Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Jeff Rhodes: He had information on the deaths of Ives, Henry & McKaskle. His burned body was found in a trash dump in April 1989. He died of a gunshot wound to the head and there was some body mutilation, leading to the probably speculation that he was tortured prior to being killed
He has told his father he feared for his life because he had witnessed an air-drop at Mena
Winters were a suspect in the deaths of Ives & Henry, and had offered to cooperate. He was killed by a shotgun blast to the face during a "robbery" in July 1989, which was subsequently proven to be a setup.
Dan Harmon, the Prosecutor who Winters reportedly made the offer to, has since been implicated in the Kevin/Ives deaths and is now in jail for running his office as a racket.
Linda Ives: We too had heard about Barry Seal's operation dropping drugs and cash around the state, we made contact with a pilot who claimed to have many times flown the drop at the place where my son died.
Local law enforcement was in charge of securing those drops, he told us. "And just prior to Kevin and Don's deaths a drop at that location had gone missing ... so local law enforcement was on Red Alert. They were waiting for somebody to try to steal their next drop. And Kevin and Don happened by.
Several witnesses place two Pulaski County narcotics officers, believed to be Kirk Lane and Jay Campbell, beating up two boys at a grocery store right by where they found the boys' bodies.
Friday, April 15, 2011
From the soundtrack of "The New Clinton Chronicles" (sorry I misspelled "Fahmy Malak" earlier.
LINDA IVES (Mother of Kevin Ives): On August 22nd, 1987, Kevin had spent the night with his friend Don Henry. They left Don's home around 12:30 or quarter till 1, on the 23rd of August in the early morning hours, and the next thing we knew they had been run over by a train. There seems to be a small airstrip in the area. There had been sightings and reports of small airplanes flying very low with lights off in the area. I believe they saw something they shouldn't have seen. Three weeks later their deaths were ruled accidental by the State Medical examiner, Fahmy Malak, and we disagreed with that ruling because we thought the evidence pointed to homicide. At that point, we had a lot of questions and no answers and the facts didn"t add up to what he was telling us, so we decided to get a second opinion and met with resistance from all fronts, both with our law enforcement, with the state crime lab, with everybody that we turned to. We obtained court orders, requesting samples of everything that the crime lab had for a second opinion, and Fahmy Malak resisted court orders. He refused to obey them.
NARRATOR: ULTIMATELY, IT WAS PROVEN THAT DON HENRY HAD BEEN STABBED IN THE BACK AND KEVIN IVES" SKULL HAD BEEN CRUSHED PRIOR TO THE PLACEMENT OF THEIR BODIES ON THE RAILROAD TRACKS. HOWEVER, MALAK STOOD BY HIS RULING THAT THE BOYS HAD SIMPLY FALLEN ASLEEP ON THE TRACKS. MALAK HAD BEEN KEPT IN OFFICE AT THE INSISTENCE OF GOVERNOR CLINTON FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS DESPITE VIGOROUS PUBLIC OUTCRY TO HAVE HIM REMOVED. AS LONG AS MALAK'S RULINGS PLEASED THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OR STATE POLICE, THEY WERE LEFT TO STAND NO MATTER HOW IMPLAUSIBLE. MALAK'S OBVIOUS LACK OF MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE REACHED A PINNACLE WHEN HE RULED THAT JAMES MILAM, WHO HAD BEEN DECAPITATED, HAD DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES. YET CLINTON, WHO HAD THE POWER TO REMOVE MALAK FROM OFFICE, INSISTED HE STAY.
LINDA IVES: There were allegations of tampering with evidence in murder cases. There were allegations of perjury in different cases. It didn't seem to matter what Malak did, Clinton protected him. He made excuses, such as, he's overworked, he's just stressed out, he's underpaid. They gave him a $14,000 raise, which was an insult to my family, as well as a lot of others in the state who to this day are struggling with asinine rulings in the deaths of children and other loved ones. I was outraged that protecting a political crony of Clinton's was more important than the fact that two young boys had been murdered.
JOHN BROWN: Dan Harmon was just a local attorney in the town of Benton, Arkansas, and after Don Henry and Kevin Ives were killed and their bodies placed on the tracks and run over by a train, he approached Linda Ives and the Henry family about trying to help them. He's a manipulator; he gives a great closing argument in court. He's been trained for years to play the game. He knows how to do it; he's very good at it. Mr. Harmon can win your confidence and make you think he's the greatest guy in the world. He did that to Linda Ives. He helped lead them down a path that absolutely led to nowhere on this case. I got involved in the case and immediately Harmon tried to discredit me without even knowing me. I couldnt figure it out. I ran across a young lady named Sharline Wilson, who told a horror story that I didn't really believe at the time. So I started searching for evidence to substantiate just part of what she had said. Harmon went ballistic; he called, he threatened me, he threatened Sheriff Pridgeon, he threatened Captain Gene Donald, the chief deputy, all because I talked to this one woman.
SHARLINE WILSON: The people at the track that night, to my knowledge, were Dan Harmon, Keith McKaskle, Larry Rochelle. I do know that the boys were watching the drop site, O.K.? And they got curious as to what was being dropped there.
JOHN BROWN: The fact is, we know who killed these kids. The whole reason this case has been slowed down, stopped wherever we're at - they can't do anything with it as long as Clinton is in office, because the tracks go right back to Bill Clinton being involved in the cover-up. He took care of everybody that ever covered anything up in this case; everybody got promoted.
NARRATOR: A NUMBER OF PEOPLE APPROACHED THE POLICE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT DON AND KEVIN'S MURDERS AND CONSEQUENTLY WERE MURDERED THEMSELVES.
