Russell Armstrong's 'Murder' Will Make Watching 'Real Housewives' Easier

Russell and Taylor ArmstrongJust when Russell Armstrong had been laid to rest, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills addressed his suicide and moved on with their season, along comes another twist. His family doesn't believe it was suicide at all; they think he was murdered

Yesterday the coroner released a report that said there were no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of death, and that there was no foul play. His sister, Laurie Armstrong Kelsoe, vehemently disagrees.

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In an interview with the Today show, she talked about her disbelief of the findings:

From the minute that I got the call, I knew that it was not suicide. I don't know if it was something in the marriage, I don't know if it was his business, or the show, I don't know.

Last night she talked to Nancy Grace about her suspicions as well and said it's just now that she's coming forward to talk publicly about what she's believed all along. The suicide itself was so shocking and seemed so cut and dry that I never really considered an alternate explanation. His mother previously insinuated that the network "murdered" her son, but she didn't seem to mean murder literally, like his sister clearly does. 

It certainly could be a case of family members not wanting to believe the truth. When Kelsoe told Nancy Grace she didn't believe he could have done it because that's not the way they were raised, that seemed likely. But the fact that he had no drugs or alcohol in his system make me suspicious. If you were going to kill yourself, wouldn't you want to ease the pain a little? And with all of his financial problems, it's not unthinkable that he could have gotten involved with the wrong people. But I'm no detective.

Honestly, if it was murder and not suicide, it would be the best thing to happen to RHWOBH. Not that their ratings have suffered because of it; in fact, viewership was up 42 percent over last year's premiere. But it would make it less heart wrenching to watch and make some of those who criticize Bravo's decision to air this season so soon (like me) feel better about it.

Nothing is going to bring him back, but knowing we're not watching snippets of a sad life that caused him to take his own would make it feel less callous. Instead of wondering if any of them could have saved him, we could start wondering if any of them could have done it. Kidding ... sort of.

According to TMZ, the family is hiring a private detective to investigate. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, is found. My guess is nothing, but I'm holding out at least a little hope that they do.

Do you think Russell Armstrong could have been murdered?


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