Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Money Murder Mysteries

It is a misconception that conspiracy research is always concerned with the past.  When done correctly, trends can be recognized in current events that will have importance in the future, or alternately, give us a glimpse into the secret, rarely-reported world of the rich and powerful.

On January 26, 2014, former Deutsch Bank executive William 'Bill' Broeksmit was found dead in his London home.  Broeksmit was found hanging -- an apparent suicide -- and Metro London police are treating as "non-suspicious."  Broeksmit's specialty was risk analysis of derivatives markets; a role he performed for Merrill Lynch from 1984 to 1996.  It should be noted that it was during this period that Merrill Lynch expanded its derivative swaps business which directly lead to the financial crisis that begin in 2007, the ramifications of which continue into the present day..  A more comprehensive look at Merrill Lynch's risky activities can be found here.

Two days later on January 28, JP Morgan executive Gabriel Magee fell to his death from the bank's 33-story building in London's financial district.  Metro London police initially ruled Magee's death as "non-suspicious" but later revised their position to state they were investigating the death as of February 7th.  Magee worked in technology, not banking or trading, but 1,000 JP Morgan employees were involved in the so-called "London Whale" trading loss of $2 billion in 2012.  And another JP Morgan executive, Ryan Crane, died February 3rd. Cause of death has not been released, but he was an Executive Director of JP Morgan's Global Trading Desk according to Zero Hedge

On January 29, Russell Investment's Chief Economist Mike Dueker was reported missing.  His body was later found along the side of the highway in Tacoma, Washington, in another apparent non-suspicious suicide.  An Associated Press article gives several details left out of other reports, such as the fact that Dueker's clothing led authorities to believe that his death was not a jogging accident -- despite the fact that his family believed that he had been jogging when he disappeared.  Police also ruled out foul play, but did not specify why.  Dueker had once been an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank and was considered to be among the top 5 percent of active economists.

On February 4, American Title CEO Richard Talley was found dead, another apparent suicide.  It should be noted that of all the men mentioned in this article, Talley had the most obvious reason to commit suicide: his firm was under investigation by the state of Colorado. No stranger to investigations, Talley was a former employee of Drexel Burnham Lambert, the disgraced firm forced into bankruptcy in 1990. Talley's method of suicide was most unusual, however.  Talley apparently died from "seven or eight self-inflicted wounds from a nail gun fired into his torso and head."  Suicide by nailgun is more common than you might think, but is rarely a successful method of suicide.  The study cited in the article does not make mention of how many of those subjects were able to shoot themselves more than once, much less seven or eight times.  Talley's desire for death would have to have been almost supernatural to sustain the first impact of the 425 meters-per-second projectile to be able fire seven more times.

Why are America's bankers killing themselves? 
Are these deaths truly suicides; a string of macabre coincidences? 

Each of these men was related -- directly or indirectly -- to a recent financial scandal and perhaps also to future scandals; ones which haven't surfaced yet.  On January 30th, PBS published an article by a former Harvard economist who stated your money wasn't safe in a bank, and promptly withdrew over $1 million from Bank of America.  Forbes published an article in early January subtitled "Why another financial crisis is inevitable."  These are just two of the most recent articles that have flown under most people's radar but warn of an impending financial crisis.

Who can say what, if anything, these deaths may portend.  One is reminded of an incident over thirty years ago involving a famous banker who, like the first two gentlemen, was the victim of a "non-suspicious" suicide in London.

June 17, 1982: "God's Banker" Roberto Calvi was found hanging from the Blackfriars Bridge in London's financial district.  Calvi had bricks in his pockets and over 10,000 GBP on him when found.  His death was ruled a suicide; a decision that was reversed in 2002.  Calvi's death lead to the exposure of the Banco Ambrosiano scandal which, in turn, exposed the machinations of the Propaganda Due or P2 Masonic lodge.  Some short-sighted conspiracy theorists are quick to point to the P2 scandal as proof of a global Masonic conspiracy, failing to miss the incident's real importance.  The P2 were attempting to establish a fascist government in Italy (and later, the world) through the manipulation of Italy's intelligence services and financial markets.  The fact that they were Masons is merely coincidental to the point of irrelevance.  What was incredibly relevant was the fact that lodge operated in conjunction with US intelligence services and had direct links to officials in the Reagan administration.

What will the next banker death reveal?