Details of the mysterious death of Mark Middleton, an associate of former President Bill Clinton who was responsible for authorizing Jeffrey Epstein’s visits to the White House, are being buried by a sheriff and family members.
Middleton’s death was announced on May 7. At the time, his death was ruled a suicide.
His family petitioned a judge to prevent pictures of the death scene from being released under the Freedom of Information Act.
The judge agreed and the petition is being championed by a local sheriff who recently told reporters he can’t talk about the case or release any details of Middleton’s May 7 suicide.
“The investigation is still open. I can’t say anything more,” Perry County Sheriff Scott Montgomery told DailyMail.com.
Middleton was a confidant of former President Bill Clinton. He died under strange circumstances last month at age 59.
The Daily Mail notes that Middleton’s death adds to the number of close associates of the Clintons who have died under strange circumstances. The phenomenon has led to a conspiracy theory called Clinton Body Count, which even has its own Wikipedia page.
Middleton’s family did not disclose the cause of death at the time, but authorities later confirmed the former White House official took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot at an urban farm in Perryville, Arkansas.
In a lawsuit filed on May 23, the family claims Middleton committed suicide and argues they have “a privacy interest” in preventing any “photographs, videos, sketches (or) other illustrative content” from the death scene from being released.
They claim the release of pictures and information would lead to “outlandish, hurtful, unsupported and offensive articles” being published online.
They argued that keeping the footage and files sealed would halt a proliferation of “unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.”
A judge will hear the case on June 14.
After the petition was filed, Montgomery denied DailyMail.com’s FOIA request for any of his paperwork on the case, which would include the police report and written files, even though they do not contain any graphic images.
Late last year, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed Middleton was among the Clinton advisors and aides who had allowed Epstein to visit the White House multiple times during President Clinton’s first term.
Epstein, the notorious pedophile who reportedly committed suicide while in jail awaiting trial, made at least 17 trips to the White House between 1993 and 1995, seven of which were authorized by Middleton.
The Clinton aide was also one of several dozen notable passengers to fly on Epstein’s private jet known as the “Lolita Express.”
Middleton’s family confirmed his death on May 7 but did not reveal its cause, leading some to speculate they fear reprisal.
Middleton lived in Little Rock, Arkansas, and reportedly took his own life at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, which is owned by an antipoverty nonprofit Heifer International, located approximately 30 miles away from his home.
Chris Cox Heifer, a spokesman for Heifer International, found Middleton’s body and notified the sheriff.
Heifer told DailyMail.com:
[Middleton] wasn’t invited to the property and staff became aware that he was there without authorization.
We have not found any connection to Heifer.
The ranch is well known in the area and it’s possible that he could have attended something here but we couldn’t’ find any major links.
The ranch hosts school groups for things like lambing so he could have attended one of those. It’s a very unfortunate incident.’
In an interview with RadarOnline, Sheriff Montgomery reported that Middleton was discovered hanging from a tree with a shotgun blast to his chest.
The details are not clear but appear to leave open the possibility that Middleton’s death was a homicide rather than a suicide. The married father of two did not leave a note, but did share with his family that he was “depressed.”
“I don’t know the man, and I don’t know why he picked our county or picked that location to commit suicide. To our knowledge, he had never been there before, and we have no record of him being there before.
“He died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the chest. He found a tree and he pulled a table over there, and he got on that table, and he took an extension cord and put it around a limb, put it around his neck and he shot himself in the chest with a shotgun.”
The injunction to keep the details of the case confidential was filed at the circuit court of Perry County by Rhea and Larry Middleton, Mark’s widow and father, two weeks after Middleton’s death.
The filing states there is a “privacy interest in photographs, videos, sketches and other illustrative content depicting Mark Middleton’s body or scene of Middleton’s death.”
The lawsuit states:
Since Mr. Middleton’s death, Mr. Middleton’s family has been harassed by outlandish, hurtful, unsupported and offensive online articles regarding Mr. Middleton, his death and his family. These articles are scurrilous, baseless and malicious.
Publishing images of Middleton’s body would cause the family’ irreparable harm’, they claim.”
“This lawsuit seeks a declaration that any Media Content depicting Mr. Middleton’s body or scene of Mr. Middleton’s death should not be disclosed under the FOIA.
In the affidavit, Larry Middleton states that the reports about his son’s death have been “unsubstantiated conspiracy theories” which have caused “unimaginable pain to myself and my family.”
The Daily Mail notes that many people in a position to reveal incriminating evidence against the Clintons suffer unexplained accidents. Some have died in small plane crashes, others committed suicide, some were shot and one dropped a barbell on his neck while exercising.
Full-fledged conspiracy theories abounded when Hillary Clinton was running for president in 2016 and five associates died between June 22 to August 2.
Former Clinton associate Larry Nichols told DailyMail.com at the time: “I’m not saying the Clintons kill people. I’m saying a lot of people around the Clintons turn up dead.”
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