Oh, wait. I’m supposed to fawn over what a groundbreaking “gonzo” journalist he was, right? Gosh, I sure hope I don’t offend anyone by making the statement: Hunter S. Thompson: Selfish dead asshole.
Why am I taking a shot at his soon-to-be-decaying corpse? New information emerged today regarding the details surrounding his suicide.
“I was on the phone with him, he set the receiver down and he did it. I heard the clicking of the gun,” Anita Thompson.
But during the conversation he set down the receiver and shot himself.
Mrs Thompson said she heard a loud, muffled noise, but did not know what had happened.
“I was waiting for him to get back on the phone,” she added.
So, right there, blowing your brains out while your wife waits for you on the phone: assholish behavior. But he didn’t stop there. His son, daughter-in-law and 6-year-old grandson were also in the house when he shot himself.
So heap all the literary and artistic praise on him you want to, he’s still just a selfish dead asshole. Do I have to turn in my Knox County Public Library card now?