Bitcoin Claims Its First "Real" Victim

Tyler Durden's picture

[UPDATE: Tech in Asia has updated the article to emphasize that suicide is only suggested and not certain]

The last few weeks have been dismally littered with two things. The virtual losses of virtual wealth from virtual currency speculation and the very real losses of very real humans with very real senior financial services positions. Sadly, as NewsWatch reports, tonight sees the two trends converge as the 28-year-old CEO of Singapore-based Bitcoin exchange First Meta has been found dead. The exact reason that may have led to the suicide is not known, and whether the Police have concluded that the cause of death is suicide is also unofficial.



Via NewsWatch,

According to Tech in Asia, Singapore-based Bitcoin exchange platform First Meta’s 28 year old CEO Autumn Radtke committed suicide.


Reasons are currently unknown.


First Meta is a Singaporean start up company that runs a exchange platform for virtual currencies such as Bitcoin. The news of suicide of its CEO Autumn Radtke spread on Facebook and Twitter, drawing attention from the BItcoin industry.


The exact reason that may have led to the suicide is not known, and whether the Police have concluded that the cause of death is suicide is also unofficial. First Meta has stated that an official announcement will be given by the company soon.


Before joining First Meta, Radtke was the Director of Business Development at Xfire – a company that develops IM systems for gamers. Radtke was also the Co-founder, Business Development at Geodelic Systems, Inc.


There have been 9 senior financial services deaths in recent weeks:

1 – William Broeksmit, 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, was found dead in his home after an apparent suicide in South Kensington in central London, on January 26th.


2- Karl Slym, 51 year old Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27th.


3 – Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old JP Morgan employee, died after falling from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London on January 27th.


4 – Mike Dueker, 50-year-old chief economist of a US investment bank was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State.


5 – Richard Talley, the 57 year old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead earlier this month after apparently shooting himself with a nail gun.


6 -Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, also died last month, however the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown.


7 – Ryan Henry Crane, a 37 year old executive at JP Morgan died in an alleged suicide just a few weeks ago.  No details have been released about his death aside from this small obituary announcement at the Stamford Daily Voice.


8 - Li Junjie, 33-year-old banker in Hong Kong jumped from the JP Morgan HQ in Hong Kong this week.


9 - James Stuart Jr., a "very successful banker" and Former National Bank of Commerce CEO found dead (with no details of what caused the death) in Scottsdale, Az.

and numerous Bitcoin-related losses - from today's Flexcoin "bank" losses to the infamous Mt.Gox debacle:

As Wired notes,


... But beneath it all, some say, Mt. Gox was a disaster in waiting. Last year, a Tokyo-based software developer sat down in Gox’s first-floor meeting room to talk about working for the company. “I thought it was going to be really awesome,” says the developer, who also spoke on condition of anonymity. Soon, however, there were some serious red flags. ...


According to a leaked Mt. Gox document that hit the web last week, hackers had been skimming money from the company for years. The company now says that it’s out a total of 850,000 bitcoins, more than $460 million at Friday’s bitcoin exchange rates. When bitcoin enthusiast Jesse Powell heard this, he was reminded of June 2011.


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Dear Infinity's picture

Rest in peace, Autumn.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

+ 1  

Yes to you above.  R.I.P. 

Scarlett's picture

The very idea that she would would do it is ludricrous, for anyone who knew her.  

She was a wonderful girl, always a wonderful, laughing presence, whenever she was.

These bitcoin "exchanges" nobody has ever heard of before?  These are NSA setups.


max2205's picture

That star dagger thingy in her forehead should help determine a lot

fonestar's picture

This is strange.  fonestar can't believe that Bitcoin exchange operators are being offed now?  Hopefully they get to the bottom of this woman's death.

acetinker's picture

It's not strange at all, fone.  You ever hear of Lincoln, Garfield, Jackson or Kennedy?  Same as it ever was.

Almost Solvent's picture

Two blondes were in a bar watching the television when the news came on. It showed a guy on a bridge that was about to jump, obviously suicidal. "I'll bet you $10 he'll jump," said Betty.

"Bet you $10 he won't," replied Amber. Then, the guy on the television closed his eyes and threw himself off the bridge. The second blonde hands the first her money.

"I can't take your money," said Betty. "I cheated you. The same story was on the five o'clock news."

