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July 31, 2007

Theresa Duncan & Jeremy Blake deaths

Update: Jeremy Blake's body identified. RIP.

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I am obsessed with this case of apparent double-suicide. Journalists are suggesting that harassment by the Church of Scientology and other seemingly paranoid thoughts as detailed in Theresa Duncan's blog post from May feuled this tragedy. I can't stop scouring the internet for updates because there are so so many unanswered questions and it's plain creepy.

Did she really kill herself? Her blog doesn't seem like the blog of someone who would kill herself - obviously one can beguile their readers but still...she didn't seem in the depths of despair. If so, then why? There must have been a trigger. Did she have a history of depression? Pills and booze found next to her body plus the conspiracy stuff...conjures up a little Marilyn...A long suicide note? What does it say?

As a romantic it fits in my world view that Jeremy Blake was unable to fathom living without her so he took his own life. I can get that. Or...he faked his death for an art piece about death and fame. It's his final act in resignation from the art world. He killed her. He broke up with her and his guilt overwhelmed him. The body that washed up onshore that they're suspecting is his probably is...otherwise, is he sipping on a pina colada on a remote beach?

Who knows but why aren't more people talking about this online? It is because the art world is snooty and insular and private? Or is this all a hoax?



Comments

I too have been obsessed with this story. What makes it hard to put down is the Wit of the Staircase.
I have concluded that everything you need to know is right there in the links. Clicking on its latest links reveals a focus on betrayal and alienation. But Wit's post of July 6, "Wit is naturally a Scorpio", links the reader to a weekly horoscope in which the entry for Libra (just above Scorpio and Mr. Wit's Sun sign) argues at length about why somebody should not commit suicide. Did Wit read that horoscope?

Posted by: Junius at August 1, 2007 6:26 PM

Finally someone who thinks what I think. I first read this in the NY Times and since then I too have been obsessed with this and scouring the internet looking for more info. Obviously she did not kill herself and I don’t think Jeremy did either. I think they were murdered.

Posted by: shirley at August 1, 2007 7:46 PM

The body that washed up in Jersey HAS been identified as Jeremy Blake's. He is dead. I see no conspiracy here. Theresa was disappointed with her recent failure to get her "Alice Underground" screenplay produced, and instead of taking responsibility herself, she blamed it on Scientologists, for whatever reason. Even wackier, she thought bikers, ex-CIA operatives, and Blake's ex-girlfriend Anna Gaskell and her family were in on it. Clearly, she was paranoid, delusional, unable to hold herself accountable, and, because of her excessive accusations, was ruining both her and Jeremy's careers and connections. All of this is stated in this weekend's LA TIMES story on the couple.

Posted by: Anna Banna Bo Banna at August 6, 2007 3:17 AM

I think Theresa was a victim of organized stalking. It is also called stalking by proxy and is designed to confuse the victims. A coordinated smear campaign implying "mental illness" is always a part of it. Many victims never figure out who is behind it.

Posted by: jenni at August 21, 2007 1:48 AM

Frank Morales, who conducted one the last interviews with Theresa Duncan, was an author of a book about the CIA's history of militancy with the masses. Please note that as of today 9/04/07, A Belgian prosecutor is mounting a massive lawsuit againist Scientologists for fraud, extortion, blackmail, and criminal harrassment. See the story! And note it's timing!

AH.com: The plot thickens!

Posted by: anonymous at September 4, 2007 1:59 PM

Scientology Faces Criminal Charges
By CONSTANT BRAND – 3 hours ago

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — A Belgian prosecutor on Tuesday recommended that the U.S.-based Church of Scientology stand trial for fraud and extortion, following a 10-year investigation that concluded the group should be labeled a criminal organization.

Scientology said it would fight the criminal charges recommended by investigating prosecutor Jean-Claude Van Espen, who said that up to 12 unidentified people should face charges.

Van Espen's probe also concluded that Scientology's Brussels-based Europe office and its Belgian missions conducted unlawful practices in medicine, violated privacy laws and used illegal business contracts, said Lieve Pellens, a spokeswoman at the Federal Prosecutors Office.

"They also face charges of being ... a criminal organization," Pellens said in a telephone interview.

An administrative court will decide whether to press charges against the Scientologists.

In a statement, Scientology's Europe office accused the prosecutor of hounding the organization and said it would contest the charges.

"For the last 10 years, the prosecutor has been using the media, trying to damage the reputation of the Church of Scientology and not being able to put a case in court," Scientology said. "As a consequence, this created a climate of intolerance and discrimination" in Belgium.

It added that the prosecutor's recommendations suggested Scientology was guilty even before a court could hear the charges, making it "difficult for the Church of Scientology to recover and properly defend (itself) before the court."

Scientology has been active in Belgium for nearly three decades. In 2003, it opened an international office near the headquarters of the European Union to lobby for its right to be recognized as an official religious group, a status it does not enjoy in Belgium.

A Belgian parliamentary committee report in 1997 labeled Scientology a sect and investigations were launched into the group's finances and practices, such as the personality tests conducted on new members.

Investigators have spent the past decade trying to determine how far Scientology went in recruiting converts after numerous complaints were filed with police by ex-members alleging they'd been the victims of intimidation and extortion.

Justice officials seized financial records, correspondence, bank statements and other papers in their decade-long probe to track the flow of money to Scientology. Police also raided the offices of several consultancy firms linked to the Church of Scientology.

Pellens said that prosecutors expect Scientology to mount a strong legal challenge to the charges at a court hearing, which could come in the next two to three months. She acknowledged that could delay the case for years.

Belgium, Germany and other European countries have been criticized by the State Department for labeling Scientology as a cult or sect and enacting laws to restrict its operations.

The German government considers Scientology a commercial enterprise that takes advantage of vulnerable people.

The Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology, which is seeking to expand in Europe and be recognized as a legitimate religion, teaches that technology can expand the mind and help solve problems. The church, founded in 1954, counts actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its 10 million members.

Posted by: anonymous at September 4, 2007 2:47 PM

this is all very interesting. does anyone know where I can find duncan and blake's lawsuit that they wrote back in october?
email me if you like:
huntercanning at charter dot net

Posted by: hunter Canning at September 15, 2007 6:06 AM
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