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Internet Search History Damaging For Johnson Defense: Phylicia Barnes Accused Killer’s Suspicious Web Searches May Convict Him

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Prosecutors in the Michael Johnson murder trial have spent the last week painting a picture to a jury of what they believe actually happened to 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes who ended up floating nude in the Susquehanna River in Northern Maryland over the 2010 Christmas Holiday, after the honors teen had gone missing from her half-siblings Northwest Baltimore apartment on December 28, 2010. The state played Johnson’s initial statements to police before the jury, which revealed his explanation of his movements on the day young Phylicia went missing. A cellphone data analysis also testified that Johnson’s cell data was consistent with what he had told police. Johnson traveled between the homes of relatives in Southwest Baltimore and Patapsco State Park on December 28, 2010.

A volume of searches were conducted in the state park on tips which primarily derived from the public. Baltimore City Police Chief at the time of Barnes’ disappearance told the media that he believed the teen’s body was being moved around as investigators were closing in. After a volume of searches which included various law enforcement agencies, Barnes was subsequently found nearly four months later floating nude near the Conowingo Damn in Northern Maryland. The state presented some of the same evidence that was revealed during the first trial, including testimony of a witness who stated that he observed Michael Johnson shirtless, sweating profusely, and while struggling to carry a large plastic tote from the basement apartment where he was living with Phylicia’s sister Deena Barnes.

Investigators have continuously theorized that Johnson raped the pretty teen, strangled her, and transported her lifeless body out of Deena’s Northwest Baltimore apartment. Police also testified that Phylicia’s cellphone was turned off at approximately 1:03 p.m. on December 28, 2010, while Johnson’s cellphone, which had been on and off sporadically that day, came back on at 1:04 p.m. Johnson who text Deena Barnes that day said the teen “was up and active,” but indicating he last saw her around 1:30 p.m. TPC has reported that Johnson was in fact with his younger brother Glenton “Boots” Johnson around the same time on December 28, 2010 when “Boots” strangely text:

12-28 1:23 pm Glenton twitter~~> –**** dat don’t tella twice whopp her ass (Translated: “Fuck that don’t tell her twice whoop her ass.”)

Which was just minutes before Michael says he last saw the teen.

Just like the first trial, the state has failed to produce evidence directly linking Johnson to a crime scene or the Susquehanna River where Phylicia was found. In fact, prosecutors admitted before the jury that they can’t prove Johnson transported the teen’s body to Northern Maryland, but highlight the fact that the large plastic tote they believe Phylicia’s body was transported in, is missing and has never been found. The state’s case up until today (12/18/2014) has been very much the same of a rather “vanilla” circumstantial case, but new evidence produced before the jury in court today may have changed all of that. Fellow journalist and Baltimore Sun Crime Beat reporter Justin Fenton tweeted that some of the new evidence coming forth today was apparently not allowed in court during the first trial under judge Nance. Fenton notes that a volume of objections came from the defense as the state utilized the opportunity to reveal newly introduced evidence before the jury to paint an extremely compelling case that Johnson was in fact responsible for the teen’s demise.

Internet history on Michael Johnson’ cellphone showed Web searches for forensic procedures and for books on high-profile killings such as the Casey Anthony and JonBenet Ramsey cases, a Baltimore police detective told jurors today. Jurors also were shown stills from a video that investigators say they found on Michael Johnson’s cellphone. The images allegedly showed Johnson having sex and giving money to a woman police described as a prostitute. The evidence introduced by prosecutors today was not introduced in Johnson’s first trial last year, underscoring the different approach prosecutors are now taking. Prosecutors gambled during the first trial and presented James McCray as a star witness, who testified that Johnson solicited his help in discarding of the teens dead body. McCray’s testimony was the only tangible evidence the state presented during that trial, which would have established Deena Barnes’ apartment as a crime scene, and placed Johnson there with Phylicia’s body. McCray lied on the stand during that trial and when prosecutors became aware of information which impeached McCray’s testimony, they failed to turn the information over to his attorneys, and judge Nance threw out Johnson’s conviction and granted him a new trial.

The Internet searches introduced today, which police said were found on Johnson’s cellphone after his arrest in April 2012, appear to have occurred well after the killing. Police say they show visits to news articles and Twitter updates about the case, a “Pray for Phylicia” Facebook page and a “Websleuths” message board, on which participants try to solve cases. The history also showed a Web page for “forensic testing turnaround time,” as well as “hair and DNA evidence,” the state told jurors. Prosecutors also said the sex video shows Johnson in October 2010 setting up the camera and a woman entering his bedroom and picking up cash. Over objections from Johnson’s attorneys, the state told jurors the woman appears to be a prostitute. The state said police also found a video that shows Johnson, his younger brother, and Deena and Phylicia Barnes engaged in “naked touching,” and said the video had been titled “Bigdaddygohard.”

The state’s case has turned sharply from the first trial with evidence, though circumstantial, appearing to be extremely compelling that may lead to swaying a twelve panel jury into being convinced that Michael Johnson was responsible for the untimely demise of young Phylicia Barnes. Additionally, for the first time the state revealed the source of it’s discovering the nude video tape which depicted Johnson, his younger brother, Deena Barnes, and Phylicia streaking nude. Deena testified during the first trial that they were all engaged in a game they called “joinking.” Prosecutors told jurors today that the video was in fact found on Johnson’s cellphone. That detail may go a long way to help cement the state’ contention that Johnson had become infatuated with the teen, which resulted in him allegedly raping, strangling, and discarding of her body.

Any criminal defense lawyer can do a good job of explaining away why their client conducted internet searches regarding high profile murder cases, and the mere rationalization that their client simply likes to read crime related books may be sufficient to explain away such sought after reading, but web searches for “forensics turnaround time periods” and searches regarding “hair and DNA evidence” may be more problematic for a defense lawyer to explain away when their client just happens to be the primary subject of a capitol murder case. These very compelling, and disturbing details coupled with evidence of a seemingly “inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old teen, who prosecutors say that Johnson text 1,300 times in a six month period just may be more than convincing enough to a jury that Johnson’s purported desire for the pretty teen led him to kill her.

The cloud of suspicion hovering over Michael Maurice Johnson has just been reinforced with the introduction of evidence which had been excluded in the first trial. The traditional elements of forensics, DNA, and other factors typically utilized to link criminals to heinous crimes such as this one, might not be necessary to convict a killer in this case. Johnson’s suspicious internet searches related to crime scene investigating and other scientific web searches just may be all that’s required to nail his coffin shut related to the murder of young Phylicia Barnes.

To Be Continued ..

Sources:
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Prosecutors Face Uphill Battle In Barnes Teen Murder Retrial: City Police May have Bungled Case Which Should Have Implicated Others

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Many of the tears have sense dried up that were shed by so many within the public who cried for Janice and Raheem Mustafa’s beautiful daughter, the late Phylicia Simone Barnes. Her story is an unbelievable journey that has yet to reach a culmination of the truth, justice for the murdered child and her family, and long awaited closure of a completely heartbreaking story about a promising teen girl who was manipulated, subverted, and led down a deadly path of promiscuousness and dangerous big city culture that would eventually result in the book smart child’s demise.

Many of the facts in her tragic story are clear. Phylicia Barnes disappeared nearly four years ago on December 28, 2010 while visiting her “half-siblings” in Baltimore over the Christmas holiday. After a volume of searches were conducted by various law enforcement agencies around the city, the Barnes teen nude body would subsequently be discovered by a state environment crew working near the Conowingo Dam in Northern Maryland. Phylicia had been staying with her “half-sister” in northwest Baltimore. How the pretty child ended up a victim of such a horrible demise nearly some 40 miles away has never quite been determined by investigators handling her murder case.

The teen’ mom pointed out very disturbing details about her daughter’s case from the very start. Janice Mustafa had spoken to her daughter’s “half-sister” at length regarding the kind of supervision she expected to be implemented while Phylicia was staying in Baltimore. Janice says that she was persistent in making her expectations known regarding the care of young Phylicia while in Maryland. Her public disclosure of these facts came amid criticism from the public, who thought it was simply poor judgement and parenting for allowing her daughter to visit what later was determined to be the worst environment imaginable for a young naive child like Phylicia. The mother cleared up earlier suspicions that the child had been neglected. She revealed that Phylicia had traveled to Baltimore on five previous occasions prior to her disappearance, and had returned home without incident. The mother seemingly had no cause for alarm.

Unfortunately, the mother’s daughter never led on about exactly what had been occurring during her visits to Baltimore. When she first got word that her daughter had gone missing, a child friend of Phylicia told Janice during a tearful dialogue of remorse, that Phylicia had previously revealed to her in confidence that she had been allowed to drink vodka and smoke marijuana during her visits to Baltimore. Janice said that the child was extremely distraught after learning of Phylicia’s disappearance, and felt regret for not having disclosed what Phylicia shared with her much earlier, and was now fearful that something may have happened to her friend.

Armed with that information, Janice and her husband Raheem headed to Baltimore to find their daughter. Janice said that she confronted Deena Barnes, the “half-sister” that Phylicia had been staying with about the allegations of her daughter being permitted to use drugs and drink alcohol. Janice said Deena admitted to her that she had allowed Phylicia to smoke “pot” and drink vodka, but assured her that her consumption was minimal. That admission by the “half-sister” coupled with statements from Phylicia’s older sister Shauntel, and others who were there, reveal that Deena Barnes had lied to Janice Mustafa about how she would be supervising her daughter while under her care in Baltimore. Phylicia had notified her big sister about concerns she had related to a volume of people (chiefly males) having access to the apartment, with people coming and going all the time.

Shauntel also revealed that her kid sister confided in her about a male at her sister’s apartment who made her uncomfortable because he repeatedly stirred at her (Suspectedly Michael Johnson). Although Deena Barnes purportedly admitted to Janice that Phylicia had been allowed to smoke “pot” and drink alcohol, she consistently denied these facts initially in public and that her apartment wasn’t what the cops described as a “flop house.” Further investigation by the Mustafas revealed that not only were young males and adult males coming and going to the apartment on a regular basis, but Deena’s boyfriend Michael Johnson, and another adult male were actually living there. Janice said this is completely contrary to what her understanding of the living arrangements would be while young Phylicia was staying there. Janice said that had she known that adult males were living at the apartment, her daughter would never have been permitted to visit Deena’s apartment alone.

All of these facts created tremendous concern for the Mustafas pertaining to their daughter who had gone missing. Much of what they learned was told to the police, but a apathetic posture by Baltimore Police who treated the Barnes disappearance as a typical run away case, gave those responsible for her death an entire week head start before her case was even taken seriously by the police. The lack of proactivity by police while initially learning of her disappearance is only one of a volume of serious blunders pertaining to the entire Phylicia Barnes murder investigation.

Some of the information initially provided to police surrounding Phylicia’s disappearance, now appears to have been purposefully designed and offered to police to mislead them. Whoever told cops that the child had gone to local establishments to purchase food, were more than likely lying to police. Investigations conducted into security surveillance cameras in the area concluded that the Barnes teen hadn’t gone to the local business district. The discovery of other inconsistent statements to the police by those who were around the child when she went missing, led to search warrants and the confiscation of personal property like cellphones etc, for several people connected to the case. The investigation would later discover a video captured on a cellphone which depicted Phylicia Barnes, Deena Barnes, Michael Johnson, and Johnson’s younger brother streaking nude.

The video was played for the jury during the first trial and is expected to be viewed by the current jury as well. The police have built a case against Johnson predicated on the belief that he had a serious infatuation with the teen. Prosecutors point out that while Johnson appeared to be kissing Deena Barnes in the video, he had his eyes directly fixed on Deena’s naked little sister Phylicia Barnes. They also utilized testimony from Deena Barnes herself during the first trial, who testified that she observed Michael Johnson attempted to touch young Phylicia in her nether regions before the teen pushed his hands away. Prosecutors also used text message records to reveal how Johnson had text the 16-year-old girl over 1,000 times in just a few months time period.

Mishaps In First Trial

The prosecutor attempted to place Michael Johnson at a crime scene which suggested that Phylicia was murdered inside her sister’s apartment. The state used the testimony of James McCray, who the defense argued during trial was a jail house snitch. McCray testified that he had given testimony for officials in Montgomery county. He went on to testify that Johnson had solicited his help disposing of Phylicia’s body. McCray said Johnson led him inside a northwest Baltimore apartment where he observed the teen’s lifeless body wrapped in sheets. McCray told the court that he declined to assist Johnson in moving the body, but did instruct him on how to best dispose of the body. McCray said he told Johnson to strip the body nude and to discard it in water because it would conceal forensics, and would not surface for a period of time.