"No, no. Take it," said Amber. "I saw the five o'clock news too. I just didn't think the guy was dumb enough to jump again!"

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

A tragic loss...

The revolution marches on. is a great place to get bitcoins

maskone909's picture

No women no kids. Very sad. Beautiful dog too.

stacking12321's picture

-1 for calling the dog beautiful - there are no beautiful dogs, they are all ugly hideous noisy smelly beasts!

GetZeeGold's picture
 is a great place to get bitcoins


So much for the wake.......RIP Autumn.


Do they also sell snake oil?

MagicHandPuppet's picture

She was so cute.  I don't know much about her, but I'm saddened by her death.... though, not so much for the "suicided" bankers.  I really don't think an crypto currency entreprenuer should be in the same category as fiat banking scum.  Just my opinion.  R.I.P., Autumn

TheHound73's picture

Learn to read a chart, spammer.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

You think thin black lines in price candles are volume bars, which are thick coloured bars, and you're telling me or anyone else how to read a chart?

U r mass1ve fail.

Tall Tom's picture

That is one hell of a chart MDB. Of course you are correct.


Damn. Somebody dumped it big time. That was a smashdown attempt. That was concurrent with that type of Volume?


That makes Gold Smashdowns pale in comparison.


Where did you find that?


Edit: Original Source...

Tall Tom's picture

TheHound73...You need to learn to read a Candlestick Chart. That is one hell of a Tail. It plunged. No bidders on High Volume.


I wonder who in the hell dumped it.

fonestar's picture

It's not strange at all, fone.  You ever hear of Lincoln, Garfield, Jackson or Kennedy?  Same as it ever was.

fonestar is not sure but thinks those might be Dead Presidents, not CEO's of some minor Bitcoin exchange overseas.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Fonestar - should I invest in anuscoin or taintcoin?

I'm torn but am confident you know the details of each one with exacting precision.


DaddyO's picture

Hey Tylers, it would appear this poor unfortunate woman is not the only death so far in the cryptocoin world.

Read This;


HisNameIsRP's picture

I like shit-coin myself, apparently it has a block-stain that cannot be replicated

Sokhmate's picture

truthinsunshine, why not consider titcoin?

zionhead101's picture


CEO, First-Meta

She drank your koolaide, and she put all her money, and family money, and friend money, and CALIF/ISRAEL VC money, and TRIAD money into BTC, then it evaporated.

Somebody terminated her life FONEY cuz she was doing what your told her to do.

When are you going take some responsibility?


TheHound73's picture

LOL, so this 20-times banned reject is leveling charges of involuntary manslaughter.  Fuck off zionhead. This is fightclub, where different views and opinions are hashed out.  If somebody offs themselves because of a fonestar web comment, frankly, the human race is better for it.  But you don't know shit about the circumstances leading to her death.

Tall Tom's picture

You don't understand the laws. If you were to suggest that somebody off themselves, and they do as a result of your suggestion, then you can be held liable for Civil Damages as well as be held liable for possible CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.


Now maybe you have nothing to lose but I am sure that ABC Media has something to lose.


You lack compassion and respect for other's lives.


With Freedom of Speech comes a great responsibility. It does not give you license to use it recklessly...regardless of whether or not this is "Fight Club".


Make the suggestion about offing Certain Members of the United States society and you will find yourself visited by the Secret Service, jailed everytime that they frequent your town until they leave...for the rest of your life.


It is just a Heads Up for future reference.

acetinker's picture

Jeezus fucking H. Christ!  Tall Tom spouts 'code' as if it were law.  You ever have a exchange with Chupacabra-322?  Tell us again TT, what it is you do for a living?

I believe your handlers call you a 'useful idiot'.

superflex's picture

You're going to have to do better that that troll.

Freddie's picture

You are forgetting President William McKinley.  He was in favor of "bi-metalism." What is that? Making gold and silver legal currency with fiat.  Look it up.  It has not been wiped from the Internet - yet.  McKinley seemed like a pretty good guy too.

