Mr. Howell Raines
Executive Editor
The New York Times
229 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Dear Mr. Raines:

Your reporters keep referring to the death of former Enron vice chairman, J. Clifford Baxter, as a suicide, sometimes attributing it to “authorities.” The only authority who has said it was suicide is the medical examiner who performed the autopsy. The police who are investigating the case promptly issued a statement disassociating themselves from her statement. They say the investigation is continuing. They have yet to release any evidence that proves that Baxter killed himself. They have a gun and a note. They refuse to say if the gun belonged to Baxter or had his fingerprints on it. They refuse to release the note, reveal what it says, or even say where it was found, who found it and if they have any proof that Baxter wrote it. I strongly suggest that you call these facts to the attention of your staff and tell them to quit using “suicide” until there is evidence to back it up.