Now a reader informs us that Austrian authorities are going to some considerable lengths to cover the crime and effectively blacken Haider’s name.
They have to, particularly after an estimated 25,000 mourners turned up at his funeral in Klagenfurt, the capital of the Austrian province of Carinthia where he was governor for more than a decade. If they don’t Haider may become an icon.
So for a start, the Austrian authorities are changing their story about the circumstances leading up to his death. Now they are saying Haider drank a bottle to vodka before he left on his fatal trip, instead of the vast quantities of Italian white wine, as they originally claimed.
There are now also allegations that he fondled a man at the gay bar, for which the police have now kindly provided a picture of Haider simply in a bar to help substantiate those claims.
Moreover, the mainstream media is now reporting that Haider’s driver, Friedrich Schager was sent home after the magazine launch at the nightclub. This is in contrast to earlier reports that claimed Haider dropped him off at home.
Perhaps more significantly, in the immediate aftermath of his death party deputy Stefan Petzner said Haider was “drunk” when he crashed.
This was before any formal investigation into Haider’s death and before police had even completed their investigations.
Well now the very same Stefan Petzner has admitted having a “gay affair” with Haider.
Of course, Haider is in no position to dispute those claims, made by Petzner who appeared tearfully lamenting his death on Austrian TV recently.
Can he be believed? Or is Petzner simply being used to cover a political assassination, blacken Haider’s memory and prevent him from becoming a martyr?
Haider's death came just weeks after the beginnings of his political revival. In last month's Austrian general election, his party more than doubled its share of the vote, prompting speculation that he would return to the national political scene – possibly with a role in a ruling coalition.