But the water had a dampening effect on his equipment. The rocket failed to ignite and the parachute failed to deploy. However, the third phase of his scheme did work according to plan. His corpse was recovered from the river below by the Maid o' the Mist staff.
Robert was married but had no children, making him a perfect Darwin contender.
Reference: Los Angeles Times, official Niagara Falls websites.
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Submitted by: Dave
Gregg says, "There is one important piece of information missing, and it really completes the story! I have lived in Niagara Falls most of my whole life and know this story well. The real reason the man died was because he could not swim; he drowned! He survived the crash, but didn't think to wear a life jacket..."
John Paul Minda says, "He made a video tape prior to the incident claiming that it was to attract attention to the 'plight of the homeless.'"