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Michael Hastings’ Death … A Year Later … Anything New?

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posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 05:36 PM
Was Michael Hastings a victim of “that’s life” –or– _ Fill in the blank _ …?

This is a ‘mystery’ that grabbed me by the…surprise.
I was only tangentially aware of Michael Hastings prior to his death…with said awareness coming from the unexpected resignation of General Stanley McChrystal a few years earlier.
Upon seeing GrantedBail’s thread, the evening of June 18, 2013, my initial interest was piqued at the apparent absurdity of the surface story.
Later, after investing substantial time & effort into fleshing facts from the data that was gradually made available, and ultimately, when finding that no more information would be forthcoming…I was left…wanting…another look.

IMO – this was a botched investigation by the LAPD.
I have no personal qualms with the LAPD…
No vendetta or axe to grind… EXCEPT, perhaps …as regards this case.

I can understand coming upon such a scene…not knowing ‘who’ or ‘any context’…just – “Too Fast – (for some reason – which was shortly explained with – “prescription marijuana card”) and out of control” – and then, all suspicions confirmed when interviewing a brother who’d just come to town with the intent of convincing the deceased into rehab… … …
I do not hold the fact that their initial assessment was “Wrong” (“No Foul Play – sonothing to investigate!)…against them.
But – after peripheral circumstances and subsequent facts (that did not jive with said “assessment”) came to light…they chose to “gamble” on the initial conclusion, rather than launch a legitimate investigation into the matter…
And THIS (IMO) highlights a traitorous disregard for their office & oath, and…in most honor-laden circles…would count as dereliction of duty & gross negligence.

If you are not aware, there are numerous Threads on this site regarding this ‘mystery’… (I will post links to a number of them, following the introduction.)

Briefly – for those unfamiliar with, or foggy on the story/mystery:

At approximately 4:20 a.m., June 18, 2013, the 2013-model C-Class Mercedes (belonging/leased to the 33 year old investigative journalist – Michael Hastings - hereafter sometimes also referred to as “Michael” and/or “MH”) – was travelling in a southerly direction, at a much higher rate of speed than is typical and practical for the surroundings, and crashed, head-on, into a palm tree situated in the median of North Highlands Avenue between Melrose Ave and Clinton Street (Hollywood, California), entirely ejecting its engine and transmission ( another 200 +/- feet) , and, according to eye-witness & video accounts, erupting immediately (or “exploding”) into a raging inferno.

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As the story developed, we next heard (in a WikiLeaks tweet) that…“only hours” before his demise, Michael Hastings had contacted the lawyer for WikiLeaks, Jennifer Robinson, with some concern that he was being investigated by the FBI.
From later revelations, we might deduce that this contact came through an email brought to light shortly thereafter…
Though, by virtue of the brevity of the WikiLeaks Tweet, &/or of any follow-up/s to said Tweet, we are left to wonder… … …

Consecutively – there is the referenced email that was, likewise, sent to Staff Sgt. Joe Biggs (further addressed, below)…
As has been noted on numerous occasions, there is much about this email that calls into question the credibility of the ‘Official Story’…
1st – most of the recipients are/were reportedly business associates…but… ONE …(& Only One)… stepped out of the shadows to alert “the Public” that…“something is screwy, here” (by disclosing the contents of said email)…
…with that recipient being Staff Sergeant Joe Biggs…WHOM…Michael Hastings had not communicated with in some 3 to 4 months (according to the testimony of ‘Biggs’ and other corroborating witnesses).
Signifying – We would/might not even know of the email &/or its contents, had it not been for the…odd—ball—bcc—addition…to the email’s recipient list.

****NOTE**** It was not until the other…open-view…recipients were contacted by an LA TV station…&…they admitted to having received the same email…that anyone was willing to give credence to Biggs’ claim.
****NOTE2**** Aside from WikiLeaks tweeting that Jennifer Robinson had been *contacted* by MH ‘only hours before the fatal crash’…NOT ONE OTHER RECIPIENT…counted the email important enough to…make the public aware of the same.
----- Were They all scared SH*TLess…TOO?
----- Did they discount its severity…?
----- Did…not ONE…of them…care?
----- Or… …
----- …What……!?!

Two* video recordings captured aspects & pieces of this tragedy.
The first into the public eye was captured incidentally by the dash cam of a LoudLabs vehicle (driven by Scott Lane), idling on the south side of Santa Monica Blvd., facing eastward (facing North Highlands Avenue).
Said video revealed the Mercedes as it sped through the intersection’s stop light toward Melrose Avenue.
My calculations have placed the Mercedes’ speed in a range of 60-75 mph, at this point.
This LoudLabs video comes back into play as – after the Mercedes had passed through Mr. Lane’s field of vision, ‘Lane decided to turn in for the night, and began driving eastward on Santa Monica Blvd., when radio traffic on the Emergency Services Scanner (or – Police) caught his attention…and, he began, with some urgency, to make his way back in the direction of “south of the intersection of Melrose’ and North Highland’”.
There are two versions of this video…
The one that has been most watched, is not only ‘edited’, but involves two cameras.
The other is much longer (~ 25 minutes), and from the dash cam, only.

