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2000 / Borneo

Closing Arguments



I have no questions. I just have statements. Rich, you are a very openly arrogant, pompous human being, but I admire your frankness with it. You have worked hard to get where you’re at, and you started working hard way before you came to the island. So with my work-ethic background, I give that credit to you. But on the other hand, your inability to admit your failures, without going into a whiny speech, makes you a bit of a loser in life.

Kelly, I was your friend at the beginning of this, really thinking that you were a true friend. I was willing to be sitting there and put you next to me. At that time, you were sweeter than me. I’m not a very openly nice person. I’m just frank, forward, and tell it the way it is. But as the game went along and the two tribes merged, you lied to me, which showed me the true person that you are. You’re very two-faced and manipulative to get where you are at anywhere in life. That’s why you fail all the time.So at that point in the game, I decided then to just go out to my alliance, to my family, and just to hold my dignity and values in check.

But Kelly, you will not get my vote. My vote will go to Richard. And I hope that is the one vote that makes you lose the money. If it’s not, so be it. I’ll shake your hand and I’ll go on from here. But if I were to ever pass you along in life again and you were laying there dying of thirst, I would not give you a drink of water. I would let the vultures take you and do whatever they want with you with no ill regrets.

I plead to the jury tonight to think a little bit about the island that we have been on. This island is pretty much full of only two things: snakes and rats. We have Richard the snake, who knowingly went after prey, and Kelly, who turned into the rat that ran around, like the rats do on this island, trying to run from the snake. I feel we owe it to the island’s spirits that we have learned to come to know to let it be in the end the way Mother Nature intended it to be: for the snake to eat the rat.

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Sue Hawk, from the finale of the first season of Survivor. A truck driver from Wisconsin, Hawk was the fourth-place finisher in the series, voted off the island by former teammate Kelly in a tiebreaker. In the final episode, eliminated contestants were asked to vote for one of the two finalists. Richard Hatch went on to win the competition and the one-million-dollar prize. Hatch later served a fifty-one-month sentence for tax evasion in 2000 and 2001.

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