At the very top of Dallas Blog's "Viewpoints" section is the latest column from Rufus Shaw, posted yesterday morning, about how "the dream ticket" of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will not work. It will be Shaw's final column for the Web site: According to Dallas police this morning, Rufus Shaw shot himself at his home near W. Red Bird Lane and S. Hampton Road. Also found dead in the home, in the couple's bedroom, was
a woman believed to beShaw's wife, former Dallas Area Rapid Transit chair Lynn Flint Shaw. The bodies were found last night, as The Dallas Morning News reports this morning; KXAS-Channel 5 reports, "Police said they suspect the incident to be a murder-suicide." (Update: Dallas police told Unfair Park at 8:20 a.m. that they expect to provide further information shortly.)
Lynn Flint Shaw's recent troubles have been well documented here; they began with her being accused of, and later charged with, forging Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins' signature to get out of a $7,500 debt and extended beyond that initial allegation. Rufus commented upon them as well in January -- at least as much as he could, on the advice of his wife's attorney -- in a Dallas Blog column titled "The Politics of Destruction," in which he wrote, "I have often said in this column that being married to me is Lynn Flint-Shaw’s biggest political liability."
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Update: At 10 a.m., Dallas police will hold a media conference to release further details concerning the deaths of Rufus and Lynn Flint Shaw. Details forthcoming. Also, those trying to read to Shaw's Dallas Blog columns, linked to above, will find the site isn't working at the moment.