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Was the Indian Jesuit Anthony de Mello Murdered in the U.S. 25 Years Ago? (BOOK REVIEW)

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Questions about Tony's death abound.

Could anybody other than a Jesuit have had access to Tony's room in the Jesuit residence?

Could a fellow Jesuit have murdered Tony somehow and then arranged his body on the floor in a fetal position?

Or could a fellow Jesuit have allowed the real culprit to enter the Jesuit residence and perhaps helped direct him to Tony's room and then perhaps helped the real culprit exit from the Jesuit residence?

What could have motivated Tony's murderer -- jealousy -- or revenge perhaps, but revenge for what -- or did Tony's supposed murderer expect to profit somehow from his death, but how -- by receiving a reward in money or in status and prestige, or by currying the favor of somebody powerful who wanted Tony dead for some reason, but what reason?

In any event, when Fr. Stroud called Bill at work in Manhattan to tell him about Tony's death, Fr. Stroud also told Bill that he (Bill) would be interviewed by a police sergeant because Bill had been one of the last persons to see Tony alive. However, Fr. Stroud later on told Bill that he would not be interviewed after all. Why the change of plans? Was this change in plans part of a cover up that the Jesuits were orchestrating for some reason? From the ongoing priest sex-abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, we now know that religious authorities in the church are skilled in orchestrating cover ups.

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Tony's body was prepared for burial at a funeral home in the Bronx, and then flown back to India for burial there on June 12, 1987.

In conclusion, both Thomas Merton and Anthony de Mello were Roman Catholic spiritual writers, and both of their suspicious deaths have for understandable reasons aroused suspicions that murder may have been involved. Were their deaths perhaps ordered by a big shot in the Vatican? There appears to be no shortage of Catholic tattle-tales around the world who send reports to big shots in the Vatican, which has a global network of agents known as diplomats in important cities around the world.

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

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