By Jared Chausow
By Katie Toth
By Elizabeth Flock
By Albert Samaha
By Anna Merlan
By Jon Campbell
By Jon Campbell
By Albert Samaha
Within Cwick's elite Marines unit, two other strange deaths are known to have occurred. In April, Major Marc Hohle, who had been a pilot for Clinton in the first year of his first term as president, died in a helicopter crash on Okinawa. In March, another member of the special unit, Corporal Eric S. Fox, a helicopter crewman, was found dead of a gunshot wound to his head. Fox's body was found near a West Virginia schoolyard after his auto crashed. His death was ruled a suicide, but no explanation was given.
No doubt the deaths of Cwick, Hohle, and Fox will join the growing list of names that Linda Tripp has referred to as the Clinton "body count." The list includes names like Vince Foster as well as the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, who died in a plane crash in April 1996, but who conspiracy mongers claim was shot. And then there's former Clinton bodyguard Jerry Luther Parks, onetime head of the Clinton-Gore 1992 security team, who was gunned down in 1993 while driving his car in Little Rock.
Hall of Shame
Filthy Rich CEOs
As the divide between rich and poor gapes wider, corporate executives continue to pull down more obscene salaries. According to a list compiled by the Institute for Policy Studies, the left think tank in Washington, the following are the top five CEO money grubbers among the corporate elite in the '90s:
Hamish Maxwell, Philip Morris: In 1991 got $15.6 million in total compensation for his takeover of General Foods, Kraft Foods, and Jacob Suchard with tobacco profits.
Dean Buntrock, Waste Management: Drew $12.2 million in 1990 while the giant garbage combine was shelling out $52.3 million in fines and legal costs. Waste Management had been the target of 223 criminal and civil cases. In 1996, a federal judge ordered the company to pay $100 million as a result of a fraud charge. In 1998, the firm's new leadership agreed to pay $220 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by shareholders alleging that earnings had been overstated while Buntrock was in charge.
Thomas Frist, Hospital Corporation of America: Was the highest-paid CEO in the U.S. during 1992, hauling in $127 million. By 1998, while struggling to arrive at a settlement between his company and the federal government over Medicare fraud, he was among the lowest-paid. (Frist's brother Bill is the senator from Tennessee.)
Lawrence Coss, Green Tree Financial: America's highest-paid CEO in 1995 and 1996. Made a killing financing mobile homes and "subprime" car loans that can run up to 30 percent. Gave back $26 million of his $102 million salary in 1996 after a stockholder suit alleged that company accountants had cooked the books to artificially inflate earnings by $200 million.
William Anders, General Dynamics: Made $9.35 million in salary, bonuses, and other perks in 1991 while announcing that the company would be eliminating about 30,000 jobs over the next few years. Some of the jobs were transferred to Mexico, where employees make between 65 cents and $1.50 an hour.
On Bended Knee
The assistant principal of an elementary school in Fort Worth, Texas, was placed on administrative leave last week after he was accused of ordering an African American boy to kneel while he apologized to a white teacher. The boy's mother said she didn't mind the school disciplining her son, but "I object to the part that he was made to get on his knees." Reverend Michael Bell, a local preacher, said, "That to us is reminiscent of slavery." The school denied any racial motivation, and said it is investigating the incident.