Banker Suicides Return: JPMorgan Executive "Blasts Wife, Kills Self" With Shotgun

Tyler Durden's picture

With Russia and China having briefly taken over the hub of global executive suicides, the sad trend has returned back to America. In what appears to the 15th financial services executive suicide this year, yet another JPMorgan Director took his own life. As IBTimes reports, Jefferson Township (New Jersey) police report that the Global Network Operations Center Executive Director, "Julian Knott, age 45, shot his wife Alita Knott, age 47, multiple times and then took his own life with the same weapon." They are survived by 3 teenage children... 

As IB Times reports,

JP Morgan executive director Julian Knott blasted his wife Alita to death with a shotgun before turning the gun on himself.


The 45-year-old, who worked for the investment bank in London until July 2010, shot his 47-year-old wife multiple times before committing suicide with the same weapon.




Julian moved to the United States from London in 2010 and was working at JP Morgan's Global Network Operations Center in Whippany, New Jersey, at the time of the tragedy.




Jefferson Township police, in New Jersey, confirmed on Sunday they had found two unconscious bodies at the Knotts' large suburban home at 1.12am.


A statement released on Tuesday added: "Through an extensive investigation conducted by the Jefferson Township Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutors Office and the Morris County Medical Examiner's Office the preliminary investigation has revealed that the two adults died as a result of gunshot wounds and the incident has been determined to be a murder/suicide.


"This preliminary investigation revealed that Julian Knott, age 45, shot his wife Alita Knott, age 47, multiple times and then took his own life with the same weapon."


Photos of the couple painted a picture of a content family life. Beneath the 2012 photo of Julian carrying his wife on the beach, a friend commented, "Always acting like newlyweds."


College student daughter Kayleigh, who along with her two teenage brothers survive their parents, used social media site Instagram to pay tribute to her mum and dad.

"Although I am heartbroken that they will never see me graduate college, will never be there to see me get married or to be grandparents for my children, I can still have my inner peace knowing that they are now stress-free in a much better place," she wrote.

"You never know what life is going to throw at you, but it is all part of a plan that is bigger than us all."

"So hug your families a little tighter tonight and count every little blessing because you never know what tomorrow will bring. Life is so incredibly beautiful and I can't wait to see what the world has in store for me. Rest in Peace Mummy and Daddy, stay close," she added.

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This is the 15th financial services exective death in recent months...

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, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO, found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz., the morning of Feb. 19. A family spokesman did not say whatcaused the death

10 - Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, 47, a trader at Midtown’s Vertical Group, commited suicide by jumping in front of LIRR train

11 - Kenneth Bellando, 28, a trader at Levy Capital, formerly investment banking analyst at JPMorgan, jumped to his death from his 6th floor East Side apartment.

12 - Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, the former CEO of Dutch bank ABN Amro found dead at home near Amsterdam with wife and daughter.

13 - Li Jianhua, 49, the director of China's Banking Regulatory Commission died of a sudden heart attack

14 - Lydia _____, 52 - jumped to her suicide from the 14th floor of Bred-Banque Populaire in Paris

15 - Julian Knott, 45 - killed wife and self with a shotgun in Jefferson Township, New Jersey

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Platinum's picture

Knott a good sign for this month.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot's picture

"sad trend"? That's a typo right?

Skateboarder's picture

'lil Kayleigh: "my folks died. Life is so beautiful!"

gh0atrider's picture

Fake Dad Mr. Lanza talking about how he wishes his fake son Adam Lanza was never born to orchestrate a fake shooting.

COSMOS's picture

Another one bites the sand, and another one does and another one does...

When you are a banker sand is so much more chique than common man dust...

I still want Jaimie to blow himself up with a shotgun or nailgun is even better.  I hope the doc that does the surgery on him uses that surgical staple gun with exuberance.


Latina Lover's picture

Too bad about the wife and I truly feel sorry for the children. At least the bankster did the right thing and off'ed himself.  Let's hope his compadres follow his example.

Latina Lover's picture

A man is stuck in traffic. He asks a police officer about the hold-up and he replies: "The head of the Bank Of England is so depressed about the economy he's stopped his car and is threatening to douse himself with petrol and set himself on fire. So we're taking up a collection for him." The man asks: "How much have you got so far?" The policeman replies: "About 40 gallons, but a lot of people are still siphoning."

Latina Lover's picture

A London banker dies in poverty and so his local pub decides to raise funds for his funeral. One day a man walks into the pub and is asked to donate 20p for the fund. "What's it for?" he asks, and the landlord tells him. So he reaches into his pocket, hands him a £5 note and says, "Here, go and bury 25 of them."

Latina Lover's picture

'What's the difference between a dead cat on the motorway and a dead banker on the motorway? There are skidmarks around the cat."

Grande Tetons's picture

Now that was fucking funny. 

Latina Lover's picture

What's the difference between a dead bankster and a dead attorney?


Who cares!

jbvtme's picture

tell me robbie parker is going to deliver the eulogy...

