Posted on | August 1, 2010 | 14 Comments
A couple weeks ago, Patrick at Political Byline called attention to the murder of Jim Miller in Monroe County, Tennessee. As it was reported July 19:
MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — Investigators are tight lipped, rumors are flying and a community is in shock by the discovery Saturday of a body that is widely believed to be Monroe County Election Commission Chairman Jim Miller, stuffed in the trunk of a burning car.
Late Monday afternoon, it was announced that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had become the lead agency of the four agencies investigating the case.
Because I was up to my ass in alligators at that time, I didn’t follow up, but the story is intriguing, because Miller’s death had the hallmarks of a mob-style assassination:
The homicide victim tentatively identified as Monroe County Election Commission Chairman Jim Miller had been shot in the head three times, according to authorities.
Tenth District Attorney General Steve Bebb said Thursday he has not seen the autopsy report, but has been informed of the head wounds by law enforcement officers.
“One shot in the back (of the head), two in the front,” Bebb said. “That’s what I’ve been told.”
Bebb told the News Sentinel that Monroe County Deputy Sheriff Kenny Hope, who has been placed on administrative leave in connection with the investigation, is not classified as a suspect.
Jim Miller’s friends in Monroe County remain puzzled over the many rumors and theories about who killed the successful businessman, farmer and Republican political figure. . . .
Anderson, Heuer and several others who knew Miller agree on two things: They feel it is highly likely that he was killed by someone he knew, and it probably took more than one person to commit the crime.
Miller was more than six feet tall, stout and strong, and would likely defend himself in a robbery or confrontation, they said.
Conspiracy theories are beginning to swirl, and Dan Collins at Piece of Work in Progress suggests that maybe I should solicit Shoe Leather Fund contributions to go report this story in person. Three problems: (a) I just got back from Vegas five days ago, (b) I just racked y’all for the Stogie Emergency, and (c) my heart was making my next trip to Delaware to cover the Christine O’Donnell campaign.
Nevertheless, so you can get an idea of what’s involved, it’s about 520 miles one-way from my house to Madisonville, Tennessee. At 20 cents a mile for a 1,040-mile round-trip, that’s $208. Throw in three days of meals at $15 a day, three days of cigs at $10 a day, plus a couple nights in a cheap motel at $50 a night — call it $400 total for the trip.
Shall I go to Tennessee? Or Delaware? Perhaps both? And will anyone hit the tip jar enough for either trip so that I’ll have a little leftover to sweeten up Mrs. Other McCain and also buy a few cases of fireworks?