Gary DeVore has been added to ISGP's Death List after a heads up from one of the primary persons behind the 2014 documentary The Writer With No Hands. The title is a reference to the previously little known fact that DeVore's body apparently was found without hands. Still need to check out the documentary, but the trailer looks impressive and at IMDB it has a very high rating of 8.3. An expanded version of the documentary should become available to the public in September 2015, but at the moment it is still unclear to what extent it will be distributed. As anyone can gather from this page alone, the subject is a little sensitive.
DeVore was a screenwriter/scriptwriter for Christopher Walken's The Dogs of War (1980), Arnold Schwarzenegger's Raw Deal (1986), Wesley Snipes' Passenger 57 (1992), and Jean Claude van Damme's Timecop (1994) and Sudden Death (1995).
Without a Trace
People: It's been a year since screenwriter Gary Devore disappeared, and friends, family and police are no closer to discovering what became of him.
Los Angeles Times
June 29, 1998
Oates-Devore also has had to grapple with the financial consequences of her husband's disappearance. Under California law, a person cannot be declared dead for five years. In the meantime, she has gone to court seeking permission to pay his bills.
"You have to preserve his assets," Oates-Devore said. "I may sign his name for things, but I don't decide what bills are to be paid, the court does. It's not like his wife becomes conservator and, therefore, can get her hands on everything."
In recent months, Oates-Devore has tried to pick up the threads of her life. An actress who bears a resemblance to Cher, she recently auditioned on "Baywatch" and has been out on three movie-of-the-week auditions. "I've had callbacks," she said. "It will happen."
"This has been such a horrible personal experience," she added. "It's not just that I lost the one I loved, but the behavior of people."
She recalled sitting inside a Starbucks one day when someone told her that Devore had been miserable in his marriage.
"Why this person chose to say that to me at this time, I don't know," Oates-Devore said. "You know what I said to him? 'Maybe you're right. I know I was really happy.' "
But while Devore's disappearance has caused people to bond as well as pull away, they all remain mystified by what might have befallen him.
Some of Devore's acquaintances even entertain the thought that there may have been a CIA connection behind his disappearance.
In the weeks before he vanished, Devore had been calling a longtime friend at the CIA in Langley, Va., asking him questions about the U.S. invasion of Panama, former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega and about Noriega's involvement in drugs and money-laundering. Devore was basing his action-adventure screenplay on that invasion and wanted to know as much about it as possible for creative purposes.
"I remember talking to him about a lot of elements of Panama and Noriega's regime and the drug money that Noriega was alleged to have had stashed in safes in his offices and that's the money that, in [Devore's] script, soldiers stumble across and steal," said Chase Brandon, who works in public affairs at CIA headquarters.
"From that, we sort of drifted off and sort of talked about U.S. counter-narcotics programs in general," Brandon added. "I may have mentioned a couple things about the agency's role in providing increased U.S. intelligence efforts to provide support to U.S. law enforcement."
A 26-year veteran operations officer who has "experiences all over Latin America" for the CIA, Brandon said Devore asked if he would like to become a consultant on the movie if it was ever made. "I was considering doing that," Brandon said.
In a day-planner he left behind, Devore had written down Brandon's name and phone number frequently in the final weeks before he disappeared. Included was an entry on May 6, 1997, that read:
"Undersecretary for int'l narcotics makers. Chase [the name is crossed out]. Crime and narcotics center. CNC. Largest center in CIA. Espionage agents work with local police, gov't, etc. Do cover work on problems locals won't handle. Airfields, burn labs, fuel storage."
Brandon scoffed at suggestions that Devore was ever a CIA operative or that he may have dropped from sight to go on a mission for the agency.
"I will tell you with no uncertain terms, that is not the case," Brandon said. " . . . A lot of people would like to do this work and a lot of people in Hollywood say they do this work, in fact. But Gary was probably not either one of those."
Brandon, a cousin of actor Tommy Lee Jones, met Devore more than 15 years ago when he and the screenwriter were best men at Jones' wedding. One of Devore's first successes was the 1981 film "Back Roads," starring Jones.
"Gary was very happy," Brandon said. "He had reached a point where he was about to direct a movie. He was excited about that. The guy had the world by the coattails.
"His disappearance and probable death is just a horrible, horrible thing to come to terms with," Brandon said. "But I think, in my own sense of what logically happened to Gary, is that he was driving this new high-profile, flashy Ford Explorer with all the package options on it and that is a vehicle that law enforcement people will tell you is a highly sought-after car for carjackers. . . . My sense was Gary was one of those people who met a horrible, tragic quirk of fate. He was simply victimized by people who wanted that car."
Some of Devore's friends wrestle with whether to hold a memorial service.
