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“COVER-UP IN PROGRESS”
INITIAL AUTOPSY RESULTS CLAIM
SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF AIR FORCE
COLONEL A “SUICIDE” – FAMILY
OUTRAGED – HIRE FAMED FORENSIC
PATHOLOGIST DR. CYRIL WECHT
IS THIS ANOTHER “CPT HESS” CASE?
© 2003 – MilitaryCorruption.com
As if the family of the late Col. Philip M. Shue of Boerne, Tex. didn’t have enough pain to deal with already, sources close to the investigation have revealed to MilitaryCorruption.com that an initial autopsy result is trying to promote the idea that the Air Force staff psychiatrist committed “suicide.”
This, despite what we have learned is “substantial signs of torture” – to include actual removal of both nipples, a “mid-line incision” on the officer’s chest, and the surgical-like excision of the last joint on his left “pinky” finger, which remains missing at this time.
“It’s absolutely ludicrous they (Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office, which is handling forensics for nearby Kendall County where Col. Shue resided) are trying to pass this off that my husband mutilated and killed himself! Philip was abducted and tortured, and the reason he was killed in his own vehicle was because he was desperately trying to get home to me because I am sure he feared for my safety. That is why his car went out of control on a turn and crashed,” Tracy Shue said.
“First the OSI (Air Force Office of Special Investigations) ignored Philip’s pleas for help when he was receiving death threats, now certain people would like to blow this off as a ‘suicide?’ It appears a cover-up is in progress.”
The 26-year Air Force veteran died April 16 when his car careened into a strand of trees on a turnoff from Interstate 10, near his home in Boerne, Tex. At the time of the crash, investigators from the Kendall County Sheriff’s Dept. labeled the death “suspicious” and noted that the colonel had duct tape wrapped around the ankles of his uniform boots – he was in his BDU (battle dress uniform) headed to work at Lackland AFB in San Antonio – and around his wrists. One informed source told MilitaryCorruption.com the tape indicated “Shue may have been restrained against his will” prior to being released or escaping from his captors.
Eyewitnesses told police they saw Shue driving fast and erratically as he sped down Interstate 10, then attempted to pull off the highway onto an access road that led to his home and a nearby police station.
From the type of wounds on his body, investigators feel Shue was in terrible pain as he tried to navigate his vehicle on the roadway. At the time of the crash, the colonel was headed in the opposite direction from his route to work. He had left his home at least two hours prior to the crash and some investigators feel he may have been “snatched” a short time after he had departed to go to work at Wilford Hall Medical Center.
WIFE HIRES TOP FORENISC PATHOLOGIST
“I have spoken on the phone with Dr. Cyril Wecht in Pittsburgh and he will be conducting a second autopsy to get to the real reasons why my husband died,” Mrs. Shue told MilitaryCorruption.com.
Wecht is regarded as the top-rated forensic pathologist in America today. A published author and frequent guest on network television news programs, Dr. Wecht is highly-respected for his work and considered by many to be the best in his business.
“The hiring of Wecht lends great credibility to anyone engaging his services,” said former New York POST reporter Gene Ruffini. “His findings would have to be given great credence by any court or investigative body.”
NO MOTIVE TO COMMIT “SUICIDE”
“A finding of so-called suicide is so wrong! My husband had everything to live for! We were very happily married for more than 10 years and were planning to move to our new home in Alabama. Philip was upbeat and hopeful. There was no indication of any depression, other than worries about the threatening letters he’d received that claimed my husband might be killed so others could collect large insurance policies on his life. I don’t know if that was true. I have no proof, except that’s what the letters claimed.
“There was no reason for him to take his own life. Or to wind duct tape around his wrists and ankles and then mutilate his own body with a knife or sharp object. That’s absurd! Why would he want to kill himself? I know he told me he didn’t want his ex-wife cashing in two $500,000 life insurance policies on his life. So he had no motive at all to kill himself.”
Mrs. Shue emphasized to MilitaryCorruption.com that she was not accusing any specific individual at this time of being involved in the torture and death of her husband. The soft-spoken and petite retired Air Force lieutenant colonel did say she has hired a private detective and will not rest until “those responsible” for what she feels was the abduction and torture of her beloved husband is brought to justice.
THE COVER-UP IN THE HESS CASE
One of the most egregious cases of “cover-up” and labeling a homicide a “suicide” occurred five years ago at Fort Knox, Ky. Army investigators lied through their teeth when they declared New York National Guardsman CPT Gordon Hess had committed “suicide” by inflicting 26 deep stab wounds on his body, several of which would have been enough by themselves to kill the officer.
The captain’s courageous wife didn’t shut up and sit in the corner, waiting for her husband’s $200,000 SGLI (Serviceman’s Group Life Insurance) policy to be paid out. She knew the hero lieutenant in the Jamestown, N.Y. Fire Dept, who was decorated for bravery going into burning buildings and rescuing trapped citizens, would not have stabbed himself to death.
Dorene Hess hired former New York City Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden who – with other experts – concluded that CPT Hess could not have killed himself. In fact, the independent autopsy – free from Army interference or influence – showed Hess suffered at least one “defensive wound” to his upper right arm when he apparently tried to fight off his attacker.
CPT Hess was known as a fitness buff and always took an early-morning run while on duty with the Guard. He was on such an exercise March 3, 1998 when he met his death on a secluded running trail at Fort Knox.
Army officials, eager to pass off the death as a “suicide” in order to take the heat off their own incompetent and sloppy investigation, met derision from many in the news media when they insisted that the captain had inflicted the frenzied knife wounds on himself.
They cited the fact Hess had purchased a pocket knife at the PX the night before he was killed, but could not come up with any definitive fingerprints on the bloody weapon which was found laid beside the slain officer’s body. Surely if CPT Hess had held it tightly in his hand as he slashed himself from all angles, his prints would have turned up.
Mrs. Hess objected to the stigma of her loving husband being labeled a “suicide” and what it could do to his children – teenage daughter Sarah, 9 year-old Shawna and little Sammy, aged five. That is why she put herself through the ordeal of fighting the U.S. Army propaganda machine to clear the name of her husband.
No less determined is Tracy Shue. She is intent on getting at the truth of what really happened to her husband and is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her husband’s abduction and torture.
“Hopefully, that amount of money will result in someone coming forward with what they know,” she said.
Anyone having information is asked to call (800) 848-8500.