Gatti’s death a suicide? Not bloody likely

Arturo Gatti where he was most comfortable, Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic CitySo the Brazilian authorities, who had been virtually certain that Arturo Gatti’s wife was responsible for his murder, have now surmised that his death at the age of 38 was a suicide, which adds up perfectly, right?

Sure… until you find out that the Brazilian authorities apparently ran an incomplete investigation.

And until you find out that a second autopsy commissioned by Gatti’s family has not ruled out homicide.

And until you hear that the Gatti family brought a computer to the cops, saying it had pertinent information regarding his death.

And until you realize that three weeks ago, a new will was created that gave Gatti’s entire fortune to his wife, Amanda Rodrigues. That leaves nothing for Gatti’s family, including his mother and kids. In the CSI world, I believe they call that a motive.

And until you think about the logistics. Generally, a suicide attempt would not consist of both a stab wound in the back of the head, and a hanging (with his wife’s purse strap). It would seem that those events are mutually exclusive.

I understand that depression is a disease, and that it’s hard for us to fathom what leads someone to reach the depths that cause them to end their own life. I understand that. But I just can’t see Arturo Gatti, who embraced life to the fullest, as wanting to check out early. I just can’t come to grips with that idea. Neither can his friends and family .

At the Jersey City memorial for Gatti, which I had hoped to attend but was unable to, his 3-year-old daughter brought tears to everyone’s eyes by singing to her father, who she said was “in the clouds.”

They then rang the ring bell 9 times – not 10, since he’ll never be knocked out. And it’s true, the fight continues, though now it is for the truth about what happened to him in Brazil.

They say it couldn’t have physically been a one-woman operation, something I tend to agree with, but that there was no electronic evidence of someone else entering the room.

What if he was already there?

Okay, I’ll leave the forensics to the experts. Just suffice it to say that you can count me among those that don’t think we have all the answers yet about what really went on in that hotel room in Brazil.

Sadly, I’m not certain if we’ll ever have all the answers.


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