Was It Suicide?

Robert Maxwell may be resting in peace in an Israeli cemetery, but the rumors about how he met his demise refuse to die down. Spanish investigators contend that Maxwell suffered a heart attack, but last week's revelations that $767 million mysteriously disappeared from a pair of Maxwell operations during the months leading up to his death have revived the speculation. There are three schools of tabloid-style musings:

-- MAXWELL KILLED HIMSELF! One version holds that Maxwell took his life knowing the financial dam was about to burst. The Daily Express in London reports that Maxwell seemed agitated and depressed during his...

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