Wellstone – They Killed Him (2012)

Wellstone - They Killed Him (2012)

Wellstone: They Killed Him (2012)

The Mysterious Death of Senator Paul Wellstone

On October 25, 2002, Wellstone, along with seven others, died in an airplane crash in northeastern Minnesota, at 10:22 a.m. He was 58 years old. The other victims were his wife Sheila, one of his three children, Marcia, the two pilots Richard Conry, Michael Guess, campaign staffers Mary McEvoy, Tom Lapic and Will McLaughlin. The airplane was en route to Eveleth, where Wellstone was to attend the funeral of Martin Rukavina, a steelworker whose son Tom Rukavina served in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Wellstone decided to go to the funeral instead of a Minneapolis rally and fundraiser attended by Mondale and fellow Senator Ted Kennedy. He was to debate Norm Coleman in Duluth, Minnesota, that night.

This film examines the mysterious death of Senator Paul Wellstone on October 25, 2002 just 11 days before the US senate election in which he was running for a third term. Wellstone was an outspoken critic of the Bush’s administration drive to attack Iraq and was planning to cast his vote against invading Iraq.

This video by Snowshoe Films examines the very real possibility that Wellstone was assassinated, when his plane crashed in Minnesota killing all 8 aboard. The FBI were on the scene within hours and immediately ruled out foul play. The NTSB ruled that it was “pilot error” and yet the weather was fine and they were within sight of the runway. There was no “mayday” call and some of the witnesses said it appeared the plane suddenly lost all power. Citing the means, motive and opportunity, the film makers speculate who probably was behind the assassination.

High on the motive list is that Senator Paul Wellstone – one of 23 senators who voted against the Iraq war – was “sticking his nose into 9/11” which for the Bush administration was taboo.

Minnesota U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash October 25, 2002. Murder most foul, but the FBI ruled out foul play before the raging fire was out. The NTSB went along, blaming the crash (eight dead) on the pilots, but the truth will out. Witnesses, first-responders and others tell the story the NTSB and FBI hoped to cover up.

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