Just as we rejoice and revel with good news, so we must try to find a way to accept the bad. A person of public note has died and the circumstances surrounding her death have remained an agonizing mystery. I hope to alleviate some of that mystery for the thousands of Uncoverage.net readers and her loyal following here.
According to the California Department of Vital Records, on or about August 27th, the lady we’ve all come to know and love as Jane Jamison died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Following an investigation by local authorities, it was determined that no foul play was involved. An autopsy was performed to determine the exact cause of death.
As has been written by the lady herself, Jane Jamison was a pen name that she used to protect herself and her family members from suffering retaliation by those she spoke out against, and there were many.
Yes, I know her real name, her other “stage names” (from her radio and television days), her maiden name, her address, phone number and the names of at least three of her family members. I respectfully request that any comments on this blog NOT include any of that identifying information, for the very same reasons that Jane requested.
As I have written previously, Jane mailed me a hand-written letter that I suspected was a birthday card, which turned out to be an explanation of her physical plight, with strong emphasis on the fact that she was very rapidly going blind. Her explanation led me to immediately suspect some underlying medical issue, such as a possible brain tumor, which had been diagnosed and reported to her as an immediate life-threatening condition.
Understand, please, that this was total speculation on my part, and based solely on her parting words to me in that letter. Having been a professional investigator for nearly 30 years, I couldn’t help but wonder.
Jane gave me the name and phone number of her younger brother and instructed me to call him. I did so immediately and it was at that moment her brother confirmed that she had already died. He had received a similar letter from his sister that, as you would expect, went in to much greater detail. That mailing also included a copy of her last will and testament and her official designation of him as the executor of her estate.
Based on the wording of both letters, it did not come as a great shock when the results of her untimely death was determined to be suicide. I know - because she told me - that there were other factors in her personal life that contributed to her depressed state of mind. I just wish there was some way I could investigate further and determine if there was an overwhelmingly compelling reason for her to take such drastic action.
Jane Jamison was a very strong woman; some would even say totally fearless as she reported local and world events despite numerous death threats that never made it to the comments section of the Uncoverage.net web site. I saw many of those threats and several were, in my opinion, serious enough to be reported as criminal acts of threatening behavior. I honestly don’t know if she ever filed any police reports.
Jane was divorced, raised her two daughters and lived alone after they had reached maturity and “left the nest”. She was a firm believer in the Second Amendment and I knew she owned - and was quite proficient with - a handgun that she kept for home and self defense purposes. She didn’t enjoy the luxury of a security detail and I know she went to great lengths to mask her travels so as not to be an easy target for some deranged person. We had talked about self defense tactics and I was confident that she was doing everything possible to protect herself.
I mention these facts here to underscore my belief that there was something other than her impending blindness that caused Jane to give up. Unfortunately, we may never know. I DO know that normally the words “give up” and “Jane Jamison” would never be used in the same sentence.
It was at Jane’s direction that there be no obituary published, no funeral or memorial services, and no mention of her death to be made to anyone. I was stunned to learn that her ex-husband and daughters were not aware of her death until a month after the fact, and they learned of her death through a third party. I knew they were not on the best of terms, but I was shocked to learn just how serious that rift was.
Jane Jamison is survived by her parents, several siblings and two daughters. On behalf of several thousand people, we offer our sincere condolences to them all. At her direction, Jane’s remains were cremated and her ashes delivered to her family members living in her beloved Nebraska.
Little Sister - Rest In Peace.