In Schindler's List, the commandant threatens to begin shooting men at random until someone confesses to chicken stealing. The first person they shoot, a child steps forward and volunteers the dead man ... "That man stole the chicken!"
Somebody got wind this guy would be charged soon, another straw man like Hatfill himself - and decided this would be an excellent time for this fellow to "commit suicide."
OPEN AND SHUT! CASE CLOSED!! NOTHING TO SEE HERE, PEOPLE, KEEP MOVING!