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Aubrey McClendon’s death was ruled an “accident”


After three months, The OKCPD and Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office have concluded their investigations into the death of Chesapeake co-founder Aubrey McClendon. The verdict?


Police find no evidence McClendon's deadly crash was suicide

A two-month investigation by the Oklahoma City Police Department found no evidence of suicide in the March 2 car crash that killed Oklahoma City businessman Aubrey McClendon, the police confirmed Tuesday.

A report has not been released, but the two-month investigation has been completed, spokesman Capt. Paco Balderrama told The Oklahoman on Tuesday.

"That investigation involved homicide detectives looking into the circumstances that led up to his death," Balderrama said. "After conducting a very thorough investigation, speaking to people who knew him and people who spoke to him prior to the accident, we found no information that would indicate anything other than a vehicular accident."

Well, there you have it. Case closed. Outside of the fact that his car plowed straight into a an overpass at 78-mph the day after he was named in a federal indictment that likely would have led to jail time, the crumbling of his business empire, a unrepairable reputation, and an abrupt end to his opulent lifestyle, there's no indication that this was anything other than a tragic vehicular accident. Now let's all get back to drinking Kool-Aid and letting the energy industry set their own tax rates. Have a nice day.

Seriously, do the men in dimly lit corporate board rooms who run this state really think we're that gullible? Based on how KFOR reported the news, probably so:

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I hate to break this to the KFOR Social Media Bandit, but the OKCPD didn't technically "rule out suicide." They just found nothing that could conclusively prove this was anything other than a fatal vehicular accident.

The State Medical Examiners also issued a report today. Not surprisingly, they determined that McClendon's cause of death was from multiple force trauma due to a motor vehicle collision. Since the duty of the medical examiner is also to review facts, and not necessarily read between the lines and speculate about taboo subjects like bloggers tend to do, they ruled the manner of death as "an accident."

Let's see how the local media reported this one:

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Yep, it's official. Aubrey McClendon died in "an accidental car crash." It wasn't intentional at all. The fact that he wasn't wearing a seatbelt, didn't appear to do anything to avoid the crash, and that it all happened after the day he learned his former friends and business associates turned on him and became federal witnesses are all just eerie coincidences. Now who's ready to go snipe hunting?!

Seriously, I don't normally buy conspiracy theories, but I can't blame the aluminum foil hat wearers for having a field day with this one. Truth be told, we'll probably never know what really happened that cool, sunny, March morning, but the rush of the media to write this off as an accident is suspicious. McClendon was a smart, highly intelligent guy. He also had a big ego. As this Daily Beast article notes, vehicular suicide is difficult to prove. If he was going to take his own life, doing it in a way that looks "accidental" seems like a good way to go. It would help preserve what's left of his legacy, avoid a negative label, and give hope to his family, friends and followers that his final act as a human wasn't his most selfish.

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