McCray’s testimony seemed plausible because that’s exactly how Phylicia’s body appeared to have been discarded. Baring testimony from McCray, the state produced no physical evidence linking Michael Johnson to the body of Phylicia Barnes or even connecting him to the Susquehana River where her body was eventually discovered. The state presented a highly circumstantial case against Michael Johnson, while arguing that he was seen struggling with carrying a large tote in the stairwell of Deena’s apartment building. Prosecutors have failed to demonstrate how they believe the body of young Phylicia Barnes was contained inside the tote, but while offering to the court that the tote had never been found.

In fact, the state presented such a weak case against Michael Johnson during the initial trial, that prosecutors drew criticism from the presiding judge Alfred Nance, who scolded the state’ attorneys while stating that they have “presented a case based on a theory,” but stopping just short of tossing the case out entirely, and citing that the case should go before the jury. The jury came back with a conviction on the charge of second degree murder and it appeared that Johnson would be the sole person pinched for the murder of Phylicia Barnes. While the defense argued stringently against the credibility of McCray’s testimony, jurors who were interviewed by news media after the trial indicated that very little weight was given to the testimony of James McCray, but rather jail house recorded calls of Johnson was void of him ever declaring his innocence, and that his discussion about fleeing the country to avoid prosecution was just as good as an admission of guilt. Shortly after the trial concluded the prosecutors handling the Johnson case received documents from the Montgomery County police that revealed troubling information about James McCray, the state’ star witness against Michael Johnson.

Montgomery County officials revealed that McCray was in fact scrubbed as a witness for prosecutors because some officials had concern regarding his credibility. This also meant that McCray had committed perjury on the stand during the Michael Johnson murder trial. The state had an obligation to turn such witness testimony impeachment over to the defense, but waited over two weeks before doing so. Therefor, during the sentencing phase of Johnson’s murder trial, judge Nance overturned the conviction, and cited that the state failed to disclose pertinent discovery documents to Johnson’s counsel. Such a blunder by prosecutors was a direct violation of Michael Johnson’s constitutional right to a fail and impartial trial. Judge Nance had no other recourse but to overturn the conviction.

Should Johnson Have Been The Only Suspect

Now that the state can no longer use the testimony of James McCray, it erases the only piece of evidence presented during the first trial that connected Michael Johnson to a crime scene, and the teen’s dead body. Without such dynamic evidence, the state’ mostly circumstantial case will be a tremendous upheaval to obtain a murder conviction of Michael Johnson before a seated Baltimore City Circuit Court Jury. Especially if the state continues along the path of prosecution it started during the first trial. Many followers of this case widely believe that Johnson may have been involved in the killing of Phylicia Barnes, but almost certainly had accomplices. Investigators uncovered tremendous discovery pertaining to the case from social media, though mainly circumstantial, but more compelling in terms of potential guilt to Johnson and many of his family members and friends.

For instance, on January 28, 2011 a girlfriend of one of the initial people that was interviewed by police, tweeted “it’s trapped at the dam, don’t pull the lever.” This communication was revealed and sent to police investigators, and raises serious concern whether the female’s (“the twitter girl”) tweet was a direct revelation regarding the location of the body of Phylicia Barnes, considering that the communication was made nearly three months prior to Phylicia’s body having been discovered at the Conowingo Dam in northern Maryland. Although the tweet is circumstantial, it’s perhaps the most dynamic piece of indirect evidence that prosecutors could have produce in court. It also suggest that others may have been involved in the child’s disappearance and murder. The fact that prosecutors never utilized such discover is confusing.

Additionally, investigators uncovered a volume of tweet exchanges between Michael Johnson and his relatives. Chiefly, literally just minutes before Johnson says that he last saw the Barnes teen alive around 1:30 p.m. One very disturbing tweet by Johnson’s younger brother, who tweeted at 1:23 p.m. “don’t tell her twice, whoop her ass.”

Tweets on December 28, 2010

12-28 1:03 pm Glenton twitter~~> –Whoop her ass #ladyinthestore–

12-28 1:23 pm Glenton twitter~~> –**** dat don’t tella twice whopp her ass–

Glenton’s tweets are both compelling and scary as he is telling someone to whoop a female’s ass just 7 minutes before Phylicia Barnes was reportedly last seen alive by Michael Johnson. A previous TPC article also details how one of the Johnson cousins William Johnson engaged TPC and readers in the Blog’s chat room, while revealing that Michael Johnson has a nickname (“Ease”) that he obtained from a xbox game tag. The exchange in the Blog chat room caused many to believe that cops had compelling and sufficient evidence to charge Glenton “Bootz” Johnson along side his older brother Michael for the killing of Phylicia Barnes. The tweet that points to Glenton and Michael riding together eaarlier that day in a car smoking marijuana is here:

12-28 12:59 pm Glenton twitter~~> – “@AYOKrazie yo me an ease mixed some grass in da hookah dat shyt had me stupid high like my second time smokin–”

This shows that if William Johnson is correct that Michael’s nickname is in fact “Ease” then it means that he and Glenton were together minutes before the teen disappeared. Michael told cops that he last saw the pretty teen asleep on the couch at her sister’s apartment on December 28, 2010 around 1:30 p.m., but when we consider tweets from Glenton on the same day minutes before she was last seen alive by anyone, a very scary picture is revealed and might indicate that Glenton and Michael may have in fact kidnapped the child and used force to get her to comply with their demands.

It was first revealed during the Peas In their pods internet radio interview of the Barnes siblings, that according to Phylicia’s older half-sister, Michael Johnson went by her apartment early that morning to do laundry and that he eventually took his kid brother Delanie home because he didn’t have permission to be at the apartment. Many followers believed it was just a very bad idea to leave a pretty teen girl alone with males present that were not related to her. However, there are other tweets by Glenton Johnson that compels many from the public to believe that he and Michael were in a hurry attempting to navigate busy Rolling Road congested traffic, because the pair wanted to hurry back to Deena Barnes’ apartment where they could isolate young Phylicia Barnes while she was alone.

More Tweets from Glenton Johnson on December 28, 2010

12-28 12:48 pm Glenton twitter~~>Rollin rd is gay
12-28 12:49 pm Glenton twitter Just a busy ass street for no reason–
12-28 12:51 pm Glenton twitter~~> Hurry up an buy!–

Many of the bizarre tweets from Michael Johnson and his family members from the exact same day Phylicia Barnes went missing, paint a disturbing but perhaps compelling story that the males were up to something, and it’s all there in the figurative language being used by the Johnson Clan, but the cops dropped the ball and never gave the tweets any credibility at all. I am certain that tweets and other communication from Johnson family members were coded with hidden meaning, that an older Johnson brother tweeted a warning of caution related to the content of their tweets.

12-28 3:31 pm Kevin Johnson Tweet Watch wat u tweet. “the man” is watching.. lok

Also during the first trial, the state challenged the older Johnson on the stand, asking him if he recalled an internet search he conducted via Google where he attempted to determine if a cellphone’s GPS could be detected if the phone was in fact turned off. Kevin Johnson denied recollection of the search inquiry, but it was a very compelling argument that the state attempted to present, because it highlighted how the Johnson brothers were in constant contact with each other on the day that young Phylicia Barnes went missing, and at the very least the older Johnson demonstrated concern for the contents of the clan’s tweets and didn’t want it to e viewed by police, as well as their locations while tweeting to each other.

The social media communications between the Johnson’s were all circumstantial, but presents a very tough scenario that should never have been overlooked by the Baltimore City Police. Their tweets were more compelling in terms of establishing potential involvement of many of the Johnson brothers related to the Barnes teen murder case, as oppose to the extremely vanilla story that the state offered during the first trial when James McCray testified placing Michael Johnson at a crime scene with the Barnes teen’s lifeless body. When the lead investigator of the Barnes case became embroiled in a criminal case involving his own daughter, it’s widely believed that state prosecutors panicked and created a rush to judgement charging Johnson for the crime before having all of their ducks line up in a row, so that the nails could completely shut the coffin on Michael Johnson and his accomplices.

The tremendous gamble that prosecutors took by rolling the dice and intentionally putting a lying star witness who subsequently perjured himself on the stand during the state’ first trial culminating into a conviction having been overturned, and the failure of city police to connect the dots surrounding potentially incriminating tweets by Johnson family members, may have simply raised the burden of proof to unobtainable heights for the Maryland State prosecutors office, and what a shame it is for the quest of justice for this teen girl and her family. It’s an uphill battle that may result into another acquittal with Michael Maurice Johnson walking, while escaping conviction of the death of young Phylicia Simone Barnes. Four years later and her story remains an extremely sad commentary.

To Be Continued ..

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For The Love Of Honey: Georgia Teen Slaying Remains An Epic Criminal Display Of Cowardice

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The night began with a routine trip for Flora Malone as she drove to pick up her teen daughter “Honey” from her job at a local T.W. Price retail store. Malone says that her daughter was proud of her job, and rightfully so. A young person working, making their own money, and trying to establish herself as a productive member of society. Young “Honey” had other ambitions though, her friends say that she wanted to go to school for cosmetology and also had interest in modeling. She was a good kid on the right track, and those who were closest to her say the Malone youth had an alluring personality that seemed to be complimented by her good looks, and outgoing character. As mother and daughter made the trek home, neither probably never knew it would be one of the last times they would be together.

Flora says her daughter went out to visit some friends and initially came back home. Then “Honey” told her mother that she was going out one last time and would be right back “I promise.” Malone says her daughter told her that she loved her, and sadly it would be the very last time she’d see young “Honey” alive again. Flora Malone would be alerted hours later by friends of her daughter, who told her that Vanessa “Honey” Malone had apparently met a tragic ending. Malone called her oldest daughter Cassandra before heading over to the crime scene where she was told “Honey” was killed. Malone pleaded with the cops in a desperate attempt to confirm that “Honey” was in fact the victim of this horrible crime. What a horrible crime it actually was. A hundred pound girl shot in the back, and a very disturbing element of this tragic case that has bothered many. As her mother has previously conveyed, they were such cowards that they couldn’t even look her daughter in the face when they killed her. Malone didn’t learn until much later on that “Honey” was actually dead.

The brutal slaying of Vanessa “Honey” Malone was an extremely heinous crime that seemed unbelievable from the very start. The initial story offered to police that a gang of 4-6 heavily armed masked gunmen kicked an apartment door down, conducted a home invasion, when young “Honey” allegedly walks in on the crime while it was in progress, and caused the would be robbers to kill the teen.There were three other people at the apartment that night when “Honey” was killed. The fact that this cast of shady characters even survived such a bizarre ordeal is simply incredible alone. Firstly, why weren’t the survivors able to accurately convey to the police exactly how many suspects were involved in the alleged home invasion. That sounds like one person said 4 and another person said six. I guess that a detail they forgot to discuss when they were trying to get their story together prior to the cops arriving. Oh make no mistake about it, I believe that the survivors were complicit in young “Honey’s” killing if not directly responsible themselves.

I haven’t arrived at such a conclusion on a whim. There are elements of their story that is very problematic. Let’s take a very hard look at some of the details surrounding what happened that night. Two of the victims say that they were tied up and made to lay down in the bath tub, when they heard a scream that was immediately followed by a gun shot. This story never establishes where the third victim was during the home invasion, and then he doesn’t even stick around to talk to the cops about what happened. I have always been troubled by this account. Also, the victims in the bath tub say that they heard “Honey” being brought back inside the apartment when several more gunshots were heard. How did they know “Honey” actually left the apartment. The story seems crafted to fit a scenario where “Honey” walked in on the crime in progress, but I have always felt that they were there lying in wait for the teen, and that “Honey” was more than likely lured to the apartment that night by those who lived there. I support my theory based on the fact that “Honey” is the only person who lost their life that night.

I have also previously argued in other blog articles about the questionable circumstance by which young “Honey” was killed. The three survivors all describe the alleged gunmen as having on mask. This clearly demonstrates that their identities were hidden, and any scenario offered that would suggest that “Honey” may have been killed to prohibit her ability to identify them, has no merit what so ever. In fact, if we follow the story offered by the survivors of the home invasion, their account suggest that “Honey” fled the apartment and was shot in the back, then physically brought back inside. Several more shots also rang out which resulted in the teen’s murder, and some how no one within the entire complex overheard the gunshots or were alarmed enough to notify police. This is an extremely incredible version of events if it actually went down in the manner they describe.

The absence of anyone hearing gunshots within close proximity of the apartment where the crime occurred is so disturbing to me, that I believe some mechanism was utilized to stifle the sound of gun fire. A silencer may have been used in the Malone youth’ killing. After all, one of the survivors had already fled the scene prior to police arrival. He could very well have taken the murder weapon and the silencer with him to hide from police. Anytime an allege witness leaves the scene of a serious violent crime such as this one, it’s always problematic. He was reportedly wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant and fled the scene to avoid apprehension by police. That story also seems way too convenient considering he had just fled from a murder scene. Seems very fishy to me.

