Conspiracy Theorist Filmmaker And Family Found Dead; CT Nuts Say They Were ‘Suicided’

David Crowley, a popular conspiracy theorist and filmmaker, and his family were found dead in their Apple Valley, MN home on January 17th. Authorities say that Crowley, his wife, and their 5-year-old daughter have probably been dead since before Christmas. Neighbors say that they thought the family was away for the holidays. But, after seeing no movement and the same lights on day and night, one neighbor looked into a window, saw three bodies and a handgun and called police. The deaths have been ruled a murder-suicide. A note was found but its contents have not been divulged. The family’s dog, which was emaciated and thin, was taken in by Crowley’s brother.

Crowley was making a film called “Gray State,” which explores many favorite themes among conspiracy theorists. According to a friend, Jason Allen, Crowley contacted him on Dec. 17 asking Allen to join the project as an executive producer. In the email, Crowley wrote that he was “exhausted” and that he had almost completely abandoned the project. Allen had not decided what to do and now, sadly, it’s a moot point.

Other friends say that there was no hint of financial — or any other kind — of trouble in the family. One friend, Mason Hendricks, thinks that the end of the family’s lives “may have been a joint decision.” Apple Valley Police Chief Jon Rechtzigel noted that there had never been any police calls to the home prior to this.

Charles Hubbell, an actor who appeared in the trailer for “Gray State,” says that he was “blindsided” by news of the family’s deaths. Hubbell had told Crowley that he was “not into” conspiracy theories even though he did the trailer for the film to help out his friend. He told the TwinCities.com :

“When we talked about ‘Gray State’ I told him I’m not really into conspiracies. I told him I’m a Buddhist/atheist/tree-hugging liberal, and with a wink in his eye, he said, ‘I’m just trying to get something out there.’ He always had that wink in his eye. He told me he had found a niche, a target audience and could feed off that niche. He seemed more grounded and focused than would lend itself to anything chaotic. The entire time I worked with him there was nothing aggressive or chaotic or strange or abnormal. He was one of the ones I was hanging my hat on, one who was going to succeed.”

It may be that Crowley, an Iraq veteran, didn’t really believe all the stuff in his documentary. But the people he worked with (save Hubbell) certainly did. One of the “stars” of “Gray State” was Adam Kokesh. If that rings a bell it’s because Kokesh was calling for an armed march on Washington, D.C. in 2013 on the 4th of July. He was the only one to show up (*sad trombone*). Also associated with the documentary: “patriot” Mike Vanderboegh, Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes (also former Ron Paul staffer), MN Tea Party Alliance writer Jake Duesenberg, far right Constitutionalist pastor Chuck Baldwin and the man who ran against Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Kurt Bills. All of them appear in the film, going on about their favorite conspiracy theories, government overreach, and other popular CT topics. Also appearing, via campaign speeches, is Libertarian darling Ron Paul, whose staffers allowed Crowley to fund raise at their rallies.

The online CT community has gone (even more) insane over the news of Crowley’s death. They believe that the family was murdered, of course. By the government. Over at Info Wars, they are calling the circumstance of Crowley’s death “suspicious” simply because of the nature of the “Gray State” project. That’s it. No further proof needed by Alex Jones and his tin-foil-hat brigade.

On the Facebook page for “Gray State,” the popular theory is that the family was “suicided.” That’s supposedly when New World Order assassins stage deaths to make them *look* like suicide. Reading the comments on the Facebook page is like falling into a CT fever dream.

While the entire film was not completed, you can watch a rough cut of it:

http://youtu.be/veEONs44rhM

Some of the comments on the video’s You Tube page read like a John Galt convention with some paranoid gun-nut stuff mixed in. Add government hatred, religious fervor, stir and this is what you get:

“He died on his feet not on his knees. I’ll do all I can to honor his memory. Another tax funded black ops assassination. He lives with his wife and baby girl in a mansion in Heaven now. God spared them from the very tribulation he died to warn us about. How much more madness are The People going to swallow?  Stop paying illegal income tax!  This type of operation is where the money goes. Anyone who continues to support the central bank we call the Federal Reserve is supporting murder! “

Um… okay then. People believe in conspiracy theories mostly because they can’t accept that sometimes sh1t happens. Everything must be part of something bigger for CTers. According to Scientific American:

“… researchers have found that inducing anxiety or loss of control triggers respondents to see nonexistent patterns and evoke conspiratorial explanations” and that in the real world “there is evidence that disasters (e.g., earthquakes) and other high-stress situations (e.g., job uncertainty) prompt people to concoct, embrace, and repeat conspiracy theories.”

The people who think that the Crowley family was “suicided” are calling for justice. What this means to them can only be surmised to be a new revolution, bringing down the government whom they think killed the Crowleys. What they don’t realize is that, in one breath they denounce the American government as incompetent and useless while in the next, they accuse it of sophisticated, subtle and silent actions. You can’t have it both ways, gang. That sort of thing may happen in Hollywood films but not in real life. Yes, I know that the CT nuts will say that I’m blind, I’m brainwashed, I’m in on it…. anything but think about the possibility that they may be wrong.

In the end, a man, his wife and their child are dead. This is a tragedy no matter what David Crowley was doing. Lost potential should always be mourned no matter what one’s political stance. Rest in Peace David, Komel and Rani Crowley.

H/T: Calvino Partigiani on Daily Kos  | Photo: Gray State: The Rise Facebook page