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Journalist Michael C. Ruppert Commits Suicide

By BallerStatus Staff   /   Published 04/15/14

Michael C. Ruppert

Former LAPD narcotics investigator Michael C. Ruppert -- best known as an investigative journalist and peak oil awareness advocate -- is dead. He was just 63 years old.

While details are sketchy, various sources say that he committed suicide. He recorded the final episode of his The Lifeboat Hour radio show Sunday (April 13), after which he took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Author Carolyn Baker, who was a guest on his show that evening, confirmed the news. "Sunday night, following Mike's Lifeboat Hour radio show, he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound," she wrote on her Facebook profile. "This was not a 'fake' suicide. It was very well planned by Mike who gave us few clues but elaborate instructions for how to proceed without him.

"It was my privilege to have known Mike for 14 years, to have worked with him, to have been mentored by him, and to have supported him in some of his darkest hours, including the more recent ones. I am posting this announcement with the blessing of his partner Jesse Re and his landlord, Jack Martin," she continued. "Thank you Mike for all of the truth you courageously exposed and for the legacy of truth-telling you left us. Goodbye my friend. Your memory will live in hour hearts forever."

In the mid-1990s, Ruppert worked as an LAPD narcotics investigator, before he experienced, first hand, government corruption. He uncovered evidence that pointed to the CIA being involved in drug dealing... and would publicly confront agency director John Deutch during a town hall meeting. Deutch did not handle the confrontation very well... and was ultimately terminated from the CIA as a result.

After his time with the LAPD, Ruppert went on to become an investigator and journalist, establishing a newsletter called From The Wilderness, a watchdog publication that exposed governmental corruption, including his experience with CIA drug dealing activities. The newsletter would evolve into a website under the same name, covering vast range of conspiracy theories, including international politics, peak oil, civil liberties, drugs, economics, and the nature of the 9/11 conspiracy.

In 2009, Ruppert starred in a documentary film by Chris Smith called Collapse, in which he summarizes current energy and economic issues, focusing mainly around the core concepts of peak oil and sustainable development... that ultimately lead to his belief of the imminent collapse of the world.

He's also known for his 2004 book, Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire, in which he examines 9/11 and how it all pointed to oil. It's available now at Amazon.com.

Earlier this year, VICE visited the man in the Rocky Mountains (where he had moved) and published a video series called "Apocalypse Man", where he runs down the theories he's discussed over the past two decades.

  • Anonymous Jewish Pedophile

    Suicide? Hmmm... I think I see a Jewbag banker hiding in the bushes.

  • Ahmed X Rutherford

    Damn! It's so Disrespectful to label this couragous man a Conspiracy Theorist rather than a Whistle Blower of Government Corruption and Secrecy. May Allah Be Pleased with his Work on behalf of Humanity....

  • Cadence22510

    I don't believe for a minute this guy committed suicide! I might have been born in the dark, but it wasn't last night.

  • Ian Victor Massey

    Disrespectful indeed. But sadly some will always try to paint him that way, regardless of their intentions. :(

    R.I.P Michael. An ally in the fight for sustainable civilisation has been lost.

  • Tanith Bobo Lambi

    There's no way Michael killed himself. He hung on for 35 yrs, of being hounded, and he still stuck strong. He was too strong a spirit for suicide. He was taken down. You may not physically be with us Michael, but you're in each and every person who shares your passion for freedom. Rest in peace & guard the rest of the whistle blowers.

  • Jewbag banker

    Andre, shut the fuck up

  • TANNED STEWIE

    There is no way in hell Michael committed suicide.

  • Dan Hennen

    True Hero

  • dozr

    hmmmmm sounds fishy

  • Peo

    Like many brave journalists this man was suicided

  • 4ArthurDent

    Bullshit

  • DrDavidKelly

    The term conspiracy theorist has been given a bad rap. I'd proudly wear that badge but of course he was so much more.

  • wgalison

    Oh, the Nazis come out. My grandfather fought to rid the world of scum like you.

  • JW B

    It's shit like this that makes me want to grab a baseball bat and head to DC!

  • Rob Shaw

    Probably more like an asshole waspy fascist. You are my chief suspect.

  • d’rez

    michael ruppert is an inspiration and a TRUE patriot. fox magic never dies

  • dutte1

    I kinda saw that coming too.

  • guest

    Great news.He probably could not live with all the lies he had told.

  • Jim

    Nice of google to put pictures of him with his finger pointing at his head (as if he was crazy), when you search.

  • Guest

    We're next...

  • Istlota Everyman

    A man needs some glimmer of hope that Justice will ultimately prevail. Without that, why not commit suicide?

    I do not know if Ruppert killed himself or was suicided. But I do understand the intense alienation you feel after you take the red pill, wake up, and realize that almost every one else around you is 100% hopelessly freaking certifiably insane.