Even more disturbingly though, this same person isn’t accounted for during the home invasion. The female and her boyfriend are placed in the bath tub tied up, but no rationalization is ever offered within their story as to the whereabouts of this individual while the crime is actually in progress. Was he also tied up and placed in some other part of the apartment? It just doesn’t make sense that 4-6 heavily armed gunmen would leave three survivors after having already murdered someone, and only obtaining a cellphone and a wallet as the score in an armed home invasion robbery. Anything is possible, but this far fetched story seems to have been a brain twister for the local police. Some how the story of the armed home invasion was deemed as credible by police, solely predicated on their observation of damage to the front door of the apartment, which they more than likely believed corroborated the story about the door to the apartment having been kicked in. It’s possible that the damage could have been staged by the three people who last saw “Honey” alive.

Let’s face it, these characters were violent enough to shoot a hundred pound teen girl in the back unconsciously as if she was nothing. They were there on serious business looking for something, but they only leave with a cellphone and a wallet. So, the survivors wants everyone to believe that Vanessa “Honey” Malone was gunned down for these petty items? It just doesn’t fit. The three survivors know more. I don’t even believe that there were any masked gunmen at all. The story about 4-6 armed men sounds retarded. Was it four or six men? Something other than what the police were told occurred which resulted in the teen’s killing, and the person who fled the scene without talking to the cops appears to be a good place to start investigating.

Ironically, both of the male survivors were eventually taken into custody on unrelated charges. The man who fled before police arrival was apprehended for the outstanding warrant for a gun charge. The other male was charged with tampering with evidence related to “Honey’s” killing. Why would he attempt to alter the crime scene where the teen was killed. It’s rumored that the man destroyed drugs prior to the cops arrival. If true, it doesn’t make sense because now it means that not only did the mask gunmen kill young “Honey” and only got a cellphone and a wallet, but they also were idiots who couldn’t find the drug stash in the house. If the alleged home in version was to score drugs and proceeds from drug sales, chances are that they more than likely knew exactly where to find the loot prior to even conducting the robbery. Criminals are typically well aware of what they are up against attempting to rob a drug stash house when there are usually guns there used to protect the place. If it was a robbery for drugs and money, I’m not convinced that the robbers didn’t know where to find the stash well before they set the robbery in motion.

Now that we have placed tremendous scrutiny upon the account offered by the three survivors from the night young “Honey” was gunned down, other factors which may have been the cause of her killing must be closely evaluated. One scenario I have considered is that “Honey” may have rejected sexual advances from the mystery man who left before the police arrived. According to the story that was given to police, they had all settled down for the night, were in bed prior to hearing someone kicking in the front door, and the rear door to the home appears to have been left ajar. It’s a Friday night and they are all in bed before 10:00? You do the math. The female survivor and one of the males were a couple, and if they all were in bed settled down on a Friday night, “Honey” and the mystery man may have been in a private or intimate setting within the apartment. It’s plausible that two females and two males may have paired up in separate parts of the house.

Angered by “Honey’s” rejection of his advances, the mystery man may have shot the teen. The gun shot to her back may have even been staged to fit the story that they would ultimately tell the cops regarding how she died. Especially if they wanted to sell the story that she walked in on the robbery, fled, and was subsequently shot in the back. This would also explain why the man fled the apartment before cops arrived, if his clothing had blood or other forensics on him from shooting “Honey.” This is a possible scenario, because the bogus story of her attempting to flee the robbery, then being shot in the back, and having the robbers bring her back into the apartment is just complete absurdity at best. Who shoots someone then picks them up and brings them back into the apartment? I continue to struggle with how the survivors were able to determine that “Honey” was physically brought back inside, when they were all allegedly tied up in various parts of the apartment. I am personally under the firm belief that the three survivor are in fact lying.

Furthermore, if the rumors which assert that the cellphone and wallet have been returned to the survivors of the alleged home invasion, then it speaks volumes in terms of the credibility of the facts that the survivors gave to police, and at the very minimum suggest that they are aware of who had the reported stolen items. Rarely do you see these kinds of heinous crimes which involve the brutalization of a female and no assistance is offered to the police to aid their ability to solve the crime. Whether “Honey” was killed because of the brutality of would be robbers or perhaps because of her rejection of possible sexual advances, her killing is one of the most cowardice acts of violence in recent memory. The need to exact such violence upon a very petite frame female who more than likely posed minimal threat to her attacker(s) is just despicable.

Despite “honey’s” mother and other family members outcry for help from the public, and the seemingly national spotlight that her killing has garnered, the streets continue to remain silent with no one willing to expose the cowardice bastard(s) who took this teen’s life. Until her killer is brought to justice, questions surrounding what happened to “Honey” will linger, and the family will be denied closure as well as justice for Vanessa “Honey” Malone.

To Be Continued

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War On Black Youth Confirmed In Ferguson: TPC Offers What Really Needs To Be Said!

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I have heard just about every argument imaginable from white and black folks regarding the Michael Brown decision in Ferguson, Missouri. Although many perspectives do entail viable arguments related to how police authorities have failed the community in this process. Here we stand once again on the shores of America where an injustice has taken the life of one of our young people at the hands of a police officer, whose rationalization for killing Michael Brown echoes a similar posture from white police officers who proclaim that they were simply in fear for their lives.

Despite supporters of the Brown family declaring a lack of confidence in the state prosecutor handling the case, and their stringent request for a special prosecutor to be named, unfortunately the system render a decision which was greatly anticipated by the black community, community leaders, activist, and members of the local and national clergy. I believe it’s safe to advocate that no one wanted an innocent man to be charged for a crime that he wasn’t in fact guilty of, but rather there should have been the basic expectation that police officer Darren Wilson would be at the very minimum scrutinized by the criminal justice system as any other criminal defendant.

I have been diligently listening to media coverage of the fallout that has arrived since the grand jury decision was made public. Almost immediately, white commentators began to offer their analyzation of the transcripts from the grand jury process. The argument was created that there was blood splatter or blood drops leading away from the police officer’s vehicle and then the same blood evidence reportedly began to lead back toward officer Wilson some 21-25 feet. Once this alleged portion of the so called physical evidence was presented to the listening audience, a black journalist began refuting such an assertion that it was in fact strong physical evidence which also supported officer Wilson’s testimony that Michael Brown had charged toward him.

Not only did the white commentators not qualify how they were able to conclude that Michael Brown did charge back toward Wilson, but they omitted the very crucial portion of the transcript which detailed how jurors questioned one of the investigating detectives who only guessed what the distant was of the alleged blood leading back toward Wilson. The black journalist also pointed out that no one actually took pictures of this alleged blood trail at the crime scene. In fact the detective testified that the reason he didn’t take pictures was because his camera didn’t have any batteries. Who is to say that a trail of blood leading back toward the police officer even existed, and wasn’t simply fabricated by cops who were Wilson supporters. This basic element of the transcript was crucial because it revealed that police officials estimated the distance of this alleged blood trail toward the officer, which by the way doesn’t make logical sense since the Brown youth was being shot at. Why would any one charge toward a person firing a gun at them. It doesn’t make sense, but a grand jury believed Wilson’s account.

However, these are the kind of tactics used by not only the police but the media, to sell the story that Michael Brown was in fact aggressive toward a police officer who became fearful of his life. Most of the testimony from black witnesses were discredited and the white contractors who were filmed just moments after the Brown shooting, and motioned with their hands in the air saying that Brown posed no threat was not even interviewed by the grand jury.

These are just a very few troubling facts related to this miscarriage of justice that we have began to see far more frequently in recent years. Now the battle cry from the media, police, Wilson supporters, and blacks who are critical of their own community, that the violence which ensued after the decision was announce only demonstrates why blacks are continuously deemed as aggressive and violent, while justifying Wilson’s use of deadly force. It’s disturbing that not only do the black community have to deal with the injustice of police and the white establishment, but we also have to deal with criticism from black Americans who seem to always take the opportunity to depict the violent nature of black on black crime.

The systemic violence within the black community is a real issue which we must address on our own accord, but it shouldn’t be utilized as justification for the killing black children. Some black people want to present thee argument that the black community is violent and whites are simply justified with such a perception of all black people. These same opportunistic black people seem to forget exactly how the black community actual arrived at it’s oppressive state. I have repeatedly stated that once the white America dynamic is taken out of the black community, such violence would be non existent.

Black people don’t have the resources to bring drugs from far away lands to be distributed within our community. Blacks don’t own gun manufacturing facilities and aren’t the major gun smugglers into the black community. The vast majority of liquor establishments that are seen on just about every corner within the black community is by design, and are largely owned by non blacks. Take these dynamics that are normally predicated on white business practices and there would be an alarming change in the social economic and political dynamics of the black community.

However, more needs to be said and most are either too afraid or refuse to say it. No matter what the circumstance is related to black people in this country whether it relates to policing, economics, or socialism, the ruling white class will always manipulate the system so that the playing field for black people in America will always be unbalanced. We should never trust American laws, solely on the basic principle that laws which were never design to include black people can never ever protect us. There are those within our own community who sit around pointing their fingers at the youth who rioted in Ferguson Missouri last night, but the reality is that there is a younger generation emerging that is not afraid to do what their ancestors have failed to do since the onset of our bondage on the shores of this western civilization.

Many followers of the Michael Brown case have been advocating how our community’s peaceful nonviolent protest posture has continued to fail us, while white police continue to kill our young black babies over the most minute and weakest criminal accusations. Many fail to recall that Brown’s initial encounter with officer Darren Wilson was over jaywalking. This young man actually died over jaywalking, and there are black people out there who don’t get it. It is my earnest hope that the next time one of these tragic stories grabs the national media spotlight, that the victims are one of the children or loved ones of one of these ignorant Uncle Tom black folks who haven’t left the plantation in America yet.

These kinds of injustices will not cease until the black community learns to forgo our meek, humble, and kind hopes of being treated fairly by the ruling white class in this country. Our children are sacred ground and high time that the appropriate response to the blatant attack upon them has began to be implemented. I have been advocating for decades that the only way black people will solve our problems of being murdered, oppressed, and mistreated by white America is to began to give them just as good as we get. We need to start killing some of their asses, some of their babies, and creating chaos within their communities. Only a fool allows the same kind of death and abuse to befall upon their community, and now that our black babies are the target, this means war! That’s the only appropriate response that will change the course of this country’s destruction of our race. All of those black folks who continue to march in accordance to the mistreatment of black America should fall to certain death right along with their master. Make sure you spell my name right.

The People’s Champion
I’m David Adams

Until The Bitter End: A Culture Of Secrecy In Search Of My True Heritage

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Part 3 of 5 in this series: I must warn readers that the contents of this article may be offensive to members of my own family. I believe that right is right and wrong is wrong, and no matter what other’s opinion related to this topic might be, I am only vetted by the spirit which has driven me to underscore the dignity of my mother and biological grandmother in this regard. May peace be upon them.

She was only an 8 year old little girl back then, but my Aunt Roslyn tells me that the first seed was planted within her, some 45 years ago by her mother’s baby brother, who had revealed to her that Sylvania Adele White was her sister. She says that she remembers as if it were only yesterday when her Uncle William (Billy) Johnson Jr. disclosed the shocking details to her one day on a trip to see relatives. Aunt Roxie (as she is affectionate known) tells the story like this: “Uncle Billy was a regular at my mothers house, and would often come by and pick me up to go on road trips to other relatives homes with him. I would always ask if we were going to see Adele. Uncle Billy knew she was my favorite older cousin, and marveled by my excitement to see her, he blurred out to me, ‘well you know she’s your sister don’t you?’

Aunt Roxie says she told Uncle Billy “no way, how could that be?” She says he never fully explained how my mother, who was her favorite older cousin was in fact her sister. She says she told Uncle Billy that she was going to ask her grandmother and aunt about it. She apparently did ask her family how her cousin Adele was her sister. They asked her who told you that? She says she was never allowed to go on road trips with her Uncle Billy again. Nonetheless, that little seed Uncle Billy planted in young Roslyn Christian was only the starting point of continuous probing she would do over the years throughout her life, and until this present day. She never forgot what her Uncle told her, and the physical likeness that her cousin Adele bared in relationship to her mother and herself, was so striking that Roslyn has never let the notion of Adele being her sister rest.

