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Panel looking into letter - Churchill wrote about events following his wife's fatal accident
Rocky Mountain News story ^ | March 16th, 2005 | Charlie Brennan

Posted on 03/16/2005 3:22:04 AM PST by ajolympian2004

By Charlie Brennan, Rocky Mountain News March 16, 2005

University of Colorado investigators are looking into a letter sent last summer by professor Ward Churchill to his late wife's mother.

Rhonda Kelly, 41, the sister of Leah Kelly, Churchill's late wife, said she turned over the letter to CU lawyer Louise Romero, who is working on a university investigation being led by interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano.

Initially expected to be done this week, DiStefano's report - which will help CU officials decide if there is cause to fire the tenured Churchill - has been pushed back to March 28.

Churchill has been under scrutiny since late January, when his essay comparing victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to Adolf Eichmann came to light.

Rhonda Kelly said she contacted investigators, who told her they wanted a copy of the May 14 letter. Neither DiStefano nor Romero would comment.

In the letter to Barbara Kelly, a copy of which was supplied to the News by Rhonda Kelly, Churchill explains why he has decided not to accept an invitation to visit the Kellys in Canada later that month, around the anniversary of Leah Kelly's death.

Leah Kelly, Churchill's third wife, died June 1, 2000, at the age of 30 when a car hit her while she was walking on Arapahoe Road in Boulder. Her blood alcohol level was 0.350, more than four times the 0.08 level of legal intoxication in Colorado.

Churchill wrote that a German woman named Marta Kline had been harassing his family, placing calls to his mother, sister and brother. The woman also had been asking questions about the circumstances of Leah Kelly's death, he said.

"It gets uglier," he wrote. "She's been saying that she's been 'hired by Leah's family' to prove that I'm responsible for Leah's death."

He wrote that he believed Rhonda Kelly, now a second-year law student, was supplying his personal information - including family phone numbers and official reports on the crash - to the German woman. He had the only report, but had given a copy to the Kelly family, he said.

"So, here's what I'm going to do," he wrote. "I'm going to have a couple of my German connections pay a visit to this Marta Kline and get things straightened out (let's just say that her little telephone campaign is coming to an abrupt halt, and that I should have done this long ago).

"If there's any evidence at all that Kline is in possession of anything resembling an official document from Boulder County, then I'm holding Rhonda Kelly equally responsible for what's been happening to my family.

"Especially my mother.

"Where that leads, I'll decide later. But it won't be pretty."

Rhonda Kelly said her family viewed that statement as threatening to them and to the German woman, who actually goes by the name Marina Klein, although she has said Klein is an alias she uses "for security reasons."

But Churchill's attorney, David Lane, discounted any interpretations of the letter as threatening.

Lane said Klein has been on a campaign to discredit Churchill for years. He said Churchill's reference to German "connections" meant friends at a publication who could help him take legal action against her.

"Those are his German friends. They're not the Hells Angels of Germany," said Lane. "There's no threat of violence. It's about legal action. Ward felt she was threatening his family, including his mother. There is no threat of physical violence anywhere in this letter."

Klein, 46 and unemployed, has spent years researching Churchill's past. She said she may write a book about him.

In his letter, Churchill calls her a "nut" who responded like a "jilted lover" when he denied her request to be his literary representative in Germany.

Klein acknowledges offering to help Churchill find German publishers early in their acquaintance, but said all communication between the two stopped some time ago.

Klein said she became fixated on Churchill after seeing him portrayed in a 1996 documentary, All Power to the People. But the more she learned the more she came to question his life story, she said.

Rhonda Kelly said she felt it was important for investigators to see the letter.

"I've been threatened, both verbally and in writing, by Churchill, that if I say anything I'm going to be sued," she said. "But this is the first opportunity I've had where people are going to listen. The opportunity arose, and so I'm taking advantage of it."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 03/16/2005 3:22:04 AM PST by ajolympian2004
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To: ajolympian2004

From the start, he has sounded paranoid. Delusions of grandeur combined with delusions of persecution?


2 posted on 03/16/2005 3:30:11 AM PST by tkathy (Tyranny breeds terrorism. Freedom breeds peace.)
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To: ajolympian2004

To be continued ...


