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Mississippi Burning and The Tale of 5 Dead Politicians

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Before I begin, this is not some re-telling of a Robert Ludlum or Tom Clancy story. These 5 politicians from Mississippi have all died within the last 4 months. It seems most of which died from natural causes. All 5 of them ran for re-election in 2011. As far as any real connection between them; thus far that is all I have found. But, I must admit, there have been interesting tidbits along the way.

The first to pass was Bennie Turner, a former prosecuting attorney, who was a State Senator representative of the 16th Senatorial District. It is unclear if he was diagnosed with his brain tumor prior to his re-election in 2011. Mr. Turner died November 27, 2012, a little over 1 year after his re-election. He was involved in committees that most certainly must have dealt with the BP oil disaster, which also seems to be an over-the-river-and-through-the-woods connection to all of these 5 politicians as well.

http://djournal.com/view/full_story/20958322/article-State-Sen–Bennie-Turner-of-West-Point-dies

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Bennie_Turner

The next to pass was Mrs. Alice Harden, on December 6, 2012. She was a school teacher and supported school reform, without actual success. Mrs. Harden was also the first African American female to be elected to the Mississippi State Senate. She represented the 28th Senatorial District. The listed cause of death in her obituary was “she was battling a long illness”.  Strange to run for re-election in 2011 and then pass away 1 year later, from a “long illness”  There is no evidence that Mrs. Harden had ever hinted at resignation due to this illness. The committees on which she served are of interest as well.

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Alice_Harden

http://votesmart.org/candidate/3614/alice-harden#.UVI65b7D8dm

David Gibbs, member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from the 36th District, passed away on January 13, 2013. Mr. Gibbs was a business development officer and a loan broker. I cannot find any link to Mr. Gibbs and the Goldman Sachs stock dump prior to the BP oil spill. At least, not presently. Apparently, Mr. Gibbs did release a resignation letter 5 days prior to his death. However, this resignation was never formally accepted and there is evidence that he even wished to rescind it. According to the obituary, Mr. Gibbs died from cancer. Of note, the type of cancer was never mentioned. Mr. Gibbs was also on some committees that would have directly dealt with the BP oil disaster.

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/David_Gibbs

http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/3667/david-gibbs#.UVI9mr7D8dl

http://www.legacy.com/ns/obituary.aspx?pid=162370083

Joe Gardner, Mississippi House of Representative Member, representing District 11, died on February 4, 2013.  Dr. Gardner was a chaplain and Vietnam Veteran. As far as can be found, he was not suffering from a long illness and died of an “apparent heart attack”, according to press release. His participation in certain committees is also of note.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2013/feb/04/state-rep-joe-gardner-of-batesville-fourth-to/

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Joe_Gardner

Thus far, the afore mentioned politicians were all African American, Democrat,  and members of the Legislative Black Caucus of Mississippi.

The latest member of the Mississippi legislature to meet their demise is Jessica Upshaw. Ms. Upshaw was found shot dead yesterday by an “apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head”. Ms. Upshaw was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 95. She too, was on committees of note; most especially the Chairperson of the Conservation and Water Resources Committee that was responsible for dispensing funds from the BP oil disaster. Also of note was a piece of legislation attempting to thwart UN Agenda 21 efforts in which  Ms. Upshaw seemed to kill. Apparently she was at the home of former State Rep. Clint Rotenberry and was found in the garage behind a parked car. The Mississippi State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case, which also seems odd for a simple suicide. Also of note, women are far more likely to commit suicide with some type of poison or by overdose than with a gun.

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Jessica_Upshaw

http://votesmart.org/candidate/40133/jessica-upshaw#.UVJEy77D8dk

http://www.stopagenda21inms.com/index.php?/Mississippi-Actions-Against-Agenda-21/anti-agenda-21-bill-dies-in-mississippi-house-committee-chaired-by-rep-jessica-upshaw.html

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130326/NEWS010504/303260038/Boyfriend-Lawmaker-Jessica-Upshaw-battled-depression

Stats on suicide:

http://www.suicide.org/suicide-statistics.html

Perhaps with enough digging more connections can be found. To be continued…

BP stock dump articles (which indicate prior knowledge):

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/06/02/month-oil-spill-goldman-sachs-sold-250-million-bp-stock/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/oilandgas/7804922/BP-chief-Tony-Hayward-sold-shares-weeks-before-oil-spill.html

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