The second video is of a lesser video-quality (though, at least as significant in content), being a restaurant security camera perched above the North Highland Ave entrance to Pizzeria Mozza, situated on the southwest corner of Melrose Ave @ North Highland’.
This video caught the last couple of seconds of the Mercedes’ trip, ending at the tree, including the ‘explosion’, eruption-into-fireball and raging blaze.

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posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 05:38 PM
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From the start, LAPD maintained that there was no reason to consider that foul play was involved.
Said LAPD met with Michael Hastings’ brother (Jonathan – who had arrived in L.A. *the day before*), within a couple of hours of the Coroner finding the wallet with Driver’s License…and…‘suspected drug use’ seemed to be the general/primary focus of their inquiries.
(A medical marijuana card was retrieved from the wallet…at the scene of the crash.)
The brother’s answers did nothing to temper their suspicion…rather…sealing the deal with the department.
And…aside from (1) filing their reports on June 19th (Investigation Complete), (2) performing/completing the autopsy on June 20th, (3) twiddling thumbs for two months (or – ‘til August 20th), while awaiting the results of toxicology reports ordered by the coroner, and (4) taking 48 photos at the scene of the accident… …they…were…done.

As soon as the email’s contents were broadcast…the FBI, uncharacteristically, made a public announcement – “At no time was Michael Hastings under investigation by the FBI”.
… Months later …In response to a court order in a federal FOIA request/suit: on September 9th, 2013, the FBI released heavily redacted documents, amounting to 3 pages of emails… And…even with the heavy redactions…it is obvious that…the initial public announcement was…a…LIE.
Not only did said ‘redacted documents’ show that the FBI lied IMMEDIATELY and Blatantly in this matter…but also…that…
(I hope you GET THIS)
…the claims of Michaels Hastings’ email…were
(see below for furtherance of this sub-topic)

Two months after the final report had been submitted, the Coroner’s Report was released to the public, and immediately, we were inundated with article after article after expose after “in-depth coverage” highlighting (at least as often as not – inaccurately) Drug Use, and/or Drug-Inspired-Paranoia as the only sane, sensible and obvious conclusions to be derived from the abundance of evidences from the Coroner, Investigators and interviews of family, friends and acquaintances of Michael Hastings.

In early November, 2013, an interview with Michael’s elder brother, Jonathan, was published, sparking one last barrage/round of let’s-beat-the-MH-piñata…and…the case, apparently, closed.

While I have taken (and continue to take) issue with much that was said by Jonathan and the ‘interviewer’ (PaleoRetiree), I will, rather, await any views you might have on the same, before addressing the same any further than reference.

posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 05:39 PM
II. Effects of the Coroner’s Report

Were you expecting anything from the Coroner’s Report?
Most people I communicated with on the matter (and even, qualifiedly including myself) were expecting answers…
Most were expecting that the LAPD had performed to some minimal degree of professional adequacy…at least…
Instead – even most die-hard No-Foul-Play proponents were flabbergasted at the fact that their expectations (of answers to justify their stance) were non-existent in the Report/s…

I was not expecting much…from the Coroner’s Report.
At least – little that might affect my views on this case.
Initially, however, I jumped right in with the crowd…listening and tacitly accepting their arguments…albeit, sadly.
“Okay – He got back in-to dope… Had a history of abusing pharmaceuticals… Went off the deep-end once before… His ‘Family’ was in the midst of a ‘hostile’ intervention… Families don’t go to those lengths unless it has been building for a while… He was unreasonably paranoid… Thought he could leap tall buildings in a single bound…”
“Yeah – Okay – just…………skipped the light Fandango…”
I even gave the “thumbs up” to others saying – “I told you so, from the start. Drugs (especially – meth) will do that to you…”
But… … …after the initial shock subsided long enough to actually consider the “Report” and numerous “exposés”, I resumed the former investigative posture (in the same manner that I would prepare a report for submission)… … …and was astonished at how easily I had been suckered into accepting…NOTHING…as proof…
The presence of marijuana & amphetamine in his system…?
This only tainted some of the previous assumptions that he was “off the wagon” and had been for years.
Then again – amphetamine could simply be (& probably was) evidence of Adderall…and…the marijuana in his system was both ‘legal’ and…not evident in quantities that might have contributed to such maniacal behavior…
• The family’s apparently-urgent concerns…with regard to his alleged use of illicit substances, might weigh strongly on the treatment of other facts…IF…it was…indeed – The Family.
It, however…was notThe Family…but, rather…one brother.
It was also not a brewing/growing suspicion…but a conclusion based on one phone conversation…less than two days before…the end (though much has been said, since, in attempt to fortify the yarn that the suspicion had been building for months).
• Paranoia…?
Study his Twitter account… Watch his TV/Video interviews in the last month…
• Superman Syndrome…?
The brother didn’t even mention this in his “in-depth” interview…but, the LAPD included it in their report. Where did this come from?

