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The “Boys on the Tracks”: Still Waiting for Justice
8/27/02 | Scholastic and FreedomInJesusChrist

Posted on 08/27/2002 12:23:33 PM PDT by Scholastic

This month is the 15th anniversary marking the brutal murders of Don Henry and Kevin Ives, who were unwitting witnesses to a police-protected drug drop in a small community south of Little Rock, Arkansas. This drug drop was part of a smuggling operation based out of Mena, Arkansas.

Don Henry and Kevin Ives were just 17 years old and approaching their senior year of high school when they were murdered. What should have been a memorable year for these two boys resulted in tragedy. Unfortunately, no one has been convicted for the murders of Don Henry and Kevin Ives. The cover-up concerning the murders of Don Henry and Kevin Ives has been going on for 15 years now. When will the Ives and Henry families see their sons’ killers brought to justice for these heinous crimes?

Please pray for the Ives and Henry families. Also, please pray that God will grant those with the power and authority to bring these killers to justice, the wisdom, prudence, and crucial moral discernment, to do so.

“This story has as much national consequence as any story in America. However, it does not have a conclusion, because no one - NO ONE - to date, has ever been indicted for the crimes of Mena, including for the murders of Kevin Ives and Don Henry. The cover-ups have been continual and perpetual.”--Linda Ives

The Kevin Ives Civil Justice Foundation

The Lonely Crusade of Linda Ives

The Boys on the Tracks, Book authored by Mara Leveritt

Clinton’s Ties to Controversial Medical Examiner Questioned

Asa and me I've wondered for years: What does Hutchinson know about Arkansas's biggest drug smuggler? And when did he know it?

Filegate and Mena

The CIA’s Shadow in Arkansas

The Mena Airport: Why Arkansas's biggest mystery won't die

A Place Called Mena – Just Some Facts

Mysterious Mena: CIA Discloses, Leach Disposes

Mysterious Mena

What Readers Can Do


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: bloodhounds; boysonthetracks; iveshenrymurder; mena; traindeaths; usar
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1 posted on 08/27/2002 12:23:34 PM PDT by Scholastic
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To: Scholastic
Asa Hutchinson's promotion to the DEA should have been enough for even the staunchest anti-legalizer to consider the inherent corruption of the Drug War. Alas, like the 10 year anniversary of Ruby Ridge, the neo-Cons prefer debating troop movements in the Middle East.
2 posted on 08/27/2002 12:26:56 PM PDT by JohnGalt
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To: Scholastic
Bump
3 posted on 08/27/2002 12:29:05 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator
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To: JohnGalt; VRW Conspirator
Bump back!
4 posted on 08/27/2002 12:32:11 PM PDT by Scholastic
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To: Scholastic; Alamo-Girl
Ping this unforgotten mark left by (Bill Cl.) Arkansas drug cartel.

5 posted on 08/27/2002 12:33:57 PM PDT by veracious
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To: JohnGalt
Hey - what more could they ask for? A nebelous "war on terrorism" can justify even more Federal authority and budgets than the "war on drugs" and the "war on poverty" combined. Plus it is much easier to piggy back the justification for Empire on the tragedy of 9/11 and "terrorism" than it is to do so with drugs and poverty.
6 posted on 08/27/2002 12:35:41 PM PDT by Burkeman1
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To: veracious
Thanks for the heads up!
7 posted on 08/27/2002 12:38:09 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl
bump
8 posted on 08/27/2002 12:39:46 PM PDT by USA21
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To: Scholastic
Glad you raised this issue again- here's what I had on it:

The Boys on the Tracks-

9 posted on 08/27/2002 12:42:34 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: USA21
Volley bump!
10 posted on 08/27/2002 12:47:34 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Burkeman1
The Congress passed a billion dollar budget of essentially military aid to fight the drug war in Columbia; that bill had smoother sailing than the Homeland Defense Bill. No, I am still keeping my eye on Asa's Adeventures with South America Part II.
11 posted on 08/27/2002 12:58:16 PM PDT by JohnGalt
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To: Scholastic; FreedominJesusChrist
Bump!
12 posted on 08/27/2002 1:04:47 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: Scholastic; Native American Female Vet; goldilucky; Registered; kristinn; tgslTakoma; Askel5; ...
Ping for Justice!
13 posted on 08/27/2002 1:16:09 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Scholastic
Hey, I fixed the links.

“This story has as much national consequence as any story in America. However, it does not have a conclusion, because no one - NO ONE - to date, has ever been indicted for the crimes of Mena, including for the murders of Kevin Ives and Don Henry. The cover-ups have been continual and perpetual.”--Linda Ives

The Kevin Ives Civil Justice Foundation

Obstruction of Justice

The Lonely Crusade of Linda Ives

The Boys on the Tracks, Book authored by Mara Leveritt

Clinton’s Ties to Controversial Medical Examiner Questioned

Asa and me, I've wondered for years: What does Hutchinson know about Arkansas's biggest drug smuggler? And when did he know it?

