Skip to comments.Democratic Fundraiser Wrote Suicide Letter
Posted on 09/13/2007 4:16:31 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
The saga of the scandal-plagued Democratic fundraiser with ties to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton took another strange twist after he mailed a suicide note last week to a legal organization.
A person who saw the letter said Thursday that the note from Hong Kong-born Norman Hsu explicitly stated that he "intended to commit suicide." The person declined to reveal the exact phrasing, but said it was not rambling in nature.
The individual spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about it.
The letter arrived at the New York offices of the Innocence Project as Hsu was in the midst of a bizarre legal odyssey stemming from a 1991 grand theft case. Hsu has been wanted as a fugitive for missing his sentencing in the case. He failed to show up for a bail hearing last week in California and was arrested at a Colorado hospital after being taken off an Amtrak train.
Hsu was a leading money "bundler" for Clinton, earning the title of HillRaiser for his efforts. Her campaign is returning $850,000 in contributions linked to Hsu.
In custody in Colorado, Hsu was expected to say Thursday whether he intends to fight extradition to California, where he faces sentencing in the 1991 case. A state court hearing was scheduled, with Hsu appearing via video from jail, which is standard procedure.
Hsu was booked into jail Wednesday night after being released from a hospital. Officials have declined to say why he was hospitalized but emphasized Thursday he was not under suicide watch in jail.
Innocence Project officials would not provide the specific details of the letter, but spokesman Eric Ferrero said a FedEx package arrived at the group's Manhattan office last Thursday. A receptionist gave the letter to the executive director, Madeline DeLone.
"We were all concerned for his safety. We knew we needed to try to reach him right away. We wanted to make sure he was safe," said Ferrero.
They tried Hsu's cell phone, but there was no answer and the voicemail was full.
Innocence Project officials then tried to reach Hsu's attorney and faxed a copy of the letter to the California attorney general's office, which is handling the case.
"We sent the letter to law enforcement in California in the event they could help him in time and also because they were handling an active case there involving him," said Ferrero.
The letter was one page, typewritten and signed by Hsu. It was sent overnight delivery.
Details of the letter were first reported Thursday by The Wall Street Journal.
Hsu has been a benefactor of the Innocence Project, a legal group that helps prove prisoners' innocence through DNA testing.
"Norman Hsu has been a strong, committed supporter of ours for years. I believe he saw a report about our work and thought it was good work and worthy of supporting," Ferrero said.
Guess we got him before he got to Marcy Park!!
A person who saw the letter said Thursday that the note from Hong Kong-born Norman Hsu explicitly stated that he “intended to commit suicide.”
Howard Wolfson, Clinton spokesman
Death and the threat of extinction continue to follow in their wake.
Have they checked for Hillary fingerprints?
I wonder if the handwriting will match the Vince Foster note. I will be suprised if he is alive another two weeks.
I see Janet Reno is on the board of the Innocence Project. She’s well aquainted with chinese funny money.
He was prepared to shoot himself six times in the back with a shotgun.
- Hsu caught funneling illegal donations to another Clinton.
- Hsu tries to skip bail.
- Hsu found suffering from an apparent ingestion of some sort of chemical substance.
- Law firm googles Hsu suicide before incident is even discovered or announced.
- Magically suicide note attempts to implicate Clintons closest rival in the scandal.
- And now, prosecutor wants to allow BAIL for suspect who is charged with SKIPPING BAIL?
Hsus suicide note: The Messiah betrayed me
Poster over on HotAir.com
“Hsus undoing began two weeks ago with articles raising questions about his fundraising activities in the Wall Street Journal and about a criminal case in his past in The Times. In his letter, said a person familiar with its contents who asked to remain anonymous, Hsu contended that those articles were planted by a politician who pledged hope and change an apparent reference to Sen. Barack Obama, Clintons main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.”
This is a sad and baseless allegation, Obama spokesman Bill Burton said. We had no knowledge of his past criminal behavior, fugitive status or a potential straw-donor scheme until reading it in the newspaper.
This story would lead every day on every liberal news outlet, and NYT's front page article above the line every single day screaming for information to bury conservatives
The bias in the MSM is really embarrassing.
This story is the definition of "crickets"
I'm just trying to envision this guy, on the verge of suicide, at a typewriter(?), then making copies (at Kinko's?), getting a s---load of Fedex envelopes, addressing them all, then hopping a plane to Ca., only to get off and hop a train headed east....?
"Of course the Republicans and the extremist Neo-Cons are going to jump all over this, so what''s new about that?!"
This is old news ...
I’ll bet that the name “Vince Foster” was crossed out.......
I think the Clintons have all their new hires write suicide notes which are then kept on file “just in case”.
Just how is this a SAGA if CBS the Perky One have failed to cover any of it until the suicide note shows up.
Seems like it is an amazing discovery (for CBS)...hardly a saga.
“- Law firm googles Hsu suicide before incident is even discovered or announced.”
Hi, do you have a source for this?-I missed it-thanks!
Also-foster case followers-wasn’t fosters note found in an already inspected bag or something? Now you don’t see it-now you do? I also remember something about it being typed and torn into pieces-with one piece being missing-the piece where he signed it? Correct me if I’m wrong on any of this please-—thanks!
According to reports, Hsu got people who did not politically admire Hillary to donate money to her campaign just to please Hsu. Historically we refer to these types of people as 'shakedown artists'. Not 'bundlers'.
Instead, he wrote a letter and FedExed it.