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British mother gets new inquest on son killed in Germany

The Local · 27 Feb 2010, 13:46

Published: 27 Feb 2010 13:46 GMT+01:00

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Erica Duggan has been trying to find out how her son Jeremiah died since he was found dead on a road near Wiesbaden in the early hours of March 27, 2003, according to a report in the British paper The Independent.

He called her that night, telling her he was in trouble, and spelling out the place he was staying, before being interrupted and cut off. Within a few hours the police phoned Duggan to tell her Jeremiah had been found dead.

Witnesses told police they saw a man run into the middle of the road before being hit by two different cars. He was dead of head injuries by the time authorities reached the scene.

Duggan told the paper that the German police conclusion – that Jeremiah had killed himself – also did not fit with what she knew of her 22-year-old son.

“He had so many plans for the future and never showed even the slightest inkling of depression,” she told the paper.

“But it’s more than just that. The call I got from him just before he died, that was from someone who desperately wanted to live, who was trying to survive. It wasn’t from someone intent on killing himself.”

She has spent years getting private investigators and forensic experts to look at the evidence surrounding his death, selling her house to fund their work

He had been studying at the British Institute in Paris but had gone to Wiesbaden to attend what he thought was going to be conference opposing the Iraq war.

The conference was organised by the Schiller Institute, described by the paper as an extremist political think-tank linked to right-wing conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche.

The paper said he is an 87-year-old convicted fraudster who sees the world as controlled by a mass Zionist conspiracy of bankers, lobbyists and politicians.

Duggan said she discovered from the notes her son took during the five days he spent there, that he had become aware of the anti-Semitic beliefs of many of the LaRouche followers – and had spoken out against them.

She said, “There were a lot of comments blaming the Jews for Iraq and he got up to say that he was Jewish and he didn’t support the war. Whatever happened, it’s clear he fell out with these people very quickly.”

The reports she commissioned from former police investigators suggest her son was not killed in the road accident, and that he had defence wounds on his arms.

On Friday her lawyers convinced the High Court to launch a second inquest into Jeremiah’s death, following the decision by Attorney General Baroness Scotland’s decision to grant them permission for such a move.

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The initial inquest, in 2004, rejected the suicide version, returning an open verdict, saying that Jeremiah had died in a ‘state of terror’, the paper reported.

The Duggan family and those who support them, hope the German police will now be forced to reinvestigate the case.

They have a complaint in the German system saying the police had failed to investigate his death properly, but it is currently being slowly dealt with by the Federal Constitutional Court, while police in Wiesbaden have refused to act.

The Independent said that a British police memo described LaRouche Movement as a ‘political cult with sinister and dangerous connections’.

Former members have accused organisers of brainwashing, as well as promoting anti-Semitic, homophobic and misogynistic conspiracy theories.

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16:39 February 27, 2010 by wxman
Here we go again dragging out the "right wing" canard. Lyndon LaRouche is an anti-semite fascist/Nazi and always has been. As with all fascists and Nazis, they are socialists. Socialism has always been the territory of the left, not free market individuals seeking liberty.
17:38 February 27, 2010 by frankiep
@ wxman: Thank you.

Lyndon LaRouche is a lot of things, but he is NOT a right winger. I am so sick of hearing the "right wing extremist" card pulled out by the media when referring to anyone who is a nut job. LaRouche has run multiple times for president in the US as a democrat. He also was a leader of the US Labor Party - a party strongly against capitalism. He is also strongly in favor of nationalizing banks and other industries. You would have to be a completely ignorant fool to equate someone with these positions as being anything even close to "right wing". If anything, these positions are more in line with fascism/nazism, which is neither right nor left wing. But I guess that knee jerk ideologues never let facts get in their way.
18:02 February 27, 2010 by So36
@wxman - Maybe crack open a history book or two before you start ranting. You might be surprised to learn far-right Nazis actually didn't get along with far-left communists. And if you care to take a beginning poli sci class you'll learn that there's a political compass with two scales measuring "left" and "right" and "authoritarian" and "libertarian". Nazis are right-wing. Period. Commies and Nazis are both authoritarian rather than libertarian. End of lesson. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_compass
18:14 February 27, 2010 by Bushdiver
The paper said he is an 87-year-old convicted fraudster who sees the world as controlled by a mass Zionist conspiracy of bankers, lobbyists and politicians

