By Robert K. Wilcox


15 Feb 2016 - Ok. Call me a conspiracy nut. I wrote a book that Gen. George S. Patton might have been murdered and I can’t overlook certain parallels in Justice Scalia’s death:

- Patton, the famous World War II general, was on a hunting trip when he was hurt in a suspicious accident that led to his death. Scalia was in Texas to, among other things, go hunting.

- No autopsy was performed on Patton when he died in a hospital a week and a half after the accident. There will be no autopsy for Scalia either. He was quickly embalmed.

- Patton may have been poisoned with a secret chemical that can cause a natural crisis like heart attack or stroke and dissipates fast. Scalia is said to have died of a heart attack but was found with a “pillow over his head,” according to the man who discovered him dead, John Poindexter, owner of the ranch where Scalia died.

- Both Patton and Scalia were noted conservatives and controversial.

But nearly 70 years have passed since Patton died in December 1945 and Scalia’s death was just this Sunday – that’s decades apart, different worlds really.


Or are they?

Patton was in the midst of a great Left-Right debate. One side represented by FDR’s Democrat Party which wanted friendship with Soviet Russia. In fact, FDR had basically given the Soviets Eastern Europe when he'd met with Stalin near war’s end. He believed the communist nation good and he wanted Stalin’s help in the post-World War II world.  

Patton, on the other hand, distrusted the Soviets and wanted to fight them. Prescient, he saw the Cold War coming. Neither FDR or his successor, Harry Truman, by the time Patton died, sensed the coming conflict. Patton was a thorn in their side, and, after using his prowess on the battlefield, they had basically banished him.  He was mad and he was going to tell the world not only what had happened to him but secrets of how badly the war had been run. He was leaving for America to begin his crusade when he went on the hunting trip and had the mysterious accident.

Scalia too when he died was central in the battle between Left and Right. Like Patton, he was a revered conservative, in this case paramount to keeping balance on the Supreme Court. Without him, the Left suddenly is on the verge of a crucial victory. If Obama can get an appointment through the senate, Conservatism in America takes a big hit, perhaps fatal – at least as far as court rulings go.  Suddenly, like Patton’s exit, Scalia’s death gives the Left a chance for at least a recouping stroke. In the case of Patton, shut him up, halt a possible WWIII. In Scalia's case, power even after a defeat in the coming election. With a new, court-swinging Leftwing judge on the court, who needs the presidency?

These parallels however do not a conspiracy make - not yet anyway.

Still, there are questions. Pillow over the head? Who sleeps like that? Heart attack? Who puts a pillow on his head in the midst of that? I understand it’s Texas law that a body leaving the state must be embalmed. Ok. But why leave so fast? And the determination of death was made over the phone, a local judge talking to a policeman? Wouldn’t a doctor on scene be better? If I were in Scalia’s family, I’d want an examination before embalming. But according to The Washington Post, the family nixed that. Why?


And I’m not the only person highlighting these questions.  

“You have a Supreme Court Justice who died” without a doctor in attendance, the Post quotes William O. Ritchie, a former Washington D.C. criminal investigations expert. “You have a non-homicide trained US Marshall tell the justice of peace that no foul play was observed. You have a justice of the peace pronounce death [by heart attack] while not being on the scene and without any medical training…How can the Marshall say without a thorough post mortem, that he was not injected with an illegal substance that would simulate a heart attack.”

As most news media point out, “conspiracy theories are swirling.” The stories however generally take an aloof position – we don’t believe but look at others. And rightfully so. Conspiracies need motive. Well, those are swirling too – however, at this point, not backed by much more than supposition. The Right sees Obama plotting, perhaps because Hillary’s chances are looking dimmer by the day and hence his legacy - without drastic action. On the Left, one blogger I found has written that the Right did it because Scalia, a constitutionalist, would prevent Cruz from winning by voting his birth in Canada disqualifies him, i.e., the Right was afraid of that ruling.

And so the motives and scenarios swirl. And who is to say not? The government, with secret levels, unlimited power, is always suspect. The last decades have revealed much about high-level, U.S. government plots - secret attempts to kill Castro by the CIA with the help of the Mafia, clandestine coups, even supposedly benevolent President Eisenhower was involved in dictator bumping in Guatemala. And don’t forget today's IRS’s executive Lois Lerner. She apparently had carte blanche to attack conservatives.

The government, in such cases, is not the ordinary citizen’s friend. If leaders feel it needed, they can justify almost any act and have a good chance of keeping it secret. The greatest conspiracy of modern times, the murder of John F. Kennedy, is still unsolved. Until all questions about Scalia's death are satisfactorily answered, conspiracy theories regarding it will continue.