Skip to comments.The “Boys on the Tracks”: Still Waiting for Justice
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
Clintons 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 CIAs 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
What Readers Can Do
At the end of the day, arguably the largest cocaine smuggling operation in the country was being run out of his district and he looked the otherway. My guess is that the CIA and the governor told him they were shipping guns down to the Contra's and if Asa, a good Republican ever wanted to make it anywhere, he best leave it alone. The fact that the pilot was flying down with guns and coming back with cocaine was unfortunate but necesary, I guess was the rational.
How that qualifies you for work at the DEA, I don't really want to think about.
I was wondering where you were...thought that perhaps you grew too frustrated with some of the crazies here, who regularily call you a covert DU poster, etc.
Thanks for not forgetting either...
I first met Scholastic on a Mena thread last summer.
No, it's safe to say that some of us here haven't forgotten Clinton's many crimes and cover-ups.
If you want to see some primary sources concerning Iran-Contra, just lick onto my profile page and follow the links.
The main problem with Mena is that unlike Iran-Contra, there is not enough primary source documentation. A lot of the Mena scandal revolves around eye-witness testimony of some sorts, which can become very shaky without a good amount of primary source documentation.
We should not forget to help out the Ives and Henry families whenever we have the opportunity.
Does he even discuss drug smuggling in them? I thouht he always denied that any of that was going on.
There have been some people who claim to have seen North partaking in these operations, but the problem is, the witnesses are convicted drug smugglers, who aren't always the most credible people. LoL.
North's journals were not declassified until the earily 1990's, I believe they were declassified in 1991. If these journals were made public during the Iran-Contra trials, the outcome and aftermath may have been different. Who knows for sure.
So in short, there is primary evidence showing that North was aware of the Contra drug-smuggling, but there is no credible evidence out there showing that North was directly part of these activities.
Ollie North secured some monies from selling arms to Iran. He funded an operation with the CIA and a couple rogue CIA-company guys, to fly arms down to the Contras. The CIA-rogues hired the best pilot in the country for such missions, Barry Seal, who was under investigation from the DEA, to run guns to the Contras so long as he promised to quit selling cocaine.
Needing an airport to operate out of, the CIA called upon an old contact they had worked with in the past. While at Oxford, Clinton worked with the CIA to keep tabs on anti-war protestors and certainly had some old contacts.
Clinton, who has trouble saying no, goes along with it. Dan Lassiter, an old contributor to Bill, and an old cocaine supplier to Roger Clinton (and by some accounts the governor himself) gets in on the cocaine Barry is flying back with him. Asa Hutchinson gets reports from the DEA that there is a drug smuggler in his district. He launches an investigation, only it's a sham investigation that is quickly shut down.
Ollie does not like the reports he is getting back about the cocaine so he leaks a picture of Barry Seal to the news media. Coupled with a plane crash filled with illegal arms being flown to the Contras, it was time to close up shop. Clinton is 'informed' the project has been aborted, and oh, they need a favor.
The favor finds Bill Clinton offering one of his bodyguards a chance to make it with the 'company.' LD Brown, a Clinton bodyguard state-trooper flies to Mexico and assassinate one of the pilots, Terry Reed.
LD gets to Mexico and gets cold feet.
Clinton wants nothing to do with the program anymore but its gotten a little out of hand, what with Barry Seal being assassinated in Louisiana and the CIA-rogues looking to use Arkansas state troopers to carry out hits.
Lassiter or some member of the so-called Dixie Mafia continues the very lucrative drug run through Mena airport when the Ives boys stumble across a drug shipment that they should not have found. They are murdered and placed on the train tracks. The state medical examiner, a Clinton associate, determines that they 'fell asleep after smoking pot on the tracks.' (Arkancide.)
Clinton, at this stage is an up and comer in the Democratic Party, so when the Kerry (John Kerry, Senator) Committee came to town to check on 'Mena,' he magically received a clean slate as did the CIA. Case closed.
There is still room for Linda Ives to file a wrongful death suit.
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."
suppose Sharlene got in on the fun?
Are these journals available online someplace?
Feel free to ping any of your friends to this thread.
Watch for new developments in the Blood Trail story. Good things may be happening.
Likewise, I would like to see more media attention given to the Ives/Henry case. Linda Ives still has room to file a wrongful death suit. She would probably be more successful in this endeavor, simply because civil cases mainly just have a preponderance of evidence and the burden of proof is not as harsh (i.e. beyond a reasonable doubt), as it is in criminal cases.
Let's just say, keep your fingers crossed. We may be getting a break for once.
Rest assured I will, neighbor, and spread it far and wide.
With people like you and Scholastic working on the issue, the issue probably won't go away. LOL.