18:36 February 27, 2010 by wxman
Pure unadulterated BS, So36. One more time, as I've made this point on numerous occasions, the only difference between the Communists and the Nazis was their approach to socialism. The Communists believed in spreading the Soviet experience across the world to all nations. A one-size-fits-all approach. The Nazis, on the other hand, understood that workers are more loyal to their own country than they are to workers in other nations, so they took the "nationalist" approach. Both socialists, different approach, get it? As final proof, the Nazis were the "National SOCIALIST WORKERS Party". What right wing anything would have those two words in their party name? Hmmmmm? Now, no more inputs from the peanut gallery, please.
18:56 February 27, 2010 by howiecopywriter
This article is simply wrong and slanderous. In fact the German High Court has ruled that the death of Jeremy Duggan was caused purely by suicide. Of course, this is regrettable to happen to any young person, but it cannot and should not be used to slander Mr. LaRouche or the Schiller Institute. This has been published by Larouchepac.com February 24, 2010 (LPAC)-- The German Constitutional Court, the highest court in Germany, issued a ruling on February 23, upholding the March 2003 finding of German police officials that British national Jeremiah Duggan committed suicide by running into a busy highway in Wiesbaden, Germany in March 2003.
19:35 February 27, 2010 by Celeon

He once claimed that the Beatles were not a band but a psychological warfare team created by the jewish controlled british secret service to influence young minds. ;-D

Also loved his idea to built thousands of swimming nuclear power plants to de-salt ocean water in order to fight drinking water shortages in the world.

After the first little "incident" those poor people in the affected regions would propably need no light for going to the toilet at night any longer. ROFL

But afterall those upcoming water shortages are anyway doubtful as that whole global warming thing, according to LaRouche, was invented by the Bush-Cheney administration to distract the world from the Iraq invasion. :-D

What does is matter if he's from the political right or left if he is clearly buts and would be better off in a mental asylum. LOL

Someone like him would really draw no attention on himself inside there with so many kindred spirits around him. :-D
01:19 February 28, 2010 by So36
Yeah I'm not really sure why I bothered to try and educate you wxman. You just believe what makes you feel good, ok?
08:26 February 28, 2010 by Talonx
wxman, The renaming of the German Workers Party (DAP) to the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) was done as an attempt at a rebranding of the party with hopes of expanding and becoming a suprapolitical party. This had already been attempted the first time around with the DAP name, though they were much established as rightest very early on (within the first year, they had, for instance, alligned themselves with royalists who wanted to reinstate the monarchy). So the new National Socialist name was an attempt to get leftists to join up. On February the 20th of 1920 they announced their new name at the Hofbräuhaus and sent out pamphlets with workers symbol painted in red. Thousands showed up and were immediately ejected by the SA when they started chucking Maß glasses at Hitler who began propounding upon an anti-leftist campaign to expand Germany's borders and cleanse it of Jews. Sometimes you will here people refer to Ernst Röhm as a 'leftist', but this is generally meant 'in comparison with'.

wxman, if you don't want to end up coming across like an idiot for the rest of your life, try listening to people like So36, instead of spouting your kneejerk madness at every oppurtunity. Finally, pick up a book before you get the impetus to speak or write about sh#t you don't understand.
10:46 February 28, 2010 by frankiep
The Nazis nationalized all facets of the economy and got the government involved, and in many instances controlling, in nearly every aspect of daily life. Now I ask you self-described "geniuses", what exactly is right wing about that? Educate us all as to how government control over just about everything translates to "right wing".

The fact of the matter is that they were fascists, a completely different animal when looking at the right/left paradigm. They were vehemently against communism, this is true. However they were also just as against capitalism - the same capitalism that those on the right strongly advocate.

Bottom line is that fascism is fascism. It is not exclusive to the right or to the left.
13:34 February 28, 2010 by Talonx
Frankiep, classic right wing, conrtol everything but lucrative economy. I don't see your point (i.e. stop listening to idiots like Glenn Beck)? Regarding your claims of fascism not being right or left, a great many political scientists vehemently disagree with you.