LINDA IVES: Shortly before Keith McKaskle was murdered, he knew that he was fixing to be murdered. He told his family good-bye, told his friends good-bye. The night of the elections in 1988, he took two pennies out of his pocket and threw them on the bar there at the Wagon Wheel and said "If Jim Steed loses this election, my life isn't worth two cents," and he was murdered that night. Jeff Rhodes was a young man from Benton, who was murdered in 1989. Shortly before his death he made a phone call to his dad in Texas, and told him he needed to get out of Benton, Arkansas, that he felt he knew too much about the boys on the railroad tracks, and the death of Keith McKaskle. A couple of weeks later Jeff was found dead. He'd been shot in the head. They'd attempted to cut off his head, and hands and feet, and set him on fire in a dump.
NARRATOR: A TOTAL OF SIX PEOPLE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOYS' MURDERS WERE EVENTUALLY MURDERED AS WELL.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
The Wall Street Journal
February 12, 1998
Review & OutlookThe Clinton Presidency, in our view, has in large part been an exercise in defining downward the standards that elected officials must abide by and that voters in a democracy expect them to abide. At the current juncture, readers may find a refresher course instructive.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Nevertheless, both Governor Clinton and the Arkansas State Medical Examiner Commission Chairman, Jocelyn Elders, who had the power to remove Malak from office, not only insisted he remain, they gave him a raise.
Jocelyn Elders, Arkansas State Medical Examiner Commission Chairman
"Based on the facts I have, I really feel that Arkansas owes Dr. Malak a great debt and a real apology."
"Today the governor was asked if Malak should resign."
Bill Clinton, Arkansas Governor
"I don't think that's a decision that I should make based on what I now know."
After the boys were killed, there was a huge outcry against Malak in Arkansas over his ruling that the boys had fallen asleep on the tracks due to marijuana intoxication. The ruling was widely ridiculed, and the families were appalled by it.
They had the bodies exhumed and brought in a well-respected medical examiner and pathologist from Atlanta, Georgia, for a second round of autopsies. That pathologist pointed out evidence that was later corroborated by employees in the Arkansas Medical Examiner's office. The evidence showed that both boys had wounds indicating they'd been murdered.
That evidence persuaded the Saline County grand jury to overturn Malak's ruling about the cause and manner of death. That drew a lot of attention to other Malak rulings. As Linda Ives campaigned to have him removed from office, other people began to come forward and bring to light other, equally questionable rulings he had made.
The public distrust of Malak became intense. Yet Bill Clinton steadfastly, resolutely refused to do anything to remove him from office. Dr. Joycelyn Elders was the head of the State Health Department at the time. She had authority regarding Malak's employment, but instead of removing him she was vocal in her support. So Malak stayed until just weeks before Bill Clinton announced he was going to run for President. At that point the landscape shifted dramatically.
After protesting that he would not resign, Malak suddenly did resign and was offered a job at the State Health Department, under Dr. Elders. I should add that Malak received a couple of raises between the time of his ruling on the boys' deaths and his subsequent removal as Medical Examiner.
Attorney Richard Garrett is Dan Harmon's side-kick, his right-hand-man, his lap-dog, his shadow, his yes-man. Get the picture? If Dan Harmon is involved, Richard Garrett is involved.
Garrett was Harmon's assistant when Harmon headed the county grand jury investigation of the train deaths. Garrett has been Harmon's deputy at all times Harmon has been the district's prosecutor. According to a U.S. Attorney inner-office memo, Dan Harmon and Richard Garrett were primary targets of the 1990 federal grand jury investigation of public official corruption in Saline County. When U.S. Attorney Chuck Banks cleared Dan Harmon of any wrong-doing, he also cleared Richard Garrett.
Friday, January 28, 2011
The Whitewater controversy was an American political controversy that began with the real estatedealings of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their associates Jim and Susan McDougal in the Whitewater Development Corporation, a failed business venture in the 1970s and 1980s.
In November 1993, David Hale, the source of criminal allegations against Bill Clinton in the Whitewater affair, alleged that Clinton, while governor of Arkansas, pressured him to provide an illegal $300,000 loan to Susan McDougal, the partner of the Clintons in the Whitewater land deal.
A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation did result in convictions against the McDougals for their role in the Whitewater project, but the Clintons themselves were never charged, and Clinton maintains innocence in the affair.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I have made a couple of "vs." posts lately because I feel certain cases are quite similar. However, I had never seen the Norman Ladner case until tonight and I must say that the first thing that popped into my mind was the Ives & Henry case. These two cases are not just similar, but eeringly similar. I am probably not the first to make this observation, and would like to hear fellow poster's opinions on this notion.
Take away the fact that Ives and Henry happened to be laid on train tracks after their death, and these two cases appear nearly identical. All 3 boys were right around 17 years old. Ives and Henry had a .22 rifle and were walking rural land in Arkansas. Ladner also had a .22 rifle as was walking rural land in Mississippi. Both cases were ruled accidents or suicides by authorities. In both cases the parents have persisted in their own investigations and have turned up links to organized drug smuggling, and in both cases the police appear to be somewhat involved in a cover-up (there is more evidence of this in the Ives and Henry case though). All three deaths appear to be a case of the kids being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The motive for murder in both cases appears to be the silence of a witness to high level drug smuggling.
I wonder if Ives' and Henry's parents have ever been in contact with Ladner's parents?
At any rate, a very interesting case and I am glad I got to see it before LRW takes the show off the air soon.