NEGRETE SHOOTING MYSTERY
MilitaryCorruption.com has already reported the general's widow, Victoria, told cops and others three different versions of what happened in her San Antonio home the night of Sept. 16, 2005. In one, the general supposedly blasted himself in a drunken stupor; a second version had the wife sleeping beside her hubby and "hearing" a gunshot "go off" in the dark; and the third story maintained the general - known for being extra careful with firearms - "accidentally" shot himself in the head as he prepared to go on a hunting trip in the morning. Right.
We pointed out not one but two handguns were found in the bedroom where the shooting took place. Two spent cartridges, one from each weapon were also there. And one of the shell casings was discovered secreted in a nearby wastebasket. Hmmmmmm. Had both weapons been fired? Were they each tested for gunpowder residue? San Antonio cops aren't saying, especially to us.
The general's forty-something widow - Negrete was Victoria's fourth husband (we wonder where the previous three are) - quickly hired a high-powered attorney to help her promote her accidental shooting story.
NEW REVELATIONS ABOUT "GUNPOWDER" TESTS
At least one officer who knew Negrete for 30 years isn't buying it.
Former Army Lt. Col. Mike Tabor knew Negrete since the days they were young lieutenants together. "He wouldn't kill himself," Tabor declared. "Bernie would never have done that to his family. Why, his son's birthday was Saturday, the next day. No, there's more to this than's been said. I think it's a cover-up."
One thing that Tabor was told by a San Antonio Police detective working the case can now be reported by MilitaryCorruption.com. The former field-grade officer said the cop let slip that "no gun residue test had been done at all." Later on in the phone conversation, Tabor said the detective suggested a gunpowder test had been done, but not until late in the investigation, when results could have been inconclusive.
Even controversial Bexar County Medical Examiner Dr. Vincent ("Let's call it a suicide. Yeah, that's the ticket!") DiMaio couldn't claim there was any detectible amount of powder on Negrete's hands. Whether there was any residue discovered on his wife's paws, or if she was even tested, is open to question.
Tabor knows what he's talking about. His wife, Kay, was a dinner guest at the Negrete's home the night before the shooting death. He recounts that the following evening his wife received a frantic phone call from Victoria's grown daughter, Alexis, in which she allegedly said: "There's been a terrible accident. Bernie's killed himself. I heard noise, like a shot, or two, or three."
THAT would account for the two shell casings and two different guns. But rarely does a "suicide" take turns firing different weapons at himself in order to die. Was the fatal head wound the only mark on his body? We'll never know, unless the results of his autopsy is publicly revealed.
Don't hold your breath waiting for the only newspaper in town to editorialize for that to happen.
NOTHING TO SEE HERE, LET'S MOVE RIGHT ALONG
The San Antonio EXPRESS-NEWS, which we prematurely praised in this space a month ago for running a lengthy story in October that actually questioned how the general died, did a wimpy "follow-up" piece on January 1 that did backflips to convince the reader that "The question of how a retired brigadier general died in his bedroom was officially settled last week . . . " - referring to the autopy "results" and Dr. DiMaio's findings.
The newspaper again quoted family and friends as disbelieving the official version, but the narrative the EXPRESS-NEWS pieced together supported the "suicide" claim. That, despite the article's admission, "Detectives have yet to disclose any details of their probe. . . "
Well, Hello! Doesn't that cause anyone at the only newspaper in town to scratch their heads and wonder WHY four months after a high-profile citizen is dead under mysterious circumstances, not one word of the investigation can be disclosed to the citizens of San Antonio, whom after all, pay the salaries of the police department?
WHAT ABOUT MYSTERIOUS DEATHS OF OTHER OFFICERS?
Could there be a deeper and darker reason for the secrecy? MilitaryCorruption.com has heard that the deaths of several other officers could be linked to this one. Remember Col. Philip Shue back in 2003? How about former Lackland Air Force Base PAO, Lt. Col Delores Anderson, who also supposedly "shot" herself in 2004? And now a third ranking officer, Lt. Col. Cheryl Howard, is dead under strange circumstances at Wilford Hall Medical Center.
Is there a common thread here? Does wealthy widow Tracy Shue know Victoria, or are they just casual acquaintences? Is a certain third party a common denominator here, married to someone who can help keep embarrassing stories out of the local media?
MilitaryCorruption.com would once again like to extend our invitation to millionairess Tracy Shue to utilize our pages to tell her version of what happened in her hubby's death and her subsequent lawsuits aimed at obtaining more millions of dollars. As for Victoria, we are happy to give her all the space she wants to state her views. All she has to do is take us up on our kind offer.
We make no accusations of anyone and don't know what happened. But we'd sure like to find out. How about it, ladies? We have thousands of readers in the San Antonio area who'd love to hear what you have to say.
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