- "Mr. Webb's friends and colleagues described him
as a devoted father and a funny, dogged reporter who was passionate about
- Gary Webb joins Mark Lombardi, J.H. Hatfield, and Danny
Casalaro as the fourth 'suicide' by a researcher who had a detailed understanding
of the structure and function of the Bush crime family.
- Gary Webb, 49, Former MN Reporter, Author
Investigative Journalist Wrote Controversial Series
- By Jessica Portner
Mercury News (San Jose)
- Gary Webb, a former Mercury News investigative reporter,
author and legislative staffer who ignited a firestorm with his controversial
stories, died Friday in an apparent suicide in his suburban Sacramento
home. He was 49.
- The Sacramento County coroner's office said that when
A Better Moving Company arrived at Mr. Webb's Carmichael home at about
8:20 a.m. Friday, a worker discovered a note posted to the front door which
read: "Please do not enter. Call 911 and ask for an ambulance."
- Mr. Webb, an award-winning journalist, was found dead
of a gunshot wound to the head, Sacramento County Deputy Coroner Bill Guillot
- Mr. Webb's friends and colleagues described him as a
devoted father and a funny, dogged reporter who was passionate about investigative
- As a staff writer for the Mercury News from 1989 to 1997,
he exposed freeway retrofitting problems in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake
and wrote stories about the Department of Motor Vehicles' computer software
- Mr. Webb was perhaps best known for sparking a national
controversy with a 1996 story that contended supporters of a CIA-backed
guerrilla army in Nicaragua helped trigger America's crack-cocaine epidemic
in the 1980s. The "Dark Alliance" series in the Mercury News
came under fire by other news organizations, and the paper's own investigation
concluded the series did not meet its standards.
- Mr. Webb resigned a year and a half after the series
appeared in the paper. He then published his book, "Dark Alliance:
The CIA, the Contras and the Crack Cocaine Explosion."
- In the past few years, Mr. Webb worked in the California
Assembly Speaker's Office of Member Services and for the Joint Legislative
Audit Committee. The committee investigated charges that Oracle received
a no-bid contract from Gov. Gray Davis. After being laid off from his legislative
post last year, Mr. Webb was hired by the Sacramento News and Review, a
- Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for state Attorney General
Bill Lockyer who has known Mr. Webb for more than a decade, was distraught
Saturday when he heard that his friend may have taken his own life.
- "He had a fierce commitment to justice, truth and
cared a lot about people who are forgotten and society tries to shove into
the dark corners," Dresslar said. "It's a big loss for me personally
and a great loss for the journalism community."
- Services for Mr. Webb are pending.
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All Rights Reserved.
- A mathematician friend calculated the odds of just three
students of Bush malfeasance taking their own lives when J.H. Hatfield
died of 'suicide.'
- "Examining the male U.S.suicide rate for recent
years http://www.suicidology.org/stats2001/1999datapage2.pdf we can extrapolate
a conservative estimate of 17 male suicides per 100,000 people, or 0.017%.
The odds of 3 specific (all male?) biographers committing suicide would
be the cube of 17/100000, or 4.913 x 10^-12...about 5 chances in one trillion.
(That's over 300,000 times LESS likely than drawing a Royal Flush in 5
card stud poker with no wild cards.
- DNA evidence resulting in court convictions is reliable
to about 1 person in 100,000 to 1 person in 1,000,000.) This calculation
should be regarded as a conservative estimate: the actual odds against
such a "coincidence" would be much greater. For example, if any
of the biographers were female, the odds would be even greater."
- Past Brasscheck report on this:
- July 9, 2002
- Beyond Harken Energy
- An exquisitely drawn diagram called "George Bush,
Haken Energy, and Jackson Stephens . c 1979-90" created in 1999 by
artist Mark Lombardi shows that through, his father and James R. Bath,
George W. Bush Jr. had direct connections to or did business some of the
- * Sheik Salim bin Laden, relative and mentor to Osama
bin Laden * Sheik Abdullah Taha Bakhsh, whose financial projects included
BCCI, S.A. and Harken Energy * Jackson Stephens of Arkansas, patron of
Bill Clinton and other criminal enterprises
- Lombardi created a number of pieces which graphically
revealed well documented but little known connections between the crooks
of the world. On the verge of a major career breakthrough (his works had
just been acquired by and shown by the Whitney), Lombardi reportedly committed
suicide by hanging himself.
- Like Bush biographer J.H. Hatfield ("Favored Son)
and investigative journalist Danny Casalaro who had nearly completed a
book on Bush, BCCI and other topics, Lombardi was reportedly a 'troubled'
individual who become unbalanced by the prospect of succeeding at his life's
- Hatfield's suicide: http://www.salon.com/politics/red/2001/07/20/blue/
- Casalaro's suicide: http://www.constitution.org/col/octocaso.htm
- The manuscript of the book Casalaro was working on has
never been found.
- Articles about Lombardi from the art world, including
scans of his works, here:
- Never heard of him, did you? There's probably a good
reason for that.
- Any statisticians out there want to calculate the odds
of the three most hard-hitting researchers of the Bush crime family leaving
us as deaths by suicide?