9/11 truther Ruppert dead

Author, political commentator and conspiracy theorist Michael Ruppert died from suicide on April 13, 2014.

Sheriff: Author Michael Ruppert dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Nationally known author Michael Ruppert died Sunday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Calistoga where he had lived for a few months on a friend’s property. He was 63.

A former Los Angeles Police Department officer who later became a political activist, Ruppert was found dead Sunday on a property in the 1100 block of Tubbs Lane, where he had been staying in a trailer for a few months, according to information from the Napa County Sheriff’s Office and business partner Wesley T. Miller of Lake Oswego, Ore.

Ruppert’s writing delved into a number of political issues, including peak oil, climate change, 9/11, public corruption and the Central Intelligence Agency.

As a LAPD narcotics officer Ruppert claimed he had seen evidence of CIA complicity in drug dealing. His publication The Wilderness attempted to expose government corruption. In his book Crossing The Rubicon, he claimed that Vice President Cheney, the US government, and Wall Street was aware of and colluded with the perpetrators of 9/11.

Ruppert had founded the CollapseNet Network

While it may be anticipated that his death held secrets, his partners on the website say there is nothing suspicious about it saying “Mike threatened to kill himself on multiple occasions, verbally and in writing.”

Wesley T. Miller, President & CEO of Collapse Network, Inc. writes:

There is absolutely no doubt or question about it, Mike Ruppert took his own life.

Rest in Peace, my brother.

It was reported he took his own life after a radio broadcast. It appeared to have been well planned and according to his associates, expected.


Tip: Reed Esau

  10 comments for “9/11 truther Ruppert dead

  1. Chris Howard
    April 17, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of a conspiracy theorist killing themselves. It did seem like the people I looked after in the psychiatric hospital, who believed in conspiracies, were more prone to suicidal thinking than the other patients.

    It makes me wonder if there is a correlation between conspiracy thinking, depression, and suicidal ideation?

  2. Dbp
    April 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    ^That relationship may stem from a lack of a sense of control in their personal lives. It seems conspiracists and those with certain mental disorders feel like all control of their lives rests with someone else. I would not be surprised at all to find a relationship between depression and conspiracy theorizing. Often if you can make a person with depression feel like they have taken more control over their lives their symptoms get better. I would be interested in seeing if that is the case for truthers et al.

    Also, Saying his death wasn’t suspicious seems like the perfect way to get truthers to think it was a plot to silence him. This instance raises a lot of interesting questions about suicide though. If it was planned ahead of time and his friends knew about it, should they have intervened to prevent it?

  3. Mark Richards
    April 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Really? Suicide? That’s just what _they_ would want you to think.

    I’m sure reports of the autopsy finding thermitic material in his bloodstream through a gubmint truth-silencing assassination are soon to follow.

  4. drwfishesman
    April 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    I think if one truly believes in conspiracy theories and the kind or world this would have to be for them to be true, then depression and suicide might not be that unexpected. It could be a chicken or the egg problem…which one came first? The conspiracy ideation or the depression and mental illness? Not to mention that not all conspiracy theorists are depressed or suicidal.

  5. MrClean417
    April 17, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Lets not be too mean to the dead. Guy seems to have been mentally ill. Not all paranoia is irrational but as stated before, perhaps depression can lead one down this particular rabbit hole. I hope someday we find a way to help these people before it goes this far.

    It’ll leave more attention for those of us who are sane and NO that they’re out to get us. My condolences to the loved ones who now morn his loss.

  6. Brandon
    April 18, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    It sounds like he was having problems in his personal life (financial, health, etc.) so maybe those problems lead to his suicide rather than his conspiracy-based worldview.

  7. Rex Dart
    April 18, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    That’s kind of a chicken-or-egg thing, it seems to me. I think many if nor most conspiracy-obsessed people naturally have trouble interacting with the conventional world. For example, it wouldn’t be surprising if someone who thinks “banking interests” are part of a huge global conspiracy might also have trouble paying the bills on time (or, perhaps, even acknowledging that he has any moral obligation to pay them.)

  8. James G
    April 19, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    I don’t think it matters what questionable theories and beliefs the fellow pushed, any time a human feels compelled to take their own life, and worse, succeeds, it is a tragedy.

    I would be surprised if there was a strong link between conspiracy aficionados and mental illness. I think they just play by different rules. While I might let evidence drive my beliefs, they let their beliefs drive the evidence. I would say that such a worldview is flawed, but I wouldn’t classify it as a mental illness.

    According to this piece, research has looked at the personalities of conspiracy theorists, but not their mental health. It’s a bit old; perhaps they’ve moved forward since 2011.


  9. Chris Howard
    April 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Excellent point. Thanks for the link.

  10. james
    April 25, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Most of the above comments are way off the mark. Most suicides are moments of extreme depression and anxiety and I am sure conspiracy theorists have no higher rate of suicide. And what exactly is a conspiracy theorist when conspiracy is about
    the most common crime by definition. Conspiracy to commit ? Presently the highest rate of suicide is by military veterans
    and police officers are always high on the list. Michael was a former police officer and spent his life in the trenches fighting
    what he felt was the good fight. Rest in Peace Mike.

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