Clinton Body Count
The Clinton Body Count refers to a conspiracy theory, parts of which have been advanced by Newsmax publisher Christopher Ruddy among others, that asserts that former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton have assassinated fifty or more of their associates. 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. 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 no known link to the Clintons, had been misidentified, or were still alive.
Deputy White House counsel Vincent W. Foster was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in Fort Marcy Park in Virginia, outside Washington, D.C., on July 20, 1993. His death has been ruled a suicide by five official investigations, but remains a subject of conspiracy theories that he was actually murdered by the Clintons for knowing too much.
The unsolved 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee staff member Seth Rich prompted conspiracy theorists to speculate that Hillary Clinton arranged his death because of his alleged involvement with Wikileaks' release of DNC emails during the 2016 United States presidential campaign. Various elements of this theory have been promoted by prominent right-wing figures including Alex Jones, Newt Gingrich, and Sean Hannity.
Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, being held on additional 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, with authorities treating it as a suicide by hanging. 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. Lynne Patton, a Trump appointee at HUD, said "Hillary'd!!" and used the hashtag #VinceFosterPartTwo in an Instagram post about Epstein's death. In October 2019, private pathologist Dr. Michael Baden said that Mr. Epstein, 66, experienced a number of injuries — among them a broken bone in his neck — that “are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation...I think that the evidence points to homicide rather than suicide." Dr. Baden observed the autopsy done by city officials.
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