Jumping the shark: Georgia robo-call implicates Hillary Clinton in death of JFK Jr., many others

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The Donald Trump/Hillary Clinton race indeed must be close in Georgia. A Cobb County resident has sent us a lengthy but anonymous robo-call received today, suggesting that the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady was connected to the deaths of John F. Kennedy Jr. and many, many others.

The debunked content is a Breitbart-style listing of the “so-called body count of people who have allegedly gotten in the way of the Clinton machine.”

The opening of the robo-call wasn’t recorded, and there is no acknowledgement of responsibility for whoever sent it. The area code of the phone number connected to the call is traceable to Maryland. Listen to it here:



If you’ve received it, too, please send us a note. But here’s the transcript:

“…interest in the so-called body count of people who have allegedly gotten in the way of the Clinton machine.


“Remember John F. Kennedy Jr.? He was declared the front-runner for the New York Senate seat back in 1999. Days later, his plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, and his rival, Hillary Clinton, was elected senator. [The FAA blamed pilot error.]


“Mary Mahoney was a Clinton White House intern. She knew enough of the inner workings of Bill’s sexual advances to be a star witness during the Clinton impeachment trial. She was brutally executed at a Starbucks [indistinguishable] in 1997. [Mahoney was the night manager. The robber told police she refused to hand over the keys to a safe.]


“In 1993, White House counsel Vince Foster was found dead in Fort Marcy Park near D.C. He supposedly killed himself. And among a lengthy list of potential foul play, the bullet was never found. [sic] [Five investigations say it was a suicide.]


“Then there’s James McDougal, a key witness for White House prosecutors. He was serving his three-year sentence for bank fraud at the Fort Worth Medical Center in Texas. And just before he was supposed to give his testimony to a grand jury, McDougal suffered a heart attack in solitary confinement. [His New York Times obituary cited chronic circulatory problems.]


“In 2015, Walter Scheib, a White House chef hired under Bill Clinton, joined the list. His body was found at the bottom of a river, nearly two miles from the base of a trail he was reportedly hiking. An autopsy determined Scheid’s death was accidental drowning. [sic] He might have known too much. [Medical examiners indeed ruled the death of the 61-year-old to be accidental.]


“Twenty-seven-year-old Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was shot and killed in D.C. this year. There is speculation that he was the source of the controversial leaked emails allegedly sent by DNC staffers, and that he may have been murdered in retaliation. [Julian Assange has suggested the Wikileaks connection, but D.C. police say there is “no indication” that Rich’s employment figured into what was probably a mugging.]


“Then Sean Lucas, the lead attorney in a fraud case against the DNC, was found lying on the bathroom floor by his girlfriend when she returned home on Aug. 2. His death was reported classified, pending the results of an autopsy. [Lucas was a process server, not an attorney. From what we can tell, no reputable news agency has yet reported a cause of death.]


“To this day, questions remain, surrounding these and other deaths of people who were once close to the Clintons. Questions that will likely remain unanswered.”

As a piece of fieldwork, it’s hard to say what this lengthy robo-call is intended to do. Those who believe it weren’t Clinton supporters in the first place.


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