JOHN DOE #2 IDENTIFIED: BUT CAN WE GET THE FBI TO ARREST HIM?
THE STORY OF THE EVENTS THAT WILL EXPOSE THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING
THE FIRST ALABAMA CAVALRY REGIMENT CONSTITUTIONAL MILITIA
JOHN DOE #2 IDENTIFIED; BUT CAN WE GET THE FBI TO ARREST HIM?
NOTE: 1ACR has been assisting Glenn & Kathy Wilburn with their private
investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing and the search for ALL of the
killers of their two grandchildren and 166 other Americans. The analysis
below is my own, and it should be made clear that I do not presume to speak
for the Wilburns. The Wilburns are two very courageous Americans who have
suffered much in their search for the truth. Other Oklahoma City victims
have criticized the Wilburns for seeking to get McVeigh off the hook. Nothing
could be further from the truth. None of the information that they or their
many volunteer helpers have discovered (of which I am but one) exculpates
Timothy McVeigh. McVeigh was the truck driver, and a key player in the
plot. What we are after is the rest of the bombers and the murdering bastards
that sent them and sheltered them after the fact.
14 December 1996
THE JOHN DOE TIMES
Volume II, No. 10
IN THIS ISSUE: BLOWS AGAINST THE CONSPIRACY!!
** ARYAN-LINKED SKINHEAD BUSTED WITH WEAPON TIED TO MUELLER TRIPLE MURDER.
ATF TRIES TO BARGE IN ON CASE. WHY?
** NEW INFORMATION ABOUT FEDERAL SNITCH WHO BROUGHT DOWN A.R.A. BANKROBBERS.
** LANGAN TRIAL COULD PROVE TO BE THE DYNAMITE THAT BLOWS THE LID OFF
THE BANKROBBERY/OKC CONNECTION COVERUP.
** J.D. CASH'S LATEST BLOCKBUSTER.
Our Motto: Sic Semper Rodentia.
ARYAN-LINKED SKINHEAD BUSTED WITH WEAPON TIED TO MUELLER TRIPLE MURDER.
ATF TRIES TO BARGE IN ON CASE. WHY? The Mueller case is front burner again
and about to boil over-- in more than one place. The latest news that can
be reported comes from Sioux Falls, SD where a Spokane-area skinhead was
pulled over by sheriff's deputies and found to be in possession of a rifle
that was taken from Bill Mueller at the time of his disappearance/death.
Interestingly, from sources in Minnehaha County ("Minnehaha"
is a Lakota word meaning "laughing waters"-- just another example
of all the educational things you can learn by reading The John Doe Times)
comes the report that immediately after the word got out about the link
to the Mueller case, the ATF was on the Sheriff's front door wanting to
barge in on the case. This dovetails with other information from Arkansas,
where sources report an ATF agent assigned just-about-exclusively to the
Mueller case, despite the fact that it is a local murder case and there
are few firearms connections to it (no NFA weapons, etc,) which might explain
the ATF's intense interest in it.
Keeping tabs for the cover-up, are we, ATF Director McGaw? That's right,
you were the one who let Langan out of jail to "chase down" Guthrie
when you were head of the S.S., weren't you? Oh, what a tangled web we
11 December 1996
THE ARGUS LEADER Souix Falls, S.D.
WHITE SUPREMACIST CHARGED WITH POSSESSING GUN TIED TO KILLINGS.
19-year-old Washington man arrested at Interstate 90 rest stop on Minnesota
border. By Jennifer Gerrietts, Argus Leader Staff.
A 19-year-old Washington state man is being held in the Minnehaha County
Jail, charged with receiving a gun connected to the slaying of an Arkansas
family. Sheriff's deputies stopped Sean Michael Haines of Spokane, Wash.,
about 4 a.m. Tuesday at an Interstate 90 rest stop on the Minnesota border.
