Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1809 Along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, USA, at a tavern called Grinder's Stand, the untimely death of Meriwether Lewis (b. 1774), leader (with William Clark) of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He died of gunshot wounds under mysterious circumstances about 70 miles (110 km) from Nashville, Tennessee, while en route to Washington; he had been shot in the head and chest.

The question of whether his death was from suicide (as is widely believed) or murder (as contended by his family) has never been settled, but it has been suggested by Reimert Thorolf Ravenholt, MD, that Lewis suffered from syphilis, which led to his suicide. If not treated, syphilis can cause serious effects such as damage to the nervous system, heart, or brain ...

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