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The Strange Death of Vincent Foster Hardcover – October 1, 1997

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Ever since the night that deputy White House counselor Vincent Foster was found dead in a Washington, D.C., park, conspiracy theories about his death have abounded. Everyone from evangelist Jerry Falwell to talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has weighed in with his or her own version of events: Foster was murdered; his body was moved; the investigation into his death became a giant cover-up. Christopher Ruddy, a reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a paper owned by conservative Richard Scaife, has entered the fray with The Strange Death of Vincent Foster.

As Ruddy goes over the evidence, it becomes increasingly clear that the initial investigative work by the park police and the FBI was mishandled--evidence was poorly collected and documented, the autopsy was hardly comprehensive, and eyewitness accounts differed drastically. In addition, the role of White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum in obstructing the police search of Foster's office and belongings was undoubtedly out of line. Do shoddy police work and overzealous political posturing add up to a vast governmental conspiracy? Ruddy suggests they do; readers of The Strange Death of Vincent Foster may or may not reach the same conclusion.

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Ruddy argues that his doubts do not require him to posit some vast conspiracy of silence.... At the same time Ruddy clearly believes that something dastardly happened, and he cannot stop dark hints from leaking out. "If," he writes on page 1, Vince Foster "had been killed ... " If Ruddy didn't want to make such an Oliver Stone argument, even hypothetically, he should have left his rhetorical teasers on the cutting-room floor. -- The New York Times Book Review, Richard Brookhiser

William Sessions Former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Ruddy has detailed a significant array of fact and issues involving the death of Mr. Foster. His work is serious and compelling. While enduring great criticism, he has tenaciously argued a persuasive case that the American public has not been told the complete facts of this case.
Mr. Ruddy has carefully avoided drawing undue inferences about the death. His reporting raises serious concerns about the handling of the Foster case. It is legitimate to question the process employed by authorities to make their conclusions. -- Review
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684838370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684838373
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On July 20, 1993, Deputy White House Counsel Vincent W. Foster, Jr. was found dead in Fort Marcy Park, Virginia. On January 27, 1994, Christopher Ruddy became the first American journalist to write anything about the death that was both based upon actual interviews of witnesses at the park and called into question the official suicide ruling. With this book he reached another milestone. More than four years after the death he became the first person to have a serious, critical book on the Foster death published by a "mainstream" publisher.

The book, like his reporting on the case, first for the New York Post and later for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, is thick with facts that contradict the official version, a version which we have, up to now, only been given by the initial Special Prosecutor, Robert Fiske, in a sparse, double-spaced, 58-page report (We are not counting the numerous journalists, most notably James Stewart in the Simon and Schuster book, Blood Sport, who have also peddled the official suicide-from-depression story.).

Here's an outline of some of the most important evidence that Ruddy reveals to us:

The Body

Foster was laid out as though ready for a coffin with his legs straight and his arms down by his side.

He was neat and tidy. None of the gore that one would expect when a person has blown his brains out with a .38 caliber revolver was present. Only a trickle of blood was seen oozing from the nose and the corner of the mouth. No samples of skull, brain tissue, or hair were collected, or even reported seen, on the ground or vegetation. There was no large pool of blood. There was no blow-back on the barrel of the gun, his hand, or the sleeve of his shirt.
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Format: Hardcover
There is a reason why this book is so hard to find...there are people who dont want this information out there. I was glued to this book until I was finished. I always felt as if the story that the news media and the government gave us was acceptable until I read this book!
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Yes, it is true, Ruddy is "associated" with Right Wing "elements," and this has brought on the ire of The Democratic Party, and especially that funny-talkin' bald headed guy from Louisiana. But even if only 10% of the dozens of discrepencies detailed by Ruddy are true, the American public should clamor for a full-scale investigation. Like the "Zodiac" killings in California, there are too many things that 'just don't add up.'
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By A Customer on August 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A fascinating account of yet another bungled White House cover-up. The author is to be commended not only for writing a compelling book but also for his excellent research skills. It is obvious from reading some of the negative reader reviews that many people write reviews without reading anything but the flyleaf. Books like these only make me more grateful to be a Canadian!
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A friend lent me this book a few years ago, and it was startling to see how much the evidence differed from the official conclusion. I know: This is the stuff of which conspiracy theories are made. But I just don't buy suicide. I'm sorry. But I also want to believe that Lee Harvey Oswald didn't act alone.
In any event, this is a well-written work.
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Ruddy brings us into the hellish world of Government cover up's at any cost. The evidence is compelling,the motive logical, and the cover up all too real! The screw up by the Capital police, blood that defies gravity (sort of like the magic bullet theory in Kennedy's assasination), and where did all the blood go! Read the book to find out how your Government got away with Murder.
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The book was exhaustive at the time of it's writing, but new examinations of the evidence have added new revelations to the case. This book will open the eyes of anyone who wants their eyes opened. I lays out all the evidence that (1) The Clinton white house manipulated the crime scene, and (2) obstructed the investigation. Where did all those crime scene photos go? Why did Nussbaum, Thomases, and Williams enter Vince Foster's office 18 times the eve after his death? Ruddy answers these and other questions with much detail. My only criticism of the book is that it seems to have been written hastily and is very disorganized.
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Whether your predilection is liberal or conservative, you must agree that the death of Vincent Foster was most unusual. Christopher Ruddy focuses on these unusual circumstances in a compelling narrative that reveals the possibility of obstruction of justice both within and outside the White House. I read the book cover to cover without putting it down. The thing I liked most about Ruddy's treatment was the fact that he did not confuse the reader by inserting his own beliefs into the book. He states the facts, but doesn't draw the obvious conclusions. He allows the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. If you like a good murder mystery; if you like a good conspiracy drama; if you like to believe that someone still cares about the Constitution, you'll like this book.
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