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Death of Prof. Mike Adams ruled a suicide

Death of Prof. Mike Adams ruled a suicide

The years-long attacks on him took a toll.

Sad news. The death of UNC-Wilmington Professor Mike Adams has been ruled a suicide.

The New Hanover Sheriff’s Office has ruled that UNCW Professor Mike Adams died by suicide.

According to the agency’s spokesperson, Lt. Jerry Brewer, after an investigation by detectives and the medical examiner, “it was ascertained that Mr. Adams committed suicide with a single gunshot wound to the head.”

“No other people were in the home and foul play is not suspected,” he said.

Mark Steyn’s commentary, which we posted earlier today, is worth repeating:

He “seemed like” a happy warrior, but who knows? It’s a miserable, unrelenting, stressful life, as the friends fall away and the colleagues, who were socially distant years before Covid, turn openly hostile….

But either way, if you’re doing the heavy lifting on an otherwise abandoned front of the culture war, what you mostly hear, as Mike Adams did, is the silent majority’s silence – month in, month out….

And yet, if the facts are as they appear, a tireless and apparently “happy warrior” – exhausted by a decade of litigation, threats, boycotts, ostracization and more – found himself sitting alone – and all he heard in the deafening silence of the “silent majority” was his own isolation and despair. A terrible end for a brave man. Rest in peace.


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RIP Professor Mike Adams

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 27, 2020 at 10:31 pm


Murder by every other means……..

Interesting that just two days ago I decided that I am too silent. So I am making a conscious effort to speak out more both on my own account and also in support of others who are speaking out.
I feel so bad for Mike Adams. I definitely looked to him to buoy me up. Now I hope I can do something to buoy others up. For myself, I believe that God is in control, and I pray that God turns what is obviously a lot of evil into good. In the meantime, I need to do more than sit around waiting for God to act. I’m hoping I’m not alone.

    Sanddog in reply to topcat69. | July 28, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    I am in a position now that allows me to speak up without fear of being destroyed. I will be closing my company in the next couple of years and retiring. The left wing loons in my town can no longer harm me. So for the last couple of years, I have been speaking up. And I have a lot of “silent” support but I also have a lot more public support, with other people now feeling encouraged to speak out as well.

Libertas_7_4_1776 | July 27, 2020 at 10:43 pm

What a shock. Despite the political and social torment Mike is the most unlikely of suicides. A convert from atheism to Christianity and a traditionalist in the very best since of the word, he was able to fight the libs to a draw. I will remain skeptical that it was at his own hand.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Libertas_7_4_1776. | July 28, 2020 at 12:31 am

    Leftist are very quick to label the death of their enemies or conservatives, but I repeat myself, suicide aren’t they?

    “….suicide….found on a park bench shot 4 times in the back of the head…..suicide….”

The worst thing about this is, it will encourage the lunatic left even more that their attacks give the sick results they want.

The literal death of conservatives. By any means.


I looked on the UNC-W social media, and the left-wing fascists are dancing over his corpse. It’s truly sickening. Their glee reminds me of the descriptions of the Mob in Paris in 1789 after the guillotine took one of its victims.

Those of us who have not joined the leftist mobs need to support each other publicly. Throughout my academic career, I gradually became more and more silent as the the mob developed. I occasionally warned about the growing antisemitism disguised as anti-Zionism, but avoided getting involved in discussions. It became clear that a small group of zealots would viciously attack anyone who disrupted their leftist narrative.

I have great admiration for the courage that people like Mike Adams and Prof Jacobson have shown. And I am disgusted by the cowards that join the Mob and contradict all the principles of free speech and academic freedom that we academics used to hold dear. People like the Dirty 21 at Cornell and the bastards celebrating the blood on their hands at UNC-W don’t belong in the academic community.

I do not believe that Professor Miles could do that.

There are too many “convenient” suicides.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Tsquared. | July 28, 2020 at 12:25 am

    Hear Hear!

    Once is an occurrence.

    Twice is a coincidence.

    Three times or more is a conspiratorial pattern.

Conservatives/Patriots must surely begin to pull together or else we will all die alone. The Right desperately needs to organize at the grass roots level.

This man is a martyr for truth and decency. For fighting the good fight at any cost against the Goliath of our times. I will not forget Professor Adams and America needs to remember him in November and ever after.

LukeHandCool | July 27, 2020 at 11:24 pm

My little sister committed suicide four years ago this month.

Of the four of us children, she was far and away the “strongest” of all of us. She had a sense of humor and a lightning-quick wit the likes of which I’ve never seen in another person. She was also beautiful and had a huge, loving heart.

Even people we see as unbelievably “strong” have their limitations. They can put on a brave face, but you never know what personal agony and despair may be tormenting them.

