4th Financial Services Executive Found Dead; "From Self-Inflicted Nail-Gun Wounds"

Tyler Durden's picture

The ugly rash of financial services executive suicides appears to have spread once again. Following the jumping deaths of 2 London bankers and a former-Fed economist in the US, The Denver Post reports Richard Talley, founder and CEO of American Title, was found dead in his home from self-inflicted wounds - from a nail-gun. Talley's company was under investigation from insurance regulators.


Via The Denver Post,

Richard Talley, 57, and the company he founded in 2001 were under investigation by state insurance regulators at the time of his death late Tuesday, an agency spokesman confirmed Thursday.


It was unclear how long the investigation had been ongoing or its primary focus.


A coroner's spokeswoman Thursday said Talley was found in his garage by a family member who called authorities. They said Talley died from seven or eight self-inflicted wounds from a nail gun fired into his torso and head.


Also unclear is whether Talley's suicide was related to the investigation by the Colorado Division of Insurance, which regulates title companies.





A checkered past?

Before coming to Colorado, Talley was a former regional financial officer at Drexel Burnham Lambert in Chicago, where he met his wife, Cheryl, a vice president at the company. The two married in 1989.


Talley had formed a number of companies, some now defunct, according to the Colorado secretary of state's office. Among them: American Escrow, Clear Title, Clear Creek Financial Holdings, Swift Basin, Sumar, American Real Estate Services, and the American Alliance of Real Estate Professionals.


It would appear, unfortunately, that Mr. Talley was not an entirely honest man...

Talley's 1989 wedding announcement in the Chicago Tribune noted he was "a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic swimming team."


A spokeswoman for USA Swimming on Thursday said Talley was not on the team.

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Stuart's picture

Only 10,000 left to go....

LetThemEatRand's picture

Roll the nail gun assembly lines.  [sorry LawsofPhysics -- paraphrasing]

fonestar's picture

V's reports on Wall Street hit squads are looking more and more credible by the day.

SWRichmond's picture

This is the kind of crap that Americans would read about having happened in another country and then laugh about that country...

Sudden Debt's picture

maybe he had brainfreeze? Being cold and all...

flacon's picture

If only the dead could speak...

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

In Russia, many is suicide by two rifle shot in back of head. What is so big deal!?

whatthecurtains's picture

Or from poisoning your tea with Polonium 210

dryam's picture

7-8 nail gun wounds?!  Seriously?  You have to be shitting me.  That was not a suicide.

TruthInSunshine's picture

I am not making a specific comment about the character of the deceased, as I did not know him and feel that that would be in poor taste, but committing suicide by nail gun is nothing short of truly, staggeringly bizarre.

Sofa King Confused's picture

sounds like a scene out of Lethal Weapon

TeamDepends's picture

Lethal Weapon:  The Last Temptation

Muddy1's picture


What a title!  You've nailed it!

nmewn's picture

"You've nailed it!"

lol...I knew someone would work that one in.

krispkritter's picture

It would appear that Bankers are under a-tack...If his name was Brad I could buy the story but the suicide theory does not appear to be nailed down yet.

And really, 'Dick Talley'...what a wanker.

nmewn's picture

I think you hammered em all in there krispy.

No clawbacks ;-)

Anusocracy's picture

This is definitely introducing a lot of uncertainty in the lives of banksters/finansters.

nmewn's picture

I'm thinking, common financial crook, resume' padder and anti-gunner, under investigation for his past deeds. Offed himself with a nail gun cuz he didn't want to pollute the planet anymore by running a hose from his exhaust pipe.

Course, I could be wrong ;-)

johnQpublic's picture

having nailed three fingers together one cool autumn day, i can assure those interested, it doesnt hurt going in, but just give it about five seconds

eight nails pretty quick and maybe you'd be done in before it really hurt


course i think making that set of shots even oswald couldnt do

CrazyCooter's picture

"He's a g-damn menace with an air nail gun" ...




BaBaBouy's picture

Hmmmm, Lets See...
FIRST He Fired The Fatal Shot, And Then He
Shot himself Another 7 Times Just To Make
Sure He Was Dead...

Richard Chesler's picture

Banksters have the most exciting deaths!


The Limerick King's picture



Banksters are dropping like flies

It's "tragic" each time that one dies

While most of them "fall"

The best one of all

The nail gun that took him 8 tries

Papasmurf's picture

The story isn't credible because a banker would have no clue how to hook up a nail gun.

tmosley's picture

Nah, he just stole it from someone all ready to go.

MontgomeryScott's picture


Like the scene from 'Trading Places', where the character played by jamie Lee Curtis asks to see the hands of the character played by Dan Aykroyd; and observes that his hands are soft like a girl's (and well manicured as well); this particular pretty-boi investment baknster (picture taken when in his early 30's/late 20's) wouldn't know the difference between a nail gun and a hammer.

Of all the ways to commit suicide, death by NAIL GUN is right down on the bottom of the list (never mind the previous commenter who states that stapling oneself with nails doesn't hurt for 'about five seconds'. This obvious trollista has never had a nail droiven in to his body to speak of the experience).

A truly rich M.F.-er with means to purchase pharmecuticals would have chosen a less PAINFUL way (ESPECIALLY a pretty boy like this guy). SAY, WHERE were the nails driven in to this victim's body, anyway? Anyone out there see a report on it?

clymer's picture

I'd like to see the fuckers use a screw gun on one of these bankers and have the yokels rule it a suicide

that would be bizarre. Almost as bizarre as a former HUD, insurance exec with a nail gun. WTF - did the guy just happen to get the urge to be a do-it-yourself-er and run out to home depot for a porter-cable pancake compressor, 20' of pneumatic hose and a Hitachi framing gun (had to be hitachi – the Bostich makes you force the safety every pull – and the the paslode cordless take too damn long to recharge)


mjcOH1's picture

Note to Home Depot sales associates..... if any bankers show up asking for nail guns, push the brad nailers.

Hmmmmm's picture

Brad nailers OMG you're killing me!

disabledvet's picture

has anyone here actually stepped back and thought about the implications of what is being said here as true?

I mean "send in the insurance investigators"?

What if the truth really is something nefarious?

That would mean revenge has nothing at all to do with this actually.
I mean...what if this guy really was a model, upstanding citizen?

Little Boomer's picture

Writing one word at a time is fun!

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

Bostich doen't, you need to add the sequential trigger to make you pull each time. I just upgraded my framing nailer, which would jump everywhere if you held the trigger. 

Oquities's picture

NAIL-Guns don't kill people, PEOPLE kill people

TruthInSunshine's picture

Feinstein & Schumer will immediately introduce legislation limiting the amount of nails that nail guns can be loaded with, and also limit particular features for which they use the term "assault" nail gun."

TheLooza's picture

That guy was always such a DIYer

TheReplacement's picture

Dick Talley WHACKED!

The killer would be a Dick Talley Whacker.

Cacete de Ouro's picture

"But we have diplomatic immunity"

"consider it revoked!"

venturen's picture

Why are none of these guys on Wall Street...wait they have no freaking souls or conscience 

patb's picture

Sounds like a scene out of Wiseguys.

"Guy killed himself by crushing his skull with a vise".


Odds are he had some very bad news silent partners who sealed up some loose ends.



Handful of Dust's picture

Was he licensed to carry a Nail Gun?

GetZeeGold's picture




We need more nail gun free zones.