February 5, 2013
If we believe Boing Boing and local California news, Philip Marshall was a “conspiracy theorist” who killed his teenage son and daughter, the family dog, and then himself.
“The alleged assailant was the teens’ father, Philip Marshall, 54, a commercial pilot and author, according to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s office,” The Union Democrat reported on Monday. “Philip Marshall appeared to be well-respected in the community” and people interviewed by the Murphys, California, newspaper found it difficult to believe Marshall would murder his family and the commit suicide.
Xeni Jardin, writing for Boing Boing, dwells on Marshall’s books, The Big Bamboozle and False Flag 911: How Bush, Cheney and the Saudis Created the Post-911 World, and attempts to leave the impression Marshall’s alleged murder-suicide rampage had something to do with 9/11 conspiracy theories, an area of research increasingly viewed by establishment health authorities as a form of mental illness.
Marshall’s bio, however, provides another possible explanation:
Beginning with his role in the 1980s as a Learjet captain first as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sting on Pablo Escobar, and later in the covert arming of the Nicaraguan Contras, Marshall has studied and written 30-years worth of covert government special activities and the revolving door of Wall Street tricksters, media moguls, and their well funded politicians.
As Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb discovered, doing research on Nicaraguans linked to CIA-backed Contras and their drug-running operations can get you killed. 9/11 conspiracy theories, on the other hand, will merely get you written off as a kook by the establishment, that is if they pay attention to you at all.
Is it possible Marshall’s links to the DEA and his role in taking down notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar might have had something to do with the murders? Did he know too much and was he ready to write about something the government did not want made public?
It wouldn’t be the first time the government killed somebody and made it look like a suicide. The suspicious suicide of DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey comes to mind.
Police have not released a suicide note or offered any conclusive evidence Marshall killed himself and his family. Until they do, the possibility that he was killed for something he knew as a former government “special activities” contract pilot cannot be discounted.