Gary Welsh, a lawyer who managed his Advance Indiana blog since 2005, was found in his Indianapolis apartment around 8 a.m. Sunday with a gunshot wound, according to the Indianapolis Star. Officers found him in a stairwell, dead at the scene, according to a police report.
Police ruled Welsh’s death a suicide, but have not released any details about what may have motivated it.
One friend, attorney Jim Klimek, said Welsh’s mood had been “deteriorating” in the past few weeks. Welsh was facing financial struggles, in part because he spent so much time blogging that it cut into his struggling law practice.
“His blog and his practice of law werekind of bifurcated. One was just eating up the other,” said Klimek, who said he worked across the hall from Welsh.
Klimek added, “Gary was an outsider, to the extent that it made him feel more isolated than he was.”
Just days before he was found dead, Welsh, 53, filed a final post for his blog, predicting Trump will win the Hoosier State’s GOP presidential primary Tuesday.
But his post took dark turn, even for a piece discussing a Donald Trump victory.
“If I’m not around to see the vote results, my prediction is that Trump wins Indiana with just shy of 50% of the vote,” Welsh wrote.
Two readers seemed confused or concerned about his cryptic comment.
“Btw, Gary, should we read any foreboding in your words about ‘if you are around for the election results’. Take care of yourself, please,” one user named Marycatherine Barton wrote under Welsh’s post.
An anonymous user replied: “Mary Catherine – thank you for posting the question re: Gary’s safety. I was thinking the same thing and thought I had posted it. Gary???”
Klimek said he, too, asked Welsh about the eerie post.
“He said, ‘Thanks for your concern, Jim, but I don’t need any help,'” Klimek said.
“I think he had already decided what he was going to do.”
Welsh wrote thousands of posts about local and national politics on his blog.
“My purpose in creating this blog is to inform all Hoosiers about: the impact the denial of liberty has on their fellow citizens; who is behind these efforts; and what we can do to thwart their efforts,” he wrote in his introductory post.
His blog had a note mentioning that it was hard work for Welsh to maintain, and asking for support through PayPal donations.
“It takes many hours of time to publish content for Advance Indiana,” he wrote.
“If you enjoy reading the content of this blog, please help out by contributing.”
Welsh ran his own law practice, and previously served an assistant to the minority leader in the Illinois House Republican Staff from 1984 to 1990, according to his LinkedIn profile. Klimek said Welsh, who was gay, did not have children and was recently in a relationship.