April 29, 1996
Governor Marc Racicot
Office of the Governor
State of Montana
Helena, Montana 59620-0801
Re: "Drugs Are Trafficked from Canada to US" By Krassimir
Ivandjiiski "Top Secret - Bulgaria Confidential", February 1, 1996
Dear Governor Racicot:
I am in receipt of your letter of April 25, 1996 to Free Speech Newspaper
demanding a retraction of the reprinted article we published from the February,
1996" Top Secret - Bulgaria Confidential" by Krassimir Ivandjiiski. I
am surprised that you have contacted Free Speech Newspaper. From what I
understand the article has also been published by a wire service in England, a
publication in Vancouver B.C., in Australia, and has been extensively
republished on the internet.
The thrust of the article is that there is unchecked political corruption in
Montana involving drugs and law enforcement personnel. The conclusion reached by
journalist Krassimir Ivandjiiski is that you have had personal knowledge and/or
culpability in the covering up of investigations while you were Attorney General
and during the course of your term as Governor, and that you have either ignored
the reports or actively participated in the suppression of the witnesses.
Prior to publishing the article one of our staff researchers contacted
sources in Montana which corroborated key premises of the Ivandjiiski article as
to drug trafficking around the Havre area and the Sidney-Fairview-Lambert area.
Our researcher, who has investigated extensively the Bonano crime family
operations in Arizona, also contacted investigator Michael Roe after he obtained
a copy of the second report which was transferred to the FBI in Montana.
Investigator Roe was adamant that his contact in the Montana Attorney General's
office told him that you had given specific instructions that the files be
ignored. Numerous other individuals in Montana also very freely gave Free speech
Newspaper similar accounts.
It is clear to Free Speech Newspaper that you should answer some questions
regarding your role in the investigations.
- Did you not approve of a complaint made by Sidney attorney Phillip N.
Carter to the FBI, after affidavits and witness statements emerged, claiming
Sidney attorney T.R. Halvorson attempted to illegally wiretap or employ
electronic surveillance on the office of Phillip N. Carter, allegedly to gather
information concerning Mr. Carter's supposed involvement in drug trafficking?
- Did you not personally prosecute Chinook Police Chief Bernie Brost, after
he had begun an investigation of then Blaine County Attorney Donald Ranstrom?
Did you as required by law disclose to the defense exculpatory information that
Police Chief Brost had allegedly observed, along with several other local
policemen, drug flights into the Chinook airport, which were allegedly destined
for and supervised by Blaine County Attorney Ranstrom?
- Were you not ultimately responsible to supervise the 1991 investigation of
alleged drug allegations made originally by Sidney City Councilman Richard
Hobbs? Did you in fact know that investigator Dan Skultetich advised many of the
witnesses he was "not interested in any incidents beyond three years old",
concerning the targeted lawyers and law enforcement personnel?
- Did you not personally investigate allegations of criminal wrongdoing
against Blaine County Attorney Donald Ranstrom in Chinook, Montana and in so
doing refused to question or interview many of the witnesses?
These are the most fundamental questions raised from the information which
we have received and which we believe you are personally and ethically
responsible for. You have apparently used your "prosecutorial discretion"
for the advantage of personal friends and as a result enough bodies have
accumulated to cause you problems.
The Bismarck Tribune carried a front page article April 14, 1996 about the
Wolfe-Madsen murders in the Sidney area. The bodies were found in North Dakota,
1.1 miles across the state line. According to the article you are in receipt of
petitions from area residents with 2,555 signatures requesting a look at the
deaths. Since the publication of the article in Free Speech Newspaper we have
received overwhelming responses from Eastern Montana concerning the deaths. Mr.
James Horrack has made an affidavit advising that Mr. Michael Wolfe told him he
was fearful attorney Phillip N. Carter and Officer David Schettine were going to
kill him. Michael Wolfe wrote a similar letter to his mother, and he told at
least four friends that he "would be murdered by David Schettine" only
days before his death.
We have also found that James Horack was interviewed under pretext in a most
unusual fashion by Deputy County Attorney Gary Ryder in February, 1995 before
Mr. Ryder left the Sidney area. Newspaper accounts from the Sidney Herald
indicate both the Wolfe home and their attorney's office were burglarized during
the course of their inquiry into the death of Michael Wolfe.
Our newspaper like most small newspapers does not have enough resources to
turn over every stone. But we know that voluminous documentation supports the
Michael Roe Report. We also know attorney Arnie Hove of Circle, Montana has
additional independent material corroborating similar drug allegations made in
Sidney, Lambert, and Fairview against Phillip N. Carter and David Schettine. We
are aware that libel actions have been filed against at least ten witnesses who
have had the courage to come forward. Most of the actions have not been
prosecuted which means they were likely filed to shut up the witnesses and warn
the press not to get involved. We are aware that many of the Sidney witnesses
who gave statements to the Montana Criminal Investigation Bureau were then
prosecuted by Mr. Carter and Mr. Ryder assisted by Officer Schettine.
We are aware that Lambert trucker Clinton Mullen and his wife Rena testified
under oath that they were approached by Phillip N. Carter to haul drugs for
them. They respectfully declined. They were subsequently beaten outside a Sidney
nightspot and numerous witnesses claim that Mr. Carter's close friend Gary Ryder
instigated the beating. Shortly afterward while the investigation into the
beating had not been resolved, County Attorney Ryder prosecuted Clinton Mulklen
on a ludicrous felony theft charge, and then after the charge was thrown out in
District Court, Mr. Ryder appealed the decision to the Montana Supreme Court
where it was also disregarded. Mr. Ryder is now suing Clinton Mullen and his
former attorney Arnie Hove for allegedly ruining his "reputation".
We are aware that two Montana prison inmates have implicated individuals
around Havre including Donald Ranstrom, in the murders of Richard Cowan and his
common law wife Bernadette Doiron. We are aware that reports of drug flights to
Lambert Montana were ignored in the investigation made by your office when you
were Attorney General. We are aware that your investigator Dan Skuletich told
Sidney City Councilmen Richard Hobbs that an eye witness admitted to using
illegal drugs with attorney Carter while he was prosecutor. We are aware that
the resultant report stated effectively that "no evidence of criminal
involvement was found". We believe this statement is false and calculated
to protect a drug ring and a series of killings linked to several attorneys and
police officers in Montana.
The pattern of lawsuits and harassment of witnesses by the suspects will not
be tolerated by the world press. Free Speech Newspaper will not be bullied
Governor Racicot. We stand by Krassimir Ivandjiiski and believe his article to
be a well researched, well written product of good journalism. We take your
threat seriously and we intend to make sure no person in Montana is allowed to
suppress the news of the drug trafficking and killings. Free Speech Newspaper
will publish continued articles concerning clear official duplicity in the "Hi-Line
Murders". We offer you an opportunity to publish your response to the above
inquiries and the Ivandjiiski article. In the event you do not respond within
ten days of the date of this letter we assume that you do not further dispute
the assertions in the Ivandjiiski article and this letter. We will print your
Very truly yours,