Was Antonin Scalia murdered?
Some prominent people think it’s possible. Not least among them, President Donald Trump and Michael Savage.
“Donald I need to come back to the topic we’ve been all screaming about here which is Scalia,” Savage said to Trump. “Was he murdered? I know it’s pretty brutal to say that, and I’m not wanting to drag you into this but this is going to get bigger and bigger and bigger. I went on the air and said we need the equivalent of a Warren Commission, we need an immediate autopsy before the body is disposed of. What do you think of that?”
“I’m hearing it’s a big topic, that’s the question. And it’s a horrible topic, but they say they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow,” Trump responded. “I can’t give you an answer. You know usually I like to give you answers but I literally just heard it a little while ago.”
If you want an interesting and more than a little disturbing insight into the “minds” of the conspiracy theorists on the matter, here’s a piece from a Q-Anon and Jerome Corsi (Killing the Deep State author; Alex Jones’ Infowars partner) fan who explains it all for us.
The greatest inspiration for the conspiracies came from former head of criminal investigations for the Washington D.C. police, William O. Ritchie, who was raising questions.
“You have a non-homicide trained US Marshal tell the justice of peace that no foul play was observed. You have a justice of the peace pronounce death while not being on the scene and without any medical training opining that the justice died of a heart attack. What medical proof exists of a myocardial Infarction? Why not a cerebral hemorrhage?”Dallas News
The “heart attack” was never officially stated by the justice of the peace, who had merely stated that he was dead and that his heart had stopped, based on reports from an officer on the scene. The assumption that some had made – that “heart stopped” meant a heart attack – served as the springboard for Ritchie’s unsupported questions.
Meanwhile, the owner of the ranch where Scalia had passed gave an interview to the San Antonio Express News:
My San Antonio
“We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. His bed clothes were unwrinkled,” said Poindexter.
“He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap,” he said.
The man who found him did not say he had a pillow over his face, but rather over his head… they did not say that it was fully over his head. Most importantly, they did not think it was something worth hiding (which would have been the case had it been a conspiracy they were in on) or something particularly notable (although a pillow over the face would be notable to most people.) There were no follow-up questions about whether the pillow covered his head, was just a little bit leaning on it, or whether it was one of the beds covered with tiny decorative pillows. At the time, nobody considered it unusual at the ranch… and that alone should say everything about its value as a “smoking gun.”
The reasoning basically goes: Scalia died. The person who found him said he had a pillow over his head. Someone who wasn’t anywhere around the scene said the death was suspicious. His death might have benefited Obama. Therefore…
…we can hear from a prominent conspiracy theorist with a long and ranting post that presents a number of questions, some of which are irrelevant, some of which were answered well before he asked them, and some of which are predicated on known falsehoods, Jon Rappoport:
… or we can hear from Scalia’s personal doctor.
Antonin Scalia suffered from coronary artery disease, obesity and diabetes, among other ailments that probably contributed to the justice’s sudden death, according to a letter from the Supreme Court’s doctor.
Presidio County District Attorney Rod Ponton cited the letter Tuesday when he told The Associated Press there was nothing suspicious about the Feb. 13 death of the 79-year-old jurist. He said the long list of health problems made an autopsy unnecessary.
In the letter, Monahan listed more than a half-dozen ailments, including sleep apnea, degenerative joint disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and high blood pressure. Scalia also was a smoker, the letter said.Associated Press
Ultimately, the truth is that there was no autopsy done on Scalia, just as there is no autopsy performed for the vast majority of people who die. This is in no way unusual. But because there are people who insist there was a secret assassination performed, the very lack of evidence becomes damning evidence indeed and it is hard to dissuade them from that opinion.