The Usual (Dead) Suspects

A quick look back at a list of government-targeted suspects who wound up dead before their day in court:

Riad Hamad

"Riad Hamad is a non-violent activist in Austin, Texas. He holds multiple Master's degrees and has never been arrested. He is now under surveillance by the FBI because he organized the shipment of books to Palestinian children."

"...On the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 27, award-winning schoolteacher Riad Hamad, founder of the Palestine Children’s Welfare Fund (PCWF) was getting ready to leave for work when the doorbell rang in his modest apartment in Austin, Texas. It was a dozen FBI and IRS agents bearing a search warrant from Judge Robert Pittman, known for his hostility to Palestinians and Arabs, with whom Riad had had previous experience..."

Riad Hamad’s suicide:

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, the Austin Police Department announced Riad Hamad's death as a 'suicide,' despite his body being discovered gagged and bound with duct tape. Hamad had claimed he was being targeted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement.

Despite the bindings around Hamad's hands and face, the Austin Police Department deemed the death not suspicious, with spokesperson Sergeant Joseph Chacon contending it was possible Riad had bound himself, saying:
‘Right now, the indications are that this was not, there was not foul play involved. The bindings, although I can't go into them extensively, I can tell you that it is possible that he could have done this to himself.’”

On the Alex Jones Show today, Dr. Ibrahim Dremali, Director of the Islamic Center of Greater Austin, described the condition of Riad Hamad Esolh’s body after he allegedly committed suicide by trussing himself in duct tape and throwing himself in the Colorado River in Austin, also known as Lady Bird Lake.
Islamic law requires the deceased be washed prior to burial and this was what Mr. Dremali did less than 24 hours after Mr. Hamad was pulled from the Colorado River and after an autopsy, although it appears Hamad’s family did not give permission for an autopsy. Normally, according to Dr. Dremali, the “police contact Islamic Center before they do anything” and they did not do this in the case of Mr. Hamad.

Dremali described to Alex Jones the condition of Hamad’s body. It appeared as if he had been “attacked by an animal in the jungle,” Dremali said. Hamad was cut from the shoulder to the stomach; his arms were cut and his face was bruised and the rear of his skull was bashed in. Dremali said Hamad’s brain was missing. Alex speculated Hamad’s brain was missing because he may have been shot in the head.
Dremali stressed that suicide is forbidden under Islamic law. Moreover, the claim Hamad committed suicide is specious because he had children and was in the process of obtaining a doctorate degree.
Dr. Dremali would not speculate if Riad Hamad was assassinated, although it is now obvious, considering the condition of the body, he did not commit suicide.
If indeed Riad Hamad was assassinated, this would dovetail with Israel’s declaration they will target assassinate “Palestinian extremists,” apparently including American school teachers who send textbooks to Palestinian school children, obviously a terrorist event. Israeli intelligence, according to United Press International, considers violating U.S. sovereignty and murdering U.S. citizens as “operational maneuverability.”


Brandy Britton

Brandy Britton doesn’t speak much on her home phone. Not since the incident.
In fact, she’s careful about talking anywhere in her house.
“I don’t want to talk in the living room,” she says, her voice hushed. “I think it’s bugged.”
Still, despite her fears of wiretaps and the adamant instructions of her attorney, Brandy Britton, the former University of Maryland, Baltimore County assistant professor accused of prostitution, can’t resist the urge that’s been with her since childhood — the urge to speak out.”

“…She says the authorities have unfairly singled her out, made up lies, mistreated, stalked and harassed her since Jan. 17, when a team of Howard County officers burst into her quiet suburban home and ransacked the place, breaking her belongings, upsetting her pets and arresting Britton on prostitution charges.
“It sounds paranoid, but they did really serious criminal stuff,” Britton says. “They’ve broken into my house 10 or 15 times. They’ve tapped my phones. They put a tail on me and follow me everywhere.”


“…I counted 11 officers at one point,” Britton says. “They were armed. Their faces were covered. They had automatic weapons, and they were shouting, ‘Down! Clear!’ They dumped out every drawer, everywhere. I was visibly shaken because there were 10 guys with machine guns.

“They started taking dishes and just throwing them on the floor and destroying them. They said, ‘Are you going to tell us that you’re a prostitute?’ I said, ‘I’m not, and I want an attorney.’ ”

Indeed, made that point emphatically in a disclaimer at the bottom of its home page.

“Money exchanged in legal adult personal services for modeling is simply for my time and companionship. ... This is not an offer of prostitution.”

Her next-door neighbor Bonnie Sorak recalls seeing expensive cars pulling up to Britton’s house frequently before her arrest. What about those cars — the BMWs and the Jaguars? Who were these men? Doctors? Judges? Politicians?

Britton declines to name names. “I don’t want to ruin people’s lives,” she says, but claims her companions were all of the above.

Beverly Hills attorney Darren Kavinoky, who provides legal commentary on high-profile celebrity cases on such shows as “Larry King Live” and “Today,” says the details of Britton’s case should make for a strong legal defense.

“She has a compelling argument and a compelling defense,” he said. “She’s a competent escort. She’s a good conversationalist. There are certainly a lot of people out there who pay for companionship, for good conversation. And if sex between two consenting adults happens, it’s certainly legal and permissible.”