Professor Adams may have been feeling like he was at the end of his rope for years now. I think perhaps he reached a point where he felt things were so bad they could only get better and then proceeded to get worse.

I will never, ever rejoice at the untimely death of someone with whom I profoundly disagree. Some of the tweets I’ve seen from those who disagree with Professor Adams’ worldview reveal a depravity and lack of decency and humanity that is almost completely incomprehensible.

I know Professor Jacobson has a family support system. But this fall he may feel like he’s Clinical Professor of Persona Non Grata. We need to step up our support.

As with my sister, given the chance, I would no longer ask, “How could you do this?”

I would ask, “How were you able to hold on so long?”

Mike Adams was my favorite conservative voice for years. His courage to challenge the forces that worked to silence voices on college campuses across the country was unmatched.

If there was one issue where is efforts exceeded free speech, it was abortion. He worked tirelessly to end the cancer that is abortion.

The world is less without Mike Adams. I pray that he is in the warm embrace of He who forgives and comforts all who ask.

On days like this I’m all for leaving the schools shut down.


RIP, Mike.

I do not believe the story of his death. For years he bore the wrath of the feminazis lunatics and left radical dystopian nut cases, and always got the better of them, far stronger and knowledgeable.

He was retiring in a week and would have been free of that lefist sexual suicide cult in academia. No way, he was a gun man, no way he does this gun shot to the head, typical narrative of the communist democrats. How many murdered and claimed as suicide by the well paid authorities.

    kenoshamarge in reply to Candid. | July 28, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    I’m with you. I don’t believe he committed suicide either.

    Made to “look” like suicide is as old as any other way to murder someone.

I hope for truth and justice.

May he rest in peace, and may there be a honest accounting for his life.

It’s happening to some degree to all of us. I have lots of “friends” who have become conversational mine fields. It’s very hard to know who your friends are these days. Most people are too intellectually lazy to commit to anything. The willful blindness all around us is very creepy. We need to get out there and FIGHT!

I could see his suicide as plausible, even acceptable, and, though harder still, understandable. Whatever the case, I truly grieve his loss. I found him a very special kind of living intelligence and force for freedom and individual integrity.

What to add? Maybe some people, who are so very special, are born with a terribly ironic “strength” — a certain power of conviction that derives from a long-ago agreed, or maybe a continually relearned understanding, with something cosmic in scale: one’s death can be viewed as reasonable; once convinced, they’re then freer than most — but, this theory runs, at a very certain cost.

On the other hand — and who isn’t torn by such an event? — I can see this as a very sophisticated, well-plied cover-up of a vile, perhaps increasingly prevalent, political homicide. Mike had many powerful and power-hungry enemies, both known to him and probably higher up, affecting the operation of significant levers, we can all surmise.

On that note, I’ll tidy things up. I am quite a bit more confident in the proposition that our good professor shot himself in the head with his beloved, Second-Amendment-protected, self-defensive firearm than I am believing House Judiciary Chairman Jerold Nadler’s recent assessment regarding riotous and violent actions by far too many in Portland for weeks upon weeks against, among other things, federal government institutions and installations, including the US Courthouse. Chairman Nadler labeled such reports, which, quoting federal agents on the scene, cite members of Antifa as the main perpetrators of such violence in Portland, as being “myth, spread only in Washington, DC”.

Apparently, the Chairman means by such startling and dismissive derogation either that the identification of Antifa’s presence there, or the unending, destructive attacks on US facilities, or possible both, are fake, POTUS-led government propaganda, meant to distort, malign, and impugn the well-meaning integrity of the peaceful protestors in Portland and other American cities.

My confidence in Chairman Nadler’s view of such reporting and federal-government management of these horrific, ongoing attacks on our civility, security, and integrity as a nation is in itself quite low, around the 30-% level, but far lower than my confidence in the recent police report on the official manner of Mike Adam’s death, suicide, which I place at the 65-% level.

Anyway you look at, Mike’s death and the ongoing civil violence, mayhem, and Marxist/Maoist/globalist-led anarchy in our major cities’ streets are ongoing, hard-to-take tragedies of this, America’s weirdest, seemingly unwieldly, existential challenge yet.

If you have a TRUMP 2020 hat, wear it everywhere you go.
If you do not own one, buy one, and wear it everywhere you go.
Buck up.

This is terrible – I feel for the Professor’s family and friends. I work for a multi-national company who’s CEO is a scurrilous “progressive” – our “townhall chat” meetings, in light of the Wuhan-Democrat Virus – work from home situation now always include Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police Messages, and subtle but obvious Anti-President Trump / conservative / republican messages. It’s not right and it really pisses me off. The liberal viewpoint is CLEARLY the only one that counts and having an opposing view may lead scrutiny like Professor Jacobson and Professor Adams have endured. I wonder how long it will be before the company calls me to account for my LI subscription? My messages on Twitter and Parler?