I think something confusing alot of people is the individualist vs. collectivist nature of politics, this is that other dimension that can be stacked atop the whole spectrum: left-right (liberal society or traditional), autocratic-libertarian (one guy in charge vs. everybody in charge), individualist-collectivist (for the benefit of).

The NSDAP was a rightist, autocratic, and collectivistic political movement.
14:01 February 28, 2010 by zeulf
On this topic, seems they were both nasty groups, just putting buzz words like "National Socialists" in the Party name does not mean they realy were . Kinda of like the old DDR used Democratic Republic. Or anyone whom says "Peoples Republic...." just good PR
14:36 February 28, 2010 by wxman
Here, here, Frankiep. Trying to explain historical facts to these effin' leftists is like trying to make a pig sing. It gets you nowhere. Leftists in the US were friends with Hitler throughout the 30s till he invaded their holy USSR. There was also a full court press at the end of WWII to paint the Nazis as right wing to distance themselves from the Holocaust. They think by rewritng history they can make it so, but the majority of people know horses_ _t when they see it.
16:57 February 28, 2010 by Tisiphone
The German High Court has no way of knowing how Jeremiah Duggan died--because there was never a proper investigation by the police in Wiesbaden, Germany--no inquest there, no post mortem there, etc.

The police just "came up with" the conclusion of suicide.

Forensic experts who have worked for Scotland Yard and London's Met Police--Paul Canning and Terence Merston--have examined the photos of Duggan's death and have testified that he could not have died in the way the German police claim.

As for LaRouche? He's a poisonous old man--someone I have known personally for over 30 years--a sociopath, a malignant narcissist, and filled with venom.

All this claptrap over whether he's left or right is irrelevant--he has been on the left, and he has been on the right, but in considering the Jeremiah Duggan case, just remember that Jeremiah is not the only person to die because of association with LaRouche.

Just start googling LaRouche and LaRouche Youth Movement, and your hair will stand on end.

Their principal base is the United States; their organizations in Germany and other European countries are smaller, dependent on $$ from the U.S. organization.

The German organization--the one on the hotseat over Duggan's death--is run by LaRouche's wife Helga Zepp LaRouche, a German national and perennial candidate for Chancellor, etc.
18:07 February 28, 2010 by Talonx
wxman, get a clue, read a book, one written by someone who has actually done some fact-checking.

The Nazi's were a right-wing group. This is not even something debated by political scholars, arguing that they aren't would be equivalent to arguing that the communists weren't left-wing. Take another puff off the pipe though, seems to make you feel good about yourself. Believe any old thing you want to believe as long as it makes you feel good, right?
18:23 February 28, 2010 by frankiep
I'm still just waiting for one of our self described geniuses here to explain to us all how exactly a doctrine of collectivism, total state control over the economy/industrial mechanisms, anti-capitalism, etc., such as what the Nazis implemented, is to be considered 'right wing'. Seriously, how the hell anyone derisively label any regime which follows those basic tenets as being 'right wing fascists' when you consider that these are the very beliefs and/or policies advocated by every single left wing party in the world? As wxman has already said, the only difference between the USSR and Nazi Germany was that the Nazis viewed socialism/collectivism through a prism of German racial superiority while the Soviets viewed it as something that the entire world must eventually submit to. Other than that they were both essentially the same disgusting ideologies.
20:10 February 28, 2010 by Talonx
Frankiep, it's been explained multiple times.

the political spectrometer is multimodal there are several axes on which one evaluates political movements.

left-right or progressive vs. conservative

authoritarian-libertarian or centralized vs. decentralized


What's more all of these dimensions are defined by the individual histories of those that implement them.

