The Anarchists: Who Was Paul Propert And How Did He Die?

How Did Paul Propert Die
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The Anarchists: Who Was Paul Propert And How Did Paul Propert Die? – The Anarchists, a brand-new HBO documentary series, explores the lives of several anarcho-capitalists as they attempt social isolation and loneliness in Acapulco, with tragic outcomes.

Acapulco, a popular tourist destination in Mexico, is the subject of the six-part HBO documentary series The Anarchists. The series begins with an odd, atmospheric provocation: a book burning on the beach with kids eagerly shouting, “Fuck the state!” as they throw legal books onto the spectacularly orange fire. The action is more about despair and bizarre, fruitless revolt than it is about bloodlust. 2019 has passed since the beginning of the Acapulco anarchist movement, and as the six-part series investigates in great depth, the neighborhood is disintegrating.

Paul Propert, a former US Army soldier, was one of them. If you’re interested in learning more about him, his history, his erratic conduct, or his untimely death in 2019, we have all the information you need.

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Who Was Paul Propert
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Paul Propert: Who Was He?

Before deciding to actively serve his country, Paul Emerson Propert II (born on September 6, 1982) appeared to have an ordinary life in his native Pennsylvania with his family. The Blue Ridge High School alumnus joined the military as a result, only to serve short stints in Afghanistan (2008) and Iraq (2003–2004), after which he was changed forever. The six-part documentary claimed that he had severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which contributed to his aggressive inclinations and drug usage, making him appear to be more than a bit unstable.

Paul did graduate from Penn State University with a degree in information sciences and technology in 2012, but his growing desire for freedom gradually led him down the road of anarcho-capitalism. In order to go there in the middle of Anarchapulco 2017, he decided to drive to a similar community in lovely Acapulco in his “BattleBus” (a school bus converted into his living space). According to the HBO original, although the proud anarchist first succeeded in making friends, his escalating anger problems, substance abuse, and behavior led to many people avoiding him.

Those who attempted to distance themselves from Paul, including John Galton (real name Shane Cress), his girlfriend Lily Forester (Miranda Webb), and Jason Henza, are said to have provoked Paul to threaten them. According to the series, Paul initially targets John alone, but after the gun shooting ends inside the man’s home, Jason is hurt, Lily blames Paul, and John loses his life. Paul then turned his attention to the other two. He was not in the ideal frame of mind as he had lost a friend named Gino to the city’s violence. The situation between them was thus complicated, even though it focused mainly on social media.

Who Was Paul Propert and How Did He Die
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Why Did Paul Propert Pass Away?

Unfortunately, on Monday, July 1, 2019, everything came to pass in the most devastating way imaginable when Paul Propert, also known online as Shepherd Spook, committed suicide at the age of 36. While the particular manner of his passing is currently unknown, we do know a memorial service for him was performed on July 7 at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home in Hallstead, Pennsylvania. Paul’s obituary describes him as an artistic, outgoing person with a great sense of humor. He is survived by his parents, his siblings, and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

All episodes of The Anarchists are available on HBO and HBO Max.

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