3 posted on 03/16/2005 3:35:47 AM PST by G.Mason ("People lose teeth talking like that. If you want to hang around, you'll be polite" : Sam Spade)
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To: ajolympian2004

"I poop on the Regents of the University of Colorado.
They have long declared that they are nothing but
pimps of frauds, rapists, plagiarists, traitors, resume frauds
and murderers-after-the-fact. "


4 posted on 03/16/2005 3:35:50 AM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: tkathy

Sounds like the mail I get from one of our members. lol

This story just gets more complex by the day, but always with the same conclusion, Churchill is a loser.


5 posted on 03/16/2005 3:40:06 AM PST by digitalbrownshirt
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To: ajolympian2004

ping


6 posted on 03/16/2005 3:40:37 AM PST by Millicent_Hornswaggle (US Marine wife)
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To: digitalbrownshirt

I agree Churchill is a loser, but what does that say for people who hired and now protect his job? Are they not even greater losers? How ,many more Churchills are spread throughout the University's of Amrica.


7 posted on 03/16/2005 4:15:50 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: ajolympian2004

"But this is the first opportunity I've had where people are going to listen. The opportunity arose, and so I'm taking advantage of it."

The public may listen, but don't count on CU listening.


8 posted on 03/16/2005 4:25:37 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: sgtbono2002

Aw, people should just stop kicking this poor Ward Churchill around, can'tcha see he is getting depressed? Everybody has just been so MEAN, don'tcha know. Course the guy is driven so much to distraction, that he is plagarizing, and making accusations of people being Nazis, and getting all confused about his ancestry, and urges his students to take up revolutionary means of throwing the white males out of power.

Wouldn't anybody? (/sarcasm)


9 posted on 03/16/2005 4:29:03 AM PST by alloysteel ("Master of the painfully obvious.....")
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To: ajolympian2004

WC, the gift that keeps on giving.

Subtitle: Who's Eichman Now?


10 posted on 03/16/2005 4:35:59 AM PST by aculeus (Ceci n'est pas une tag line.)
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To: ajolympian2004
after seeing him portrayed in a 1996 documentary, All Power to the People.

This might be interesting to learn more about.

11 posted on 03/16/2005 4:37:51 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: ajolympian2004
Klein said she became fixated on Churchill after seeing him portrayed in a 1996 documentary, All Power to the People

Churchill sounds a lot like Svengali.

Mass hypnosis. Adoring women.

12 posted on 03/16/2005 4:51:28 AM PST by syriacus (Was Margaret Hassan kidnapped because she knew the Oil for Food program failed to aid Iraqis?)
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To: alloysteel
Yes, I have to agree with you. This poor man is a victim of the right wing conspiracy to ruin this once great nation.

None of this is his fault. All of these accusations can be explained away and justified.

If it wasn't for Wardy spewing his "truth" to our youth, were would this poor country be? (sarcasm)
13 posted on 03/16/2005 5:01:23 AM PST by Glacier Honey
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To: ajolympian2004
Leah Kelly, Churchill's third wife...

Like to hear what wives one and two have to say about him.

14 posted on 03/16/2005 5:01:30 AM PST by hoosiermama (Party affiliation merits stating only if unique not common place.... R = unique. D=common place)
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To: tkathy

If anyone had sent David Lane, Churchill's lawyer, the same sort of language, Lane would have him or her in jail without another thought.


15 posted on 03/16/2005 5:05:35 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: ajolympian2004

Those CU Regents must be unbelievably stupid. Fire the jerk and sort it out in court.


16 posted on 03/16/2005 5:12:57 AM PST by marty60
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To: ajolympian2004
Churchill called and left a threatening message in the middle of the night to a woman who complained that he plagiarized parts of her book.
17 posted on 03/16/2005 5:45:01 AM PST by OldFriend ("If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child might have peace." Thomas Paine)
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To: sgtbono2002

As said by another poster here, Churchill is a "gift that keeps on giving." This scandal is doing to liberal academia the same damage Rathergate and Easongate have done to the MSM. I profoundly hope CU fires Churchill because that will bring on a massive law suit that's likely to air out the whole cesspool.