He is being held on a $50,000 cash bond after appearing in Minnehaha
County Magistrate Court on two counts of grand theft. Deputy State's Attorney
Mark Reedstrom argued in court for a high cash bond, saying a military-style
rifle found in Haines' vehicle was owned by a slain Arkansas family. Reedstrom
said he didn't know details of the case or Haines' connection to the homicide
investigation. Reedstrom told Magistrate Judge Pat Riepel that officers
found two weapons in Haines' vehicle-- the Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle
and a Ruger Redhawk Revolver. When deputies traced the weapons' serial
numbers, records indicated that both guns had been stolen and that the
rifle was linked to the Ark. homicides.Haines was driving to Minnesota
with a 16-year-old pregnant girl, Reedstrom said. Deputies took the girl
to the Juvenile Detention Center in Sioux Falls. Reedstrom said Haines
carried driver's licenses from three states. He also had white supremacist
literature in his vehicle and has admitted he is a white supremacist. Officials
with the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Department would not say why deputies
stopped Haines' vehicle. They wouldn't confirm that the stolen rifle was
linked to the Arkansas homicide investigation. The decomposed bodies of
a missing husband, wife and daughter were found in July. Riepel set Haines'
bond at $50,000 because of the nature of the case and because his unemployment
and lack of community ties make him a flight risk. Haines wasn't able to
post bond Tuesday night, jail officials said. He is to appear Tuesday in
Minnehaha County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing to determine whether
sufficient evidence exists to bring him to trial. END OF STORY.
JDT Commentary: Sources familiar with the case are doubtful at this
time that Haines was himself directly involved in the Mueller murders.
There are some theories as to who may have sold/given him the weapon and
these are being worked on by independent investigators at this time. Let's
hope the Minnehaha jailers are a bit more conscientious than the late Richard
Guthrie's Kentucky wardens.-- Mike Vanderboegh, 1 ACR.
** NEW INFORMATION ABOUT FEDERAL SNITCH WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE A.R.A.
4 December 1996
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
TIPSTER HELPED NAB BANK BANDITS
Court Documents, sources point to Cincinnati informant.
By Robert Ruth, Dispatch Staff Reporter
A recent court motion gives new details about the assistance a government
witness gave the FBI in tracking down the late Richard Lee Guthrie Jr.,
a leader of the Midwestern Bank Bandits. Guthrie's Jan. 15 arrest eventually
led to the arrests of Peter "Commander Pedro" Langan and two
other alleged members of the gang.
Previously, federal authorities had revealed only the briefest details
about the help they had received from the witness-- Shawn Kenny, a soldier
During a July 16 pretrail hearing in Langan's case, FBI agent Ed Woods
said he had interviewed Kenney on Jan. 3, less than two weeks before Guthrie's
capture in Cincinnati. Woods said Kenney had known Guthrie and Langan for
years, but the agent did not elaborate.
In a later motion filed with U.S. District Judge John D. Holschuh, the
government revealed that Kenney accompanied Langan and Guthrie when they
cased a bank in Springdale, Ohio, in 1994. On Friday, the government filed
another motion giving new details about Kenney's connection with Guthrie.
It reveals that authorities interviewed Kenney two more times--on Jan.
8 and Jan. 14-- within two days of Guthrie's capture.
The FBI has confirmed that Guthrie's arrest resulted from a tip from
an informant. The informant told agents that Guthrie was to meet someone
in a Cincinnati restaurant on Jan. 15. The government has not publicly
identified the informant, but sources report that Kenney aided in Guthrie's
Two days after his arrest, Guthrie told FBI agents they probably could
find Langan in a duplex at 585 Reinhard Ave. on the South Side. On Jan.
18, agents surrounded the house and arrested Langan after a brief shootout.
Guthrie later identified two other alleged members of the gang-- Scott
A. Stedeford, 27, and Kevin McCarthy, 19. Both men were arrested in May
in the Philadelphia area.
Guthrie was found hanged July 12 in his Kentucky jail cell, an apparant
suicide victim. Stedeford was convicted last month in Des Moines, Iowa,
of three bank robbery charges. McCarthy has pleaded guilty to three bank
robbery-related charges and was a prosecution witness in Stedeford's trial.
The prosecution has confirmed that both Kenny and McCarthy will be called
as government witnesses in Langan's trial, scheduled to begin in federal
court in Columbus on Jan. 8. END OF STORY.
From the Government's Motion In Limine referred to in the above story
we glean this little gem..... "Polygraphs"
Defense counsel is being provided, contemporaneously with this filing,
the results of two polygraph examinations taken by Shawn Kenney, a potential
witness in this case. This is GIGLIO material normally provided during
trial prior to cross examination of the witness. We have provided it prior
to trial to allow defense counsel the opportunity to review it and so that
defense counsel can file an informed response to this motion in limine.
