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Ex-Enron Big Tricked Kin on Suicide Night

Former Enron executive J. Clifford Baxter fooled his family by packing pillows under the bedcovers the night he left his home to kill himself, police said yesterday. Looks like he expected to come back.
EX-ENRON BIG TRICKED KIN ON SUICIDE NIGHT

By STEVEN LONG
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June 1, 2002 -- SUGAR LAND, Texas - Former Enron executive J. Clifford Baxter fooled his family by packing pillows under the bedcovers the night he left his home to kill himself, police said yesterday.

The family didn't know he had left the house until the police arrived to inform them of his death, Sugar Land Police Chief Ernest Taylor said.

The 43-year-old former vice chairman of Enron was found shot in his Mercedes at 2:23 a.m. last Jan. 25 a half mile away.

"Mr. Baxter hid the fact that he left the house that night by placing pillows under the covers," the chief added.

Taylor said ballistic and blood tests confirmed Baxter did commit suicide, with a single gunshot wound to the head, and that he acted alone.

A cop in the neighborhood said he saw Baxter driving alone. About two minutes later, the same officer found Baxter shot in the locked car, Taylor said.

Baxter resigned from Enron in May 2001, seven months before the energy giant went into bankruptcy and details of its murky off-the-books dealings started to surface.

He had been known to be uncomfortable with Enron's questionable financial practices.

With Post Wire Services

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