As young Roxie grew into her teen years her inquisitiveness would also grow. She repeatedly questioned her mother as to whether or not Adele was her sister. Roxie says that her mother would often attempt to change the subject, give off color or generic answers, and all while continuously denying that Adele was her sister. Roxie says she was so certain that Adele’s physical likeness to her mother proved that she was in fact her sister, and even became angry and frustrated one day while having a conversation with her mother about it, that she yelled at her mother “somebody is lying,’ and rain off to her bedroom. That wasn’t the last time Roxie says she confronted her mother about Adele being her sister. She recalls asking her mother who was suppose to be Adele’s mother, and when her mom said “Fats” (Dorothy Mae Jones), Roxie told her mother there is no way “Fats” was Adele’s mother. Like my Aunt Roxie, I have always believed that my mother didn’t physically resemble Dorothy Jones (my alleged grandmother) nor any of her children.

At some point my Aunt Roxie became frustrated and tired of hearing the same reply about Adele not being her sister, that she stopped having conversations about it with her mother. Roxie never let the spirit of Adele being her sis die. In fact, upon Dorothy Jones'(Roxie’s mother older sister) death and during her repass, Roxie confronted my mother for the first time asking her if she was in fact her sister. She said that she told my mother that she looked just like her mother (Lois Jean Johnson) and her, and that she looked more like her sister than her cousin. Roxie says my mother never uttered a word. She just simply looked up at her and smiled. Aunt Roxie also said that she remembered as a little girl that when she saw her cousin Adele, my mother would say to her “Roxie your my pretty little sister,” and pick her up and give her a big hug and a kiss. Unfortunately, Aunt Roxie’s mother and my mom both left this earth without ever fully addressing Roxie’s concerns related to whether Adele actually was her sister.

Eye Witness Accounts

Although Aunt Roxie went through life questioning the credibility of her mother and other family members related to the true maternity of my mother, there were obvious signs that Adele’s true identity was being hidden. For instance, interviews have been conducted with people who were there, around my mother, and the Johnson and Christian families that offered very compelling insight which bolsters Aunt Roxie’s claim that Adele was in fact her sister. Chiefly, witness accounts back up Roxie’s position that Adele’s physical likeness to her mother were not only striking, but rather it caused others to question what exactly was the extent of their relationship. One witness states that it was initially rumored that Adele was Lois Jean Johnson’s baby sister, because they looked identical. Then rumors later surfaced that my mom was her Niece, a story which has held for decades until compelling recent developments that stringently challenges what we have been told about my mother’s parentage.

These same witnesses recall the closeness of my mother and Lois Jean Johnson. Adele was known to stay the entire weekend with her on a regular basis. This is something that Adele wasn’t known to have done with any of her six aunts among the Johnson sisters. It’s simply suspicious that Adele, who looked more like Lois Jean Johnson than any of her other children, would have such a close relationship with that particular Aunt. Also, conversations that I have held with all of Dorothy Mae Jones’ (Adele’s alleged mother) surviving children, revealed that Adele was never known to stay at their home. Adele was in fact raised by her grandmother Lettie Johnson. That fact has drawn a volume of interest from younger family members over the years, and has always challenged why Adele wasn’t raised by her own mother (or the woman who reportedly was suppose to be her mother) Dorothy Jones.

Adele’s lack of physical likeness to Dorothy and her children has only recently become a prevalent issue, since the onset of images of Lois Jean Johnson emerging, and having been viewed by my siblings and I for the first time ever. The fact that we had never known Jean or her children our entire lives, perhaps is the most compelling aspect of this entire story that establishes some measure of covert secrecy having been instituted by members of our family. This apparent closely kept (70 year old) family secret began to unravel in 1969 when Roxie was told that Adele was her sister, by her mother’s baby brother. The fact that Roxie never let go of her belief that Adele could possibly be her sister is the very reason we have arrived at this juncture of our family history.

Seeking Out The Truth

Roxie’s stories about her cousin Adele were known by her siblings and her own children as she often shared her beliefs over the years. However, Jean and her children had long since lost contact with her siblings and most of her maternal side of the family. Due to circumstances not quite clear to many within the family, the Johnson sisters were notoriously bitter, and continuously at odds with each other. My argument on this point is supported by statements I obtained during a conversation I had with the oldest, and sole surviving Johnson sister Helen Brooks. My Great Aunt Helen told me that her sisters use to argue so much that it made her sick to her stomach. Helen never did expound upon the extent or the arguments or the premise for them. What is clear, is that many of the Johnson sisters went to their graves with seemingly egregious disdain and tremendous dislike for each other.

So, Aunt Roxie’s beliefs that Adele was her sister got a tremendous boost upon my mother’s passing. When her daughter Dana saw Adele’s obituary she inquired to her mother who she was. When Roxie told Dana that it was her cousin Adele she had talked about over the years, Dana said “well she looks exactly like grandma (Lois Jean Johnson),” and the ball began to roll. Dana who had already been conducting genealogy searches for her father’s family, began to launch a campaign to find her mother’s relatives as well. Dana was successful in locating one of her grandmother sister’s granddaughters, and the path to Adele’s children was obtained. On exactly October 2, 2013 when I first made contact with my cousin Dana, the entire secrecy of my mother’s true identity began to unfold.

What happened next is simply incredible. Dana nor her mother could have in a million years predicted what they discovered. What turned out to just be a quest to locate lost family by them, actually launched the discovery that my siblings and I entire maternal heritage had been a complete fraud. Later on that night when I spoke to Roxie and her daughter Dana for the very first time in my life, I discovered that they in fact were true family members. Roxie’s recollection of my mother and father were on point, and she repeatedly described the unnerving physical resemblance that my mother had of her and her mom. To drive home the point, Dana sent me photographs of her grandmother (Lois Jean Johnson). Upon my receipt of those images, the gig was pretty much up. I knew then that something was drastically wrong regarding what I had been taught about my mother’s family. The likeness was so scary, it was almost as if I had seen a ghost. Even my cousin Dana who researched her maternal genealogy in the image below, possesses an extremely unnerving likeness to my mother, and my siblings and me.

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I immediately forwarded the images to my siblings who echoed my perspective that something was wrong. Upon viewing Lois Jean Johnson’ photographs, my eldest brother subsequently concluded that she was in fact our true grandmother. His position was exacerbated when God placed on my heart that I had contacted my brothers ten years prior regarding my mother’s birth certificate. I hold possession of all of my mother’s vital records, and while organizing storage one day I began to browse through some of her belongings and found her birth certificate. I noticed that it had Otis Adele White listed as her father, and Lois Jean Johnson listed as her mother. Now of course at the time I knew that my allege grandmother had a sister name Jean, but I was so overwhelmed by the shocking discovery of Dorothy Mae Johnson not appearing on her birth certificate, that my memory drew a complete blank. Hell the Johnson family name didn’t even ring a bell.

Due to my excitement and shock, I began to contact my siblings and I stated that I believe momma was adopted. I tried to explain my discovery to them, but what I was trying to convey was so over the top and bizarre to them that they quickly dismissed what I was saying. An argument ensued regarding our mother’s birth record and caused us not to speak for many years. Of course once this incident was conveyed to Roxie and Dana, serious credibility was born related to Lois Jean Johnson actually having given birth to my mother. Dana and I would then go on to engage in a volume of phone discussions as she shared with me the volume of records she had obtained pertaining to our family history. My siblings later apologized to me after realizing that compelling evidence now existed which challenged our mother’s maternity.

The Criminal Aspect Of The Family Secret

Dana’s research of the family dates back to the early/mid 1700’s, but those shocking revelations were overshadowed by the discovery that Lois Jean Johnson was only 10 years older then my mother (Adele). My own personal research of granddaddy Otis White’s birth date revealed that he was 19 years older than my mother. This discovery has since been viewed as potentially the very cause of Adele’s maternity having been concealed. We initially concluded that the social climate during the mid 1940’s was so strict that a 10 year old child having become pregnant would have caused the family to be exposed to tremendous public scrutiny, and at the time of Adele’s birth Lettie Johnson only had two daughter’s of legal child bearing age. The oldest daughter Catherine had just given birth to Veronica several months prior, therefore, Dorothy was named as Adele’s mother.

A volume of witness who were living during that era have conveyed to me that the common practice for such an unheard of situation, dictated that the pregnant minor child had to be sent away until the baby was born. The girls were normally sent to live with relatives in southern rural states where she would bring very little attention to herself. Once the child was born the child mother and the baby would be sent back home, only someone else other than the baby’s real mother would raise the child. Since my mother was actually raised by Lettie Johnson, we believe that this is exactly what occurred in Adele’s case, only the family created the falsehood that Dorothy was Adele’s mother because Jean was just a 10-11 year old child.

If this scenario played out as we believe, it is quite understandable that Adele’s identity would have been concealed due to the stringent social code of that era, but over the years when society began to place less scrutiny on child parenting, it raises serious concerns as to why Adele’s identity wasn’t disclosed in later years when her children and other family members were more mature, and could handle such a disclosure. That’s when further investigation revealed that the Johnson family may have continued to conceal the family secret under duress. Adele’s paternal grandfather Archie Sturdivant was a well known member of organized crime during the 40′ and 50’s in Baltimore. His son Otis White was reportedly a loan shark and ran some of the muscle work to collect debt from people who owed money. Some say that people living in Baltimore during the time would simply do what they were told out of fear of losing there homes or may even have been killed.

These two scenarios are the most probable rationalizations which caused our mother and maternal grandmother to not only conceal their true relationship to each other, but they literally took such a closely kept secret into their deaths. Regardless if the pressures of a stick societal code or fear of retaliation from would be gangsters is what actually caused their identities to be obscured, the fact remains that at the very minimum my maternal grandfather raped a ten year old child, which resulted in the birth of my mother Sylvania Adele White. Something extraordinary must have transpired if my calculation of the facts are accurate. If Otis Adele White is in fact my mother’s biological father as we believe, then it’s simply incredible that he could have fathered a child with a ten year old little girl, and not only maintain a relationship with the child he produced under these circumstances, but some how having his middle name given to the child. The fact that there apparently was no criminal charges ever filed against him supports my belief that some unique arrangements were possibly established related to my mother’s birth.

Rejection Of The Truth

The sudden disclosure of my mother’s true parentage has not come without controversy. Despite very compelling discovery related to this matter, there are people within our family who remain in disbelief that Adele is in fact the biological daughter of the late Lois Jean Johnson. I also believe that there are family members who know the truth and have refused to share what knowledge they have regarding this family secret. During my dialogue with many of them who I suspect of concealing pertinent facts related to my mother’s parentage, I discovered a volume of inconsistencies in much of what I was told. Notwithstanding the fact that anyone with good vision who has interacted with both Jean and Adele, couldn’t possibly ignore their physical likeness, and most certainly should have questioned whether or not Adele was Jean’s daughter. My siblings and I saw images of Lois Jean Johnson nearly 70 years after my mother’s birth for the very first time, and it was instantly clear to us that Jean was our mother’s real mom.

Others have even sought to attack me personally on social media for expressing my views regarding our family’s social history. Some may even view my Aunt Roslyn and my cousin Dana as trouble makers for stirring up such controversy within the family. That perspective couldn’t be more further from the truth. Aunt Roslyn and cousin Dana have admitted that the revelations which have derived from our establishing contact with each other, are not only shocking but were never anticipated by them. Dana grew up hearing her mom’s stories about her cousin Adele her entire life. My mother’s obituary finally revealed to Dana what her mother had been saying for years. When Dana saw the obituary for the first time, she asked her mom who it was, and when she learned that it was the infamous cousin Adele her mother had been talking abut for years, she immediately said “well mama she looks just like grandma (Lois Jean Johnson).” Not only that, but Aunt Roslyn nor Dana knew that my brothers and I had fallen out over our mother’s birth record prior to them having caught up with us, and when Jean’s other direct descendants finally met the hidden ones (my mother’s children), all of this simply came out into the open.

With that being said, it’s very strange that once Dana saw Adele’s picture for the first time, and when my brothers and I saw Jean’s picture for the first time, that we all collectively became suspicious and continuously interacted while engaging in fact finding measures until we all arrived at the conclusion, that our mother’s true identity had been concealed for some reason for nearly 70 years. Now that these extremely troubling facts have been disclosed, I will not rest until our mother’s dignity has been fully restored. One of the most disturbing details of this incredible story is attempting to simply imagine not being able to embrace a mother or a daughter to the extent of their real biological relation. My oldest brother has taken serious issue with this element of the story, and believes that our mother and biological maternal grandmother both are entitled to the dignified announcement of their true identities, even if it’s only in their deaths, and I concur with his perspective.

