DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON
SECTION: REMEMBERING THE DEAD
DEATHS - HOMICIDES
APBnews.com 6/19/00 James Gordon Meek "…..A CIA analyst's slaying over the weekend was the result of a robbery attempt and not tied to his work at the spy agency, authorities said today. Metropolitan Police said John D. Muskopf, 28, was walking with a group of friends in Washington's Shaw neighborhood at 2:30 a.m. Saturday when a mid-sized red or burgundy car pulled up. Witnesses said a man jumped out of the car brandishing a handgun and demanding money. "It appears Mr. Muskopf refused," according to a police statement about the incident. ……"
APBnews.com 6/19/00 James Gordon Meek "…..Bryson said investigators do not think Muskopf was targeted because he works at the CIA. …….. Mansfield said Muskopf was assigned to the Office of Transnational Issues, where he worked as an analyst on nuclear proliferation and security matters. ……Muskopf, who was single, was "very sharp as an analyst and very well liked by his colleagues," Mansfield said. ……… In March 1996, former CIA Director William E. Colby disappeared from his cottage on the Wicomico River in Maryland, fueling speculation about possible foul play. Ten days later Colby's body surfaced in the river, but his death was determined to be the result of a boating accident. Still, conspiracy theorists suspected he might have been murdered for his unpopular decisions as director in the mid-1970s, or over undisclosed secrets. ….."
Mary Mahoney and Eric Butera
Mary Caity Mahoney interned for Doris Matsui. Doris Matsui was the White House official responsible for liaison with the Asian-American community, headed the Asian Pacific American Working Group (APAWG), which coordinated the activities of the White House, the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton-Gore re- election campaign with regard to Asian-Americans. APAWG, one of whose members was John Huang, came up with the plan to raise $7 million from Asian-Americans. Mary Mahoney was killed at a Starbucks. Eric Butera who was an informant in the case was beaten to death in a sting operation.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES 3/2/99 Leslie Koren and Jim Keary Freeper Plummz "…Police were questioning a man last night they believe was one of the shooters in the 1997 triple murder at the Georgetown Starbucks coffee shop, sources close to the investigation said. D.C. police, Prince George's police and the FBI arrested Carl Derrick Cooper, 29, as he returned to his home in the 1200 block of Gallatin Street NE on a warrant related to the 1996 robbery and shooting of an off-duty Prince George's County police of ficer in Avondale. Police were questioning Mr. Cooper last night at the FBI office in the 600 block of Fourth Street NW, seeking any information he might have regarding the Starbucks killings, the sources said. He had not been charged in those slayings…."
UPI 3/4/99 Freeper chuck allen "…WTOP radio is reporting that 29-year-old Carl Cooper has confessed (Thursday) to his role in the 1997 triple murder of three Starbucks coffee shop employees. Cooper _ arrested earlier this week for attempting to kill a police officer _ reportedly implicated two others in the crime, and police have begun executing search warrants for the suspects…."
AP 8/4/99 Derrill Holly "...A man accused of murdering three workers at a Starbucks coffee shop in the trendy Georgetown section of the nation's capital was charged Wednesday with a host of other crimes, including racketeering. Although the District of Columbia has no death penalty, prosecutors indicated they could seek it against Carl Derick Cooper under the federal racketeering charges. A federal grand jury returned a 48-count indictment against Cooper charging him with six armed robberies, the attempted murder of an off-duty police officer in Maryland, a bank robbery and a total of four murders. ``Today's indictment charges Mr. Cooper with leading a small but violent racketeering enterprise,'' said U.S. Attorney Wilma Lewis....."
The Washington Post 10/16/99 Cheryl Thompson "….The 30-year-old mother was lounging in her apartment with her boyfriend when a story flashed on the television: three people found slain execution-style inside a Starbucks coffee shop near Georgetown. …….As the couple watched the story unfold that July Fourth weekend in 1997, the woman's boyfriend had his own story to tell. He knew who committed the grisly crime, he told her. And she knew the killer, too, he said. A mutual friend. A year passed before she revealed the details of the conversation to anyone. Now she wishes she had kept it to herself. "I didn't believe him at first," the woman said in an interview with The Washington Post. "I went a whole year without saying anything because I didn't want to get caught up in it." …..Now, the woman who became a police informant said her life is in danger, and she blames D.C. police and the FBI. Although the FBI has offered to relocate her if "things got bad," she said, D.C. police have abandoned her. ….. "I told them that an acquaintance of ours went into the Starbucks and robbed it," she recalled. "I told them that he demanded the white girl [Mahoney] open the safe. She wouldn't or couldn't, and he shot her. "The black kid [Evans] tried to help the white girl, and he was shot. The other kid [Goodrich] was killed last." Law enforcement sources say Cooper acknowledged in written statements allegedly given to detectives that Mahoney nearly escaped, making it to the sidewalk before he caught her and wrestled her back inside. He said, though, that the gun went off when Mahoney reached for it. The rest, he said, was "like a dream." …"
Washington Post 10/21/99 Bill Miller ".....The D.C. police department and four of its officers were ordered yesterday to pay nearly $100 million in damages to a woman whose son was slain while working as an informant on the Starbucks triple slaying investigation, the largest jury verdict ever returned against the D.C. government. Terry Butera cried as the jury announced its decision, ending a two-week trial that exposed a host of police lapses...."
Washington Times, Metropolitan Section, Page C3 1/20/2000 Jim Keary "…. A lawyer for Carl D. Cooper, the accused killer of three Starbucks employees, argued that his client's confessions should be suppressed because they were coerced by police officers interrogating Mr. Cooper: ….. Mr. Kirsch said Mr. Cooper's statement to police should not be used as evidence in the trial against his client. The admissibility of the statements, which is the main evidence against Mr. Cooper, will be determined by U.S. District Court Judge Joyce Hens Green, who is still hearing arguments on the admissibility of other evidence prosecutors plan to use in the trial….."
Newsmax.com 1/23/2000 "…. "I swear on my father's grave and my son's life that I didn't do Starbucks," [Carl Derek] Cooper told the FBI shortly after he admitted his guilt to local police, according to courtroom testimony reported by the Washington Post last week. Now it emerges that Cooper told police several different stories about the Starbucks murders; once blaming an acquaintance for the killings, another time claiming he was merely a lookout. But after 54 hours of questioning, Cooper's lawyer says he buckled….. "
Newsmax.com 1/23/2000 "…. The motive in the Starbuck's massacre was supposedly robbery, though none of the $10,000 cash on hand was taken even after Mahoney and her two co-workers were felled by a fusillade of bullets. Casting further doubt on the robbery theory: five of the ten shots fired hit the former Clinton intern, including an execution bullet fired into the back of her head….. "
Newsmax.com 1/23/2000 "…. Author David M. Hoffman, who spent a year investigating Mahoney's murder, tells Globe Magazine's Tom Kuncl that the Starbucks massacre came just three days after Monica told Clinton she was going to tell her parents about their relationship. According to Monica Clinton reacted angrily, telling her, "It's a crime to threaten the President." Hoffman's claim is corroborated by the Starr Report…… Hoffman claims to have uncovered new details about Mary Mahoney's time at the White House, which, if true, suggest the White House alum could have played a key role in the Clinton sex scandal despite her own homosexuality: "For many months, Mary, an outspoken lesbian and good hearted den mother for other young White House interns, had been listening to tearful stories from them about alleged sexual passes made at them by Bill Clinton. She'd begun to tell others she planned to do something to help them." Also, reports Hoffman, "a blockbuster piece of gossip swirling through Washington (at the time of Mahoney's death) was based on a columnist's blind item that a former White House intern whose name began with the letter M was about to reveal news of a sexual relationship with Bill Clinton." …"
Washington Post 2/1/00 Bill Miller "….A federal judge ruled yesterday that prosecutors can use Carl Derek Cooper's many statements to police as evidence in his trial on racketeering and murder charges, including one in which he described killing three people at a Starbucks coffee shop in the District. The ruling by Senior U.S. District Judge Joyce Hens Green was a major victory for prosecutors, who have little physical evidence to link Cooper to the July 1997 slayings in Northwest Washington. It came despite vigorous protests from Cooper's attorneys, who contended that he was pressured to talk last year in four days of interrogation. ……….."