Filegate and Mena

The CIA’s Shadow in Arkansas

The Mena Airport: Why Arkansas's biggest mystery won't die

A Place Called Mena – Just Some Facts

Mysterious Mena: CIA Discloses, Leach Disposes

Mysterious Mena

The Mena Cover-up

Kevin and Don

What Readers Can Do

14 posted on 08/27/2002 1:42:56 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
thank you very much!
15 posted on 08/27/2002 1:44:55 PM PDT by Scholastic
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To: Scholastic
I guess that you can't cut and paste links directly out of Microsoft Word.
16 posted on 08/27/2002 1:45:48 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Scholastic
Keep it up, never forget.

I lived in Arkansas during that period, even met Jughead in his office. This story is right on, stinks to high heaven. We all had suspicions and rumors back then, and this story fits squarely with every intuition I've had about the corruption and organization.

While I don't accuse Bill Clinton of directly being involved in the murders, I do blame him for the coverup. That seems to have been the pattern, illegal acts by cronies and minions, then covered up when their actions started to float to the top. Just like with OBL and terrorism in the 90's.
17 posted on 08/27/2002 1:50:01 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Scholastic
Bad links.
18 posted on 08/27/2002 1:51:19 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Scholastic
Oops, nevermind #18
19 posted on 08/27/2002 1:51:59 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat
It was my fault, I fixed it.
20 posted on 08/27/2002 1:52:06 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
Thanks for the fix.
21 posted on 08/27/2002 1:58:38 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Scholastic
I bought and read the book.

Arkansas was, and still is to a great extent, an enigma. Klinton and his predecessors turned this state into a cesspool.

22 posted on 08/27/2002 2:03:59 PM PDT by elcaudillo
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To: Diddle E. Squat
"While I don't accuse Bill Clinton of directly being involved in the murders, I do blame him for the coverup."

Exactly, thats all anyone has ever accused Clinton of. FOr whatever reason Clinton as Governor stood in the way of justice. So has the Republican administrations with their respective Justice Departments.

Looks like you were dead on about this from the start. THanks for keeping this matter alive.

23 posted on 08/27/2002 2:07:24 PM PDT by Scholastic
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
End the WOD bump.
24 posted on 08/27/2002 2:16:47 PM PDT by weikel
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To: Scholastic
This will never be forgotten, so long as one person such as yourself reminds others. TY for carrying the torch. I saw Linda Ives in the Clinton Chronicles. I still have that video and view it once in a while.

Freegards....

25 posted on 08/27/2002 2:29:53 PM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March
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To: JohnGalt
A billion is just a drop compared to what we will be paying for in the never to end "war on terrorism."
26 posted on 08/27/2002 3:35:21 PM PDT by Burkeman1
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To: Scholastic
Been a while since I did any "Whitewater Rafting." I kind of miss it.
27 posted on 08/27/2002 4:07:51 PM PDT by AdA$tra
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To: Scholastic
I met Mara Leveritt at a book signing in Houston. She is a very good author, has been an investigative reporter in Ark. for years. Good book. I talked to her about this case, and she didn't put all the blame on Clinton, she is a Democrat, she told me. But the book is still a good read.
28 posted on 08/27/2002 6:04:32 PM PDT by buffyt
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To: JohnGalt
You know the 10 year anniversary of Ruby Ridge came and went, we noted it here on FR, but the big media ignored it. The 10 year anniversary of the big hurricaine in Florida was certainly doted over by the media. But through it I realized what happened. On august 21, 1992 the federal soldiers crept onto randy weaver's land, shot and killed his 14 year old son in a surprise attack without even identifying themselves as federal pigs, then they killed his wife while she held a baby in her arms. You all know that, I just wanted to review. But right after that happened god started working on that little storm out in the atlantic and sent it over to south florida with a big fury. The hurricaine hit on august 23, 1992. god was angry.
29 posted on 08/27/2002 7:00:10 PM PDT by Red Jones
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To: buffyt
"Good book. I talked to her about this case, and she didn't put all the blame on Clinton, she is a Democrat, she told me. But the book is still a good read."

That is interesting, I didn't know that. Clinton was probably not directly involved with the murders, but he sure appears to have covered it up, especially by keeping Fahmy Malak on duty as the state coroner.

There is still a lot of speculation going on as to Clinton's brother and the drug-smuggling, along with how much Clinton knew was going on at Mena Airport at the time.

Oliver North's journals about Iran-Contra are also a very interesting read, if you haven't read them.

30 posted on 08/27/2002 7:09:16 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
The drugs coming in through Mena was more than a local operation. Clinton was governor of Arkansas but George HW Bush was the president. I believe it was more than simple drug smuggling--it had to do with Iran-Contra.
31 posted on 08/27/2002 7:15:51 PM PDT by foreshadowed at waco
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To: foreshadowed at waco
Well, if one reads Oliver North's personal journals, that would appear to be the case.