When I first began to experience resistance from members of my family regarding who my mom’s real mother was, I thought that I was only encountering the dysfunction which has permeated our family for decades. However, when family members are heartless enough and lack compassion by conveying to you “nobody cares,” and realizing that it’s your mother that they’re talking about, it’s a natural reaction to want to get in their behinds over it. Ironically, some of the same family members either don’t know who their true parents are, or are rumored to have been fathered by some other relative within the same family. Now is this an Indictment that I am casting on my own family? Of course not, but when you tell me as a family member that “nobody cares” who my mother’s biological mother was, it speaks volumes about the depth of our relationship, and renders you to be insignificant from that day forward.

I have come to realize over the years that my family consist of various factions. My great grandmother’s six daughters (the seventh daughter Aunt Helen can’t be included, because she was raised by my great great grandmother, Mary Scott in Charlottesville, Virginia) were completely dysfunctional. I have heard this my entire life, and has often been offered as the sole rationalization as to why my siblings and I never met many of our great aunts. Additionally, the eldest of the Johnson siblings and the sole survivor, Helen Brooks confirmed what I had been hearing my entire life regarding how they didn’t get along. Therefore, the family is broken up into factions which are predicated on who got along with who. A perfect example is how we never met Jean nor any of her children, despite the fact that she was our biological grandmother. Hell, we had never saw a picture of our real grand mother util our late 40’s and early 50’s. The woman who was suppose to be my grandmother Dorothy Mae Johnson, didn’t get along with Lois Jean Johnson, according to some of her children. I was told that “Fats'” (Dorothy) kids didn’t interact with Jeans kids, because every time they would come around their mother would always say those bitches and mother “f#*@ers. Also, there are cousins that I lived down the street from for years who had been interacting with my Aunt Roslyn and some of her sisters, and never told me who they were. Consequently, I walked passed many of my first cousins on the street and never knew who they were for years.

Due to our cousin Dana’s diligence, she was successful in contacting at least one relative of every sibling allegedly born to the late Lettie and William Johnson. Despite many of us having grown up not ever having met great aunts and other Johnson family members, we have now began to meet and learn about cousins we never met before, or only heard about their parents over the course of our lives. The dysfunction and disruption of the Johnson siblings has lasted for decades, and while other family members were impacted by such a broken heritage, I can’t help not to think that perhaps Jean Johnson was purposefully hidden from Adele’s children, with her consent. How else do you explain us not ever having seen her picture our entire lives until now? It almost seems as if the tremendous resistance to our discovery of Lois Jean Johnson’s significance to the Adams boys was never suppose to have occurred. I am very troubled by the fact that the very same petty bitterness, ignorance, and dysfunction which has prohibited our family from bonding, is continuing to occur until this present day by descendants of some of the very people who went to their graves with animosity toward their own siblings. The truth has been revealed now, and even the stringent toxicity of our family dysfunction can’t change the facts.

The Fall Out From Family Fraud

There are those people both publicly and within my family who are prepared to arrive at the basic resolve that these kinds of stories are indigenous to black families due to slavery and other social factors that have impacted black people since the onset of our nation. I wish that could look upon this entire ordeal with such broad stroke of apathy related to my lineage. The fact of the matter is that our mother left this earth not able to acknowledge her biological mother, while having to resort to calling her sister her mother. She never shared this with any of her children and the obvious reality that we will never know directly from her why she concealed her identity is unacceptable. you would think that the so called family members who know the truth and say that they love us, would break their silence and tell us what they know. The fact that they either fail or refuse to do so, in my mind, has changed the course of our family for ever.

Moreover, this “family secret” and it’s fraudulence has come at a price to my siblings and I. I could accept this discovery better if Jean only had one or two children, but she had 9 children other than my mother. Of the nine kids there were six girls and three boys. Our Aunts Barbara, Linda, Deborah, Myra, and uncles Tyrone, Jippy, and Pooh have already gone on to be with the lord. Only aunt Roslyn and Rosetta remain. We will never have the privilege of knowing our mother’s other siblings. It’s disturbing and anyone in our family who can not empathize with us having realized that our entire maternal heritage has been nothing but a complete fraud, is not family, and quite frankly can just go straight to hell.

The enormity of having 26 first cousins that we had never met is actually still settling in. Last year I met many of the Scott/Johnson 5th and 6th generation descendants during the Thanksgiving Holiday. I was amazed at the level of social accord without the typical arguing, drinking, and drug usage usually displayed by my maternal side of our family. While I’m simply utilizing my literary prowess to further expose our family secret to resurrect my mother and biological grandmother’s dignity, there will be those who will emerge once again criticizing my posture. Those efforts like the last will also fall, because at the end of the day, the fraudulence of telling Adele’s kids that Dorothy Mae Jones (God rest her soul) was Adele’s mother, severs our direct bloodline to the family. I will fight tooth and nail until death to eradicate such an untruth from existence. Jean Lois Johnson is Adele’s direct link to the Scott/Johnson family and this must be known by Adele’s children, their descendants, and onward. We can only thank God for finally bringing us out of the darkness and into the light.

To Be Continued –

The People’s Champion
I’m David Adams

NYPD Knew Rogue Chokehold Cop Had Integrity Issues: 350 Pound Man Heard Repeatedly Saying “I Can’t Breathe” While Cop Choked Him To Death

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The smear campaign has already began, while NY police and their union officials covertly and deliberately try to tarnish and negatively impact the character of 43-year-old Eric Garner who died during a confrontation with cops in Staten Island. All in an attempt to overshadow what the whole entire world has seen, cops choking a black man to death and allowing him to lay on the ground unassisted for nearly eight minutes until he died. If you listen to the police’ version, Garner is depicted as a scumbag criminal who resisted arrest, and was responsible for causing his own death. His crime? Cops allege that he sold illegal (untaxed)  loose cigarettes. It’s a crime almost guaranteed not to make the six o’clock news, and a petty offense most cops wouldn’t even deem worth writing a criminal citation for. Now suddenly, there are rumors circulating around that Eric Garner had a history of confrontations with NYPD regarding the untaxed cigarette solicitation beef that subsequently led to his death. Only this time the entire ordeal was captured on a video for all to see.

In the cellphone video recorded by an eyewitness, dialogue from cops to Garner are barely audible, but Garner is clearly agitated, and reveals that cops are accusing him of selling something. He is also seen describing what he calls harassment by police, who he says continuously stops him. Garner practically begs cops to leave him alone. Although Garner was visibly agitated, he made no gestures which could be interpreted as acts of aggression toward the police or anyone else. The video clearly shows that barring Garner’s claims that cops suspected him of illegal solicitation, no probable cause for his arrest existed. The cops never asked for his identification nor conducted a pre-arrest pat down or search of Garner. For some reason the cops simply defaulted to exacting an arrest of him midway of their field interview. More importantly, cops never attempted to deescalate the tension that existed which caused Garner to be highly agitated. If sufficient cause existed for his arrest, calming Garner down should have been paramount to avoid a physical confrontation with him and police personnel during the process of restraining him with handcuffs. It’s just not smart to attempt to take down a 300 plus pound man in such a highly agitated state. Police are trained to insure their own personal safety as well as that of the public while making an arrest.

The fact that Garner posed no threat to police nor the public during the incident, highlights how cops clearly were the aggressors who were looking for a confrontation. Instead of calming Garner down the cops honed in on him, and when Garner lifted his arms in resistance, a NYPD officer put Garner in a choke hold and forced him down on to the ground. Eric Garner who is asthmatic can clearly be heard stating “I can’t breathe” at least five times, but an officer is seen continuously applying the choke hold, and completely ignoring Garner’s statements of distress revealing his inability to breathe. Garner is eventually placed in handcuffs, and appeared to be unconscious and non responsive on the ground. No NYPD officer attempted to ascertain whether or not Garner could actually breathe (one officer told an onlooker that “he’s breathing”), attempt CPR on Garner, nor any other form of first aid which they are trained and required to perform. In fact, a close and thorough observation of the entire video reveals that cops may have realized that Garner wasn’t breathing at all, and began to conduct damage control and limit the public’s ability to view the scene. Various police officials are seen and overheard directing the public back away from the area where Garner was taken to the ground by cops. None of the onlookers were close enough to impede or disrupt cop’s ability to tend to Garner, but for those familiar with police tactics in New York, it was clear that Garner was in very serious trouble as he lay on the ground.

The eyewitness’ video lasted about seven minutes and thirty five seconds (7:35). The EMS arrived four minutes into the incident, and of the four paramedics who responded to the scene, only one of them attempted to ascertain Garner’s health status. She simply took his pulse and advised cops that he was breathing. Police and EMS attempt to arouse Garner by asking him questions and giving him commands, but as Garner lay motionless on the ground, it’s highly doubtful that the EMS official’s claim that he was breathing, was in fact true.  On the video Garner appeared to be unconscious, unresponsive, and not breathing at all. None of the trained EMS officials on the scene attempted to administer CPR or even give Garner oxygen. That was a tremendous error and may have been the deciding element of this entire tragic case that resulted in Eric Garner’s death. The four EMS workers have since been placed on administrative suspension without pay, and the cop who put Garner in a choke hold had his badge and gun taken, while he was placed on routine desk duty. Although it appears that swift action was taken against the trained EMS workers and one NYPD police officer, there is still concern that the death of Eric Garner will slip under the radar as many cop involved deaths do within the NYPD. Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who appeared to put Garner in the chokehold, had to turn in his badge and his gun. Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, called that decision by the police department “completely unwarranted” and “absolutely wrong” in a statement.

Public concern largely centers around recent reports that officer Pantaleo has had complaints of misconduct filed against him on seven separate occasions in his 8 year stint with the NYPD. Pantaleo was actually sued in two of those incidents for violating the civil rights of people he has arrested, one in which NYPD paid $30,000.00 to settle a suit. In the first case, two men — Darren Collins and Tommy Rice said that Pantaleo and another officer strip-searched them on a Staten Island street, in the middle of the day, after pulling them over. According to the 2012 lawsuit, Pantaleo and his colleague handcuffed Collins and Rice and then “pulled down the plaintiffs’ pants and underwear, and touched and searched their genital areas, or stood by while this was done in their presence.” In the first case, two men — Darren Collins and Tommy Rice — said that Pantaleo and another officer strip-searched them on a Staten Island street, in the middle of the day, after pulling them over. According to the 2012 lawsuit, Pantaleo and his colleague handcuffed Collins and Rice and then “pulled down the plaintiffs’ pants and underwear, and touched and searched their genital areas, or stood by while this was done in their presence.” 

The details of the second lawsuit, which is still pending, are a bit unclear. The Advance reports that a man named Rylawn Walker sued Pantaleo this past winter for arresting him even though he was “committing no crime at that time and was not acting in a suspicious manner.” Walker, who faced marijuana charges that were later thrown out, also claims that Pantaleo “misrepresented facts in the police reports and other documents that the plaintiff had committed offenses when in fact this was not true.” The veteran cop’s jacket paints a disturbing image of a rogue police officer who has integrity issues. Pantaleo’s alleged tendency to be dishonest will probably be less relevant in the Garner case, since there is video of the arrest. Still, the odds of Pantaleo losing his job — or even getting suspended from it — appear slim, at least based on the NYPD’s history of handling chokehold complaints. However, those police disciplinary practices were under Commissioner Ray Kelly’s watch during the Mike Bloomberg administration.

With a new Chief  of Police and a new mayor who ran on an election campaign platform to overhaul the NYPD (primarily due to “stop and frisk”), the jury is still out in the eyes of public opinion, intensely waiting to seen if  the old NYPD tactics will actually change. Sadly, Garner’e death is like a scene from Sipke Lee’s epic film “Do The Right Thing,” which depicts NYPD cops choking character “Radio Raheem” to death on a New York street over a boom box radio. If NYPD’s response is any indication as how this will all play out, it’ doesn’t look very promising for the family and friends of Eric Garner. Initial NYPD reports indicate that Garner wasn’t in much distress, despite the video recording clearly capturing Garner telling cops that he couldn’t breathe. Police officials even omitted the fact that officer Pantaleo had used a chokehold on Garner during his arrest. The city’s medical examiner hasn’t even made a final determination as to how Eric Garner died.

Many believe that the entire case could go in any direction considering that it’s the NYPD involved in this case, it just depends on how the District Attorney wants to spin the case. If Pantaleo walks with no serious discipline in this case, it sets the stage for a new brand of injustice, as cops will now be able to kill private citizens and have those actions captured on recording, and still face no serious reprisals from departmental brass when clear violations of departmental policy have been established. Based on his past history, officer Pantaleo is a dirty cop and the NYPD new about it, and allowed him to remain on the force. Now a man is dead, and the video recording erases all possibilities for Pantaleo to lie his way out of this one. He was caught on tape using an illegal chokehold on a man that had long since been banned by NYPD. Many are curious to see what excuse or rationalization NYPD uses to keep him on the force now. What a tragic story!

