Friday, March 04, 2005

Tinfoil Hat Time: Hunter Thompson's suicide apparent suicide? 

Via, of all places, the New York Post—I found a copy tonight on the train; please don't think I bought it—we get this, from the sober grey pages of the Toronto Globe and Mail. The reporter, Paul William Roberts, writes:

Hunter telephoned me on Feb. 19, the night before his death. He sounded scared. It wasn't always easy to understand what he said, particularly over the phone, he mumbled, yet when there was something he really wanted you to understand, you did. He'd been working on a story about the World Trade Center attacks and had stumbled across what he felt was hard evidence showing the towers had been brought down not by the airplanes that flew into them but by explosive charges set off in their foundations. Now he thought someone was out to stop him publishing it: "They're gonna make it look like suicide," he said. "I know how these bastards think . . ."

And there they leave us hanging! The rest of the story is available to subscribers only....

But the Post does give us a few details on why Thompson's suicide might be an apparent suicide. To begin with, can anyone really imagine The Good Doctor not leaving a note? But there's more:

And in his report, Deputy Ron Ryan noted the semi-automatic Smith & Wesson 645 found next to Thompson's body was in an unusual condition. There was a spent shell casing, but although there were six bullets left in the gun's clip, there was no bullet in the firing chamber, as there should have been under normal circumstances.

Nicht and Nabel? Of course, they would never do that, but it would be nice to put the story to rest....


I'd love to be able to post fair use excerpts from the rest of the Globe and Mail story. Any Canadians among us with an "Insider Edition" subscription?

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