Neither Bush Sr. nor Clinton brought up Mena during the 1992 presidential elections, probably because it was damaging to both of their reputations.
32 posted on 08/27/2002 7:20:15 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Scholastic
"Exactly, thats all anyone has ever accused Clinton of. FOr whatever reason Clinton as Governor stood in the way of justice. So has the Republican administrations with their respective Justice Departments."

Exactly, both parties have deplorable track records of ignoring corruption of the worst kind. Whatever happened to accountability?

33 posted on 08/27/2002 7:28:24 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: foreshadowed at waco
And Barry Seal was not the typical drug-smuggler either.
34 posted on 08/27/2002 7:29:21 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
I met L.D. Brown a few years back.

From his book, "Crossfire" he exposes the Mena connection regarding Bill Clinton and the CIA. Excellent read.
35 posted on 08/27/2002 7:45:53 PM PDT by goldilucky
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To: FreedominJesusChrist; Uncle Bill
Thanks.

UB: Break out them fat links brother.

36 posted on 08/27/2002 9:19:06 PM PDT by nunya bidness
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To: nunya bidness; Uncle Bill; It'salmosttolate; Boyd; rdavis84
Break out dem fat links, Uncle Bill, my brothuh!
37 posted on 08/27/2002 9:24:19 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: Fred Mertz; nunya bidness
Click to scroll to commentary.

THE BOYS ON THE TRACKS
Arkansas Writers' Project, Inc. ^ | November 29, 1999 | By Mara Leveritt

Posted on 07/27/2002 10:14 PM Pacific by Uncle Bill

The Boys On The Tracks

Book Excerpt: A new look at the 1987 deaths of two Sal County Teens.

Arkansas Writers' Project, Inc.
By Mara Leveritt
November 29, 1999
Source
Mara Leveritt Statement
What Readers Can Do

By all accounts, the engineer did a masterful job of bringing his train to a stop. It had taken a screaming, screeching half mile. By the time the engine shuddered to a standstill, Conductor Jerry Tomlin was on the radio notifying an approaching train on a parallel track to stop because some boys had been run over. He also called the dispatcher. "Have you got injuries?" the dispatcher asked. "No," Tomlin said. "We've got death. I'm sure we've got death. They passed under us. It has to be death."

The three men in the union pacific locomotive, all railroad veterans, were holding themselves together, trying to cope with a sudden nightmare at the end of a routine run. It was a little after 4 A.M. on Sunday morning, August 23, 1987. They were coming north from Texarkana, pulling a rattling mile of freight and empty cars. The trip toward Little Rock was uneventful, the weather mild, the temperature about 80 degrees. Later, each would remember the night as having been particularly dark.

For miles they'd felt the landscape rise beneath them as the engines hauled the train up from south Arkansas's tree-farm flatness into the rolling countryside surrounding the capital. At the slumbering town of Alexander, about 25 miles south of Little Rock, the train topped a moderate hill known locally as Bryant Hill, then descended quickly into bottomland, a low-lying stretch of topography prone to flooding in heavy rains. But high water was no problem tonight. All that Engineer Stephen Shroyer had to worry about on his descent was keeping his train in check and making sure it stayed within the federal speed limit of 55 miles per hour. He was still braking the train hard as it approached the Shobe Road crossing.

Shroyer sounded his horn as required. There was not a car, not a person, in sight.

From his place in the lead engine's right-hand seat, Shroyer concentrated on controlling his speed. Beside him on the left, Danny DeLamar, the brakeman, helped. Behind DeLamar, Conductor Jerry Tomlin completed paperwork for the trip. By now their train had traveled about a half mile past the crossing at Shobe Road. They were approaching a small trestle over a trickle called Crooked Creek. It was not even a trickle on this dry August night.

"Our headlight was on the 'bright' position," DeLamar later recalled, "and I noticed down the rail in front of me, some 10 or 15 cars away, there was a dark spot on the rail. I looked hard at it, and towards the last, I stood up to see what it was." Shroyer also stood up. So did Conductor Tomlin.

The men knew from experience that when a bush or other debris is picked up by the light, the spot on the rail will often appear dark. Any obstruction is a concern. The men peered intently ahead. In the same, heart-stopping instant, they realized what they were seeing.

"When we were approximately 100 feet away from this dark spot, Engineer Shroyer yelled out, 'Oh, my God!' He hit the whistle and the emergency brakes at the same time," DeLamar recalled. "We could tell there were two young men lying between the rails just north of the bridge, and we also saw there was a gun beyond the boy who was lying to the north. There was something covering these boys from their waist to just below their knees, and I'm not sure what this object was. They were both in between the rails, heads up against the west rail, and their feet were over the east rail. Both were right beside each other and their arms and hands were to their sides, heads facing straight up. I never noticed any movement at all."

At 55 miles per hour the crew had fewer than five seconds to respond. Reflexively Shroyer shoved the brake forward to its emergency position. The move is a desperate one, producing such sudden jerking and slacking that the engineer risks losing control.

