Influential Millionaire Mysteriously “Commits Suicide” the Day After Dedicating His Life to Fighting Police



John Vibes |The Free Thought Project

San Francisco, CA – 47-year-old software engineer, Ian Murdock recently died under suspicious circumstances after he went public about a police encounter that left him hospitalized. On Saturday, December 26, Murdock was unlucky enough to be walking down a street where the police were searching for a robbery suspect.

According to Murdock, he was approached by police after knocking on a neighbors door. The police suspected Murdock of being a burglar and questioned him, but apparently during the conversation, he was not compliant enough with the officers which resulted in him being assaulted and arrested by them.

The police say that Murdock was drunk and resisted arrest, but being drunk is not a crime and if he did not commit a crime they had no right to attempt to arrest him.

The police said that Murdock banged his own head accidentally. Police also say that he was taken into custody to prevent him from hurting himself. He was booked for assaulting an officer, but none of the officers on the scene reported any injuries.

After his release, Murdock went on his Twitter page and spoke out against the police brutality that he experienced. He also threatened to kill himself in the strange series of tweets.




[Editorial note: notice that in his alleged “suicide” tweet, not only does the tone sound inconsistent, but stylistically there is an inconsistency in the lower case ‘i’s, whereas in every other tweet he is consistent in capitalizing them. Additionally, a man who pledged to devote his life to fighting police brutality would not suddenly have a motive to “commit suicide” in any ordinary circumstances.

Murdock promised to put more information about his arrest and his assault on his website before committing suicide, but oddly enough his blog was never updated.

Murdock’s firm “Docker” released the following statement after his death:

Debian was one of the first Linux distros to be forged, and it is widely regarded as a one of the most successful open-source projects ever launched. Ian helped pioneer the notion of a truly open project and community, embracing open design and open contribution; in fact the formative document of the open source movement itself (the Open Source Definition) was originally a Debian position statement. It is a testament to Ian’s commitment to openness and community that there are now more than 1,000 people currently involved in Debian development.

In the past decade, Ian’s contributions to the tech community continued, as CTO of the Linux Foundation, as a senior leader at Sun Microsystems (including serving as Chief architect of Project Indiana); and most recently as Vice President of Platforms at Indianapolis-based ExactTarget, which became part of Salesforce in 2012. We consider ourselves lucky to have known Ian and worked with him. He amazed everyone whom he worked with for the depth of his thinking, passion and experience. He was truly brilliant and an inspiration to many of us; his death is a loss to all whom he has known and touched.

While it is assumed that Murdock did indeed kill himself as he said he would, an official cause of death has not been announced in his case. It is also not clear what his actual motive was and if it was related to his arrest. Murdock left behind a wife and child.

John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work, he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

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  • Edward Duree

    You guys should start consulting lawyers and quote them on legal issues. Frankly, you look dumb when you say, “…, but being drunk is not a crime.” It is definitely a crime if you are drunk in public, drunk meaning unable to care for your own safety or others’. That’s why they said he was a danger to himself.
    Love the cause, but less opinion and more research would be awesome.

    • Phasung Baccam

      be drunk is not a crime long you did’nt tempted injurie another person or make a threat on other person under intoxicateds

      • Edward Duree

        It’s profitable in life to know what you don’t know. You obviously know nothing about criminal law. So why stick your foot in your mouth and spread misinformation? Can you explain that?
        CA Penal Code Section 647 (f) says it is misdemeanor disorderly conduct by anyone:
        “Who is found in any public place under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, controlled substance, toluene, or any combination of any intoxicating liquor, drug, controlled substance, or toluene, in a condition that he or she is unable to exercise care for his or her own safety or the safety of others, or by reason of his or her being under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, controlled substance, toluene, or any combination of any intoxicating liquor, drug, or toluene, interferes with or obstructs or prevents the free use of any street, sidewalk, or other public way.”
        . – See more at: http://codes.findlaw.com/ca/penal-code/pen-sect-647.html#sthash.GX1TefW2.dpuf
        Making threats to others could result in PC415 (Disturbing the Peace) or PC422 (Criminal Threats) charges and don’t require you to be drunk or intoxicated.

