NEO: The Strange Death of an American Sniper

Evening at a backwoods shooting range
Evening at a backwoods shooting range

02074444Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL revered as a national hero was worth more dead than alive, financially and politically. Martyred, murdered by a former US Marine, or so we assume, his political capital is soaring as Americans relearn love of bravado and swagger and, as is so often the case, embrace mythology and outright lies.

As the trial continues, the narrative becomes more and more fanciful, two heroes gunned down while armed to the teeth, country boys at a millionaire’s dude ranch, a killer who shoots, gets tacos, and moves right on with life.  Nothing wrong here, not so far, happens every day.

Living or dead, there was little truth behind Chris Kyle, now a Hollywood “golden calf” and poster boy for more wars, for torture, a poster boy for indecency.

The murder trial of Eddie Ray Routh, the admitted killer of Chris Kyle, the self-proclaimed “most lethal killer in history,” begins this week. Kyle, portrayed in the blockbuster film, American Sniper, is portrayed by Bradley Cooper. Kyle’s death is left out of the film and perhaps for good reason. It is very likely that Kyle, killed by Routh, an Adam Lanza clone, was murdered simply to shut him up.

Dead, Kyle is a key asset supporting America’s illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and cleanses the filth from the Bush name, as Jeb plans his run for the American presidency.

A backwoods shooting range with a wedding chapel?
A backwoods shooting range with a wedding chapel?

The American Sniper phenomena is surprising. There is enough “out there” to trash Kyle already. His “aw shucks” demeanor on TV appearances had been overshadowed by his nearly endless fabrications.

Every time Kyle opened his mouth, he put his foot in it, from his wild claim of beating up former governor of Minnesota and professional wrestler, Jesse Ventura to stories about killing looters in New Orleans or “street thugs” trying to steal his car.  Perhaps Kyle had seen Ventura with Alex Jones?

Monkeyboy's for Gambling Boss Shelly Adelson Hit the Slots
Monkeyboy’s for Gambling Boss Shelly Adelson Hit the Tables

None of these stories stood up under scrutiny.

The Gun Range

We were told Kyle was shot at a gun range. I immediately pictured where I shoot, a wooden bench on a state sponsored range with paper targets stapled to stacks of tires. Actually, it wasn’t just Kyle but Kyle and Chad Littlefield that were killed, on what we were told was a place on Kyle’s farm that he set up to test out his guns. This was the story released to the press, not a word of it was true.

Comfortable lobby for a shooting range...nearly identical to the Edelweiss at the George Marshall Center in Garmish
Comfortable lobby for a shooting range…nearly identical to the Edelweiss at the George Marshall Center in Garmish

What they didn’t mention that this wasn’t a simple shooting range but a “dude ranch” for millionaire big game hunters who pay to kill exotic animals raised by hand and flown in. We didn’t see a giraffe on the list but, who knows? The lake is stocked with fish of every kind though divers probably don’t catch them and put them on your hook.

An hour from Dallas, home of George W. Bush, his private suite at the Rough Creek Resort and Lodge, where Kyle was actually killed, is available to anyone who can afford it. Mind you, this isn’t the only “presidential suite” at “Rough Creek.”

President George H.W. Bush Suite
Our Presidential suite is the grandest of our suites at 1,343 square feet. This suite includes a large living area with a Bose system, LCD HDTV, DVD player and 1 ½ bathrooms. The over-sized Master bathroom is totally luxurious with soaking tub and large stone shower. There is a King bed in the Master Bedroom, a dining area that features a billiards table that can be converted to a dining table that seats eight people and and adjoining library. If needed, this suite will open up into two additional private guestroom rooms (there is an additional charge to have one or both adjoining rooms).”

We wonder if Kyle and his friends had lunch first, prepared by internationally renowned chef, Gerard Thompson:

“Chef Thompson’s talents and culinary interpretations of rustic American and wild game cuisine have garnered national attention, and his philosophy is simple… “Make the meal memorable.”

Box lunch at the reloading bench?

Imaginative menus featuring the absolute best ingredients are created daily. Tomatoes grown specifically for Rough Creek, locally grown organic micro-greens and specialty products like fresh grits from a small Alabama mill all reflect Gerard’s detail-driven style. He’s received superlative reviews nationally by the Zagat Survey, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, and Food & Wine, and recently was awarded a perfect score from the North American Restaurant Association.”