Steel wheels scream on steel tracks. If the braking continues long enough, the wheels will be ground flat on the bottom. For at least four seconds the train resisted Shroyer's efforts, banging and screeching, wailing its violent approach to the motionless figures ahead. The brakes exhaled a gasping whoosh of air. The cars vibrated.

The tracks vibrated. The horn never went silent. And still, to the crewmen's mounting horror, the boys did not jerk, did not open an eye, did not move a muscle.

Tomlin dropped his paperwork and lurched forward between Shroyer and DeLamar to get a better look. "When we recognized that it was two people," he recalled, "I hollered, 'Big hole!' which means for the engineer to set the brake in emergency. I saw two boys lying side by side, like soldiers at attention. There was a dark-headed boy to the south -- that was the one we were going to hit first -- and the second boy had lighter hair. They were covered up to around the waistline with a pale green tarp, something like a boat cover. They looked like they had lain down there and pulled this cover up on them like a blanket, but part of it was off. I noticed they never moved. Here we were, bearing down on them, and there was no movement of their heads. They made no attempt to rise.

"And there was that rifle. It was lying flat on the ground, the barrel part near the boy's head, the stock under the cover."

That was all there was to see. Then the sight was gone, vanished beneath the train. "We could hear them hit," Tomlin continued. "You can hear it even when you hit a dog. It's mostly a thud and then you hear some rocks flying because, if what you hit is still under the train, you're scooting it along."

With his hands on the controls, Shroyer felt the impact like a body blow, one from which he'd never quite recover. "I was standing and continued to blow the horn until we had impact," Shroyer recalled. "There were the two boys and then the weapon, all very one-two-three. And there was a piece of green material, very light, very faded. It looked well worn, laying out on the boys, and it looked like it had blown back, partly exposing them. The first boy had on a shirt, blue in color. The second boy did not have a shirt on. From my observation, they were both in a totally relaxed position. There was never any movement. There was no flinching, even with the whistle, and the train bearing down on them. Their feet were on my side of the engine, extending across the rail, and I remember noticing their feet were in a totally relaxed position. That's the thing that caught my thoughts, was how completely relaxed they were. And the thing that caused me so much problem afterward was the fact that they didn't flinch, didn't jerk, didn't move at all -- either one of them -- with all of it happening, all that noise, all of it coming down on them."

Shroyer's attention was riveted on the boys. "I never took my eyes off them," he said. "What had caught my attention at first was a big brilliant flash. Apparently that was my headlight striking the barrel of the gun. The next thing I was totally aware of was the chest and the head of that second boy, the one without the shirt. And from then on, I never took my thoughts off of him. What I focused on were his chest and his head -- and how relaxed he looked. To me he looked as relaxed as a boy sunbathing on a beach."

The image of two boys appearing so calm as death was about to roll over them was almost more than the men could absorb. Yet the one thing more certain than the boys' immobility was the impossibility of stopping the train. Shroyer recognized the onrushing inevitability in a nauseating wave of despair.

"Your immediate thought is, My God, please get out of the way! And you can't stop," he said. "You can't stop a train that fast, and it's a hopeless feeling."

Shroyer was enough of a veteran to realize that he, like his train, was verging out of control. "When we hit them, they rolled with us," he said. "They stayed with the engines for a while. My immediate reaction was that I was traumatized. My thoughts, and everything else, you know -- my God, you know -- I was holding on. I was thinking, Please, this is not really happening.

"I allowed my engines to lock up and felt my train operation just going to hell. When that happened, I immediately realized I had to get back to the business at hand. I had to get my train under control again. And I did. But when it happened, there was nothing we could do. I just know that, without a doubt, if willpower could have had anything to do with it, that train would have stopped. We would not have run over those boys."

When a train hits an object on the tracks, one of two things usually happens. Either the scoop on the front of the engine, commonly called the cowcatcher, will toss the object violently aside, or the object will be sucked up under the engines, tumbled a while, and be tossed out. By the time it's ejected, the struck object has picked up the speed of the train.

As their train slowed to a stop, the crew could imagine the destruction their locomotives had wrought on the human flesh beneath them. The boys' legs, which had been draped across the rail, would have been severed immediately, sliced off by the first right wheel, somewhere between the knees and the ankles. Because the heads and torsos were between the rails, the train had most likely cleared them, resulting in the bodies being rolled, which fit with what the men had heard--and felt. After that, pieces of bodies would have been spit out from beneath the engines, probably in all directions.

Once the train had stopped, the crewmen wasted no time. Shroyer would stay with the radio to keep in touch with railroad officials. Tomlin and DeLamar would walk back to confront the mayhem. "If you start to get sick, go right ahead," Tomlin told DeLamar as the two picked up their flashlights and climbed out of the engine.

About thirty-five cars back they located the first pieces of body, a trio of dismembered toes. Over the course of the next hour or so, they found evidence of the carnage scattered along a quarter mile of track. The single biggest body part they found was the chest and head of the second boy, the one without a shirt. The body of the first boy was considerably more chopped up.

