INTERNET MAGAZINE PUBLISHER DIES OF APPARENT SELF INFLICTED GUN SHOT WOUND
News affiliates are reporting that J. Francis Manning, the founder of Prodigal Circus Publishing, which currently publishes the internet magazine The BEAT, has died while on holiday in San Diego, CA.
Reports are sketchy, but the initial data suggests that the publisher has died of an apparent suicide from a self inflicted gun shot wound. At about 10:30pm Monday, police were summoned to the Mission Bay Resort after employees reported hearing what they believed to be the sound of a gunshot coming from one of the resort’s private bungalows. Upon arrival, police forced their way in and discovered the body of a deceased male.
The police soon after verified that it was the body of the 69 year old publisher.
Manning spent most of his life involved in one form of journalism or another. During his career he covered wars in Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East. He also covered the 1968 and 1972 presidential elections. Known for his no nonsense approach to journalism, his latest venture was the development of the internet magazine called The BEAT, which boasts a very eclectic group of writers and editors.
Manning leaves no next of kin.