- Serial President - 140+ death row Texecutions
- "Executing juveniles, the mentally disabled, the
innocent, violating international law by denying foreign citizens the right
to contact their government before they're sentenced to death, even accusations
- "Please," Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in
mock desperation, "don't kill me."
- A Roster of the Dead
- This is a list of bodies, a roster of the dead, who might
have been called Witnesses had they not met their untimely ends. Some of
the names on this list will give you pause. Some are rumor. Some you may
find incredible, and some frightening. Do your own research. You will draw
your own conclusions.
- The above paragraph began the last edition of the Bush
Body Count. In previous editions, there were no special criteria for adding
bodies - only that they could be related to the Bush family in some way,
and be dead. In fact, the original Bush Body Count started as a parody
of the so-called Clinton Death List.
- Times have changed. The Bush Body Count is no longer
a parody, and many of the names have been removed. This edition examines
the scandals and misdeeds of the Bush family generations, and lists the
corpses they leave in their wake.
- Bush Went Awol - Bodies
- Sid Adger
- Mr. Adger, a Houston oil supply company executive and
Bush family friend, died in 1996 of unknown causes. Adger was the mysterious
businessman who approached General James Rose and asked him to help George
W. Bush avoid Vietnam by recommending him for a pilot position with the
- General James Rose
- General Rose recommended George W. Bush for a pilot position
with the Texas National Guard. He died of unknown causes in 1993. He was
immediately buried and no autopsy was performed.
- Lt. Colonel William Harris, Jr.
- Lt. Col. William Harris was one of two commanding officers
who could not perform George W. Bush's annual evaluation covering the year
from May 1, 1972 to April 30, 1973. They stated in their filing that "Lt.
Bush has not been observed at this unit during the period of this report."
Fortunately for George W. Bush, Lt. Col. Harris is not here to verify his
1973 statement. He's dead.
- Lt. Colonel Jerry B. Killian
- Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian was another of George W. Bush's
commanding officers. He cannot testify in a court of law as to George W.
Bush's dereliction of his sworn duty. Lt. Col. Killian is dead.
- James Downing Aalund
- Mr. Aalund's name is the first on a long list of young
Texans who died in Vietnam. These young men did not have influential fathers
to pull the strings necessary to get them into the Texas Air National Guard.
If they had been so lucky, they would surely have fulfilled their responsibilities
to the ANG, if only out of gratitude that they did not have to die, thousands
of miles away in a strange land. They surely would not have disappeared
from duty for over a year, as did our fearless leader George W. Bush.
- Enron - Bodies
- J. Clifford Baxter
- Found dead in his car, shot in the head. Mr. Baxter was
vice chairman of Enron Corp. when he resigned in May 2001. Enron has been
hot copy lately with the revelation that they were the largest campaign
contributors for George W. Bush. Was J. Clifford Baxter a potential witness
to Bush foreknowledge of their wrongdoings? His death was ruled a suicide.
- Charles Dana Rice
- He was the senior vice president and treasurer of El
Paso Corp., an energy corporation swept up in the recent energy scandal.
Two months after the "suicide" of Enron executive Clifford Baxter,
in the midst of questions about the accounting practices of El Paso Corp.,
Charles Rice was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head. His death was
ruled a suicide.
- James Daniel Watkins
- His body was found on December 1, 2001 in the Pike National
Forest in Colorado, a gunshot wound to the head. Mr. Watkins was a consultant
for Arthur Andersen, the accounting firm for Enron. He disappeared on November
13 after he left work. He was described as a devoted family man who always
called home if he were going to be late. Officials initially said that
the death was suspicious, but have changed their tune and have ruled his
death a suicide.
