Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson revisited

via Alex Jones at Prison Planet--

Newsday: ASPEN, Colo. -- Hunter S. Thompson's body was found in a chair in the kitchen in front of his typewriter with the word "counselor" typed in the center of the page, according to sheriff's reports. The word was typed on stationery from the Fourth Amendment Foundation, which was started to defend victims of unwarranted search and seizure, according to reports released Tuesday. [2.28.2005-HZ]

from the Toronto Globe and Mail:


Saturday, February 26, 2005, Page F9
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."

That's how I imagine a tribute to Hunter S. Thompson should begin. He was indeed working on such a story, but it wasn't what killed him. He exercised his own option to do that. As he said to more than one person, "I would feel real trapped in this life if I didn't know I could commit suicide at any time."

the first paragraph appears for free at the Globe and Mail's URL; the second paragraph and the rest of the story requires a (paid) registration. If the Globe and Mail is such an august journal, and if Roberts was indeed Thompson's friend, why are they exploiting his death, whether suicide or not, with such a teasing equivocation? Nevertheless, there are pieces that don't add up.(2nd paragraph courtesy Mack White's 2.27.2005 post,which I had difficulty hyperlinking.)

from CNN:

"I was on the phone with him, he set the receiver down and he did it. I heard the clicking of the gun," Anita Thompson told the Aspen Daily News in Friday's editions. She said her husband had asked her to come home from a health club so they could work on his weekly ESPN column -- but instead of saying goodbye, he set the telephone down and shot himself. Thompson said she heard a loud, muffled noise, but didn't know what had happened. "I was waiting for him to get back on the phone," she said. (Her account to Rocky Mountain News reporter Jeff Kass is slightly different: "I did not hear any bang," she told Kass. She added that Thompson's son, who was in the house at the time, believed that a book had fallen when he heard the shot, according to Kass' report.)

some additional links:

Liberty Think: "Thompson thought 9-11 was an inside job"

Total 911 Info

NY Times: 9-11 Report