Ryan Whirty has been looking into the deaths of Dick Redding and Sol White, both of whom passed away in mental hospitals on Long Island, within a few years of each other. For some time researchers of Dick Redding have been stymied by the New York State Department of Health’s practice of redacting the cause of death from death certificates. A few months ago I requested a copy of Redding’s death certificate, just to see what would happen. The other day I finally received it. To my surprise, nothing was redacted—the cause of death was there to see, though some details were illegible.
I sent it to Ryan, who wrote it up. Unfortunately it’s not a pretty story.