The resort is complete with a 5 star restaurant, a water park, tennis court, ready for its normal clientele, oil and defense executives and politicians. This was no “shooting range” and certainly not somewhere unsupervised. This is also somewhere with extensive HD video security, particularly on the shooting range, the kind of video security that never filmed Adam Lanza, the reputed Sandy Hook shooter, who also supposedly frequented this kind of establishment.

Could Rough Creek be where deals are cut, such as planning security drills for the Boston Marathon?

Unlikely Scenario

At any shooting range, particularly where amateurs and “posers” shoot, and this was very much such a place, there are very strict rules, strict supervision and, of course, everything is on video as required by insurance.

Rough Creek "kiddie pool"
Rough Creek “kiddie pool”

At such a range, an amateur shooter with a jammed pistol or, worse yet, an “empty gun” will often as not turn pointing the weapon dangerously at others. This is expected. Anyone suspect, either from medication or idiocy or both is carefully watched and incidents, on purpose or by “accident” are the rule, not the exception.

If you turn with a loaded weapon and try to point it at a Navy SEAL, the likelihood you will retain the weapon and still be standing are remote. Strict rules, common sense and the awareness of a PTSD combat vet, and Chris Kyle was certainly that, would make him an impossible target for an assailant.  Chris Kyle and his raging PTSD would, by our estimation, make him a very poor target, thus our belief in the scenario at the trial is unlikely.

There is nothing whatsoever that can be believed about the cover story here.  No one turns his back on an unreliable stranger…or even a friend…at a shooting range, not a chance, never happened.

The Patsy

Our shooter, Eddie Ray Routh, a PTSD veteran, 3 names like so many other killers, too many to count, is by accounts a long-term chemically “modified” patsy. On a minimum of 8 medications including several powerful anti-psychotics, Routh has a well-established and convenient history of threatening himself and others with guns.  I no more believe Kyle turned his back on this armed nutcase than the story about smacking down Jesse “the body” Ventura.


Routh had been diagnosed disabled with PTSD and had been under treatment by government psychiatrists. The medications he was on, he and thousands of other veterans, are cited as being a “lethal cocktail,” one as likely to bring on murderous attacks and suicide as to cure PTSD.

At least 40% of American combat troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan were on the same medications leading inexorably to not only high suicide rates but even higher rates of battlefield abuses, torture, mass murder and criminality on an unimaginable scale.

Supervised shooting range with 24 hour HD video surveillance
Supervised shooting range with 24 hour HD video surveillance

In Afghanistan, mass graves have been discovered with thousands of bodies, dead of suffocation while in joint US/Northern Alliance custody. Wild parties, “dancing boys” and drug use are a legacy of the mixed “warrior-contractor” regime American now fights its wars with, a legacy Kyle was steeped in from the first.

In a scene from American Sniper, Bradley Cooper, portraying Kyle, is tearfully forced to kill an Afghan mother, child in hand, supposedly threatening American Marines with a hand grenade. A grenade with a 5 second fuse, tossed a few feet at heavily armored troops in the open is relatively harmless. Marines are known to throw grenades at each other as jokes.

As the scene is described by Kyle in a BBC interview, it could as easily have been interpreted as a woman approaching Marines under very different circumstances; “My son found this, please take it from me, it looks very dangerous.”

If the Marines nearby chose not to shoot her, why would Kyle, hundreds of yards away? In the interview, Kyle said he was afraid politicians would charge him with murder? Could this be why?

Confirmed Kills

This week, a British sniper came forward claiming he has more “confirmed kills.” Marine sniper from Vietnam, Carlos Hathcock, though claiming to have “confirmed” only 93 kills is believed to have killed hundreds.

Kyle claims that every time he shot someone he received authorization and had witnesses at hand. One wonders how, exactly, a witness would see a “kill” in the middle of the night viewed through a light amplification scope costing over a hundred thousand dollars?

How would someone see a “kill” over a kilometer away, a normal range for today’s “any idiot can use one” sniper rifles?

Then again, claiming to have killed hundreds of people, in each case supposedly “authorized kills” based on the targets being “armed” brings to light a nasty contradiction. You see, in Iraq and Afghanistan, each family is allowed to have one weapon, usually an AK 47. This is the law.

