Friends and family of actor David Carradine are insistent that the 72-year-old actor was not of the mindset to commit suicide and a recently released photo of the death scene (and other undisclosed photos) may provide the family with supporting evidence that Carradine either was murdered or died accidentally. Initially ruled a suicide, the Thai police investigating the hanging death at a Bangkok hotel also now are pursuing the possibility of accidental death during a sex game.
While speculation as to if the “Kung Fu” star was murdered, committed suicide, or accidentally died while engaged in an auto-erotic activity, the Thai Rath tabloid published the hanging death photo of David Carradine on its front page. Although the family was understandably “profoundly disturbed” by the publication of the horrific hanging photo of their family member, the death photo has led many, not just the Thai authorities investigating the case, to believe that not only was David Carradine involved in a sex game at the time of his death but that he may have also had at least one partner.
The photo, according to TMZ, pictured a body purported to be that of actor David Carradine hanging in a closet, hands bound above his head. The genitals were also bound. The man hanging in the photo was wearing a dark wig and fishnet stockings. There appears to also be women’s red lingerie on the bed.
Although it is quite possible that the lingerie was Carradine’s, their presence might also suggest that another person may have been present before Carradine died.
But why would the Thailand police not have announced that they were pursuing other avenues other than suicide at the outset? Some believe they may have been attempting to cover up what had occurred. The death of a famous personage would be bad for the tourist trade, no doubt, but it is possible that their reticence was due to withholding information in order to track down leads — such as finding and questioning someone involved that was not at the death scene — that may be pertinent to the situation. Of course, they may have withheld information for discretionary purposes as well.
But when the internet and print media became the melting pot of wild speculation and scandalous accusations and allegations not only about the actor and his last moments but about the thoroughness of the Thai investigation, Thai authorities issued a statement that there were inconsistencies in the death scene that might suggest that David Carradine may not have committed suicide.
And then Thai Rath published their now infamous death photo.
The family has since issued a warning through their lawyer, Mark Geragos, that any printing or reprinting of photos of the death of David Carradine would be met with legal action.
But another photo, one where David Carradine as at a morgue, has also surfaced.
The questions now surrounding David Carradine’s death are many and seem to be growing exponentially as more information is made available. The family wishes to have a second autopsy performed once the actor’s body is stateside. The family has also asked for the help of the FBI, whose services Thai officials are reportedly stating are unnecessary.
But if another person is involved and that person was not an acquaintance of Carradine’s, the Thai police face a formidable task of finding a person that does not wish to be found. And if the hypothetical other person, who may have murdered or may have been involved in the accidental asphyxiation of the “Kung Fu” star, is one of the hundreds of thousands of sex workers that ply their trade in Thailand, the task may be one of near impossibility.