The naked corpse of a prominent Parisian professor named Richard Descoings was found in his NYC hotel room Tuesday afternoon. Bizarrely, there was no sign of forced entry nor any trauma on the body, but alcohol and prescription pills were found.
After an autopsy proved “inconclusive,” Bloomberg News says more toxicology tests will be needed.
According to the New York Post:
Cops found gay-hookup Web sites on the laptop computer of a married French scholar whose naked corpse was found in a posh Midtown hotel room, law-enforcement sources said yesterday.
Richard Descoings, 53, director of the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies—and a friend of French President Nicolas Sarkozy—was “really into men,” his widow told cops, according to the sources.
Nadia Marik-Descoings flew in from France yesterday and told cops she was aware of her husband’s homosexual interests “before she met and married him,” the sources added.
Detectives are looking to question two men who visited Descoings’ room Monday evening.
Toxicology reports were not available yet, but if there was no sign of trauma on the body, that means that Descoings probably died from an overdose on pills or alcohol… So how do the two visitors figure in? It’s possible he could’ve committed suicide after hooking up with them, or been doing too much drugs with them, or they drugged him, but it’s still confusing to me.
The other odd part of evidence in this case is the fact that Descoings’ cell phone and laptop were found on the third-floor balcony, although his room was on the seventh floor. Cops presume he flung those things off the balcony, but if these two visitors were out to shag and rob Descoings, wouldn’t they take the most valuable things?
The New York Times reports, less sordidly, that investigators “haven’t determined that there was foul play,” and no other outlets have confirmed the Post‘s gay hook-up connection.
If you’re an older man looking for sex on Manhunt, Grindr, Rentboy—especially if you’re looking to hook up with younger guys that could probably overpower you—Queerty urges you to be safe and meet in a public place first. That way, if you decide they’re shady or not worth your time, you can avoid the tragic fate of John Laubach and George Weber.