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Thursday, February 24

Did Hunter S. Thompson tell who killed him?

Wait a minute - there were no witnesses to HST's suicide.

Most media accounts go like this:
Thompson was found dead Sunday in his Aspen-area home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, sheriff's officials said. He was 67. Thompson's wife, Anita, had gone out before the shooting and was not home at the time. His son, Juan, found the body.

Thompson "took his life with a gunshot to the head," the wife and son said in a statement released to the Aspen Daily News. The statement asked for privacy for Thompson's family and, using the Latin term for Earth, added, "He stomped terra."


Check out this exchange from Hunter's interview with Mary Suma, KDNK in January, 2003:

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HUNTER S. THOMPSON: I think a lot of people in this country agree with me. A lot more never say anything. We'll see what happens to me if I get my head cut off in the next week by -- it's always unknown Bush [inaudible] strangers who commit suicide right afterward. No witnesses. They have a new kind of crime.
MARY SUMA: Is that the CIA kind of crime?

HUNTER S. THOMPSON: Oh, absolutely. Anyone who's a successful criminal has got a crime. Absolutely no witnesses, no records. We can go on and on. I have to be restrained on the subject.



So there's no eyewitness to HST's "suicide".


What might this "He Stomped Terra" mean? The common play on words is HST, HuntEr S ThOMPson ED TERRA - HE'S TOM PEDTERRA ?


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