In my opinion, we were handed a paint by numbers sheet… …given months to study – then
…told to apply “Black” to sections we had (might have) envisioned “rose” or “gleaming white”…
And…the strangest part…? It was massively successful…

Little to no evidence to support the notion that drugs (or- drug use) could have inspired the apparent hysteria of the final minute or two…
Yet – on the basis of innuendo, hyperbole and conjecture…the Press & Public accepted the brother’s snap-judgment…and…defense-of-self…as…Gospel Truth.
Consider briefly what happened once the Report was ‘released’…
It was immediately followed with an avalanche of Journalistic revelry…in ‘remembrances’, ‘exposés’ and ‘in-depth considerations’…and…what happened to the public outcry…?
… fade …to… whimper … … …before dying…altogether.

As is par for the course… Read two sources…get two stories…
And - here's one that severely…bugs me…

One of the "facts" we were fed (through the Coroner’s Report and subsequent journalistic treatments), claimed that MH was last seen (by Jonathan) passed out sometime between 12:30 and 1:00 a.m. …
(We have already covered the basics of the following – but – if you’ll stay with me for a moment, I hope to highlight a couple of pieces contrasted with the Coroner’s Report…)

In Gene Maddau's piece, MH’s next door neighbor - Jordanna Thigpen - claimed that he was at her apartment door…after midnight…urgently asking to borrow her Volvo…because…he was afraid to drive his own car.
She declined the request, saying her car was having mechanical problems.
She reportedly, also stated that "He was scared, and…wanted to leave town…"

What would be strange about that…?...if…we are to accept that – he was a total dope-head, and…out-of-his-mind delusional…?
Why would ANYONE care about the safety of their car… only a few hours before …taking that very car on a super-high-speed trip…into a…palm tree?

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posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 05:40 PM
III. More on the Coroner’s Report

Here’s a quote from the report:

“…The cause of death was massive blunt force trauma consistent with a high speed front-end impact to the sole of the right foot and to the front of the torso. There was transmission of force superiorly through the right foot and leg, pelvis and vertebral column into the head. There was also severe impact to the anterior chest and upper abdomen with resulting rib fractures and anterior displacement of the heart and upper thoracic aorta (deceleration injury). Death was very rapid, within seconds. Loss of consciousness was likely instantaneous upon impact.

What we can derive from the security camera video…is a speeding car.
We do not know, for sure, that the brake lights are not on…until, near the end…when we see them brighten – and then…we can deduce that they were “not ON” previously.

Reading the coroner’s “cause of death” was kind of shocking, to me… It was as if “high speed front-end collision with the force of collision transferred to the body through the sole of the right foot” was a common-enough cause of death to have attained “catch phrase” (jargon, lingo) status in the profession.
After thinking about it, though – it seems logical.
One might assume under normal circumstances, that the right foot (or left – whichever the case may be) would be applied to the brake pedal…upon impact… Though, I’m sure there are occasions when it is applied to the accelerator.
In any case…our oddity begins with the fact that – “cause of death” is associated with the sole of the right foot.

The car had been travelling as if the driver had the accelerator pedal pressed to the floor for the last 250 +/- feet (at least).

The car had been, at least slightly out of control during the first 100 (or so) feet of those last 250 feet…and, had managed to keep from losing control entirely (would have been a common mistake to overcorrect after losing control –at such speeds)…and, instead, found a way to “almost gracefully” climb onto the median about 195 feet into the video segment.

Very shortly after fully mounting the median, the rear-end began to rise…
‘Rose more in the next frame…
‘Rose more in the next frame – and…it appeared that…the brake lights were just beginning to brighten…
‘Rose more in the next frame – with the brake lights ‘now’ blaring…
‘Rose more in the next – with brake lights still brilliant…
Continued rising – with brake lights having dimmed significantly…and headlights extinguished
Continued moving forward in the “risen” state – brake lights having returned to running tail lights…and a glowing object was clearly visible…flying in a southeasterly direction…
In the following frame…all lights (except a dim residual light, situated between where the tail lights had been in the previous frame) were extinguished…
Then - including the first frame that showed all lights extinguished – there are five frames of activity/change before the first light of explosion.

So – All of that…to pose…the question…
• If the “death blow” was delivered through the sole of his right foot… And,
• If that signifies that his right foot was pressed “to the floor” on one or the other pedals…
…Which…pedal…was it?
If, as I have opined, the car hit the tree in the first frame that shows the rear-end rising…and
…his right foot was on the accelerator pedal at the time (to the floor)
1. Did he just then…realize…that the tree…wasn’t going to move…so…changed his mind – and…tried to…brake…?
2. Did the immediate “jolt” or “jerk” of impact…cause his foot to…slip over…to the brake pedal?
3. Did his right foot remain on the accelerator…and the force of collision move his left foot onto the brake pedal?

