DIES PLUNGING OFF
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
A man who claimed to be the true authentic Batman jumped off the world's
tallest building and plunged to his death.
Man" Flincher, 68, had written to ABC and CBS over 600 times
in the course of the last two years, stating that he was the one and
only real Batman, and that he would soon disclose evidence to support
The major networks
scoffed at his statements and never returned his mail. Flincher was
bitter, but continued to fight crime whenever he could. In January,
he was on the roof of his house when he spotted an older lady being
teased by some young bullies. He dove off the roof and landed on one
of the boys, eventually turning him over to police. Jason Crighton,
16, described the incident - " I was just teasing the old bag
when all of the sudden, some freako jumped off the roof and nearly
broke my neck...He musta been nuts, cause he was wearing some kind
of batman suit...".
that Flincher often waked around in his Batman suit, but refused to
respond to his real name, claiming that he was Batman, not Flincher.
He played the role well, declining to acknowledge that Flincher and
Batman were one and the same. He was intent on maintaining his secret
Last week, Flincher
took the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building and even
though police urged him to come down, Flincher said "See you
at the bottom..." and then dove off, flapping wildly once he
realized that he couldn't actually fly. Witnesses on the 62nd floor
said they saw Flincher trying to toss his batarang towards the building,
in the hope that he could stop the fall. He dropped like a stone through
the roof of a Buick and into its back seat.
Dexter Swan told reporters that they had known for a while that Flincher
might pull a stunt like that. " I knew the old man, cause he
used to jump off roofs and although we told him we didn't need his
help, he continued to battle crime in his own way."
buried in his Batman costume and the funeral was a private one held
for family members only.
Above: The famed costume - Duke Flincher
claimed to be the real Batman.
He was killed instantly after jumping off the world's tallest building.
nut used to spend his nights in a hole in his backyard - he called
it the batcave. I called it the Hole of stupidity..."
kept wanting to buy bats...lots of bats..he said he needed them for
his batcave...What a weirdo."
Pet Store Owner
Flincher kept calling me Robin...I was sick of it. I musta told him
a million times that my name was not Robin... "
"I had to ask him to move...he was always on the roof and
jumping off...he was disturbing the other tenants."