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Coroner confirms Gary Webb shot twice in head
by Sacramento Bee
Thursday Dec 16th, 2004 5:41 PM
How was Gary Webb able to shoot himself twice?
Sacramento Bee - December 15, 2004

Reporter's suicide confirmed by coroner
A flood of inquiries about Gary Webb's shooting death prompts statement.

By Sam Stanton -- Bee Staff Writer

Facing a barrage of calls from the media and the public, the
Sacramento County Coroner's Office issued a statement Tuesday
confirming that former investigative reporter Gary Webb committed
suicide with two gunshots to the head.

"The cause of death was determined to be self-inflicted gunshot
wounds to the head," the coroner's statement said.

"Information and evidence gathered at the scene of death, including a
handwritten note indicating an intention on the part of the decedent
to take his own life, resulted in 'suicide' as the determined manner
of death.

"The investigation is continuing and will take an estimated
additional six to eight weeks to complete."

The statement was issued because of the number of calls that had
flooded the Coroner's Office since The Bee reported Sunday that
Webb's death was caused by more than one wound.

Webb, a former San Jose Mercury News reporter, was found dead in his
Carmichael home Friday morning.

Webb, who most recently had been writing for the Sacramento News & Review, is survived by his ex-wife and three children.

Such a case normally would have sparked little notice. But Webb
gained notoriety in the 1990s after writing a series of stories for
the Mercury News linking the CIA to Nicaraguan Contras seeking to
overthrow the Sandinista government and to drug sales of crack
cocaine flooding South Central Los Angeles in the 1980s.

His newspaper and others later questioned the conclusions in Webb's
reporting, and he left the San Jose newspaper in 1997 after being
moved to a suburban bureau.

But Webb's allegations spawned a following, including conspiracy
theorists who have worked the Internet feverishly for days with
notions that because Webb died from two gunshots he was killed by
government agents or the Contras in retribution for the stories
written nearly a decade ago.

Webb's ex-wife, Sue Bell, discounted such theories Tuesday, saying
the 49-year-old Webb had been distraught for some time over his
inability to get a job at another major newspaper.

"The way he was acting it would be hard for me to believe it was
anything but suicide," Bell said.

She said that before he died Webb wrote and mailed notes to family
members and placed his baby shoes in his mother's shed.

Webb had paid for his own cremation earlier in the year and had named
Bell months ago as the beneficiary of his bank account, she said. He
had sold his house last week, because he could no longer afford the
mortgage, and was upset that his motorcycle had been stolen last week.

He had apparently laid out his driver's license before taking his
father's .38-caliber pistol, which he kept in his nightstand, to
shoot himself.

Coroner Robert Lyons said his office had been swamped with calls.
"It's unusual in a suicide case to have two shots," he said, "but it
has been done in the past, and it is in fact a distinct possibility."

Services for Webb are pending.
by that article was already on the site
Thursday Dec 16th, 2004 5:52 PM
why don't you check first? Look at the newswire on the drugwar page and you will find several posts about Gary Webb- this article was posted yesterday:

and it originally came from:

Indybay doesn't look so good if 4 different people post the same corporate article over and over and it's all the content we have. Let's try to credit the articles that are on the site, and not redo work that others have already done.
by supda
Friday Dec 17th, 2004 7:10 PM
Well, at least I now see that you have the memory intensive search function back up. Before you had to go to advanced google to find anything here. Also, you have to go through about 3-4 pages of other reposted articles in your 'other' section, as well as the reposted 'local' and 'world' articles in order to determined if someone already stuck your crosspost up already. By the way, your center column says that Gary Webb died of a gunshot to the head. It seems like he left a suicide note, so he was the one to do it, but shooting yourself twice is notable.
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