Or – do you have a better (more learned – better guessed – etc) hypothesis?

I would think that – for the coroner’s “cause of death” to be correct – we’re going to have to find that
…his right foot was ‘planted’ firmly enough
…wherever it was
…to have appropriately accepted enough transfer of force
…to cause the traumatic damage ascribed thereto.

Unless there was an electrical-system malfunction…that activated the brake lights upon impact (while they had not been ON at any time prior-to-impact)…I don't see how the force of impact could have been delivered to the right foot through the brake pedal.
Which is why I propose that the disruption to momentum…caused by initial impact…might have "drawn" his left foot against the heretofore-unused brake pedal.
That is, obviously, only a hypothetical…to allow for the right foot remaining in fixed position long enough to transfer the force of impact to the rest of the body.
Otherwise – I see no logic in said conclusion.

posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 05:41 PM
IV. Needing a back story

The coroner’s report is broadcast…and the immediate wave of reason blaring through the media is…
“…plain as day – he fell off the wagon, got hooked on drugs again – developed paranoid delusions – bolted (or – got exceptionally high and proceeded to drive) in a high-speed race through Hollywood – and died after losing control of his vehicle…into a palm tree. Nothing more to see here, folks – just move along and return to business as usual ---- Bad Things Happen.”

Oddly – however – if we simply look at the coroner’s report and toxicology results…and even accept the “official findings” thereof…we’re left with a much-less-rounded story.
We have:
1. High speed
2. Loss of control (minor?) after Melrose
3. Correction toward the grassy knoll – I mean – median
4. Travel on median
5. Traumatic blunt force injuries resulting from high speed impact causing death
6. Traces of amphetamine and ‘marijuana’ in his blood work – but not in quantities that would suggest or surmise that said chemicals contributed to the death or the activities leading to death

Since nothing in the above, in any way speaks to the obvious question/s of “why?”…a back story was included…

Said “back story” was provided by the coroner, derived from interviews conducted by the LAPD (et al).

This “back story” was not “incidentally” mentioned…but rather…on the very first page of the “report”, under “SYNOPSIS”, a good 2/5ths of said synopsis was devoted to mention that he was reported to have “been smoking marijuana the night before”, and “also believed as using ‘___’ (Dimethyltryptamine)”…with further statements that “family had just arrived…attempting to get decedent to go to rehab.”

In this “back story” – we have an unnamed brother (later confirmed to be Jonathan Hastings – the elder brother) of the deceased claiming to have been in L.A. to persuade MH into rehab…with another brother *scheduled* to arrive in L.A. later…the day of the accident.

Notes in the coroner’s report say that the brother who was already in L.A. believed that MH had started using drugs again (after a believed-to-be 14-year ride on the wagon), and that, he further believed MH’s new drug of choice was ‘D^^T’ …but would not be surprised if law enforcement found other drugs in Michael’s apartment…to include coc aine.

On another side of the world…we have a story of a next door neighbor…who shared a common pain with Michael Hastings – being the tragic loss of a romantic partner.
The friendship, apparently began shortly after Jordanna Thigpen’s boyfriend died in an automobile accident in April…and, developed to find Michael stopping by to chat after finishing with his days’ writing…(he used an apartment, upstairs from hers, to ‘write’)

How involved the friendship was is unknown to us…but…according to the Gene Maddau article (in LA Weekly)…she perceived a heightened (or heightening) tension in his conversations after the news in May, 2013…of the NSA (the Feds) spying on journalists – and was hyper-concerned that they were particularly interested in him.

Of course, we know that she claimed that Michael came to her apartment after midnight (which would be in the range of the same ‘after midnight’ that his brother reportedly saw him passed out), asking to use her Volvo…because he was afraid to drive his own car.
She expanded on this tale, saying that “he was scared and wanted to get out of town”.

Via email – another family member…criticized the coroner’s report as “irresponsible”.

We could prematurely presume that they were simply upset at how much “back story” was included in the public document…
– But – rather – we find that…they further called the LAPD’s investigation of the case “sloppy”, and accused the LAPD of having a predisposition toward “looking for – or finding” drugs…in his system (and elsewhere)…and when the toxicology reports did not support their LACK OF INTEGRITY…they attempted to compensate for said ineptitude/s with grand insertions of speculation (&/or innuendo) into the report.

Why would a family member…of the same family…that was convinced Michael Hastings was a victim of the his own substance abuse…(so much so…that “the whole family believed he needed a last resort intervention”) care if the LAPD looked any further than…in his blood, and in his apartment…for drugs?