If Churchill is fired and sues CU, he'll say CU's cited grounds for the firing are only a pretext and he's actually being fired for political reasons and his remarks about the 9/11 victims. To prove that he'll do what most discrimination plaintiffs do--go for discovery of the academic weaknesses and frauds of the many tenured CU professors who haven't been fired or disciplined, but are actually just as vile as he is. If he finds such evidence, it will show that CU and the entire liberal academic establishment are rotten to the core. If he doesn't find it, CU and its entire hiring and credentialing system will still be in trouble because CU, to win the case, will have had to reveal the entire rotten way Churchill was hired and tenured and everything it knows or has come to know about him.

Whether Churchill wins or loses in the long run will make relatively little difference compared to the damage the revelations from this case will do to CU's reputation and the reputation of liberal academia. LET THE EXCREMENT THROWING BEGIN!!


18 posted on 03/16/2005 5:50:23 AM PST by libstripper
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To: sgtbono2002

Thousands


19 posted on 03/16/2005 5:56:36 AM PST by steve8714
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To: ajolympian2004
In his letter, Churchill calls her a "nut" who responded like a "jilted lover" when he denied her request to be his literary representative in Germany.

Klein acknowledges offering to help Churchill find German publishers early in their acquaintance, but said all communication between the two stopped some time ago.

Churchill may have a hard time getting published in Germany. The Germans have very strong laws against racial defamation and the like. Take that out of Churchill's writing, and what do you have left?

20 posted on 03/16/2005 5:59:09 AM PST by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: ajolympian2004
Don't mess with his mother, but it's ok for him to mess with the families of the victims of 9/11!
21 posted on 03/16/2005 6:12:41 AM PST by ladiesview61
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To: OldFriend
Churchill called and left a threatening message in the middle of the night to a woman who complained that he plagiarized parts of her book.

Also threatened the UC lady in charge of naming the new dorms. She was recommending that they be named after some former housing director; he wanted them to be named after tribes. She reported his threat ( it was physical harm) to UC security; they did nothing.

No way this guy deserves one penny of taxpayers money !

22 posted on 03/16/2005 6:21:57 AM PST by Red Boots
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To: Red Boots

Wonder how many like WC are all over this country.


23 posted on 03/16/2005 6:28:01 AM PST by OldFriend ("If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child might have peace." Thomas Paine)
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To: hoosiermama

If they are still around....


24 posted on 03/16/2005 6:57:34 AM PST by expatpat
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To: hoosiermama

>>>Like to hear what wives one and two have to say about him.<<<<

Try this, and follow some of the links

ONE OF WARD CHURCHILL'S EX-WIVES SPEAKS (Michelle Malkin provides the latest on this Serial Loser)
Michelle Malkin's Blog ^ | March 13, 2005 | Michelle Malkin

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1362238/posts


25 posted on 03/16/2005 7:40:17 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: tkathy

"From the start, he has sounded paranoid. Delusions of grandeur combined with delusions of persecution?"

Paranoia and delusions betray the inner truth of his guilty mania.

Ward Churchill certainly behaves like an oppressive Nazi stormtrooper, doesn't he? His oratory has Hitlerian flare. IMO, he's probably threatened or blackmailed half of the UC faculty and administrators - like if HE goes down, so do they.

If pronouncely anti-American Churchill did travel to Libya to meet with Gadahfi(sp) to solicit cash funds for the Indian militant movement AIM, isn't that a questionable act of treason? I am sure the FBI and the CIA have thick investigative files on Ward Churchill.

No need to ask how if THOSE funds alleviated any poverty
in the Rosebud Reservation.


26 posted on 03/22/2005 5:56:44 AM PST by purpleland (The price of freedom is vigilance.)
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To: gridlock

"Churchill may have a hard time getting published in Germany. The Germans have very strong laws against racial defamation and the like. Take that out of Churchill's writing, and what do you have left?"

The RAT that roared...


27 posted on 03/22/2005 6:01:53 AM PST by purpleland (The price of freedom is vigilance.)
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