As Britton prepares for her defense, she returns to her Ellicott City home and sits amid a clutter of court documents and newspaper articles, her blond hair dropping to one side.
She has no car. She has no job. Soon, she very well may have no home.
Is she the criminal or the victim?

Britton knows how she answers the question. She’s hoping a jury will see the case the same way.”

Brandy Britton’s suicide:

With Brandy Britton's trial planned to start next week, the former University of Maryland Baltimore County professor apparently took her own life over the weekend, hanging herself in her living room, Howard County police say. A family member found the body Saturday afternoon. Police say they do not suspect foul play.”


Deborah Jeane Palfrey

The alleged D.C. madam is in desperate need of defense witnesses.
Deborah Jeane Palfrey told reporters that she is "genuinely sorry" if people are hurt when identified as clients of her elite escort service -- but she has no choice but to call them to prove that her escorts provided only the fantasy of sex. Not the real thing, which would be illegal.”

“Of the deputy secretary of state who resigned Friday after being confronted by an ABC reporter asking why his private cellphone number was on Palfrey's phone list, Palfrey could only sympathize: "I unfortunately know firsthand the implication such a revelation can have upon one's life."
She also knows the town is edgily awaiting the next name to be dropped, in a verbal Dance of the Seven Veils. According to ABC's Web site, Palfrey's potential witness list includes ‘a Bush administration economist, the head of a conservative think tank, a prominent CEO, several lobbyists, and a handful of military officials.’”

During several recent appearances on The Alex Jones Show, Palfrey also said that she was at risk of being killed and that authorities would make it look like suicide. She made it clear that she was not suicidal and if she was found dead it would be murder.

Palfrey had threatened to release the names of well-known clients of her upscale call girl ring in the nation's capitol, and had indicated that Dick Cheney may be one of them.

"No I'm not planning to commit suicide," Palfrey told The Alex Jones Show on her last appearance, "I'm planning on going into court and defending myself vigorously and exposing the government," she said.”

Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s suicide:

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, known as the "D.C. Madam," was found dead in Florida on Thursday, according to Tarpon Springs police.

Palfrey hanged herself in a storage shed on her mother's property, where she had been staying, police said. Palfrey's mother, 76-year-old Blanche Palfrey, found the body, police said.”

Note: Author Dan Moldea is quick to relay a private conversation with Palfrey which contradicted her own recorded words:

"She wasn't going to jail, she told me that very clearly. She told me she would commit suicide," author Dan Moldea told TIME soon after news broke of her body being found in Tarpon Springs, Florida, an apparent suicide.


Gary Webb

While Gary Webb was never a suspect in any criminal case, in the view of many he had been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion via the mainstream media. Even though the CIA’s own IG report confirmed much of what Webb reported -- even going further in some areas -- the damage to his name had been done.

"It was Gary Webb who revived that investigation in 1996 with his series in the San Jose Mercury News, and again, he was assaulted by these same news elements, the New York Times, the Washington Post, L.A. Times, and what he did was he provoked an internal investigation at justice, at the CIA, and those investigations while they—the press releases tended to be protective of the agencies, the information contained in the long reports was devastating. Essentially, the CIA admitted that it was involved with the Contras, who were actively participating in cocaine trafficking. The CIA Inspector General said more than 50 Contras and Contra units were implicated in the cocaine trade, that the CIA knew about it in real time, that it hid the evidence, that it obstructed justice. All of these things were admitted by the CIA itself, by 1998, in response to Webb’s series. The great tragedy, I suppose, of the personal tragedy and professional, is that despite these admissions, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the L.A. Times still refused to deal with the facts. It seemed almost like the editors had more of a stake in covering up the truth than the CIA did. So, Gary Webb’s career was allowed to be ruined. The people who were involved in these—in protecting the CIA from those major papers, their careers blossomed. Jerry Seapost, the executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News, who sold out Webb and his series received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists for ethics because of what he did."

Gary Webb’s suicide:

The death of investigative reporter Gary Webb has been confirmed as a suicide, according to a coroner's statement. There has been speculation that he may have met with foul play because he had received two gunshot wounds to the head, The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday.”

"On December 10, 2004 former investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News Gary Webb - who had been on the CIA's "black list" ever since he broke the story of the agency's VILE involvement in flooding the poor black neighborhoods of L.A. with cocaine in the early 1980s - was found dead in his Sacramento area home, an apparent suicide according to the coroner. There was a gunshot wound through his head. No! - make that TWO (possibly three) gunshot wounds, apparently from his father's old .38 caliber revolver. [Please see our articles, "The Drug Epidemic, Viruses, Ebola, and AIDS" and "Material Developed by Gary Webb on the Importation of Drugs into the Neighborhoods of the Poor" for a "run-down" or synopsis on Webb's article, "Dark Alliance;" please also see our story as to why the elites (and the CIA) targeted the poor black neighborhoods of the country in this fashion, "The Utility of Police Brutality in the Elite's War Against the Poor;" finally, we urge you to read our article on the CIA's obscene involvement in the drug trade entitled, "A Short History of the CIA's Involvement in the Drug Trade."


