Paula Jones Suspected
Clinton Had Role In
Mysterious Deaths
Paula Jones feared for her life while pressing her lawsuit against
President Clinton and thinks he may have played a role in a number of
mysterious deaths of potential witnesses against him.
Jones, appearing Friday night on FOX News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes",
was asked whether she suspected that Clinton was responsible for the
deaths; a list numbering, according to some, more than 50 people who were
associated with one Clinton controversy or another. Some of the more
prominent Clinton friends to die in the midst of scandal were Vince
Foster, Ron Brown and James McDougal.
Jones repsonded, "He may not be hands-on in doing it, but I think maybe
he has some part in some of this stuff. Because there's just too many of
them that have come up dead or missing that have had some kind of bond or
have been in business or some kind of dealings with Clinton."
Prior to the stunning comment, Sean Hannity questioned Jones about
concerns for her own safety:
HANNITY: Paula, you have stated in the past that you, and Linda Tripp has
stated as well, have even feared for your life. You even went on to say
that you want the whole world to know that you don't drive crazy, that you
wouldn't run off the road, that you're not suicidal, that you love life,
you love your children, and you'd never kill yourself. And you wanted to
say that to a national audience. Why? What do you fear?
JONES: Well, there's been a lot of people that have come up dead in
Arkansas. And I've had a lot of people ask me, 'Aren't you scared for
your life?' And actually, I have been. Even (Clinton attorney) Bob
Bennett said a quote one time on CNN that his mother always used to tell
him that you better be careful for what you ask for because you just might
get it. And then he went on to talk about how his dog used to chase cars.
And then his dog was dead and he has a new dog now. And I took that even
as a threat. There were just so many things and I wanted people to know
that I'm not like that and that if I come up strangely dead that I didn't
kill myself.
One of the "many things" Jones may have had in mind was the fate of Kathy
Ferguson, the ex-wife of the co-defendant named in her lawsuit, Arkansas
state trooper Danny Ferguson. Kathy's friends have told reporters that she
too claimed that Clinton had sexually harassed her and that she knew,
"Paula was telling the truth."
On May 13, 1994, just five days after Jones filed suit, Ferguson was
found shot to death in her Sherwood, Arkansas apartment. Police ruled it
a suicide.
A month later, her police officer boyfriend Bill Shelton was also found
dead; his body sprawled across Kathy's grave. The Arkansas
Democrat-Gazette reported that Shelton died from a single gunshot wound
behind the ear. Police again ruled suicide.
The names of two of Kathy's co-workers, Sherry Butler and Dr. Sam
Houston, were included on the Jones supplemental witness list, which was
submitted into evidence at Clinton's Senate impeachment trial. Butler and
Houston had claimed Kathy told them about her own unwanted encounter with
Clinton in the months before her death.
Jones aired her suspicions about possible presidential involvement when
pressed for details on the FOX show:
HANNITY: Do you think the president could be responsible for that? When
you talk about these people, do you think the president, in part, has been
reponsible for some of these deaths? And did you ever receive any direct
JONES: No, I didn't receive any direct threats. But I think, while he
may not be hands-on in doing it, but I think maybe he has some part in
some of this stuff. Because there's just too many of them that have come
up dead or missing that have had some kind of bond or have been in
business or some kind of dealings with Clinton.
Gennifer Flowers, Sally Perdue, Elizabeth Ward Gracen, Kathleen Willey
and other women linked to the president have complained about alleged
Clinton-connected break-ins, threats of physical violence and unusual
In March, lead House impeachment prober David Schippers told
that the House and Senate leadership refused to allow him time to
investigate charges of witness intimidation against President Clinton.
Clinton Rape Victim Watch Update
Onetime presidential guru Dick Morris has noticed something reviewers
had missed in Michael Isikoff's new book, "Uncovering Clinton: A
Reporter's Story."
It's this tidbit from page 256 about Clinton's one-night stand with
former Miss America Elizabeth Ward Gracen:
"According to Gracen's later account, Clinton flirted with her -- then
invited her to the apartment of one of his friends at the Quawpaw Towers.
They had sex that night. It was rough sex. Clinton got so carried away
that he bit her lip, Gracen later told friends. But it was consensual."
Appearing Tuesday night on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes, Morris
noted, "There's a very important revelation in [Isikoff's] book that
hasn't received a lot of attention."
Morris paraphrased the passage quoted above and then pointed out that
Clinton bit Gracen's lip, "... just as he'd bit Juanita Broaddrick's lip,
according to Juanita Broaddrick. And [Gracen's] statement was made before
Juanita Broaddrick spoke."
Two months ago, Broaddrick told the Wall Street Journal and NBC News that
Clinton had bitten her lip to get her to submit as he raped her 21 years
Morris addded, "Now if there was a rape trial of Bill Clinton right now
and this woman, Gracen, was called as a witness and confirmed the M.O.;
that would be a) admissible and b) very decisive."
What about Gracen's claim, as Isikoff reports, that her Clinton sex was
The author sources his lip-biting account to Gracen's friends, at least
one of whom has weighed in on the rape question. Gracen confidante Judy
Stokes was interviewed by Paula Jones investigator Rick Lambert in
December 1997.
Snippets from Stokes' Jones case deposition have appeared in the press,
including an account of a tearful Gracen coming to Stokes after her
Clinton encounter, saying the sex was "something she did not want to have
Last month, Lambert elaborated on Stokes' version for's Carl
"I talked to Judy Stokes for an hour and a half," said Lambert. "At
first she was reluctant to burn her bridges with Liz. But I finally
asked, 'Do you believe Clinton raped her?' She said, 'Absolutely. He
forced her to have sex. What do you call that?' " Lambert concluded,
"Stokes was totally convinced it was rape." (See Archives: "The Jane Doe
Case Files - Part 1")
In April 1998, after months of eluding subpoenas from Jones lawyers,
Gracen finally came out of the closet to the New York Daily News. Yes,
she said, she and Clinton did have sex -- after denying it for the
previous six years. But it was consensual, Gracen insisted.
Rather than deny the charge, White House spinmeisters were mum -- almost
as if they were relieved by this version of Gracen's story.
Most reporters, including Isikoff, prefer to accept Gracen's public rape
denial over what friends say she told them back in 1982. That's exactly
what happened when news of Juanita Broaddrick's rape charge first hit the
Gracen's April 1, 1998, rape denial came just three days after NBC's Lisa
Myers first reported that Juanita Broaddrick had told four friends in
Arkansas that Clinton had raped her. Broaddrick herself had denied the
assault in an affidavit filed with Paula Jones' lawyers nearly three
months earlier.
With the exception of NBC's Myers, no one in the major media thought this
issue was worth pursuing. Most reporters still don't.
Perhaps that's why we haven't heard more from Elizabeth Ward Gracen.