On a mild Thursday morning in late September, Kirk Stephenson, a London investment-fund executive, ate breakfast with his wife and eight-year-old son, then drove to a train station about 30 miles from his Chelsea home.
As an express train approached, Mr. Stephenson stepped onto the tracks, according to British Transport Police. The driver applied emergency brakes but couldn't stop in time. Mr. Stephenson, 47 years old, died at the scene.
What was ailing this man who seemed to have it all? He left no suicide note, so the answer remains a mystery. But many friends and business associates in the U.S., London and his native New Zealand say Mr. Stephenson was a casualty of the global financial crisis, his pressures culminating with the failure of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
Stephenson's fund, Olivant, had bought a large position in UBS, which is bad enough. But they had held the shares at Lehman when it collapsed, and they were unlikely to recover them.
It's interesting that Greenspan's killing spree started with unsophisticated, lower-middle-class borrowers who got in over their heads on a mortgage, and now has trended toward high-earners and would-be financial titans like Barry Fox and Kirk Stephenson. Greenspan's Body Count now stands at sixty-one:
Dallas Dwayne Carter
Lt. Michael Howe
Palmer C. White
Dianne Pittman White
Edwin F. Rachleff
Scott M. Coles
Dawn E. Armstrong
Jonathon Calvin "40-Cal" Jacques
Little Boy X
Little Girl X
Rufus Shaw Jr.
Lynn Flint Shaw