- 'Suicide' Finding Not Backed Up By Facts
- Texas DA And Air Force Brass 'Desperate To Make This
Case Go Away' Says Insider
- Wife Of Col. Shue Refuses To Be Intimidated
- The famed poet Sir Walter Scott once wrote: "Oh,
what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."
- Like a house of cards falling down, the ludicrous claim
by the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office that Air Force Col. Philip
Shue intentionally killed himself April 16th in a high-speed auto crash
(after being horrifically tortured with a knife and one digit of a finger
severed and missing) is being met with disbelief by all but the most gullible
- Fortunately for the colonel's widow, Tracy Shue, a grand
jury panel in Kendall County, Texas - the scene of the mysterious death
- refused to roll over for arrogant District Attorney Bruce Curry, and
he will have to wait for another chance, late this month when the grand
jury reconvenes, to see if he can sell his particular kettle of fish.
- Curry, who speaks to friendly reporters who parrot the
party line, but avoids and fears MilitaryCorruption.com, is understandably
nervous. What looked to be a "routine" determination that Shue
committed "suicide," - the favorite word of lazy and incompetent
Air Force OSI (Office of Special Investigations) agents - seems dangerously
elusive since the colonel's widow has proven troublesome with her pointed
questions about "what really happened."
- QUESTIONS THAT DEMAND ANSWERS
- Some widows would just take the SGLI (Serviceman's Group
Life Insurance) pay out, cash in any other policies, and go away. Not Tracy
Shue. She believes her husband was, at the very least, "abducted on
his way to work" at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, brutally tortured,
and then died in a desperate attempt to drive back home, where he feared
his wife was in mortal danger. The autopsy report acknowledged both his
nipples had been cut out, the last digit of the little finger of his left
hand severed, and a nearly six-inch long gash carved in his chest.
- Shue had been the recipient of a series of threatening
anonymous notes stating that the colonel would be killed so his ex-wife
could cash in two $500,000 life insurance policies she held on her former
- MilitaryCorruption.com emphasizes there is no proof at
this time that there is any connection between the notes and the ex-wife,
but the million dollars in life insurance policies is a documented fact.
- "My husband had every reason to want to live,"
Tracy Shue said. "We were happily married for 10 years and planning
to move into our new home in Alabama once Philip retired from the Air Force,"
the colonel's widow told our reporter. "My husband, other than being
naturally concerned about the notes, was a very stable man. Anyone who
knows him would realize the claims of suicide are absolutely absurd."
- Tracy Shue, herself a retired Air Force officer, wants
to know why there was significant traumatic injuries to the right side
of her husband's head, when it was the driver's side door on the left that
impacted with the trees. She "wonders out loud" where the missing
nipples and finger joint are, if her husband is supposed to have tortured
himself prior to the crash. Mrs. Shue has hired the nation's leading forensic
pathologist, Dr. Cyril Wecht of Pittsburgh, to do a second autopsy. She
cites many mistakes and incredible lapses in the local medical examiner's
- "They try to make out he killed himself because
driving back, he failed to call me on the cell phone he had with him. How
could he use a cell phone while bleeding profusely, in incredible pain,
and likely fighting to stay conscious to keep the car on the road?
- "The report contends my husband deliberately drove
his car at high speed off the main highway and into a clump of trees. What
he was really doing was turning off I-10 and heading up the access road
that leads to our home a short distance away. Since when did the medical
examiner's office have the ability to read minds and know Philip was intending
'suicide' in the last moments before his death."
- AN EXPERT DEMOLISHES THE AUTOPSY REPORT
- Dr. Nancy J. Haley of Armonk, New York, an expert in
pathological biology and biochemistry, was asked by Shue family members
to review (with no financial compensation given or promised) the medical
examiner's autopsy report.
- Currently medical director for a major insurance company,
Dr. Haley conducts research on toxicology for several universities and
medical schools. Her duties include reviewing autopsy reports. She is well
qualified to be consulted in this case.
- Results from Dr. Cyril Wecht's autopsy on Col. Shue's
remains won't be ready for several weeks, so it was deemed important to
have Dr. Haley's take on the report now, while waiting for the conclusive
examination to be completed later.
- What Dr. Haley found was very disturbing.
- "I am incredulous that the medical examiner's report
could claim that Col. Shue killed himself in the absence of any possible
intervention by persons unknown.
- "It is a matter of great concern to me that the
unsubstantiated conclusions of this report were based on the so-called
evidence presented. I'm amazed at the amount of possible credible evidence
that was available but not collected by the medical examiner. Why not?
- Dr. Haley pointed out the report says blood was smeared
on duct tape found wrapped around Col. Shue's wrists.
- "Why wasn't a DNA test done on that blood to determine
if it belonged to anyone else whom might have been present?" she asked.
- Dr. Haley also was appalled that apparently no test was
done to determine the source of two gray hairs found stuck to duct tape
wound around the top of the colonel's combat boots. He was wearing his
fatigue uniform - BDU's - on his way to work.
- "The report says blood was found under the fingernails
of the deceased, but no mention is made whether or not any DNA tests were
conducted to see if that blood matched Col. Shue or someone else! The presence
of blood from any other individual would strongly indicate that the deceased
was a victim of violence and trauma, not suicide."
- Haley rebuked contentions by the medical examiner that
Col. Shue might have anesthetized himself from pain by rubbing Lidocaine
lotion on his chest.
