Gary Webb


Age: 49

investigative reporter who wrote a widely criticized 1996 San Jose Mercury News series linking the CIA to the explosion of crack cocaine in Los Angeles and contended that Nicaraguan drug traffickers had sold tons of crack from Colombian cartels in black neighborhoods, then funneled millions in profits back to the CIA-supported Nicaraguan Contras.

Cause of Death: Self-inflicted gunshot wound

Born: August 31, 1955

Died: December 10, 2004

Sacramento, California