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  1. Default Mysterious suicide of Florida state investigator Ray Lemme

    From my election integrity/deep politics wiki:

    Ray Lemme was a Florida investigator who died suspiciously after investigating Clint Curtis's allegations concerning Yang Enterprises and Tom Feeney. After serving in the Air Force in Vietnam, he became an investigator that helped oversee several state agencies over the course of his career. He worked in the Comptroller's Office and Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS) during the 1980s and 90s. Afterwards, Lemme came to work as an investigator in the Florida Department of Transportation's Inspector General office.

    While there, Clint Curtis and Mavis Georgalis blew the whistle to him about illegal activities at Yang. Initially dismissive of the allegations, Lemme had a change of heart and investigated them outside of the official purview of his bosses. Lemme told Curtis in mid-June of 2003 that he had cracked the case and would break the story soon. A couple weeks later, he was found dead in a Valdosta GA motel room. His death was ruled a suicide by the Valdosta Police Department, but a closer look reveals a shoddy investigation that potentially covered up murder. Most egregiously, Lemme had severe bruising on his neck indicative of assault, which the VPD left out of their report and hid by pretending their crime scene photographs didn't exist.


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    Ray Lemme was investigating issues such as contract fraud, Chinese espionage, election rigging, and potentially even human trafficking. The company he investigated, Yang Enterprises, was represented by Tom Feeney, a close confidant of the Bush family. Lemme told Curtis that he had tracked the corruption "all the way to the top" a couple weeks before his alleged suicide.

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    When did he die? Curtis is still alive and well. (We are friends on facebook). He is an attorney now.

    He invented the computer program to flip the vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn Meredith View Post
    When did he die? Curtis is still alive and well. (We are friends on facebook). He is an attorney now.


    He invented the computer program to flip the vote.
    Lemme was found dead on July 1, 2003 in his motel room. Whether he died on that day or the day before it (June 30) is unclear. The timeline of Lemme's final hours is quite confusing and not yet worked out.

    I recently conducted an interview with a motel employee at the time, who gave three important details:

    • Motel check-ins during the morning were rare, and around 11 AM, the maids would go to the rooms and make sure the guests checked out


    • Lemme mostly likely checked in during the shift of his friend, who was working the front desk on the evening of the 30th


    • The bed had not been slept in (confirming the police photos)


    So Lemme had to have checked in after 11 AM on June 30 (otherwise, he would have been out of the room by the 30th), and most likely checked in around 6:45 PM that night. His suicide note says "8:10 AM", so if you believe this was a suicide, he died on July 1. But it's quite strange that Lemme would check into a room, stay there for over 12 hours without sleeping in the bed, and only then commit suicide. Added to all the other irregularities, this points to his death not being suicide. And I think it implies that he was killed on the night of the 30th, then left to be discovered the next day.

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