 

 

The People’s Champion 

I’m David Adams  

 

Sources:

New York Daily News

The Washington Post

New York News & Politics  

The Key To Saving America’s Black Youth: North Jersey Town Actions Textbook Example On How To End Gun Violence In Wake Of Preteen’s Killing

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It was only suppose to have been a short trip to a local convenience store for some apples. For a 12 year old little girl named after the first book of the Holy Bible, it would be like a curse of the forbidden fruit as depicted in the story of Adam and Eve, as the trip to the store turned tragic, and the last time many who knew and loved young Genesis Rincon would ever see her alive again. The cops have name three suspects who they say exchanged gunfire, ultimately striking the preteen in the head. Her sister who accompanied her to the store could only watch in horror as Genesis bleed to death on a Patterson New Jersey street. None of the young men in custody who range in age from 19-21 have accepted responsibility for young Genesis’ slaying. While the cops sort it all out, an innocent child has now been interned at her final resting place. Another tragic story highlighting how black youth continuously fall prey to gun violence.

Patterson’s notoriously violent fourth ward is not unique when it comes to gun violence. Other towns across the nation such as Wilmington Delaware, Richmond Virginia, Newark and Camden New Jersey, along with Detroit and Flint Michigan, Chicago Illinois, Atlanta and Stone Mountain Georgia just to name a few, have all arrived as American cities with serious violent crime that have suddenly began to snuff out the life of young children of color at an extremely alarming rate. In many instances the killings are a direct result of a kid simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and being caught in the cross hairs of gun violence when rival factions clash on the streets of our nation, resulting in a hail of gunfire which seems to erupt without warning, and claiming the lives of innocent unsuspecting children such as in the Genesis Rincon killing. Genesis’ killing garnered national attention for reasons I’ll explain later in this article, but gun violence in other U.S. cities have reached epidemic and biblical proportions causing politicians to consider seeking help from state and federal military personnel to insure public safety.

Chicago is a classic example of gun violence gone completely out of control. During the same week that the Genesis child was gunned down, Chicago had one of the most violent weekends in the town’s history. During a span of 84 hours, 87 people were shot in Chicago while 14 of those were fatal shootings. There is a trend of multiple shootings in Chicago which cops and politicians seemingly are unable to curtail. The open air gun violence in Chi-town is so severe that at the heights of Chicago’s Gangland era, where violent thugs like Al Capone and Buggs Moran were major crime figures, the highest volume of killings only reached 43 people over a thirty day period. The shootings, and other violence in modern day Chicago have the potential of obtaining those figures in a single weekend. The violence has left Mayor Emanuel no other alternative but to consider turning policing authority over to state and national military personnel. Chicago appears to be headed toward curfews while soldiers patrol the streets of Chi-town with M-16 assault rifles, in an effort to protect the public and stop the killing.

The minimal media coverage that the Chicago shooting epidemic has obtained raises a volume of questions as to why shootings and killings have spiked in the past five years. Politicians and police officials blame the violence on drug war turf battles. The Mexican cartels reportedly have set up shop in Chicago and other mid west towns, causing major problems for many undeveloped low income and impoverished communities that produce young people who see the drug trade as the only viable remedy to overcome poverty, and to provide for their struggling families. The other concern that many observers are asking, is where are the weapons coming from. The availability of fire power on the streets of Chicago and other U.S. cities is simply staggering, and while the NRA and other gun rights advocacy groups continue to beat the drum for 2nd Amendment Rights to bare arms, young children are being gunned down all across America.

The epidemic of gun violence across America has landed in suburbia U.S.A. and other small urban communities, like Wilmington Delaware, whose murder rate has spiked so severely that there has been two documentaries about the violence broadcast nationally. In one epic discussion related to Wilmington’s dying youth, a mother galvanizes the plight that urban youth face with a harsh reality. “So many funerals,” the mother decries, seemingly posing the obvious question. When will the killing of young black children end. Whether it’s in Chicago, Wilmington, Richmond Virginia, or Flint Michigan, the killing of young people on the violent streets of America seem to arise from the ashes of a post civil rights era that wants saw black America united, fighting for equal pay, decent housing, and fair treatment. Those days are now long gone, and for the most part, so is the “Dream” that Dr. Martin Luther King once exclaimed. Many young black children live in poor communities where gun violence and a systemic culture of crime reigns as the most prevalent aspect of urban life that many school aged children must face on a daily basis. The reality of a child knowing that they could be gunned down in their own community on their way to or from school, is a normality that children have become far to familiar with.

So whose doing the killing? Many of the young men embroiled in the criminal justice system with serious gun, and violence charges are from the very communities where tragedies like the Rincon kid occurred. It’s tough to even consider that a young man would fire a gun indiscriminately with no regard for the lives of others who may be in proximity of such violence. For years violent criminals who terrorize communities have killed innocent children who were simply engaged in child’s play within their communities when gunfire erupted, leaving behind a vicious cycle of carnage, and grieving families forced to bury their young. In many instances these gun toting violent thugs often times escape capture, while those within the community who witness such horrible crimes stand by silently and never communicate to the authorities what they know. While the tragedy of senseless gun violence should awaken society to continuously fight to have such perpetrators jailed and brought to justice, those who reside in the communities where these kinds of crimes occur regularly have an even greater obligation to their children, family, community, and to themselves to make diligent efforts to protect their kids, and help end the vicious cycle of gun violence within their communities.

Not only that though, some of the homes where these violent criminals emerge are very instrumental in aiding the perpetuation of violent culture. The value systems, if any at all, that many adults instill within young black people are in many instances the very premise from which violence originates. Also, many of these same kids lack basic guidance, and are permitted to roam the streets at all times of night without any reprisals from their parents or guardians. Young people who are given so much freedom with access to the streets are destined for trouble. So, while many within the black community are angered by the level of senseless violence and those cowardice thugs who commit such heinous crimes, a mirror would serve as the perfect juxtaposition to reveal exactly where the majority of the blame for such violent culture should rightfully be placed. These ignorant, violent, uneducated, and murderous black bastards derived from within the black community itself, and any efforts being made to quell such violence must establish on the very same streets in the black community where these crimes occur, as ground zero to even began to end the culture of violence epidemic.

All of Black America could gain valuable insight from the town of Patterson New Jersey into how to effectively deal with violent thugs who shoot and kill our innocent babies. By the time Jhymiere Moore, 19, who was accompanied by his mother, turned himself in on July 8, 2014, cops had already issued a warrant for his arrest. The warrant developed on the heels of a volume of tips from within the public that fingered Moore as one of the potential suspects in the case responsible for killing young Genesis Rincon.  In fact all three suspects now in custody for the Rincon youth slaying were aided by tips from the public. Once word spread within the Patterson community about the killing of the 12-year-old little girl, hundreds of citizens marched on Town Hall demanding justice for young Genesis. It was an act rarely seen related to a killing within the black community, but also maybe an indication that the reign of terror once enacted upon poor black people by violent gun toting thugs is now over. The code on the street is to keep silent, and at all cost, never talk to the police. In Patterson New Jersey at least, that old “code of silence” means nothing when our children are being slaughtered within their own community for no other provocation other being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

The actions of Paterson New Jersey citizens is crystal clear. Through the leadership of local clergy and other community leaders in Patterson, the message was sent that you will not kill innocent young people in our community without consequence. The killing of this young child has cause tremendous community outreach, and the churches have launched the G-12 movement (named after 12-year-old Genesis). The movement involves the church ad other community groups adopting a 12 block span in the community where the Rincon youth was killed. The cowards were turned in to the cops, and by my best estimation, that’s exactly how things should turn out every time an innocent kid is gunned down senselessly. Turn them in, and maybe they’ll think twice before firing a gun on a crowded street where children roam. They deserve to be locked up forever, and our community should stop enabling these violent bastards.

At TPC press time for this article, vigils were being held all across Chicago for 11 -year-old Shamiya Adams who was gunned down while attending a sleepover in Chicago.

Girl slain at sleepover among 22 shooting victims

 

Sources:

Chicago Tribune

NJ.com

 

The People’s Champion

I’m David Adams

 

Short Tempered Town Marred By Senseless Violence: Woman Charged With Intentionally Running Over Another Woman And Two Children In Baltimore.

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The early morning hours of Charm City during the humid summer months has a grissley view, while a thick cloud of dust hoovers the streets, and the glaring street lights barely penetrates through the smoggish backdrop of one the most violent cities in America. Baltimore has seen it’s share of violent crimes, some dating back far as the civil war, when 150 Union soldiers were once slaughtered after confederate troops learned of a south bound train carrying union military personnel. The ensuing melee is historically known as the Baltimore riots. The carnage of death that has plagued the city for centuries may explain the town’s perceived darkness through the poetic works of one of it’s most famed and prominent citizens, Edgar Allen Poe, whose poetry was seen as too dark and eerie for most Batimoreans during his era. Even Poe himself died under very questionable circumstances. Many believe that his writings elicited so much fear, that he may have been poisoned at a local downtown pub. Poverty, poor education, and a service oriented job market creates a very harsh and rigid lifestyle for many families who call Baltimore Home.

The sound of gunfire, police sirens, and the bright lights of helicopters scanning city streets in the dark of the night are all byproducts of social unrest that often times result in bloodshed, as a volume of young people, primarily african american youth, fall prey to vicious violent crimes. As a native Baltimorean I know all to well the scene of police tape, bloodstained pavements, and the piercing sounds of grief that echos from the crowd of loved ones of the deceased, who’s sprawled out on the ground like a redundant script from a made for television mob movie. Some how, death seems to be an acceptable element of living in a diverse culture that includes a melting pot of immigrants from all over the world. Baltimore isn’t unique when considering the disturbing cause of it’s violence juxtapose to other cities in the nation with parallel issues of crime and social discord of epidemic proportions. It’s the consistency of violence that has been the town’s signature for decades that perhaps creates a necessary discussion regarding politics and policing that must be addressed. Violent criminal behavior once a marquee for males, has evolved into a spike of female defendants who perpetrate heinous crimes on a volatile plateau where no one is immune.

The recent vicious attack by a 28-year-old woman name Lucresha Mints, who is accused of intentionally running down three people in West Baltimore on May 27, killing two of them, including a toddler, is perhaps indicative of an alarming trend by some women possessing the willingness to met out uncharacteristic brutality with a “no limit” mindset where no regard for human life is considered, even for small children. The scene of the West Franklin street killing is just a stone’s throw away from the Edgar Allen Poe home landmark, and creates a juxtaposition for horror, embodied in Baltimore’s historical tradition of darkness and despair. The circumstances surrounding the westside killing isn’t quite clear, but what is known, police say, Mints got into an argument with Latoya Skipwith in the 1900 block of W. Franklin St., then got into her vehicle and intentionally drove onto the sidewalk, striking Skipwith and two children. Joshua Carter Jr. 2, was killed, while 7-year-old Nevaeh Green was injured.

Skipwith also died in the attack and sources say that Mints was involved in a relationship with a man that Skipwith was also seeing romantically. The dispute between the rival lovers apparently grew violent, as witnesses at the scene say that Mints intentionally drove onto the sidewalk striking the woman while she had the small children with her. Mints who apparently had a criminal past also may have had a propensity for violence, while cops say she was already out of jail on a $100,000.00 dollar bond on charges that she and two relatives attacked a 12-year-old girl her daughter did not get along with. Though she is charged with using a car to kill Skipwith and Carter, court officials added that Mints does not have a driver’s license and has only had a learner’s permit since January. The attack is simply the latest in what can only be described as a cowardice and disgusting act of violence indigenous to the city of Baltimore. The tragedy of this crime spans much further than the hearts for loved ones of the deceased, but Mints herself has children of her own ages 5 and 11. The mindset which drives an individual to kill is a phenomenon, and the fact that the allege perpetrator in this crime is also a mother, elicits a tearful reality many fail to understand why.

The basic everyday living in Baltimore is difficult with it’s intense social climate. Just simple accidentally bumping into someone in passing on the streets, or stepping on someone’s shoes in a nightclub, are unfortunate instances that have been known to often times erupt into deadly gun violence. The code on the streets dictate violent options by default as the appropriate conflict resolution strategy. A kill or be killed mentality is the ruling cultural practice for citizens who view violence as normal as lacing up their sneakers. Those unfamiliar with subcultural standards of Baltimore’s relentless brutality and disregard for human life, suffer from a shock effect of such deplorable violence against innocent children, while sadly local communities resolve to a numbness of this kind of violence for which they’ve lived countless times over. Fortunately in this crime, Mints was successfully taken into custody. The homicide cold case file for Baltimore police runs deep, with a disturbing list of unsolved murders and other violent crimes that is unnervingly sickening. Baltimore has rightfully been dubbed a town where it’s easy to get away with murder.

