Who killed Hunter S Thompson?
Nobody killed Hunter S Thompson – nobody but himself.
At 5.42pm on Sunday 20 February 2005 – he shot himself with a gun at his home of Owl Farm near Woody Creek in Colorado.
But who killed Hunter S Thompson?
And why do we ask?
Because that’s the title of a new book from US publisher Last Gasp – edited by Warren Hinckle – the former editor of the now-defunct Ramparts magazine – who shared an office with Thompson during the 1970s and 1980s.
Except it isn’t just a book.
It’s a testament – an appreciation – a homage that’s as crazy and dangerous as the man himself – the size of a headstone and with a kick like a semi-automatic.
Never mind who killed Hunter S Thompson – who was he anyway?
He was a journalist mainly – with a side order of guns – booze and drugs.
Or maybe that was the other way round.
He was born in Louisville Kentucky in July 1937 to a family that was middle-class but plunged into poverty by the death of Thompson’s father.
The young Thompson never made it through high school, due to being banged up in prison for his involvement in a robbery and after that he joined the United States Air Force.