Call me paranoid. If I were as rich as Ken Lay, I'd arrange to appear to
have died, so my friend George Bush wouldn't have to pardon me. He could
just tell Gonzalez to ease off on the investigation of the death, and follow
it with a quick cremation.
If I were Ken Lay, worth tens or hundreds of millions, I'd have set a plan,
in case I was convicted, to get out of the country in a way that would allow
George Bush to just forget about me. I don't trust Bush, Lay's friend. I had
feared that Bush would pardon Lay, but that would have been awkward. This
little slight of hand would make it much easier. All Bush has to do is tell
his little sock puppet, Gonzalez not to check it out closely. "Let the death
If I were Ken Lay, I'd wait until a big news day, like today, with the MSM
going nuts covering the firecrackers, trumped up to be missiles, that the
Koreans unsuccessfully fired off.
If I were Ken Lay, I'd arrange to seem to have died. This is a very
criminal, detestable man who ruined the lives of thousands. I would
certainly expect that he has the capacity to arrange for someone to be
killed, in a way that looks like a heart attack, or find a person willing to
commit suicide, who looks enough like him, who might even get the same
dental work, in exchange for a gift to his family.
Then Lay could do what thousands of others do-- buy fake ID-- only the best
for Kenny-- and leave the country, maybe to Dubai, like Michael Jackson.
Call me paranoid. If the body is quickly cremated or whisked away, if they
don't do an extremely thorough autopsy, then my little walk into fantasyland
will take on more meaning, more reallity.
Bottom line-- they better make sure that it's Lay, using whatever tests are
necessary. And they better NOT allow cremation or removal of the body.
Call me paranoid, but I want to know, for sure, I want to see the proof that
Kenny-boy is dead, so I can be assured the maggots are eating his rotting,
pre-death corrupted flesh.
By the way, there's another idea buzzing around today-- that Lay might, in
an effort to reduce his sentence, have been negotiating to spill the beans--
to testify so others could be prosecuted. And now Kenny's dead. Maybe he was
killed. Paranoid? crazy. Well, it's already happened to another Enron exec.
Cliff Baxter was found shot dead in his car, shortly before he was supposed
to provide evidence against others. Here's the CBS report on this. Lay was a
dirty, crooked guy with loads of crooked connections, all the way up to
Bush. It's reasonable to be suspicious about this death.
Rob Kall is executive editor and publisher of OpEdNews.com, President of
Futurehealth, Inc, and organizer of several conferences, including StoryCon,
the Summit Meeting on the Art, Science and Application of Story and The
Winter Brain Meeting on neurofeedback, biofeedback, Optimal Functioning and
Positive Psychology. He is a frequent Speaker on a wide range of subjects.
See more of his articles here and, older ones, here.
(CBS) It may be the biggest outstanding mystery in the Enron story: the
death of Cliff Baxter, a former top Enron executive. He'd just agreed to
testify to Congress in the Enron case. A congressional source tells CBS News
that Baxter wasn't a target in the probe, he was to provide evidence against
But on the morning of January 25th he was found in his car - shot dead.
Police were criticized for calling it a suicide before investigating, so
they kept the case open. The fact that it's still open more than two months
later has made the Cliff Baxter case prime fodder for murder conspiracy
theories, reports CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.
Adding to the mystery is a letter - perhaps a suicide note - that Baxter's
wife is fighting to keep private. Groups like the Texas Freedom of
Information Foundation want at least part of it made public.
"I believe very strongly that Enron is mentioned in it," said Joel White,
the group's attorney.
More questions are raised in police, autopsy and lab reports obtained by CBS
Police won't talk while the case is open, so CBS News asked two experts -
independent coroner Cyril Wecht and former homicide detective Bill Wagner -
to review the reports. While suicide appears likely, both experts say the
documents make it impossible to discount foul play.
Asked why he couldn't rule out murder, Wagner said, "because murder can be
made to look like a suicide. ... Someone who is knowledgeable about
forensics can very well have the ability to stage a murder, commit a murder
and stage it to look as if it was a suicide, understanding what the police
are going to be looking for."
The experts found several things highly unusual. First the peculiar
ammunition: not regular bullets but something called "rat-shot".
"This kind of ammunition cannot be easily or readily traced back to the gun
from which it was fired," explained Wecht.
"It's not as frequently used by people for any reason. It's not the type of
ammunition one finds in guns - it has a specific purpose: shooting at snakes
and rodents in order to get a distribution pattern of the small pellets
contained within the nose portion of the bullet. It's not something that a
person is likely to have and to use if they intended to kill themselves,"
Other unanswered questions include mysterious wounds on one hand and
unexplained shards of glass in Baxter's shirt. All reasons to look deeper to
rule out murder.
But Wagner says glaring police errors may make it harder to close the books
on the Baxter case.
First, nobody wrapped the hands to preserve evidence.
"When the body did finally arrive for the autopsy, the hands hadn't even
been bagged," said Wagner.
"I'm just amazed frankly that the hands were not bagged," Wecht said.
"From what I've seen looking at the vehicle, it doesn't appear they even
fingerprinted it," continued Wagner.
"The police narrative is vague for this type of investigation. It's
important to get a timeline of the events that took place through the course
of investigation - that appears to be lacking in the original report from
the crime scene. Without that, without being able to piece together what was
done when, it's very difficult to understand the events that took place and
how they unfolded from that report," said Wagner.
The gun and other evidence were moved before photos were taken. The body was
moved as well. There's a puzzling mention of blood outside the car from
someone laying Baxter on the ground.
Wagner says that only should have happened if rescuers pulled him out to
revive him. But even that scenario doesn't add up - the body is back in the
car when the funeral home arrives "and that's something that is not
explained in the police reports," said Wagner.
"I think there were some very important things omitted from the original
investigation report that should have been included in it. I would like to
have known what were the first couple things the Fire Department did to
treat the victim allegedly as he was sitting in the car and from that point
how did they change the initial crime scene. What was moved? Did they remove
the body from the vehicle? It's actually unclear how they treated the actual
scene," Wagner said.
Incredibly, even though an autopsy is required by law, none was ordered. By
the time that decision was reversed, Baxter's body was being processed at a
The coroner says police still won't tell her exactly who handled and who saw
the body before it finally reached her and won't even give her routine
The official finding on Baxter's death may well end up being suicide, but
for now his death certificate remains unsigned. And at least one provocative
question is left permanently unanswered: what, exactly, Cliff Baxter would
have told investigators about the biggest corporate scandal in history.
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