Editor’s note: Nothing to be proud of, but we were the first website (as far as we know) to question the death of Dr. Marshall, way back in January, when he was found dead in a river.
Suzan Marshall, MD believes somebody killed her husband five months ago, despite a police investigation and autopsy that determined Spokane Veterans Affairs surgery chief Dr. John Marshall allegedly “fell” into the Spokane River during a morning run and drowned.
“Anyone with common sense would say, ‘How does a runner drown?’ ” Said Dr. Marshall’s wife (who is also an MD)
We are relieved that Marshall has hired Ted Pulver, a well known private investigator, to review the evidence of his tragic death.
From the article:
“What he has uncovered has led Marshall to believe a killer abducted her husband as he took his downtown morning run, tortured him and staged his death as an “accidental” river drowning in January.”
In fact, in the link at the top of this page, the investigator goes so far as to say he has 100% confirmation that the death was a staged murder. It’s hard not to agree with him after reviewing the extensive evidence.
More from the article:
“Police dispute the homicide theory, according to Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Officer Teresa Fuller. Investigators don’t know whether Marshall’s death was a suicide or an accident. But, barring new and compelling evidence, the department won’t reopen the investigation, Fuller said.”
We usually remain pretty neutral in these articles (who am I kidding, it’s not we, it’s me Erin – one person), but how dare Teresa Fuller at the police department suggest that it would be a suicide? What well respected doctor and chief surgeon works out and then goes on his early morning usual jog and kills himself in a river? And how would he do that exactly? Hold himself under?
I’m going to go out on a limb here and let Teresa Fuller know that there are a growing number of people who think she and the Spokane police department are an utter disgrace- at least in this botched, messed up “investigation” (or lack thereof). I don’t want to pin the blame just on her though; we don’t know if she’s a puppet who has no choice but to have her little strings pulled, but we can hope the Spokane police do a real investigation as every day more and more people are growing angrier at their shoddy job.
Throwing the suicide word in there just made the Spokane police department “Public Enemy #1” as one commenter wrote on Facebook. They have now ranked up there as the worst that I’ve seen and I’ve been reviewing police departments nationwide in most big cities this past year.
As many of you already know, Dr. John Marshall left the downtown YMCA at roughly 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 25 to go on his usual run. As has been previously stated, he took his iPod Nano and a light coat.
At 9 a.m. the next day a man with the North Coast Life Insurance Company building reported that he’d seen a body in the river. Rescue crews found Marshall floating next to the bushes along the north bank, just downriver from the Monroe Street Bridge. Please note that there is a clear path right down to the area that Dr Marshall’s body was found. Many think it looked as if his body was placed there.
After police completed their “investigation”, they gave Pulver (the hired investigator) the iPod Nano. Pulver sent it to Josiah Roloff, president and investigator for Global CompuSearch.
From the article:
“Roloff’s examination determined the iPod was never submerged in the water.
“There was no indication of water damage. Period,” Roloff said.
Pulver believes at least two people with military or police training grabbed Marshall, waterboarded him, killed him and staged his body on the banks of the river in the early morning of Jan. 26. In police crime scene photos there is part of a garden hose and a rubber tire near Marshall’s body, which Pulver said could have been used to waterboard Marshall.”
They explain that the posture of Marshall’s body, and the way his head was thrown sharply backward, and blood coming from his mouth, also indicate to Pulver that somebody “waterboarded” Marshall. We’ve questioned since the start if this might be the case.
“This wasn’t a transient and this wasn’t a mentally deranged person,” Pulver said. “The point I’m trying to make is whoever did this was trying to fool a cop.”
An autopsy report given to his family said Marshall had several injuries including “a broken sternum, a broken rib and many bruises on the back of his thighs, buttocks and calves”. The autopsy did not find any defensive wounds. “The broken sternum and rib could be consistent with a fall from a bridge”, the report said. The doctor who conducted the autopsy told police that he was “confident this was not a homicide”. We wonder how he could come to such a conclusion.
Pulver and Dr. Suzan Marshall disagree with this analysis and believe the police conducted a shoddy, rushed investigation. Pulver thinks it’s possible a disgruntled former patient or patients killed Marshall. The private investigator thinks the FBI should take over the case.
“I’m just trying to get enough information to gift wrap it for another agency,” Pulver said.
We should let Investigator Pulver know that we’ve had well respected veteran doctors write certified letters to the FBI about other doctor deaths (mostly holistic) in recent months, and not only do they appear to have been received by the FBI, but so far (last we checked) they have received zero response from the feds.
We know others who have contacted them and even have friends in the bureau, and they all tell me they refuse to do anything, and say they cannot even talk about it. What does this mean?
Reliving and questioning her husband’s death has been painful for Dr. Marshall and her children.
“I feel like I’ve been skinned alive and someone is pouring acid on me,” she said.
However, the article says that Dr. Marshall believes there are too many unanswered questions. “She said her training and background as an Army trauma surgeon have given her the tools and temperament to push the issue.”
You might remember that Dr. Marshall was a 4th generation marine with survival training and served in Afghanastan. It’s hard for many experts to think that this man could possibly fall into the Spokane river (even if he did slip) and not adequately bring himself to shore.
“I think that’s who we are as surgeons. Our training is to always look at complications and figure out how it happened,” she said. “If I didn’t have my training, I don’t know that I would have any way to question.” His wife said.
Again, our heart goes out to his family and friends. We would like nothing more than for them to get to the bottom of this and have been in their court since day one.
Dr. Marshall’s wife has posted here on our page in the past, so out of respect, please keep your comments civil and kind. Our heart goes out to all of his relatives and loved ones. We also commend Dr. Marshall on her bravery to seek out the truth.
Source: Spokesman (who we commend)