Washington Post 2/4/00 Bill Miller "….A former narcotics expert for the D.C. police department, who testified as a government witness in thousands of criminal cases, has been charged with perjury following the discovery that he had misrepresented his credentials. Johnny St. Valentine Brown Jr. was a fixture in the courts, helping prosecutors win convictions with his easy-to-understand tutorials about the drug trade. But his police career ended abruptly last summer when a lawyer on a civil case checked Brown's background and questioned key claims made by the detective in court and on his resume. Brown had told juries that he had a degree in pharmacology from Howard University and that he was a board-certified pharmacist in the District. Both claims suggested he had a special knowledge about the chemical makeup and workings of drugs. As it turned out, he had no such degree or certification from any institution, prosecutors said. .….. Brown's troubles began last summer when attorney Peter C. Grenier quizzed him at a deposition and did some follow-up digging. Grenier represented Terry Butera, the mother of Eric Butera, a D.C. police informant who was slain in December 1997 while trying to help homicide detectives solve a triple killing at a Starbucks coffee shop. Brown was to be the District's expert witness, but Grenier doubted his claims about a pharmacology degree and made calls to Howard University. That led to Brown's removal from the case. ..."
Washington Times 2/9/00 "….The death penalty was once declared unconstitutional because it was held to be "cruel and unusual." That description is certainly debatable - indeed, it was subsequently rejected by the Supreme Court when capital punishment was reinstated more than 20 years ago. But the decision by Attorney General Janet Reno to seek the death penalty in the case of Carl Derek Cooper - the gunman charged with a triple killing at a Georgetown Starbucks coffee shop on July 6, 1997 - could certainly be described as "arbitrary and capricious." Though murders are committed in the District almost every day, many of them equally brutal, the last person executed for capital murder was Robert E. Carter - in 1957. While the Starbucks murders certainly merit the ultimate sanction against the perpetrator of those crimes, surely it's unequal justice that other killers, guilty of similar or worse offenses, face at most life in prison - often with the possibility of parole after 20 years. Those who believe in the death penalty - and there are strong arguments in favor of it - ought to be concerned about this uneven application of justice…… The disconnect between sanctions for essentially the same crime, all dependent upon whether one is charged under federal or state law, is dangerous because to any fair-minded person it does indeed seem arbitrary, capricious - even cruel and unusual, for that matter. Cold-blooded murder is cold-blooded murder - no matter how the legal system might parse it…… If proved guilty, Carl Derek Cooper deserves to die. But so do others who are found guilty of similar crimes. That is the lesson - and the warning - to be gleaned from this horrible episode….."
Washington Post 2/10/00 Bill Miller "…Attorney General Janet Reno overruled U.S. Attorney Wilma A. Lewis by deciding to seek the death penalty against Carl Derek Cooper in the Starbucks slaying case, marking one of the relatively few times she has opted to push for capital punishment against the wishes of the local federal prosecutor's office. ……. Two law enforcement sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the consensus at the U.S. attorney's office was that the Starbucks case did not have such a compelling federal interest that it called for the ultimate sanction of death. ……. " ….. CORRECTIONS 2/9/00 A02 "….An article yesterday about Attorney General Janet Reno's authorization for prosecutors to seek the death penalty in the Starbucks coffee shop murder case here incorrectly reported how many times she has given that authorization. Reno has reviewed 498 capital cases over the past seven years and authorized prosecutors to seek the death penalty in 141 cases, including the case of Carl Derek Cooper, the suspect in the Starbucks slayings. …."
Washington Post 2/10/00 Bill Miller "…..Attorney General Janet Reno overruled U.S. Attorney Wilma A. Lewis by deciding to seek the death penalty against Carl Derek Cooper in the Starbucks slaying case, marking one of the relatively few times she has opted to push for capital punishment against the wishes of the local federal prosecutor's office……. Phillips and eight other senior attorneys joined Lewis on Jan. 20 for a formal review of the Starbucks case with Cooper's attorneys, Steven R. Kiersh and Francis D. Carter. Justice Department protocol called for Lewis then to make a recommendation to Reno. Four days after their meeting at the U.S. attorney's office, the defense lawyers met with a special Justice Department committee that screens potential death penalty cases for Reno. That panel also submitted a recommendation to Reno, which was not made public. She then decided prosecutors should seek execution. It is unclear what role Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. played in the deliberations. Holder, Lewis's predecessor as U.S. attorney in the District, did not return a call seeking comment. ….."
http://www.arkansas-online.com/prev/Clinton/zamonica29.html "….In addition, the Baltimore Sun reported that Starr has opened a third front in his legal battle with Clinton, with the grand jury sitting in Alexandria, Va., issuing a subpoena for records of Washington lawyer Francis D. Carter, whom Jordan recruited to represent Lewinsky. Carter filled that role only briefly, but he was representing the former intern when she denied having had an affair with Clinton….."
Washington Post 2/11/00 Bill Miller "…..Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. confirmed yesterday that his office was involved in the Justice Department's decision to seek the death penalty against Carl Derek Cooper in the Starbucks slaying case. But he would not disclose the reasons U.S. Attorney Wilma A. Lewis's recommendation against seeking execution was overruled. "I will say that the deputy attorney general's office was involved, but I really wouldn't want to comment on what my role, if any, was in that matter," Holder told reporters during a weekly news briefing at the Justice Department yesterday. Sources familiar with the Cooper deliberations said Holder was among those supporting Attorney General Janet Reno's decision to seek the federal death penalty. Reno had the final say on the issue and acted Monday after receiving recommendations from Lewis and a Justice Department screening committee as well as input from Holder and other officials. ……"
Washington Post 2/11/00 Bill Miller "…..In 1995, Reno persuaded Holder to seek the federal death penalty against Donzell McCauley in the killing of a D.C. police officer. Holder ultimately accepted a plea bargain with McCauley that resulted in a life prison sentence with no chance of parole. At the time of the plea, Holder explained that a death penalty trial could divide the city and said that the District's long-standing opposition to the death penalty gave prosecutors reason to worry that a jury might not go along with a death sentence. …."
Washington Weekly 11/17/97 "... All these illegitimate uses of campaign money have one thing in common. The money need not be laundered. It need only be brought in from the donor. And brought in it was. In planeloads of cash, brought in through the remote Mena airport and transferred to the trunk of the Cadillac of bag man Jerry Parks who, according to the London Telegraph, together with Vince Foster transported the illegal cash to Little Rock. Both Foster and Parks are now dead, and we have no idea how much cash was brought in through this route, though we suspect it surpassed the amount of money that was laundered into legitimate political spending. Of all the bag men discovered so far, six are now dead, 36 have pleaded the Fifth Amendment, eleven have fled the country, and eleven are living in foreign countries and refuse to cooperate...."
Newsmax.com 11/23/98 Carl Limbacher ".Could the work of murdered Little Rock security agent Jerry "Luther" Parks have played a role in Vince Foster's death? Last week, Insight magazine recounted the claim of Parks' wife Jane, who says that just days before the deputy White House counsel turned up dead in Fort Marcy Park, he called her husband and told him that he was going to turn a dossier prepared by Parks over to Hillary Clinton. Jane and her son Gary have told reporters that Jerry Parks had been hired by Foster at the direction of Mrs. Clinton to probe the extent of then-Gov. Clinton's womanizing -- with an eye toward damage control when Clinton ran for president. When Parks learned of Foster's death he exclaimed, "I'm a dead man," according to Mrs. Parks. The same Insight report covered Linda Tripp's recent testimony before Ken Starr's Monicagate grand jury, where she compared the reactions of top White House aides when they first learned of Foster's July '93 death and then of Parks' murder just two months later.."
7/20/98 Michael Reagan "...The night Foster died, a man named Jerry Luther Parks was watching TV in his Little Rock home when a news bulletin announced Foster's death. Parks turned pale. "I'm a dead man," he whispered. For weeks after Foster's death, he lived in fear, constantly watching his back, and even taking a gun with him when he went to the mailbox. On Sunday, September 25, 1993 -- two months after the Foster death -- Jerry Luther Parks was returning home from a restaurant when a white Chevy Caprice with two men pulled up alongside his car. The passenger sprayed Parks' car with semiautomatic gunfire, then jumped out and finished Parks off with a 9 mm handgun. The killers were never apprehended. Parks had been a player in Bill Clinton's Arkansas political machine for years, and first became acquainted with Foster by doing investigative work for the Rose Law Firm in the 1980s. The London Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Pritchard reports that in the late '80s, Foster -- apparently on behalf of Hillary Clinton -- hired Parks to do surveillance on Bill Clinton "to gauge exactly how vulnerable her husband would be to charges of philandering" if he ran for president. Parks accumulated thick files (with photographs) detailing the future president's pattern of womanizing. According to Parks' widow, Foster called Parks from Washington about a week before his death, saying Hillary was frantic about those files and the potential damage they could cause both Bill and Hillary. Just a day or two before his death, Foster called Parks again, heatedly demanding the files. Parks refused. A week or so after Foster's death, the Parks home was broken into -- a sophisticated burglary in which phone lines and the alarm system were disabled. The files were stolen. Two months later, Parks was murdered…."