    That is what Ruppert was talking about in part 3 of "Apocalypse, Man" when he said that America _needs_ to collapse. Americans [darn near all of us] have worked so hard to earn the horrors that the Law of Karma guarantees that we _must_ suffer.

    Agents of Change like Ruppert, Snowden, Manning, Jesus, Dr, King, and others have not been able to save you from yourself because you do not want to be saved.

    But ... knowing this ... being [like Ruppert] that sane man in this asylum called America surrounded by lunatics who have joined hands and are singing at he top of their lungs in unison like maniacs :

    "I am glad to be an American where at least I know I am free."

    Why haven't I put a gun to my head as Ruppert is being said to have done?

    Well ...

    1) I get that Dr. King was right when he said:

    "The Arc of the Moral Universe is long but bends towards Justice."

    2) I get that life does not end at the grave. There are no shortcuts. Killing yourself only guarantees that, in your next reincarnation, you will find yourself in an even worst situation than you are in now.

    3) I get that what is supposed to happen must happen, and that what is not supposed to happen cannot happen, and that, hence, you might as well Renounce and Enjoy.

  • Jeri Martin

    Yeah- no. Suicide via CIA maybe. Rest in peace, Big Man.

  • Sonja

    Were you related to the shooter in Kanas? I can see why you remain anonymous. What a coward.

  • magika

    sad... I don't have enough information to make a conclusion, but I find it interesting that he seemed to have found himself and enjoyed his life more than ever before + the fact that he did after all say on the joe rogan podcast that if there ever was a claim that he commited suicide, it would 100% not be true

  • Rambo101

    Micheal Ruppert never stopped being a cop. But he was a cop for the people . I do hope that people will remember Mr. Ruppert for his bravery and defiance to corruption of government . Once his man stood up in a town hall meeting in a black part of town pointed his finger at the Director of the CIA and told him he was full of shit .. Mike Ruppert had a real set of balls. A Great American. RIP.

  • Finnish Flash

    No! Your grandfather fought the world to get money for JEW
    BANKSTERS! HAHAHA

  • FederalReserve Brown

    you sound exactly like me!!!.. he was too bubbly & intense.

  • djfourmoney

    I also believe he was ready. In the next 10-15 years oil prices will skyrocket and the dollar will crash, become worth next to nothing and many people will lose their jobs because credit once again like in 2008 will be frozen.

    I will miss his show, he also uncovered the people behind Biggies and 2-Pac deaths.

  • Daniel Vincent Kelley

    Yeah, but the media with their hit pieces will out themselves and certify the murder.

  • Daniel Vincent Kelley

    The man was a narcotics detective. How many lone drug dealers are there? It was his job description to theorize conspiratorial crimes in the drive to solve them. Of course he was a conspiracy theorist. The real ill is using it as a derogatory term.

  • Istlota Everyman

    PublicAdvocate, you can add to that list Aaron Swartz --- another guy who, like Ruppert, was committed to fighting powerful people before he conveniently 'committed suicide'.

  • Stu

    RIP Michael. A real pity we don't have Philip Seymour Hoffman to portray him in a biopic. They look alike

  • Istlota Everyman

    Stop It. STOP IT!

    It is too easy, after an Agent Of Change has been suicided, for America's Coppertops to come up with 'proof' that the b.s. our handlers are spinning is the truth.

    You 'experts' who are, now, after the fact, cherry pickings things Ruppert said as proof that he killed himself are, also, conveniently ignoring the many life-affirming things he also said in that same documentary --- things like his comments which I am about to end this comment with. His apparent dichotomy --- his love/hate relationship with life here in the Belly of the Beast --- is something that others of us who are also committed to fight the Beast to our last breath understand quite well. You 'experts' do not 'get' it. But I understaod perfectly what he was talking about when he said, over and over again, that "the scout's knife cuts in both directions":

    "There are people who would lay down and die. Well, that's not a warrior's path."

    "It's the warrior's way --- you are fighting til the last minute"

    "I don't believe that you die. Death is a door. You go through it"

    "The path you are supposed to follow is the only one left open for you." [NOTE: This is the best western version I have heard yet of Gandhi's mantra --- "Renounce and Enjoy"]

  • Hansel

    Suicide...i dont think so

  • Jack Ewing

    If you believe he committed suicide I have 3 pyramids in Giza to sell you. I'm just surprised it took them this long. RIP mr Ruppert

  • thegreatdane18

    What, and give to the Africans and Jew banksters?

  • Joe

    I would love to see a real autopsy! And it is 'fake' Jews involved, not real Jews. And Wgalison, that is what they Nazi's were doing, trying to prevent the "Jews" from destroying the world through banking. False Jews.

  • joe

    When you have 'evidence' its no longer 'theory', its just a conspiracy.... the gov and crooked bankers don't like evidence so the call it 'theory'. F them!

