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Old 01-01-2019, 01:48 PM   #76
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I just noticed a post above already saying what I was going to say that his mother had said that he wanted to go to Atlanta for the summer Olympics. He was killed on the 11th July and the games started on the 18th.

This makes the most sense.

His erratic behaviour could be due to taking hallucinogenic drugs, that's pure speculation though.

The only slightly weird thing left is why he bought a flight to Germany and never took it and why he paid so much for the D.C flight.

Almost certain he was looking for a prostitute or drugs in Knoxville also.
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I have some interesting info which could kind of wrap some of the mystery up.
So you don't have any info. Just speculation.
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So you don't have any info. Just speculation.
Thank you. My thoughts exactly.
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Well the info was that he was headed to Atlanta which is a 4 hour drive from Knoxville.

That explains what he was doing in that part of the world, not randomly running away from some bogeyman.

This ties up a lot, he had a reason for his travel .

He probably got into some small time trouble at home and decided to go on a travelling holiday and why not take in the atmosphere of the Olympics opening ceremony. Spend a few weeks on the road then return to Canada.
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Well the info was that he was headed to Atlanta which is a 4 hour drive from Knoxville.

That explains what he was doing in that part of the world, not randomly running away from some bogeyman.

This ties up a lot, he had a reason for his travel .

He probably got into some small time trouble at home and decided to go on a travelling holiday and why not take in the atmosphere of the Olympics opening ceremony. Spend a few weeks on the road then return to Canada.
Blair going to Atlanta was not new information.
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Blair going to Atlanta was not new information.
It was to me. To me it wraps it up.
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It was to me. To me it wraps it up.
Agreed. I must have overlooked this prior. That takes about 50% of the mystery out of the case, IMO. He wasn't running from anyone.
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If he was en route to Atlanta, why were the police in Tennessee so perplexed as to why he was in Knoxville? I believe they said in the segment that they couldn't find any reason for him to be in the Knoxville area.
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If he was en route to Atlanta, why were the police in Tennessee so perplexed as to why he was in Knoxville? I believe they said in the segment that they couldn't find any reason for him to be in the Knoxville area.
Is it not en route to Atlanta, no GPS or internet in those days, just a plain old map and choose your route.
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If he was en route to Atlanta, why were the police in Tennessee so perplexed as to why he was in Knoxville? I believe they said in the segment that they couldn't find any reason for him to be in the Knoxville area.
Knoxville is on the way south towards Atlanta. He bought a one way ticket to DC and he flew into Dulles Airport before traveling south towards Knoxville. His odd behavior coupled with the fact that he was a Canadian who traveled from Washington state to DC no doubt would have perplexed investigators. But in the context of knowing that the Olympics were only a week or so away, it makes more sense as to why he would be headed in that direction, IMO.
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Knoxville is on the way south towards Atlanta. He bought a one way ticket to DC and he flew into Dulles Airport before traveling south towards Knoxville. His odd behavior coupled with the fact that he was a Canadian who traveled from Washington state to DC no doubt would have perplexed investigators. But in the context of knowing that the Olympics were only a week or so away, it makes more sense as to why he would be headed in that direction, IMO.
Yes, everything you said makes sense. I definitely get why the police or anyone else would be baffled about the plane ticket and about everything else he did in the days leading up to his death.

What I was getting at was in the segment, the two Knoxville cops UM interviewed said something to the effect of "he didn't know anyone in Tennessee and had no reason to be in Knoxville that we could find."

My point was that if Blair Adams was just driving to the Olympics in Atlanta, the cops likely wouldn't have been so confused about him being found in Knoxville.

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I'm not sure I put much stock in the claim that Blair was travelling to the Olympics in Atlanta. The sole source for this is Blair's mother when she was interviewed in this article from 2017, but she apparently never shared this piece of info with the authorities at the time Blair was killed. When the reporter asked her for more information, she abruptly hung up the phone and refused to speak with him again when he called back...

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She claimed Adams traveled to the South to attend the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta — information never relayed to authorities.

The games began July 19, eight days after Adams' body was discovered more than 200 miles away in Knox County.

Edwards didn't explain how she knew her son's destination, how he ended up in Knoxville, or why she never told police.

"That was the whole point of his trip," Edwards said before hanging up the phone.

