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The Bizarre Death of Charles Morgan

Charles Morgan allegedly worked as an agent for the federal government. After fearing for his life, the 39-year-old was found clad in a bulletproof vest with a bullet wound to the back of his head. Nevertheless, his death was ruled a suicide. It all began on March 22, 1977, when he disappeared without a trace. His family heard nothing from him until a couple of days later, when he burst through the front door of their Tucson home. He looked disheveled and had handcuffs hanging from each wrist as well at one set hanging from an ankle. As he silently rummaged through the house, he grabbed a pen and piece of paper and detailed a bizarre story. He wrote down that he was unable to speak because he had been kidnapped, tortured, and then had hallucinogenic drug poured down his throat, rendering him unable to speak. He eventually told his wife Ruth that he had managed to escape from his captors. Ruth urged Morgan to go to the police, but he refused, saying doing that would sign a death warrant for the entire family.

Around two months later, Morgan disappeared once again after failing to show up for a meeting. On June 18th, Morgan’s body was found alongside his car on a dirt road about 40 miles from his home. There was a bullet wound to the back of his head; the bullet traveled all the way through and settled between his teeth. Morgan was clad in a bulletproof vest and armed with a knife and holster. He had been shot with his own .357-caliber magnum which was found nearby, completely devoid of any fingerprints. Even more bizarre, one of his own teeth was discovered wrapped up in a tissue in his car as well as a pair of sunglasses that didn’t belong to him. Investigators found that his car had been modified so that it could be unlocked from the fender. Pinned to his underwear, was a map and directions for how to get to the murder site, as well as a $2 bill. The $2 bill had seven Spanish names written on the front, as well as a Bible citation – Ecclesiastes 12:1-8.

Despite the peculiarities surrounding his demise, Morgan’s death was ruled a suicide and the case was closed on August 10, 1977. What’s clear is that Morgan, fearing for his life and clad in a bulletproof vest, couldn’t have shot himself in the back of the head on that lonely desert road.