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Friday, March 4

Hunter S. Thompson's Gun Not Loaded?

**COMMENT** If Hunter had a gun in his mouth, then this would explain a muffled gun-shot sound. I know you can fire a pistol into a potato and the blast is quite muffled - the same for human flesh. If HST had the gun in his mouth, then this would explain why his son did not hear a loud gunshot.

I can't find any details on the S & W 645 HST used, such as whether or not it has a manual cycle that would have prevented another bullet to enter the chamber.

BUT why did HST's wife hear a loud muffled sound followed by nothing but clicking? Perhaps HST did have the gun on manual cycle to prevent the next bullet from advancing.

But who was pulling the trigger those other times, making the clicking sound?

Was it rigor mortis?

Rocky Mountain News

Hunter Thompson, found seated in his chair in front of his typewriter, had typed the word counselor in the center of a page of his Fourth Amendment Foundation stationery, Deputy Ron Ryan said in his report.

Hunter Thompson had started the foundation to defend victims of unwarranted search and seizure.

A soft-sided gun case was found at Hunter Thompson's feet along with a spent shell casing and a semiautomatic Smith & Wesson model 645 handgun, Ryan's report said.

The gun's magazine had six bullets left in the clip, but no bullet was found in the gun's firing chamber, Ryan said.

"I think a bullet from the magazine should have cycled into the chamber, but if there's a malfunction, they may not," DiSalvo said.

DiSalvo said he hadn't checked the gun, but the weapon could have been on a manual cycle that would have stopped the other bullets from going into the chamber.

The spent slug was found in the stove's hood behind Hunter Thompson's body, investigators said.

From Gun & Games Forum

I don't know about the revolvers, but I keep reading articles in gun magazines on how great the S&W autos are. Especially those out of the Peformance shop. I've had a 645 forever and never had a problem. Of course I have two revolvers that I've never had a problem with either. They are a bit older though.


WAS Hunter S. Thompson's mysterious death really a suicide?

There are some serious irregularities surrounding the demise of the
gonzo author, who was found shot to death in the kitchen of his Woody
Creek, Colo., ranch on Feb. 20, and local cops seemed to have done a
lackluster job of investigating.

Police reports obtained by the Rocky Mountain News note that cops
arriving on the scene heard shots being fired, that Thompson's son,
Juan, was allowed to be alone with the body, and that there was
something odd about the gun Thompson supposedly used to kill himself.

Before his death, Thompson seemed in good spirits and was not known to
be depressed.
And considering his long-winded style, the absence of a
note seems strange - he'd typed only the single word "counselor."

There were no eyewitnesses to the shooting, only an "earwitness" -
Thompson's wife, Anita, who was on the phone with him at the time and
who later drank scotch with the corpse. Her account of the incident is
inconsistent: She alternately has said that she heard a loud, muffled
noise and that she heard nothing but clicking.

The behavior of Juan, who was in the house at the time of the shooting,
also was unusual. Pitkin County Deputy Sheriff John Armstrong said that
when investigators arrived on the scene they heard shots, but Juan
assured them he had merely been firing off a salute to his dead dad.
Investigator Joseph DiSalvo also let Juan enter the kitchen alone and
drape a scarf over the body.

And in his report, Deputy Ron Ryan noted the semi-automatic Smith &
Wesson 645 found next to Thompson's body was in an unusual condition.
There was a spent shell casing, but although there were six bullets
left in the gun's clip, there was no bullet in the firing chamber, as
there should have been under normal circumstances.

DiSalvo said he did not check the gun, adding, "I think a bullet from
the magazine should have cycled into the chamber" unless there was a
"malfunction." A spent slug was found in the stove hood behind the

Conspiracy theorists make much of the fact that Thompson had been
working on a far-fetched story about the World Trade Center attack at
the time of his death.

As Canada's Globe and Mail reported, Thompson 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."

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