Is this what the Jews felt like in 1938/39…?

Danimal5005 | July 28, 2020 at 9:01 am

You can never stay silent and never back down. Now do you wonder why conservatives voted for and completely support Trump while holding NeverTrump ‘conservatives’ in complete disdain?

The least of it, but I hope the university still has to pay out his settlement.

My thought is that Mr. Adams felt as though he had given in or given up. Certainly he wouldn’t have the chance to meet and interact with students any more. He may have seen the future as unfulfilling.

And that’s a shame. He could still have made a difference. I am sorry he won’t have the chance.

This evening {May 29, 2020} I ate pizza and drank beer with six guys at a six seat table top. I almost felt like a free man who was not living in the slave state of North Carolina. Massa Cooper, let my people go!

    henrybowman in reply to Zachriel. | July 28, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Timeless prose.

    See, people who don’t see every damn thing through the lens or race and outrage don’t see anything there to have a problem with. The others will have a problem with everything anyway.

Suicide? No way. A young, handsome, articulate, brilliant, well-educated, strong man who knows it is his Duty to set a good example to others – and who has $500K in his pocket – isn’t going to kill himself.

Sure, pats on the back are nice to get – and it IS sickening to be publicly smeared and have no one publicly come to your defense – but the Truth Tellers who challenge the false prevailing dogma of our Time don’t depend on applause from the sheep. God commands us to warn people of danger – whether they listen or not; and if we don’t warn them, their blood is on our heads [Ezekiel, Chapters 2 & 3].

So our job is to tell the Truth and Warn people of danger, no matter what response we get – from them. There is much comfort in knowing that one is obedient to God.

I didn’t have the privilege of knowing the Professor; but we must not perpetuate the attacks on him by repeating what may be still another smear against him: That he was a suicide.

Goodbye cruel stupid world.

I could never do it but I can understand his profound disgust with the modern world.

I gave a hard time believing this was a suicide. It certainly was convenient for UNC Wonderful…

“Suicides” sometimes aren’t. Mike Adams had a lot of enemies.

Sadly, it seems there is no doubt it was suicide, so maybe the conspiracy stuff should be knocked off. It doesn’t alter the wicked guilt one hopes the mobs celebrating his death will feel on an individual basis once the fever breaks. Most people are good, it just takes a while before that kicks in. The others will burn in the hell they don’t believe in just now.

I can not wear my Trump hat without fear of assault. It is not a false fear, its a reality that exist because we have been silent to long.
What can we do to pull together and speak out?
I have definitely called and emailed my representatives more than ever. I even corresponded with the Dean of Cornell University only because someone here posted the email address. Somehow we have to speak out, not just speak to one another. How do we support the teacher who was forced to resign over a tweet stating he was tired of being silent. I would like the opinions of readers on this site. How can the silent become loud?

    Carl in reply to Dr.Dave. | July 29, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Your fear is not irrational. A conservative friend who had a Trump sticker on his new car got badly “keyed”. And we live in a solidly Republican County. While I am sure that 95% of the Democrats around are nice polite law-abiding citizens who simply are brain-dead in their political views, that other 5% are thugs who will not hesitate to strike out. To my knowledge those don’t exist on “our” side, even though there are some scattered racist nut-jobs around who pretend to support the conservative cause.

    You ask how the silent can become loud. The answer is not to join the thugs in the street. “Loud” is not the objective. “Persuasive” is the objective. I suggest writing letters to the editor, asking friends and relatives where they stand and if possible to discuss principles politely. And vote.

freespeechfanatic | July 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm

My default position used to be one of trust — that law enforcement officials and the establishment were telling the truth. I was sometimes wrong. My default position is now one of distrust. I now assume I am being lied to. I’m sure I can be wrong in this position as well. But if I am being told he committed suicide, my opinion is, he did not commit suicide.

Disbelief in our institutions is exactly what Marxism desires. The early paradise can only be built on their ruins.

Make it “earthly”

On The Mark | July 28, 2020 at 2:18 pm

I find it difficult to believe, especially when his ideological opponents tend to believe their violence and terrorism is justified.

kenoshamarge | July 28, 2020 at 2:28 pm

I don’t believe he committed suicide. I believe it was made to look that way but I neither trust nor believe those who investigate such things.