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posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Many have pointed to the email sent by Michael Hastings to associates & friends within 24 hours of the fiery crash, as ‘evidence’ of paranoid hysteria…
This ‘explanation’ gives justification to –
Paranoia –:– Coincidence –:– Paranoid Delusions/Self-Fulfilling Prophecies, etc…
… But …
…he was…

Subject heading – “FBI investigation, re: NSA
Body Text - “Hey __ __ __ __ __ the Feds are interviewing my ‘close friends and associates.’ Perhaps if the authorities arrive at ‘BuzzFeed GQ’, er HQ, may be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news-gathering practices or related journalism issues.
… “Also: I’m onto a big story, and need to go off the radat (sic) for a bit.
(and finally) ---- “All the best, and hope to see you all soon

In heavily redacted documents turned over only-after a lawsuit was filed in response to the FBI denying an FOIA request…it is learned that,

the very reason…that Michael Hastings noted…in the email
(being – ‘questionable news-gathering practices’)
…was the focus of
the redacted Governmental emails revealed.

There is nothing in Michael’s email (without some extraneous context) that betrays anything other than ‘normal & professional’.
So, next, one should question – Where, When & How…was Michael Hastings…tipped…to this information?

Knowing that…
(i) this, and other concerns, were at least a part of the conversation that convinced Michael’s brother that he’d tripped into a manic episode…and that,
(ii) it was on the basis of Michael’s brother’s assessment…that LAPD did not consider the fiery crash worth any further investigation than…cleaning up some of the debris (at least, not until the toxicology report returned with bucketfulls of questions for their theory/stance)
…we can logically conclude that the bulk of the weight formerly ascribed to the brother’s assessment, is in serious doubt.

And – without the weight of the “Manic-Episode–Over-the-Edge” argument/justification/assessment/testimony, we are back to “why was he/the-car driving at those speeds, where it was driving at those speeds, and when it was driving at those speeds?”

There was a report from a private investigator in upstate New York (Doug Hagmann) stating that he was convinced…it was murder…
One bit of information Hagmann offered, that I’ve not seen circulated much, is that “…at least two agents, reportedly representing the FBI, contacted an associate of Michael Hastings for information related to his current and recent activities sometime between June 3 and June 7, 2013.”

If Mr. Hagmann’s statement is true/correct –?–?– while this does not prove that the FBI lied, when stating that “…Mr. Hastings was not under investigation…”, it does give more credence to his apparent “fears”…and thus sub(freakin’)tracts from the assessment that his “fears” and demeanor were…paranoia–(or – drug-inspired-paranoia)–laced delusions…alone.

L.A.P.D. told Michael Krikorian that Michael Hastings was actually going somewhere, that morning…and, said ‘somewhere’ was – Las Vegas.
If this is, indeed, true… I wonder why he didn’t have his laptop in the car…?

We found, later, that his wife, when going through the laptop, found a book that he’d been writing, chronicling his journey as a journalist (which has since been published) on said laptop.
We know (the odds are 99% in favor of the assumption) that the laptop could not have survived the crash & fire…or, being thrown from the vehicle as a result of the crash.
So – it seems likely that the laptop was not in the car, when he crashed.
Realizing he might have taken some other device (such as an iPad)…we are still left to wonder, since…the LAPD made no mention of such a device recovered/retrieved from the wreckage or debris field.

Something about these two facts does not mesh, neatly… …or, some adjustments are needed to help them fit together.

Michael Krikorian’s final update on this tragedy, dated October 7, 2013, reported that “Det. Connie White of LAPD’s West Bureau Traffic” (though the ‘Official Report’ had been released for public consumption more than a month earlier) said “…I haven’t finished with Hastings’ final report…” …and followed that with… “…No one is going to have access to that anyway…
Krikorian, thrown by her wrench, said the first thing that went through his mind was “…You’re wrong. I’m going to see that report…” …
I’ve seen no updates to this issue in any of his writings.
I’m guessing that – (1) with the passage of time, (2) the fact that Krikorian had personally concluded that Hastings was simply a victim of his own vices/demons, and (3) his (Krikorian’s) vested interest in reporting in a high crime area of LAWe are not likely to get a glimpse of said report…along with everyone else that was included in “No one”.

It is worth noting that – while two vehicles (a Jeep & a Taxi) sitting at the Santa Monica red light were identified, either in interviews &/or video evidence… …a third (white sedan) vehicle passed through the light shortly after the identified two…
So – while the ‘third vehicle’ obviously did not chase the Mercedes through the red light…nor did it ‘buzz’ the two vehicles sitting at said light… – I find it odd that…neither the driver, nor any information concerning the same has made it into the public purview.
There is obviously a possibility that said driver turned off/from North Highland’ before Melrose’…but – the odds are very strong that said driver was passed by the same speeding Mercedes (that shook the Jeep like a passing freight train)…and SAW the same fireball/explosion that the Jeep & Taxi drivers both witnessed at the next light – and – with all the publicity that ensued…and being a (probable) witness to the same… … …
… … …You tell me… Is that ‘odd’ or not…?

posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 05:44 PM

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posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 05:45 PM
VI. Adjusted/Updated TimeLine ---

The following is an attempt to give some context leading up to the fateful crash, and a tidbit thereafter.

February (?), 2013 – Michael Hastings moved cross-country, from the East Coast to Hollywood, California, in a professional capacity with BuzzFeed – his new employer.
Apparently, sometime after arriving in L.A., MH acquired a prescription for marijuana to treat his diagnosed PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

April sometime, 2013 – became acquainted with neighbor – Jordanna Thigpen…at the behest of the landlord of their apartments…because of the sudden (recent) tragic loss of her boyfriend – and the common experience MH had suffered, when his fiancée was killed in a car-bomb attack in Iraq.

April 18-19 (or so), 2013 – MH was the guest of a friend that had friends who secured a weekend getaway…to enjoy a music festival in/at Cochella, California… MH reportedly impressed said “friends of his friend” poorly…by partying constantly (”smoking marijuana and popping ‘molly/MDMA’”), in addition to some other less-than-considerate mannerisms and behavior/s.

May sometime, 2013 – after news broke of the NSA spying programs directed at (investigative) journalists…according to ‘neighbor Thigpen’, MH grew highly agitated and suspicious…with said suspicions bordering on (in appearance, anyway) paranoia.

May 20, 2013 – in response to news of NSA spying on journalists…as a guest on The Young Turks …Michael boldly called for “(journalistic) war on the Obama Administration”…

~2 weeks prior to June 18th – MH spoke with his brother, Jonathan, by phone…and…according to Jonathan –nothing in the conversation betrayed MH’s apparent downward spiral.

The weekend of June 9th, he and his wife (Elise Jordan) entertained their good friend, Ali Gharib (Remembering Michael Hastings), on the patio of his L.A. apartment.

Much/Most of June 12th was spent with Jeremy Scahill, and later that evening, with friends & associates… … …none, of whom, noted anything out of the ordinary in his behavior or conversation.

It is worth noting that MH was an active Twitter Tweeter and ReTweeter, and that, from mid-May (when news broke of the NSA, et al, spying on –or targeting– investigative journalists) through the evening of June 12th, he only missed one three-day stretch, and one single-day stretch of activity on said Twitter.
But, as of midnight-or-so, June 12th, there are no further Tweets or ReTweets from his account. It is worth further noting that through this entire month+ frenzy of Twittering…–NOTHING–…Not one Tweet or word would/could/might have alerted anyone that MH was going off the deep end.

Sometime in the last week of his life, MH had called a friend & fellow writer – Dave Cullen, telling that he was close to ‘a deal’ on writing a book about “Hollywood”.

Saturday, June 15th, MH called one of his writing partners – Matt Farwell…with a ‘warning’ that Matt might be interviewed by the FBI. Farwell was terribly unsettled at the ‘news’, and pressed for more information…but MH would not discuss anything more specific over the phone…and Farwell arranged for MH to meet with a female friend for lunch, the following Thursday – with the intent being that MH could disclose his concerns with said female friend, who would, upon returning back East (where Farwell lived), relay the details to Farwell.

According to Jonathan Hastings (Michael’s older brother), MH called him ‘a few days’ before the accident.
Jonathan says that said conversation convinced him that MH had entered into a manic episode of similar caliber to one experienced 15 years earlier.
He stated that the earlier manic episode had been ‘drug related’, and he suspected that to be the case, this time, as well… and …Jonathan…immediately…booked a flight to L.A. for the next day, intent on convincing MH to return to Vermont, to dry out, or…go to rehab in L.A. .
Jonathan said that upon arrival in L.A., it was immediately apparent that MH was not going to ‘go’ willingly…so – he (Jonathan) “started to make arrangements” to get the younger brother (Jeff) to fly out and help ‘possibly force’ Mike into checking himself into rehab.

There is some confusion in the public accounts…to include the Coroner’s Report…as to when Jonathan arrived in L.A.
Should be fairly simple to determine…but…No-One…including Jonathan Hastings, seemed to care to clarify said detail…
He first said that Michael called him a few days before the crash…
Then said that he immediately arranged to fly to L.A., the following day.
According to Michael Krikorian, there was a journalist/writer from one of the most notable publications in the world…that claimed to have had dinner with MH ‘the night before he died’.
Said writer was reportedly very shaken upon hearing of MH’s death…but would not discuss anything with Krikorian over the phone.
Krikorian said he would pass whatever he could, along to the readers of his blog, once he’d had an opportunity to meet privately with said individual (Krikorian was out of the country at the time of said disclosure)…and – nothing of said meeting (if it ever happened) made its way into his blogs…or, if it did – it was not identified in such a way as to identify said writer…nor much of anything that might have been said.
If said Writer says they dined with Michael Hastings ‘the night before’ he died…and Jonathan made no mention that the writer was in/on the scene, that last day – I’m thinking that they dined Sunday evening, being June 16th… (When news comes of something that happened after bedtime but before awaking the following morning…we often count the event to have been a part of the previous day… …) …

