September 13th, 2007
10:58 AM ET
15 years ago

Hsu left suicide note before fleeing court appearance

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.

Related: Dems rush to dump donations from fugitive fundraiser

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Norman Hsu
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Chip Celina OH

    Tom from Dedham,

    I too suffer the post deletion syndrome when providing specifics. I had a post on a story on the 11th, this same subject where dawn of Gaithersburg was asking for reason and logic tc, etc, and pointed to 5 or 6 other references that chronicled the good Senator's malfeasance in the fundraising department. I posted a reference in this thread after her comment, but alas, it hasn't shown up. Maybe my browser is malfunctioning? The posts seem to appear and disappear like a Criss Angel trick.

    I think you're right, the Clinton worshippers don't want additional information. Must depend on what the meaning of is is.


    September 13, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Matthew, Los Angeles

    Hillary's the one on the right, right?

    The other ones forehead is so big, it has to be filled with bad intentions.

    September 13, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Tom, if hillary is not a strong, smart, experienced woman, I'm afraid of what your definition is? I don't think you serve any purpose attacking her as a not so strong woman, she was our first lady and deserves that respect, she has spoken for women all over the world, one of her speaches (considered amongs the 100 better speaches in American history) clearly defined to the world that Human rights also equate to women's rights… and your last ignorant point about former first lady barbar Bush is also disrespectful, how dare you insult a first lady like that? perhaps you still think that women in this country should be subserviant to men? you should be the one to be ashamed! you don't like the senator and want to expose something she has done wrong, then do so, but not at the expense of cheap shots that make you look ignorant. Posted By Danny G. Boca Raton, FL : September 13, 2007 1:01 pm

    You're absolutely right! I checked it out and Hillary's speech in China is ranked in 35th place. Here's the link:

    September 13, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Allie Sutherland, Danville, KY

    Hillary + associates with "suicidal ideation" = Deja Hsu?!?

    September 13, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Carlos Nevarez Negron/ Dorado, Puerto Rico

    No man should take his life no matter what the situation is. One may think that all the suffering would end, yet those who are left behind will absorb all the suffering that suffering (Mother, Father, Siblings, kids, grandchildren.) One can only look on and shakes his/her head. Thats all they can do..

    September 13, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. James, Phoenix AZ


    It is apparently clear to many Hsu was coordinating illegal campaign contributions through other people (those Hillary wants to give donations BACK to). This is akin to the busted drug-dealer saying "I'll give the people their money back". They were ILLEGAL contributions.

    Your weak attempt to label this whole affair as a gender issue (folks uncomfortable with a female running for President) shows how little YOU have evolved in the equal rights debate. From your perspective – NO ONE should criticize Hillary... and if they do – they're just sexist?

    Wow, I wonder how in the world she was EVER elected as Senator? I wonder how Pelosi became House Leader? I wonder how Condilezza Rice became Secretary of State?? With all these sexist MEN how did ANY woman ever get elected??

    September 13, 2007 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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