Dollarmedes's picture

Yeah...I heard McKinley went both ways.

acetinker's picture

Let me up the ante...  How about Napoleon, or that most evilest of all bastards Hitler.  Each and all knew the evils of banking, and sought to oppose it.  Dunno why we call the frenchy by his first name.  I guess it sounds more menacing than Bonaparte.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

If there is anything ZH should be able to teach you, it's a healthy cynicism -- which would lead you to conclude that had Hitler won that war, he'd be one of the most noble and moral me who ever lived, and any evidence to the contrary would not exist.

willwork4food's picture

Yes, and to think Hitler was the most evil is ludicrous if you study history-not scripted history. Pol Pot, Stalin and Cheney makes Hitler look like a schoolyard bully.

zionhead101's picture

OBAMA & HITLER are the same,

Little men bitches owned by other men,


CASS SUNSTEIN and KAGAN brought OBAMA to power.

GetZeeGold's picture



Which is why Obama always skips the security leaves more time for golf.


So what time does Reggie show up?

goldflows's picture

Fonstar you are crap.  Here now are a bunch of dead finace execs, some of which weren't even close to anything that has caused ppl to commit suicide before, and you think its a conspiracy??

The girl proably

a. took the money and used it


b. gave the appearance of having bitcoins to customers but actually traded them all away to illiquid markets.

People have invested way to much becasue of rotten scum like you, and lost it all.

I thank God I never bought a single one, and I pray for those that have yet to lose it all, including you fonestar.. as hard as it may be.


zionhead101's picture

Actuality she was tied to the hip with Karpeles running MT-Gox, ... Karpeles got out and escaped to Israel, Autumn didn't make it back.

Game-Over as we say in SIM-CITY.


I'll say one more thing for you all to think about, the ZIO- have been screwing ASIA with GoldmanSacks scams and JPM toilet paper. Then the CIA just killed all those people saturday night in KUNMING.

Just maybe saying that the CHINESE-MAFIA, just maybe might hit back ZIO- where it really hurts on these billionaire's facefuck zio- wannabe's in the making, ... follow the money, and it all leads to big money back in Israel.

Just saying that if I were CHINA and wanted to get even steven with the assholes, I would go after their spawn.


stacking12321's picture

goldflows, you are an idiot who doesn't understand the concept of personal responsibility.

your investment decisions are 100% your own responsibility, regardless of what fonestar or anyone else says.

if you can't understand this simple concept, you deserve to lose all your money.


zionhead101's picture

Well Autumn, didn't make it out, Karpeles made it back to Israel, and SHREM is in an AIPAC safe-house.

I think after the YAKUZA failed to snatch Karpeles the TRIAD wasn't going to take any more chances.


Sure as shit, these ZIO's setup shop in ASIA, cuz the law's don't stop you from ripping people off, but when you do rip people off in ASIA, you have to face the MAFIA.

In the USA First-Meta, and MT-GOX couldn't and didn't setup shop for legal reasons, they thought they were safe in ASIA to scam idiots, ... they were wrong.

GS & JPM learned the same lesson in CHINA, and they sold out and ran for their lives.

HungryPorkChop's picture

Clue #1 that Bitcoin was a setup should have been all the positive front page press it received.  Remember the week Overstock started accepting Bitcoin and sold a record amount of goods? I smell something fishy on this one.

But don't worry!  It's probably the exact same group(s) that are also involved in dive bombing gold and silver the past two years. I believe they will continue and do this until the whole economy implodes due to the non-ending manipulation and gaming by this or these group(s).



Mine Is Bigger's picture

The world wold be a better place if more people believed in reincarnation and karma. 

aerojet's picture

Just because someone was fun to be around doesn't mean there is some grand conspiracy committed by some intelligence agency.  Lots of people in the financial industry are bipolar--high highs and low lows.  It seemingly does not take much for such people to do harm to themselves.  I told you how this Bitcoin thing would play out.  You think 'hackers' stole the money over time?  Oh no, it was part of the scheme from the beginning.  I thought the buildup to the unwind would take another couple of years, but it topped out very fast in the end.  Until next time...

A Nanny Moose's picture

Why there ought to be a law....

These exchanges and crypto currencies are dangerous. We need more gummint to protect us from anarchistic crypto currencies.

GetZeeGold's picture



We need more gummint


I'd be willing to over spend the budget by a couple trillion dollars if we could just get that.

fonestar's picture

More fake libertarians showing their true colours.  fonestar rests his case.

UnpatrioticHoarder's picture

Can't wait until the code development standards at these outfits are laid bare ala