The Secret Life of Bill Clinton 1997 Ambrose Evans-Pritchard "……..It was another three months before news of the murder of Jerry Luther Parks reached me in Washington. The U.S. national media were largely unaware of the story, which surprised me because Parks had been in charge of security at the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign headquarters in Little Rock. (4) …….. On my next trip to the state I decided to drop by at the archives of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to see if they had covered the death. There were two routine homicide stories by reporter Ward Pincus, mostly focusing on disputes that Parks had had with a former partner. ……… I contacted the writer..............son of Walter Pincus, the intelligence correspondent for the Washington Post and a friend of Vincent Foster. …….. What his son told me was astounding. When he spoke to Jane Parks the day after the death, she said that her husband had been involved with Vince Foster and she seemed to think there was a political dimension to the murder. She was distraught, almost hysterical. Ward Pincus did not know what to make of it, so he consulted his editors at The Democrat-Gazette. Should he go out to visit the widow and try to find out what on earth she was talking about? No, they said, don't' bother. Soon afterward, Jane Parks withdrew into her shell and refused to give any interviews to the press. ……."
The Secret Life of Bill Clinton 1997 Ambrose Evans-Pritchard "……..Contact with Foster was rare after he moved to the White House. But he telephoned in mid-July 1993, about a week before his death. He explained that Hillary had worked herself into a state about "the files," worried that there might be something in them that could cause real damage to Bill or herself. The conversation was brief and inconclusive. Jerry told Vince Foster that there was indeed "plenty to hurt both of them. But you can't give her those files, that was the agreement." Jerry did not seem perturbed at the time. A few days later Foster called again. Jane is sure that it was either Sunday, July 18, or Monday, July 19, the night before Foster's death. Jerry was in the living room with his feet up, watching the History Channel on TV. Jane was puttering in and out of the kitchen. It was around 8:30 PM central time. "Vince was calling from a pay phone," said Jane, who overheard one side of the conversation and then learned the rest from Jerry afterward. "He kept feeding coins into the box, and then he told Jerry to hold on. He must have been near a mini-mart or something because he said he had to get more coins. (19) Then he called a second time, and they spoke for 30 minutes or more." This time it was a heated exchange. Vince said that he had made up his mind. He was going to hand over the files and wanted to be sure that he had the complete set. "You're not going to use those files!" said Jerry, angrily. Foster tried to soothe him. He said he was going to meet Hillary at "the flat" and he was going to give her the files. You can't do that," said Parks. "My name's all over this stuff. You can't give Hillary those files. You can't! Remember what she did, what you told me she did. She's capable of doing anything.!" "We can trust Hil. Don't worry," Said Foster. ……."
The Secret Life of Bill Clinton 1997 Ambrose Evans-Pritchard "…….........Whatever Foster said to Jerry Parks, he cannot possibly have met with Hillary Clinton at "the flat" or anywhere else. She was on the West Coast during the days preceding his death. On the afternoon of July 20, she was on an aircraft flying from Los Angeles to Little Rock. But that does not preclude the grim possibility that Foster thought he was going to a rendezvous with the First Lady on July 20, and met his death instead. The rambler style home of the Parks family was swarming with federal agents on the day after Jerry's assassination. Jane remembers men flashing credentials from the FBI, The Secret Service, the IRS, and she thought, the CIA. Although the CIA made no sense. Nothing made any sense. The federal government had no jurisdiction over a homicide case, and t this day the FBI denies that it ever set foot in her house. But the FBI was there, she insisted, with portable x-ray machines and other fancy devices. An IRS computer expert was flow in from Miami to go through Jerry's computers. Some of them stayed until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning..............The FBI agent in charge was a tall man of about fifth, with blue eyes. tom somebody, she thought. He never left a card. Jane was under the impression that he was from the Hot Springs office, which didn't make any sense either. When she told him that the murder might have a political dimension because of Jerry's dealings with Vince Foster and Bill Clinton, the man cut her short. "He threw up his hands and said, 'I don't want to hear anything about that.'" …… With the help of the Little Rock Police Department the FBI ransacked the place, confiscating files, records, and 130 tapes of telephone conversations-- without giving a receipt. "I've asked them to give it all back, but the police refuse to relinquish anything. They told me there's nothing they can do about the case as long as Bill Clinton is in office." ……............I do not pretend to understand why Jerry Parks was murdered. But the indictions that the Parks case is somehow intertwined with the death of Vincent Foster is surely compelling enough to warrant a proper investigation. Instead, nobody cares to learn what Mrs. Parks has to say. …….."
Fahmy Malak – Henry and Ives
In 1987 Arkansas State Medical Examiner Fahmy Malak ruled the deaths of teenagers Kevin Ives and Don Henry, found run over by a train, "accidental," saying the boys had smoked too much marijuana and fallen asleep on the tracks. A second autopsy and grand jury probe, finding evidence of a knife wound and beatings, declared it "definitely a homicide." Then in 1989 with the controversy over the train deaths case growing, a commission headed by then Arkansas Department of Health Director Joycelyn Elders cleared Dr. Malak. Nine months later, Gov. Clinton proposed a $32,000 raise for the medical examiner. A Malak ruling in a 1981 death case involving Clinton's mother, nurse-anesthetist Virginia Kelley, had helped her avoid intense legal scrutiny. In 1991, a month before Clinton announced his presidential run, Dr. Malak was promoted to a new job as a Health Department consultant to Dr. Elders."
J. Orlin Grabbe ".On Aug. 23, 1987, the bodies of two teenagers-- Don Henry, 16, and Kevin Ives, 17--were found close to Shobe Road near Alexander, Arkansas. They had been run over by a Union Pacific train. The state medical examiner, Fahmy Malak, ruled that the deaths were accidental--saying the two boys had smoked too much marijuana, and then had fallen asleep on the railroad tracks. But an Atlanta, Ga., forensic pathologist named Joe Burton said that prior to being run over by the train, Don Henry had been stabbed in the back, while Kevin Ives had been beaten in the face. A grand jury ruled the deaths a double homicide. police chief of Alexander, John Brown, acknowledges he obtained a taped confession from one of the murderers of the two boys. The Benton Courier . "U.S. Attorney Paula Casey, contacted at her Little Rock office today, was asked if she was aware of the confession to which Brown refers. " 'I think that, under the circumstances, the best thing for me to say for now is "no comment," ' Casey said. "Brown's response continues: " 'Until now I have avoided talking about this confession at the request of federal investigators. " ' Because of the magnitude and suspects named in this confession, it was impossible to pursue this case at the state level. ."
At the time of the Ives/Henry first autopsies, Arkansas State Medical Examiner, Dr. Fahmy Malak boss was the head of the State Medical Commission, Dr. Joycelyn Elders. Dr. Elders answered directly to then Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton.
CBN News 7/29/98 Gary Lane "… But what caused Dr. Malak to arrive at such an outrageous determination of death? Then-Governor Bill Clinton said his state medical examiner was overworked and "stressed out." Former Clinton employee and well-known Clinton critic Larry Nichols says Mr. Clinton was an accomplice in concealing the truth.But why would Mr. Clinton defend Malak, although his rulings had been questioned in more than 20 cases? Dateline NBC and The Los Angeles Times have suggested a motive. They've documented Fahmy Malak's role in clearing Bill Clinton's mother, the late Virginia Kelly, of wrongdoing in the negligent death of a teenage girl at Ouachita Memorial Hospital in 1981. The Los Angeles Times reported that Dr. Malak's ruling helped Clinton's mother avoid scrutiny in the death of patient Susie Deer. The Times quoted the Polaski County coroner as saying there was a lot of speculation that "Malak's ruling in favor of Clinton's mother was a factor" in the governor's decision to retain him as state medical examiner. Then-Governor Clinton said he resented any implications of a connection, and the governor's office proceeded to shut down further investigation of the train deaths. Dr. Malak was eventually removed as state medical examiner, but was given a job as a $70,000 per year consultant to the Arkansas Department of Health. Regardless, a grand jury determined that Kevin Ives and Don Henry had been murdered. But why? Who would want to kill two teens who were just out "deer spotting" on that fateful August night? . "
Email 6/1/99 Jean Duffy [Ives and Henry] "... Linda Ives did not know, at the time, that my task force's investigation included the murders of Kevin and Don, and I did not know that by the time I left the state, Linda knew Harmon was part of the cover-up of the murders. It was not until 1994 that we met, shared information, and realized that the corruption and cover-up expanded beyond the county and state levels. We had each been contacted by the FBI after an eye witness came forward and passed a polygraph test placing Dan Harmon on the tracks(7) with Kevin and Don the night they were murdered. Linda and I were more encouraged than ever before. We had complete confidence in the FBI. By late 1994, we learned that Kevin and Don were murdered by law enforcement officials because they stumbled upon a drug drop from an airplane..... As soon as the Mena connection was made,(10) I knew the FBI investigation would be shut down.(11) The agent argued; "Who has the power to shut down the FBI." My response; "Who, indeed." (Bill Clinton was president by this time.) Not only was the FBI case closed, Linda and Larry Ives were told there was no evidence that a crime had even been committed...... Aside from obtaining our primary goal of exposing the murders and cover-ups, it is particularly satisfying that our non-partisan plea for justice is opening the eyes of people who once had blind-partisan-faith....* Jean Duffey: firstname.lastname@example.org mailto:email@example.com* Linda Ives: firstname.lastname@example.org mailto:email@example.com..."
ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE 8/5/99 Linda Satter "...The mother of one of two boys found dead on Saline County railroad tracks nearly 10 years ago, in a case that spawned two grand jury investigations but no arrests, testified Wednesday in defense of a filmmaker who made a widely distributed video about the case.Linda Ives, whose son, Kevin Ives, 17, was killed along with his friend Don Henry, 16, testified for three hours on behalf of Patrick Matrisciana of Hemet, Calif., who produced the 60-minute program Obstruction of Justice: the Mena Connection. It has sold about 300,000 copies. Two Pulaski County sheriff's lieutenants, Jay Campbell and Kirk Lane, sued Matrisciana in 1997. They contended that he defamed them by mentioning their names at the end of the film, along with four other men, as "suspects implicated in Ives/Henry murders and coverups." Campbell and Lane, who as deputies in another jurisdiction didn't participate in the investigation of the train deaths, blame former Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Harmon for drawing them into the case. Harmon, now in prison on drug and racketeering convictions arising partly from corrupt acts he performed while in his official capacity, was a private lawyer at the time of the boys' deaths. But he took a special interest in the case and was appointed a special prosecutor to present the case to a Saline County grand jury. Testimony this week has revealed that, unknown to the public, Harmon was the target at the time of at least one investigation into drug trafficking. Campbell and Lane, then narcotics deputies who were looking into the allegations about Harmon, contend that he heard about their investigation and cast them as suspects in the train deaths solely to taint their credibility and thwart their investigation...."
ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE 8/5/99 Linda Satter "...Ives acknowledged Wednesday that Harmon called her the day before Campbell and Lane were to appear before a grand jury and told her that "the killers" would appear before the grand jury the next day. Ives said she trusted Harmon at the time, but she has since come to include him among the list of suspects in the boys' deaths and ensuing coverup....The video was released in 1996 before Harmon's convictions. They [plaintiffs] say the allegations have damaged their personal and professional reputations. But Matrisciana, using the First Amendment as a defense, contends that the two sources he relied on to make the film -- Linda Ives and a former Saline County deputy prosecutor, Jean Duffey -- both believed the video was accurate when they made it. Thus, Matrisciana contends, he cannot be found to have had a "reckless disregard for the truth" and thus be guilty of libel. ....."
ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE 8/5/99 Linda Satter "...Among the information that has emerged is that John Brown, who reopened the investigation as an investigator under a new Saline County sheriff, Judy Pridgen, took a handwritten "confession" in May 1993 from Sharline Wilson, who once dated Harmon. Though she would later recant her statement, Wilson named Harmon and two other men, one of whom was later killed, as having had a role in beating and stabbing the boys to death before laying their bodies across the tracks. Brown testified Tuesday that he corroborated "85 percent" of what Wilson told him....."
KARK-TV 8/9/99 Freeper HAL9000 reports "...The jury ruled in favor of plantiff Pulaski deputies Campbell and Lane in the 'Mena Connection' libel case. The jury continues to deliberate on penalties to be assessed against Matrisciana. ..."
www.kark.com 8/12/99 Kim Miller "...During the last week, Sharline Wilson was referred to by investigators as an eyewitness to a 1987 Saline County murder that remains unsolved. Now, Sharline Wilson has told News4 what she knows about the mysterious deaths of Kevin Ives and Don Henry. Wilson says she cannot directly connect anyone with the murders of the boys--whose bodies were found on railroad tracks. But she says she dropped then-prosecutor Dan Harmon off near the tracks that night, and waited while he went to pick up a drug drop. She says that when Harmon returned, he had blood on his pants--as if he had wiped his hands on them. Wilson says that her later testimony about Harmon's involvement with drugs got her into trouble. "In 1992, I was arrested by Dan Harmon and the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force on some little old drug charges that should have never ever brought me 32 years in prison," she said. Wilson claims no one believes her because she was high at the time of the incident and because she has a history of drug use. Wilson says anything else she knows about the case is hearsay. As for Dan Harmon, he chose not to comment on the murders. He is serving time in an Illinois prison on drug charges...."
The Arkansas Times 8/27/99 Mara Leveritt "….Bt on the specific question before it -- whether the video had libeled Lane and Campbell -- the jury was not convinced. It found that the evidence presented at trial did not support the video's damning allegation and it ruled that Matrisciana owed the men a retraction plus sizable damages. I was called as a witness because, in writing a book about the deaths, I had worked closely with Ives and Duffey and had dealt with much of the same information that Matrisciana had had to handle. I testified that, although I knew that Ives and Duffey believed the deputies were suspects, I did not repeat that allegation in my book. What I did report was that, at a time when Dan Harmon, the district's once popular former prosecutor, was conducting a grand jury into the deaths, he had made a show of calling Lane and Campbell to testify. Few who followed the proceeding could fathom why. Privately, Harmon told Ives that a witness had identified Lane and Campbell as suspects in the murders. When I interviewed Campbell about the episode, he told me that he and Lane believed that Harmon's decision to subpoena them was nothing more than self-serving courtroom theater…..Whatever was going on back in the late 1980s, the multi-agency investigation into Harmon's drug activity -- just like Harmon's investigation into the murders -- quietly and utterly fizzled. Several years would pass before Harmon's involvement with the local drug underworld would finally be exposed…… If, a dozen years ago, county officials had conducted a decent investigation into the two boys' deaths, if state officials had not botched their every contact with the case, or if the FBI had given a single straight answer once it became involved, the circle of grief that surrounds these killings never would have widened so. Everyone would have been spared, not only the endless conspiracy theories, but the trauma of speculation. …."
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - Page 5B (PDF format only) 1/5/00 Linda Satter "…..A jury's verdict in August that a California filmmaker defamed two Pulaski County sheriff's lieutenants and must pay them nearly $600,000 won't be thrown out, a federal judge said in an order released Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Warren K. Urbom of Lincoln, Neb., who presided at the trial this summer in Little Rock, said evidence showed that in making the 1996 documentary, Obstruction of Justice: the Mena Connection, filmmaker Patrick Matrisciana acted with reckless disregard for the truth. Urbom said that demonstrated 'actual malice' and thus was reason to uphold the verdict……. "
Mara Leveritt WebSite 5/19/00 "…….….I amended my request, specifying that I wanted files on Rich Mountain Aviation and Adler Berriman Seal. In 1997, I received approximately 34 pages of files pertaining to Rich Mountain Aviation. Those pages were interesting on several counts. First, chunks of them were blacked out. Second, they revealed that RMA, in rural Arkansas, was the subject of a fraud investigation by the Department of Defense relating to aircraft maintenance contracts on islands in the South Pacific. Third, the records revealed that Seal's activities at Mena were the subject of "extensive Bureau investigation," beginning in October, 1983. In one memo, the immunity he received for his narcotics trafficking after his appearance before a Senate House Subcommittee was referred to as "Seal's 'judicial blessing.'"......,,
…….By now three years had passed since my Mena request was filed. As I approached my publisher's deadline for completing THE BOYS ON THE TRACKS, Snyder's office and I continued to press the FBI to release its files on Seal. Just as the book was going into publication, I received a box containing 488 pages of what the FBI said was a 721-page file on Seal. Over the next several weeks, other pages trickled in. In all of them, most names were blacked out, making the related information worthless. The explanation given was that the deletions were to protect the privacy of those involved. Of greater concern to me were deletions--sometimes of several pages--for reasons attributed to the needs of national security or of the CIA. As I mentioned, I am appealing for release of all information withheld for these two reasons……
…….My rationale is simple. It is summed up most succinctly in a memo sent from the FBI's New Orleans office in August 1983, on the eve of his move to Arkansas. The special agent in charge wrote: "Seal controls an international smuggling organization which is extremely well organized and extensive." A memo dated the following October described Seal as "a documented major narcotics trafficker...." In light of the remarkable "judicial blessing" this international narcotics trafficker received, it is not unreasonable for the American public to seek the release of all records relating to him. What is unreasonable is for the Department of Justice to try to withhold those records, based on claims that such information might be harmful to national security or to the CIA……"
Arkansas Writers' Project, Inc. 9/3/99 Mara Leveritt "...The FBI stalled, but Snyder's staff persisted. Finally, their efforts paid off -- at least partly. Two weeks ago, I received 488 pages of FBI records pertaining to Barry Seal, the cocaine smuggler who, as you know, moved his billion-dollar drug business from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to the airport at Mena, Arkansas in 1982. .....But, though he was constantly watched, Seal was never stopped. He operated from Mena, apparently unimpeded, until 1986, when he was murdered by Colombian operatives.... according to one document, the Justice Department kept tight control of the investigation into Seal's murder, "since," as an assistant attorney general explained, "this is a case with apparent national and organized crime dimensions..." But many of the pages sent were heavily blacked out. And almost 300 were missing entirely. A cover letter explained that some of these deletions had been made to protect privacy or confidentiality, or for law enforcement reasons. But this is what I found most interesting. Notes explaining several of the deletions said that they had been made under provisions of the National Security Act of 1947 and the CIA Act of 1949. So it's quite a mess, you see, these jumbled references to organized crime and national security, to Colombian drug cartels and the CIA -- all within the heavily censored file of a smuggler who found safe haven in Arkansas during the last four years of his life..."