Other calls to Edwards' home were answered by her husband, who grew angry, called chances of solving the case "remote as hell," and said, "We're not going to open that can of worms again."
All that being said, I'm sure the only reason Blair wound up in Knoxville is because he just happened to pull over for gas there and thought he misplaced his rental car key, which led to being him stranded. I have no idea what his ultimate destination was, but he probably just got into an altercation with the wrong person in Knoxville which led to his death.
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I'm not sure I put much stock in the claim that Blair was travelling to the Olympics in Atlanta. The sole source for this is Blair's mother when she was interviewed in this article from 2017, but she apparently never shared this piece of info with the authorities at the time Blair was killed. When the reporter asked her for more information, she abruptly hung up the phone and refused to speak with him again when he called back...



All that being said, I'm sure the only reason Blair wound up in Knoxville is because he just happened to pull over for gas there and thought he misplaced his rental car key, which led to being him stranded. I have no idea what his ultimate destination was, but he probably just got into an altercation with the wrong person in Knoxville which led to his death.

Interesting article. The paranoid behaviour is consistent with active or recovering alcoholics and/or drug users. The withdrawal can cause all kinds of paranoia, confusion and aggression.

Adams was essentially both. They freak out at anything and can get pretty aggressive.

It's much less of a mystery now. I think he was being completely irrational in his thinking and ended up in a confrontational situation and possibly got run over by some also freaked out pimp.
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My sole issue with the prostitution/pimp theory is why did they leave all of his valuables behind? And why were his pants pulled down, and why was shoe placed under his head like a pillow?

The one theory is that while engaged in a sexual act with a prostitute, someone else (presumably a pimp) came out of nowhere to "roll" Blair. But the problem with this theory is that nothing valuable was taken. And it did appear that some of his belongings were rifled through.

The other scenario is that Blair started to get aggressive with a prostitute, which caused the pimp to intervene. I suppose that's plausible, because the lone ear-witness to the case says that he heard a woman's scream at around 3:30 that morning. But Blair was stranded at the motel he checked in (since he "lost" his car key), so he could only realistically go to places within walking distance. The lot where he was found was across a major highway from the hotel he was staying. How exactly would he have picked up a prostitute with no vehicle? And why travel to that location without a car?

I did read an interesting theory over on reddit awhile ago. Blair was suspected of stealing a car prior to coming into the US. The theory was that Blair, in a paranoid state, attempted to steal another car that was occupied, and the occupant got angry and beat him to death before hightailing out of the area. That would explain why no valuables were taken.
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My sole issue with the prostitution/pimp theory is why did they leave all of his valuables behind? And why were his pants pulled down, and why was shoe placed under his head like a pillow?

The one theory is that while engaged in a sexual act with a prostitute, someone else (presumably a pimp) came out of nowhere to "roll" Blair. But the problem with this theory is that nothing valuable was taken. And it did appear that some of his belongings were rifled through.

The other scenario is that Blair started to get aggressive with a prostitute, which caused the pimp to intervene. I suppose that's plausible, because the lone ear-witness to the case says that he heard a woman's scream at around 3:30 that morning. But Blair was stranded at the motel he checked in (since he "lost" his car key), so he could only realistically go to places within walking distance. The lot where he was found was across a major highway from the hotel he was staying. How exactly would he have picked up a prostitute with no vehicle? And why travel to that location without a car?

I did read an interesting theory over on reddit awhile ago. Blair was suspected of stealing a car prior to coming into the US. The theory was that Blair, in a paranoid state, attempted to steal another car that was occupied, and the occupant got angry and beat him to death before hightailing out of the area. That would explain why no valuables were taken.
For me what makes the prostitution/pimp theory plausible is the whole notion that the prostitute/pimp didn't set out to purposely rob him - things went south all of a sudden and Blair was killed on a whim, without any thought given to it. They popped him and then, being spooked, they simply cut & ran (without giving any thought to the valuables he had on him).

Like you said though, he was found some distance away, so yeah, without a car, it seems pretty implausible he could arrange a rendezvous (unless that certain area was a known hangout for those kind of characters).

That theory from reddit could be equally plausible too I guess - though it would make one wonder even more just what was going on in his head (to make him go and do that)
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