Martin Manley Puts Up a Site Devoted to Explaining His Suicide

60-year-old Martin Manley committed suicide on 8/15 in front of the Overland Park police station. But before doing so, he did what no other person who’ve taken their lives have done. He put up a website attempting to explain his decision.

It’s a memoir of sorts which goes through his past, present and future and tries to build an understanding of what he was going through and why he decided to kill himself. He was suffering from grapheme-color synesthesia and his mind was deteriorating rapidly.

I began seeing the problems that come with aging some time ago. I was sick of leaving the garage door open overnight. I was sick of forgetting to zip up when I put on my pants. I was sick of forgetting the names of my best friends. I was sick of going downstairs and having no idea why. I was sick of watching a movie, going to my account on IMDB to type up a review and realizing I’ve already seen it and, worse, already written a review! I was sick of having to dig through the trash to find an envelope that was sent to me so I could remember my own address – especially since I lived in the same place for the last nine years!

The site is here but you may want to try the mirror that can be found here.

It’s no doubt an interesting read but one part of the website is starting to overshadow the rest. The location of his buried treasure. That’s right. Martin Manley left the GPS coordinates to his wealth.

I had no financial problems. I sold my house which was completely paid for in 1998. The same year I bought $30,000 in 1/10 ounce gold coins and pre 1965 silver coins. Gold was $300/ounce when I bought it and silver was $4/ounce. Gold went up to $1,700 and Silver to $44 making my stash worth over $200,000.

38.800542, -94.687884

That bit of info has now brought citizens and police to a forest in Kansas City in search of Curly’s Manley’s gold.

Update: Apparently Manley had the last laugh. The gold doesn’t exist. He had already given away his coins.

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  • Laura

    Suffering from synesthesia? It’s the first paragraph on that particular tab: “…however I’m not sure I would consider it an affliction since the word “affliction” has negative connotations and I don’t see it as negative.” It would have just taken a small amount of time to actually read the first few lines for the reasons behind this man’s suicide.

  • Arthur Frans

    I went there. Nothing left there, at least within 5ft and these coordinates should have been accurate to 5ft.

    • dwpittelli

      Aren’t most GPS receivers only accurate to about 10 yards?

      • T C

        Not anymore, sometime ago they lifted the restrictions. I think in reagans admin, maybe even clintons admin they made it around 3 meters. This is why geocaching is pretty easy now.

        • buffonelder101

          6″ accuracy is available

        • Rondo7

          I usually get within 2 feet with my old magellan.

    • Yevrag35

      I put it into google and it shows up underneath a lone tree in the corner of a parking lot and also next to a cement walkway to a basketball court. That seemed pretty accurate to me.

      • Al

        *concrete. Cement is a powder which gives concrete strength.

      • Bustyn1

        You got the wrong coordinates then. It’s in a wooded area.

  • Tony Webley

    Poor guy probably got the GPS coordinates wrong
    and could not remember where he buried it

    • Arthur Frans

      His post references 1/10 if you add .1 to each coord you’re in a road but if you subtract .1 then you’re in a stand of trees off of S Holmes Rd. hmmm?

  • LOL

    the guy’s looking down from above laughing at the fools…..

    • buffonelder101

      doubt that

  • wayne

    He didn’t lose his sense of humor

    • buffonelder101

      just his life

  • mrcyberdoc

    Yea gads… I have done everything he describes in the first paragraph, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to kill myself. Those are just minor things one has to put up with when they get older. So what, I embrace my elder years!

    • Cervantes3

      what is everyone talking about?

    • jrice2n

      me too.

  • disqus_c197zi57ib

    I agree with him when he says he doesn’t want to end up as an blabbering and slobbering old man in a wheelchair in a nursing home. There is no dignity in that. I saw my father go through that and the last years he didn’t recognize anyone. I am not going out like that. Ain’t happening. For me it is about quality of life not quantity.

    • buffonelder101

      it is not about dignity but honoring the sanctity of life that has been given by the creator… if it was about dignity we would never make it out of puberty alive

      • PRAFTD

        Your “creator” cursed this man with mental disease and a declining quality of life.

        Who cares what a malevolent creature like that wants for us? Maybe if your “creator” didn’t treat humans as playthings to abuse and torture, maybe this sort of thing wouldn’t happen.

        • JallopyMacfurry

          The emotion behind your comment reminds me of a Pink Floyd lyric:

          “Envy is the bond between the hopeful and the damned”

          Not sure why…

          • PRAFTD

            There is no jealously in my words, just disgust and vitriol toward the 3 Abrahamic religions.

