News & Politics

As Reporters Dig Into Unusual Nature of Scalia's Death, Conspiracy Theorists Develop Bizarre Fantasies

Right-wing Twitter has some thoughts.

Chris Wallace (righty) interviews U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on "FOX News Sunday" at the FOX News D.C. bureau on July 27.

It's still difficult to get clear details on the death of Antonin Scalia. TheWashington Post ran a piece titled "The death of Antonin Scalia: Chaos, confusion and conflicting reports," that summarizes many of the reports:

It then took hours for authorities in remote West Texas to find a justice of the peace, officials said Sunday. When they did, Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara pronounced Scalia dead of natural causes without seeing the body — which is permissible under Texas law — and without ordering an autopsy.

As official Washington tried to process what his demise means for politics and the law, some details of Scalia’s final hours remained opaque. As late as Sunday afternoon, for example, there were conflicting reports about whether an autopsy should have been performed. A manager at the El Paso funeral home where Scalia’s body was taken said that his family made it clear they did not want one.

The murkiness of Scalia's passing has inspired some interesting theories in certain corners of the right. Alex Jones' InfoWars posted this story:

And echoing the likes of Jones, many people took to Twitter to develop their own half-baked motives:

And the concerns continued:
Nonethless, not everyone on the right is buying in. Bill Kristol's Weekly Standard is at least skeptical of foul play:
 

Michael Arria is an associate editor at AlterNet and AlterNet's labor editorFollow @MichaelArria on Twitter.

Sign Up!
Get AlterNet's Daily Newsletter in Your Inbox
+ sign up for additional lists
[x]
Select additional lists by selecting the checkboxes below before clicking Subscribe:
Activism
Drugs
Economy
Education
Environment
Food
Media
World