Trail of Dead Bankers Reaches Arizona, Death Count Is Now At Nine


Another successful banker mysteriously turns up dead, bringing the total of recent suspicious deaths in the financial industry to 9.

Former National Bank of Commerce CEO James Stuart Jr. was found dead, the morning of Feb. 19. A family spokesman did not say what caused the death. This brings the total of banker deaths in recent weeks to 9, and like the other recent deaths, this one comes with no explanation.

In 1969, he joined Citibank in New York City, where he worked as a loan officer. In 1973, he was named executive vice president of First Commerce Bancshares, a holding company that owned Nebraska Bank of Commerce and six other banks. He became the holding company’s chairman and CEO in 1978 and assumed top leadership of NBC in 1985, The Journal Star reported.

After the holding company merged with Wells Fargo in 2000, Stuart opened an investment office in Lincoln, where he has worked ever since.

“He just leaves an incredible legacy of people who’ve gone on to have success both inside and outside of the banking industry,” close friend Brad Korell said.

For those of you who have not been following this developing story, all month we have been reporting on the suspicious string of deaths that have hit the financial industry.  To make matters even more suspicious, the vast majority of these deaths have been ruled a suicide, or the details have been swept under the rug entirely.

Those who had high profile deaths, like the man who jumped from the top of the JP Morgan HQ building in Europe are highly publicized, but overall, very few details about any of these deaths have been made public.

All of the details on each story can be found below, and we will continue to keep a running tally in the coming weeks.  Please feel free to comment below, or use our contact information to send us leads and tips on this situation.


String of suspicious deaths: 

1 – William Broeksmit, 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, was found dead in his home after an apparent suicide in South Kensington in central London, on January 26th.

2- Karl Slym, 51 year old Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27th.

3 – Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old JP Morgan employee, died after falling from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London on January 27th.

4 – Mike Dueker, 50-year-old chief economist of a US investment bank was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State.

5 – Richard Talley, the 57 year old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead earlier this month after apparently shooting himself with a nail gun.

6 -Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, also died last month, however the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown.

7 – Ryan Henry Crane, a 37 year old executive at JP Morgan died in an alleged suicide just a few weeks ago.  No details have been released about his death aside from this small obituary announcement at the Stamford Daily Voice.

8 – Li Junjie, 33-year-old banker in Hong Kong jumped from the JP Morgan HQ in Hong Kong this week.

9 – James Stuart Jr, 7 year old, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO dies suddenly in Arizona with no explanation.

Were these bankers killed for knowing too much?  Were they involved in something so unethical that they killed themselves out of shame?  These are the speculations that are rising in the wake of these apparent suicides.