Shawn Kenney voluntarily took two polygraph examinations during the investigation
of this matter. The first occurred on January 8, 1996. Kenney was questioned
concerning his personal involvement in a bank robbery. Kenney denied ever
committing an actual bank robbery, and the polygraph examiner found no
deception to the relevant questions on that test. In other words, he passed
that polygraph examination. On January 14, 1996, Kenney took a second polygraph
examination concerning contact he had with Richard Guthrie on January 13,
1996. The polygraph examiner found Kenney to be deceptive on this issue.
Following the polygraph, agents arrested Richard guthrie on January 15,
1996, and learned through Guthrie and a third party that Kenney had, in
fact, met with Guthrie on the 13th as he had told the polygrapher....(paragraphs
of legal precedent re: polygraphs deleted)...
Although the first polygraph test, which the witness passed, meets the
two-step BARGER analysis, the second one, which the defense is more likely
to want to use, does not. First of all, whether Kenney met with Richard
guthrie on January 13, 1996, is irrelevant to whether Peter Langan committed
the bank robberies of the Columbus National Bank and the Society Bank in
Springdale, Ohio. Secondly, the probative value does not outweigh the prejudice,
particularly where it was subsequently discovered that the witness was
telling the truth in the second examination.
If the Court permits the defense to question Shawn Kenney concerning
the results of the second polygraph examination, it will require the government
to call additional witnesses to prove Kenney did not lie when he indicated
he had met Richard Guthrie on January 13, 1996. Moreover, the government
would then be permitted to disclose Kenney passed the first polygraph test
concerning his commission of a bank robbery. The prejudice all of this
would entail certainly outweighs the probative value of such an inquiry."
END OF MOTION EXCERPT
JDT Commentary: Now, what do we have here? A government witness (read
"snitch"?) who is first contacted by the FBI for an interview
on Jan. 3, 1996. What info did they have to tie Kenney to anything, let
alone Guthrie and the "Midwestern Bank Bandits"? On Jan. 8, he
is given a polygraph to determine if he's robbed any banks with his Aryan
homeboys. On Jan. 13, HE MEETS WITH GUTHRIE. Presumably he does this without
the FBI's knowledge, or they would have taken Guthrie on the 13th and not
the 15th. Also presumably, he doesn't tell Guthrie he's been to see the
FBI and take a polygraph, or Guthrie would have booked and been long gone
from the neighborhood rather than come back to the second meeting, which
WAS a set-up.
The FBI then doesn't trust Kenney about his meeting with Guthrie on
the 13th and gives him another polygraph on the 14th (in which he is deceptive)
and, after THAT, they trust him with another chance to set up Guthrie.
Kenney complies, Guthrie is busted. Kenney is said to be a longtime friend
and fellow white supremacist??!? And then is allowed, as part of his bargain,
to go ahead and join the U.S. Army?!?!? Has anybody told the Army what
Kenney's beliefs are? Has anybody told them of his actions in assisting
with casing banks and armored cars? Is he really going to get the chance
"To Be All That You Can Be"? Isn't this where McVeigh started,
reading The Turner Diaries in the shade of his Bradley Fighting Vehicle?
Don't you feel safer knowing that Kenney is protecting you tonight?
If you don't think the Langan trial is going to be an interesting place,
read the next Bob Ruth article, which includes the above information, plus
a whole lot more.:
12 December 1996
THE COLUMBUS (OHIO) DISPATCH
FRIEND'S TIP TO FBI LED TO ARRESTS IN BANK BANDITS CASE
By Robert Ruth, Dispatch Staff Reporter
A tip from a trusted friend who shared the gang's white-supremacist
beliefs led to the first arrest in the Midwestern Bank Bandits case, federal
prosecutors revealed yesterday. The disclosure by Assistant U.S. Attorneys
Robyn Jones and Dana M. Peters came during a three-hour pretrial hearing
in U.S. District Court in the bank robbery case of Peter "Commander
Pedro" Langan, an alleged leader of the gang.
The prosecutors made the revelation in explaining to Judge John D. Holschuh
the importance of Shawn Kenney, a Cincinnati man who is expected to be
a major government witness in Langan's trial next month in Columbus. Jones
confirmed for the first time that Kenney tipped off FBI agents that Richard
Lee Guthrie Jr., 38, would be at a Cincinnati restaurant last Jan. 15.
