Earl is back today to close out May with a case that is relatively recent……
HISTORY’S RICH WITH MYSTERIES
When I look at the past, I find stories about people which fascinate me, particularly those in which there is a curious mixture of fact, legend, and mysterious uncertainty. In this series of articles, I want to explore some of those stories. I think of them as mysteries swaddled in legend. While truth is always desired in most things, truth easily becomes staid and boring. Legend, on the other hand, forever holds a hint of romanticism and an aura of excitement borne of adventure, imagination and, of course, mystery.
VINCE FOSTER – The Skeleton in Hillary's Closet
On July 20, 1993, Vince Foster, a White House Deputy Council and long-time friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, told his secretary he would be right back and walked out of his office in the White House. He didn't come back. Later that day, his body was found in a park in a Virginia suburb of Washington D.C.
Three separate investigations were completed, and each one offered a conclusion that he had committed suicide.
In spite of those findings, there have been conspiracy theories surrounding his death from the very beginning. Many people still feel he was murdered to prevent him from disclosing information he had been privy to during his time in the White House. Vince found himself knee-deep in scandals named Whitewatergate and Travelgate, falsified tax returns, financial shennanigans from when Bill Clinton was Governor of Arkansas, and more.
Vince Walker Foster, Jr., was born on January 15, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas, where his father was successful in real estate sales and development. Bill Clinton was a childhood neighbor and friend in his early years. As Clinton later recalled, "I lived with my grandparents in a modest little house across from Vince Foster's nice, big, white brick house."
Vince spent more time with Hillary, however, in the days before all three of them wound up in the White House.
In 1971, Vince joined Rose Law Firm in Little Rock and was made a partner in 1974. He served as head of the Arkansas Bar Association's legal aid unit, and worked with legal aid clinic worker Hillary Rodham. He was instrumental in her being hired by Rose Law Firm and the two of them worked a number of cases together. And, yes, there were rumors about them being together in intimate situations also.
Vince gained a reputation as one of the best trial litigators in Arkansas, and in her memoirs, Hillary called him, "one of the best lawyers I've ever known." He was one of her closest colleagues and best friends. She compared him to Gregory Peck's role as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film, To Kill a Mockingbird.
He received many awards from the Arkansas Bar Association, and in 1993, the Association named him its Outstanding Lawyer of the Year. The Washington Post said he was at "the pinnacle of the Arkansas legal establishment."
After Bill Clinton's 1992 election , Vince joined his staff as Deputy White House Counsel. Wall Street Journal
In early May, 1993, Foster had given the commencement address at his University of Arkansas Law School alma mater, and said:
I'm just as sure that, as the race for the Presidency rolls on. . and on. . .and on, we might hear a lot more about the Vince Foster case and its relevance to politicians named Clinton. Unless someone can prove Hillary had something to do with Vince's death or even knew about it before it happened, I don't think it should be thrown in front of her campaign bus.
Earl Staggs earned all Five Star reviews for his novels MEMORY OF A MURDER and JUSTIFIED ACTION and has twice received a Derringer Award for Best Short Story of the Year. He served as Managing Editor of Futures Mystery Magazine, as President of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars.
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