November 18, 2003 –
Early one Saturday afternoon in July 2003, I made a
simple phone call to Margie Schoedinger, a Texas woman who filed a
rape lawsuit against George W. Bush in December 2002. I expected to
leave a message on a machine, so I was caught a little offguard when
sounded somewhat surprised I had called, saying she hadn’t heard
from many other reporters. But she talked to me for a few minutes
about the legal action.
still trying to prosecute [the lawsuit]," said Schoedinger, a
38-year-old African-American woman who lived in the Houston suburb
of Missouri City. "I want to get this matter settled and go on with
Schoedinger hasn't gone on with her life. In fact, three months
after I spoke to her, she died in an apparent suicide. And this
matter remains unsettled.
asked her in July 2003 about the lack of media coverage, Schoedinger
said she wasn't seeking publicity. She said she did not even know
about a December 2002 article in the Fort Bend Star, the only U.S.
mainstream media outlet that covered this story, to my knowledge.
The Fort Bend reporter, LeaAnne Klentzman, said she even went to
Schoedinger's home and talked to a man there, who said she could not
come to door. While I reached and spoke to Schoedinger on my first
attempt, maybe she wasn't ready to talk back in December.
Schoedinger said she was surprised the case wasn't covered more
because "it is true......People have to be accountable for what they
do, and that's why I'm pursuing it."
sure, Schoedinger's accusations - which include being drugged and
sexually assaulted numerous times by Bush and other men purporting
to be FBI agents - are bizarre and hard for most people to believe.
But her story fits in with those told by a growing number of people
who say they were used as guinea pigs or whatever by members of the
CIA or another U.S. agency who wanted to test out the latest
mind-controlling drug or just have a strange form of release. And
her death - let's just say government agents have made murders look
like suicides before.
court petition, Schoedinger said police in Sugar Land, another
Houston suburb where she said some assailants linked to Bush
attempted to unsuccessfully abduct her from her car shortly before
the 2000 election, refused to take a report or do anything about
that incident. She filed a lawsuit against the Sugar Land department
and said that in preparing its defense, Sugar Land police found out
that she dated Bush as a minor. I didn't get a chance to ask
Schoedinger about that tie and didn't meet her in person, but her
driver's license listed her as being 5-foot-8 and weighing 125
pounds, for what that's worth.
Bend Star story quoted a Sugar Land police captain saying his
department had no record of any complaints by Schoedinger. All he
had to do was what I did - go to the Fort Bend County Internet site
and do a simple search on Schoedinger's name in the area of civil
court records. I found the lawsuit Schoedinger filed in December
2000 against Sugar Land police, and it even had numerous responses
by the department's attorneys in that case.
This story gets stranger.
started asking Schoedinger about certain details of the case, such
as alleged surveillance at her home and if she was still legally
representing herself, she politely ended our conversation. "I need
to see what has been written," Schoedinger said. "I feel like it's
best for me to end our conversation."
she had learned to be careful about what she said and to whom she
said it. I could understand her being leery about talking about her
situation with a stranger over the phone.
remember being puzzled by Schoedinger’s attitude after hanging up
the phone. I wondered that if she had made up such a wild story, why
she didn't come up with something a little less outlandish, in which
people couldn't necessarily dismiss her as a kook. I wondered why
she didn't seek publicity to at least provide some form of
protection. I've long learned that being as public as possible is
one of your best defenses against rogue intelligence agents. But she
didn't even seem to want any media to cover her story. I told
several writers I knew, some of whom tried to contact Schoedinger.
None succeeded, as far as I know.
thinking, "I hope she doesn't wind up on the wrong side of a gun."
And sure enough, in late September, Schoedinger did.
Houston Chronicle wrote a bare-bones obituary that stated only that
Schoedinger "expired" on Sept. 22, 2003, and her burial was at
Houston Memorial Gardens.
the Harris County Medical Examiner's office, and a clerk told me the
cause of death: a "suicide" by a "gunshot wound to the head." I hung
up amid bombs going off in my mind.
commit suicide is predominantly executed by males, according to
psychiatrists and other sources like pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co.
Women are more likely to overdose on drugs, although the number of
gunshot suicides among women has increased in recent years.
Pravda and Internet ezines - one of whom referred to Schoedinger as
"deranged" - I haven't seen stories on this strange death of a woman
who filed a rape lawsuit against the U.S. president and wound up
dead nine months later. I can't say I'm surprised. Or even angry. I
don't know what the hell to think. All I know is I was one of the
last - if not the last - reporters to speak to Schoedinger, and she
didn't sound "deranged" to me in July 2003. She sounded like someone
who had gone through something weird and was trying to sort it out.
She sounded like someone who wanted the truth to come out. And now
had happened to Clinton when he was in the White House, do you think
the story would have been covered non-stop on FOX, CNN and the
right-wing talk shows? Do you think we'd have reporters asking
Clinton and his people about this death in press conferences? Is FOX
unfair and imbalanced to the point of being "deranged?"
some more odd twists to this case. I also found a 2002 criminal case
related to Schoedinger in which Christopher Schoedinger, her
husband, allegedly struck her. He pleaded no contest and was
sentenced to a year in jail. Christopher Schoedinger had also filed
for divorce. Then since 1997, Margie Schoedinger had filed for at
least five assumed business names for various ventures - including a
communications firm, health and beauty business, travel agency and
publishing company. Could a "deranged" person start all those
businesses or even know how to file a lawsuit?
Schoedinger's lawsuit can still be viewed on the Fort Bend County
site at http://ccweb.co.fort-bend.tx.us/localization/menu.asp - then
go down to the bottom and click on civil court. Then type "schoedinger"
in the plaintiff box and click search. You should find another
lawsuit she filed against Sugar Land police, as well.
really understand media members being intimidated, even frightened,
of the Bush administration. As I've detailed before, these are not
Boy Scouts running the show. The Schoedinger death is just the
latest in a string of strange ones surrounding the Bush family -
Bush biographer J.H. Hatfield, Sen. Paul Wellstone, Sen. Mel
Carnahan, and others that are detailed on various sites, including
record, I contacted Bush's media office about Schoedinger and have
yet to hear back. Now that I live in the Washington, D.C., area, I
can go down to the White House in person and try to get someone to
speak to me about this case. As expected, I haven't had much luck
with the Fort Bend County and other Texas authorities. So maybe I'll
stand outside the White House, holding a sign saying, "Who killed
Margie Schoedinger?" and passing out copies of my column on the
case. It would make about as much sense as anything else in this
For all I
know, maybe Schoedinger did kill herself. Maybe she dreamed up a lot
of this stuff. But I don't know, am I "deranged" to think it's weird
that in this mass-media, detailed-information age, so few people are
even asking any questions about how a woman who filed a rape lawsuit
against the president could be dead less than a year later?
Thoreau is an American writer and co-author of We Will Not Get Over
It: Restoring a Legitimate White House. The updated, 120,000-word
electronic book can be downloaded on his Internet site at
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