Hastings Family Member Says ‘Unauthorized Cremation’ Story Untrue

MichaelHastingsWhoWhatWhy’s Russ Baker has done some sleuthing into the story that the body of the late Michael Hastings was cremated without the permission of his family. His conclusion is that this isn’t true.


A recent count showed 475,000 results for “Hastings cremated” and 357,000 for “Hastings cremation.” The top results all reported that the family did not want the cremation. The clear implication was that this was proof of a cover-up – that “the authorities” had rushed to dispose of the body in a way that would make further inquiries, such as an autopsy, impossible.

But a family member told WhoWhatWhy, “It was our wish to have Michael’s remains cremated.” In fact, this family member said the cremation came about at the family’s specific request—and only after an autopsy and toxicology tests, whose results are pending.

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3 Comments on "Hastings Family Member Says ‘Unauthorized Cremation’ Story Untrue"

  1. I found this comment on the story of interest: “Sloppy reporting guys. You’re using an unattributed source to refute a prior story. Can’t do!. . .” €” Associated Blogs http://disq.us/8elyn3 The rest of the comment is of interest, too.

  2. BuzzCoastin | Aug 13, 2013 at 8:07 pm |

    getting the story right or getting it wrong
    won’t change anything
    but will create more media babble
    to which I have now contributed

  3. Anarchy Pony | Aug 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm |

    Is this true though? Or is someone being threatened? What is the real truth?

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