That’s the official conclusion of investigators looking into the death of Nevada Lawyer David Amesbury. He used to run the ever-popular CourtHouse Restaurant. His wife was a former Clark County Prosecutor. Earlier he had pleaded guilty to criminal wrongdoing and taking a small part in a massive scheme to make a faked buy of homes inside of Las Vegas gated neighborhoods.
The scheme required the fake neighbors to become fake board association members to take fake votes to send fake construction remediation work to fake construction companies all overseen by Las Vegas attorney Nancy Quon, who it turns out was the queen of all fakes, herself. She faked a drug overdose, she faked a fire in her home supposedly to commit suicide. But she was pulled from the flames just in the nick of time. “Whew! that was close!” A bit later, Quon chose some better drugs and some bath water to do the trick.
Sure, Amesbury was a little embarrassed to get caught up in this mess, but he was about to get a huge break. A lighter sentence and maybe some traveling money to rat out some low level racketeers. You don’t commit suicide for that. you commit suicide because someone is scaring you so badly that you feel there’s no way out. That could be the prosecutors. Or it could be his low-life former business partners.
Of the first ten people invited to plead guilty in the Federal Grand Jury investigation, four of them committed suicide. Now think about this: four high ranking police officials and two rich attorneys pleaded guilty in exchange for their testimony against a couple of low-lifes? Is something just not registering in the minds of Las Vegas residents? Aren’t there a few too many “fakes” in this story? The basic plot line just doesn’t fit “Tthe 100 Monkey Test.”
In David Amesbury’s case, he’s found lying on his face behind the gates on one of those gilded neighborhoods, he’s beaten to a pulp, his pants are yanked down below his ankles. and his knees are broken backwards. Yet we’re to believe this brutalized 56 year old man had the strength to climb to the rafters in his brother’s barn and hang himself? it’s a good story but his family doesn’t buy it. They public may not be buying it, either.
Ward Lucas, author of Neighbors At War! The Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association