The point of venturing into this is…I believe that Jonathan Hastings arrived in L.A., at some time on June 17th…

At around 1 p.m. (*) on June 17th, Michael sent an email to colleagues, while bcc’ing SSgt Biggs, regarding his conviction that ‘the Feds’ were investigating his…and thus, by association, BuzzFeed’s…information gathering practices. Said he was “onto a big story”, “will be going off the radat for a bit”, and “hope(d) to see” them all soon.
Within a couple/few hours, went to a retail outlet with his brother…spent about 15 minutes inside…purchased 2 t-shirts…and impressed the shop’s co-owner as “in high spirits”.

MH had just finished a screenplay treatment based on a Rolling Stone piece he'd done, called "The Spy Who Cracked Up in the Cold," and called his co-writer, Justin Kremer, at about 8 P.M., saying that he’d "heard from his agent and was ready to go, and…was excited about portraying that world as he'd seen it onscreen".

(cont'd next post)

posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 05:46 PM
(cont'd from previous post)

Sometime later, he purportedly (according, apparently, to Jonathan) smoked some marijuana…and…at some point thereafter, “passed out”.
The brother (again, reportedly) placed the time of his “passing out” at ‘between 12:30 and 1:00 a.m.’…
After Jonathan was convinced that Michael had “passed out”…he left the apartment…and went to a neighboring apartment, where he was staying (sleeping).

At, or about, the same time (12:30 a.m.)) that the brother reported Michael to have passed out…Jordanna Thigpen reported that Michael came to her apartment with an exceptional request…being – to borrow her car…as –(according to said testimony)– he was concerned that his car had been tampered with…and he did not feel safe driving it--- and ---(she furthered)---he was scared, and wanted to leave town.
She told him that her car (Volvo) was having mechanical problems…and thus, declined his request.

A little under 4 hours later, a LoudLabs dash-cam situated in a gas station parking lot, facing east, on the southwest corner of North Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Blvd, caught Michael Hastings’ Mercedes speeding through the red light…heading southbound on North Highland Avenue.
The camera operator (Scott Lane) was not paying attention at the time…and did not notice the incident…and…sat, in said parking lot, for a short few minutes more…before deciding to ‘pack-it-in for the night’.

Probably, less than a minute after the Mercedes was unknowingly caught on the LoudLabs recording, it entered the field of view of the security camera situated in the entry-way of the Pizzeria Mozza, that is located on the corner of Melrose’ and North Highland Avenue.
It is obvious (deducible) that the vehicle has lost control (to some degree) prior to bursting into view…
Once in view…it is obvious that the vehicle was still “out of control”…though, not entirely out of control.
The first view shows the vehicle straddling the center-line between the two southbound lanes.
The second screen shot shows the vehicle having progressed no further…but with its headlights covering more ground ahead…and having adjusted slightly toward the median (southeasterly)…
I will not go through the entire sequence of screen-shots to the fatal tree…except to make the following observation/s…
• If suicide were his intent…he could simply have done nothing OR over-corrected after Melrose’…and certainly accomplished the objective.
• If he was “trying to survive” (which appears likely…by the way the vehicle was corrected) – and had brakes – he could simply have…used them

LAPD is now telling us that…he actually had a destination that morning – being – Las Vegas.
How much confidence we can place in said information…is up for debate.
Different lenses need to be applied…if he was going some-where…rather than…running from some-thing/one
And, an even different lens is required if…he was going somewhere…to get away from (escape) something/one…


If you see obvious fallacies or omissions in this version of the Timeline…let me know…or…PLEASE - PRESENT YOUR OWN…

Thanks for reading. As always, I am interested in your insights.

posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 05:47 PM
[size=-3]VII. Former Threads
This is not an exhaustive list of Threads related to this mystery.
Please add any you think should be considered…

Initial Thread, posted by GrantedBailJournalist Michael Hastings dies in L.A. car crash (Single car crash??)

Thread posted by mekhanicsMichael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died

Subsequent Thread posted by GrantedBailEmail from Michael Hastings before crash mentions FBI probe (“Big Story” – “Going off the Radar”)

A Thread posted by ShadellacZumbrumMichael Hastings Car Crash Facts And Why I Don’t Think He Was Murdered

Another posted by GrantedBailChannel 6 Investigative Reporter On Michael Hastings. Police and Fire told NOT to comment

One, posted by yours truly – Michael Hastings – “Foul Play or Not” – Do you have a plausible theory? – focused primarily on abstracting & fleshing-out facts (the facts[) from information that has been proffered for public consumption.

posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 05:51 PM
a reply to: WanDash

He's still dead isn't he? So you have your answer, nothing new...

posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 06:15 PM
a reply to: motthoople
Apparently - if I'm reading you correctly - you have no new information on the topic...?
Gotta wonder if you read any of what was posted past the thread title.