"He contacted Guthrie again (on Jan. 15) and that led to the apprehension
of Mr. Guthrie," Jones said of Kenney's tip to the FBI. Agents spotted
Guthrie making a call from a pay phone near the restaurant and arrested
Guthrie after he attempted to flee in a van.
Guthrie soon confessed about his role in the gang's string of bank robberies
in Ohio and six other states and informed authorities where they could
find three other alleged gang members. Langan, 38, was arrested behind
585 Reinhard Ave. on the South Side on Jan. 18, and Scott A. Stedeford,
27, and Kevin McCarthy, 19, were arrested in May in the Philadelphia area.
A federal court jury in Iowa last month convicted Stedeford of three
bank robbery-related counts involving a 1995 heist in West Des Moines.
Guthrie was found hanged July 12 in his Kentucky jail cell, the victim
of an apparent suicide. McCarthy has agreed to plead guilty to three bank-robbery
charges and is expected to testify as aprosecution witness in Langan's
trial, scheduled to start Jan. 8.
In another surprise yesterday, Kevin Durkin, one of Langan's attorneys,
said his client will not object to testimony about white supremacist and
neo-Nazi beliefs during Langan's trial. But Durkin warned that he probably
will ask Kenney and McCarthy about their own radical beliefs in an effort
to damage their credibility with jurors. A federal judge in Stedeford's
November trial barred any mention of the gang's white-supremacist and neo-Nazi
views. Yesterday, Peters gave other details of Kenney's links to Langan.
The two met, Peters said, at a 1991 meeting of the Christian Identity sect,
a psuedo-religious organization that believes Jews are the children of
Satan and blacks and other minorities are "mud people." Langan
also boasted to Kenney that his gang was being modeled after the Order,
a notorious group of white supremacists headed by Robert Jay Mathews, Peters
said. The Order stole more than $4 millionfrom banks and armored cars in
California, the state of Washington and Idaho in 1983 and 1984.
Order members also bombed synagogues and assassinated Alan Berg, a Jewish
radio talk show host in Denver. Mathews died in December, 1984 in a fire
during a gun battle with FBI agents on Whidbey Island, Wash. Peters also
said Kenney visited Langan in jail after Langan was arrested in November
1992 in connection with the robbery of a Pizza Hut restaurant in Lavonia,
Ga. Kenney accompanied Langan and Guthrie in 1994 when they cased a bank
near Cincinnati and armored cars in Arkansas, Peters said. In Nov.,1993,
Langan even asked Kenney to join the gang,but Kenney turned down the invitation
because he has a wife and child, Peters said.
Jones said Kenney has denied participating in any of the gang's robberies.
Kenney has passed polygraph tests and has not been charged in any crimes,
Langan's trial will involve two 1994 bank robberies, one in Columbus
and one in Springdale, Ohio. He is to be tried later on charges stemming
from a shootout at the time of his arrest. END OF STORY
12 December 1996
McCURTAIN (OKLAHOMA) DAILY GAZETTE
NEW LINKS TO BOMBING CONSPIRACY EXPOSED
Federal authorities are gathering evidence that could establish a link
between members of the Oklahoma City bombing conspiracy, radical members
of the white separatist movement, a burglary and the subsequent brutal
murder of an Arkansas family who made their living selling anti-government
literature at gun shows, the McCurtain Gazette has learned. And in a new
development, the Associated Press reported Wednesday that a military-style
firearm belonging to murdered Arkansas gun show exhibitor William A. Mueller
had been recovered from a Spokane, Wash., man arrested in South Dakota.
Arrested there and charged with possessing stolen property was Sean Michael
Haines, whom the McCurtain Gazette has learned was a member of a neoNazi
"skinhead" group operating in the Northwest U.S.
During Haines' arraignment in Souix Falls, S.D., Deputy State's Attorney
Mark Reedstrom said the admitted white supremacist had a firearm in his
vehicle which records show belonged to the late Bill Mueller of Tilly,
Reedstrom said Haines carried forms of identification from three states
and had white supremacist literature in his car when he was picked up at
a rest stop on I-90 near the Minnesota border.
ARKANSAS GUN ROBBERIES Last year, when Terry L. Nichols and co-defendant
Timothy McVeigh were indicted with "others unknown" for the April
19, 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah Federal Building, the grand
jury's report said the the conspiracy was financed in part by the Nov.
