On Aug. 1, AFP writer Pete Papaherakles, one of Victor Thorn’s longtime friends, received a phone call that no one ever wants to get. It was Victor’s son, informing Pete that the great patriot author and researcher was dead, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The following is Pete’s heartfelt response, which he has agreed to make public.
By Pete Papaherakles
On Monday morning, I received a phone call that completely turned my world upside down. Nothing could have prepared me for it. The call was from Victor’s son, Josh, informing me that Victor had just committed suicide.
I felt like a truck had just run over me. Was this some kind of a practical joke? Was it a dream? Not Victor. Not in a million years. I had just spoken to him the day before, and he was as happy and cheerful as ever. I had packed a surprise present for him and he kept trying to get me to reveal what it was.
“You’ll find out soon enough,” I’d told him.
Just as I was leaving for the post office on Monday morning, the phone rang. Victor would never find out what the present was.
Josh informed me that I was the first person he called outside the immediate family. Per Victor’s post-mortem instructions he requested that I be the one to write his obituary article.
“What am I supposed to write?” I exclaimed in my grief and anger. “That he was an idiot for going off and killing himself?”
“My dad said you’ll know what to write,” Josh calmly explained.
Victor always did have more faith in me than I do, but I stepped up to the task and penned it with a heavy heart.
I want to personally give my condolences to Victor’s family for their loss—his parents, his son, his brother. I’m sure this has been devastating for them.
I want to start by reiterating that I still feel he was an idiot for killing himself. Not a day has passed since his death that I haven’t called him every name in the book for what he did. He was in the prime of his life and at the peak of his career. He was in perfect health, was happy, and had a great attitude about life. Why would he do such a stupid thing?
Victor caused great pain to his family, friends, and thousands of fans around the world. He was a huge part of AMERICAN FREE PRESS, and he will never be replaced.
On a personal level, Victor was my best friend. We spoke on the phone almost on a daily basis. I loved him like a brother.
His loss has ripped a hole in my heart.