Is Michael Crook dead?
Maybe from the neck up. Apparently, reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated. A report released on May 17 stated that Crook was assaulted by two men, purportedly members of the military. Crook was said to have died of head trauma, which was caused by these two men, who traumatized his head right in front of his wife and infant daughter. The fake wind-up site that Crook ran was called Forsake the Troops, which seems to have been designed to suggest that those who oppose Bush's Iraq War do so not because they think we shouldn't have invaded but because we simply hate the military. I originally wrote about Mr. Crook back in February.
The source of this information was Crook's own web site. Crook's site was registered in his name in Syracuse, New York, and a note said that well-wishers may email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone at (315) 558-4372. That telephone number does trace to Syracuse, New York; specifically to a cell phone. I have not called it, but 558 is a cell phone exchange in the 315 area code. No other source corroborates the murder of Michael Crook, though The Marine Corps Times has a couple of things to say about it—most interestingly that the Syracuse Police, whom Crook's website says have his killers in custody, say that no murder happened that night.
So there you have it: white supremacist Michael Crook made a fake web site about a fake anti-military movement, and now he seems to have faked his own death. The worst part about all this is that people are still falling for it. So many comments I've read about Michael Crook (or whatever his real name may be) have more to do with indignant offense taken at what his site said than about the apparent fakeness of it. Hordes of suckers continue to fall for Michael Crook's hoax, giving attention to this loon, and worse, serving to squelch the discussion that we Americans need to have about what we're doing in Iraq.
Mission accomplished, Mr. Crook?