Moreover, tens of thousands of Afghanis and Iraqis received those weapons from the United States, over 2.5 million were distributed to military, police and auxiliaries and militias. In Afghanistan alone, 250,000 AK 47 rifles paid for by American taxpayers simply disappeared.

What was common practice in both Iraq and Afghanistan, as exposed by Julian Assange back in 2010, is the use of drones, Apache helicopters, and yes, snipers, to rack up impressive numbers of “kills” that are often as not armed civilians or, too often simply families gathering for weddings or funerals. By America’s own admission, 62% of casualties were “collateral damage.” For snipers the percentage might well be higher with no mechanism in place for accountability.

In fact, many of those reporting such crimes, according to Mohmand Khadir, former Mujahedin commander in a recent article in Veterans Today, were themselves killed or imprisoned in retaliation.

Chris Kyle had little to worry about.


Chris Kyle was reputedly killed at a millionaire resort a short drive from Dallas, Texas. Such gathering places, frequented by the Bush family, Supreme Court justices, leaders of congress and industry, are breeding grounds for conspiracy. The murder of John F. Kennedy was likely planned at such a place as was 9/11.

Wars are planned in such places as well. Poor “country boy” Chris Kyle, “flavor of the day” killer, would have been popular among the “chickenhawk” elitists, who love collecting special operations types as “novelties.”

Was Kyle being groomed for bigger and better things or was he simply killed for the obvious reason, to create a martyr and cultural folk hero to cleanse America of its conscience? Was Kyle’s killing really an accident, an overmedicated homicidal PTSD vet or was this something else, time to get rid of Kyle before he buried himself in lies?

Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook


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  1. Death is the ultimate sheep dip. The death a short time before Craft is all over the Boston Marathon is interesting. However, the picture you paint of the rifle range is incorrect. I have no doubt that the sporting clays areas are manicured so that you could eat off the ground but the “tactical” shooting complex is just as crappy and ill kept as most I have been to and that is from the google earth view from half a world away!

    From the looks of it on google earth at 32° 6’2.68″N 97°53’51.58″W , the long range shooting shed is about 50m NE of the marker and shoots west. It is not a high security area and looks to have no staff on site. No doubt members will have a key for access.

    It is a suspicious incident that is possible but not entirely convincing.

  2. Never heard anything before about the Dude Ranch aspect, we were led to picture a normal range. I see the possibility of this cocky loudmouth being invited or hired to impress the Texas Rich Chickenhawks by some member. Once there, they drink, get loud and offend the wrong person. I mean if Cheney can put a load of birdshot into his lawyers face, all bets are off with these folks. Then, Club Security, a bodyguard or maybe the Offended himself popped them. The rest is simple coverup.
    Not sure this is what happened, but it’s as viable as the bullshit we’ve been sold.

  3. I remember hearing awhile back, by his own brothers in arms, that he was a complete fraud and the majority of his kills were just unarmed civilians. At any rate, there was no way the Bush camp was allowing him to set foot in the court house to square off against Ventura. they killed two birds with one stone. Jesse is now off network television(as far as I know, anyway) and out of the way for the most part… and we know the only way Kyle will be talking now is through a channeler. Hope he can find a good one. Most of the ones on the net aren’t very accurate. Maybe he’ll come through Yellow Rose For Texas? God knows she’s spewed enough ridiculous crap lately.

  4. A magnificent article on high politics’ machinations involving useful lowlifes in settings of opulent indulgence. It exposes how “business as usual” is done by the few at the top. This is the America they would die for by forcing millions to die for them and their worthy and noble cause. It is a tragedy beyond Shakespeare that so few can grasp and support their divine vision of Utopia with them as absolute rulers served by loving devotees.

  5. This is why I read VT. What an excellent article. There are many superb writings by honest decent and patriotic citizens and journalsts with a backbone and deep concern for this nation. . This is one article that needs to be absorbed by everyone. Any place frequented by the Bush family is suspect and riddled with filth. Thank you Mr. Duff. Excellent.

  6. The thing about psychopaths is that if something works, they keep doing it until it doesn’t work.
    Like Tillman, this scenario works. Fame turns into war drums through martyrdom.
    Unlike Tillman, this was clean enough that few are asking questions. It’s a neat package.
    The hype is noisy enough to drown the back lash. The movie stats do not fit with history of subject matter.
    There are good lessons here for those who seek to avoid or create similar results.
    The tactics used here are not the tools of the people who respect life.
    The snuff film is just an extra.

