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Citizen Thompson

Police report of death scene reveals gonzo journalist's "rosebud"

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Citizen Thompson

MARCH 7--For all you Hunter S. Thompson completists out there, here's the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office report detailing the police response to the author's February 20 suicide. According to cops, Thompson was found sitting upright in a chair at his desk by the kitchen stove. His chin was on his chest, blood was coming from his mouth, and splatter was visible on the stove and a counter. A handgun was on the floor near Thompson's right foot. Found in a typewriter in front of the gonzo author was a piece of paper carrying the date "Feb 22 '05" and the single word "counselor." (6 pages)