William Colby

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(spook, deep politician)
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BornWilliam Egan Colby
St. Paul, Minnesota
DiedApril 27, 1996 (Age 76)
Rock Point, Maryland
Cause of death
Alma materPrinceton University, Columbia Law School
ReligionRoman Catholic
Children5 children w/Heinzen
SpouseBarbara Heinzen
Member ofAssociation of Former Intelligence Officers, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Committee on the Present Danger/Members, Knights of Malta, Le Cercle, Office of Strategic Services
Victim ofPremature death
Interests • Franklin child prostitution ring
• Soviet Union
CIA boss who maybe became too loose-mouthed, died in suspicious circumstances

Employment.png Director of Central Intelligence

In office
September 4, 1973 - January 30, 1976
Preceded byVernon A. Walters
Succeeded byGeorge H. W. Bush
The 10th DCI, who died in a suspicious boating accident. Appointed as "a professional who would not make waves."

Employment.png Head of Clandestine Branch?

In office
1973 - September 1973
Appointed byJames Schlesinger

Employment.png CIA/Deputy Director for Plans Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
March 2, 1973 - August 24, 1973
Preceded byThomas Karamessines

Employment.png CIA/Deputy Director for Operations

In office
March 2, 1973 - August 24, 1973

William Colby was a US deep politician who was Director of Central Intelligence from 1973 to 1976. He died in a suspicious boating accident.


William Colby who was the CIA station chief in Saigon during the Vietnam war. He was the de facto architect of the Phoenix Program that accounted for perhaps 20,000 deaths between 1968 and 1971.[1]

This case is so much bigger than you think. It goes to the very highest levels; we have to keep pulling the strings.”
William Colby [2]


On Saturday, April 27, 1996, Colby died in what Wikipedia says "appears to be a boating accident" near his home in Rock Point, Maryland.

Official narrative

The Maryland state coroner ruled that Colby had suffered either a heart attack or a stroke and then fallen into the water and drowned.[3] Most of Colby's family and his biographer viewed a suicide as completely inconsistent with his character. However, in a biographical documentary developed by his son Carl Colby, he speculated that Colby had simply "...had enough of this life."[4][5]

Foul play

Some have suggested that since Colby was revealing information which was damaging to the CIA, his death may have been a CIA damage limitation exercise.[6]. The boating accident story has been termed a "highly suspicious death",[7] even "laughable".[8]


Events Participated in

Colloquium on Analysis and Estimates30 November 19791 December 1979Spooky 1979 Washington conference
Colloquium on Intelligence and Policy9 November 198410 November 1984A spooky conference in November 1984


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Affidavit of William CaseyWikispooks PageWilliam CaseyAn admission by William Casey, DCI, that he approved smuggling of cocaine into USA, having chosen Mena, Arkansas as a shipment point, with the support of Bill Clinton and Bill Weld. Casey names a range of names, including John Poindexter, Robert McFarlane, Oliver North and William Colby, the CIA, NSA and ASA.
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