In those eerie first few minutes before the police arrived, while the crewmen struggled to control their emotions, a disturbing half thought lurked at the edge of their minds. It was a barely formed thought, one almost too troublesome to admit. But here it was: the boys had not moved or flinched. And now, though neither man spoke of it, they noticed something else. The scene was a bloody mess, but there was something wrong with the blood.

Like many Arkansans, Tomlin had hunted since childhood. He'd seen many a fresh-killed deer, field-dressed dozens of them. He knew how animals bleed, especially when they've just been killed; he knew how fresh blood flows.

But this blood wasn't like that. As a matter of fact, "There was very little blood," Tomlin later recalled. "Even with all those wounds, with everything cut up. We had reached the bodies within 10 minutes after impact. You would think that if the heart had been pumping when we ran over the boys, then the blood would have naturally flowed out. But it wasn't flowing. There was hardly any blood at all. And the color of it bothered me, too. It was night, and we couldn't tell for sure, but the blood we saw was not red -- not as red as you would think blood would be on a fresh kill like that. It was dark, more of a purplish color."

For Tomlin, the blood suggested something odd. "out there that night," he said, "I kind of smelled a rat."

The site where the bodies lay scattered that exceptionally dark August morning was in a rural, unincorporated area under the jurisdiction of the Saline County sheriff's office. Deputies responded to the dispatcher's call. By 4:40 A.M., 13 minutes after the crew reported the collision, Deputy Chuck Tallent and Lt. Ray Richmond, head of the department's criminal investigation division, arrived at the span of tracks just past the trestle alongside some woods. Tallent set to work diagramming the scene, mapping out the locations of various body parts and other pieces of evidence as they were discovered. Soon an Arkansas State Police trooper arrived, then officials from the railroad, then an ambulance.

The investigators' arrival did little to calm the crew. The train men had hoped to make their reports, then leave the matter to the authorities. Instead, as they spoke to the police they found their misgivings heightened.

The crew did not realize it at first -- no one did -- but hope for an accurate reconstruction of the scene ended within minutes of the deputies' arrival. In diagramming the site, Tallent made an immediate and crucial mistake. He chose as his reference point the corner of one of the train cars and mapped everything in relation to that.

Hours later, when the train was allowed to move forward after most of the evidence had been bagged and removed, that reference point was lost forever. The diagram of where each piece of evidence was found became virtually worthless. It was a costly mistake, one that, when it came to light several months later, undercut public confidence in the deputies' investigation and exposed the sheriff's office to ridicule. So did the decision, made soon after the deaths, to let a second train that had been waiting pass, further disturbing the scene.

To the even greater astonishment of the crew, Tallent and Richmond appeared to be treating the deaths as an accident despite the railroad men's urgent accounts of having seen the boys lying side by side, unmoving, as the train approached. The deaths did not look like an accident to the crew. As Tomlin blandly observed, "One boy not moving -- maybe. But two? I have some trouble with that."

Still, the crew had to acknowledge that accidents involving trains did happen, and so did suicides. They all knew there had been at least two suicides by train in Saline County within the past eight years. Such things happened. The crew let the police do their job.

But the treatment of the deaths as suicides, or an accident, was unsettling to others as well. Hours earlier, Trooper Wayne Lainhart of the Arkansas State Police had investigated a report of two shots having been fired in the area. His look-around had turned up nothing.

Now, though the deputies had jurisdiction, he also responded to the scene and heard the train crew's statements.

Lainhart's assessment, as he later recalled, was that aspects of the situation didn't seem quite "kosher." Part of what bothered him was the deputies' apparent disinterest in the possibility of murder. According to Lainhart's training, any unnatural death should be investigated first as a possible homicide so that evidence can be preserved and the most serious possibilities eliminated before less serious ones are considered. The practice is standard police procedure. But not all police, especially in small, rural sheriffs' offices, receive the training offered state troopers. Lainhart let the deputies handle their investigation. Still, it disturbed him to see such a basic rule so quickly abandoned, and in such a strange case.

Lainhart mentioned his misgivings to the deputies, noting that he doubted the deaths were an accident, but he did not press the issue. Nor did the two emergency medical technicians who arrived on the scene a couple of minutes later and who immediately found causes of their own for alarm. One of those EMTs was Billy Heath, who later talked to a state police detective. "Mr. Heath stated the bodies looked more like mannequins, that there was very little blood at the scene, and that the blood at the impact site was very dark," the investigator noted. "Mr. Heath stated the blood was just too dark for him to consider normal. Mr. Heath stated he did not see any bright blood and that, in his opinion, there should have been some fresh blood at the scene."

The other attendant, Shirley Raper, reached the same conclusion. "We grabbed our paramedics' equipment and took off down the tracks," she later told the state police. "Billy reached the first body, and he told me to stop and not to come any closer. I just observed the one body and it occurred to me right off that it was strange, because of the lack of blood and the color of the body parts and the color of the blood. The body parts had a pale color to them, like someone who had been dead for some time."

