Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Oral Surgeon and the Pilot

On May 25th, 2009, prominent Kerrville oral surgeon Dr. James Stokes and pilot Roger Nathanson were found dead in the remains of an ultralight aircraft on a ranch off Highway 16 between Fredericksburg and Kerrville that is owned by lifelong close friends of my ex-husband and his family. [This ranch adjoins one owned by the grandparents of another victim of a suspicious death.] According to newspaper accounts, the FAA concluded that the wings somehow came off this craft causing it to crash. None of the accounts I've seen say anything about what these two men were doing in this plane, where they were headed, etc.
A few days after this incident, the head of the Kerrville newspaper and his wife (both very close friends of Judge Ables and his wife) suddenly left town and were replaced by a man whose wife is from Fredericksburg. [The current Kerrville police chief's wife is also from Fredericksburg, as is the wife of Texas DPS Trooper Gates, newly assigned to our area.]


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