ATF Murder & Cover-up?
Source : Vero Beach (Fla) Press Journal 7/12/96 ... 7/13/96
Has the ATF lived down to its reputation again ? You judge :
Alan Gillespie, an employee of Knights' Armaments in Vero
Beach florida, reportedly committed suicide during an ATF
search of his home. Mr. Gillespie was suspected of traffiking in fully automatic rifles, silencers and perhaps explosive devices.
According to the Press Journal :
"Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said Gillespie killed himself while agents searched his house early that morning. Agents had handcuffed Gillespies' hands in front of him to make him feel more comfortable during what agents expected to be a long search, said Orlando Blanco, public information officer for the ATF in Miami.
According to the ATF agents, the handcuffed Gillespie walked into the kitchen, grabbed a 9mm firearm and shot himself." [in the temple]
Now since WHEN would the feds leave an unattended suspect
handcuffed IN FRONT to wander around in his home during a search for dangerous
contraband??? Puts agents at extreme risk, don't you think ? He might have shot
he might have had the house wired to explode. It is VERY difficult to believe that any federal agents could be THAT inattentive to issues of personal safety.
Why would Mr. Gillespie commit suicide? He had a wife and daughter and could surely have plea-bargained any charges down to diddly. The 7/13/96 Press Journal notes that no illegal firearms were found, although two "bombs" were recovered, which may have been nothing more than household plumbing supplies as far as we know.
Further info - the medical examiner reported NO powder residues on Mr. Gillespies hands. Add to this the mechanical difficulties in shooting oneself in the temple with handcuffs on and things begin to look just a bit suspicious.
Mr. Gillespie was a well-liked member of his community, and friends and neighbors - knowing he was a firearms collector - were NOT impressed by the usual ATF photo op with his collection strewn on a table. His family is beginning inquiries and requests that any donations be sent to the NRA.
This looks VERY BAD for the ATF. One suspects a rather third-world
"interrogation" session followed by some
agent saying "Oops!". Circumstances and evidence do not support the "suicide" claim. And we were told that the ATF was going to be "kinder and gentler" after the Ruby Ridge and Waco fiascos. Keep a sharp eye on this case.
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