Oscar Zeta Acosta
The American writer is most famous for his friendship with Hunter S. Thompson, who turned him into eccentric Dr. Gonzo in his semi-autobiographical book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Oscar Acosta was the first his family to get a college education; he got a very nice job as an attorney. He was a social activist as well, and when he met Hunter S. Thompson back in 1967, they had so much to discuss together, that they started a journey to Nevada; the story of this journey later became a Thompson’s novel. Acosta also wrote a few books, one of them, The Revolt of the Cockroach People, was also semi-autobiographical, but it told nothing about his drug addiction.
However, Hunter S. Thompson was sure that the reason why Acosta disappeared was his addiction to LSD and amphetamines. In May 1974, Acosta called to his son from the middle of Mexico, said that he was ready “to board a boat full of white snow,” and that was the last thing anyone ever heard from him.
The body was never found, which gave lots of reasons for speculation about the circumstances surrounding his death. Some believed he simply overdosed or committed suicide while under the influence of drugs. Others speculated he got into trouble—had a fight with “wrong people” or maybe was killed by drug dealers. There was even a theory about a political assassination. Whatever happened back then, it seems that is simply impossible to find out the truth now.