by Scott Creighton
UPDATE – (H/T to an old friend) - Go here to read about how the local county officials in various areas affected by all this BP made disaster are being co-opted by BP, the new Masters of the Gulf, and are harassing the residents with impunity just like any third-world corporate tyranny would. BP’s head of security riding around in the taxpayer’s county patrol cars pulling over citizens and interrogating them because they filmed something, stealing their identification, intimidating them… while the deputy sits back and says nothing. This is Coca-Cola and Columbia right here in America.
MSNBC has tried to redeem themselves. Yesterday they scrubbed out any mention of Capt. William Kruse’s death from their early morning article (which I pointed out), so today they are running with a Washington Post article devoted entirely to the subject. The Washington Post article calls Kruse’s death an “apparent” suicide. I don’t think so.
Here are the facts as I know them thus far…
- Kruse showed up in the morning to meet with his deck-hands as usual.
- Kruse sent them to the local store to get ice and other supplies for the day’s work helping clean the oil out of the Gulf.
- When they left Kruse was supposed to start-up his boat and meet them at the store where he would fuel it for the day.
- As they were walking toward the store they heard a “pop” but thought it was nothing more than a firecracker.
- After Kruse didn’t show at the store, they went back and found him in the wheel-house.
- There is no suicide note.
- BP owed Kruse $70,000 and Kruse was very angry about not being paid on time.
- Kruse was an extremely vocal and outgoing man. He was a community leader who all the other captain’s “looked up to“
- Kruse was on the board of the Orange Beach Fishing Association.
- Other fishing boat captains came to him for advice.
- Kruse had recently told one of them that the entire clean-up effort was a scam, it was “hopeless”, and that they had to just shut up and just do as they were told… that it was like living in “prison”.
Does that sound like a suicide to you?
The Washington Post article is a perfect example of trying to mold the narrative in the media without any facts to support it. It goes on and on about how people are “depressed” in the gulf without really addressing William Kruse specifically except to say he has lost 20 pounds recently. Hell, I have lost 20 pounds recently. Take a man’s livelihood and his paychecks and that is bound to happen.
The Post story also goes on to quote the President of the Orange Beach Fishing Association who sounds a lot like a guy trying to placate BP… the new masters of the Gulf.
Ard said BP has done everything it said it would do and that despite setbacks and delays, “they have been working hard to make things right.” Washington Post
But the story doesn’t add up. Why would a guy show up to work, tell his crew to go invest in ice and supplies for the day’s work, then pop himself in the wheelhouse of his vessel as he was starting it up to go meet them and fuel-up for the day? He left no note and apparently left $70,000 dollars on the table for BP to keep (till the lawyers sort it out)
Kruse was an well respected community leader among the fishing boat captains who was angry and outspoken about what was happening to the area he loved and worked on for 2 decades and he just up and ”kills himself” under these conditions at this time? I don’t buy it.
… Two weeks and two days ago, with his fishing grounds closed, Kruse, 55, took a job working for BP’s cleanup crew. For the very people who’d caused the mess.
Other boat captains said Kruse, like them, found the effort confusing, overly bureaucratic and frustrating. He told them to keep their heads down, not to worry about the hassles. But those close to him saw he was losing weight.
On Wednesday morning, Kruse drove to his boat as usual. As the deckhands prepared for the day’s work, Kruse, as the captain, was supposed to turn on the generator. But after a few minutes, the crew members said, they didn’t hear anything and went looking for him. A deckhand found him in the wheelhouse, shot in the head.
The Baldwin County, Ala., coroner’s office called his death an apparent suicide and said Kruse didn’t leave a note….
… Frank Kruse, his identical twin brother who is a probate lawyer in Mobile, Ala., said his brother was waiting for about $70,000 in payments from BP for working two of his boats for the past two weeks. “There’s no question in my mind that this is directly related to the oil spill,”
… Other fishermen, who looked up to Kruse as a veteran captain, turned to him for advice.
“His quote to me was, ‘Don’t try to rationalize it. . . . Just sign your name and get on your boat, and don’t try to tell anybody how to run the program, and don’t try to tell ‘em what the local knowledge is,’ ” Capt. Chris Garner said. The point was: The cleanup is hopeless, and you’ll just tire yourself out trying to improve the situation. “I said, ‘Rookie, that sounds an awful lot like prison,’ ” meaning the loss of control, Garner said Wednesday. “He said, ‘That’s a pretty good analysis, Chris. It’s just like prison.’ And he didn’t make it another week.” Washington Post
The entire “suicide” explanation comes from what the local county coroner said. He told an earlier interviewer that the reason he figured it was a suicide was because the “investigator” told him William Kruse’s friends had made statements to that effect. I don’t see any listed in this article. In fact, I don’t see how Kruse was going though anything any worse than most of these guys in the Gulf are dealing with on a daily basis.
In fact, the only statement from a friend that I have read so far says something entirely different…
Baldwin County Coroner Stan Vinson said witnesses told investigators that Kruse had been upset about the loss of business caused by the closing of fishing grounds and public perceptions of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
… ”He didn’t show any signs he was going to this that would have thrown up any red flags where you’d think you better keep an eye on him,” Bell said. “He wasn’t any more aggravated with the whole situation than any of the rest of us. “
Bell added, however, that Kruse did like to know what was going on and was particularly frustrated with the lack of straight answers coming from BP about the Vessel of Opportunity program and particularly about how he was to be paid once his 2 boats were deployed. AI
There is something very wrong with the official story of the death of William Kruse.