- Commerce Secretary Ron Brown
- He died in a plane crash on April 3, 1996. Was Ron Brown
the first Enron body? In 1995 Enron officials accompanied Brown on a trade
mission to India, and to Russia in 1994. Speculation among right-wing whackos
suggests that our last duly-elected President, Bill Clinton, was somehow
responsible for his death, but we wonder: was Secretary Brown privy to
information that would conclusively link George W. Bush to Enron greed
and corruption? Charles Meissner, Assistant Commerce Secretary, also died
in this crash.
- Jake Horton
- He was the senior vice-president of Gulf Power, a subsidiary
of Southern Company, a cohort of Enron in the energy industry, and a major
contributer to the Bush agenda. According to reporter <http://www.guardian.co.uk/enron/story/0,11337,643422,00.html>Gregory
Palast, Horton knew of the company's appalling accounting practices, and
"... had no doubt about its illegal campaign contributions to Florida
politicans - he'd made the payments himself. In April of 1989 Horton decided
to come clean with state officials, and reserved the company jet to go
confront company officials. Ten minutes after takeoff the jet exploded.
- Kennedy Assassination - Bodies
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
- An internal FBI memo reported that on November 22 a reputed
businessman named George H. W. Bush reported hearsay that a certain Young
Republican had been talking of killing the President when he came to Houston.
The Young Republican was nowhere near Dallas on that date. According to
a 1988 story in The Nation, J. Edgar Hoover said in a memo that Mr. George
Bush of the CIA had been briefed on November 23rd, 1963 about the reaction
of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Miami to the assassination of President
Kennedy. George H. W. Bush has denied this, although he was in Texas and
cannot account for his whereabouts at the time.
- Hale Boggs
- He sat on the Warren Commission, which concluded that
President Kennedy was slain by a lone assassin. Later, in 1971 and '72,
Boggs said that the Warren Report was false and that J. Edgar Hoover's
FBI not only helped cover up the JFK murder but blackmailed Congress with
massive wire-tapping and spying. He named Warren Commission staff member
Arlen Specter as a major cover-up artist. Congressman Boggs' plane disappeared
on a flight to Alaska in 1972. The press, the military, and the CIA publicly
proclaimed the plane could not be located. Investigators later said that
was a lie, that the plane had been found. On the plane were Nick Begich,
a very popular Democratic Congressman, and Don Jonz, an aide to Mr. Boggs.
All were killed.
- George de Mohrenschildt
- A rich Russian oilman, he was described with his wife
as being the two people friendliest to Oswald at the time of the assassination.
De Mohrenschildt was the man who moved Oswald to Dallas. In the late 1970's,
shortly before the first meeting of the House Select Committee on Assassinations,
de Mohrenschildt started seeing a new doctor in town. He quickly became
mentally unstable, at which time his wife convinced him to stop seeing
the doctor. They moved away and left a false forwarding address. On the
same day that the Committee tried to contact him about testifying, he was
found dead of a gunshot wound. In his personal address book was the entry
Bush, George H.W. (Poppy) and Zapata Petroleum Midland (the oil company
owned by George H.W. Bush).
- Mrs. E. Howard Hunt
- In December 1972, while George H. W. Bush was at the
Republican National Convention, a United Airlines flight carrying Mrs.
Dorothy Hunt, CIA operative and wife of Howard Hunt, (CIA operative and
suspect in the Kennedy assassination) crashed. Believed to be carrying
$25,000 in "hush money", she died in this crash.
- George H.W. Bush - Bodies
- Gary Caradori
- He was investigating Lawrence E. King, Jr., a very influential
black Republican who was also a friend of George H.W. Bush. King was director
of the Franklin Community Credit Union in Omaha, Nebraska, and was suspected
of embezzling $40 million . The Nebraska Senate questioned child prostitutes,
who accused King of running a child prostitution ring. One of these children
said that she saw George H.W. Bush at one of King's parties. "Pronto",
a newspaper in Barcelona, Spain, reported that the scandal "appears
to directly implicate politicos of the state of Nebraska and Washington
DC who are very close to the White House and George Bush himself".