In any case - thanks for stopping by on one of your first contributions to this site to give us a taste of what's to come.

posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 06:30 PM
a reply to: WanDash

LOL, didn't mean that, but you got me!

You seem to be, at the very least, a little obsessed shall we say, on the subject material. So certainly wouldn't need anything from me on the subject.
edit on 10-6-2014 by motthoople because: typo

posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 06:46 PM
Great post ..Have you considered any of the information recently about the 5 terrorist from Gitmo in exchange for the American hostage ? Some how this has to be in all this story somewhere . a reply to: WanDash


This Journalist Died After Exposing Bowe Bergdahl’s Anti-Americanism

At the time Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings was killed under suspicious circumstances, he had recently written a huge exposé on Bowe Bergdahl, revealing that he had deserted his unit and actively sought out the Taliban. Hastings had also revealed Bergdahl’s anti-American sentiments, publishing the emails to his father that so shocked America: “I am ashamed to be an American…The horror that is America is disgusting.”

edit on 10-6-2014 by the2ofusr1 because: (no reason given)

posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 06:56 PM
I really liked your thread. Obviously you spent some time writing it. I think you present some important pieces to the case, pieces that suggest law enforcement made assumptions without proper due diligence. Sure this makes things easier, but this is how things slip through the cracks. This particular law enforcement agency is notorious for botching high-profile investigations, although I use the term "investigation" extremely loosely. Here is what I think it comes down to, and I think this is something that should be addressed first. We assume he was in the car correct? I think we all agree on that. And we know that the car did appear to be speeding and that it impacted a tree correct? Alright, so if this was not an accident then the only possible way this could have occurred was to somehow hack the car to control at least remote acceleration. One would also think that steering would have to be controlled, but I do not think this is possible without some mechanical device. Not sure though.

I mean why go to the trouble of rigging a car to accelerate on command when the person in the car could just impact something before reaching a high rate of speed, and thus reducing the chance of a fatality? It seems like leaving too much up to chance. I don't know if a professional assassination would be conducted on such shaky ground in this day and age. But hey, if the steering could be controlled without the driver being aware of it after entering the car, then this seems more plausible to me. But my point is that obviously there is no other way for this to be a "hit." It very well might have been an accident if the car wasn't tampered with. And the brakes would probably have to be disabled as well, considering a first instinct will likely be to step on the brake under unwanted acceleration. And the parking brake as well just to be safe. I don't know if everyone would think to pull the parking brake, but would the FBI or whomever might be responsible take that chance?

And to top it all off, depending on the type of car and transmission, he maybe could have just thrown the thing in park while it was moving. That would create a lot of resistance. But this would depend on whether the brake had to be engaged to place the vehicle in park. I'm not familiar enough with the particular automobile to know. So okay, is there any other way this could have been a hit?

posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 07:00 PM

originally posted by: the2ofusr1
Great post ..Have you considered any of the information recently about the 5 terrorist from Gitmo in exchange for the American hostage ? Some how this has to be in all this story somewhere .


Thank you.
Immediately upon reading of the exchange, my thoughts went to Hastings' involvement... I further thought 'how odd?' - 'almost exactly one year later'...

posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 07:05 PM
a reply to: JiggyPotamus
You bring up many excellent points.
IMO - and almost a virtual ditto to your comments - this would have to have been an A-Team or Mission Impossible kind of operation...if it was/were a 'hit'.
For it not to have been a 'hit'...would have required almost the same kind/s of luck/precision.
Everything about this...was spectacular.
Thanks for your thoughtful reply.

posted on Jun, 10 2014 @ 11:24 PM

originally posted by: motthoople
a reply to: WanDash

...LOL, didn't mean that, but you got me!

...You seem to be, at the very least, a little obsessed shall we say, on the subject material. So certainly wouldn't need anything from me on the subject.

Ah - yes - Obsession...
What else can give such intense (though temporary) meaning to an otherwise mundane existence...?

Otherwise - I do obsess... Always have...on puzzles/mysteries.
I am an 'investigator/researcher' (along with a few other, less dramatic titles) by profession.
If I don't obsess...I will give up, too soon. I obsess over every detail & concept, and continue digging for missing pieces.
It is not very socially rewarding...but - that's life.

Thanks for the mood-swing.

posted on Jun, 11 2014 @ 12:25 AM
a reply to: WanDash

you get a star for 80's hotness..

posted on Jun, 11 2014 @ 12:32 AM
I just posted this revealing video on another related thread...

Hasting's crash is very suspicious...

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