These suicides may appear to be suspicious to those who are natural skeptics, but suspicious deaths are nothing new in this country when it comes to high-profile cases....or even suspects who claim to have the goods on the rich and powerful. The JFK witnesses are a good example.

Critics of the JFK body count claim that conspiracy theorists consider every death related to the assassination is “mysterious.” So to avoid speculation, I’ll just stick to the numbers.

In the first 13 years following the assassination 77* people related to the assassination (witnesses, suspects, or people who claimed to have information) died.

Of those 77, 15 were in the first year

24 in the first 2 years

36 in the first 3 years (1 a month for 3 years is more than a little suspicious)

Of those 77, at least 43 of the deaths were of the unnatural variety (suicide, plane crash, shot by police, drug OD, strangulation etc.). While some of these deaths may be legitimate, I think it’s also fair to consider that some of the deaths considered to be of natural causes could have been due to unnatural causes, but were listed as natural by incompetent or corrupted coroners (i.e. Fahmy Malak from Clinton’s years as governor of Arkansas, who made several suspicious COD rulings, and once famously listed a decapitated man’s cause of death as: an ulcer -- finally deciding that the man‘s missing head must have been consumed by his small dog). Also not included in those 43 were anyone who died of cancer, despite Jack Ruby, who died of cancer, claiming that he had been injected with cancer cells. In Ruby’s video-taped statement he claimed that he would only explain everything he knows if he were flown to D.C. and testify before Congress.

Was Ivins suicided so he would never have a chance to defend himself? Even if he did OD on his own, would the FBI and the DOJ’s tactics contribute to his motive? Their MO is consistent:

Character assassination in the media

Freezing or confiscation of money/assets which contribute to the suspect’s (victim’s?) psychological stress w/ the added bonus of making it difficult-to-impossible to pay bills, eat, raise children, and have adequate representation

And in the case of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, have someone (Dan Moldea) immediately provide the media with “evidence” to support suicide, or to provide further character assassination upon the suspect’s death. Were those roles filled by Jean Duley and Dr. David Irwin in the Ivins case? Maybe it’s time to unleash a massive internet search on these two.


* The first death listed is that of Karyn Kupcinet, daughter of the well-known Chicago newspaper reporter Irv Kupcinet. It was widely reported that an operator for a California-based telephone company overheard a woman say into a pay phone (hours before the actual assassination) that “they” were going to kill President Kennedy. The operator claimed that he hooked into the phone call by accident. There is a lot of speculation as to whether that woman was Karyn Kupcinet or not…. And Irv publicly denied it was her and doubted she could ever know such a thing. However, Karyn was an aspiring actress who hung out with some recognizable television actors of that time. Regardless, Karyn Kupcinet was found dead in her apartment. I believe the cause of death was strangulation. Whether or not the woman who made the call was Karyn, I kept the number at 77 because of the operator’s confirmation of the call, and what was said.

Thanks for the post. I didn't know the Riad Hamad story.

Wow. That story strongly indicates complicity at the local police level. Austin police and the city's coroner ruled that a man bound himself with tape and threw himself in the river? With his brain missing? They called it a suicide?

That is disturbing.

If I rember correctly, Alex Jones covered the Riad Hamad story

on his daily radio program.

Consider mass emailing truth messages. More info here:

Yeah I think Alex

Yeah I think Alex uncovered a lot of this.... I couldn't find where the Austin police admitted to all the injuries...

Move along please, nothing to see here!

The usual dead suspects is a great post. How about some additions?

I invite everyone to link their most memorable "dead suspects". How about?

Roland Carnaby, Houston, May, 2008--ex-CIA, concerned about the safety of the Houston port from a terrorist strike? Houston remains near the top of the list of targets.

Rep. Gillmor Sleeps With the Fishes, R-OH, who was investigating put options during the same period of the missing nuke B-52 episode, Sept., 2007. He was, of course, reported to have died in his apartment with the usual and oh-so routine "no suspicion of foul play suspected" tag attached. A week later, it's reported Gillmor suffered blunt force trauma to head and neck consistent with a fall!

Any others?

When they say, "no suspicion of foul play,"....just...
...don't believe them!

Back in the early days, when we were following up on

who aided the "19 high-jackers", then I recall there was this nice lady on her way to court to testify on the unusual list of people she had been delivering Tennessee drivers licenses to, but unfortunately, her testimony was never recorded, since her car allegedly exploded into a ball of fire, and she ran off the road, and died from the collision and fire... There is a possibility that the local mafiosi felt threatened, but it sure was strange that she was the one who had delivered the majority of the drivers licenses, as I recall it, to the "special guests" that our country was harboring...

Could some-one give me an up-date on this old "fait divers"?

By the way, for European readers: please note that we will hold a peaceful "March for the Truth" in Brussels on Sunday September 7th, 2008. Spread the word !

Here is a link to the poster to spread out wide to friends, and places of visibility:


Katherine Smith

I almost forgot about that story.... I guess that's what happens when we're surrounded by strange occurrences. I haven't had time to search for any updates but here's the rundown for those who need some search terms: