The John Doe Times
28 January 1997
Vol. III, No. 5
THE LATEST FROM THE BEST LITTLE NEWSPAPER IN OKLAHOMA:
THE McCURTAIN GAZETTE
IN THIS ISSUE:
- J. D. CASH WITH THE STORY OF THE CENTURY!
- THE CRASHING SOUND YOU HEAR IS A COVERUP FALLING APART!
- STEPHEN JONES HAS A DUCK OVER NEWLY-REVEALED ATF SNITCH!
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28 January 1997
McVEIGH'S SISTER LAUNDERED BANK ROBBERY PROCEEDS.
ATF SURVEILLANCE CONFIRMED BY INFORMANT
By J.D. Cash
The sister of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh told authorities
that her brother was part of a group that believed the government should
be overthrown and that the propriety of robbing banks to finance that objective
should be "evaluated in light of the need for action."
In a sworn statement, dated May 2, 1995, Jennifer McVeigh, then 21,
said that she was given three (3) $100.00 bills and asked that they be
exchanged for "clean money" because, her brother said, the bills
were from a recent bank robbery in which he and others had participated.
Jennifer McVeigh was picked up for questioning in Florida shortly after
her brother and his ex-army buddy, Terry Nichols, were identified as suspects
in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Jennifer McVeigh's sworn statement was made after FBI agents in Buffalo,
N.Y. told her that her original affidavit of May 1 would need to be verified
by a polygraph examiner.
After learning that one of the questions the examiner would pose referred
to the completeness of her information concerning her brother's suspicious
activities before the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma, she
asked to make another affidavit.
In the May 2 affidavit, McVeigh's sister details the bombing defendant's
associations with "others"-- "others" who she claimed
she could not identify, but who were involved in a recent bank robbery
and other criminal acts.
Referring to a conversation with her brother in December 1994 at their
recently deceased grandfather's New York residence, a portion of Ms. McVeigh's
May 2, 1995, statement says:
"He (Timothy McVeigh) had been involved in a bank robbery but did
not provide and further details concerning the robbery. He advised me that
he had not actually particpated in the robbery itself, but was somehow
involved in the planning or setting up of this robbery. Although he did
not identify the participants by name, he stated that "they"
had committed the robbery. His purpose for relating this information to
me was to request that I exchange some of my own money for what I recall
to be approximately three (3) $100.00 bills."
"He explained that this money was from the bank robbery and he
wished to circulate this money through me. To the best of my recollection,
I then gave my brother what I recall to be approximately $300.00 of my
personal cash, in exchange for 3 $100.00 bills, which I deposited within
the next several days in an account at the Unit No. 1 Federal credit Union,
Lockport, New York."
"I observed at that time that my brother had on his person an undetermined
quantity of $100.00 bills, of which he provided me a small portion."
"It is my belief that this bank robbery had occurred within the
recent past. I was not made aware of the details or if there were any additional
robberies involving my brother or any of his associates. I do recall that
my brother remarked that the money he had in his possession represented
his share of the bank robbery proceeds."
Jennifer McVeigh's recollections to agents also included statements
regarding a letter her brother sent her dated Dec. 24, 1993.
In that letter, Jennifer said her brother states, "Persons who
rob banks may not be criminals at all. He implied Jews are running the
country and a large degree of control is exercised by the Free Masons.
Banks are the real thieves and the income tax is illegal."
Ms. McVeigh also told agents that a letter highly critical of the Waco
raid-- that they had recovered from her computer disc-- was actually written
by her brother and mailed to the American Legion in the fall of 1994.
As well, she said, her brother had anonymously mailed a copy of that
letter to an ATF office with a note accompanying it which said "You
Mother F-----'s are going to hang."
Timothy McVeigh's purported involvement with a group of bank robbers
may find its way into a bank robbery trial currently going on in Columbus,
In the first of several anticipated bank robbery trials for self-styled
revolutionary Peter K. "Commander Pedro" Langan, the government
alleges that he led several others in planning and executing a number of
heists. Currently Langan is standing trial for robberies of two Ohio banks
Authorities say Langan's gang, dubbed the Aryan Republican Army (ARA),
used the bank robbery proceeds to further their proclaimed goal of a race-based
revolution in this country.
Very little of the estimated $250,000 taken in the multi-state crime
spree has yet been recovered.
Several members of the national media have been closely watching Langan's
trial-- now entering its third week-- searching for clues that might emerge
which could link the Aryan Republican Army and the Oklahoma City bombing.
Thus far, only Langan, 38, and three others, Scott A. Stedeford, 28;
Kevin McCarthy, 19; and the late Richard Guthrie, 38, have been arrested
for their suspected roles in a string of 22 bank heists across seven Midwestern
Scott Stedeford has already been tried and convicted for one of the
robberies and still faces charges for several others.
McCarthy and Guthrie had earlier pled guily to numerous robberies and
entered into plea agreements to testify for the government.
Last July, only days after entering into a plea deal, Richard Guthrie
was found hanged in his jail cell. Authorities contend it was suicide.
Suspicious links between McVeigh and Langan's group have recently come
under scrutiny of the media as more and more details have surfaced involving
the gang's associations with former residents of Elohim City-- a white
separatist enclave in far eastern Oklahoma.
According to published reports, Langan's group was modeled after another
band of revolutionaries called the "Order" that, over a decade
ago, used proceeds from various armored car heists to advance their goal
of a white-led insurrection against the federal establishment.
In a video tape obtained by the McCurtain Gazette, Peter Langan appears
in disguise while he explains to potential recruits that the goal of the
ARA is the overthrow of the federal government and the subsequent execution
of all Jews and the deportation of all non-whites from the United States.
In the tape, made only a few months before the Oklahoma City bombing,
Langan says, "Federal buildings may have to be bombed and civilian
loss of life is regrettable but expected."
Thus far, authorities have revealed little that ties McVeigh to the
ARA, but the Gazette has now learned that an ATF paid informant has linked
McVeigh and his ex-army buddy Michael Fortier to Elohim City and several
members of the bank robbery scheme.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the confidential informant said
that the Tulsa office of the ATF was conducting surveillance and collecting
data on residents of Elohim City prior to and after the bombing of the
Murrah Federal Building.
During this period, the ATF confidential informant recalled visits by
McVeigh and Fortier to the compound along with regular visits by Langan,
Guthrie, Stedeford and McCarthy.
As well, the informant reported that conversations and videotapes of
some members of the ARA were passed along to the informant's handler, Special
Agent Angela Finley of the Tulsa ATF office.
In one such episode, the informant recalled for the Gazette that Agent
Finley helped the informant set up recording equipment so certain subjects
could be filmed handling explosives.
That tape, the informant told the Gazette, was turned over to Agent
Finley after members of the ARA had dinner at the informant's house.
Clearly depicted on that tape the informant says is Elohim City's security
advisor, German national Andreas Carl Strassmeir painting hand grenades
with two members of the ARA.
Gazette readers may recall that Strassmeir is the mysterious figure
whom residents of Elohim City say Timothy McVeigh telephoned in the days
before the Oklahoma City bombing.
While Strassmeir's North carolina attorney, Kirk Lyons, denies any substantial
associations between McVeigh and Strassmeir, the confidential source says
that statement is entirely untrue and that McVeigh was well-known to Strassmeir
and his circle of friends.
The informant also said that Strassmeir's discussions involving the
bombing of a federal building were passed along to Agent Finley in the
fall of 1994.
However, according to Lyons, Strassmeir was never officially questioned
as a suspect by the authorities during the several months he remained in
this country after the bombing.
As reported by the Gazette, Strassmeir is believed to have also been
an ATF "mole" at Elohim City.
This is a charge both Strassmeir and his attorney have steadfastly denied,
in spite of evidence obtained by attorneys for Tim McVeigh, which indicate
that Strassmeir applied for various jobs with U.S. law enforcement agencies
after beginning to visit this country in 1988.