His enemies won because a voice as strong and proud will not be heard on that campus again. May all those who made his life a living hell rot in hell for all eternity.

felixrigidus | July 28, 2020 at 2:46 pm

According to the New Hanover County Democratic Party website Sheriff Ed McMahon was elected on a Dem ticket.
Of course, that does not mean conclusions his office reaches are wrong just because he thinks they would benefit his party.

    felixrigidus in reply to felixrigidus. | July 28, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    In any case, whether he was driven to suicide or directly murdered, there is little doubt who is truly to blame here.

Very sad to think the man was made to feel alone in the world.

I have done the full suicide training and took calls three nights a week on the national suicide hotline, so I have a pretty good idea of what likely happened here, having dealt with similar scenarios numerous times.

The basic scenario is a person who has gone out to the edge for a very long time, and suddenly that changes, which leaves them very disoriented and isolated. And I am talking about emotionally isolated, even if surrounded by people. I have seen it mostly with callers who have been long-term caretakers, and when the individual that they are caring for dies, they are now without a purpose. Only then does it hit them that they have sacrificed so much for something which no longer exists. These are the calls that I found most difficult because I knew that “I got nuttin.” Given the timing of the settlement and the reported suicide, I can easily envision the rapidly changing shift in his mind.

I remember a few years back about one of the people on the series Storm Chasers who was constantly yakking about wanting to experience being in the center of a tornado. And then it happened as one came right over their vehicle. What impressed me was the vacant look in his eyes after the event, a literal “is that all there is?” His life had peaked, and it wasn’t enough. So I wasn’t surprised when at the end of the episode there was a statement regarding his suicide shortly after the event.

So in my best professional judgement, Mike likely experienced a profound sense of emptiness as all of the external issues drew to a close. Think of this fight as being an all-consuming purpose, and then suddenly it is gone. While counter-intuitive to regular folk, it is a familiar scenario to people in the crisis management field.

I remember the first time I had to do an overdose intervention, which quite literally consumed my life for like 30 minutes. There are no more powerful words IMHO than “we got this.” Dave almost needed to do an intervention on me once it was resolved as the comedown was the most intense feelings I can recall ever having.

So basically, sad, but also understandable. That is why people who work in these areas have regular de-briefings in order to maintain balance.

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I have a Mike Adams story. I first became aware of this UNC-Wilmington professor who was involved in a viewpoint discrimination lawsuit against his employer. I began to read all his Townhall columns and his CV. He was the coolest guy in the way he talked about his father and his atheism. Looking back, I see a man who would freely discuss any subject, no matter how deeply personal.

Since Mike was a professor, I figured I would contact him through the University’s email system. I dropped him a short note, said I was a fan and would be following him. I was a bit surprised that he took ten seconds to email me back. I often thought of him as a happy warrior, content to use the 1st Amendment as teaching moments. I think something changed in the last month before his death, almost like he decided to give up the fight.

When I heard the news, I was crushed. I believe that the fight took a greater toll on him than it would others. Being lied about constantly for something you write just isn’t fair, but that is the climate in today’s academia. May God bless you, Professor Adams.

No. The autopsy results need to be reviewed.

healthguyfsu | July 28, 2020 at 8:48 pm

He was worth 100 George Floyds…no connection to race, just in terms of societal benefit and furthering of our species. The mainstream media likely won’t even mention it. Should they dare, they will incite and perhaps join the grave dancing.

ObieWanKanObie | July 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm

I seriously doubt it was suicide because he didn’t leave a note. This seems unusual for a man with his talent for writing, and clear thinking.

Also, he was a devout Christian and was active in a ministry–he took his religion very seriously. No doubt he knew that suicide is mortal sin. And as was mentioned above, he had a lot to live for.

What was on his computers? What writing projects was he working on? What emails were in his inbox? I hope we find out.

First Epstein, now Adams. Come on, Prof. Jacobson— don’t just tell us “No other people were in the home and foul play is not suspected.” Are you in on a coverup? I find it hard to believe, but surely you know that this is highly dubious. It’s kind of like a high-up mafia don having just gotten out of prison and gotten a settlement of a half-million dollars from the government and then being found dead of a gunshot wound.
Maybe it was suicide, but it looks like a cursory investigation and indecent haste to say it was suicide. I bet, for example, Adams received many death threats over the years– that’s routine for people in his position, but when the recipient ends up dead, it’s time to start checking them. Why aren’t they mentioned?

EricRasmusen | August 3, 2020 at 9:32 pm

Professor Jacobson, you’re the same kind of person as Mike Adams– courageous, outspoken, conservative, academic. If you decided to leave Cornell with a big settlement, would you get really depressed and decide the first thing on your retirement agenda would be to commit suicide without leaving any kind of farewell blog post, even?

And what do you think the Ithaca police would do if they found you’d been murdered by someone with Cornell University connections? Or with local progressive connections?