Clarkstown Police Identify Woman In Apparent Mall Suicide

Police identify Bindu Mathew, 36, of Orangeburg as the woman who fell to her death on Christmas Eve.


Clarkstown Police have identified the 36-year-old woman who died in an apparent Christmas Eve suicide as Bindu Mathew from Orangeburg. 

According to police, video surveillance of the incident at the Palisades Center shows Matthew sat on top of the fourth floor railing and intentionally pushed herself over.

Police were called to the Palisades Center at about 10 p.m. on Monday, and recovered her body on the parking garage level.   

Editor's Note:  Police corrected spelling of last name to Mathew.

Chris December 26, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I believe the name of the deceased is actually Binu Mathew.
haileyjade December 26, 2012 at 09:40 PM
what a shame. is that it though? no photo or statement from family? who wss she?
Gregg December 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I hope she found peace.
Theresa Brick December 27, 2012 at 03:55 AM
How sad! I'm sure if she had stopped any of the hundreds of strangers walking by & told them how she felt, they would've helped her, but sadly she had already made up her mind. What a tragedy. I hope she is now at peace. Suicide seems to be happening more than ever, doesn't it? Or do we just hear more about it now?
Tim December 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Ok Palisades Mall officials, its time for a 10 foot fence to stop, shoppers from having to witness anything like this ever again.....
John Doe December 27, 2012 at 01:39 PM
how about a net so if any does jump, the net can catch them and they could get proper help. Also with the new climbing course in the center of the mail, I bet you will see a lot more people falling. I know there is a harness for people actually using the equipment properly but during closed hours people can jump the rail and jump right on to it.
BUGSPOP December 27, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Some how I know she is at peace and I hope she is with loved ones in heaven
Joan K December 27, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The Journal News has published all kinds of crap about this woman and have come to the conclusion that she killed herself because her dog died and she was single at 36. I wish some of these idiots at the JN would hurl themselves from a high place.
CAN46 December 28, 2012 at 05:17 PM
@Tim: what is that supposed to mean? Shouldnt we have protection so no one is able to harm themselves again? Or are you more concerned with having your shopping experienced disrupted?!
amy December 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM
i actually knew her very well and to say she died over a dog is highly unacceptable, she was suffering from depression for a very long time- please watch what you write.
riss1218 December 29, 2012 at 10:57 PM
@CAN46 What Tim means I think is that there should be some sort of barrier to prevent these selfish individuals from taking their own life in a VERY PUBLIC place where hundreds of people shop daily. No one should have to witness someone take their own life. My fiance and I were in the mall a couple years ago when another person took their own life outside Banana Republic during mall hours. Innocent people saw this, children saw this and that is unacceptable. Would you have a great day if you saw someone jump to their death while you were shopping? Imagine how much that would effect you.
Mike December 29, 2012 at 11:04 PM
They were so busy making their gun map and now apparently hiring armed guards to do the work of real journalists. My advice- dont buy the paper or use their on line service.
Marie Fillips December 30, 2012 at 09:48 PM
@riss1218 that is the most selfish thing I have ever heard. Imagine how these families feel and to see you complaining that a death ruined your shopping day? You should be ashamed of yourself.
CAN46 December 31, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Thank you @Marie Filips. @riss1218 you are just as selfish. You act like people that take their own life should be banned from the human race. They may have personal issues and its devastating that they chose this path instead of seeking help. You must live a very sheltered life if you don't realize that events like this happen all the time, and no, no one should have to experience to the physical act, but like @Tim, you too seem to be more concerned with having a joyful shopping experience than the fact that this poor woman is no longer living. Oh wait, maybe she should have chosen to go home and committ suicide.atbe she will send you letter apologizing. Instead of worrying that I didn't get my shopping done, I'd feel sad for this poor woman.
john simon January 02, 2013 at 01:47 AM
With the way the economy is it will be happening alot more
Dr. G January 13, 2013 at 02:23 AM
She was my first girlfriend and i was her first boyfriend. She was a funny, intelligent, a strong Christian believer. She loved arts and drew a lot as a child. She was caring and loving. She touched the hearts of all those she met. The room often went silent went she walked in. Sorry if she traumatized anyone's Christmas. GOD BLESS HER AND ALL THOSE SHE HELPED EVERY CHRISTMAS BEFORE.
Tyler Durden January 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Dr. G - Thank you for sharing this post with us. It's important to remember that those who die by suicide are people and should be remembered for the lives they lived, not how they died. www.afsp.org


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