On July 11, 1990, Gary Caradori was killed along with his 6-year old son
in the crash of his small plane, after a mid-air explosion, the cause of
which was never discovered. He had told friends repeatedly in the weeks
before his death that he was afraid his plane would be sabotaged.
- Orlando Letelier
- He was torn to bits by a car bomb on the streets of Washington
DC just before he was to testify against the Chilean dictator Pinochet.
After the bombing, CIA Director George H. W. Bush told the FBI that there
had been no Chilean involvement whatsoever. In 1991 the post-Pinochet Chilean
Supreme Court asked George H. W. Bush if he would submit to questioning.
- Ronni Moffit
- She was Letelier's assistant. She and her husband were
riding in the car with Letelier when the bomb exploded. Mr. Moffit survived.
- Jack Delaney and Ted White
- These young men were killed when pilot George H. W. Bush
abandoned his plane when it was hit by enemy fire. Much has been made of
this story - Bush propaganda would have us believe that he was a hero.
An eyewitness to the event tells us otherwise: Chester Mierzejewski, who
was the turret gunner in another plane, had an unobstructed view. He states
that he saw a "puff of smoke" come from Bush's plane and quickly
dissipate. He states that the plane was never on fire and that Bush never
attempted a water landing, which was standard procedure, and which would
have given Mr. Delaney and Mr. White a chance.
- Silent Voices - Bodies
- Steve Kangas
- His web site, Liberalism Resurgent, was meticulously
researched and presented such a problem to the "real boss" of
George Bush, Richard Scaife, that he hired a private detective to look
into Kangas' past. Steve Kangas was found in a 39th-floor bathroom outside
of Scaife's offices at One Oxford Centre, in Pittsburgh, an apparent suicide.
Mr. Kangas, a very prolific writer, left no note. He had brought a fully-packed
suitcase of clothes with him to Pittsburgh. He bought a burglar alarm shortly
before he left for Pittsburgh. Why did he need a burglar alarm if he was
going to commit suicide? An avowed advocate of gun control, he nevertheless
bought a gun. What was he afraid of? Why did he go to Pittsburgh? After
his death, his computer was sold for $150 and its hard drive wiped clean.
Everything in his apartment was thrown away.
- Danny Casolaro
- He was working on a book that tied together the scandals
surrounding the presidency of George H. W. Bush. He told his friends he
was going to "bring back" the head of the Octopus. Instead, his
body was found in a hotel in Martinsburg, West Virginia, on August 10,
1991, an apparent suicide.
- Mark Lombardi
- He was an accomplished conceptual artist who, while chatting
on the phone with a banker friend about the Bush savings and loan scandal,
started doodling a diagram and was inspired to create a complex series
of drawings and sketches that charted the details of the scandal. According
to the New York Times, "He was soon charting the complex matrices
of personal and professional relationships, conflict of interest, malfeasance
and fraud uncovered by investigations into the major financial and political
scandals of the day; to keep facts and sources straight, he created a handwritten
database that now includes around 12,000 3-by-5-inch cards."
- On the evening of March 22, 2000, Mark Lombardi was found
hanging in his loft, an apparent suicide.
- James Hatfield
- Mr. Hatfield was the author of Fortunate Son, an unauthorized
biography of George W. Bush. The book detailed Bush's cocaine use and cover
up of a cocaine arrest. He was found Wednesday, July 18, in a motel room,
an apparent suicide.
- Prescott Bush - Bodies
- William S. Farish
- He was one of Prescott Bush's partners in business deals
with Adolph Hitler. He was devastated by the intense grilling he received
from the Senate about his dealings with Nazis, and while Prescott Bush
skated free, Farish collapsed and died on November 29, 1942.
- James Forrestal
- He was U.S. Secretary of Defense, and become a problem
for Prescott Bush when he proposed racial integration of the Armed Forces.
