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Is Robert L. Vesco Dead?

Patricia Sullivan

What do you think: Did Robert Vesco die quietly in Cuba last November, or is this yet another vanishing act?

By Patricia Sullivan |  May 5, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan
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I think he's a gonner.

If he could have left Cuba he would have after the prison stint ended & especially after the lung cancer set in ... Italy's got some pretty respectable hospitals and his chances of surviving would have increased dramatically if he headed "home".

Being an internationally known embezzeler is gonna be expensive - all of those "sanctuary" states that took him in wanted their cut of his loot. By the time he hit Cuba he probably had a just a few million left. That was probably frittered away early on - by the time he got hit with the fraud charges he probably was effectively broke. No more money to be squeezed outta him, he might as well be thrown in jail.

Raul Castro probably isn't interested in reminding the outside world of he & his brother's regime's past open door policy to international miscreants, so information will remain officially unavailable, continuing to fuel the conspiracy theorist's speculations.

Who knows, may he DID get outta Cuba, relocated to some pleasant tropical island, playing endless rounds of cards with D.B. Cooper, Jimmy Hoffa & Judge Crater and chuckling at their (allegely premature) online obits. Yeah, sure, whatever.

Posted by: MIJimbo | May 5, 2008 11:29 PM

Posted by: Pat | May 6, 2008 11:52 AM

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