Washington Weekly 2/28/00 Chapter Seven from L.D. Brown's Tell-all on Hillary and Bill "…..The Central Intelligence Agency is a different sort of people to deal with. My initial contact with them involved receiving volumes of paperwork to complete concerning everything about me and my family. When I showed Bill [Clinton] the first stack that had arrived, he seemed not at all surprised. He encouraged me to complete it as fast as I could so he could "start making some calls for me." ………. Magruder answered my house phone call and told me to come up to the room. Dan Magruder was an Ivy-league looking guy, buttoned-down, polite and articulate. He displayed his C. I. A. credentials, which I examined carefully with a sense of admiration. He already knew everything about me and said he liked my essay on 'Marxism in Central America.' We talked almost as much about him as we did about me. Magruder told me he was an 'Asia expert' and had last returned from Korea. He made sure that I knew that this job would not be a law enforcement position as I was used to. He knew Bill and referred to him casually as 'the Guv.' Magruder was most interested in my Drug Enforcement Administration schooling and law enforcement experience in the narcotics field. ……The last words Magruder would ever say to me were that I would be called by someone later on what to do and when to do it. Magruder paid me in cash and as I left he assured me, "I think you'll do fine." …..
Washington Weekly 2/28/00 Chapter Seven from L.D. Brown's Tell-all on Hillary and Bill "…..Barry Seal was crazy man. He was also everything that Dan Magruder was not. Happy-go-lucky, irreverent and loud, Seal telephoned me and told me that he was the man I was told would call me. It was time to meet and he chose a hangout that I was readily familiar with. It was the mid-1980s and with the decadence of that time and the free-flowing cocaine, Cajun's Wharf was a hangout for the bond daddies such as Lasater and company…."
Washington Weekly 2/28/00 Chapter Seven from L.D. Brown's Tell-all on Hillary and Bill "…..The first words out of Seal's mouth, "How's the Guv?" reminded me of Magruder's apparent familiarity with Bill. An overweight, jovial, almost slap-happy man as my next contact with C. I. A. was not exactly what I expected. Seal, too, knew everything about me. He focused on my D. E. A. training as Magruder had done in Dallas. He knew of my meeting with Magruder and declared, "I'm the man they told you would call."…... Mena, Arkansas is a tiny town near the Oklahoma border in far western Arkansas. I didn't know why Seal wanted to meet me in such a far away place for an out-of-the-country trip. I had expected to leave from Little Rock as Seal had led me to believe that he had flown an airplane into the Little Rock airport for our meeting. He told me to be at Mena before dawn which meant I had to leave my house in Little Rock around three-o'clock in the morning. I had told Bill only that I was being tried out on an assignment. "Don't worry about it," was his advice that I will never forget. "You can handle it," were his parting words……"
Washington Weekly 2/28/00 Chapter Seven from L.D. Brown's Tell-all on Hillary and Bill "…..Seal kept his word and telephoned me for a meeting. We actually had at least two more. One occurred at the Cajun's Wharf bar with another curiously at Charlie Trie's restaurant near the state capitol. On one of the occasions the Secretary of State in Arkansas at the time, Bill McCuen, remembered that I had introduced Seal to him at Cajun's Wharf. Seal was more forthcoming with information now and for whatever reason, increased trust or confidence in me, proceeded to share with me why we had made the flight, and that we would make another. Guns, more specifically U. S. made M-16s were in the crate covered by the pallet, according to Seal. He even asked me if I wanted one, which at the time I thought was crazy. They were going to the Contras, the rebels fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua (1). All of a sudden the essay on 'Marxism in Central America' Bill had suggested for my C. I. A. application made sense. ……"
FS Communications, Inc. 1/29/2000 Vince Ferrer "….Dr. Steve Leung, a successful and well-respected entrepreneur and founder of several Silicon Valley companies, lies near death in a Hong Kong hospital, where he was transferred after suffering a severe beating in Beijing, China. Dr. Leung, who was in Beijing at the invitation of the Chinese government to attend the opening of the ChinaEcom.com conference on January 18, left the conference at 5:30 p.m. to go shopping. When he did not appear at a meeting later in the evening, his colleagues searched for him and found him at the Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) hospital, in a coma and on a life support system. According to the doctors, he had been badly beaten on the head and body, resulting in major brain swelling and extensive brain stem damage. None of Dr. Leung's possessions were missing, including a significant amount of money, his watch and his passport....``We're very concerned that nothing seems to be getting done to solve this, and are suspicious of the circumstances surrounding it, particularly the fact that it was obviously not a robbery attempt,'' said a family spokesperson. ``Allegedly, Steve was originally found at a karaoke bar near a tourist shopping area. But Steve doesn't drink, and doesn't frequent bars, especially karaoke bars. We'd like to know what really happened and who is responsible, and have those people brought to justice. So far, though, we haven't had any satisfactory exchanges with local Chinese authorities, and don't know what, if anything, is being done. The police will not give us a copy of their report, and the PUMC refused to release Steve's medical records so we could give them to the doctors in Hong Kong, even after we had the U.S. Consulate in Beijing ask for them. ..."
Mary Beth (Pixie) Grismorehttp://www.worldnetdaily.com/bluesky_exnews/19981105_xex_grizly_saga_.shtml
WorldNetDaily.com 11/5/98 H J Halterman ".....Mary Beth Grismore was strangled and found in a car trunk in Ohio, May 3, 1978. Most of the people who knew Mary Beth while she was still alive called her Pixie. ........ On Feb. 21, 1978, she drove her new husband's Ford Thunderbird from her home near Marshall, Indiana, to the nearby city of Terre Haute for a going-away party with two of her friends -- nothing fancy, just a meal at the local lobster joint, a movie and a few hours dancing at some of Terre Haute's nightspots. The trio returned to Marshall just a little before 1:30 a.m., and that was the last time that anyone will admit that Pixie Grismore was ever seen alive. ...... It ended in Whitehall, Ohio -- near the Columbus, Ohio, airport -- on May 3, 1978, when the Whitehall police opened the trunk of a Ford Thunderbird with no license plates that had been left in the parking lot of a local Holiday Inn near the airport that serves Columbus. For almost two months the car sat there until finally, suspicious police opened the trunk. They found a murdered body with a rope around its neck, but 10 weeks of decay and decomposition had so ruined the remains of the former beauty pageant contestant that investigators could not initially even determine if the remains were male or female. Dental records were consulted, and they proved that the body in the car was that of Pixie Grismore. She was 26 years old. ....."
WorldNetDaily.com 11/5/98 H J Halterman ".....Patrick Ralston admitted that he began a romantic affair with the pretty lifeguard in July of 1977...... On Feb. 16, Ralston telephoned Pixie and suggested they get together one more time for old times' sake. She agreed and they met at the bar of the Cloverdale, Indiana, Holiday Inn. Pixie rented room 215 on the hotel's south side, and while there she called her new husband in Iowa from the hotel room phone. ...... Up to that point nothing that Pat Ralston had told the FBI particularly removed him from consideration as a suspect, but then he played his ace: While he and Pixie were in the bar, Ralston told the FBI, she told him that she had done something the day before -- Feb. 15 -- that she had always wanted to do. Pixie told Ralston that P.A. Mack, Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh's chief of staff, had arranged for her to meet with the senator at the bar of an Indianapolis motel and that she partied with the senator and his entourage for a while and that she had then gone to the senator's hotel room with him and that she had "slept with him." Pixie said that she had left Bayh's hotel room early on the morning of the 16th, Ralston told the FBI agents......So the feds checked it out: A registration card for the night of Feb. 15, 1978, indicated that one B.E. Bayh of 2919 Garfield Street NW, Washington, D.C., had indeed stayed in room 579 of the Indianapolis Airport Holiday Inn while he was representing "USS" -- that is, the United States Senate. The room cost $24. ...."