On March 28, 1949, he was forced out of office and flown on a military
plane to Jupiter Island in Florida. From there he was taken to Walter Reed
Army Hospital, where he was given insulin shock treatments. He was shielded
from all visitors except his estranged wife. From "George Bush, the
- On May 22, Forrestal's body was found, his bathrobe cord
tied tightly around his neck, after he had plunged from a sixteenth-story
hospital window. The chief psychiatrist called the death a suicide even
before any investigation was started. The results of the Army's inquest
were kept secret. Forrestal's diaries were published, 80 percent deleted,
after a year of direct government censorship and rewriting
- Texas Justice - Bodies
- Karla Faye Tucker
- She was executed in spite of enormous protest from the
public, even those religious groups that advocate the death penalty. Even
Pat Robertson thought that Karla was truly repentant and asked George W.
Bush to spare her life. He refused. Afterward, in a Talk Magazine interview,
Bush mocked the woman whose death warrant he had sanctioned, pursing his
lips and whimpering, "Please don't kill me!"
- David Wayne Spence
- David Wayne Spence was executed in Texas in 1997 in spite
of compelling evidence of his innocence. Two of the State's witnesses were
co-defendants who testified to avoid the death penalty, one of whom changed
his story three times in response to discrepancies. He later testified
that D.A. Simons encouraged him to alter his testimony. Two other witnesses
for the State were jailhouse snitches who recanted later and stated that
Simons offered them favors in exchange for testimony. All of this and more
was supposedly reviewed by Governor George W. Bush, but Bush refused to
commute his sentence, and did not order the Board of Pardons and Paroles
to review his request for clemency. It is a myth that a Texas Governor
can do nothing to stop executions; the Board will almost always go with
his recommendation. Bush washed his hands of the matter and did nothing.
Reasonable doubt is not a factor in Texas justice.
- Gary Graham
- Gary Graham was convicted of the robbery and murder of
a white man in 1981. Nearly two weeks after the crime, the state's prime
witness could not pick Gary's picture out of a photo line-up. Mr. Graham
was arrested with a 22 caliber pistol. The victim had been killed with
a 22, but the police firearms examiner determined that Mr. Graham's gun
DID NOT fire the fatal bullet. Four witnesses said Gary Graham was with
them, miles away from the convenience store, when the murder occured. All
four took and passed polygraph tests. George W. Bush, predictably, expressed
his faith in the Texas judicial system and allowed Mr. Graham to be put
to death. Mr. Graham maintained his innocence to the end.
- Iran Contra - Bodies
- Olof Palme
- He was the prime minister of Sweden, assassinated in
1986. Oliver North, the golden boy of the Bush/Reagan machine, had met
with Mr. Palme to discuss the possibility of obtaining false end-user certificates
for the plethora of weapons that were being purchased, so that they would
seem to have come from a country other than the U.S. Mr. Palme refused
to participate, after the plan was presented to him. He was dead within
- William Casey
- William Casey was CIA Director during the Reagan/Bush
Administration. He died 2 days before he was to testify about his and others'
involvement in the Iran/Contra scandal.
- Edmond J. Safra
- Banker Edmond J. Safra died mysteriously when a fire
swept his Monaco penthouse apartment. His banks had been used for laundering
money by the Bush Iran/Contra traitors.
- Charles M. McKee and Matthew Gannon
- Charles M. McKee, ostensibly a military attache for the
DIA in Beirut, Matthew Gannon, CIA Deputy Station Chief in Beirut, and
three others were on board Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded over Lockerbie,
Scotland. They were part of a counterterrorist team in Beirut investigating
the possible rescue of 9 American hostages in Lebanon. The McKee team uncovered
evidence that a rogue CIA unit called COREA, based in Wiesbaden, was doing
business with a man called Monzer Al-Kassar, a Syrian arms dealer and drug
trafficker. Al-Kassar was part of the covert network run by U.S. Lieut.
Colonel Oliver North. Outraged that the COREA unit in Wiesbaden was doing
business with a Syrian who had close terrorist connections and might endanger
their chances of rescuing the hostages, the McKee team decided to fly back
to Virginia unannounced and expose the COREA unit's secret deal with al-Kassar.
