Beranton J. Whisenant Jr., a federal prosecutor, was found dead on a Hollywood, Florida beach early this past Wednesday. He had been investigating passport and visa fraud cases in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami (major crimes unit) since January 2017.
Whisenant was found with a head trauma, but the cause of his death hasn’t yet been determined. Only 14 federal prosecutors have been murdered in the last 100 years, so Whisenant is part of a rare statistic. (Go here, 2:17 mark.)
It still isn’t clear where or when Whisenant actually died: his body washed up on shore.
Because Whisenant worked in Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s backyard district, some are speculating about whether his death is a politi-cide, in the wake of the Seth Rich and Sean Lucas murders. While this seems premature, the nature of his death is suspicious and there may be connections beyond his work as a prosecutor.
The Miami Herald’s May 25th article on Whisenant’s death implies that there is no connection between his work and the ostensible homicide: “Normally, if the death of a federal prosecutor or agent were retaliatory in nature or related to a criminal case, both the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office would be sounding the alarm and pursuing an aggressive investigation.”
Or perhaps the implication is that the investigation isn’t proceeding “normally.”
Many believe that Seth Rich was murdered because he leaked information from the DNC to Wikileaks, compromising various politicos, including Hillary Clinton and former DNC chairwoman Wasserman-Schultz. (Schultz resigned shortly after the WikiLeaks email scandal.)
Here is an interview with Doug Hagmann on the Seth Rich murder, which discloses facts about the lack of basic investigative research on the part of the D.C police. For instance, no effort was made by the police to interview patrons of the bar where Rich spent his time prior to being shot.