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...PR: I know you flew out to check in on Mike just a day or two before the crash.
JH: As I told the police out in L.A., a few days before he died, Mike called me and I got the impression that he was having a manic episode, similar to one he had had 15 years ago which he had referred to in his writing. At that time, drugs had been involved, and I suspected that might be the case again. I immediately booked a flight to L.A. for the next day, with the thought that maybe I could convince him to come back to Vermont to dry out or (less likely) get him to go to detox/rehab there in L.A. When I got to L.A. and saw him, I immediately realized that he was not going to go willingly. I started to make arrangements with our other brother to fly out and help me possibly force Mike into checking himself into a hospital or detox center. I’d thought that I had at least convinced Mike to just stay in his apartment and chill out for the next few days, but he snuck out on me when I was sleeping. He crashed his car before anyone could do anything to help him.
JH: I ended up telling this all to the police on Tuesday morning, as I was one of the last people to see him alive and I was one of the few people who could really put his behavior on that day in context.
PR: How good a job do you feel the cops have done looking into the crash?
JH: I feel that the investigation was pretty thorough. The LAPD was very easy to work with, and I think they did a good job. I certainly have no real complaints about them or the coroner’s office, and I think everyone in my family is satisfied with the report. For the most part, it didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know or strongly suspect.
PR: Any disagreements with it?
JH: Not really. I think there’s a larger context that it leaves out, but a lot of that stuff seems to me to be out of the scope of a report about a traffic accident.
...I also noticed Jonathan completely ignored Guy Montag's question : Speaking of Elise, what about Elise Jordan (Michael’s widow) impressions of his mental state and behavior in the days leading up to his crash? I was surprised to find she wasn’t mentioned in your interview.
(she and Michael apparently spending hours talking on the patio with Ali Gharib the week before his death)
...I also find him falling back on " He was full of life because in was in the early stages of a manic episode..." a little too easy.
Man, if Hastings was onto the NSA story he'd have been fully aware of the implications and sure has hell excited about it.... Only to be faced by his big brother unexpectedly, determined to have him committed to the psych ward !! (putting myself in Michael's position I would have have run for the hills too) ...