonary fibrosis and bronchial pneumonia, never got to grips with new technology and was having difficulty breathing, an Ipswich inquest heard yesterday.

Another note was discovered on the kitchen table, apologising for the 'unpleasant nature of the incident'.

Mr Stabler's brother John, in a statement read to the inquest, said the OAP was 'stuck in the 1950s' having never used a cash machine or owned a TV or dishwasher.

Hie said his brother was a highly intelligent man who had a career translating for the U.N., working in Geneva, New York and Vienna.

A talented pianist with a love of classical music, he was fluent in many languages including French, Spanish, German and Russian.

The coroner said it was clear Mr Stabler intended to take his own life.

'I will conclude Peter Stabler died as a result of suicide' he said.


This article has been adapted from its original source.

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