Criminologist Claims Shane Todd Did Not Write His Suicide Note, Montana Family Still Pushing For Answers
A suicide note that led to a Singaporean court's decision that American Shane Todd had not been murdered has recently been determined to most likely be a fraud.
"As I was looking through [the suicide note], my initial conclusions were that it wasn't written by an American and that it wasn't typical of a suicide,"
said Criminologist David Camp who analyzed the suicide note side-by-side with a collection of Shane Todd's other writings. "Everything about [the suicide note] was different: different format, different cultural backgrounds, different wording, different sentence length, everything about it was completely different, which leads to one conclusion; someone else wrote it."
Camp indicated that certain phrases within the note just didn't seem to fit with Todd's background. "In looking at it I could see that the references and cultural connotations had little to do with a typical American," Camp said. "In the end I just added up the numbers to see, 'does this look like there's enough evidence to say that he wrote this or not?' In the end, it simply came out, in my personal opinion, that he did not write [the suicide note]."
Although a coroner's inquest in June determined that Shane had committed suicide, his family still insists that he was murdered and they have been hard at work gathering evidence to prove that case. They contend that Shane was attacked, most likely after he decided to quit a high-tech job for a company (currently under audit) that he had expressed concerns about.
This week, Vice President Joe Biden will be flying to Singapore to meet with officials, though it is uncertain whether or not the case of Shane Todd will be mentioned during the meetings.