They never got there. "For three years, I've had a feeling that if
Chuck hadn't been on that plane, it wouldn't have been bombed," said
Beulah McKee, 75, Charles McKee's mother, to Time Magazine. Four months
after her son was killed for his efforts to expose the CIA, Mrs. McKee
received a sympathy letter from George H. W. Bush. Mrs. McKee has never
been satisfied with the government's version of events.
- Don Aronow
- He was a close friend of George H. W. Bush. According
to the book "George Bush, the Unauthorized Biography," there
is compelling evidence to conclude that Aronow was a drug smuggler and
suspected drug-money launderer. He was murdered by professional killers
on February 3, 1987. In the days before his death, he made many personal
calls to George H. W. Bush.
- Tommy Teagle, a man interviewed by author Thomas Burdick,
was afraid of being murdered by Bush because he had knowledge that Aronow
and Jeb Bush had been partners in cocaine trafficking.
- Michael Hand
- He was a Green Beret and an Army Colonel assigned to
the CIA. He ran the Nugan Hand Bank, a front for CIA drug money, in Sydney,
Australia. He was in frequent contact with George Bush after his election
to Vice President, according to CIA operative Trento Parker. Michael Hand
was found in his car on a remote road outside Sydney, an apparent suicide.
There were no fingerprints on the gun.
- September 11, 2001 - Bodies
- Bob Stevens
- Mr. Stevens died of a mysterious case of anthrax. He
worked as a photo editor for American Media, who owns the National Enquirer.
The Bush family suffered enormous embarrassment at the hands of the Enquirer
when they published a photo of daughter Jenna Bush, obviously intoxicated,
cigarette in hand, cavorting on the floor with another drunken female.
- Don C. Wiley
- Dr. Wiley disappeared November 15, 2001 in Memphis, Tennessee.
He was attending a two-day annual meeting of the scientific advisory board
of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. His work on deadly diseases such
as ebola and HIV raised fears of a terrorist kidnapping. Four hours later,
his rental car was found on a bridge, raising the question of suicide,
which his family vehemently refuted. Dr. Wiley was found a month later
in the Mississipi River.
- Salem bin Laden
- In 1979 Bush business Arbusto Energy obtained financing
from James Bath, a close family friend. Bath had extensive ties to BCCI
and the bin Laden family. Bath was the sole U.S. business representative
for Salem bin Laden, the brother of Osama bin Laden. It is well known in
certain circles that the Arbusto money came straight from Salem bin Laden,
although Bush denies it. Salem bin Laden died when for no apparent reason,
he flew his airplane into power lines where it became entangled, and fell
150 feet to the ground. "He was a very experienced pilot. He was a
good pilot. We just can't understand why he decided to go right instead
of left," recalled airstrip owner Earl May field.
- Thomas Morris Jr.
- Mr. Morris was a postal worker who died October 21, 2001,
of inhalation anthrax. When people expressed concern to the current occupant
of the White House about the anthrax cases in New York and Washington,
his response was to tell us not to worry, that he does not have anthrax.
- Joseph Curseen
- Mr. Curseen died October 22, 2001, of inhalation anthrax.
It has been reported that the anthrax infections since September 11 are
of the same strain that was kept in a military facility.
- Kathy T. Nguyen
- Ms. Nguyen died on October 31, 2001, of inhalation anthrax.
But we shouldn't worry - George W. Bush remains anthrax-free.
- Katherine Smith
- She had been implicated in February in a phony passport
scheme said to be related to the September 11 hijackers. One day before
she was due in court, she was incinerated in her car after having hit a
utility pole. An investigation revealed that the crash was minor and was
not the cause of the fire that burned Smith beyond recognition. Who was
really behind 9/11? Was Katherine Smith privy to that information? Why
did she have to die, and who killed her?
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