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The article states that Richards' death was presumed a suicide (which it was, by many people - I was living in St. Louis at the time), then mentions his fears that his affair was becoming public. From the line that follows:
"So, on the night of March 23, 1994, Richards took-off from Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Missouri and flew his plane into the ground."
I'm removing "So," as it links his fears of exposure and the fatal flight by causation, making it POV.PacificBoy 08:29, 4 June 2009 (UTC)