5, 1994 robbery of an Arkansas gun dealer. That theft involved 70 weapons
and other property taken at gunpoint from a Royal, Ark., man. Roger Moore,
the 60 year old victim, said he was alone at 9:15 a.m. when he stepped
outside his house and was surprised by an intruder who wore "woodland"
pattern camouflage fatigues and a black ski mask . The suspect subdued
Moore with a postol-grip shotgun and then bound him with flex cuff restraints
and duct tape.
As it turns out, Moore was once a friend of Tim McVeigh and says the
two met at a gun show in Florida in 1995 and stayed in contact thereafter.
Moore told investigators that on one visit to his home, McVeigh was wearing
a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "White Power." The McCurtain
Gazette has also learned the McVeigh's associations include membership
in the Ku Klux Klan.
Moreover, the Desert Storm veteran has boasted that his Klan membership
was personally approved by Arkansas resident Thom Robb, a Christian Identity
minister and national chaplain for the KKK. Initially, Moore fingered McVeigh
as the prime suspect in the robbery - explanining that the young drifter
had been a house guest and was one of very few people familiar with the
large gun collection he maintained at his home. But Moore also told authorities
the only person he got a look at on the day of the robbery was too short
to be McVeigh.
Indeed, subsequent eyewitness reports - supported by the telephone and
motel records - place McVeigh several hundred miles from the crime scene
As for co-defendant Terry Nichols' alleged role in the robbery, ex-Army
buddy Mike Fortier told the FBI that McVeigh called him after the Royal,
Ark., heist and said, "Nichols got Bob!" Fortier told authorities
that McVeigh always referred to Moore by his alias, Bob Miller.Fortier
has pleaded guilty to transporting some of Moore's firearms and later selling
them at the directions of McVeigh. After the bombing when the ATF and FBI
raided Terry Nichols' home in Kansas, they located 33 firearms and other
items believed taken in the Roger Moore heist. Roger Moore said later that
his insurance company would pay only a fraction of the value of his total
Because of reports and other evidence, authorities have expanded their
investigation into yet another Arkansas robbery reported by a gun show
exhibitor. And like the Moore robbery, the victim told people he might
know who the mastermind was. In September of this year, the trial judge
scheduled to hear the McVeigh-Nichols case placed under seal a subpeona
for sales tax records from the Missouri Department of Revenue related to
a gun show held in Sedalia, Mo., on Feb. 10-11, 1995. Included in the subpoena
were the names of McVeigh, Nichols and Michael Fortier and the two dozen
aliases used by the men.
The FBI believes Terry Nichols and possibley co-defendant Tim McVeigh
could have attended a portion of that gun show. FBI officials have sought
similar tax records from other states where they believe Fortier, McVeigh
and Nichols may have liquidated stolen property, using the proceeds to
finance the bombing conspiracy.
The McCurtain Gazette recently located two witnesses whose account of
Terry Nichols' visit to Sedalia, Mo., has led criminal investigators into
one of Arkansas' most grisly unsolved crimes. THE MOTEL MEMORY The owners
of a Sedalia motel say that Terry Nichols checked into their 12-unit inn
between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Feb. 10, 1995. He was alone, they said, and
records indicated he used the alias "Joe Rivers." Phillip Shaw,
owner of the Motel Memory, signed Nichols in that wintry night after negotiating
a lower rate for the soft-spoken spoken traveler."He was very polite
and mentioned that he was here for a gun show," Shaw said. "He
asked me if I would give him a discount on the room if he paid for two
nights in advance... I agreed to take less." Early the next morning,
Shaw's wife Betty, noticed an odd assortment of items in the GMC pickup
belonging to their guest in Room No. 2. "His truck had a camper shell,"
Mrs. Shaw recalled. "I looked in the right side window of the camper
and could see that the truck was crammed full of stuff - including large
boxes marked 'Ammunition.'" "Then I remembered he told my husband
that he was here for a gun show." Later that morning, "I saw
that the truck was gone, so I went to clean his room," Mrs. Shaw said.
"When I opened the door, I couldn't believe it! The floors and bed
were covered with all these crates of ammunition. I couldn't clear the
room because of all the heavy boxes and tarps he had moved in there."
