Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at

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Police said Tuesday that they found no evidence to provide a motive for the suicide of former Republican gubernatorial candidate and Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich, all but concluding their investigation into his death.

Clayton, Mo. Police Det. Lt. Don Bass told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that investigators never found a note or anything else to provide a motive for the suicide in searches of Schweich's cell phone and computer.

Later in a news conference, police released more findings from their investigation that added crucial context to Schweich's death, including chronic illness and a history of suicidal thoughts.

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The 73-year-old reserve sheriff's deputy who fatally shot an unarmed man during an undercover operation earlier this month in Oklahoma was a close friend of the sheriff's and a major donor to his agency and campaign.

Even before prosecutors announced Monday that Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Roberts Bates, a white insurance executive, was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Eric Harris, who was black, those details raised questions about whether Bates had been paying to play cop.

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