  • http://peopleofwalmart.com YoMayka

    yall get so off topic and into arguing your little bullshit, its borderline disgusting. perfect indicator of where humanity's attention span is and where its headed. Rest In Power Mike Rupe. Your message lives.

  • josephjomanmancuso

    I don't normally jump on the conspiracy bandwagon but nothing about this feels right.

  • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

    From February 7, 2014, at this same site:

    "Following the release of Collapse, Michael's personal life collapsed himself. He paid off all his debts, left behind all his friends, and moved with his dog Rags to Colorado, planning to commit suicide. But, he's still there... and VICE catches up with him."

  • DrDavidKelly

    I know Ruppert was very anti-tech. I wonder if he endorsed solar or wind power as viable alternatives or if he also saw such tech fixes as ultimately futile.

  • Caleb462

    Here here!! Well said brother.

  • Elpido Valdes

    Suicide, eh? Just like Michael Hastings. Suicide by FBI, CIA, NSA most likely. Uh, huh. Looks like there's a world war being waged against activists, journalists and whistleblowers. The truth is dangerous business, indeed.

  • Elpido Valdes

    Remember that sentiment when they come for you or one of yours.

  • Elpido Valdes

    Amen! Best comment on the thread.

  • Elpido Valdes

    There have also been a string of low level bankster "suicides" reported. MHO is that they're being taken out because they planned to talk. Small potatoes, no one anyone would miss anyway.

  • musings2

    I don't think it is cherry-picking statements when his friends admitted that they had covered for him many times when he threatened to die by his own hand. His closest associates are calling this suicide. I recall that when Gary Webb died, Michael was not reluctant to acknowledge it as a suicide (even though it seemed to have more loose ends than his own). I would say it was about "it takes one to know one," and he and Webb both felt they had not accomplished enough to change things. Webb lost his career and his family for telling the same truth about Iran-Contra that Ruppert had done in LA with the CIA director he was proud of having bested. But in his meditation on Webb afterwards, there was a sense of his own possible end.

    It's easy to overlook that we are all mad at him for leaving us, but we are. A part of me blames him for being vain and macho, and not wanting to be an old man who has lost his physical powers. That's a big motive in the age group, you know. There's the macrocosm - the big world he was upset with. But the microcosm was his own failing body, failing as we all do. He wasn't happy with either.

  • musings2

    But those journalists are usually young men, and seen as threatening to the Establishment, so they are driven from the Establishment and either commit suicide or are hunted down and killed. Mike was not so young, and his messages had been out in the world for 20 years, nor was he at some fancy vetted Establishment news organization, stepping out of line for the first time.

  • Istlota Everyman

    The Key to discerning where your true loyalties lie is that you 'are all mad at him for leaving us', yet did not write one word of displeasure about the tyrants in the LAPD and the CIA who made his mortal life a living hell.

  • Istlota Everyman

    Also, did he make arrangements for someone to look after Rags? If he did not, he did not commit suicide. He was suicided.

  • Raymond Chau

    As Michael Parenti said time and time again when someone happens to get close to the truth, they start labeling him a "conspiracy nut." That somehow extremely powerful people in this world do not get together and plan out how they will rule the world.

  • nanothermite

    No Jew bankster is 100% right - it is not at all defamatory - Rockefeller and Rothschid account for 40% of USA's wealth today & pretty much 100% of all the trouble it causes Globally - they are (or claim to be) Jews (tho Khazars not Semites)

  • charles

    Of course he did not kill himself. Likely Carolyn Baker got some bucks from her lies. Hope she is next. It is a psychological fact that anyone who undergoes and overcomes years of troubles and depression does not take his own life with a gun. So many folks of late have died suspiciously. No one looked into Wren Scott's (is it?) hanging. Come on, hanging with a silk scarf. If anything, she owed money to the wrong people. Why don't folks with some resources investigate these incidents?

  • Trisha Springstead

    Michael was a truther and a friend to all of us. If anyone had a clue he talked of being peaceful at his time of death. He make his choices and knew of what was to come and God Bless Michael, I hope you are dancing.

  • quantrill

    For your information most Americans and Germans did not want that war. Men like your Grandfather and mine were drafted because they were the poor kids with no choice or they were misinformed patriots that joined. The jews in Germany started that war, just like they start most wars. Listen to a speech by Benjamin Freedman(whom is jewish) on the Balfour Declaration and he gives much truth how things really went down for both sides. Otherwise you are just misinformed like the rest of the masses.

  • Ryan1

    Mike C Ruppert is the one person who introduced me to the red pill and I haven't regretted my decision. I hope he has the peace he was looking for in life but couldn't find. The (natural) world is poorer for this loss.

  • Lucy Saw

    Its people like you in the world that make people like Ruppert opt out. People who turn life and the world into a shitfest.