The debate surrounding the deadly cycle of violence in Baltimore is old news and politicians, police, and city leaders alike continuously fail to cure the epidemic of violent crime. The fierce evilness and acceptance of violence by the town’s citizens is a dilemma which spans centuries, and the arrival of such calculating, callous, and heartless criminals enacting brutality within the city’s culture, which enables a mother to intentionally kill children, only depicts the dire necessity for change, or strategies to quell violent crimes that captures the most vulnerable within our society between the crosshairs of deadly conflict. This crime is a very sad commentary, and the quest for civility has never beckoned a greater outcry for change. A line from Poe’s poetry, “Never more, quotive the Raven” is like a wishful anecdote desired to end Baltimore’s reign of darkness and terror.

 

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Two year old Joshua Carter was slain when a woman intentionally drove onto the sidewalk on a West Baltimore street striking the tot and two others with her vehicle.

 

 

The People’s Champion

I’m David Adams

 

 

 

 

TPC Responds To The Franklin Times News Article: Poor Journalism Misleading The Public In Youth’s Criminal Case

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As a writer it’s imperative that any readership finds articles, blog post, or other print media they consume to be absolutely credible from those media organizations that society relies on for hard news, while this established trust helps sustain it’s following. Some reporters along with their editors and publishing executives believe that simply echoing a few quotes from interviewees is actually sound journalism, but the responsibility doesn’t just rest there. Those within our society who are charged with the task of churning out newsworthy content to the masses, have been bestowed with a sacred trust, as gatekeepers of society in the ever evolving age of information and technology. Since most media agencies are in the industry for profit, a balance between factual news reporting and sensational journalism must be sustained. Often times the priority of the business aspect of media spills over into news content requiring intensive fact finding, and some information becomes sensationalized to the extent that reporter’s communication through mass media results in misleading news stories. In the real world of news reporting, information will become distorted, misinterpreted, and frequently void of accuracy. Like any other profession, things just happen.

This perspective is entirely necessary for grasping the premise for this article’s discussion on journalistic practices, when hard news becomes a focal interest of readers seeking media content surrounding human interest stories, and other news information that directly impacts public safety of readership within the immediate culture from which such news content derives. Failure to adhere to certain journalistic standards is a direct violation of the public’s trust who absorb information from media as consumers. I can best describe the argument of breaking the public’s trust through the example of the O.J. Simpson trial, when Detective Mark Furman perjured himself on the witness stand, by lying to the court regarding his usage of the “N-word.” The scene of the tape being played in open court was a defining moment in American culture, that put the integrity of brave men and women working as police officers everywhere, on trial. Prior to Furman’s implosion, white Americans had rarely witnessed the manner in which police tell lies to obtain a conviction of criminal defendants, but the black community had no shock effect at all because that community had long endured such misconduct as an established cultural practice by the police.

With that being said, it brings me to the heart of my discussion for this article. On yesterday I read a news article that was published in The Franklin Times in North Carolina, written by staff writer Carry Johnson. In the article Johnson depicts culminating moments in the Shannon Nyamodi criminal case where the youth pled guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in a plea arrangement. Johnson describes disturbing statements from the Nyamodi youth’s aunt Brenda Nyamodi, who alleged that Shannon was brought up in a turbulent household of abuse, and was subjected to maltreatment. “He had a difficult home life and there was neglect,” Johnson quotes the aunt. It’s a quote from a relative of the defendant, and I can understand Johnson’s desire to report her comments, but somewhere journalistic instinct should have arrived, initiating a desire to get confirmation of the aunt’s statements. The article didn’t contain a rebuttal comment from Shannon’s parents or any documents within public records to support that he or his siblings fr that matter, had been abused. If the allegations are true, an attempt should have been pursued to qualify the comments. I spoke with Elizabeth Crudup (Shannon’s mother) at length regarding her sister’s statements in court, and she categorically denied the allegations. The statements were sensational and the writer ran with it to print without even investigating Brenda Nyamodi’s claims. Had he done so, he would have discovered a strained relationship between the siblings that dates back to their early years of development.

Johnson goes on in the article to perpetuate untruths related to the case that his print media organization has continually published since the news story first broke. He writes a number of quotes attributed to defense attorney Maitri Klinkosum that are dispelled within the prosecutor’s own record on file in the case. The most significant quote from Klinkosum is, “The reason that we’re not going to trial,” Klinkosum said, “is that some of the texts are pretty damning.” The prosecution has always alleged that Shannon and the victim’s daughter had conspired to kill the teen girl’s mother and rob her. Assistant District Attorney Kristin Peebles said investigators were able to get their hands on text messages between the two which were pretty telling. However, when I spoke to Mr. Johnson personally over the phone regarding his article, he seemed to believe that prosecutors had text message exchanges between the two from cell phones. Base on his understanding of the evidence alleged against Shannon Nyamodi and the teen girl, I knew that Johnson had never viewed the search warrant affidavit in the case file. I asked Johnson had he ever seen these text messages, and he replied “no.” The writer’s lack of knowledge regarding these crucial facts in this horrible crime spoke volumes of his lack of journalistic prowess related to basic corroboration of  pertinent facts for his article.

In the weeks and days following this crime, Carry Johnson wrote a series of articles in The Franklin times related to this case and spewed the very same untruthfulness about Shannon Nyamodi having conspired with Rhonda Maclean’s 15-year-old daughter. He conducted no research into police allegations that they received from sources who implicated Shannon. Johnson’s article read, “According to investigators, the incident was set in motion weeks before as they allege the girl and Nyamodi exchanged text messages, setting up the hit.” He admittedly stated that he has never seen these alleged text messages, and I doubt very seriously if Johnson ever asked to see them. If the authorities would have denied him access to them, he could have obtained a freedom of information request to obtain them. I mean, if the text were “very damning” as Klinkosum alleges, any intelligent person would think that police and prosecutors would have wanted the entire world to see them, while confirming that Shannon Nyamodi was in fact guilty. These text have never been made public, and as a journalist Johnson should have been proactive in determining why. The below images should resolve why these alleged text messages have never been made public:

 

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State Bureau of Investigations Search Warrant affidavit obtained for the Facebook accounts of both Shannon Nyamodi and the victim’s daughter. The investigator’s findings are very damning, not for Shannon Nyamodi, but rather the prosecutor’s entire case against this young defendant. Without the link between them which sources allege was a conspiracy, there is no motive, nor probable cause to even arrest shannon.

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The Search Warrant affidavit clearly reveals that in fact, no Facebook text exchanges ever transpired between Shannon and the teen girl. Additionally, the investigator didn’t even turn his findings in until nearly 3 months after August 27, 2012 which was the date he made the discovery that no text were exchange between the pair.

 

Yet, Mr. Johnson is completely comfortable with writing quotes in his articles for The Franklin Times, from lawyers who are in fact lying to him. This document is the entire case against Shannon Nyamodi in a nut shell, and Johnson failed to follow very rudimentary journalistic fact finding that could have spared this youth from such a horrendous ordeal. How is it even possible for consumers who patronize The Franklin Times to even trust this writer’s credibility? Read the entire Facebook Search Warrant affidavit below:

 

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Johnson’s article goes on to explain that Shannon Nyamodi had shot the victim with her own .22 caliber rifle.“They planned to use a .22 and they were going to use bug spray if shooting didn’t do the job,” Peebles said. Johnson goes on writing, Investigators recovered the gun underneath the truck that Nyamodi slept in, which was parked on the road in front of Maclean’s home. It’s just insane that such basic facts were missed by this writer. See below:

 

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This is the truck Shannon Nyamodi was known to sleep in when he frequented his friends home, but the only problem is that Johnson didn’t get this right either and it’s always parked in front of the Young’s family house at 116 Shearin Court where Rhonda Maclean ran for help after being shot, and not several homes away at 109 Shearin Court where the crime occurred.

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The inventory of seized property log indicates that the victim’s .22 caliber rifle was found inside the home where the shooting occurred at 109 Shearin Court, and not under the truck as Johnson;s article alleges.

 

Then there is the matter of the DNA that Johnson’s article alleges, “Investigators recovered the bank bag that was covered in Nyamodi’s DNA, forensics scientists concluded. Where is this report which is also public record. I wonder if Mr. Johnson has ever seen a copy of that report as well. Sources who spoke to TPC on conditions on anonymity, reveal that testing on the bag had such a small portion of Shannon’s DNA on it, that it more than like came from a police officer who had handled the Nyamodi youth during his arrest and inadvertently touch the bag, while transferring his DNA. Why has this crucial DNA report from scientist never been made public? The other disturbing element of the case related to this crime is that investigators sought to test the bag and not the money. During a court proceeding in which Rhonda Maclean petitioned the court to retrieve the money stolen from her the night she got shot, both the prosecutor, and the defense counsel declined to test it and the court turned it back over to Maclean. When allegations are made that DNA exist in any criminal case, it’s never been made public, Johnson never corroborates the existence of such scientific test results, makes that portion of his article as well as the prosecutor’s assertion not credible.

The very existence of DNA is perhaps the most culpable and compelling source of evidence a prosecutor could obtain. Coupled with the victim’s daughter allegedly accepting a plea deal in exchange for testifying against Shannon Nyamodi, presents an extremely strong case, but these facts only heighten suspicion as to why prosecutors willingly and readily prepared to offer this defendant a plea deal. The entire song and dance that the courts were lenient on Shannon because of his purported difficult upbringing is just not convincing at all. The very presence of Shannon’s aunt Brenda Nyamodi in the courtroom for these secretive proceedings (if she was in fact there at all) is suspect at best. Brenda Nyamodi was one of the very people who telephone Shannon’s mother the night before, tipping her off that Shannon would be accepting a plea deal in court the following day. The nasty message she left on Elizabeth crudup’s phone sounded vindictive, full of spite, and malice as if her intentions were to torture her sister, according to the mother.

Johnson’s article quotes Klinkosum’snegative comments to the court related to Shannon’s mother and me (David Adams, the article reads) as the Administrator of The People’s Champion Blog. Johnson wrote:

The case included some hurdles, Klinkosum admitted. Nyamodi’s mother, Elizabeth Crudup, and others began a social media campaign earlier this year, accusing officials of delaying Nyamodi’s day in court and his exoneration. In a Youtube video and in accompanying blogs by David Adams, who refers to himself as The People’s Champion, Nyamodi’s mother made a range of accusations, from the court system dragging its feet, to a good-old-boy network that is denying Nyamodi justice. In the video, Crudup, urges people for help with Nyamodi’s bond, plus a “really good, pro bono lawyer.”

Klinkosum’s comments aren’t surprising when considering the harsh manner that Elizabeth Crudup says that he has treated her. An attorney interviewed for this article told TPC, that if the mother is correct regarding her treatment by her son’s attorney, his actions are extremely unprofessional at best. He also states, that most law firms try to create an inclusionary environment with their clients family members, providing documentation upon request, answering questions, and giving regular updates pertaining to their loved ones case. Regardless who has paid the retainer for representation in a criminal case, rarely is the mother of a defendant outcast from involvement in the client’s case. Crudup says that Klinkosum has had her thrown out of his law office on multiple occasions without cause. Crudup told TPC that Klinkosum has been spreading innuendo and rumors about her mental health, and according to Johnson’s article he stated on record, “he believes Nyamodi’s mother suffers from mental illness that made his upbringing difficult.” Instead of Klinkosum mounting a fight for Shannon Nyamodi’s defense in what appeared to be a an extremely weak case against him, he insults his client’s mother by implying that she is mentally ill, according to Johnson’s article.

On what basis does Klinkosum make such slanderous statements about Shannon’s mother , and how does writer Carry Johnson even qualify his comments without substantiating facts to support any mental health issues of the mother whatsoever? A compelling argument could be made that Johnson’s article was more about Shannon’s mother, and that she was responsible for her son’s plight. the article appears to be a witch hunt designed to smear Shannon’s mother name, while pleading to the court that he was some poor helpless kid that made a bad mistake, and now has so much empathy for the victim and his violent actions. This is very far removed from the young defendant who spent nearly a year and a half in isolation at the hands of his torturous jailers at the Franklin County Detention Center. All of this drama, and results in the prosecution escaping having to present culpable evidence against Shannon Nyamodi. It’s apparent that these kinds of articles printed by Mr. Johnson are from a perspective with close ties to both Klinkosum and the prosecutor. No research of pertinent facts were ever done by this writer. What professional journalist does that? Carry Johnson should be ashamed of what i believe to be nothing short of poor journalism, and his efforts has completely misled the public within the surrounding communities who patronize The Franklin Times.

