Vincent van Gogh’s case and the details that supports the murder theory.
6 odd occurrences to ponder over.
There’s a lot of writers that claimed it, a lot of published articles, books, and videos about it, and a lot of people who believed that Vincent Willem van Gogh shot himself in the abdomen at the wheatfields of Auvers-sur-Oise, France. An attempted suicide, just like what he indicated on his death bed.
As a self-proclaimed avid fan of Vincent van Gogh, I usually spend my free time knowing and studying him. I am not only in awe about the fact that his artworks are masterpieces on their own or the way Vincent strokes his brush in the most astonishing manners, but I am also amazed by the life he lived. Tragic, painful but beautiful. A life as beautiful as his artworks.
I thought I knew Vincent. I thought I knew at least a pinch of his life, and for a long time I believed that it was suicide, not until I saw one interesting claim that made me ask—
Do we really know what happened to Vincent? Did he really wanted to kill himself in the middle of the humid breeze of July or someone else did the deed?
The controversial book entitled Van Gogh — The life, authored by Naifeh and Smith once caught the attention of not only the creative artists but also the people who believed that Vincent van Gogh killed himself. A theory that turned everyone’s head around and asked the questions —
Did Vincent took his own life, or was he murdered by a 16-year-old schoolboy, René? What is the truth?
Although these questions are still unanswered, there are odd occurrences that kind of supports the Vincent van Gogh murder story.
An episode from Buzzfeed Unsolved which was aired in early 2019, featured these occurrences on their episode of Buzzfeed Unsolved; True Crime. They listed a fair amount of theories that I can’t help but be flabbergasted by. (Because it’s plausible, at least for me.)
Here are some of those occurrences that are just so SUS. (Random)
1: Clothes. The moment Vincent was heading back to the Inn after the suspected attempted suicide — he was seen wearing his jacket that is buttoned all the way up despite the heat of July’s arising summer. Although some people say that maybe Vincent really do wanted to die that day and wanted to hide the wounds so he could peacefully go while laying on his bed, still, it doesn’t make sense. First, why would he tire himself by walking back to the inn? He was known as the kind of man who doesn’t want to make a fuss, so I believe staying in the wheatfields was much more reasonable in that situation.
2: The shot. The bullet hole in Vincent’s abdomen didn’t go through the other side of his body which indicates that the distance was further than what Vincent could ever attain.
3: Missing supplies and Gun. Vincent’s art supplies and THE GUN suspiciously went missing after the incident. (It’s really sus)
4: The sudden departure of René and Gaston. René and Gaston left the town days after the shooting happened. (I’ll leave this one alone with you)
5: Who gave Vincent the gun? Vincent was diagnosed with a mental illness, what kind of sane person could give Vincent such a dangerous object? In addition to that, Revolvers are rare in Auvers at that time, so where did Vincent could have gotten it?
6: Vincent’s odd sentiments.
When vincent was on his death bed, he told his brother Theo;
“I wounded myself.
Do not ACCUSE anyone, it is I, who wanted to kill myself.”
And when the police investigator asked Vincent;
“Did you intend to commit suicide?”
Vincent answered; “I think so.”
Although Vincent had records of self-harm, he claimed that he is not a man who thinks it’s morally sound to commit suicide, he also called it “Moral Cowardice” which makes these little details seem more plausible.
Decades later, Vincent van Gogh’s case still puzzles people.
And though we are blessed with talented individuals who dedicate their lives knowing Vincent van Gogh, (We love them and we thank them with all of our heart) it will never change the fact that Vincent died thinking he was a failure. (And this breaks my heart so much because he is one of the greatest man to ever walked the earth.)
Disclaimer: This is to provide the odd occurrences that happened, it is not to accuse anyone, point fingers, nor create a new theory.