Months of exclusive reporting on this website that 66-year old Hervey Medellin, the decapitation victim known as the Hollywood Head, was not murdered as the result of a 'gay love triangle gone wrong,' as reported, but because of long-standing connections to drug trafficking through the notorious and now-defunct Cali Cartel was confirmed (typically, without attribution) by a local TV newscast in L.A.
Still, the news caused nary a ripple. The reason:
For 72 hours last week some of the biggest guns of the world’s major media—TIME, ABC NEWS, CNN, CBS, Reuters, FOX NEWS, London newspapers The Observer, The Independent, and the tabloid SUN and Daily Mail, the New York Observer,even Gawker— pounded home a conspiracy theory to readers and TV viewers as rank and baseless as anything on the farthest fringes of the Internet, where, to cite one example, the role of alien locusts in the 9/11 attack is understood within a Biblical framework.
It was a tsunami of disinformation. It swept away the truth.
Incredibly, six months after the severed head of former Mexicana Airlines “steward” Hervey Medellin was discovered on a trail beneath the Hollywood Sign, the major media’s suggested explanation remains what it was in the immediate aftermath of the crime:
“It’s a gay thing.”
The question is 'why.' The answer can be seen in a graphic of recent decapitations and dismemberment in North America.
The media was atwitter about connections between Montreal's Canadian Cannibal and a murder 3000 miles away in Los Angeles. Yet no talk at all about Mexico, only 120 miles from L.A.. where there were a total of 81 decapitated and dismembered bodies found…just last month.
We weren't even able to stick enough pins close enough (using Google maps) to represent the carnage.
Location location location
Readers will recall that a mother and daughter were walking dogs on a popular hiking trail below the iconic Hollywood sign in mid-January when they had stumbled across a human head in a paper bag. A later search of the area turned up severed hands and feet.
In the beginning, it looked like an open-and-shut case.
Three days after the head was found, Gigi Graciette of Fox 11 News called it a "crime of passion" and felt confident enough to predict (via Twitter: " … Arrest soon."
Another TV news station reported: “Sources tell ABC News that there is a large body of evidence suggesting Medellin's murder was the result of a love triangle.”
Despite the fact that the victim’s boyfriend had reported him missing in Mexico a week before his head was discovered, the chief suspect initially was Medellin’s gay boyfriend-slash-roommate.
Fast forward six months and—since the grisly Hollywood head case superficially echoed Luka Magnotta’s gruesome murder of Chinese student Jun Lin—it was the much-in-the-news gay Canadian cannibal on the hot seat.
Do a lot of 'gay love triangles' end in beheading?
A few sample headlines from last week’s three days of incessant coverage:
“Did Accused Canadian Cannibal Luke Magnotta Strike in Hollywood?” asked ABC News.
British tabloid The Mirror’s headline read: “Did Cannibal Killer Dump Severed Head Beneath Hollywood Sign?”
“Did ‘Canadian Psycho’ Kill in Hollywood?”asked TIME magazine.
“Police in Los Angeles are investigating whether accused killer Luka Rocco Magnotta could be responsible for a January killing in the Hollywood Hills,” went one typical lead.
“The body parts are the common denominator here,” asserted LAPD spokesman Lyle Knight last Wednesday. “It’s an open investigation. Our detectives are trying to see if there is a connection.”
“That’s why our investigators want to talk to the Canadians. We want to know if his whereabouts included Hollywood because we understand he was in the acting field and Hollywood being the acting and movie Mecca, we want to know.”
Needed: A 'gay' time machine
The media frenzy was all based on rumors that gay porn actor Magnotta was in Los Angeles almost a month after Medellin was slain, advertising “massages” to male clients in Hollywood on his Facebook page. No wonder it was such a big story.
Clearly the only thing lacking for Magnotta to be fingered for the crime was access to a time machine.
The big question is whether the coverage was ‘merely’ sensationalistic (like, for example, the Internet speculation that the government had left significant parts of the TRUE story of the 9/11 attack the major media found so irresponsible.)
Or did it serve another, more sinister, agenda? Was it, in other words, deliberate disinformation?
The real news from the 'decapitation beat' received no publicity at all.
“It has been six months since the gruesome discovery of a human head near the Hollywood Sign,” began yesterday’s KTLA TV News Los Angeles broadcast. "We have exclusive new details about the victim and his alleged involvement with the notorious Cali drug Cartel."
"On January 16, 21 days after Medellin left Hollywood to go to Mexico on business, his severed head was found,” began reporter David Begnaud. "Publicly the victim was an airline attendant. But privately he had a side job as a concierge for the Cali Cartel."
Not really news… but it was on TV
“Our law enforcement source says Medellin’s activities were legal, renting limos and hotel rooms, and even going shopping with the wives of the cartels-men(sic),” Begnaud reported.
“That’s something we’re following through on and can’t substantiate one way or another at this point in time,” responded Hays.
Then Begnaud asked: “Is the boyfriend a suspect?”
Despite the fact that the LAPD had done everything to implicate the boyfriend to the media for the crime except arrest him, Hays replied, “Not at this point in time.”
While much remains unanswered, there are already several important take-aways from the fiasco. The mere fact that the LAPD is well aware when drug cartel insiders go shopping in Beverly Hills can be seen as hugely incriminating.
In Colombia, in Mexico, and on Rodeo Drive, its business as usual.
And then of course, when someone lies, its always for a reason. So the mis-direction by the LAPD and lapdogs in the media should alert even casual observers to the fact that—when it comes to the financially hugely-sensitive subject of the drug war—the less the average citizen knows, the better.
Why, do you think, might that be the case?