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NYC Subway Train Drags Man to His Death

February 20, 2019 |

Commuters packed onto a subway platform at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal witnessed a horrifying scene Tuesday as a man was snagged by a moving train and dragged into a tunnel. The unidentified 39-year-old was walking on the yellow caution line on the edge of the platform around 7:…
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PETA Hears From Twitter After Statement on Lagerfeld’s Death

February 20, 2019 |

PETA evidently saw the death of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld as a fitting opportunity to make a statement about wearing fur. Not everyone agreed, People reports. Ingrid Newkirk, the organization’s president, said in a statement that Lagerfeld’s death “marks the end of an era when fur and exotic skins were…
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After Student’s Death, Family Has Message: ‘Never Walk Alone’

February 13, 2019 |

The family of a University of Vermont student who died in the snow after leaving a fraternity party alone wants to make sure no other student meets the same tragic fate. Connor Gage’s parents have started the “Connor Gage Never Walk Alone Fund,” with the aim of helping UVM educate…
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Investigation Raises Questions About James Brown’s Death

February 10, 2019 |

Natural causes. That’s the official explanation for the death of soul icon James Brown in 2006 at the age of 73. Congestive heart failure to be more specific. Now, however, CNN has come out with a three-part investigation— Part 1 , Part 2 , and Part 3 —raising the bombshell possibility that…
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Quadrigacx Saga: Founder’s Widow Owns $5.6m Properties, Hospital Confirms Cotten’s Death

February 8, 2019 |

Quadrigacx Saga: Founder's Widow Owns $  5.6m Properties, Hospital Confirms Cotten's Death

Troubled Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Quadrigacx may be newly armed with a 30-day stay from creditors, following the Feb. 5 bankruptcy hearing, but its late CEO’s widow, Jennifer Robertson, is on shifting ground as her affidavit is being picked apart by customers, experts and conspiracy theorists.

Also read: Report Claims Quadrigacx Never Held More Than 1,000BTC

Cotten’s Death Births Several Conspiracy Theories

Quadrigacx, until last year the largest Canadian exchange by traded volume, gained notoriety when it filed for bankruptcy protection, claiming that its founder and chief executive officer, Gerald W. Cotten, died in India on Dec. 9 without revealing the keys to cold wallets containing CAD $ 190 million (~US $ 145 million). A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge on Tuesday granted Quadriga’s request for creditor protection from as many as 115,000 customers.

Quadrigacx Saga: Founder's Widow Owns $  5.6m Properties, Hospital Confirms Cotten's Death
The late Gerry Cotten

The shifting narrative is now being challenged on multiple fronts, with skeptics claiming that the 30-year old CEO faked his death to evade paying customers. A recent report in The Times of India confirms that Cotten did die on Dec. 9 and his widow was granted a death certificate and police clearance to take his body back to Canada.

The article claims Cotten was admitted to Fortis Escorts hospital in Jaipur on Dec. 8 and diagnosed with “septic shock, perforation, peritonitis and intestinal obstruction.” Cotten allegedly died hours later of a cardiac arrest. He was known to suffer from Crohn’s disease.

Without DNA confirmation, though, the report will do to little to douse the skepticism surrounding the saga. Cotten is thought to have methodically gone about his “death,” naming his wife the sole executor of his estate 12 days before passing, and bequeathing properties from a jointly operated company to his in-laws.

A Widow’s Fortune

On a related note, it has been revealed by Canadian broadcaster CBC that Robertson’s company acquired properties in Nova Scotia worth CAD$ 7.5 million (~US$ 5.6 million) in the last two and half years. The properties may be a subject of interest as Quadrigacx is currently looking for money to pay creditors under the administration of accountants Ernst and Young.

According to the Nova Scotia’s property registry, Robertson and Cotten bought 16 properties between May 2016 and October 2018, ranging in price from CAD$ 94,000 for a waterfront lot in Lunenburg County to CAD$ 2.5 million for nine row houses in Bedford. About a dozen properties are held by the widow’s company, Robertson Nova Property Management Ltd, CBC reported.

Robertson, who also owns two other properties in her own name, including an island in Mahone Bay the couple purchased in September 2017 for CAD $ 162,000, has used three family names in the last few years.

According to the CBC article, deeds for properties she bought in 2016 show she was once known as Jennifer Forgeron. On Dec. 1, 2016, she changed her name from Jennifer Kathleen Margaret Griffith to her current name, Jennifer Kathleen Margaret Robertson.

Quadrigacx Saga: Founder's Widow Owns $  5.6m Properties, Hospital Confirms Cotten's Death
Jennifer Robertson’s properties in Bedford

Quadrigacx Has Less BTC Than It Claims to Own

While discontent and conspiracy theories have been particularly awash on social media, one cryptocurrency researcher has claimed that the exchange had significantly less bitcoin than it claims to have lost, and dismisses the claim that Cotten died with the keys to cold wallets, claiming that blockchain records show outgoing transactions since Cotten’s death.

A theory has also been floated that the company did not actually have the supposed cryptocurrency in its accounts but would use customers’ money for withdrawal requests. Delays experienced by some customers between withdrawal requests and payment were attributed to the possibility that the exchange was waiting on new deposits.

The company had previously claimed liquidity problems as a result of losing access to the wallets. In the affidavit filed against the Feb. 5 bankruptcy hearing, Robertson stated that her husband was the sole director and officer at Quadrigacx and its sister companies at the time of his death.

The failure of the company to remain liquid after the CEO’s death tied into the lone wolf style of business. “To the best of my knowledge, most of the businesses of these companies was being conducted by Gerry whenever and wherever he and his computer were located,” claimed his widow.

Following the death of Cotten, Quadrigacx claimed to have lost 26,488 BTC, 11,278 BCH, 11,149 BSV, and 35,320 BTG. About 199,888 LTC and 429,966 ETH were also allegedly lost.

What do you think about the unfolding saga at Quadrigacx? Do you think Cotten faked his death? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Family mourning dad’s rabies death receives hefty bill for relatives’ vaccines: report

February 4, 2019 |

Members of a Utah family grieving the loss of their 55-year-old father who died from rabies in November are now facing a $ 50,000 hospital bill they received for their preventative vaccinations.
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‘He Needs to Say What Happened’: 2017 Death at Sea Still a Mystery

January 31, 2019 |

More than a year and a half later, there are still more questions than answers in the death of Isabella Hellmann, the Miami Herald reports. The 41-year-old and her husband, Lewis Bennett, set out from their South Florida home on a sailing honeymoon, but on their way back to Florida…
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New report reveals the Mediterranean’s rising death rate

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New figures from the UN’s refugee agency show a rising death rate for people trying to reach Europe’s southern shores.
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Death toll rises in Brazil dam collapse as mining company faces criticism

January 28, 2019 |

The number of deaths from a collapsed dam at a Brazilian iron mine rose on Sunday from 37 to 58, a spokesperson for the Civil Defense said.
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Kim Porter’s Cause of Death Revealed

January 28, 2019 |

Kim Porter, the model and actress who was in a relationship with Sean “Diddy” Combs for more than a decade, died of pneumonia, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office revealed Friday, per CNN . Porter, 47, who had twin daughters and a son with the rapper before their split in 2007,…
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