Michael Hastings’ Body Cremated Against Wishes of Family Members

July 17th, 2013

Update: Reporter Misquoting Joe Biggs

This was sent in by TB. Thanks TB.

Via: Twitter:

colleen menzies [email protected] 17 Jul

Something Fishy @Rambobiggs @peterjludlow: So Hastings’ body is cremated without the family’s consent. wow.just wow. http://www.sandiego6.com/story/hastings-investigation-20130714 …”
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SSG Joe Biggs [email protected]

@colleenmenzies @peterjludlow nope. Not true. Never said that

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colleen menzies [email protected] 17 Jul

@Rambobiggs @peterjludlow So that online interview Is incorrect ?
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SSG Joe Biggs [email protected] 17 Jul

@colleenmenzies @peterjludlow I said it was weird being at a funeral and the body is missing. You know. Not there. Because it was in LA
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SSG Joe Biggs [email protected] 17 Jul

@colleenmenzies @peterjludlow and that the remains were cremated. I also said I wasn’t sure if that’s what Michael wanted or the family.
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colleen menzies [email protected] 17 Jul

@Rambobiggs @peterjludlow Yes – Not good. This should all be left – so u and family Friends can grieve in private. ?
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Peter Ludlow [email protected] 17 Jul

@Rambobiggs @colleenmenzies so she misquoted you? deliberately do you think?
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SSG Joe Biggs [email protected] 17 Jul

@peterjludlow @colleenmenzies I don’t know. But I’m not happy
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Peter Ludlow [email protected] 17 Jul

@Rambobiggs @colleenmenzies well if she deliberately misrepresented you that pretty much makes the rest of her reporting on this worthless.
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colleen menzies [email protected] 17 Jul

@peterjludlow @Rambobiggs and its something a grieving wife family& friends dont need at this point in time.What about a code of ethics. 🙂
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SSG Joe Biggs [email protected] 17 Jul

@peterjludlow @colleenmenzies well let’s hope it’s a misunderstanding
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SSG Joe Biggs [email protected] 17 Jul

@colleenmenzies @peterjludlow oh I know
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Via: San Diego 6:

Details uncovered by this reporter shed new light into the June 18 death of journalist Michael Hastings.

Hastings’ friend and confidant SSgt. Joe Biggs disclosed a macabre twist in the award-winning journalist’s death in a suspicious single-car accident. According to SSgt. Biggs, “Michael Hastings’ body was returned to Vermont in an urn.” He further alleged, “Family members did not want Michael’s body cremated.”

This revelation provides another wrinkle in the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) handling of a case they labeled “no foul play” only hours after the writer’s death.

Nevertheless LA County assistant corner, Ed Winter, said it took two days to identify the burned-beyond recognition body of Hastings. Officials also confirmed that an autopsy has been performed, but the cause of death is still pending. Unfortunately the family will have to wait for cause of death answers as LAPD media spokesperson Lieutenant Andrew Neiman indicated, “It will take several weeks to get the toxicology results.”

Research Credit: ottilie

One Response to “Michael Hastings’ Body Cremated Against Wishes of Family Members”

  1. tal Says:

    When my mother-in-law died last winter, both her sons were required to sign the cremation form or no go. My husband had to have his notarized, since we were not local.

    California has a similar statute.

    The Hastings family should sue the crematorium (for a start)to see what that stirs up.

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