In an unusual move, and one they knew could be controversial, the two paramedics attached what they titled a "note of interest" to their official report on the incident, a report prepared within hours after leaving the scene. The note read, "Blood from the bodies and on the body parts we observed was a dark color in nature. Due to our training, this would indicate a lack of oxygen present in the blood and could pose a question as to how long the victims had been dead."

While the train crew, the state police trooper, and the two paramedics all expressed misgivings, Tallent and Richmond proceeded to treat the deaths as a probable accident or a double suicide. Only one officer vigorously objected. Deputy Cathy Carty surveyed the scene, listened to the train crew's account, and heard the paramedics' misgivings. She then confronted her superior officers, protesting their disregard of the possibility that the boys had been murdered. She was infuriated when Richmond ordered her and other deputies to treat the case "like a traffic fatality." Later Carty recalled, "I told the coroner, 'We either have two of the damnedest suicides I've ever seen here or we have a double homicide.'" But Carty's objections were to no avail. The scene was investigated in the manner of a traffic accident, and the bodies were sent to a funeral home, since traffic accidents did not require an autopsy in Arkansas. Within hours, however, Tallent changed his mind and redirected the bodies to the state crime lab where they would undergo autopsies.

That came as good news to the train crew. But their long night was not over. By the time the sun was rising and the investigation, such as it was, was winding down, they were to be unsettled by yet another peculiar aspect of this sickening morning. A disagreement arose over the piece of faded green tarp that Shroyer, Tomlin, and DeLamar had seen on top of the boys. For reasons that none of the crew could fathom, the police appeared reluctant, if not actively resistant, to accept their unanimous reports that such a covering had existed. The crew could not imagine why their statements on such a neutral piece of information would be met with disbelief.

Tomlin was especially unnerved by the reaction. He had walked the tracks with his flashlight, looking for that tarp, and had found it.

Having apparently blown off the boys upon impact, it had landed at the base of the trestle. Shining his flashlight on the tarp, he had pointed it out to Deputy Tallent.

"He denied that later," Tomlin recalled. "He said I didn't tell him about finding the tarp, but I did. And I told him where part of it was, at the bridge bulkhead. I remember it as well as I remember him. I'm pretty observant. I catch most stuff. I remember seeing that tarp as well as I remember how Tallent was dressed that morning. He had on a navy blue or black ball cap that said SALINE COUNTY DEPUTY. He was wearing cowboy boots and blue jeans. He had on a belt buckle that also said SALINE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. He had a package of cigarettes rolled up in his shirtsleeves, like a sailor going on leave. And he had his pistol, an automatic, stuck in the back of his pants, like Magnum, P.I."

Inexplicably, Tomlin felt that much of what the train crew had told the deputies was being dismissed. The reaction perplexed and angered him. "We all saw the tarp," he said. "They were definitely covered up from their waist down to their feet with it. But he told us it must have been an optical illusion. Just like the gun. When he first arrived and we told him there'd been a gun, he acted like he didn't know what we were talking about. Then when we were walking along the tracks the deputies asked me where this 'alleged gun' was. We had to take them and show them where it was. We'd already found that, too."

The cool and minimalistic police approach contrasted sharply with the out-of-control and gruesome quality of the scene, and that sense of dissonance that had left so many unsettled on Sunday returned with a vengeance the following day. On Monday, after an account of the deaths made the television news and the papers, relatives and curiosity seekers flocked to the tracks. There, one of them discovered a severed foot lying in the gravel. To the train crew, still stung by the attack on their professionalism, such carelessness by the deputies seemed unconscionably unprofessional.

"I'm just an old country boy," Jerry Tomlin later complained. "I was born at night, but I wasn't born last night. And I can tell you, I didn't think too much of the investigation. The deputies' attitude was more like 'Let's get this cleaned up and get back to the coffee shop.' I don't know. People don't realize what a mess it was. Maybe they were in shock. Maybe they had weak stomachs. Maybe they just didn't want to face it. Whatever it was, I sensed all along that they were not out there looking for clues."

For Shroyer the night would leave a permanent scar. "I was rattled," the engineer later told an investigator. "There's no question, I was rattled. I was sick of everything that there was about the whole situation. But I maintained my professional stance. When my superintendent arrived, I halfheartedly apologized for being shaken. I told him I didn't understand why it was affecting me so deeply, except for the fact that it was kids. And the situation was just not right. And it disturbs me to this day. It really does. The thought of it, of what happened to those kids, why they were there, what was going on… I've lived with it. I've looked at it. And it does not add up."

The deputies admitted to being somewhat bewildered by the events. Two days after the deaths, Chief Deputy Rick Elmendorf told the local newspaper, "We are trying to come up with any feasible reason for something like this to happen." And he added, "We haven't ruled out anything except foul play."

Copyright ©1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 Arkansas Writers' Project, Inc.