  7. Like you say Mr. Duff i don’t believe the official story for one minute, all those medications Eddie Ray Routh was on, i doubt he remembered his own name. Throw in a little psychic driving and he would recall shooting Abraham Lincoln. I’ve read stuff about Chris Kyle that made me want to throw up. On the other hand I’ve read stuff about Carlos Hathcock and how he singlehandedly wiped out an entire NVA platoon at a river crossing that filled me with admiration. I’m sure anybody serving in the same war as Hathcock would have killed Kyle on principle alone, given half the chance. Then on the other hand there is always the chance that Dubya shot Kyle himself (or at least had Cheney do it for him) and he is mounted in full sniper regalia next to the bones of Geronimo at the Crawford Ranch. I’m sure he would make an interesting conversational piece for bacha Bazi party’s.

  8. Excellent article, Gordon. Like Charlie Hebdo, Kyle was worth more dead than alive. Did the Rothschilds or the Bushes buy the rights to Kyle right before the shooting? Will Karl Rove will work Kyle into the Jeb for President ads? Stay tuned to this space…

  9. “I no more believe Kyle turned his back on this armed nutcase ”

    From texts messages presented at the trial:
    ~ Kyle had sent his friend, Chad Littlefield, a text message that read, “This dude is straight-up nuts,” during their drive to the gun range
    ~”He’s right behind me. Watch my six,” Littlefield wrote,

  10. Excellent Uncle Mr. President Gordie; this is the largest psy-op probably since 9-11, as it has global and a POTUS election implications. The “hoorah,” “kill them hadjies”, war spirit all over social media and even among family members is shockingly similar to 2001-2003 and we see now how devestating the subsequent years were.

    The American idiocy and dupability sadly continues… Thank you VT for properly educating those of us who have woken-up.

  11. and his death was of course related to the Boston Maraton Bombing that “his company” was a major player in, just a little later…

  12. Excellent article that expertly exposes so many holes in the official “Kyle story” including the movie, that none of it should be accepted without direct, observable evidence. This evidence should include a full set of crimes scene photos, videos, DNA samples from the blood, shell casings, fingerprints, gun forensics, DNA from Kyle’s dead body (if it exists) should be matched with DNA from known relatives. Maybe Kyle is dead, but maybe not. He could have been “re-assigned” and given a new identity with the movie was used as a big payoff. This sort of thing has been done before so it wouldn’t be the first time.

    Kyle’s company did have a lot of sniper training contracts with DHS. So far no reports on if these programs continue. Each major city was to have a special DHS sniper kill team to murder dissident civilians with if there were any protests, just like the FBI’s special teams using .338 Lapua magnums with silencers. these FBI sniper teams are different than their “honed to kill” HRT boys who did some very evil things from a black helicopter at Waco (shot 4 of Clinton’s security team members through the head and blamed it on Koresh and murdered Vicki Weaver in cold blood while she was holding her baby).

  13. “Cleanse America of it’s conscience” Love that, except i’m not entirely sure that America has one. Even when shown the truth so many refuse to accept it and willfully ignore it. When you broke this story on the radio show and said where he was killed, that was all that was really needed to know it was all a lie. Funny didn’t see this on Fox or Alex Jones…..hmmmmm??? I do wonder how all the “Christians” resolve all the killings in the movie they watch since ‘thou shall not kill’ or maybe they just forgot that one or thinks it’s ok since it’s done for our ‘safety’.

    • Oh murdering the brown, non-English speakers is OK. Always has been for these people. Kyle was killed before he could have a conscience meltdown and begin repenting for participating in these illegal, unnecessary, unjust and immoral wars. Wars that legitimize murder with lies.

  14. Too bad he wasn’t killed before.
    Many lives could have been spared.
    I’m sure this devil is in the place where he belongs now, and there he will burn for a long time, until it’s time to return to this world, where he and his family will suffer miserably in the hands of other devils like him.
    It’s the law of the Universe, there’s no escape.
    And it’s useless to claim to be just following orders….you can’t fool God.

  15. Well if you go with the official story it wasn’t a good idea to take him around loaded guns anyway. Hindsight is 20-20 but you’d be much better taking a guy suffering severe PTSD fishing instead. Some good points made though, he was worth more to them dead than alive.

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