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October 22, 2017

Peter Smith Death Listed As Suicide


The Chicago Tribune reported today that Peter W. Smith’s official cause of death is suicide. Smith was the venture capitalist and longtime GOP fundraiser who apparently sought to purchase copies of Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails.

Trump Watchdogs have written that Smith may also have helped established a secret company to benefit the Trump campaign.

Ten days prior to his death, Peter Smith had spoken with the Wall Street Journal about his willingness to collaborate with Russian sources, even if they were supported by the Russian government, in his work under Michael Flynn to benefit Trump’s campaign.

The Tribune reports that Smith reportedly committed suicide by asphyxiation. He was found in a Minnesota hotel that’s primarily used by visitors to the Mayo Clinic. Police reported that a suicide note explained that Smith was in poor health and wished to die before his life insurance policy expired.

The suicide note reportedly states “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER.”

According to the Tribune, the death record states that an autopsy was conducted.

Whole life insurance policies do expire, but rarely before the policyholder. Normally the maturity date is set to age 100 or beyond. Smith was 81.

Related: KLS Research, LLC: A Secret Trump Company and the Death of Peter Smith

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2 Responses “Peter Smith Death Listed As Suicide”

  1. Brian Hayes
    July 14, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Three things. First, I don’t ever recall reading a suicide note that stated “no foul play whatsoever” was involved.

    Second, it should be relatively easy to determine how the helium was purchased at WalMart by looking at the receipt. If the purchaser used a credit or debit card, whose was it? My guess is that it was a cash purchase. If a card was used, did it belong to Smith?

    Lastly, how long did Smith have his insurance policy? Most companies won’t pay off on a suicide unless a minimum of 10 years has passed since its origination. Smith almost certainly would’ve known whether he was “safe” in committing suicide in relation to his policy.

    None of this necessarily means Smith didn’t kill himself, but this information should be forthcoming.

    • Watchdogs
      July 15, 2017 at 1:33 am

      Wal-Mart is said to have poor security overall, but we think they’d have security footage of the helium tank purchase, or of individuals exiting the store after the time noted on the receipt.

      Some life insurance policies pay in case of suicide even if the policy isn’t just a year or two old. Still we doubt that Peter Smith was hard up for cash.

      Agreed: The supposed Peter Smith suicide note does not seem realistic. We only know those excerpts, but it does seem almost preposterous.

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