Death Of HHS Official Ruled Suicide; Found With “Multiple Blunt Force Injuries”
The November 1 death of Daniel Best, a former pharmaceutical executive in charge of efforts to lower prescription drug prices for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has been ruled a suicide, according to the Washington D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which noted that Best died of “multiple blunt force injuries,” according to Cleveland.com.
Second “worst damn case of suicide ever seen.” For the first worst case of suicide it is necessary to go to Robertson County, Texas, circa 1961. Henry Marshall was investigating Billy Sol Estes, an asshole buddy of LBJ. There is a reason that locals in the Brazos Valley referred to Robertson County as “Booger County.” Here is what happened.
In 1960 Marshall was asked to investigate the activities of Billie Sol Estes. Marshall discovered that over a two year period, Estes had purchased 3,200 acres of cotton allotments from 116 different farmers. Marshall wrote to his superiors in Washington on 31st August, 1960, that: “The regulations should be strengthened to support our disapproval of every case (of allotment transfers)”.
On 3rd June, 1961, Marshall was found dead on his farm by the side of his Chevy Fleetside pickup truck. His rifle lay beside him. He had been shot five times with his own rifle. Soon after County Sheriff Howard Stegall arrived, he decreed that Marshall had committed suicide. No pictures were taken of the crime scene, no blood samples were taken of the stains on the truck (the truck was washed and waxed the following day), no check for fingerprints were made on the rifle or pickup.
The rifle in question was a bolt action 22 caliber. It appears, from photos of the recreation, that the rifle did not have a magazine. This means that in order to shoot oneself five times the victim had to shoot, pull a round out his pocket, reload, aim and shoot four more times. All of the rounds impacted the torso, rather than the more traditional head shot.
Subsequent investigations carried out by the Texas Rangers and FBI concluded that Marshall was murdered. The findings did not sway Robertson County officials, the death of Marshall remained classified as a suicide.
I find the suicide ruling in each one of these cases to be suspect. I think it is obvious that both men died of natural causes. After all, everybody knows that when one fucks with the power structure, death is a predictable and natural outcome.