- "The relatively high concentration of that drug
found in the bloodstream could have been caused by the ointment getting
into an open wound, such as the nearly six inch long incision in his chest,"
- According to Shue's wife, the colonel had used the cream
the day before his death to combat itching due to parts of his hairy chest
being shaven for an Air Force administered stress test. An area clear of
hair needed to be prepared for positioning the various prongs of the medical
- "Why would anyone want to have a cardiac work-up
done to ensure good health if they were planning the following day to commit
suicide? It makes no sense!"
- THE M.E.'S OFFICE CONCOCTS AN IMPROBABLE THEORY
- "Col. Philip Shue died as the result of massive
cranial cerebral injuries that resulted from a major motor vehicle accident.
However," Dr. Haley continued, "other findings of trauma on his
body are not consistent with the cause of death. And in fact, it suggests
that the loss of control of his vehicle (on the access road turn off) may
have resulted from a situation that occurred in the preceding hours.
- "The medical examiner contends Col. Shue intentionally
drove off the road into one tree, then another, to kill himself. Such rapid-fire
mental actions and physical reactions would be astounding, if intentional.
- "They more likely suggest that the person driving
was in pain, in fear of his life, or not able to control the vehicle due
to is bodily injuries.
- "It is not known if the colonel was even conscious
at the time the vehicle left the road. The written report is so biased
as to exclude all possibilities except super-human control of a car to
create such a traumatic end."
- IRRESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM
- We are reluctant to criticize another news organization
or publication. After all, anyone can make mistakes, even in a business
as unforgiving of sloppy reporting and omitted or obscured facts as the
- But, the San Antonio EXPRESS-NEWS made the supermarket
tabloids look respectable on Friday, August 1, when they ran the screaming
headline: DUCT TAPE DRIVER'S DEATH WAS SUICIDE. Spread over five columns
on the front page, the lack of quotation marks around the word SUICIDE
seemed to declare to the readers that Col. Philip Shue had killed himself
and therefore there was nothing more to see, let's just move right along,
- Wait just a minute, not so FAST!!!!!
- The word "suicide" came from the flawed medical
examiner's report. The very least the only daily newspaper left in San
Antonio could do was adhere to basic journalistic standards and avoid creating
a false impression. Put quotation marks around that inflammatory word SUICIDE
until such time as it is indeed a proven fact. As of now, "suicide"
has NOT been proven. It has only been supposed.
- We know the headline was not written by the reporter
who wrote the story. But there was plenty to find wrong with the article
- First of all, it took three tries before the reporter
got Col. Shue's rank correct. He referred to the dead officer as "Lt.
Col." Shue in the first two mentions, including the all-important
lead. Perhaps his head was muddled with the fact that Col. Shue's wife,
Tracy, is a retired lieutenant colonel. Whatever. Poor writing and editing
let that mistake get through.
- One brief mention of "incised nipples" - that
means "cut out" in plain English, folks - was about all the reader
learned about that torture on Col. Shue's body. No mention whatsoever of
the vital sliced off finger joint or the fact that it was missing! Didn't
the reporter read the autopsy report carefully? Or was he too intent on
making sure his story supported the "official version" of events?
Nothing to be gained in weakening that contention by relating pesky facts
that might fly in the face of a fantasy.
- "PANIC TIME" AMONG THE POWERFUL
- A retired Air Force officer who knows Bruce Curry well,
and is one of our best CI's (confidential informants) in the San Antonio
area, tells us both the district attorney and his "Air Force buddies"
among the brass at Lackland AFB are "desperate to make this case go
- He says the potential for bad publicity and even criminal
prosecution is not remote.
- "They (the Air Force and OSI) know if they fail
to sell the suicide theory, they will have to launch a real investigation
and come up with the people who snatched Shue and tortured him. That will
cost time, money and open up certain individuals to lawsuits. What would
the voters or the bar association think if it was proven the DA tried to
take the easy way out, obstructing justice in the process?"
- MilitaryCorruption.com does not contend Curry is acting
in an unethical manner. We would like to think he is simply deluded and
honestly mistaken in his zealous attempt to paint the Shue death as a "suicide"
and nothing more.
- But a conversation we had with Mrs. Shue, telling us
her views of the hard-charging DA's tactics, are cause for concern.
- "I was in shock after the news of Philip's death,
and I had no reason to be suspicious of Mr. Curry's motives or agenda,"
she said. "During that time, I remember Curry telling me not to 'waste'
my money on a second autopsy because, according to him, the result would
'probably be the same' as the medical examiner's.
- "I didn't know it then, that he already was aware
of the 'suicide' contention in the autopsy report. He knew that I didn't
know that then, and he tried to lead me down a primrose path to inaction
so I wouldn't seek a second opinion. I consider that deceitful conduct
by the district attorney and I wonder what kind of law enforcement officer
he really is."
- (EDITOR'S NOTE: READERS IN THE SAN ANTONIO AREA WHO HAVE
ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE BEXAR COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE; DISTRICT
ATTORNEY BRUCE CURRY; OR THE LACKLAND AFB OFFICE OF SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS
THAT YOU FEEL MIGHT BE USEFUL IN OUR INVESTIGATION OF THIS CASE, PLEASE
CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY. YOUR IDENTITY WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.)
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