Part 1, where the entire concept of a “Kill List” and why it is irrational and Part 2, where the deaths of Vince Foster and a couple of other high-profile people often placed on the Clinton Kill List are available at TNB.
Setting aside, purely for the sake of argument, the issues of a kill list or the problems associated with arranging the deaths of high-profile (and therefore higher-scrutinized) enemies, we are left with one obvious question: Why so many?
Kill lists (and there have been others) gain traction because of the magnitude of the crimes alleged, and to that end there’s an obvious equivalency: more deaths = more terrible people.
In reality, even a single murder would be terrible; but providing a large list of names allows for greater scrutiny of the allegations. The Clinton list has changed many times through the years, but many “victim” names are common to most versions of it.
Let’s look at a few of them:
Mary Caitrin Mahoney : One of three people killed during an attempted robbery of a Starbucks in 1997. In her prior job as a White House intern, she had been a friend of Monica Lewinsky. The robber admitted he shot the three only to leave before finding the money which had already been transferred from the register to the on-site safe; he said he was afraid the gunshots had been reported to the police. After his lawyer discovered the conspiracy theory that Mahoney had been killed as part of a Clinton cover-up, the robber recanted his confession.
Why a person only tangentially related to an investigation and two of her co-workers would be murdered is unexplained. No evidence has ever been provided that Mahoney was close enough to Lewinsky to have been the recipient of damaging information. The best anyone has come up with is that three people were murdered (and subsequent investigations started that could easily take down a wobbling Presidency, if assassinations of citizenry were proven) as some sort of warning.
That is enough to land Eric Butera on the kill list, too. He died during a drug sting operation, after being outed as a police informant. He had helped direct police to the shooter in the Mahoney case. He is by no means the only police informant to have been killed by a cartel member; that is a fairly common action taken by drug dealers. It is to be believed, however, that the risks associated with betraying a cartel were incidental compared with having been one of dozens involved in a shooting. In fact, the deep research of associated figures in the Mahoney shooting is plausibly what outed Butera in the first place, which would make him the only Clinton Kill List victim directly attributable to the conspiracy peddlers.
There were airplane deaths, like Lt. General David McCloud, C. Victor Raiser and Ron Brown (among others). These deaths were from different airplane types, from different airports, in different states and sometimes even other countries. With no reports of any of them being shot down, one is left to wonder how the deaths could have been triggered. Either the conspiracy is large enough to encompass mechanics at dozens of small and large airports throughout the world, or there are assassins capable of boarding small airplanes unnoticed by the pilots or other passengers and who then perform undetected parachute drops after making their kills. Both, on their surface, seem unlikely to the point of being ridiculous.
James McDougal died in prison of heart failure, after agreeing to work with Ken Starr. This is absolutely true. But he had a pre-existing heart condition and had been complaining about problems and showing signs of cardiac distress for days before his death. They had been attributed primarily to the extreme stress he was under. Sometimes people in their late fifties who have a history of heart problems do, in fact, die of heart attacks while under great stress.
Many of the names on the list are “suicides”. On some occasions, they are even justifiably suspicious, such as the death of Gareth Williams, a British spy. (Guardian) The problem is that the actual questionable deaths are of people who were often embroiled in high-risk activities such as international espionage against the Russians and had, at best, minor associations to the Clintons (in the Williams case, there was a report in a British tabloid that he might have hacked data associated to Bill Clinton.)
On other occasions, such as with the death of Kathy Ferguson, details that were viewed as undermining the possibility of suicide were spawned directly from conspiracy sites, with no evidence to back them up. She is reported to have packed her bags to leave… but there there was no such report anywhere from any source who investigated the scene.
The accusations are plentiful. One by one, they fall when manufactured “facts” are removed from the case or when simple reason is applied.
As stated in the first part of this article series, there are many criminal activities to which the Clintons may be justly tied. They are, simply, terrible people. But focusing on things that did not happen merely provides cover for the crimes that did, by allowing their defenders to dismiss false allegations as a means of deflecting from the truth.
Those who push the Clinton Kill List are acting as agents of the Clintons, and they are doing so for personal benefit. They may have helped the Clintons avoid paying for crimes, but at least the Kill List promoters were able to ingratiate themselves with an audience.