ROBBERY LINK? Shortly after Mrs. Shaw's startling discovery, 150 miles
down Highway 654, an Arkansas family reported their home had been robbed
of a large quantity of ammunition and other valuables. According to official
reports, gun show dealer William Mueller told Searcy County Sheriff's investigators
that sometime after 3 p.m. on Feb.10, 1995, his secluded home north of
Tilly was broken into - and some $40,000 worth of property taken. Missing
items listed in the burglary report were silver coins, gun parts, survivalist
gear - and 30 cases of ammunition containing more than 17,000 rounds of
various calibers.The Muellers filed their report the evening of Feb.12,
1995,only a couple of hours after returning from a weekend away from home.
PUZZLED BY NICHOLS VISIT
Investigators say they are puzzled about many facets of Nichols' visit
to Sedalia. First, evidence indicates that on Feb. 10,1995, Nichols was
traveling through Manhattan, Kan.., at 1:30 p.m. and, thus, very likely
missed most, if not all, of the first day of the two-day gun show.
McVeigh's whereabouts are less certain until he makes a telephone call
late on the evening of Feb. 12, 1995, from a motel in Arizona. Then there
is Betty Shaw's account of Nichols hauling thousands of rounds of ammunition
from someplace, then leaving the merchandise in his room during the second
and final day of the gun show. And finally, legitimate gun show merchants
say there is such a small margin of profit in legally purchased factory
ammunition that typically only persons involved in selling reloaded ammo
or hard-to-get specialty calibers ever bother to deal at all in ammo. Equally
baffling are the strange connections to characters and events surrounding
the Mueller family themselves. PARANOIA? For many years, Bill Mueller,
53, and his wife, Nancy, 28, were regulars at gun shows. Instead of selling
firearms though, the Mueller's wares were primarily politically charged
books, bumper stickers and video tapes. The majority of the material was
highly critical of the federal government - a product line which the couple
later believed caused them to come under the scrutiny of the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms of the U.S. Treasury Department (ATF).
Confirming this was reporter Gene Wergis, who says he met the Muellers
at a show at Little Rock in November 1995. By the time Wergis spoke with
the Muellers, more than eight months had passed since the couple had reported
the burglary and still their property had not been recovered.Nor had the
insurance company paid the claim.
Writing for a newsletter, Wergis reported that the Muellers told him
gun show promoters were placing pressure on him to stop selling "anti-government
Friends reported that Bill Mueller believed the ATF had coerced gun
show promoters into barring exhibitors who displayed such materials. Indeed,
when Wergis published his story, included in it was a letter from ATF head
John Magaw admitting the agency had encouraged promoters to "self-police"
themselves and improve their overall image by discouraging exhibitors from
selling items not related to hunting and other shooting sports. Possibly
significant, Wergis wrote that Bill Mueller said there were two men who
approached him at a gun show in Fort Smith, Ark., earlier in the year -
and that he was greatly concerned about them. "It's been one strange
thing after another," Wergis quoted Mueller."First, the ATF tells
me things in my booth have to be removed. Then I'm introduced to another
strange fellowk, Andy Strassmeir, who seemed to parrot the same ATF line."
"And he introduced me to a real far out guy named Mike Brescia..."
Mueller then told Wergis that he remembered the two because he believed
they might be connected with his home's burglary - or even the ATF. Wergis
also reported that Mueller showed him a spiral notebook where the exhibitor
had gone so far - so great was his concern - as to write down the two men's
TANGLED WEB OF CHARACTERS
Links between Strassmeir, Brescia and McVeigh were first reported in
the McCurtain Gazette, including the information that Strassmeir and Brescia
were once roommates at a white separatist compound near Fort Smith, called
Elohim City. Residents of the small Oklahoma compound, near Muldrow, told
the Gazette that it was their former chief of staff, Andreas Strassmeir,
that Timothy McVeigh had called for via telephone on April 5, 1995. Investigators
believe the timing of the call is significant. That's because it occurred
only seconds after telephone records indicate McVeigh, or someone using
his credit card, phoned a Ryder truck rental establishment in Arizona.
It was a Ryder truck rented in Junction City, Kan., a few days later that
was used to transport the bomb which destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal
Building in Oklahoma City.