Save_America1st's picture

Their daughter sounds like a freak!  Either she killed them or daddy shoulda just killed her off and gone on with his life.  Seems obvious she surely doesn't care all that much for some reason.  *psycho*

silverserfer's picture

her dad was a banker at JPM what do you expect? "Mummy and daddy?" WTF? 

MeMadMax's picture



There IS a name that keeps repeating in that list however: JP Morgan...



NoDebt's picture

Somewhere "stress free"?  Honey, they're now EVERYTHING free.  They're gone.

What a DAMNED ODD goodbye comment.  And on Instagram?  This whole story has "ick factor" all over it, and I don't just mean the blood and guts.

These people ain't right.

AgShaman's picture

Bankers raising detached psycopathic children?

Yeah, she'll be sportin' the iced latte at the funeral

Tall Tom's picture

'lil Kayleigh: "my folks died. Life is so beautiful!"


That means, "Yeah. Thanks Mummy and Daddy.  I cannot wait to get my hands on the inheritance. It is party time."


Wait until she finds out that there is not an inheritance and all that they left to the kids is a pile of unpayable debts...

BellyBrain's picture

Still looks to me like pawns are being sacrificed to ensure they don't reveal the king's secrets.  For all we know he could have been a decent guy (for a banker) who happened to "know too much."  I think murder-suicide is FAR less likely than murder-murder by a pro hired to make it look like murder-suicide.

tbone654's picture

It does feel like there is an important piece of information missing here...  This one isn't over...  It just doesn't feel right...  And your words "less likely" are a good qualifier...  This will be in the Globe some day...

Freddie's picture

This is NJ - so the kids may owe money in their inheritance tax.  The famly bought the house about 2 months ago and it was sold to them for $600,000.

J S Bach's picture

I've got a really big belt.  Keep the notches coming. (But keep the innocent family members out of the equation.)

johansen's picture

strange indeed because this means they raised their kids with no Biblical sense of Judgment aftwards. kill your wife and yourself and still go to heaven. now if we only had some guarantee of this.. or that. but, where is the fear of the unknown? at least some people at least try to die with a clean conscience.

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

Your state after death will be identical to your state before birth, it really isn't that hard

johansen's picture

heh, you're not that far off. this life is a test however, a few pass.

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

On what evidence do you base this claim?

Maybe the test is to suppress your animal instinct to reproduce and only these people pass the test.

Maybe the test is to be compassionate and not harm any being that can sense pain or fear so only vegetarians pass the test.

Maybe the test is to shun all modern luxuries so only the Amish pass the test.

Maybe the test is gain the most power so only the dictators pass the test (Hey, who knows how the universe works, maybe warriors are being chosen).

Maybe the test is to avoid group think so all thesists fail the test (Maybe the universe is looking for free thinkers so bibles have been planted on the earth to test how well people can think critically).

Maybe the test is to uncover the truth of the universe via scientific pursuit so only scientists pass the test.

Maybe there is no test whatsoever.

It's an illusion johansen.

You cannot possibly know if there is a test and even if there was, what the test is, who the time keeper and adjudicator is.


Tall Tom's picture

You cannot possibly know if there is a test and even if there was, what the test is, who the time keeper and adjudicator is.


No. Perhaps it is "YOU [who] cannot possihbly know."


Why don't you ask Him to reveal Himself? Take that small step of faith and ask.


You may be shocked at just what you CAN possibly know.


Are you fearful of that?

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

Fear doesn't come into it, fear is not even something I remotely consider.

How do I ask him to reveal himself to me? Do I recite the words in my head? Do I shout it from a rooftop? 

The thing is TT, I am being brutally honest. but I suspect theists are so wrapped up in the words of the bible that they've forgotten what it is to think freely and objectively. 

In what form does god reveal homself to you? If I am standing next to you and god reveals himself to you can I see him to? I'm not trying to be funny or insulting by the way, I'm trying to point out how our of use of language becomes so corrupted that it clouds the disussion. When you say reveal, I assume you don't mean in an optical sense, that is, such that you can physically see him?

johansen's picture

Yes, I have physically seen Jesus Christ. I know that's a very tall order but i will also say this, i have also seen many other things, some of which have happened, some of which i am waiting for, others have partly manifested in real life because i feared they would happen. that last part keeps me up at night.

when you talk about seening God, that part is so personal i don't even know how to describe it. if God manifests in a visual way, who am i to say that other ways are deception? this is the ultimate test. you have a longing for somethign more, but you withold because its too personal, too crazy, etc, etc.

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

OK, fair enough, you've physically seen jesus. Can you describe the sighting. Did jesus have the same tangible form of a human being like your brother or sister? I mean, flesh and blood tangible. Was the sighting more like an apparition, ghost like that appeared in the physical world, floating above the ground? Did jesus appear the same as portrayed in literature?