The Lonely Crusade of Linda Ives

THE ORAL DEPOSITION OF RUSSELL FRANKLIN WELCH

THE ORAL DEPOSITION OF WILLIAM C. DUNCAN

THE ORAL DEPOSITION OF RICHARD J. BRENNEKE

Drug-Trafficking With Uncle Sam


The FBI Knows Who Murdered Kevin Ives & Don Henry

The Secret Life of Bill Clinton
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Book excerpt: Chapter 17, pgs. 263, 271, 272

"Sharlene was surprisingly frank about her job at the Mena Airport in the mid-1980s. The cocaine was flown in on twin-engine Cessnas, sometimes as often as every day. "I'd pick up the pallets and make the run down to Texas. The drop-off was at the Cowboys Stadium. I was told that nobody would ever bother me, and I was never bothered....If there was a problem I was to call Dan Harmon."

A lot of cocaine that came into Mena was taken up to Springdale in northwest Arkansas, she said, where it was stuffed into chickens for reshipment to the rest of the country.

But she had another job, which she revealed to me two years later when we were allowed to meet and talk in relative privacy at the prison library. This time she was trembling with emotion, giving free rein to the terrible remorse that had been eating at her for nine years. She used to pick up cocaine deliveries on the railway tracks near a little town of Alexander, thirty miles south of Little Rock.

'Every two weeks, for years, I'd go to the tracks, I'd pick up the package, and I'd deliver it to Dan Harmon, either straight to his office, or at my house....Sometimes it was flown in by air, sometimes it would be kicked out of the train. A big bundle, two feet by one and a half feet, like a bale of hay, so heavy I'd have trouble lifting it....Rodger the Dodger picked it up a few times.'

But in the summer of 1987 one of the drops disappeared. Furious, Harmon brought out some of his men to watch the delivery on the night of August 22. They were expecting a delivery of 3 to 4 pounds of cocaine and 5 pounds of "weed." Sharlene was supposed to make the pickup that night but she had been "high-balling" a mixture of cocaine and crystal and was totally "strung-out." They told her to wait in the car, which was parked off Quarry Road. It was around midnight.

"It was scary. I was high, very high. I was told to sit there and they'd be back. It seemed forever....I heard two trains. Then I heard some screams, loud screams. It... it...," she stammered, breaking into uncontrollable tears. She never did finish that sentence.

"When Harmon came back, he jumped in the car and said, 'Let's go.' He was scared. It looked like there was blood all down his legs."

She later learned that a group of boys had been intercepted at the drop site. According to Sharlene some of the them had managed to get away, but Kevin Ives, 17, and Don Henry, 16, were captured. Harmon's men interrogated them as they were lying on the ground, face down, hands tied behind their backs. They were kicked and beaten, and finally executed. One of the boys was stabbed to death with a "survival knife." The bodies were wrapped in a tarpaulin, carried to a different spot on the line, and placed across the railway tracks so that the bodies would be mangled by the next train.

The following day Harmon told Sharlene that she would have to ditch her car. He gave her $500 in cash and told her to deliver a packet of cocaine to an address in Rockford, Illinois. She went to an auto auction and bought an Olds Cutlass Supreme for $450 in cash and drove to Rockford. From there she fled to the obscurity of Nebraska.

...Cournan( Phyllis Cournan - FBI Agent) contacted Jean Duffey in Texas, persuading her to open the files of the drug task force. She went to see Sharlene in the penitentiary. "She asked me if Rodger Clinton had been on the railway tracks that night," said Sharlene. "And she asked me about Bill Clinton and whether he was into cocaine."

..."The boys were murdered, said Phyllis, and the FBI knew who did it. But the forensic evidence was contaminated. We couldn't get anything out of the DNA," she said. "All we had were witnesses with huge credibility problems; we couldn't go to trial with that...What were we suppose to do?"

She was putting the best face on it, trying to convince herself. I could sense her slipping away into the embrace of the Bureau. She had poured her heart and soul into the case, but when it came to the crunch she was going to be a team player."

FBI Audio Tapes of Roger Clinton

Train Deaths News and Updates

Obstruction of Justice Video

Linda Ives:
"Cournan assured me over and over that progress was being made and that the investigation was progressing very well. They know who the killers are. They know who orchestrated and participated in the coverup - a list which includes county, state and federal officials. I was told that the only ones failing polygraphs were cops. And then suddenly, on November 29, 1995, I was told by Bill Temple, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, that it's time for me to realize that a crime was never committed. A logical person could not come to any other conclusion except that the FBI is participating in a coverup."
Linda Ives - February 1, 1996 - Source.

38 posted on 08/27/2002 9:37:26 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Uncle Bill; Scholastic; FreedominJesusChrist; Registered; nunya bidness; It'salmosttolate
Thanks so much, UB. You DA man!
39 posted on 08/27/2002 9:44:27 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: Fred Mertz; Uncle Bill; Askel5
Often imitated, rarely duplicated.

Thanks UB.

40 posted on 08/27/2002 9:47:33 PM PDT by nunya bidness
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To: Fred Mertz; nunya bidness; Uncle Bill
Break out dem fat links, Uncle Bill, my brothuh!