MOLE ROLE CONFIRMED
An FBI intelligence source confirmed that Strassmeir - a former German
military officer - was the ATF's intelligence "mole" inside Elohim
City. This past spring, after a court-appointed investigator for Timothy
McVeigh interviewed Strassmeir, the German national's attorney, Kirk Lyons
of Black Mountain, N.C., sent out a newsletter saying his client had returned
to Berlin, Germany, because of death treats - and to avoid arrest. Responding
to allegations that Strassmeir was an undercover intelligence officer for
the federal government, Lyons told the Gazette that his client did nothing
more than fill out some job applications requesting employment from the
DEA (Drug Enforcement) or INS (Immigration). Meanwhile, the ATF has refused
to comment on whether Strassmeir worked for them. But the presiding judge
at the bombing trial in Denver recently ordered the government to turn
over any such records to the Nichols and McVeigh legal defense teams. MUELLERS
FEARED FOR LIVES? Whoever the perpetrators of the burglary of the Mueller
residence in Arkansas, those who knew Bill and Nancy Mueller said they
were scared because they might know who did it - and feared they'd come
back to kill them. A man claiming to be a friend of the family, George
Eaton, told the Gazette that he believed the Muellers had information concerning
the missing property and maybe some "other things." Eaton would
not elaborate on what he meant by "other things." But he did
acknowledge being present when his friend, Andy Strassmeir, quarreled with
Bill Mueller at the Fort Smith gun show.Until recently, Eaton lived near
Elohim City and publishes the "Patriot Report" that Timothy McVeigh
subscribed to at his sister's address in New York prior to the Oklahoma
City bombing. Eaton told this newspaper he doesn't know McVeigh and can't
recall why his sister's name was on his subscriber list. As for Brescia,
Strassmeir's former sidekick, Eaton acknowledges the subject lived at his
home in the fall of 1995. Another Elohim City regular and close associate
of Strassmeir and Brescia, Tulsan Dennis Mahon of the White Aryan Resistance
(W.A.R.), told reporters he knew Bill Mueller because they attended militia
meetings in Mountainsburg, Ark., together. And, according to published
reports, the Mueller's house in Tilly, Ark., was acquired sometime after
a friend of the family, Timothy Coombs, abandoned the property and later
went into hiding for his alleged participation in the shooting of a highway
patrolman in Missouri.
INSURANCE NEVER PAID:
Searcy County Investigators say the Muellers filed a detailed list of
property reported stolen in in the February 1995 incident but that no check
was ever issued by the insurance company. A spokesman at the Searcy County
Sheriff's Department would only say Mueller failed to show up at his office
on three separate occasions for meetings with an investigator hired by
the insurance company to look into the purported burglary.
DEATH FEARS REALIZED:
In early January of this year, a business partner of Bill Mueller stopped
by the family's remote mountain home and found it vacant. Although there
was no blood inside the house, or signs of a struggle, the door to the
house was kicked in and farm animals were starving. Authorities began an
investigation after getting the report. And several days later, the Muellers
Jeep Cherokee was located some 17 miles from their Tilly residence. Some
Mueller friends told investigators the couple may have just decided to
take off for some reason. Others said they might have gone into hiding
because of fears Mueller had that he was targeted for assassination. Finally,
it was a fisherman's horrifying catch that moved the case to the front
pages of the Ark.newspapers.The Ark. Gazette reported that Mueller, his
wife and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell, were recovered by divers
on June 28-29 from the Illinois Bayou in north-central Ark. after a fisherman
reported snagging a portion of a human leg. Subsequent stories quoted witnesses
at the scene who said the victims had been handcuffed together at the hands
and feet, with plastic bags wrapped over their heads and fastened with
duct tape. All three members of the family were located in 20 feet of water--
tied to a heavy rock.
FEDS JOIN INVESTIGATION:
The Gazette has learned that the FBI and ATF have joined local and state
authorities in Ark. to sort through the suspicious nature of the Mueller
burglary in hopes of finding clues that might explain the execution-style
murders. Sources also note that a few of the Muellers belongings have been
recovered, though the vast majority of the property remains unaccounted
for. Also unaccounted for is some $50,000 the Arkansas Gazette reported
the Muellers were believed to have received only days before they disappeared.
As for the thousands of rounds of ammunition listed as missing from Mueller's
residence, sources say they have located lot numbers from receipts Mueller
had. They are checking those against property seized from several locations--
incl. the James & Terry Nichols' homes raided after the OKC bombing.