SUICIDE THAT WAS
It must be a rarity for a suicide to be expected, but it is a fact that the suicide of Max Linder, the Charlie Chaplin of France, did not cause the least surprise to Parisians. Looking back on events, what does seem astonishing now is that precautions were not taken to prevent the execution of a threat which Linder had been making quite openly for at least twelve months. During that period he had been involved in at least three mysterious “incidents,” generally with his beautiful young wife, which had every appearance of attempts at suicide, and after they had been brought back to health he would inform his friends that the ending of his life was still his determination.
The most regrettable side of the Linder tragedy was that his charming wife should have been involved in the death pact, and it is generally felt that he was responsible for this. Linder's morbidity seems to have dated from his marriage, which began romantically enough by an elopement with his seventeen-year old bride. He had all that the world could give him in the way of professional success with accompanying wealth, and talent as a cinematograph comedian that showed no signs of failing. Apparently he let himself become depressed, to the point of acute neurasthenia, with an unjustified jealousy in regard to his wife, much younger than he, and, excessively temperamental, he could not conquer this. He will be missed in France, where etoiles of the films are few. (Cairns Post, Dec. 22, 1925)