Somehow I missed this conspiracy theory till recently. I think this is because I had mixed feelings about Thompson apparent suicide – I was a follower of his writings, and couldn’t decided how I felt about his death. On one hand, blowing his brains out was a no less dramatic than his earlier exploits – but on the other hand, I expected him to go down fighting. Maybe he did.
“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 . . .”
Paul William Roberts, Toronto Globe and Mail
The thing is, when I read this article it’s obvious that Roberts is merely citing an imaginary conversation – the second paragraphs reveals as much. Some people, however, seem unable to read past that first paragraph, and there’s now a concrete rumour bouncing about conspiracy/literary circles which quote the aforementioned articles as proof that Thompson was murdered. Ye gods.
There he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die
– Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas »
However, Thompson actually did give an interview on KDNK radio (Colorado) in January 2003 where he made a suggestion that he may be murdered to shut him up.
“Bush is really the evil one here and it is more than just him. We are the Nazis in this game and I don’t like it. I am embarrassed and I am pissed off. I mean to say something. I think a lot of people in this country agree with me…we’ll see what happens to me if I get my head cut off next week — it is always unknown or bushy-haired strangers who commit suicide right afterwards with no witnesses.”
However, there are other apparent irregularities concerning Thompson’s death, leading some people into suggesting that he had been forced to shoot himself. More on the websites below…
Hunter S. Thompson obituary spawns “murder” theory
Hunter S. Thompson Conspiracy Theories
Another look at Hunter Thompson’s death
Thompson’s Ashes fire from cannon »
The ashes of gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson have been blown into the sky from a cannon in Aspen, Colorado.
September 8 2005
Hunter S. Thompson note reveals despair
“No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun — for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax — This won’t hurt.”
October 23rd 2005
The Observer: A lonely legacy
Hunter S Thompson shot himself in February. Eight months on, his widow, Anita, talks to Rachel Cooke exclusively and for the first time about their time together, his sudden death, and living with the memories and memorabilia of a literary giant