The Daily Beast has just published an explosive exposé on wealthy Democratic party donor and political activist Ed Buck, who is currently under investigation after not one but two gay black men died inside his home just 18 months apart from one another.
Reporter Kate Sosin spoke to several friends of Timothy Dean, who died inside 65-year-old Buck’s West Hollywood home last month of a suspected drug overdose, who all describe Buck as obsessive, manipulative, and downright predatory.
DeMarco Majors says he had known 55-year-old Dean for over 20 years prior to his death last month. In November 2018, the two met up for drinks. That’s when he says Dean warned him about Buck, saying, “Ed Buck hits me up all the time, and I don’t answer none of his text messages.”
Majors says Dean then opened his phone and showed him text after text after text sent to him by Buck.
“There were all these messages, and Tim didn’t respond to none of them,” Majors recalls, adding that Dean told him, ‘I’m not trying to end up dead.’”
It was the last time he ever spoke to Dean.
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Walter Harris is another longtime fried of Dean. He tells The Daily Beast that Dean and Buck first met at Gold’s Gym several years ago and quickly struck up a friendship.
“Tim was telling me things about Ed that were kind of odd,” recounts Harris. “Those odd behaviors became kind of obsessions.”
The obsessions included demanding Dean wear white long johns while they did drugs together.
The friendship lasted until the death of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, who died of a drug overdose inside Buck’s home in July 2017. That’s when Harris says Dean cut ties with the wealthy Democrat.
“It was getting weirder but when the guy [Moore] died, for Tim, I think it went to another level,” Harris continues. “He didn’t want nothing to do with it after that.”
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Dean’s roommate, Ottavio Taddei, says he discussed Buck with Dean in the past, with Dean saying Buck was “not a good person” and warned that anyone who went inside his house “might never come back.”
Another friend of Dean’s, Mark Chambers, says he called Buck the “f*cking devil” and “a horrible, horrible man.”
The Daily Beast reports:
As much as Dean reportedly ignored Buck’s texts, he also apparently didn’t block his number. The two also remained Facebook friends.
In a post to Dean’s Facebook wall in 2013, Buck told Dean he should “get to work you lazy lima bean,” and referred to him as a “coconut blood clot.” The term “coconut” is a racist slur used to suggest that a person of color is “white inside.”
Both Dean and Moore’s deaths are still being investigated LAPD’s Homicide Bureau, and so far, Buck has not been charged with anything. His attorney, Seymour Amster, insists Buck has done nothing wrong and is 100% innocent.
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Ok so he knew what Buck was like and apparently even disliked him but still hung out with him. Jeez. Buck must have some real powers of persuasion.
If they did drugs themselves no one is responsible for their deaths
My guess is that he ran out of money and suddenly his old drug buddy didn’t seem that bad. He probably never severed yours with him because he knew he could always get drugs there when so other options failed
The real story to me is guys in their 50s/60s running around doing that shit. I’ve done it myself although not to that level when I was younger. Yes the pleasure is out of this world but so was the damage to the body. When you get older your body is naturally going to start declining. Cannot imagine doing that shit now. More like suicide.
A little off topic but ever since this ‘opiate crisis’ so many chronic pain patients have had (along with just about everyone else) their pain meds taken away and the doctors won’t give them anything else. That’s a lot of the reason why around here so many of the deaths from heroin now are people in their 70’s who were left with no choice but to take their pain control in their own hands.
I think when people get desperate and are hurting – emotionally or physically – these drugs have no age limit. People go back to a survival mode and go to whatever is going to take their pain away. Unfortunately with the drugs on the street today, you have no idea what you’re getting.
Sorry, Graham – Didn’t know how to email you directly but tiny typo in this line (great coverage though!) – “Walter Harris is another longtime fried of Dean.”
I love that Buck is referred to as a “Democrat(ic) something or other” every time he is mentioned as if that has bearing on the case.
It like having pops alive again and going into the den before mother’s 6:00 ban on any news channel goes into effect.
I think of it more like that and black men od’ing in his place are all he’s known for so… point of reference.
Ed Buck had drugs in his house at the time of the last OD. This, alone, should have raised red flags in any police investigation. Furnishing drugs to someone who ODs IS worthy of a charge for murder. Even though an addict is responsible for taking drugs, one who furnishes drugs leading to death from an overdose to another person is guilty of murder as if he shot the guy with a gun.
Ah, blaming the victim. A time honoured tradition.
“She was asking to be raped when she wore that skirt.”
“If he would stop being such a femme then he wouldn’t get bashed.”
“If he was using heroin, he would have overdosed at some point anyway.”
Great but first find the victim here.
“details” yes. “Chilling” hardly.
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