Hsu left a note saying he intended to commit suicide, according to the Wall Street Journal.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Two days after The Wall Street Journal reported fugitive Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu was found sprawled on the floor of a train cabin surrounded by pills, the newspaper reports Hsu drafted a suicide note before he went briefly missing.
The Journal reported in Thursday's edition that Hsu, who was convicted for investment fraud in the 1990's and failed to appear in court last Wednesday, sent copies of his suicide note to "several acquaintances and charitable organizations" before he boarded an Amtrak train bound for Chicago.
According to a recipient of the note who spoke with the Journal, Hsu "very explicitly said he intended to commit suicide," and also apologized if he put people "through inconvenience or trouble."
Hsu has raised campaign cash for several Democrats, but most significantly for Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York. On Monday, the New York Democrat's presidential campaign said it would return $850,000 raised by Hsu to individual donors. The Democratic National Committee also told CNN it is now re-vetting $47,000 worth of contributions raised by Hsu between 2004-2007 verifying them with the donors directly.
In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Clinton said she would not actively ask the donors to make a new contribution to her campaign.
"We're not asking that that be done," she said, according to the Associated Press. "But I believe that the vast majority of those 200-plus donors are perfectly capable of making up their own minds about what they will or won't do going forward."
Earlier in the week, the Journal reported the peculiar condition in which Hsu was found on the train
Another passenger, Joanne Segale, told the newspaper she noticed several items spill out of his sleeping cabin, and when she peeked through the window and "saw a man who appeared to be in fetal position, bare-chested."
A crowbar was needed to open the Hsu’s cabin where he was found on the ground and unable to walk, the Journal reported.
Segale also told the newspaper she noticed "lots and lots of medication in that room. I could see pills on the floor and rolling around."
Hsu was taken to a Colorado hospital and then taken into custody by the FBI.
Hsu's attorney would not comment on his client's condition but he issued a statement last week describing Hsu as being under enormous and unbearable strain.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney