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1996: The Body of Former CIA Director Found in a River

1996: The Body of Former CIA Director Found in a River
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons / Director of Central Intelligence William Colby discusses the situation in Vietnam with Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller and Deputy Assistant For National Security Affairs Brent Scowcroft during a break in a meeting of the National Security Council, 04/24/1975

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  • Historical event
  • 6 May 1996
  • It is interesting that killed CIA Director William Colby was an ardent Catholic and was referred to as "the warrior–priest". His daughters even received their First Communion in no other than the Vatican St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
  • It is interesting that killed CIA Director William Colby was an ardent Catholic and was referred to as "the warrior–priest". His daughters even received their First Communion in no other than the Vatican St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

On this day, in a tributary of the Potomac River near the U.S. capital Washington, the body of former CIA director William Colby was found. 

He was last seen nine days earlier at his home on Cobb Island in Maryland. 

Officially it is considered that the cause of death was an accident that he experienced when he went rowing in his canoe, but many conspiracy theories were entwined around his death.

The autopsy indicated the possibility that Colby had a heart attack or stroke while paddling and therefore fell into the water and drowned.

 Some assume that it was a suicide, but people who knew Colby strongly rejected such doubts because they were not in accordance with the deceased’s character.

William Colby was the director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency during the Cold War. He became known for his fight against covert illegal activities of the CIA, which he called “skeletons in the closet“.

He made a detailed report onsuch activities, which became known as the “Family Jewels” of the CIA. It is interesting that Colby was an ardent Catholic and was referred to as “the warrior–priest”.

His daughters even received their First Communion in no other than the Vatican St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The very fact that he was a staunch Catholic argues against the theory of suicide.

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