Beauty ...

Thanks Uncle Bill.

41 posted on 08/27/2002 10:04:17 PM PDT by Askel5
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To: Scholastic; FreedominJesusChrist
Uncle Bill never forgets ... and neither do you. Thank you.
42 posted on 08/27/2002 10:05:15 PM PDT by Askel5
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To: Askel5; Scholastic; FreedominJesusChrist; nunya bidness; Fred Mertz
Click me

Arkansas gothic: a spooky tale from Clinton's past; questionable death of one of his mother's nursing patients in 1981
"Among the hospital staff, word circulated that something had gone wrong. The doctors involved noted that this wasn't the first time this nurse, Virginia Dwire, had slipped up. Their reports and comments, as well as the hospital records, were turned over to Dr. Fahmy Malak, the state medical examiner, who under Arkansas law had sole authority for determining the official cause of death in any case where it was suspicious or undetermined. But when Malak's report was issued a few days later, there was no mention of a problem in the operating room, or of trouble with the breathing tube, or of the doctors' concerns about Dwire. Instead Malak ruled Deer's death a "homicide," resulting in six months in jail for her assailant, Billy Ray Washington.

Dwire, meanwhile, was concerned. She got hold of the patient's autopsy report because, she said, she "wanted to satisfy my own curiosity about the cause of her death." To do so Dwire must have had considerable clout, since the state crime lab normally only released such reports to prosecutors in homicide cases, and the prosecutors in this case do not remember releasing the report to her. But Dwire, who today goes by Virginia Dwire Kelly, was a prominent figure in Hot Springs. She was the mother of a rising young politician named Bill Clinton."


The Life and Times of Judge Henry Woods

Law and Order in Arkansas - SUSANN COLEMAN Didn't Find Any, Even At The University of Arkansas Law School

How could she have known? The Dixie Mafia 101 course was not taught. Bill Clinton could feel her pain, when he picked up the phone and....

Arkansas Forensic Medical Examiner Report:

Cause of Death: [x]Suicide [ ]Suicide [ ]Suicide [ ]Suicide [ ]Suicide [ ]Suicide

Signed: Malak

cc: Clinton
cc: Elders

43 posted on 08/28/2002 1:14:24 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Uncle Bill
Ain't seen you 'round much lately. Great links, as usual. Many thanks.
44 posted on 08/28/2002 2:28:53 AM PDT by philman_36
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To: philman_36
Thanks so much. Hope all is well philman_36.

Remember, it's never as bad as you think, but then again....

45 posted on 08/28/2002 3:27:53 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
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To: Uncle Bill
Hope all is well philman_36.
Comme si, comme ca.
46 posted on 08/28/2002 4:17:02 AM PDT by philman_36
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To: Scholastic; Askel5; JohnGalt; VRW Conspirator; veracious; Alamo-Girl; backhoe; Fred Mertz; ...
As long as we're talking Ark., and Clinton, and Crimes, and Cover-ups:

The American Red Double-cross

Blood Trail (Arkansas): Bleeding Prisoners Like Cows ... The Blood Unit at Cummins Blood Trail (Arkansas): Bleeding Prisoners Like Cows

Blood Trail (NYT '96): Blood, Money and AIDS: Liability Cases Bogged Down in Disputes

Blood Trail (Canada): Families of tainted blood victims win case against Red Cross

Blood Trail (US): CDC Team Gauges Risk of West Nile Spread Via Blood

BLOOD TRAIL 1999: Documents Evidence Clinton's Involvement in Tainted Blood

Blood Trail: Tainted Blood Supply Spreads HIV in Poor Nations

U.S. BLOOD MANUFACTURERS IGNORED FDA BAN ON PRISON BLOOD

Blood Trail:Canadian firm ignored Arkansas prison blood irregularities

BLOOD TRAIL: Mounties investigating U.S. firm that ignored tainted-blood alert

Know the truth about all these illnesses that Virus and Brucella bacteria were used to develop AIDS --Common Cause

Origin of AIDS Site. Notes from the First International Common Cause Conference August 20 - 22nd, 1999

The Common Cause Foundation in Ontario, Canada.

And the BIG DADY of them ALL:
The American Red Double-cross

47 posted on 08/28/2002 7:18:21 AM PDT by It'salmosttolate
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To: It'salmosttolate; *Bloodhounds; Wallaby; Budge; T'wit; CholeraJoe; Great Dane; adanaC; Acorn; ...
Many thanks for the flag and the excellent set of links.

And thanks for remembering the Blood Trail.

48 posted on 08/28/2002 7:52:33 AM PDT by Askel5
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To: JohnGalt
Wasn't Asa Hutchinson the federal District Attorney for Arkansas at the time?
49 posted on 08/28/2002 7:56:52 AM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: It'salmosttolate; Askel5
Those links are appreciated... I sent a link to this post out in the morning email, so it will circulate beyond this board. May the scales fall from more people's eyes...
50 posted on 08/28/2002 8:10:36 AM PDT by backhoe
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