Time: Fri Dec 05 05:30:10 1997
From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: The "train deaths" (fwd)
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>         The "train deaths"
>         http://www.idmedia.com/ttd.htm
>         NEW
>         Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
>         Obstruction of justice -- but whose? - 12/4/97
>         ----------------------------------------------
>         Update: 12/5/97
>         ------------------
>         The Unreported Story
>         When Bill Clinton stood outside the Old State House in
>         Little Rock to announce his candidacy for President,
>         Linda Ives was there. She positioned herself where she
>         could easily be seen by all, and she held up a sign that
>         read, "Clinton for President, Malak for Surgeon
>         General." The media ignored her, but the Secret Service
>         watched her closely.
>         Linda cried when Clinton was elected. She had been
>         battling the powers of state government for five years
>         searching for accountability for Kevin's murder, and now
>         one of her opponents was the President of the United
>         States. If this was supposed to be intimidating, it
>         wasn't - Linda Ives is the mother of a murdered child
>         and nothing is more fearless.
>         The unexpected benefit of Clinton becoming president was
>         the international interest in Arkansas scandals that
>         surround him, including the "train deaths." Linda had
>         always been willing to talk with anyone who would
>         listen. She didn't care if they were from the right or
>         from the left or from Mars. Linda told the same story
>         which had previously been embraced by the liberal
>         Arkansas media, but that was before they had a
>         home-grown president to take care of.
>         One of the reporters who contacted Linda was Ambrose
>         Evans-Pritchard. He was the Washington D.C. bureau chief
>         for the London Sunday Telegraph. He listened to Linda's
>         story and, as did many other reporters, he wrote about
>         it. But Ambrose was different. He wasn't interested in
>         reporting about a string of scandals. He wanted to know
>         connections and common factors. He wanted to understand
>         the big picture. So he worked, and studied, and
>         researched. His reporting was so well founded, he became
>         "the reporter most feared by the White House."
>         Ambrose was not only interested in gathering
>         information, he was generous about sharing information.
>         When the FBI opened their own investigation of the
>         "train deaths" and persuaded me to get involved, Ambrose
>         and I communicated regularly. He is one of the few
>         outsiders who has a complete understanding of Saline
>         County corruption, and believe me, that is no simple
>         accomplishment. His knowledge became so thorough, he was
>         able to recognize useful information when he ran across
>         it. He would pass it on to me which I would, of course,
>         share with Linda and the FBI.
>         I had the pleasure of having dinner with Ambrose in the
>         D.C. Press Club one evening in the summer of 1994.
>         Hobnobbing with the elite does not have much appeal to
>         me, but I was impressed with the esteem most everyone
>         who brushed by our table extended to Ambrose. Ambrose
>         was not one of the Clinton-apologists, but he was
>         obviously respected by them.
>         Ambrose is back in Europe, but he left us with a book he
>         finished this summer. The name of it is "The Secret Life
>         of Bill Clinton: The Unreported Stories." It is divided
>         into three sections: The Oklahoma Bombing, Vince Foster,
>         and Come to Arkansas. Chapter 17, called Death Squad, is
>         the Saline County story, and it is poignant. I have no
>         personal knowledge of any other part of his book, but I
>         do know the Saline County story, and Linda Ives and I
>         vouch for the veracity of every word Ambrose wrote about
>         us. There is nothing more important to Linda and me than
>         truth and accuracy. They are our only weapons - they are
>         powerful and we guard them fiercely.
>         I was, however, concerned about some of the information
>         Ambrose reported about Sharline Wilson. True, she was my
>         task force's best and most reliable informant. True, I
>         never caught her in a lie. True, everything she told me
>         panned out. Yet, as I read her confessions to Ambrose
>         about picking up drugs from the Mena Airport, I felt
>         uneasy. I knew nothing that could corroborate this, and
>         I found myself wishing Ambrose had not included it in
>         his book. Sharline had certainly been a drug-runner, but
>         unloading planes at Mena seemed far-fetched.
>         Then, I began to think back to when I first got to know
>         Sharline. One of my task force officers developed her as
>         an informant against the dirty sheriff's department in
>         Hot Spring County. I remember she came up with some
>         pretty incredible accusations against the sheriff and
>         some of his deputies, but time proved her absolutely
>         correct. Then I remembered the first time she mentioned
>         Dan Harmon to me.
>         We had not worked Sharline in Saline County, and it
>         never occurred to me to ask about Harmon. One day she
>         blurted out that she used to date "Danny" and he "always
>         had cocaine on him." As I sat and listened to her, I
>         remember thinking, "if this is true, why has she never
>         mentioned it before - she knows Harmon is the primary
>         target of my drug task force." For whatever reason
>         Sharline had for holding back, she later testified
>         before the 1990 federal grand jury about Harmon (as well
>         as Roger and Bill Clinton). Several other women have
>         since told similar stories about Harmon, but Sharline
>         was the first and she paid the price. Harmon was
>         protected from indictment and became the district's
>         prosecutor. He had his drug task force set Sharline up
>         on drug charges, and she is serving an incredible
>         30-year prison sentence.
>         Sharline hit me with another story a few years later
>         after I got involved with the FBI's probe. She told me
>         she drove Dan Harmon to the tracks (the sight of a drug
>         drop) the night Kevin and Don were murdered. She went on
>         to say she sat in the car waiting on Harmon to return
>         and saw some kids running out of the woods. Believe me,
>         I was not about to tell this story to a soul, and
>         further, I was through vouching for Sharline's veracity
>         - four year in prison had obviously sent her off the
>         deep end. But it happened again - her story proved to be
>         true. One of the kids she saw running out of the woods
>         came forward to Linda Ives and told her he had been in
>         the woods by the tracks with some friends when he saw
>         Dan Harmon and others on the tracks with Kevin and Don.
>         He said a shot rang out and they ran out of the woods.
>         This kid passed an FBI polygraph test and was put into
>         protective custody. He knew nothing about Sharline and
>         Sharline knew nothing about him, yet their stories
>         corroborated each other.
>         There is another argument on behalf of Sharline - the
>         state police and the FBI have attempted to discredit
>         her. They claim she has failed two polygraph tests - not
>         true. One did not get past the preliminary-questions
>         stage. The other she took after spending the night in
>         isolation and says she was so traumatized she couldn't
>         even pass the "state your name" part.
>         It took a lot of guts for Ambrose to follow his
>         instincts about Sharline and write the incredible things
>         she claims. He was bound to have known his critics would
>         have a field day, but Ambrose had an agenda - he wanted
>         to tell the story of the people who paid a price for
>         standing up to the political machine in Arkansas, and
>         that's exactly what he did. He is having to pay for
>         doing so, but he has recorded history, and if I know
>         Ambrose he will consider his bludgeoning by Clinton's
>         apologists a very small price.
>         If you don't buy another book this year, you should buy
>         this one. Even though the New York Times would not
>         review it, it has made the United Press International
>         Best Seller List, and in spite of the New York Times'
>         refusal to review it, it made the NYT extended list at
>         #22 last week.
>         "The Secret Life of Bill Clinton: The Unreported
>         Stories" has renewed my faith that the government does
>         not yet control the thoughts and minds of America. There
>         are still enough people who recognize the truth in spite
>         of what we are being fed by the mainstream media.
>         Thanks, Ambrose. It is an honor to know you. I hope our
>         paths cross again.
>         Jean Duffey 
>         jean@idmedia.com
>         mailto:jean@idmedia.com
>         ---------------------------------------------------------
>         You may contact Linda Ives at: linda@idmedia.com
>         mailto:linda@idmedia.com
>         mark
>         mark@idmedia.com

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