        • Jake Moore

          Okay, so he was drunk in public. And that’s a crime. Still does not deserve to be beaten and/or killed/pushed to suicide for something as simple as that. And yet you defend the law and their actions as if death is a perfectly appropriate punishment for this man’s actions. What the hell is wrong with you? Can you explain that?

          • Edward Duree

            What I can’t explan ishy you can’t read. Quote where I defended the police beating Murdock or even arresting him. What I did was point out the incorrect statement that even if Murdock was drunk, which is in dispute, his arrest was unlawful because being drunk is not a crime. In fact, being drunk in public, as Murdock is alleged to have been, is a crime.
            Your embrace of ignorance to support unbridled hate over rational opposition to police abuse is a moral crime.

          • Jake Moore

            Oh I read it just fine, I simply seem to have better comprehension of ideas than you, along with better typing/spelling skills. If this is going to turn into a pointless pissing match, then so be it, I’m out.

          • (((vv¯O¯vv)))

            I’m just a bystander flipping through these here comments and Jake Moore, you need to take a look at yourself. Reflect on your thinking here, Edward Duree has a holier than thou tone that’s pretty off putting, to be sure, but in order to communicate you’re going to have to move past that. If you weren’t accusing him of stuff you projected upon him, I think you’d have to look pretty hard to find a reason to argue with what he’s saying. Ok? Calm down.

    • rob

      You are twisting a tiny fraction of the case and equating it to justification of the remaining 99% of the facts, events and chronology. You KNOW cops kill people all the time when and where said person is a threat to their sick, evil activities.

      This case fools NO ONE! He was murdered by cops!

      • Edward Duree

        You sound like a hysterical child. First, if you had any interest whatsoever in facts your reply fails to convey it. You sound more like a person who feeds on hate and ideology. Look at yourself, the exaggerations, claims to KNOW facts you can’t possibly know from reading one article. you even defend mistatements of law and call efforts to correct those misstatements “twisted.”

        • rob

          Okay. So you got all the facts? You got something to offer???


        • rob

          These WERE IN FACT HIS TWEETS you nazi killer cop!


          • Edward Duree

            You are mentally unstable and can’t think rationally. I hope you identify as a progressive because you would be a disgrace to libertarians. I’m not nor have I been a cop ever. Just to let you know what a whack job you are, I’ve been a criminal defense attorney for 25 years and have advocated and believe in the precepts of Cop Block, The Free Thought project, and Cato’s policemisgonduct.org. wild thinking people like you do very little to help the cause.
            Whatever is said about the police/establishment should be impeccably unimpeachable. If it isnt, the whole movement to expose and end police abuse and privilege will eventually be discredited and ignored.

          • rob

            Then leave me to my flawed understanding and go about your life. You don’t need to tear-“down others who don’t see the same picture you do. Do you attack every opinion you don’t like or agree with? Doubt it! You read it, disagree and move-on.

            I cannot disintegrate “the cause” by myself. If you think MY understanding and belief structure is flawed, then you ought to offer to be an editorial filter for “the cause.”

            Otherwise “Wild thinking people like me” are entitled to express on the same platforms and outlets as the balance of the public.

            Your claim that someone is “mentally unstable” is complete BS in that you’ve never met me. You say, “You are mentally unstable and can’t think rationally.” You express that after I post a few URLs. You think THAT is in any way a credible though process? YOU can’t handle descent! And THAT is the problem here.

            So move the fk-on councilor. I’ll wallow in my loonacy and fix my tinfoil hat securely on my head.

          • Edward Duree

            The little bitch called me a “Nazi killer cop” you stupid fuck.

          • rob

            BTW: What do you make of the victim’s testimony or dying declaration via technology? How do YOU weigh it?

            See, so far, I’m not believing that you actually question the death at all. All we are seeing from you is bull/china-shop sweeping disqualification. Are you the defense atty for one of the cops?

          • Edward Duree

            Youre a fucking idiot. I’ve made one comment on an isolated issue that may be a non-issue–the author asserts the victim really wasn’t drunk anyway. I’ve said nothing about the remainder of the case.
            On the other hand, I’ve been accused of protecting the cops, not caring about police abuse, being a Nazi killer cop, of representing on of the involved cops and now, laughably, of being a bull in a china shop.
            One thing is clear, their are many progressives in the readership here. I always thought the appeal was to libertarians. But you people are recognizably progresdives. No other political group has as many wild thinking, intellectually dishonest dullards who equate emotional outbursts with thinking. I feel unclean having interacted with you fuckheads.

