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Clinton Body Count

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Bill and Hillary Clinton

Clinton Body Count is a debunked conspiracy theory asserting that former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton have assassinated fifty or more of their associates.[1][2][3] Many parts of it have been advanced by Newsmax publisher Christopher Ruddy, among others. Such accusations have been around at least since the 1990s, when a pseudo-documentary film called The Clinton Chronicles, produced by Larry Nichols and promoted by Rev. Jerry Falwell, accused Bill Clinton of multiple crimes including murder.[4][5] This conspiracy theory has been debunked by the Lakeland Ledger, the Chicago Tribune, Snopes and others, who point to detailed death records, the unusually large circle of associates that a president is likely to have, and the facts that many of the people listed had been misidentified, or were still alive. Others had no known link to the Clintons.[6][7]

C. Victor Raiser II

C. Victor Raiser II was National Finance Co-Chairman for Bill Clinton. He died in a plane crash along with his son and three others on July 30, 1992, during a fishing trip. Conspiracy theorists believe the crash to been deliberately caused, yet the National Transportation Safety Board stated:[6][8][9]

The pilot's delayed decision in reversing course and his failure to maintain airspeed during the maneuver. factors related to the accident were: mountainous terrain and a low ceiling.

Mary Mohane

Mary Mohane was a White House intern who, in the early summer of 1997, was gunned down outside a Starbucks in the Georgetown suburb of Washington, D.C. The robber entered the store and shot Mohane after she attempted to take his gun. He then shot the two other Starbucks employees and fled, afraid the cops would show up. However, conspiracy theorists believe Mohane was killed on the orders of the Clintons. Her death is similar to that of Seth Rich 19 years later.[6][10]

Vincent W. Foster

Deputy White House counsel Vincent W. Foster was found dead in Fort Marcy Park in Virginia, outside Washington, D.C., on July 20, 1993. An autopsy determined that he was shot in the mouth, and no other wounds were found on his body.[11] His death was ruled a suicide by five official investigations, but he remains a subject of conspiracy theories that he was actually murdered by the Clintons for knowing too much.[12]

Seth Rich

Bike rack dedicated to Seth Rich who conspiracy theorists believe was murdered by the Clintons

The unsolved 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee staff member Seth Rich prompted conspiracy theorists to speculate that Hillary Clinton arranged his death; the theory was based on a Fox News report, later retracted, that Rich had been responsible for Wikileaks' release of DNC emails during the 2016 United States presidential campaign.[13] In fact, the DNC emails were stolen by Russian-linked hacker Guccifer 2.0.[14] Various elements of this theory have been promoted by prominent right-wing figures including Alex Jones, Newt Gingrich, and Sean Hannity.[15][16]

Jeffrey Epstein

Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, being held on federal charges of child sex trafficking, was found dead in his cell at the high-security Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan on August 10, 2019.[17] An official autopsy later declared it suicide by hanging.[18] His death led to conspiracy theories being relayed on social media, particularly relating to Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump. Hours after Epstein's death, Trump retweeted claims that Epstein's death was related to Clinton, including the hashtag #ClintonBodyCount.[19][20] Lynne Patton, a Trump appointee at HUD, said "Hillary'd!!" and used the hashtag #VinceFosterPartTwo in an Instagram post about Epstein's death.[21]

References

  1. ^ Nelson, Lars-Erik (January 4, 1999). "Conspiracy Nuts Hit New Low With The Body Count". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on September 14, 2020. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  2. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (August 29, 2016). "The Clinton BS Files: "Lock her up" isn't really about emails – the right's been accusing the Clintons of murder for decades". Salon. Archived from the original on January 3, 2020. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Moore, Kayleigh (October 25, 2018). "Investigating Rhetoric's of the 'Clinton Body Count'". Medium. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Weiss, Philip (February 23, 1997). "Clinton Crazy". The New York Times Magazine. p. 35. Archived from the original on May 15, 2014.
  5. ^ "The People President Clinton Didn't Have to Pardon…Because They're All Dead". TruthOrFiction.com. March 17, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Clinton Body Bags". Snopes. January 24, 1998. Archived from the original on January 30, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  7. ^ Page, Clarence (January 11, 1998). "Ron Brown Murder Plot Has Too Many Holes". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on February 24, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "ANC92FA116". National Transportation Safety Board. September 6, 2003. Archived from the original on September 6, 2003. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  9. ^ "Victor Raiser, 52, Financial Aide In Clinton Presidential Campaign". The New York Times. August 2, 1992. p. 46. Archived from the original on August 17, 2019. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  10. ^ Franklin, Roger (June 29, 2000). "Murder to mistresses: Clinton cops the lot". The New Zealand Herald. Archived from the original on November 9, 2020. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  11. ^ Beyer, Dr. James C. "Report of Investigation by Medical Examiner, Vince Foster Autopsy Findings" (PDF). AutopsyFiles.org. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  12. ^ Kessler, Glenn (May 25, 2016). "No, Donald Trump, there's nothing 'fishy' about Vince Foster's suicide". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on February 19, 2020. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  13. ^ Folkenflik, David (August 1, 2017). "Behind Fox News' Baseless Seth Rich Story: The Untold Tale". Morning Edition. NPR. Archived from the original on May 27, 2020. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  14. ^ Palma, Bethania (May 16, 2017). "Fact Check: Did DNC Staffer Seth Rich Send 'Thousands of E-Mails' to WikiLeaks Before He Was Murdered?". Snopes. Archived from the original on August 2, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  15. ^ Sullivan, Margaret (August 1, 2017). "You don't have to believe everything in that Seth Rich lawsuit. What's been confirmed is bad enough". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on August 1, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  16. ^ Weigel, David (May 20, 2017). "The Seth Rich conspiracy shows how fake news still works". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on January 3, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  17. ^ Rashbaum, William K.; Weiser, Benjamin; Gold, Michael (August 10, 2019). "Jeffrey Epstein Dead in Suicide at Jail, Spurring Inquiries". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 19, 2020.
  18. ^ "Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging". web.archive.org. August 22, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  19. ^ Weill, Kelly (August 10, 2019). "Conspiracy Theories Erupt After Jeffrey Epstein's Death". The Daily Beast. Archived from the original on July 7, 2020.
  20. ^ Timm, Jane C.; Johnstone, Liz (August 10, 2019). "Trump retweets Epstein conspiracy theory, claiming Clinton connection". NBC News. Archived from the original on February 5, 2020.
  21. ^ Stockler, Asher (August 10, 2019). "Top HUD Official Promotes Clinton Conspiracy Theory in Wake of Epstein's Apparent Suicide". Newsweek. Archived from the original on March 11, 2020. Retrieved August 11, 2019.