IT WAS MURDER – NOT “SUICIDE”
PHOTOGRAPHIC “EVIDENCE” NAVY CPO
TOM TRAYLOR DID NOT, COULD NOT,
HAVE “SHOT HIMSELF” – EYEGLASSES
CLUTCHED IN CHIEF’S RIGHT HAND
SHOWS IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM TO
HAVE “PULLED TRIGGER” ON SHOTGUN
WE DEMAND NCIS (NAVAL CRIMINAL
INVESTIGATION SERVICE) AND KERN
COUNTY, CALIF. SHERIFF’S DEPT. OPEN
“HOMICIDE” INVESTIGATION AT ONCE
© 2005 MilitaryCorruption.com
It was the breakthrough we were hoping for, after running FROM THE COLD CASE FILES just two weeks ago. Thanks to an enormous response from the public, especially Navy personnel who knew and admired the late Chief Petty Office Tom Traylor, featured in our appeal HELP SOLVE THIS MURDER on MilitaryCorruption.com – the fastest-growing military web site in the world – we have broken this case wide open!
Our investigators have obtained a key piece of evidence – “a picture is worth a thousand words” – that proves Traylor did not, could not have “pulled the trigger” on the shotgun that was used to take his life back in December 1998.
We are running on these pages a graphic death photo taken at the scene in the desert near the Navy weapons testing site at China Lake, Calif. It was taken by a Kern County Sheriff’s Dept. deputy and clearly undercuts their contention – along with the Navy – that CPO Traylor “committed suicide,” case closed.
DEATH PHOTO EXPOSES “SUICIDE” COVER-UP
As you, the reader, can see right here, a pair of eyeglasses are clutched in the fingers of Traylor’s right hand. Yet, the barrel of the 410 shotgun is “propped up” against a beer can next to the dead Navy man on his right side. “My husband was right-handed,” the chief’s widow, Charlotte Traylor, told our reporters from her home in Montana.
Not only is the space in the cab of the “Silverado” truck too cramped for the chief have “fired” the gun at the angle police claimed, he obviously didn’t fire the gun with his other hand, because that was next to the driver’s side door of the truck.
It is totally inconceivable that Traylor fired the fatal shot, then removed his eyeglasses from his face, folded the bows and clutched them in the same hand he would have had to use to “fire” the shotgun blast.
In other words, Traylor was KILLED by someone else! He did NOT “commit suicide” as the authorities claimed after their half-assed “investigation.” Most likely, Traylor met his demise outside the truck. His killer or killers – and we have reason to believe they were Navy personnel – were known to him.
“Tom didn’t tell me what it was that he knew that could get him killed, but he indicated to me he was very worried,” Charlotte Traylor told MilitaryCorruption.com. “He was on his guard, but the night of his death he was drinking too much. Tom wasn’t in any condition to defend himself if jumped by several men at once.”
HOW TRAYOR COULD HAVE BEEN KNOCKED OUT
Mrs. Traylor theorizes her husband was drinking with other Navy personnel and attempted to drive his truck to his home in the desert, a short distance from the China Lake naval installation.
“Perhaps the killers suggested to Tom they follow him in their own vehicle to be sure he got back to his house ‘all right.’ Then, just as they were getting close to his home, and off base property, they might’ve honked their horn. Tom would have pulled over to see what was the matter. At that point, maybe they told him to check a low tire, anything to get him out of the truck, where he could be tackled from behind.
“My husband was a big man, well over six feet and 230 pounds,” Mrs. Traylor said. “When he was sober, no one could beat him in a fight. But after heavy drinking, his reflexes would be greatly slowed. He wouldn’t be able to survive if someone got behind him and hit him over the head.
“After he was unconscious, someone who knew he carried his small 410 shotgun – used to hunt and scare off birds – in his truck, fired into him, killing him on the spot. They didn’t count on my having a private autopsy done, which proves the “angle of birdshot” that entered Tom’s body was fired at a downward angle. If my husband had ‘shot himself’ the way the Navy and sheriff claimed, it would’ve been direct in, or at an upward angle. No way could you position the butt end of that shotgun so that he could’ve fired ‘downwards,’ him sitting behind the steering wheel in that cramped truck cab.”
A DEEPLY FLAWED “INVESTIGATION”
The chief’s courageous wife also pointed out basic investigative procedures were ignored in her husband’s death.
“Why didn’t they dust the beer can for prints?” she asked. “Why wasn’t his hands tested for the presence of gunpowder? If he fired the gun, which they had, it’d be a simple matter to nail down who pulled the trigger.”
MilitaryCorruption.com contends the “investigation” wasn’t meant to lead anywhere except to the all-too-often used “suicide” ruling. That made it so convenient for the Navy, especially. No “perp” or killer to look for. Just “wrap the case up” in a neat bundle and slide it to the “back shelf” to be forgotten and ignored.
“Well, I am not going away,” Mrs. Traylor vowed. “Thank God for the tremendous detective work you at MCC have done. We could never have gotten this far without your help! You were the only major media to dare write about my case. I couldn’t even get the China Lake base commander to meet with me when I told them I knew my husband didn’t kill himself.”
THE NAVY BRASS CAN’T REFUSE TO ACT NOW
We think Mrs. Traylor will get some common courtesy now. The Navy can’t afford to be looking like it participated in a murder “cover-up.”
And arbitrarily labeling the death of a respected, career chief petty officer as a “suicide,” when that was not the case, as we have proven here, needlessly inflicted mental suffering and a horrible stigma on his wife and surviving spouse.
For these reasons and more, we DEMAND that both the NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigation Service) and the Kern County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Dept. immediately open a HOMICIDE investigation into who killed CPO Tom Traylor. Anything less is unacceptable.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: We want to point
out to our cheap-shot critics that MilitaryCorruption.com
obtained “permission” of Mrs. Charlotte Traylor to publish the
disturbing death photo of her husband on our web site. Even though it is painful
to see, this particular photograph, obtained by our crack investigators, proves
Chief Traylor did not “commit suicide.” He was murdered.)
THE “COLD-CASE” FILES:
HELP US SOLVE A MURDER – WIFE
APPEALS TO OUR READERS
WITH ANY INFORMATION YOU HAVE
ON MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF NAVY
CHIEF PETTY OFFICER TOM TRAYLOR
“MY HUSBAND DID NOT COMMIT
SUICIDE,” WIFE SAYS, “HIS KILLING