WorldNetDaily.com 11/5/98 H J Halterman ".....By dragging the senator into the investigation, Ralston virtually guaranteed the end of FBI consideration of his past relationship with the murdered woman. If Ralston had ever been charged with the crime, he would only have had to point out that Sen. Bayh's brief but intimate relationship with Pixie was at least as strong a motive for murder as Ralston's own affair with the dead victim. Since Pixie had been a county coordinator for Sen. Bayh and had been seen in public with him, any such revelation could have left the senator's political future as dead as Pixie Grismore....Since there is no statute of limitation for the crime of murder, the investigation of Pixie's homicide is still officially open. Even though then-Sen. Bayh headed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and was in charge of the oversight committee that supposedly supervises the CIA, NSA and, oh yeah, the FBI, all their investigation couldn't catch the killer -- or killers. But at least the investigators kept Pat Ralston's romantic connection to the victim, and especially her association with former Sen. Bayh, as a closely held secret -- until now. ....."
WorldNetDaily.com 11/5/98 H J Halterman ".....The secret's been kept, all these years, and the Bayh political dynasty continues -- Birch's son Evan, who was until recently Indiana's governor, and thereby the boss of any Indiana state police agencies still investigating Pixie Grismore's murder, has even been suggested as a future Democratic presidential contender, just like his Dad once was. And Evan gets to hobnob with President Clinton, who needs some good advice on how to handle embarrassing reports about affairs with former girlfriends. As governor, Bayh the Younger got to appoint men like witness P.A. Mack, his father's old fixer-upper, to important positions like trustee of Indiana University. And men like Pat Ralston as head of Indiana's Department of Natural Resources in 1989. ....... Ralston became the Democratic Party chairman of Indiana's Vigo County -- the Bayh family powerbase -- in January 1995....... On Feb. 21, 1997, 19 years after Pixie Grismore's final party with her friends in Terre Haute, Ralston was instead announced as the new governor's choice to be the director of the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency....."
The Associated Press 2/8/79 "…… Police now believe a 21-year-old United Press International reporter who was shot in the head while driving may have been hit by a stray bullet, capt, Dale Bruce of the North Little Rock police said Thursday. …….. Bruce said a bullet fragment removed from Mrs. Danielak's brain appeared to be lead, indicating it came from a pistol, not a rifle. He said the normal range of a handgun is "60-70 yards, less than 100 for sure." He said it was possible the bullet was fired from an access road that parallels the interstate, but nobody reported seeing a car on that road. Next to the access road is an open field. "It was dark and I wouldn't think somebody would be out there hunting at that time," Bruce said. "It's a very odd situation. We don't have anything to base anything on." ……. There had been reports that police were investigating the possibility that the shooting was linked to threatening mail she received after writing an article last October for her campus newspaper. In it she objected to efforts by black students to set up a separate publication and a separate beauty pageant. Mrs. Danielak is white. …..Earlier, police had said they thought the shooting was deliberate even though they had been unable to establish a motive. ….Mrs. Danielak, a journalism student at the University of Arkansas, was a temporary UPI employee assigned to the legislature. ……."
The Associated Press 2/9/79 "…….. North Little Rock police Sgt. Walter Miles said Wednesday there were no suspects in the case and no motive had been established. He said investigators assume Mrs. Danielak was shot when another car pulled alongside her vehicle. ….."
The Associated Press 2/9/79 "…… United Press International reporter Judy Danielak died at a Little Rock hospital Friday, three days after being shot in the head, a victim authorities believe of "somebody shooting at traffic." ……… "It's got to be an indiscriminate shooting," Little Rock police Sgt. Walter Miles said. "There was nobody waiting in ambush for her." ......,He said the shot was fired in her direction "but not at her personally. It looks like it was just a person - whether he was on drugs or just mean - shooting at traffic and the unlucky shot just hit her." …….. :
Washington Post 2/10/79 Harry King AP "… A t least seven random shootings have occured along central Arkansas highways since a young reporter was fatally wounded 10 days ago, and a police spokesman said Thursday the situation could be "getting out of hand." At least one rifle and pistols of varying sizes have been used on the shootings, lending support to the theory that more than one person is responsible. The confirmed shootings and dozens of unconfirmed ones have occured in the area since Judy Danielak, 21, a reporter for United Press International, was shot Feb. 6 while driving on Interstate 40 in North Little Rock. She died three days later. …….. "
Freeper archy to Alamo-Girl "...Ms. Danielak was driving in the North Little Rock area when she was shot in the head by a *sniper* and died of her injuries several days later. Her killer has never been caught, and there is no statute of limitations on the crime of murder in the state of Arkansas. Press reports at the time of her death stated that she had received hate mail regarding previous stories she'd written while a university student journalist in Little Rock. Following a statement by newly-seated Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, the police investigation shifted to consideration that she was a random target, though she had been struck directly in the head with a single shot from a large-caliber handgun similar to those used by the Arkansas State Police, an unusual choice of equipment for a *sniper*. Although later, possible *copycat* shootings occurred, in none of them was anyone killed and ballistic tests on recovered bullets showed that they came from weapons other than that used to kill Judy Danielak. The shooting took place several months after the reported rape of Juanita Broadderick in a Little Rock hotel room by Bill Clinton, at that time the Arkansas Attorney General. ...."
Arkansas Democrat Gazzette 1/14/00 Cathy Frye "…..VARNER Two correctional officers were fired early this week because they didn t follow policies that would have kept murderer Kenneth Williams from sneaking out of the Cummins Unit in October, prison officials said Thursday. And two other officers have been put on a year s probation because they didn t tell their supervisors that someone had called the unit at 3 p.m. on the day of Williams escape to report that the killer had been seen in Pine Bluff. His disappearance wasn t noticed until 6 p.m. during the evening head count. ……. But the neighbor who found Boren s body that Sunday morning was indignant. Kay McLemore, daughter of a former Cummins Unit officer, discovered Boren after his wife came home from church and found that her home appeared to have been broken into and her husband was missing. Boren s body was outside, near where his truck was normally parked. McLemore said Thursday that the firings were a good decision, but more people should be held accountable for Williams escape.. …… McLemore also said she finds it strange that Williams didn t bother to stop at any houses he might have passed before reaching the Borens and no motorists noticed him creeping across open farmland. She strongly implied that Boren s death result from his discussing with a reporter the problems that the Department of Correction once had with its plasma unit. Canadian hemophiliacs have long contended that they contracted hepatitis C from tainted plasma taken from Arkansas and Louisiana prisons during the mid-1980s. Boren, who once worked at the Cummins Unit as an assistant warden, referred the reporter to Correction Department Director Larry Norris in the summer of 1999, McLemore said. We re not accusing anyone of retaliation, she said. He was contacted. He referred them to Larry Norris. But McLemore also implied that Williams was let out on purpose and his selection of Boren s home was no accident. Denouncing this theory, Tyler said, The thought of this being a deliberate and planned conspiracy is not only ridiculous, it s absolutely nauseating. Absolutely nauseating. ……"
Lee Scott Hall
Associated Press 2/16/00 "…..On Oct. 20, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory designer Lee Scott Hall was found lying face down in his bedroom, beaten and stabbed to death. Then, police discovered Hall knew about a flaw in the lab's super laser, a $1.2 billion project called the National Ignition Facility that has been plagued by projected delays and cost overruns. Four months later, police are still trying to unravel the mystery: Did Hall's job at the weapons lab somehow lead to his death? Lab officials say no…… On Tuesday, Livermore Police Chief Ron Scott said some of the information in stories about the whistle-blower theory was ``correct, some based on speculation, and some inaccurate.'' He declined to identify which was which, saying ``I don't want to feed into anything else that's going on.'' The super laser is designed to test nuclear weapons by using simulations instead of underground tests. Plans call for it to be the size of a football stadium; it will be able to fire 192 laser beams onto a target the size of BB to simulate temperatures and pressures similar to those inside a nuclear explosion or at the sun's core. It is a cornerstone of the nuclear weapons program, but it became a source of embarrassment to lab officials last September with revelations it might be five years late and $350 million over budget. ……Livermore officials said Hall, 54, had been working to fix a design flaw on the super laser. But Hall's boss, Richard Foley, said Hall was part of a team looking into a potential problem and the flaw in question was pointed out by someone else when Hall was on vacation. The problem is relatively small - not part of the major troubles forcing the delays - and could be fixed for around $1 million, Foley said……. It was Foley and another lab worker who found Hall's body, when they went to his house after he failed to show up for work. Hall lived alone and there was no sign of forced entry or robbery and little sign of a struggle. He was stabbed repeatedly. ….."
