Perry County, AR – The family of a former Clinton White House advisor who committed suicide with a shotgun and a noose in May is fighting to have the death investigation records sealed.
Mark Middleton, 59, was found hanging from a tree on a farm in Perryville on May 7 with a shotgun blast to his chest, Radar Online reported.
Perry County Coroner Bill Greene ruled Middleton’s death a suicide and conspiracy theories erupted online that claimed he was the latest addition to the “Clinton Body Count,” a list of associates of former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton who have died under what many consider to be suspicious circumstances.
Middleton was one of former President Clinton’s advisors who repeatedly granted now-deceased billionaire and child predator Jeffrey Epstein access to the White House, the Daily Mail reported.
Epstein, who allegedly committed suicide behind bars on Aug. 10, 2019, visited the White House 17 times while President Clinton was in office.
Middleton personally authorized seven of the White House visits.
He also traveled with the Clintons on Epstein’s jet, known as the “Lolita Express,” according to the Daily Mail.
In addition to being a special assistant to now-former President Clinton, Middleton also acted as an assistant to the President’s chief of staff, Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty.
Middleton left the White House in 1995 and set himself up as an international deal maker, the Daily Mail reported.
An investigation in 1996 found that Middleton had abused his access to the White House for the purpose of impressing clients.
His access was revoked and he was banned from the executive mansion without senior approval, according to the Daily Mail.
Middleton’s car was found parked by ranch staff at the Heifer Ranch on May 7.
Staff notified the sheriff’s department and then found the dead man’s body a few minutes later, the Daily Mail reported.
“I don’t know the man, and I don’t why he picked our county or picked that location to commit suicide,” Perry County Sheriff Scott Montgomery told Radar Online. “To our knowledge, he had never been there before, and we have no record of him being there before.”
Sheriff Montgomery said Middleton had created a makeshift gallows that would serve as a failsafe after he shot himself with the shotgun.
“He died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the chest. He found a tree and he pulled a table over there, and he got on that table, and he took an extension cord and put it around a limb, put it around his neck and he shot himself in the chest with a shotgun,” the sheriff explained.
“It was very evident that the shotgun worked because there was not a lot of blood or anything on the scene,” he continued. “You can tell the shotgun blast was on his chest, you can tell that because there is a hole in the chest and pellets came out the back of his back. It was definitely self-inflicted in our opinion.”
The sheriff said that Middleton, who was married with two teenaged daughters, did not leave a suicide note, Radar Online reported.
However, his family told authorities that the former White House advisor, who ran his family’s HVAC business, had been depressed.
Shortly after Sheriff Montgomery gave the interview to Radar Online, Middleton’s widow and father filed a lawsuit to stop the county from releasing the autopsy report or any of the pictures from the death investigation.
“This lawsuit seeks a declaration that any Media Content depicting Mr. Middleton’s body or scene of Mr. Middleton’s death should not be disclosed under the FOIA,” the complaint read.
Larry Middleton claimed in an affidavit that “unsubstantiated conspiracy theories” about his son’s death have caused ‘”unimaginable pain to myself and my family,” the Daily Mail reported.
The father said he suffered from “extreme fear and anxiety” that more details would be released.
“Once disclosed, my family will face inconceivable amounts of harassment, threats and pain from the inquiry and use of such content,” Larry Middleton claimed.
The lawsuit was filed by the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, the same law firm where Hillary Clinton worked before her husband was elected to the White House, the Daily Mail reported.
Vince Foster, the deputy White House counsel who committed suicide in Fort Marcy Park, Virginia in 1993 under suspicious circumstances, was also a former partner in the firm.
It’s also the same Arkansas law firm that was part of the Whitewater scandal that plagued the Clinton White House through both administrations.
Heifer International, an anti-poverty nonprofit who owns the ranch where Middleton’s body was found, said it had not established that the former White House advisor had ever been to the ranch or had any connection to it, the Daily Mail reported.
However, Heifer International’s headquarters in Little Rock is located on a parcel of land that is partially owned by the Clinton Presidential Library which Middleton was instrumental in creating.
Despite Middleton’s family’s claims that all the conspiracy theories are untrue, a close friend of the dead man told Radar Online that Middleton wouldn’t have committed suicide.
“Everyone that I know here, that has worked with Mark, knows it is physically impossible for Mark to have killed himself,” the source said.
“He could not physically hold a shotgun and done that to himself,” the source claimed. “He knows nothing about guns! He hated guns; he couldn’t have tied a noose to save his life!”
“The man couldn’t change a light bulb by himself,” they told Radar Online. “He was the least physically skilled person I have ever met in my life. He was very smart, great with paperwork, legalities, and all of that but he couldn’t physically take care of himself.”