 

 

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I’m David Adams

 

 

Shannon Nyamodi Case A High Stakes Political Affair: Jailed North Carolina Youth Ties To Powerful African Family May Be An Intricate Source Of His Persecution

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When I interviewed Rhonda Maclean several months ago she emphatically told me that Shannon Nyamodi was in fact the assailant who shot her in the face at point blank range in Youngsville, North Carolina back in 2012. She went on to convey that Nyamodi, a recent high school grad, was an heir to a royal family in Kenya Africa, the family was paying his legal expenses to avoid having the family name publicly tarnished, and that she had obtained this information from Assistant District Attorney Annette Sellers who was prosecuting the Nyamodi criminal case. I dispelled her claims and found her not credible because the accounts she described to me on the night she was shot was one of three conflicting versions she had given related to the case. According to police reports submitted by police officials who were primary to the scene that night and who had obtained statements from her, they all indicate that MacClean didn’t even know that she had been shot, and nonetheless she never fingered Shannon Nyamodi as the perpetrator.

The victim’s comments to TPC raised suspicion as to why she never told police that Shannon was the person who  shot her on the night of the actually crime, but was now so certain that the youth was the person responsible. MacClean’s story didn’t make sense and official records in the case file point to the youth having been falsely charged of this heinous crime. Forensic evidence, supporting investigative documents, and all of the elements typically associated with prosecuting a serious crime of this nature are all non existent. In fact, no document in the file establishes that Rhonda MacClean ever told cops that Shannon Nyamodi was her assailant. If such investigative findings do exist, they have never been made public to this day. The other interesting point of note was her apparent interest in Shannon’s alleged “royal ties.” Kenya doesn’t have a ruling monarch government and if it did, how would AD Sellers know about it.

The Nyamodi youth certainly isn’t a prince or an heir to royal blood in Africa, but information obtained by TPC has discovered that Shannon Nyamodi is a relative of prominent Kenyan citizens who have extremely close ties to the most powerful people in that nation. Perhaps this is what MacClean eluded to in her comments during the interview I conducted with her. None of this matters of course when considering the criminal charges that the youth face. All that matters is the facts in the case related to whether or not the youth committed this brutal crime. It seems that AD Sellers at least, has interest in making Nyamodi’s ties to powerful people in Africa a point of interest. If this isn’t true, then it’s unclear why the prosecutor ever even disclosed these details to the victim in the first place.

More troubling though, is how was the AD made aware of Shannon’s family standing in Africa? Some suspect that the youth’s aunt may have been the source who disseminated this information to prosecutors or the attorney representing Shannon. The aunt went behind the family’s back and hired  Maitry “Mike” Klinkosum to represent young Shannon, a move that the youth’s family says has been a complete nightmare. Shannon’s mother Elizabeth Crudup says that Klinkosum has done nothing for her son but allowed him to rot in jail. Crudup says that Klinkosum, along with her sister’s help, has threatened Shannon and her family to make certain that he remains Shannon’s attorney of record. The manner in which Klinkosum became Shannon’s attorney has been very fishy from the start. The aunt sneakily hired him against the family’s wishes, Klinkosum showed up at the jail and tricked the youth into signing documents naming him as his attorney, and Crudup says he took the money and ran, leaving her son in jail for nearly two years. Just recently, the youth filed an affidavit with the courts firing Klinkosum on May 21, 2014 as his legal counsel, but by May 29th Klinkosum had arranged a secret hearing with judge Ridgeway in Franklin County that resulted in the youth agreeing to a plea deal that would send him to prison for nearly 10 years.

Whether it was Shannon’s aunt or not, who ever disclosed the family’s social and political standing in their native country of Kenya committed a horrible blunder. The acquisition opened the door for career building hungry prosecutors to prey on the youth, and while no evidence exist of his absolute guilt, it seems that attempts have been made to manufacture a criminal case against him. For example, Crudup told TPC that when she initially spoke to DA Sam Curran, she was told by Curran that he knows her son is innocent, and “it’s the mother (Rhonda MacClean), she should be arrested.” Crudup says that Curran even told her that her son would be home by Thanksgiving of 2012. However, when AD Sellers became the active prosecutor, that all changed. Sellers told Crudup that Shannon wasn’t going anywhere, and would be prosecuted.

Why the prosecution took such a drastic course from believing in his innocence to wanting to prosecute him is unclear. What is very clear however, is that the prosecution’s case is decimated by it’s own record. Here are some of the disturbing facts in the Shannon Nyamodi case:

 

1. The victim Rhonda MacClean never told police that Shannon was the person who shot her. If she did, the cops failed to disclose this crucial information in any of their reports. (Fact)

2. Shannon was not only charged with first degree attempted murder, but he was also charged with larceny of the victim’s .22 caliber rifle. The rifle was seized from the home where the crime occurred while Shannon was already in custody. (Fact)

3. Police had no probable cause to arrest Shannon Nyamodi from the very start. The information utilized to justify charges and an arrest of the youth were obtained through hearsay statements over twenty four hours after he had already been taken into custody. (Fact)

4. Eyewitnesses at the scene on the night of the crime told police that a white male was seen fleeing from 109 Shearing Court where the crime took place moments after the shooting. Witness accounts are supported by police reports and other official documents which reveal that primary officers on the scene established that the suspected shooter was no longer at the scene upon police arrival. Shannon Nyamodi never left the scene and had aided the victim until EMS and police arrived. (Fact)

5. Police allege that Shannon Nyamodi conspired with the victim’s 15-year-old daughter to kill and rob her. This information was obtained through hearsay from a witness who said that Shannon and the teen girl had exchanged text on Facebook, while plotting to commit the crime. ( Fact)

6. Witness statements implicating Shannon in the crime were used to justify a search warrant for the Facebook accounts of Shannon Nyamodi and the victim’s teen daughter. The findings of the search warrant reveal that no text exchange between Shannon and the girl ever occurred. (Fact)

7. No forensic evidence such as blood, DNA, or fingerprints linking Shannon Nyamodi to the crime has never been made public. (Fact)

8. The nearly $65,000.00 dollars that was stolen from the victim in this case was strangely obtained by police, who have never disclosed where it was found or what tip led them to the money, and all while Shannon Nyamodi had already been in custody. (Fact)

 

Additionally, other peculiar elements related to Shannon’s case have transpired without clear justification. These other facts demonstrate that prosecutors don’t have a case against Shannon Nyamodi, and the blatant manner in which these events have occurred clearly establish that the authorities more than likely knew Shannon was innocent very early on in this case, and have used harsh tactics to force a plea deal from this young defendant:

 

1. Shannon Nyamodi was indicted a week after state investigators learned that a witness had lied about Shannon’s involvement in the crime. The affidavit detailing this discovery was reported to the courts nearly 90 days after the discovery was made. (Fact)

2. Shannon’s criminal case was taken off the court’s docket on February 20, 2013 and the prosecutor was given wide discretion in determining when the case would continue. Shannon has remained locked up behind bars ever since with no pending court date in the system. (Fact)

3. Shannon was repeatedly held in segregation (solitary confinement) for over a year while detained at the Franklin County Detention Center, not allowed to call his family, and not allowed any visits or contact from the outside world. (Fact)

4. Shannon has repeatedly been pressured by prosecutors and his own attorney to accept a plea agreement for the criminal charges that he faces. (Fact)

5. A “Writ of Habeas Corpus” (challenging the lawfulness of his detention) has been filed on behalf of Shannon Nyamodi and was rejected in both District and the State Courts of Appeals. His detention is in direct violation of the 6th and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution. (Fact)

 

Given these very disturbing facts related to the Shannon Nyamodi criminal case, it’s confusing even more as to why the prosecution would attempt to pursue these charges against this youth when their case is so weak (none existent actually), and Shannon’s sudden strange shift of advocating his innocence to accepting a plea deal, when he knew very well that the case against him was extremely questionable. The prosecutor was fully aware of the particulars in the case and knows exactly what culpable evidence (if any) exist against young Shannon. While  a plethora of unanswered lingering questions exist leading up to this youth’s eventual conviction that scrutinizes the authorities handling of this case, the full burden of what happened to young Shannon Nyamodi  isn’t entirely nesting on the doorsteps of prosecutors and judges involved in this criminal case.

When the “royal family” ties to Shannon Nyamodi initially surfaced, TPC confronted his mother pertaining to these allegations. Since that time I have been personally privileged with extremely personal details related to the Nyamodi family of Africa, but didn’t have authorization to disclose them until now. The Nyamodi’s were one of the most prominent families in Kenya after the country had obtained it’s independence from British rule. Shannon Nyamodi’s maternal grandmother was a very wealthy and powerful attorney in Kenya, a rare instance in a male dominated culture. His mother (Elixabeth Crudup), his aunt (Brenda Nyamodi, and uncle (Paul Nyamodi) were all educated at Oxford University in Europe. Brenda Nyamodi is a Grant Policy Manager for the federal government in Wake County North Carolina, while Paul Nyamodi (an attorney himself) is the Public Safety Secretary in Kenya, where he also serves as an adviser to Kenya’s President Huru Kenyatta.

According to Elizabeth, a strained relationship formulated among her siblings. Partly because she had escaped clitoridoctomy (a tribal practice of female genitalia mutilation) by moving to America in her youth. In that country such practice is revered as a right of passage for girls to adulthood. To compound matters for Elizabeth, Shannon Nyamodi was born out of wedlock, and garnered her harsh criticism from her tribal community in her homeland. Kenya’s societal and cultural standard dictated that young Shannon should be shunned, but his grandmother embraced her first grandchild, and took the young American born male child with her everywhere she went.  Upon her passing in 2000, the grandmother is suspected of having left an incredibly large inheritance for Shannon. Resources which the youth should have obtained shortly after his 18th birthday.

However, Elizabeth agrees that the alleged $50,000.00 dollars that her sister and brother secretly paid attorney Klinkosum, may have been in fact, a bounty to insure that young Shannon went to prison. In line with Kenyan tradition the oldest male child (Paul Nyamodi) was named as his mother’s estate executor, and one of the more pressing concerns has always been why Shannon’s relatives appeared to be working against his plight related to his legal representation. Sources close to TPC have disclosed that Klinkosum has allegedly been spreading negativity and other innuendo about Elizabeth, and questioning her mental health status. This is believed to have been a product of her siblings solicitation to Klinkosum in wake of what ever agreement was made when he was retained by them to represent young Shannon. Elizabeth says that Klinkosum has always conducted himself in a hostile fashion toward her, and has had her thrown out of his law office on multiple occasions when she showed up to inquire about her son’s case.

Despite what has been said about Elizabeth, her account related to this sidebar of the Shannon Nyamodi story has tremendous credibility. Her strongest defense related to her belief that her siblings were complicit in Shannon’s demise is contained in the record of the criminal case against her son. It’s quite apparent that her siblings never bothered to read the case file at all, because had they done so, it would have been completely clear to them that their nephew was deserving of better representation than what Klinkosum afforded Shannon. Elizabeth says that she now knows why her brother flew from Kenya on two separate occasions. His interest was only to make certain that young Shannon was out of the way to enable his ability to seize a large inheritance that his nephew was heir to. Elizabeth’s perspective is further supported by the fact that Shannon’s wealthy relatives never secured his bail. Shannon’s bond was $500,000.00 dollars and the allege $50,000.00 dollar retainer that was paid to Klinkosum could have posted his bond.

Also, fifty grand is a pricey fee for an attempted murder case, and coupled with the reality that Klinkosum allowed Shannon’s case to be taken off of the docket indefinitely while he languished in prison, presents a very compelling argument that Klinkosum was motivated to keep young Shannon locked up, and had it bank rolled by Shannon’s own relatives. When an attorney receives this amount of money to represent a defendant in any criminal case, there is an expectation that a fight would ensue on the clients behalf even if the defendant was guilty as sin. Elizabeth says that from the very start Klinkosum repeatedly pressured Shannon to take a plea deal. Considering the very disturbing facts previously outlined in this article, red flags go up all over the place when realizing the deplorable legal representation Shannon received. To add insult to injury, the prosecutor dropped most of the felony charges against Shannon to broker a deal in a case that never existed from the start.

In many respects, Shannon’s relatives are largely responsible for his unsuccessful fight to regain his freedom. Young Shannon Nyamodi is simply a pawn in a very high stakes political nightmare that has changed his life and that of his family forever. His horrible tragic story can best be characterized in a quote from his mom. “Truth is like a lion. There is no need to defend it.”

 

 

Thee People’s Champion

I’m David Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

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