There appears to be a real life mystery happening at Fort Hood which is located in Killeen, TX. In the last two months, there have been 12 members of the base’s personnel which have died under Mysterious Circumstances according to sources inside Base Security. The deaths have become so regular in fact that the Office of the Secretary of the Army has launched its own investigation into the deaths.
On Friday, The United States Army launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of the latest victim. According to sources, this soldier was found unresponsive at his post on the Fort Hood base. His death made him the latest in a string of nearly a dozen deaths of soldiers serving at the huge Texas facility.
According to a report in the military publication, Stars and Stripes Sgt. Alex Mathew Dean Taylor, 23, a soldier assigned to the 15th Military Intelligence Battalion, was found dead at his post while on duty, Taylor had enlisted as an aviation operations specialist. The department of the Army has as yet, released no information about the circumstances of Taylor’s death.
When a direct request for information pertaining to the deaths was made, a spokesperson for the Army Criminal Investigations Command said only that ‘At this point in the investigative process we do not suspect foul play, but have not completely ruled it out while we conduct a complete and thorough death investigation.’
Sgt. Taylor was a decorated soldier, having earned numerous commendations during his service, including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Aviation Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. Sources inside the investigation told us that Taylor was the 12th soldier to have died under what they called “mysterious circumstances” since November.
Just 12 days ago on January 2nd, Private First Class Randal K. Anderson, 22, died from what Army officials said was ‘an apparent gunshot wound’ in Killeen, Texas, the town which abuts Fort Hood where both drugs and prostitution are rampant. Officials would not release any information pertaining to that incident other than to say that it was still an open investigation and that at the current time, no one has been arrested in connection with the shooting.
On November 16th, Private Kevin Paulino, a 24-year-old soldier originally from the Bronx, died from a gunshot wound while he was in Peru, Indiana. Paulino had enlisted in the military as an infantryman in May, according to the New York Daily News. Then just ten days after his death, on November 26, Private Wanya Bruns, 20, also died from a gunshot in Killeen.
Private Dakota Lee Stump, 19, was found dead on the Fort Hood base on November 3 in an apparent car accident. Stump had been missing since October 10. The army said that Stump was found near his overturned vehicle by soldiers who were conducting land navigation exercises about 100 yards from the road.
In addition, there have been two other unnamed soldiers stationed at Fort Hood who have died from unspecified causes, while a third was killed in another car accident on January 9th. It has not been release if there was any obvious connection between the deceased military personnel, but some in the investigative service are wondering if these deaths could be the work of one or a group of individuals.
Fort Hood has in the past achieved national press coverage due to the Terrorist attack by Major Nidal Hasan. Hasan who had become a radical Muslim, in 2009 turned his weapon on a group of unarmed fellow soldiers, and again in 2015, when an active shooter killed two other persons before killing himself. That attack stemmed from personal issues between two of the victims.
Nidal Malik Hasan (born September 8, 1970) is an American convicted of fatally shooting 13 people and injuring more than 30 others in the Ft Hood mass shooting on November 5, 2009. Hasan was a United States Army Medical Corps psychiatrist who admitted to the shootings at his court-martial in August 2013. A jury panel of 13 officers convicted him of 13 counts of premeditated murder, 32 counts of attempted murder, and unanimously recommended he be dismissed from the service and sentenced to death. Hasan is incarcerated at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas awaiting execution while his case is reviewed by appellate courts.