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Gary Webb. - From
the enemy was murdered!
Gary Webb (August 31, 1955 December 10, 2004) was a Pulitzer
Prize-winning American investigative journalist, best known for his
1996 "Dark Alliance" investigative report series, written
for the San Jose Mercury News. In the three-part series (later published
as a book), Webb investigated Nicaraguans linked to the CIA-backed Contras
who had allegedly distributed crack cocaine into Los Angeles and funneled
profits to the Contras. Webb also alleged that this influx of Nicaraguan
supplied cocaine sparked and significantly fueled the widespread crack
epidemic that swept through urban areas. Webb's reporting generated
a large controversy and the Mercury News backed away from the story,
effectively ending Webb's career as a mainstream media journalist.
On December 10, 2004, he was found dead from two gunshot wounds to the
head. Sacramento County coroner Robert Lyons determined that it was
suicide. Webb's ex-wife, Sue Bell, said that Webb had been depressed
for some time over his inability to get a job at another major newspaper.
Despite Webb's death being recorded as a suicide by the coroner, there
is still controversy as to whether it was a suicide or assassination.
Many have pointed to the fact that Webb was shot not once, but twice
to the face, which is extremely odd in cases of suicide. At the time
leading up to his death, Webb was reported as to be working on another
piece, and had mentioned to friends that he was under surveillance and
constantly being tailed, had been receiving death threats, and had his
house broken into. On one occasion, Webb confronted two men he described
as 'government people' that were scaling the pipes on the side of his
house; subsequently, the men took off running.