DIXIE MAFIA RELATED
Note: all are before Clinton’s administration, but are included here because of other information dealing with criminal activity in the South
Rep Larkin Smith - died in airplane accident, was previously a Dixie Mafia target
Pauline Pusser - killed in an ambush (Buford Pusser’s wife)
Harry Bennett – shot
L.B. Kelly – shot
Ellwood T. Steube – shot
George Fuqua – shot
Doris Ann Willingham Grooms – shot
Deputy Sheriff E.R. "Buddy" Walthers - shot when he went to question a Dixie Mafia member
Gary Elbert McDaniel – shot
Margie George – victim, hatchet and shot
Carl Douglas "Towhead" White – shot
Bobby Gale Gwinn – shot
Donald Lester "Jimmy" James – shot
Jack Howard Joy - shot in the chest, soaked and set on fire
Winston Fairley – dismembered
George Albert McGann – shot
Jerry Michael Meshell – shot
Clifford Hugh Fuller - shot
Johnson, Tracy – shot
William Mulvey – shot
Stephen Jeffrey Lee – shot
Dewey D'Angelo - shot
Smith, Larkin I. (1944-1989) Husband of Sheila Smith. Born in Mississippi, June 26, 1944. U.S. Representative from Mississippi 5th District, 1989. Died in an airplane crash, August 13, 1989. Burial location unknown.
SMITH, Larkin I., 1944-1989 SMITH, Larkin I. , a Representative from Mississippi; born in Poplarville, Pearl River County, Miss., June 26, 1944; attended Poplarville Elementary School; graduated, Poplarville High School, 1962; chief deputy sheriff, Pearl River County sheriff's department, 1966-1972; chief investigator, Harrison County sheriff's department, 1971-1977; B.A., William Carey College, 1979; chief of police, Gulfport, Miss., August 1977-December 1983; Sheriff of Harrison County, Miss., January 1, 1984, to January 1, 1989; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred First Congress and served from January 3, 1989, until his death August 13, 1989, in a private aircraft crash in the DeSoto National Forest, Miss., while en route from Hattiesburg to Gulfport
Freeper archy "…..PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE 101st CONGRESS WASHINGTON, SEPTEMBER 13, 1989
TRIBUTE TO LARKIN SMITH
Mr. COX. Mr. Speaker, I could not help but think when I was listening to the distinguished gentleman from Pennsylvania, that when he died and when a flag was draped over his coffin, there could have been no more suitable use of our American flag than to honor such a man.
If anyone who had known Larkin Smith, and I know many people watching on C-SPAN from Mississippi did know Larkin, as they worked to get him here, if these people had the opportunity to get to know Larkin Smith, he probably would have been their best friend. His office, as it turned out in our freshman class, was just down the hall from mine, and I used to drop in on him once in a while and he on me during the week. He had that infectious personality, that wry wit, genuine concern for others that is the mark of the truly likable person. As a result, he was a natural in politics. People just loved him, and so did we, all of us freshman classmates.
So the discovery, when we were on our August recess, that he had died in a plane crash, could not have come as a more hurtful shock to all Members, and we were scattered, his classmates, all over the country. Quickly, we were in telephone contact, and in the 7 1/2 months that we had been together, we had already grown close. This tragic occurrence brought Members even closer together still. For half a day, all we knew was that Larkin's single engine plane had disappeared, disappeared from radar screens about 9:25, on Sunday evening. It was not until the next morning that we found out, for certain, that he had hit a tree and he had been killed instantly in a small plane.
President Bush personally directed the personnel from Kessler Air Force Base in their ground search, and the Customs Service, with which Larkin used to work in drug interdiction. More than 500 people spread out in that effort, and each new detail and news report came as a surge of electricity to all. Of course, in the end, we found out Larkin was no longer to be here. Just 7 1/2 months after our journey started together, one of our fellows is gone, but this tragedy, I think, has brought all Members closer together than ever before.
We will all remember Larkin as someone who towered among the Members of this body. His beliefs were so strong, and his arguments in behalf of those beliefs so strong that each Member could not help but feel that we were proud to be part of Larkin's team. I think we have discussed tonight, and Members have heard about the series of 28 speeches that he began, because he was so discomfited as a member of the law enforcement community for 23 years, that up here on Capitol Hill we were setting up road blocks, getting in the way on the war on drugs and in this series of speeches he pointed out the more than 80 committees and subcommittees and task forces were hampering the efforts of our drug czar, Bill Bennett. I still remember the day he took the floor and challenged the Members, Members on both sides of the aisle, with the following words which I would like to quote verbatim.
"Mr. Speaker, with the recent introduction of the Administration's comprehensive crime bill, I would like to take this opportunity to issue a challenge to my distinguished colleagues on both sides of the aisle. It has become increasingly apparent that the war on drugs and crime cannot be fairly characterized as such. What we are currently waging is, at best, a public relations campaign. The war on drugs, in my opinion, has not even begun."
Mr. Speaker, imagine Larkin Smith, this big guy, this Mississippi county sheriff, standing out here and challenging all the Congress and saying this.
"We need to reduce the bureaucratic mire of 80-plus congressional committees overseeing the work of the drug czar into one single oversight committee. The lines of command need to be clearly drawn, and the battle plans must be laid. Congress has the opportunity to seize the offensive and to declare a sunset for the end of this war on drugs and crime.
"I urge my fellow soldiers not to grow weary, but to put on the full armor of battle. If we are serious about the scourge of drugs and crime in our nation, we would be advised to adopt General MacArthur's admonition to Congress in 1951, when he stated: In war, there is no substitute for victory."
Larkin, we are not going to grow weary. We will remember your words. We are going to fight on in your name and in your stead, all of us, the freshman Members of your class, and I hope and I know all of us here today hope and pray that we will be successful in those efforts because they meant so much to Larkin, to the people of Mississippi who sent him here and to all the people of America…."http://www.sunherald.com/sherry/mafia/part7.htm Gene Swearington "……The election of Hobbs in 1971 had been heralded by many law officers as the beginning of a new era on the Coast. Recalling those days, a veteran state officer said recently: "When we heard on the radio that he had been elected, we cheered. " …… Hobbs' 12-year reign turned cut just as corrupt, if not more so, than those of his predecessors. Hobbs became a close associate and co-conspirator of such notorious Dixie Mafia figures as Jim Blackwell and D.J. Venus III, as well as a friend of New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos Marcello…….Before his last term was over, Hobbs would become the first Harrison County sheriff sentenced to prison……
Despite growing awareness that Hobbs was involved with the Dixie Mafia, he was re-elected twice. Even after he was indicted in 1983 on racketeering charges that included extortion, bribery, drug dealing and murder conspiracy, Hobbs won nearly 20 percent of the vote in his last election bid, the first that failed. That was two months before he pleaded guilty to racketeering. In May 1984, U.S. District Court Judge William H. Barbour sentenced Hobbs to 20 years and told the fallen officer: "You disgraced yourself and the law enforcement profession. You violated your public trust. You still want to five the high life and associate with high rollers even when facing your sentencing. You sold your soul to the devil." …….
In June 1983, six months into Hobbs' last year in office, a federal task force caught him as he waited for an airdrop of cocaine. The drugs were to be dropped from a plane onto a farm in north-central Harrison County. The farm was run by Hobbs' close friend, D.J. Venus III, a Dixie Mafia criminal and ex-bootlegger. What Hobbs and Venus and their cohorts did not know was that the airdrop was bogus. It was a sting set up by federal agents. They were so confident they were beyond the reach of the law that Hobbs' chief deputy, Craig Monroe, bragged about the deal a few hours before it was to take place……… Federal agents had been preparing Hobbs' downfall for five years. A confidential federal report on organized crime in Mississippi written in 1978 focused on Coast crime figures and officials who were doing little or nothing to curb them…..The report, which listed many associates within the Dixie Mafia and the Mafia, featured Hobbs prominently. ……. The document concluded that Hobbs would be "a vulnerable target for any 'strike force' type investigation.
The agents' observation was borne out early in 1982, when Hobbs turned but to be at the center of a plot to kill Larkin Smith, Gulfport chief of police, whom Hobbs feared would run against him in the next race for sheriff. Confidential informants close to Hobbs told federal agents that the sheriff and Salisbury were planning to assassinate Smith. One of the informants said that Hobbs told him that Smith would be "blown away" by Salisbury before July 4, 1982. ………
In 1983, a federal grand jury investigating the murder of Biloxi striptease joint owner Dewey D'Angelo heard testimony that revealed even more about Hobbs' corruption. James Edward Creamer, the contract hitman who confessed to murdering D'Angelo, testified that he was instructed to leave the body in Hobbs' jurisdiction. That way, Creamer said, Hobbs could protect the murder conspirators by controlling the investigation. The hitman's helper, Phillip Martin Hale Cryer, said that Hobbs collected $150 a week in payoffs from the striptease joint owners. Cryer worked in one of the joints, the Show Club. Cryer also told the grand jury about the Smith assassination plot. He testified that a few weeks after the D'Angelo murder, for which he was paid $5, 000 for his help, Creamer asked him if he wanted to take another contract. This one would pay between $50,000 and $60,000 because "There will be a lot of heat," Creamer said, according to Cryer. "Who was it?" a federal prosecutor asked. "Larkin Smith," Cryer replied. "Did (Creamer) ever tell you who wanted Larkin Smith killed, who had put the contract out?" the prosecutor asked. "Yeah. Leroy Hobbs, you know, because he wanted - I guess because of the election," he said '(Hobbs) can make that back in six months.' " Cryer said…….Creamer tesitifed that Salisbury was the one who ended up with the contract……..