Screenwriter's wife seeks answers in his mysterious death
July 15, 1998
On June 27, 1997, screenwriter Gary DeVore wrapped up some work in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and loaded his Ford Explorer to head back to his home in California. DeVore had spent the week with actress Marsha Mason and appeared excited about plans to remake "The Big Steal," a 1949 film about a man who engineers his own disappearance.
But on his way home, DeVore vanished. His publicist believed he was acting out the life of that film's main character. DeVore's wife, Wendy, offered a $100,000 reward. ... Then last week, the body of Gary DeVore, along with his Ford Explorer, were found in a California aqueduct, thanks to a tip from an amateur detective.
But many questions remain, and Wendy DeVore wants them answered. She spoke on Tuesday with Greta Van Susteren and Roger Cossack on CNN's "Burden of Proof." ...
DEVORE: May I clarify his situation? You are responding to things you only know from the press. Gary had a $2.5 million tax judgment against several years earlier that he had completely finished paying off. I don't think you would kill yourself before -- you know, after. I think you would kill yourself before.
Also, he had script problems and things, but he always did and was not in a serious depression.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, Wendy, then take me back and tell me a little bit about your husband's mood in the days leading up to his disappearance.
DEVORE: He had been very disturbed over some of the things that he had been finding in his research. He was researching the United States invasion of Panama, because he was setting the actual story that he was writing against this; and the overthrow of Noriega and the enormous amounts of money laundering in the Panamanian banks, also our own government's money laundering.
He was disturbed by a lot of the things that he discovered, including the weaponry we used the way we dealt with Panama, when we were there invading them.
VAN SUSTEREN: Now, he left Santa Fe and was traveling, obviously, to California. Where there any sort of telltale signs along the way, did he stop for gas? ....
DEVORE: I called him back three times [when my television show was over 30 minutes later] between 1:00 and 1:10. Let the phone ring a long period of time, each time. He did not answer. ... At 1:15 a.m. my phone rang, and the first thing he said to me was, " Was that you calling me, sweetie?", which I later understand when I realized that something terrible had happened, that he had heard the phone and he was letting me know he had heard it. He did not elaborate on it... which is what he normally would have done. ...
Gary was a very precise person and he wouldn't answer me in generalities [and] normally [after what I said] he would have been flirtatious. ... I said to him, "Are you tired?" He said, "No, I'm pumping pure adrenalin here." I thought that was a large answer to a small question. This is a man who deals with words for a living. He knew exactly what he was saying. ... I got very, very alarmed in some way. I didn't understand why. And then he simply said, "See you later." ...
[I'm suspicious] because I had a conversation with him in which he had not said to me that he loved me at the end of the conversation, and this is a rule we had with each other. And it was the first time in four and a half years that he had not said it. And I became very alarmed and I had waited up. And I knew there was something wrong with the last phone call.
When it came through to us it was not on our cell phone, then I became terribly alarmed. And I did not know whether he had stopped by the side of the road to go to the bathroom and maybe someone got him. I didn't know what the circumstances were. If he had stopped somewhere, it would seem to me he would have told me, because he always would have said, "I went in to get a Coca-Cola, or I went to the truck stop." He was a talkative person and it was 1:00 in the morning.
... I spoke to my husband at 1:15. He was not tired, he was wide awake, and he was letting me know something was wrong.
EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter mysteriously killed in 1997 after finishing script that revealed the 'real reason' for US invasion of Panama had been working for the CIA... and both his hands were missing
- Gary Devore, writer of Raw Deal and Time Cop, disappeared in June 1997
- He had finished script alleging ulterior motive for US invading Panama
- Body was found a year later in California Aqueduct but raised questions
- His hands were missing from the car, his script was never found
- There was widespread speculation the CIA was connected to his death
- Now a former White House official has confirmed Devore was working with the agency in Panama
- Coroner revealed the hands sent for autopsy were 200 years old
When the skeletal remains of Hollywood screenwriter Gary Devore were found strapped into his Ford Explorer submerged beneath the California Aqueduct in 1998 it brought an end to one of America's most high profile missing person cases.
The fact that Devore was on his way to deliver a film script that promised to explain the 'real reason' why the US invaded Panama, has long given rise to a slew of conspiracies surrounding the nature of his 'accidental' death.
It didn't help that Devore's hands were missing from the crash scene, along with the script, and that investigators could offer no plausible explanation as to how a car could leave the highway and end up in the position it was found a year after he disappeared.
Now the Daily Mail can exclusively reveal that Devore was working with the CIA in Panama and even a White House source concedes his mysterious death bears all the hallmarks of a cover-up.
The findings, published in a new documentary The Writer With No Hands, are the first testimonies ever aired that give credence to the theories that surrounded the case in the late 90s.