  • lastmann

    Definitely an interesting guy… Still wouldn’t have killed myself though. If I ever feel like my life’s over I’ll fly over and try to start a rebellion in North Korea. If you wanna die you might as well go out doing something impressive~

    • Checker72

      Maybe I shouldn’t, but I like your idea! :)

  • nighthawk

    Regardless of how organized and controlled his death was, the man was lost. Life is precious and to throw it away so quickly and without concern is a hateful act. RIP Martin, but something tells me peace is not what you’re experiencing right now.

    • jakee308

      I would assume you haven’t reached the so called “golden years”?

      Believe when I say that I always felt the way you do until I found that at 66 life is a tedious bore and it will only get worse from now on.

      There is a limited horizon and ones faculties and physical abilities are fading fast. And that’s even with a so so general health. How much worse it must become once a terminal or wracking disease sets in?

      I’m lucky or cursed in that I led an active and widely traveled life prior to my 50’s but that activity just makes the tedium of modest living harder to bear.

      I’m not about to pull the plug yet but I can understand fully where his opinion derived from and applaud that he had the courage to make a proactive decision to end it before he was mentally or physically incapable of taking his life in his own hands.

      Our lives are truly our only possession. (particularly if there are no or estranged family involved.)

      To judge someone else’s considered opinion of it’s further value is arrogance and ignorance in the extreme.

      • Jack Inmanz

        Amen, sonny. I’m 67 and in my life I have made lots of money, spent most of it, raced with the Outlaws, traveled, enjoyed the company of lovely ladies, etc. Did the things people want to do when they “retire”. Now everything hurts and traveling is nothing but a TSA grope fest.

        But I took lots of pictures.

  • Harry Nuttzak

    His website is a good read, for sure. But the paid-up-on-Yahoo for 5 years aspect seems to be troubling – since they are throwing off 999 errors. Probably used some of that cash to prop up their share price.

  • JorgeGeorge777

    You must add 10 degrees to latitude and 7 degrees to the longitude. You will find the treasure there. Good luck.

    • aceofwands

      So!…600 miles west and 420 miles north…got it. Thanks’

  • orlandocajun

    How did he remember those complex numbers?

    • BreezyDog Cocoa Angler

      Wrote them down maybe? DERP…

  • Fred Derf

    Hey, journalist, you should do more research before saying that he’s the first to post online about his suicide, it’s been done before; learn something about the net before you say something else stupid.

    • bigyaz

      Hey, idiot commenter. Care to give us an example of someone who “put up a website attempting to explain his decision”? Because that’s what the story says, and you have provided nothing to refute it except a moronic, baseless comment.

  • Joseph Peebody Biden

    It’s a MAD MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD….Find the treasure before it is too late !!!!

  • opinionated_too

    33.6 feet off the road, 187.23 degrees

  • DJM2142

    Do. Not. Seek. The. Treasure….

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  • Chewbama

    Don’t forget to take back one kadam to honor the Hebrew God.

  • REd

    Red was here

    • jimmyjack

      So was Brooks….

  • guest

    Just another narcissistic Obummer supporter. (Go read’m)

    • jayb

      What the fuck?

  • Jackie Chiles

    Did anyone find the gold?

    • Mickey Mouse

      NO, MAN! The gold is right under your driveway, get to diggin!

  • Bryan

    Maybe this whole website he made is a hidden treasure map. He talked about words meaning colors, anagrams, and crossword puzzles. I bet there’s a hidden key or directions somewhere in his words. What better way to end it than a treasure hunt for his money. I don’t think he would literally use the coordinates for his money to be found so easily. He said he wanted to be remembered. and talked about. This is a good way to achieve that.

    • gary u. trance

      Maybe, Bryan, you’re a shill to keep the story going? lol. When do we all turn on one another?

      But seriously, what you said makes sense, it would be like “art”, a kind of performance art. Remember those Canadian Club whiskey riddles? (I solved one once in Wash., DC, but wasn’t the first.) Could be something to it – I for one will be checking out the website. (Ack! Maybe I’M the shill?!)

  • Mike Kelso

    Kansas won’t miss a commie voter too bad he wasn’t from Missouri, and what a selfish coward to create a hoax treasure story.

  • warpsix

    I know if i found it 1st i would have said there is No treasure …

  • MysteryMan

    Who cares. Pathetic, weak, self loathing child. If he spent more time taking care of himself instead of writing drivel he would probably have been much healthier. World won’t miss another almost man.

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