Sheriff: Author Michael Ruppert dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Body discovered Sunday in Calistoga
2014-04-16T17:55:00Z Sheriff: Author Michael Ruppert dies of self-inflicted gunshot woundKERANA TODOROV Napa Valley Register
April 16, 2014 5:55 pm  • 

Nationally known author Michael Ruppert died Sunday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Calistoga where he had lived for a few months on a friend’s property. He was 63.

A former Los Angeles Police Department officer who later became a political activist, Ruppert was found dead Sunday on a property in the 1100 block of Tubbs Lane, where he had been staying in a trailer for a few months, according to information from the Napa County Sheriff’s Office and business partner Wesley T. Miller of Lake Oswego, Ore.

Ruppert’s writing delved into a number of political issues, including peak oil, climate change, 9/11, public corruption and the Central Intelligence Agency.

“It’s been hard to stop crying the last couple of days,” Miller said from Oregon.

Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Pike said deputies were sent to Tubbs Lane after the property owner asked for a welfare check at 8:49 p.m. Sunday. Ruppert was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, he said.

Miller said his friend shot himself after taping his last show for Progressive Radio Network, an Internet radio station. According to the radio station’s website, Ruppert hosted “The Lifeboat Hour.”

Miller posted his friend’s suicide note on Collapse Network, a news site Miller co-founded with Ruppert in 2010.

Ruppert had moved to Calistoga after leaving Colorado where he resided for 1 1/2 year, Miller said. A longtime Californian, he had also lived in Sebastopol.

In 2009, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ordered Ruppert to pay $127,700 to a woman who had sued Ruppert for sexual harassment while he published and edited From The Wilderness, a website and newsletter.

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    BRGMGB - April 16, 2014 9:00 pm
    If you want to learn a bit about Michael Ruppert, watch this RT News video. The section about him starts at 22 minutes or so into the broadcast. There are video excerpts of him talking on various subjects. Abby Martin, the host of the news show, says that he was a personal friend, and breaks down in tears as she speaks about him.
  2. Loco Yokel
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    Loco Yokel - April 17, 2014 5:12 am
    This guy opened my eyes to 9/11 and I will be forever grateful
  3. FredD
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    FredD - April 19, 2014 11:33 am
    Michael always seemed like a genuine person, it may not seem like much but he and I would agree that being honest and genuine to yourself is everything. Please check out , it is something Michael supported, and would want you to support too.
  4. skeptic
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    skeptic - April 19, 2014 10:30 pm
    this is the 4th time that a writer who exposed government ties to illegal drug trafficking "killed himself.” of course, there’s a first time for everything. danny cassolaro was writing a book about the topic and told his mom he was being followed and thought she should know he would never commit suicide. he was found in his motel room, just before the book was to be published, with both wrists slashed so deeply that tendons were severed, making it impossible to cut the other hand. gary webb was about to publish a book vindicating his stories in the san jose mercury about the cia facilitating the crack epidemic in l.a. then he shot himself. twice, just to be sure, once in the back of the head. the vallejo madam went on the radio and said she would never kill herself and then was found hanging. some witnesses and friends were pressured to say the victims were depressed. yet, this case might be just a coincidence.
  5. Reg
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    Reg - April 20, 2014 1:52 pm
    Another one was was not a suspicious suicide, but the very odd death of a writer who questioned the official government line: the fatal auto accident of Michael Hastings who wrote for The Rolling Stone.
  6. Cheri Speak Media
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    Cheri Speak Media - April 20, 2014 3:33 pm
    If you are looking for facts about Mike's death and looking to know the details, my name is Cheri Roberts and I am working with Wesley and Jack on getting the full story out. I have written 5 articles already that can be found at as well as the page that Michael's people created on for this purpose. I can assure you, there is no "theory" here, Mike did in fact take his own life. At the links you will find notes and other evidence. Thank you. RIP Mike, you earned it.
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    TessaC - April 20, 2014 5:03 pm
    Does anyone know if Michael Rupert was on psychotropic medication(s)? Antidepressants, sleeping meds, etc? Hearing he was in so much emotional pain for so many years..sure, there are obvious conclusions, but I would like to know if these medications might have been the culprit which tip him over the edge. Also, someone who was exposing corporate tyranny and government (AND having been an LAPD detective who knew Gary Webb) might have caused the more 'classified' depts. of government to target him with brainwave technology. See Dr Nick Begich's website, called "EarthPulse". EarthPulse is a good site for everyone to carry on with their research...there is much more to know.
  8. Mamyt
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    Mamyt - April 20, 2014 11:01 pm
    RE:TessaC Maybe antidepressants kept him around for years and the absence of these meds was the culprit which tipped him over the edge.
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