Strassmeir, 37, a former German military officer with training in intelligence
work, abruptly departed the U.S. last January and currently resides at
his father's home in Berlin.
Strassmeir's father, Guenter, served over 20 years in the West German
parliament and is a close confidant of current German Chancellor, Helmut
At the time of Geunter Strassmeir's retirement, he was serving as Secretary
of State to Berlin and was considered one of the key architects of the
reunification of the divided Germanies.
Attornies for McVeigh have been seeking information from prosecutors
about the younger Strassmeir's alleged ties to international terrorism
and various federal agencies where he sought employment.
Andreas Strassmeir and his Elohim City roommate, Michael Brescia, have
been named with Timothy McVeigh and Michael Fortier in a wrongful death
civil suit by bombing victim Edye Smith of Oklahoma City.
Smith lost her only two children, Chase, 3, and Colton, 2, in the April
19, 1995 attack on the federal building.
Although Brescia was reportedly served by attorneys for Smith with the
multi-million dollar suit, the defendant did not respond within the statutory
period and has apparently decided to default on the action rather than
appear and defend himself.
Also, the Los Angeles Times reported Jan. 15 that Brescia's attorneys
confirm that the 26-year-old neo-Nazi has received a letter from the Philadelphia
U.S. Attorney's office ackowledging that he is the target of a wide-ranging
probe involving various criminal acts.
Reported in the Columbus Dispatch and the McCurtain Daily Gazette, Brescia
was alluded to by Kevin McCarthy in earlier court testimony as a participant
in the Aug. 30, 1995, robbery of a bank in Madison, Wis.
According to the ATF's confidential informant at Elohim City, Michael
Brescia was a close associate of McCarthy and other members of the ARA.
The Rev. Robert Millar, the spiritual leader at Elohim City, said Brescia,
Stedeford, and McCarthy performed in the compound's band, The Iron Cross,
and later formed a group in Philadelphia called Cyanide.
TULSA WORLD, 28 Jan 1997
McVEIGH LAWYER SEEKS DATA ON SEPARATISTS
Tulsan Reportedly Gave Investigators Information
By Julie DelCour
Shortly after the Oklahoma City bombing, a Tulsa woman supplied federal
investigators with information about two men linked to a white-separatist
community, the lead attorney for Timothy McVeigh said Monday.
Attorney Stephen Jones said he had received "credible information"
that the woman discussed with agents German national Andreas carl Strassmeir
and Tulsan Dennis Mahon. Prosecutors have not turned over information about
the alleged interview, Jones said.
If he can prove prosecutors withheld the information from him, Jones
said "we would treat the matter as extremely serious. I would hope
for the integrity of the investigation that information was not withheld."
Before returning to germany in July 1995, Strassmeir lived at Elohim
City, a white separatist community in eastern Oklahoma. Mahon, a former
Ku Klux Klan leader, knew Strassmeir but has said he did not know McVeigh
and had nothing to do with the bombing.
Mahon said he did not believe the woman, who lived briefly at Elohim
City, was an informant. "I would be shocked to death if I found out
McVeigh reportedly called Strassmeir at Elohim City on April 5, 1995,
about two weeks before the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed.
Mahon said he believes attention was focused on Strassmeir because of
the phone call and not because the woman tipped agents.
Strassmeir's attorney, Kirk Lyons, told the Tulsa World that his client
had been interviewed by phone in May by prosecutors and had been cleared.
Prosecutors declined comment about Strassmeir.
"We have received information that indicates that contrary to previous
disclaimers, the government, in fact, pursued an investigation of Mr. Strassmeir,"
Jones said. "We did not know the staus of Mr. Mahon."
Jones said he may seek an evidentiary hearing.
A year ago, Jones said he was pursuing foreign and neo-Nazi ties to
Mahon, an area organizer of the White Aryan Resistance, told the Tulsa
World he had talked with a McVeigh investigator but had not been interviewed
by the FBI. He said agents did talk with his attorney.
Government spokeswoman Leesa Brown said Monday the government would
have no comment on Jones' claims.
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