Let me share something johansen. I have had the most remarkable experiences with lucid dreaming. I am talking off the charts incredible, beyond imagination. Full out of body sensations fully controlled in a conscious manner. I can't begin to describe one experience in Seattle when I realised I was asleep and dreaming and then thought to myself, awesome, I'm going to fly over Seattle to have a look. The emerging from the body, in the room where I was sleeping, floating down the hall way, out the back door and then zooming up over the stand of pines trees in the backyard. Incredible, breath taking stuff. was I really out of body, in the physical world. NO. I was in an altered state of consiousness drawing on memories to paint the surrounds. You would describe this as astral travelling, I would describe it as a extremely potent form of dreaming.

That's the difference between us. I accept the limitations of my brain and know full well in advance the brain can play some very devious tricks and what occurs inside the brain does not necessarily have any bearing on the external physical world. Oh, and by the way, I tested categorically the outer of body expertience by getting my partner to write a number on a piece of paper and place the piece of paper on a pelmet in the lounge room. I figured if I was leaving my body in a physical sense I could float up and read the number on the paper. No luck unfortunately even though I got very proficient at lucid dreaming for sometime. 

johansen's picture

I was not asleep at the time.

I had one and only one experience at lucid dreaming. it ended the moment i was lucid enough to realize i can go find something to have sex with. i woke up half way through something i won't describe, other than to say a friend fo mine had a similar experience.

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

It's hardly a convincing portrayal. Why do you trust what you saw? Was it an hallucination?

johansen's picture

Yes, I have physically seen Jesus Christ. I know that's a very tall order but i will also say this, i have also seen many other things, some of which have happened, some of which i am waiting for, others have partly manifested in real life because i feared they would happen. that last part keeps me up at night.

when you talk about seening God, that part is so personal i don't even know how to describe it. if God manifests in a visual way, who am i to say that other ways are deception? this is the ultimate test. you have a longing for somethign more, but you withold because its too personal, too crazy, etc, etc.

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

The notion of justice after death, I understand the need, believe me, I do. It's just cockamamie though, it's an illusion we chose to live under because it makes life seem more bearable. It is a very poor substitute for reality though because while we defer action to some invisible grey bearded sky man after death, we fail to act to stamp out injustice in the present.

There have been hundreds of thousands if not millions of very, very nasty human beings who have lived a fullfilling and happy life - just at the expense of those unfortunate to be in their presence. Molecules come together under instruction from DNA to build Vlad the Impaler who lives in oppulence, destroys other life in the most horrific and barbarous manner, then dies. The molecules that formed him at the time of his death, disperse back into the environment. He ceases to exist. His DNA is passed to his children to continue the cycle.

Does anyone seriously think Vlad the Impaler still exists in some form in some other dimension suffering eternal damnation. What would be the point? Wouldn't it be better for everyone concerned if he just ceased to exist. when you start drilling into the claims made by the bible it just all breaks down as being really silly.

johansen's picture

"justice" (in human terms) is an illusion. ask for forgiveness. that's the test essentially, can you seek it, and ask for it.

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

Forgiveness for what?

I didn't chose to be born, I just was.

If I am here because of some supreme all powerful creator I'll be buggered if I am going to live in a constant state of fear and bow and scrape to something I have never seen, who set the initial conditions and who then wants me to apologise and ask for forgiveness for what takes place.

Come on mate, this is childish beyond comprehension.

What sort of life is that?

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

I could also claim, very cynically, that jesus died on the cross for our sins, so we're all golden. 

Hey, I didn't make the rules, this is what the bible claims. He died on the cross for our sins.

Why not be an asshole all your life then ask for forgiveness at the pearly gates, that's what the mafia does.

If I don't sin then jesus's death on the cross was in vain. 

If I ever hear a voice in my head that I can be certain isn't a result of a malfunctioning brain I will be the first to admit I am wrong and drop to the figurative feet of our great leader.

johansen's picture

at the limit of threaded replies here. all i can say is seek and you will find. so far, most of what i've found is deception, but the subject matter is very damming so to speak. i do not believe it is hard to find absolute truth in this universe, but the signal to noise ratio is very, very low.

Liberal's picture

This is so tragic.  He was doing God's work so the rest of us wouldn't have to.  And like a good banker, he was probably an Obama supporter, too.  My heart is so broken right now.  Can we raise taxes on everyone except us public employees to pay for his funeral services?

Rusty Shorts's picture

I just saw a comment disappear ...poooof

WonderDawg's picture

I remember back in the day when it was supposed to be the Repubes who were asshole buddies with the banks, but the reality was the same then as it is now:  Demotards can be bought for the same price as the Repubes.

yrad's picture

JPM Life Insurance must be nice, even with a suicide.

Frankie Carbone's picture

What do you call 50 dead bankers at the bottom of the Hudson? 

A good start. 

Brutlstrudl's picture

Q. Why do bankers wear neckties.

A. So their foreskins can't come up and suffocate them

Headbanger's picture

Suicide is painless.

It brings on many changes..


And doesn't Obama have a shot gun?

If only...