Not exactly a big surprise, the American media is quite mum regarding Martha Gibbs, sister of deceased former Penthouse Pet Judi Gibbs, pointing the finger directly at the Clinton political machine in Arkansas. But like any other coverage that even appears negative of the Clintons, the American people have to rely on either the foreign media or Wikileaks.
That is the the case regarding Great Britain’s The Daily Mail giving voice to Martha Gibbs and Randy Puterbaugh, both of whom lost loved ones in a suspicious Arkansas house fire in 1986.
As partially noted by Daily Mail reporters Martin Gould and Alana Goodman (emphasis mine);
As more and more women line up to tell their stories about sex with Bill Clinton – both consensual and forced – there is one who is unable to relive the details of her alleged affair.
Penthouse Pet Judi Gibbs died in a mysterious house fire in 1986 amid rumors that she had pictures that proved she and the then-Governor of Arkansas had been regular sex partners.
And even now, 30 years after she died alongside her much-older other lover, doubts remain about how and why Gibbs and her long-time beau Bill Puterbaugh met their grizzly deaths.
But now DailyMail.com has pieced together the life and death of Judi Gibbs, telling for the first time how the auburn-haired woman from a pin-prick of an Arkansas town managed to bed the man who went on to be one of the most powerful men in the world.
And the question remains unanswered: Was Judi Gibbs killed because Bill Clinton and his advisers feared the affair was about to become public?
‘I have always been convinced that Bill Clinton was responsible for the fire, but I have no proof,’ Gibbs’ older sister Martha, who still lives in Sims, Arkansas, told DailyMail.com. ‘And what would happen if I had proof – you can’t touch those people.’
At the time of her death, Gibbs was 32 and living with 57-year-old developer Puterbaugh in a large isolated home a quarter-mile drive opposite a tiny airport outside Fordyce, Arkansas.
Their bodies were both found in the huge master bedroom. They died of smoke inhalation.
Puterbaugh’s son, Randy, who followed him into the real estate business, tells a similar story to Martha Gibbs, even though the two have not spoken since the days following the double death.
‘There are so many pieces of the puzzle.’ Puterbaugh said. ‘I believe it is a possibility that Bill Clinton was involved in their deaths.
‘I know I wish I had hired my own private investigator but I didn’t, so I guess I will never know.’
Judi Gibbs and Bill Puterbaugh died on January 3, 1986. According to a report in the local Fordyce News-Advocate, Gibbs called the fire department at 2.26 am wailing in her Marilyn Monroe-type voice: ‘Bill Puterbaugh’s house is on fire, hurry, you all, hurry.’
Puterbaugh’s body was found by a window. Gibbs was still clutching the phone right next to the king-sized bed.
Local fire chief Roy Wayne Moseley has no explanation as to why the lovers did not manage to get out of the house.
‘The only reason I can think why they didn’t is they were overrun with smoke so quick and so fast,’ he said.
‘It was a real tragedy. As far as residential fires go, that was the worst we’ve had,’ added Moseley, now 80 and still chief of the Fordyce Volunteer Fire Department – a post he has held since 1960.
As DailyMail.com reported earlier this year, five deaths in a six-week span between June 22 and August 2 this year had connections to the former first family.
‘I’m not saying the Clintons kill people. I’m saying a lot of people around the Clintons turn up dead,’ Larry Nichols, who worked with the former First Family before turning against them, told DailyMail.com.
And the names of Judi Gibbs and her lover Bill Puterbaugh could be added to that list.
[Son of Bill Puterbaugh] Randy Puterbaugh, 63, is convinced the blaze was started deliberately. He says one chilling discovery in the ashes made up his mind.
‘There was a little bedroom that Judi had converted into a sewing room – she loved sewing. It was the only room that wasn’t completely destroyed,’ he said.
After the fire, which was huge news in Fordyce, people trekked to the house and looted anything they could find.
At the time Randy did not want to see the place where his father had lost his life, so sent a friend down to see what he could rescue.
‘In the sewing room, my friend found a cassette recorder, lying face down with a tape still in there,’ Randy said.
Inside the recorder was the Culture Club album Waking Up With The House On Fire.
‘I know that wasn’t theirs. My father listened to the classics – Sinatra, Streisand, that sort of thing. He would never have heard of Boy George,’ Randy said. ‘Judi might have heard of him, but she certainly didn’t listen to him.
‘It was like the cassette recorder had just been thrown in there. It’s another thing that’s suspicious.’
They both say Gibbs was a heavy drinker, downing several Crown Royal Canadian whiskies a day and was bound to have had some alcohol in her bloodstream.
Puterbaugh didn’t drink so much, but always had two Crown Royals every afternoon, his son said.
And a few weeks before his death, he had traveled to Pittsburgh for cochlear implant surgery – a revolutionary new procedure at the time – and would have been taking medication.
Randy Puterbaugh has met Bill Clinton since. He remembers one occasion when Clinton came to Fordyce for the annual Cotton Belt Festival.
‘I was driving his float and I felt a tap on my shoulder,’ he said.
He added: ‘We passed the florist’s shop downtown and he tapped me on the shoulder and said: “Randy, who’s that blonde standing in the doorway?” I looked and there was this stunning looking woman and I said: “I don’t know”.
‘He said: “Well, can you find out?” You talk about a hound dog.‘
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