Rapp was offered the contract on Larkin Smith at more than $100,000, Cryer testified. The men who put out the contract were the same ones who paid to have D'Angelo killed: Jim Blackwell and D.J. Venus, both Dixie Mafia members with strong ties to Hobbs. Cryer testified that Rapp was afraid to take the contract. Rapp was worried that he would be double-crossed by Hobbs, who would want to make a show of quickly finding and punishing Smith's killer. Cryer told the grand jury that Rapp said: "They're goign to find out what time I'm doing it, and the sheriff (Hobbs) will just run in right after that and blow me away."
The plot to kill Larkin Smith not only failed, it became one of the charges in a 28-count federal racketeering indictment handed down against Sheriff Hobbs in December 1983. The racketeering indictment superseded charges filed against Hobbs six months earlier for conspiring to import cocaine……."
Gene Swearingen "…..Since the 1960s, the Dixie Mafia has been exacting its own brand of swift justice and revenge, and dumping the results in ditches and woods and even in laundry sacks across the Southeast. While investigators are certain the slayings were Dixie Mafia "hits," few cases have ended in murder convictions. Few witnesses willing or able to testify have been available. These are some of those hits either identified as Dixie Mafia killings or suspected of being connected to the gang:
Pauline Pusser, 33 - Aug. 12, 1967. The wife of "Walking Tall" Sheriff Buford Pusser was killed in an ambush in McNairy County, Tenn., that blew away the bottom half of the sheriff's face. Pusser, who died in an automobile accident in 1974, was obsessed with bringing to vengeance the four ambushers and the man he learned had ordered the hit from a prison cell.
Kirksey McCord Nix Jr. [Dixie Mafia leader] – In 1972, Nix we convicted of murdering a New Orleans grocery executive in a break-in at the man's home, and began serving a life sentence without parole.
Carmin Raymon Gagliardi [Boston mob star] - found dead in Boston Harbor
Gary Elbert McDaniel [Dixie Mafix hitman] – shot dead in Texas
George Albert McGann [Dixie Mafia hitman] – shot dead in Texas
Carl Douglas "Towhead" White …. in prison in Texarkana, Ark., for moonshining, had called Nix, his best friend and confederate on many Dixie Mafia robberys and arranged for Nix to murder Pusser. – White was shot down in Mississippi
Harry Bennett, 65, Dec.16, 1967. Co-owner of Biloxi gambling club Caesar's Palace, he was gunned down after midnight in the parking lot of the Gallery Apartments, near his Biloxi gambling club.
L.B. Kelly, 31 - June 4, 1968. Kelly was a gambler, burglar and associate of Jim Blackwell, a Biloxi club owner and Dixie Mafia member. Kelly was found beside Lake Texoma near Denison, Texas, shot three times with a .380 automatic..
Ellwood T. Steube, 21, - Aug. 10, 1968. Steube was the son of the Pass Christian police chief. He fell into bad company and paid for it with his life. He was shot in the head, at pointblank range, by Dixie Mafia associate Thomas Pearce….
George Fuqua, 45; Doris Ann Willingham Grooms, 28 - Nov. 27, 1968: Fuqua was a gambler, bookmaker and strongarm enforcer. Grooms was his girlfriend. They were kidnapped at gunpoint from an apartment in Dallas and driven to Piano, Texas, where each one was shot in the stomach and head. Their bodies were dumped on the side of a road..
Deputy Sheriff E.R. "Buddy" Walthers - Jan. 13, 1969. Walthers was a deputy in the Dallas Sheriff's Office. He was shot to death when he went to a motel to question a Dixie Mafia member, James Walker Cherry..
Gary Elbert McDaniel, 24 - Feb. 2, 1969. McDaniel was a burglar and Dixie Mafia hitman. He was shot three times with a .380 automatic and his body was thrown into the Sabine River in Texas, where it was discovered on March 2..
Margie George - Feb. 18, 1969 - She was one of 24 people in a trailer camp near Covington, La., who were chained up by a ski-masked gang of four. The elderly woman was ordered to open a safe and when she refused, she was struck in the head with a hatchet, then shot..
Carl Douglas "Towhead" White, 32 - April 2, 1969. White, who got his nickname because of his blond hair, was by all accounts one of the best-looking men in Biloxi……..On the night he was murdered, White took Shirley Smith out drinking. She was the wife of Dixie Mafia member Barry "Junior" Smith. At 11:50 p.m., White and Smith's wife drove up to the El-Ray Motel, on the outskirts of Corinth, Miss., and parked in front of Room 3. When White stepped out of the new green Chrysler, an assassin lying in wait on the motel roof put a bullet through White's head, killing him instantly. Junior Smith immediately confessed, saying he had killed White in self-defense. In White's hand was a gun, registered lo Shirley Smith. A jury acquitted Junior Smith. Investigators believe Smith had nothing to do with White's murder; they think it was a hit arranged by Pusser in revenge for his wife's death.
Bobby Gale Gwinn, age unknown - Oct. 15, 1969. Gwinn was a Dixie Mafia burglar whose body was found in a ditch beside Interstate 20 about 20 miles west of Shreveport. He had been shot several times with a .45 caliber automatic..
Donald Lester "Jimmy" James, 43 - Jan. 11, 1970. James was shot down in front of a Biloxi beachfront gambling club, Caesar's Palace, at 7:20 p.m..
Jack Howard Joy, 38 - Feb. 6, 1970. Joy was a Dixie Mafia burglar who died hard. He was shot in the chest, soaked and set on fire. His charred body was found in a roadside ditch near his Lafayette, La., home the next morning...
Winston Fairley, 41 - March 10, 1970. A Dixie Mafia associate of Jimmy Fairley lived on the Coast. Two 15 year-old boys discovered Fairley's body parts in two bags under Foster Creek Bridge in the Barlow community near Hazelhurst. The body had been under the bridge about three weeks. Fairley's arms, legs and head had been chopped off and stuffed into two laundry bags. Because there was no blood at the scene, law enforcement officers speculated that Fairley had been murdered elsewhere and his body dumped later..
George Albert McGann, age unknown, and Jerry Michael Meshell, 30 - Sept. 30, 1970….. The two were shot dead in a private home in Lubbock, Texas. McGann was shot once in the heart with a .30-caliber pistol and twice in the back with a .45-caliber pistol. Meshell died with a .38-caliber slug in his heart and one in his stomach..
Clifford Hugh Fuller, 38 - Dec. 21, 1970. Fuller was a Dixie Mafia burglar and an armed robber. Fuller was gunned down in DeKalb County, Ga. He caught several blasts from a 12-gauge shotgun, tired through a window into the house..
Johnson, Tracy, 34 and William Mulvey, 32 - Dec. 6, 1972. Johnson was an Atlanta prostitute and Mulvey was an armed robber on parole. He and Johnson drove from Atlanta and chocked into the Glenrose Motel in New Orleans, then went to the Black Hat Club in Covington, about a half-hour away. Two days later a woman looking for a Christmas tree in the woods in Hancock County discovered their bodies. Both had been shot and dumped into a ditch.
Stephen Jeffrey Lee, 26 - Nov. 7, 1974. Lee, a lieutenant of pornography king Michael G. Thevis, was found murdered and sprawled beside his waterbed in his rented house in Sandy Springs, an affluent area north of Atlanta. He had been shot over his right eye and at the base of his skull with a small-caliber revolver.
Dewey D'Angelo, 56 - March 1, 1982. D'Angelo was a Biloxi striptease joint owner and Dixie Mafia drug dealer and gambler. He was stabbed nine times, his ear was cut off and his body was left in the trunk of his Lincoln Continental in the parking lot of a D'Iberville supermarket..
Jordan Ketelsen 6/1990
Freeper amom "…..Jordan Ketelsen, who was believed to be connected to the McKaskle murder was killed by a shotgun blast to the head. There was no police investigation, and his body was cremated before an autopsy could be performed….." http://www.idmedia.com/salvid.htm#13a
Greg Collins 1/1989
Freeper amom "……Greg CollinsWho failed to appear after being subpoenaed to testify before Kevin and Don's grand jury, was killed by a shotgun blast to the face. His murder remains unsolved. ….." http://www.idmedia.com/salvid.htm#13a