Q&A Friday #72: The Clinton Body Count

by John Hawkins | August 24, 2007 11:10 am

Question: “What would be the best way to raise the issue of the four dozen or so corpses piled up along Hillary’s path to power? You know, like Vincent Foster, James McDougal, Mary Mahoney, Ron Brown, Ed Willey, Jerry Parks, Kathy Ferguson, Bill Shelton, Suzanne Coleman, Major William S. Barkley Jr., Captain Scott J . Reynolds, Sgt. Brian Hanley, etc., etc. Somehow I doubt it will come up in any of the debates, but I’d love to see her reaction to, for example, being asked about Vincent Foster’s death.” — hangthetraitor

Answer: I wouldn’t suggest bringing it up because I don’t think there’s anything to it.

Vince Foster’s death, although suspicious, looks to be a suicide. As far as all the others go, there is very little that would point to the involvement of the Clintons beyond the fact that they happened to know them.

Here’s a Snopes[1] entry on it that pretty much sums it up,

We shouldn’t have to tell anyone not to believe this claptrap, but we will anyway. In a frenzied media climate where the Chief Executive couldn’t boff a White House intern without the whole world finding out every niggling detail of each encounter and demanding his removal from office, are we seriously to believe the same man had been having double handfuls of detractors and former friends murdered with impunity?

Don’t be swayed by the number of names listed on screeds like this. Any public figure is bound to have a much wider circle of acquaintance than an ordinary citizen would. Moreover, the acquaintance is often one-sided. Though many of the people enumerated on this list might properly claim to have known Clinton, he wouldn’t know or remember having met a great number of them.

“Body count” lists are not a new phenomenon. Lists documenting all the allegedly “suspicious” deaths of persons connected with the assassination of John F. Kennedy have been circulating for decades…

Unless some shocking new evidence were to come out, I would just leave this whole line of inquiry be.

  1. Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/bodycount.asp

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