        • rob
        • rob

          How is it you can claim anything new if the police have all information locked-up? You seem to “know,” so enlighten us all.


    • Rework Oh Ryan

      That’s not being drunk. That is being disorderly, which is very different. One means you have had alcohol, the other means you cannot control your alcohol. The original statement stands true, it is not illegal to be drunk.

      • Edward Duree

        Being drunk in public is definitely a crime. Being drunk under the law means alcohol/intoxicants rendered you incapable of caring for your own safety or the safety of others. Being drunk in public is one of many forms of disorderly conduct. Inform yourself. Read CA PC 647.

    • (((vv¯O¯vv)))

      Couldn’t agree more. The actions of the police in this story are atrocious and this website has opened my eyes to how widespread these atrocities are, but I’m irritated when I discover that the truth has been blurred or ignored, and whether or not it’s intentional or not becomes a question in my mind…it’s distracting to say the least. If we’re to declare a war on police brutality, we should know our enemy. Since police operate within the context of the law, we should know the law…or at least know how to use google.

  • rob

    100 % MBP!! Murder By Polce!

  • Justice1313

    In Ocean County, NJ. we have many SUICIDES, according to the local AUTHORITY! 1.) A mother, ( Forked River, NJ.) going through a divorce, rolled herself up in a rug, which was later found in her attic. It was positioned in a dark corner of the attic. The AUTHORITY determined — she committed suicide! Did she drag her dead body ( while rolled up in the rug ), up to her attic and then jammed herself, ( while in the rolled rug ), into the attic? The stench of the decaying body, alerted others to her hidden hideout. * When someone is going through a DIVORCE, and later, found DEAD, it is usually the spouse who would be the ” PERSON OF INTEREST ” in the investigation of the SUSPICIOUS TIMING of the death, of the person ( VICTIM ) who wanted OUT OF THE MARRIAGE.

  • Justice1313

    In Ocean County, Forked River, NJ., according to the local AUTHORITY, a well respected owner of a vitamin shop, off Rte. 9, near Lacey Road, committed suicide, by hanging himself! This HONORABLE man, alerted citizens in the area to be careful of the local police! A.) He ( the vitamin shop owner ) noticed the police harassing the spanish/mexican patrons of the neighboring travel agency, on a regular basis. B.) One of his own customers, ( a foreigner ) who offered suggestions, to the local. sick residents, was harassed by the police on a regular basis. He was later jailed for practicing medicine without a licence. He new about natural herbs which aided in healing the symptoms, of the local patrons of the Vitamin Shop. He never took any money for his suggestions. The benefactors of his suggestions could NOT continue to support the local physicians who were FAILING their patients, while taking their money. C.) A Japanese/American was harassed by the local police on a regular basis. The owner of the vitamin shop, warned this victim to be careful of the local police. He ( the vitamin shop owner ) also mentioned the above examples of police brutality, by the Lacey TWP, Forked River police. * The Japanese Embassy representatives had been visiting, in the New York area. They had been alerted to the problem of police harassment, of one of their own citizens and decided to investigate the behavior of the Forked River, NJ. police, against Mr. Tom Williams. The owner of the Vitamin Shop, knew about many victims of police brutality, because the same victims, were also his customers. The owner of the Vitamin Shop was found hung, off his door, in his own shop! I would say that it would take at least (2-3) men, to immobilize the shop owner and then hang him. The shop owner was going to HELP the Japanese/American, work with investigators, against the local police, to PROVE HATE CRIMES AGAINST FOREIGN CITIZENS, LIVING IN THE AREA. *** THE SHOP OWNER, TOLD A LOCAL MAGAZINE PUBLISHER, THAT HIS BUSINESS WAS GROWING. and HE WOULD BE PLACING SEVERAL ADS IN THE NEAR FUTURE. HE WAS HAPPY WITH THE WAY THINGS WERE GOING BETWEEN HE AND HIS LADY FRIEND. SOOOOOOO WHY WOULD HE COMMIT SUICIDE BY HANGING, WHEN HE WAS SURROUNDED BY ALL TYPES OF PILLS, WHICH WOULD TAKE CARE OF THE JOB, WITH VERY LITTLE EFFORT? This same ( Forked River, NJ. ) police department has been PROTECTING METH LABS and DRUG HOUSES, for YEARS. The police chief stepped down, ( 15 ) police officers jumped the sinking ship and ( 2 ) local D. A.s separated themselves SIMULTANEOUSLY from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office! HMMMM!!!

