Vincent van Gogh was murdered, a new book suggests, written by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. One of the theories, based on inconsistencies about his death, is that Gogh was shot and murdered by children. The book also claims that there was a cover up.
Since 1890, it has long been thought that the troubled Impressionist had committed suicide. Now along with the book and a segment that aired on “60 Minutes” this past Sunday, there is a new theory that he covered up his own murder.
In “Van Gogh: The Life,” a 900-page tome by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, the authors investigated some of the inaccuracies in the reporting of his death.
It was reported after being shot, Vincent arrived at the Auberge Ravoux Inn, where he lived, clutching his stomach, but the field where he supposedly used a gun on himself was more than a mile of rough terrain away.
Meanwhile, a local man who claims he heard the fatal gunshot not in the wheat field, but in a farmyard in town, less than a half-mile from the Inn.
More so the doctors who attended to him noted that the bullet was fired some distance away from his body, at an odd angle for an attempted suicide, which led the speculation that the legendary painter was murdered.
When authorities asked Vincent f he had tried to kill himself, he said, “I believe so,” and, curiously, asked them not to accuse anyone else of the crime. The authors believe that the gun was fired by a 16-year-old boy, and this is where they believe children were involved with a cover up.
The boy, Rene Secretan, lived nearby and got to know Vincent. He would buy him drinks, but the boy also made it a habit to taunt him. The boy had later made claims that he was the recipient of the gun that the artist used to kill himself with.
Naifeh said it was “very clear to us that he did not go into the wheat fields with the intention of shooting himself.”