(orig. pub. 3/7/2011)
Serial murderer Scott Lee Kimball has finally been put away, but given that his killing spree was enabled by the FBI, in concert with present Colorado Attorney General John Suthers (who was then U.S. Attorney for Colorado), it behooves us to look more closely at the nature of the murders he committed.
The key stories about Kimball, including the perverse and sadistic behavior of his FBI “handler” Carle Schlaff, have been published in the little Cherry Creek Chronicle. They are riveting. [And, of course, the original link to the CCC’s webpage became nonworking, so I asked for, and received, pdf files of the articles from the publication itself.]
Suthers and the FBI released Kimball from prison to function as an “informant” in December 2002. The Cherry Creek Chronicle articles establish that Kimball committed four murders after his release. I have hypothesized that the people Kimball killed–almost all young women who were involved with drugs, and possibly selling their bodies for sex–may have been witnesses who could implicate certain powerful people in criminal activity, so needed to be silenced.
Denver Post columnist Vincent Carroll argued, before Suthers’s re-election in 2010, that Suthers could not have known of Kimball’s proclivity for murder, since all the murders happened in 2003 or later, after the deal which released him. This, although, by Dec. 2002, Kimball had four prior felony convictions and had escaped from a Montana prison.
Before his release Kimball also had claimed to have knowledge about the murder of Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Wales in Seattle, in 2001. Kimball could have committed that murder himself: he was in Seattle when Wales was shot and killed through the basement window of his home, while sitting at his computer. Wikipedia says, in its entry on Tom Wales, that the FBI has dragged its feet in investigating this killing, and that Wales’s boss, the U.S. Attorney for that district, may have been dismissed for arguing for a greater resource allocation to investigate the murder. Thomas Wales had been an outspoken advocate of gun control. But I think the more important factor is that he “specialized in the investigation and prosecution of fraud in banking and business.” Somebody didn’t want him doing that.
If Kimball murdered Wales, the conclusion that he has been a paid assassin working for the government is inescapable. But even if he didn’t, that the FBI isn’t interested in investigating Wales’s murder can only be because they already know who did it, and it was either somebody they simply can’t prosecute–e.g., the Fat Cat Banksters–or they participated in it themselves. My guess is both.
The similarities between this case and that of Whitey Bulger, another mob “informant” for a crooked FBI handler, are striking. See the movie Deception. This is the same scenario. The “informant-handler” label is a euphemism for what is really going on, which is an FBI agent who uses his official powers and contacts to further the interests of organized crime. It is the FBI agent giving the Mafia information, not the other way around.
I want to know how Scott Kimball ended up in Colorado, when he had been in prison in Alaska. In Colorado, John Suthers, as U.S. Attorney, was the key guy who then made the decision to release him. Scott Kimball is also considered a suspect in the murder of Peggy Hettrick. There, an innocent kid, Tim Masters–only 14–was fingered as the murderer without a shred of physical evidence, and put away for over 10 years by prosecutors who suppressed exculpatory evidence, Jolene Blair and Terence Gilmore. Blair and Gilmore were subsequently elevated to judgeships. When news broke of their misconduct in the Masters case in 2007, John Gleason of the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel gave them a slap on the wrist. It was up to determined citizens, who organized under the name Judicial Justice in Larimer County, to defeat Blair and Gilmore in their retention election in November 2010.
Back to John Suthers: he also influenced Gov. Ritter to pardon killer Jennifer Reali in 2010 when Ritter left office. Some murderers is just good folks, eh, Mr. Suthers? Reali’s defense was that her boyfriend convinced her that killing his ailing wife would be the moral act of a good Christian.
Staunch Catholic (and Notre Dame grad) Suthers, even though writing a book called “No Higher Calling” (referring to the oath he took as a prosecutor to put bad guys away), nevertheless apparently shares Reali’s views on justifiable murder. That he does is the more blatantly obvious from his release of Kimball. One explanation for the ability of Suthers and his ilk to rationalize such irresponsible and horrifying acts they are themselves committing is that they put their loyalty to a “higher master” above the oath they took to uphold the Constitution and the laws. The Pope must have told them it was OK: there was a higher purpose being served. Having that kind of sanction would be the only plausible excuse a religious person would have for violating that oath.
In the end, my thesis is that Colorado is Murder, Inc. Whenever big crimes need to be committed, or covered up, the murderers get it into Colorado. Cover-ups are what the public officials–including especially the judges–specialize in here.