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THE EXPLOSION (Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers loses his girlfriend when the brownstone explodes) ^ | Mark Gado

Posted on 04/26/2008 11:43:11 AM PDT by doug from upland

First, some excerpts from the NY SLIMES --- ''I don't regret setting bombs,'' Bill Ayers said. ''I feel we didn't do enough.''

Mr. Ayers is probably safe from prosecution anyway. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said there was a five-year statute of limitations on Federal crimes except in cases of murder or when a person has been indicted.

Mr. Ayers, who in 1970 was said to have summed up the Weatherman philosophy as: ''Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at,'' is today distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. And he says he doesn't actually remember suggesting that rich people be killed or that people kill their parents, but ''it's been quoted so many times I'm beginning to think I did,'' he said. ''It was a joke about the distribution of wealth.''

He went underground in 1970, after his girlfriend, Diana Oughton, and two other people were killed when bombs they were making exploded in a Greenwich Village town house. With him in the Weather Underground was Bernardine Dohrn, who was put on the F.B.I.'s 10 Most Wanted List. J. Edgar Hoover called her ''the most dangerous woman in America'' and ''la Pasionara of the Lunatic Left.'' Mr. Ayers and Ms. Dohrn later married.


by Mark Gado


Brownstones stand like soldiers in a row on tree-lined West Eleventh Street in lower Manhattan. Many were built at the turn of the century when pride in workmanship still prevailed in the building trades. Eleventh Street is just three blocks north of famed Washington Square Park, once a public execution ground in the 19th century, and extends west through Greenwich Village, past historic Hudson and Bleecker Streets, ending finally at West Street on the shore of the Hudson River.

A long line of artists, writers, actors, musicians and celebrities of every manner and fashion has called this area home. Herman Melville and Walt Whitman once lived here. And Edgar Allen Poe wrote The Raven when he lived in a boarding house on Greenwich Street in 1844. The great "Satchmo" played the blues here from time to time and Sara Vaughn often performed in Village jazz clubs, along with Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, "Cannonball" Adderly, Monk and Miles Davis.

On March 6, 1970 at 11:55 a.m., Susan Wager, former wife of film actor Henry Fonda, was in her basement at 50 West Eleventh Street with her housekeeper sorting her laundry. A few minutes before noon, she heard a tremendous explosion outside her building. "We both looked at each otheryou could feel it, a real quaver ran through the ground," she later told reporters.

Immediately, she heard two more rapid-fire explosions. Mrs. Wager hurried up the steps and out into the street. She saw that the explosions came from building number eighteen. As she ran down the block, Mrs. Wager saw the flames blowing out the front windows of the townhouse. There was concrete debris lying on the sidewalk and large pieces of the townhouse on the tops of parked cars. In the doorway, she saw a "red, incandescent glow, more scary than flames" emanate from inside the 1st floor hallway.

It was then she took notice of two girls that staggered out of the burning townhouse and into the street. One girl was wearing blue jeans. The other was completely naked. The explosion had burned the clothes off her body. Mrs. Wager thought they were both around twenty years old. The girls were dazed and covered with soot and ash but they did not appear to be seriously injured.

A large chunk of the building façade then crashed to the street just feet from where the girls were standing. Both victims were trembling and appeared to be in shock. Mrs. Wager took them over to her house, just yards away and brought them into her living room. She took them upstairs to a bathroom and gave them some clothes to wear.

Mrs. Wager then went downstairs, told the housekeeper to make some coffee and went back outside to look for more victims. When she reached the building at 18 West Eleventh, it was fully engulfed with flames. Residents were outside on the street and sirens could be heard in the distance. Within minutes, the fire apparatus was pulling into Eleventh Street from Fifth Avenue. The fire was roaring and neighbors were evacuating the block. Mrs. Wager then went back to her home to check on the two girls.

When she entered her living room, her housekeeper said the girls were gone. "Well the girls have left, they were going to the drugstore to get some medicine," she said. Mrs. Wager thought that was odd.

Meanwhile, the fire consumed the townhouse as gas lines exploded and windows shattered into the street. But firefighters were able to get hoses on the inferno quickly and soon, it was brought under control. In the early evening, a man's body was found in the basement and a short time later, a woman's torso was discovered on the first floor. Police also found several handbags with personal identifications that were stolen from college students over the previous few months. Late that same night, cops located at least 60 sticks of dynamite, a live military antitank shell, blasting caps and several large metal pipes packed solid with explosives. Neighbors, including actor Dustin Hoffman, who lived next door, began leaving in droves.

The dead man was later identified as 23-year-old Theodore Gold, a leader of a student strike at Columbia University in 1968. He was a member of the Weathermen, a radical group of college students who believed that the only way to change America was through confrontation and violence. The dead girl, whose body was horribly mangled by the powerful blast, was eventually identified as Diana Oughton, another former college student. Seven days later, police managed to locate another dismembered body of a male. His identity remained a mystery until the Weathermen later claimed it was Terry Robbins, one of their own members.

