Ed Buck, the Democrat mega-donor who gave to both failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, was convicted of 9 felonies earlier this week related to the deaths of two men in his apartment. Buck has donated over $500,000 to prominent Democrats.
Prosecutors proved that Buck lured black men to his home for the purpose of drugging them heavily with methamphetamine and having sex with them. “In some instances,” the prosecutors note, Buck “injected victims with drugs intravenously in a practice known as ‘slamming.'” The Department of Justice press release explains that “Buck exerted power and control over his victims, typically targeting individuals who were destitute, homeless, or struggling with drug addiction.”
After luring the men to his apartment with promises of money, drugs, and gay sex, “Buck prepared syringes containing methamphetamine, sometimes personally injecting the victims with or without their consent. Buck also injected victims with more narcotics than they expected and sometimes injected victims while they were unconscious.” If a victim was not interested in using drugs, Buck would withhold or reduce their pay. At least two men died while in Buck’s apartment.
Gemmel Moore died of a fatal methamphetamine overdose on July 27, 2017, and left behind a journal that has been extensively publicized. “I pray that I can just get my life together and make sense,” wrote Moore in one entry. “I honestly don’t know what to do I’ve became addicted to drugs and the worse one at that. Ed Buck is the one to thank, he gave me my first injection of chrystal [sic] meth it was very painful but after all the troubles I became addicted to the pain and fetish/fantasy, but slowly my brain, my mind and action change. I am not the same person I was born to be.” He later wrote, “I just hope the end result isn’t death. Someone needs to save me soon” then wrote about taking his own life. He ended the entry with, “I miss my grandma.” Moore was 26 when he died in Buck’s apartment.
When Timothy Dean died in Buck’s apartment less than two years later, on January 7, 2019, many Democrats raced to return Buck’s donations to their campaigns. The Department of Justice notes “These deaths failed to deter Buck from continuing to distribute methampheatmine, and he continued distributing the drug to additional victims, including a man who overdosed twice in Buck’s apartment but survived after receiving immediate medical treatment.”
Another man named Jermaine Gagnon claims he “narrowly escaped” death after Buck injected him with large doses of methamphetamine. He also provided photos taken inside Buck’s apartment, showing the powerful Democrat donor in compromising positions, and revealing his expansive supply of sex toys. “When I walked in, it was dim lights, a mattress in the middle of the floor, three mirrors surrounding the mattress and a flat-screen TV mounted on the wall,” said Gagnon. “Anywhere you look in this room, you’ll see yourself in the mirror. What mostly caught my attention was the windows, they were covered in fabric. You couldn’t see out of them and nobody can see in.”
Gagnon, who says he was given “tighty whities,m a muscle t-shirt and some long johns” to wear by Buck, also said he had never injected meth before meeting Buck, but was coerced into doing so during their meetings. Gagnon raised eyebrows when he revealed that Buck apparently “feeds” off the energy of black men “in a depressive state”.
Buck will now face sentencing for his crimes, and the Department of Justice notes that “Buck will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of life in federal prison.” Buck is currently being held “in federal custody” awaiting sentencing.