Straining credulity..

This story appeared on Thursday and it deserves some discussion:

Peter W. Smith, GOP operative who sought Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers, committed suicide, records show – Chicago Tribune

Initially, I didn’t post about this because I didn’t want to reflexively “go there”.  The trail of bodies behind the Clintons rivals that of any George R. R. Martin book.  Of course, that’s where my mind immediately went and it seemed silly to follow my impulses.  I figured this HAS to be a coincidence.  But now after digesting the article for a while and applying some critical thinking, I believe this death deserves some serious scrutiny.

Items that stand out:

-The police chief listed on the report regarding Smith’s death that the circumstances were “unusual”.  This is completely dismissed in every article I’ve seen and in fact, the articles go out of their way to imply that this is not unusual.  I’m inclined to believe the police chief who, you know, actually investigated the death at the scene.

-Peter Smith’s suicide note allegedly stated that he was killing himself due to a bad health report he just received at the Mayo clinic in Rochester (He was also in town to do research on Hillary’s emails).  He also stated that he was killing himself now because a “life insurance policy was about to run out”.  A whole bunch of issues here:

a) It’s exceedingly rare for a life insurance policy to pay out in the event of suicide.  Smith was a highly intelligent man, he MUST have known this.

b) Who would it pay out to?  There’s a reference to family in the updated version of the article, but no word on whether they’re alive.

c) What was he being treated for?  What illness caused him to go to the Mayo?  In the updated version of the article, there’s a vague reference to a possible heart condition but nothing aside from that.

d) He was ill enough to go through with suicide but was well enough to travel around the country, doing on the ground research?

-Smith told a worker at the hotel he was staying at that “tomorrow was his last day”.  This is being used as “evidence” that Smith planned to kill himself.  Wouldn’t it be far more logical to assume that he meant that he was checking out tomorrow?

-By Friday, the body had already been cremated.

There’s another very, very important item to consider.  This man was, by all accounts, extremely driven.  Up until the day of his alleged suicide, he was posting blog entries about the Trump Administration (he posted two the day of his “suicide”) and even had an interview with the Wall Street Journal that morning.  People don’t just kill themselves when they’re in the middle of a passion project.  They want to see it through to the end.

Another item.  Read the article and then contrast this with Chris Cornell’s recent death.  Within two days, we knew everything about Chris’ suicide.  We know almost nothing here.

Perhaps this really is a suicide.  Perhaps the impression the article is trying to give to the reader winds up being the correct one.  But so far, this doesn’t pass the smell test.  There are a number of inconsistencies and holes that make no sense.

And only one day later, this happens:  Haitian official who was set to testify next Tuesday before the Haitian government on Clinton Foundation corruption commits suicide.

Klaus Eberwein, a former Haitian government official, was found dead Tuesday in a South Dade motel room in what the Miami-Dade medical examiner’s office is ruling a suicide.

“He shot himself in the head,” said Veronica Lamar, Miami-Dade medical examiner records supervisor. She listed his time of death at 12:19 p.m.

“It’s really shocking,” said Muncheez’s owner Gilbert Bailly. “We grew up together; he was like family.”

Bailly said he last spoke to Eberwein, 50, two weeks ago and he was in good spirits. They were working on opening a Muncheez restaurant in Sunrise, he said.

During and after his government tenure, Eberwein faced allegations of fraud and corruption on how the agency he headed administered funds. Among the issues was FAES’ oversight of shoddy construction of several schools built after Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake.

Eberwein was scheduled to appear Tuesday before the Haitian Senate’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the head of the commission, Sen. Evalière Beauplan confirmed. The commission is investigating the management of PetroCaribe funds, the money Haiti receives from Venezuela’s discounted oil program.

I’m really not sure what else to say about this.  No pithy or smart ass remarks.  This is just horrifying if it is what it looks like.