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MUST BE A CONSPIRACY RIGHT? I BET REBECCA BROOKES MURDERED HIM, RIGHT? RIGHT?
He also said he had been injured the previous weekend while taking down a marquee erected for a children's party. He said he had broken his nose and badly injured his foot when a relative accidentally struck him with a heavy pole from the marquee.
When you hear what he just told the BBC for the panorama that's on now. My mate lives in the building that he topped himself in.
the same road. Says it's packed out with police and journalists.
I mean the problem is we're so used to understanding life in terms of stories and film narratives and, in those, nothing is ever a coincidence 'cos everything has to make sense and all tie together. In real life coincidences happen all the time.
What's more, if you throw in the fact we're talking about the death of a middle-aged man with a history of heavy smoking, heavy drinking and heavy drug use who'd been told by the doctor his liver was so fucked it was a miracle he wasn't already dead. And especially if you consider the fact that guy was at a massively stressful point in life where allegations he'd made were major news and, as a result, the paper he'd worked on had closed and formerly colleagues (some of whom were quite possibly friends) had lost their jobs as a result. Even if you accept it's not a coincidence that he died at this particular moment, death by outside parties still ranks considerably behind natural causes and behind suicide as the most probable course of events.
that the whistleblower in a news story as massive and as far reaching as this is found dead HOURS before the programme in which he describes News International's use of phone hacking as "endemic" goes to air?
Just not an especially mad one.
if there was a huge conspiracy involving the Murdochs, the Met and whoever, and they all decided to go ahead an assassinate this man just at the point where it would be most suspicious and most harmful to them, especially since this man had already blown his load as a whistleblower.
It's not impossible, of course, but it does involve discounting several more probable theories of what happened. Which, without any information to suggest those more probable theories should be discounted, wouldn't be the logical thing to do.
Going back to the "NI are gangsters, maybe he knew too much" thing, again it's not impossible but gangsters is a figurative term and gangsters involve themselves in various activities. Certainly accusing NI of racketeering, corruption and attempting to monopolise power would be pretty reasonable - murder is still a leap from there. Not an impossible one but certainly not one that can be automatically assumed, or even a probable one.
But going further, as what_ho touches on, there'd only really be two reasons to kill someone in such a scenario
a) to stop them from speaking out
b) to punish them for speaking out
If it was a) they'd have done it earlier. He's already talked to Panorama and other journalists and NI won't have anyway for sure of knowing if there's anything he's said that hasn't been reported yet. There's no point in killing something to prevent them from speaking out if they've already done it.
If it was b) they'd do it later. From the sounds of it the guy was in pretty bad health and any week except this one his death would have attracted no attention whatsoever. If you're trying to cover up/avoid detection of your criminal activities, the last thing you'd want to do is to take a course of action that'd lead to more public/police scrutiny of your course of action.
As it stands the timing works for no-one; it puts more pressure on NI, the government and the police and brings even more scrutiny and attention to the scandal. Even if you believe NI to be the most evil company on Earth and capable of anything, it's still hard to establish a motive for killing someone now when they could have done it weeks ago if they wanted to stop him from speaking and could wait for a few weeks 'til the heat dies down if they'd wanted to punish him for what he'd already said.
I've been watching too much Dexter.
Theo saw this coming WEEKS ago.
Theo's gift is also a burden
He's probably been witness to his own death.
the feds knew that internal affairs were setting them up all along?