Investigations: It May Have Been Suicide

It May Have Been Suicide

After three months, the Navy is reviewing its study of the U.S.S. Iowa gun- turret explosion that killed 47 men. According to one report, investigators % believe that the most plausible explanation for the explosion is suicide. They conclude but cannot prove that Clayton Hartwig, 25, who died in the blast, set off the inferno with an electronic detonator. The evidence: Iowa sailor David Smith claimed that Hartwig had talked about sinking the ship and had shown him a timer.

Early in the investigation, Kendall Truitt, 21, a friend of Hartwig's and beneficiary of Hartwig's $100,000 life-insurance policy, was under suspicion...

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