James P. Wilkerson, a radio station owner from the Midwest, owned the townhouse. His daughter, Catherine Wilkerson, 25, was also a known member of the Weathermen. She was currently out on $40,000 bail on assault charges in Chicago where she struck a police officer with a club during a political demonstration. A close friend of Catherine's, a girl named Kathy Boudin, was staying with her at the time of the blast. Boudin, too, was out on $20,000 bail on similar charges in Chicago. Neither of the girls could be located. Police soon speculated that the town home was being used as a bomb factory and the occupants were probably assembling bombs when something went very wrong.

But it was just speculation. Only those inside the house could say for sure. Three were already dead and the two girls who had fled from the house after the explosion could not be found. One of the girls was identified through photographs as Cathy Wilkerson. Police were almost certain that the other girl who disappeared was Kathy Boudin.

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KEYWORDS: ayers; obama; terrorists; weathermen; workaccident
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Since these willfully ignorant oxygen thieves detested President Nixon so vehemently, I just know he had to be OK, which of course isn’t the standard agitprop line. I very much enjoy tweaking the more odious exemplars of the boomer generation on stuff like this, I know far more history, of the factual kind, than they so its easy to get them all frothy in minutes. I like to talk about how they wanted a revolution - and just because they are retired now is no factor. I’m gonna laugh my ass off at these stupid ass clowns - they don’t want one NOW but, too bad.

Payback, as they say, is a mofo. Oh well.

41 posted on 04/26/2008 4:08:30 PM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: JackRyanCIA
“If there was truely justice in the world, Bill Ayres would be dead now.”

To you and I, yes, but God has all the time in the world...and then some.

Kinda’ frustrating for us actually.

42 posted on 04/26/2008 4:16:19 PM PDT by TalBlack
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To: doug from upland

Yes, I’m uneasy about Operation Chaos too. It could backfire.

43 posted on 04/26/2008 6:24:19 PM PDT by Savage Beast ("History is not just cruel. It is witty." ~Charles Krauthammer)
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To: Calpernia


44 posted on 04/27/2008 7:04:04 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty; The Pendleton 8: We are not going down without a fight)
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To: Enchante

You are correct. That was before licenses had photos. She copied the information behind the counter and then wrote in for a new license to be sent to another address.

45 posted on 04/27/2008 11:59:10 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: firebrand

Here’s a great column on the loathsome Ayers, Dohrn, Chesa Boudin and his terrorist parents:,0,676479.story

“On Oct. 20, 1981, Chesa Boudin’s mom and dad, along with members of the Black Liberation Army, robbed a Brink’s armored car. They killed security guard Peter Paige and two Nyack police officers, Edward O’Grady and Waverly Brown. Brown was the first black police officer on the Nyack force; after 27 years I’ve still been unable to determine how his killing furthered the cause of black liberation. The three killings left nine children orphaned.”

46 posted on 04/27/2008 4:50:47 PM PDT by Enchante (Obama: All you dumb, bitter "typical white people" must learn to say "God D--n America!")
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To: Amendment10

Another post with some information on Ayers.

47 posted on 04/27/2008 5:00:41 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Fred Nerks; Jeff Head; F15Eagle; Candor7; MtnClimber; Beckwith; SunkenCiv

No regrets.

His girlfriend is killed, and this POS has no regrets

48 posted on 04/30/2008 10:12:48 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

"Sara Jane Olson and former fugitive Bernardine Dohrn chatted before Dohrn was to lead a panel discussion about conspiracy prosecutions of political activists in 2000. Olson (former Symbionese Liberation Front captor of Patty Hearst) has been sent back to prison for her role in a murder committed during a bank robbery, but **Dorhn and Ayers never had to serve a day in prison for their deeds in the Weather Underground, thanks to bleeding heart judges who threw the case out of court on a technicality."--

Question: Are both these images of Sara Jane Olson?

Question: Did Obama attend the ' a panel discussion about conspiracy prosecutions of political activists in 2000'...?


49 posted on 04/30/2008 11:01:23 PM PDT by Fred Nerks
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To: Fred Nerks

I used to work with Ted Gold shelving books in the University stacks at Columbia. He radiated hostility and I don’t think we exchanged ten words. I don’t know for sure if he knew I was NROTC and chairman of the Columbia Conservative Union, but I don’t think so. He traveled in a very limited circle. He broke the backs of his lace up shoes so he could wear them like slippers and shuffled silently among the book carts.

In the mid-Seventies I saw a slide of his nail-riddled remains. The slide presentation was by a member of the New York City Bomb Squad during a Special Operations course on terrorism at Eglin AFB.

Obama will bring with him all his Chicago friends, all the guys, and all the “little people” who helped him on the way up.

For all I know he may be an innocent fellow traveler, but we don’t need presidents who are dupes. Could Obama really have gone without knowing Ayres background? Ayres lived in academia on his reputation. I doubt he let anyone know about his claim to fame. Naw, Obama knew..

50 posted on 10/05/2008 11:36:35 AM PDT by Alexander Hamilton 70 (Obama knows his friends)
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To: Alexander Hamilton 70


I believe he knew exactly who they all were, he was indoctrinated by Frank Marshall Davis before he left Hawaii.

51 posted on 10/05/2008 3:43:29 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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