The nazi party was conservative in the sense that they wanted to conserve what they saw as the better aspects of monarchism. It is no mistake that they alligned themselves with royalists in München and the Papal authority in Rome.
20:29 February 28, 2010 by wxman
You people still don't get it. It's not about "conservative" or "liberal". The spectrum is not left or right, it's totalitarian on one end and anarchy on the other. At one end, government controls every aspect of human life and at the other the individual has total freedom. Both are not workable, but we on the libertarian "right" lean more to the total freedom of the individual. Both the Nazis and the Communists are on the far totalitarian end of the spectrum. Understand? And don't you dare to suppose how well read I am. In addition to probably being twice your infantile age, I'm certain that I've read far more history than you ever will. You leftists always imagine thing to be the way you want them to be and damn the facts in front of your eyes. then when people disagree with you and point out the facts you retreat to invective and ad homenum attacks. Typical Saul Alinsky tactic.
22:32 February 28, 2010 by Talonx
wxman, it's not 'imagining' it's the way politics is concieved of. I'm sorry if reality rubs your comfort zone the wrong way. The difference you refer to is the authoritarian-libertarian difference that I mentioned in the post just above, how you do not see what I've plainly typed up for you is beyond me, especially considering that after you've said my point is not valid you go on to decribe yourself in just the fashion that I outlined. Weird.

The movement that you say your apart of is seemingly American rightest libertarian individualism. Individualism and libertarianism, can be leftist or rightest (e.g. see anarchism). The U.S. has a special history with regards individualism and both the left and right in the U.S. have inputs to that. But, of course this is just one way of concieving of politics, though it is the conventional knowledge or our era.

I made no ad hominem attack towards you. I told you to get a clue and read a book. Even Reagan and Thatcher agree with me. I figure, based on the fact that you don't know about these simple universal ways of concieving of politics that you are not well read on the subject, if you fancy that you are, you may want to check up on the authors that you read.
03:54 March 1, 2010 by silverchild
This article is full of plain old lies, but what would one expect from a British newspaper?

LaRouche is neither right or left, he is the Anti-Fascist. He is a proponent of the actual Hamiltonian American System of Economics, hated by the British Monarchy, and all such Imperialist monsters. There is no one on the planet who has fought fascism harder and smarter than LaRouche.

As for anti-Semitism, I am Jewish and have known LaRouche for over 30 years and there is not a racist bone in his body, nor is there anything to substantiate the plain old lies told by this article-all that crap about LaRouche being anti-Semitic, Russian, etc.-the only one you have right is his correct identification as the British as the enemy of mankind-and he doesn't mean the British people or nation-he means that ugly evil old Queen and her sinister consort Prince Philip, who has said repeatedly he wishes to be reincarnated as a "deadly disease" in order to reduce the human population! What a sick SOB!

Anybody who has spoken with members of LaRouche's youth movement or seen them on the videos on larouchepac.com knows they are a very ethnically diverse group, and that they are not only highly intelligent, but having great fun fighting to save this collapsing civilization of ours, and fighting to create a cultural renaissance.

Throughout human history, the few leaders who have shown true independence and courage, and refused to be creatures of popular culture and popular opinion, have been slandered and misunderstood.

As for Jeremy Duggan, it is a terrible tragedy that he took his own life, but to blame it on LaRouche is insanely false and totally politically motivated! The kid had a history of depression, prescription drug use, and psychological problems-due in some part to his parents' divorce. His mother knows that, but she was manipulated into defaming and blaming LaRouche by Baroness Liz Symons, a friend of Lyn Cheney, the wife of former VP Dirty Dick Cheney.
07:42 March 1, 2010 by Talonx
silverchild, I don't like making absolute statements of my opinions, but here I think it's appropriate. Anybody like LaRouche that dellusionally imagines a connection between end of life counceling (to help the dying create things like wills and be informed of all their rights) and the T4 program must necessarily be a liar or an idiot.
00:37 March 2, 2010 by wxman
We're fortunate to have Talonx on board here to tell us when we're wrong and ill-informed. We all benefit from his infinite wisdom and the fact that he only consults the "right" books from which to get the indisputably correct information on literally any subject. Further, I recommend we don't even post comments and simply wait for his informed opinion on all subjects. Talonx, we eagerly await your next condescending and all-knowing elitist comments to set us unwashed masses straight! Come to think of it, we've got a guy in our White House just like you.
10:04 March 2, 2010 by Talonx
wxman, I don't know where you get this quotation"right" from regarding books. I simply implored that you should read some books that actually contain demographic and statistical data (I think I've said "read research").

Anyways, according to you the (in previous posts concerning the unemployed), unwashed masses are unwashed due to their own behavior. Additionally, I think it's just you and one or two other people that feel so inadequate as you let on.
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