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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — In September of 1985, Kentucky's Andrew Carter Thornton II parachuted from a Cessna twin-engine 404 and landed on a drivewa...

November 30, 2022
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — In September of 1985, Kentucky's Andrew Carter Thornton II parachuted from a Cessna twin-engine 404 and landed on a driveway in Knoxville, Tennesse, wearing a bulletproof vest, special night vision goggles, two pistols, ammunition — and millions of dollars worth of cocaine. His parachute failed and he died at 40 years old. In his lifetime, Thornton attended a private elementary school in Lexington, Sewanee Military Academy in Tennessee, joined the Army, joined the then-Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Department, received a law degree from Eastern Kentucky University then lived on an isolated Jessamine County farm where he became 'increasingly paranoid' of an impending 'Armageddon,' according to a 1985 story posted in the Washington Post.