John Poindexter is the Houston billionaire proprietor of Cibolo Creek Ranch resort in Presidio County, west Texas, who, on February 13, 2016, discovered the body of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his resort room.
On February 14, 2016, in a post for mySA (MySanAntonio) entitled, “Texas Ranch owner recalls Scalia’s last hours,” reporter John MacCormack cited Poindexter:
“We discovered the judge in bed, a pillow over his head. Everything was in perfect order. He was in his pajamas, peacefully, in bed. His bed clothes were unwrinkled. He was lying very restfully. It looked like he had not quite awakened from a nap.”
The next day, February 15, at 4:05 a.m., I obtained this screenshot of the mySA post as evidence of the Poindexter quote, in case mySA scrubs the post:
No surpise, Poindexter’s remark about “a pillow over his [Scalia’s] head” resulted in speculations of foul play.
On Feb. 15, Poindexter’s remark was picked up by Drudge Report, with the headline “pillow over head”:
On February 17, Poindexter “clarified” his remark to the New York Daily News that “There was a pillow over his head, not over his face. The face was entirely clear.”
And today, the latest.
David Warren reports for the AP that based on a Presidio County Sheriff’s Office incident record acquired by The Washington Post on Feb. 23, nothing seemed out of place around Scalia’s bed. “Three pillows were stacked to elevate Scalia’s head. A top pillow appeared to have toppled onto his eyes and forehead but didn’t appear positioned to impede his breathing.” Scalia’s “arms were at his side atop the bed covers, which were pulled up to his chin. The bed covers were smooth and creased and showed no sign of a struggle.”
That is one magical pillow!
Initially, it was over Scalia’s head.
Then, it was above Scalia’s head, whose face was “entirely clear”.
Right now, the pillow is neither over nor above Scalia’s head, but to some extent covering his face (“toppled onto his eyes and forehead”), despite the fact that the pillow made sure to position itself so as not to “impede his breathing”.
I can barely hold out for the magical pillow’s next feat of gymnastics . . . .