  • Justice1313

    In Ocean County, West Creek, NJ. THREE ( 3 ) SEPARATE INDIVIDUALS, had each been found DEAD, IN THEIR OWN HOMES! They lived on Dock Road, within a mile from one another and on the same side of the street. THE LOCAL authority DETERMINED that IN EACH CASE, THE VICTIMS COMMITTED SUICIDE! Their suspicious deaths and connection ( location wise ) to Mr. Brian Parkinson, across the street, from two of the victims, will have the answers to WHY these neighbors, of Mr. Parkinson, HAD BEEN KILLED! FYI: Read, THE BOOK, tab on http://www.jonbenetstruecasehistory.com Go to the chapter titled: The List of The Dead. * You will have to go to the ” Table of CONTENTS ” section, to read certain chapters. * Someone has DISABLED the light blue, chapter forward, tab, at the bottom of the page.! Hmmm!

  • Justice1313

    In Ocean County, Forked River, NJ., an electrician / locksmith was found dead. He owned his own business in Lacey Twp. The AUTHORITY said, ” He committed suicide.” A few days prior to his death, the electrician told me, ” I AM AFRAID I AM GOING TO BE KILLED. I WAS ORDERED TO PLACE LISTENING DEVICES IN A VARIETY OF LOCAL BUSINESSES and RESIDENTIAL HOMES, by ( the, then Forked River, NJ. ) police chief Nally. If I am summoned to testify in court, against Nally, I’m sure I will be killed, before I ever get inside a courtroom. ” His friends had been told that he was depressed. The owner of the Vitamin shop’s friends had been fed the same garbage, by the same people! Hmmm!!!

  • Ryan James Fitzpatrick

    we need to revolt against this sick system we live in. Police are scum, inhuman, vile creatures.

    • Justice1313

      I agree with you.

  • Justice1313

    In Ocean County, NJ. a politician was helping a citizen, investigate the LEVEL OF CORRUPTION, in Ocean County. The politician was found dead, in his car. This politician was seen and heard talking to a whistle blower, at a local quick mart, just prior to his death. The TWO men ( politician and whistle blower ) had been talking about a young male, found hung in a tree, with beat marks all over his body. He was yet another SUICIDE! The local police should have been made to take polygraphs, as to whether they had anything to do with the bruising, on this young man’s body. Their ” BILLY CLUBS ” should have been examined for this victim’s DNA. * Was this — MURDER / MURDER or suicide ( young male ) / accidental death ( politician )?

  • Justice1313

    In Ocean County, West Creek, NJ., a white male was found in his home, with his throat cut, FROM EAR TO EAR. The AUTHORITY determined that he committed SUICIDE! This man was sharing with a WHISTLE BLOWER, a list of CORRUPT COPS who are also PEDOPHILES. The list included SEVEN NAMES. The list of names had been reported to higher authority! Across the country, Ocean County is listed as the SEVENTH, most CORRUPT county in America. Illinois is number ONE. * CAN a person cut their own throat FROM EAR TO EAR?

  • Justice1313

    ALL SUICIDES in Ocean County, NJ. MUST BE RE-EXAMINED BY outside special investigators. Any CORRUPT person ( Politician / Judge / Prosecutor or Police ) who knowingly COVERED UP THESE NAMED MURDER CASES, as suicide cases — SHOULD BE JAILED AND PROSECUTED, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW. They gave their SWORN OATH, ( a position of TRUST ) to SERVE and PROTECT the PEOPLE. They broke their oath. They are CRIMINALS in HIGH POSITIONS. *** Pull the long list of SUICIDES in Ocean County, NJ. and then see that JUSTICE is SERVED, ACCORDINGLY.

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