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Update on Killing of Legal Professionals and White Supremacist Prison Syndicates

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COMMENT: As investigations unfold into the murders of Tom Clements (chief of the Colorado corrections department) and Kaufman County (TX) DA Tom McClelland and his wife, a number of interesting and/or strange developments have surfaced:

  • Reports have surfaced that white supremacists may be attempting/contemplating an uprising along the lines of the scenario set forth in The Turner Diaries.
  • A Texas prosecutor involved with prosecuting the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas has quit the case. (The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas is autonomous from the Aryan Brotherood as a whole.)
  • Kaufman County DA Tom McClelland has deputies maintaining security at his home for some time after his assistant was murdered.
  • Reports have surfaced of possible cooperation between the Texas Aryan Brotherhood and Mexican drug cartels, allegedly involving methamphetamine distribution. 
  • Two members of the 211 Crew (another white supremacist prison gang apparently involved with methamphetamine dealing) are being sought in connection of the murder of Tom Clements (allegedly by Evan Ebel, said to be a member of the 211 Crew.) This is indicative of a possible conspiracy.
  • The chief suspect in the Clements murder, Evan Ebel was released from prison by mistake! 
  • Shortly after his release, his electronic bracelet malfunctioned, shortly before Clements was killed.

These developments bring to mind a number of considerations, suggesting that there may be more to this story than meets the eye:

  • Organizations such as the Aryan Brotherhood and 211 Crew have been known to partner with other criminal syndicates. In FTR #297, the elements of the Aryan Brotherhood scrutinized in the investigation were breeding the Presa Canario dogs for use by Mexican drug cartels, a type of relationship implied in some of the articles mentioned below.
  • The International Business Times article below discusses the possibility that the murders of the legal professionals might be the start of an “Aryan Uprising”–along the lines of what is portrayed in The Turner Diaries. In FTR #297, we noted that there were reports in the late 1990’s that Aryan Brotherhood elements were conspiring to kill corrections officials in Arizona.
  • In 1998, the author of The Turner Diaries (William Luther Pierce), directly foreshadowed the 9/11 attacks in a shortwave radio broadcast. 
  • As discussed in FTR #443 (among other programs), the climactic episode of The Turner Diaries is a low-level suicide aerial attack on the Pentagon, committed on November 9th. (November 9th is the Nazi Day of Destiny and would be written by a German as “9/11”.)
  • Andreas Strassmeier and composite sketch of John Doe #2

    As discussed in FTR #272, the Nazi terror group The Order was financed by “German families” living in South America.

  • The Turner Diaries was also the template used by Timothy McVeigh and associates in the Oklahoma City bombing. Legal testimony from an ATF informant alleges that Andreas Strassmeier was the mastermind of the attack, with McVeigh as a protege. Strassmeier is the son of Gunther Strassmeier, Helmut Kohl’s chief of staff and the architect of German reunification. Gunther’s father was one of the founding members of the Nazi Party under Hitler.
  • Andreas Strassmeier bears a striking resemblance to the composite sketch of John Doe #2 in the Oklahoma City bombing–as can be seen at right.
  • Saudi elements have also been known to use neo-Nazi elements, suggesting that the Saudi link to the Clements killing should not be altogether dismissed.

“Is the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas about to Launch a Neo-Nazi Counter-Revolution?” by Umberto Bacchi; International Business Times; 4/3/2013.

EXCERPT: Members of a white supremacist prison gang have been linked to a series of targeted killings of public officials in Texas.

The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) is suspected of being behind the killings of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife along with the separate execution-style murder of McLelland’s main assistant, Mark Hasse.

An unofficial offshoot of the California-based Aryan Brotherhood, the 4,000-strong group was formed in the early 1980s in Texan prisons. Its main aim, said the FBI, was “primarily concerned with the protection of white inmates and white supremacy/separatism”. . . .

. . . . Indeed, the Aryan Brotherhood and other neo-Nazi gangs like Aryan Circles and Public Enemy Number One, along with fringe patriot groups and survivalists’ militias, are inspired by the The Turner Diaries, a blueprint for an apocalyptic race war which will bring down the US government with campaign of terrorism, assassination and economic sabotage targeting federal officials, politicians, Jews, blacks and minorities.

“This [the Texas shootings] could be a signal, at least for this specific group, that they are coalescing around a more open, outright campaign of violence against police and other law enforcement officials,” says Simi. “The big question is what impact that may have on the dozens of different groups like this around the country and whether they’ll say, ‘It’s time for us to step it up as well.’ ”

“Texas Pros­e­cu­tor Quits White Suprema­cists Case” [AP]; CBS News; 4/3/2013.

EXCERPT: . . . . In the wake of the week­end slay­ings of a Texas dis­trict attor­ney and his wife that prompted inves­ti­ga­tors to sus­pect a vio­lent white suprema­cist prison gang, an assis­tant U.S. attor­ney in Hous­ton has with­drawn from a large rack­e­teer­ing case against the Aryan Broth­er­hood of Texas, CBS News cor­re­spon­dent Anna Werner reports from Kauf­man, Texas.

Richard O. Ely II, a Hous­ton defense attor­ney for one of the 34 defen­dants, told The Dal­las Morn­ing News that Assis­tant U.S. Attor­ney Jay Hile­man sent him an email on Tues­day inform­ing him that he was off the case. . . .

“I under­stand why some­one would want to step back,” Ely told Hous­ton tele­vi­sion sta­tion KTRK-TV. “It makes sense to me, espe­cially peo­ple that have fam­i­lies.“ . . .

“Texas Prosecutor and Wife Killed in ‘Targeted Act’ Two Months after Assistant’s Death” by Dominic Rushe; The Guardian [UK]; 3/31/2013.

EXCERPT: . . . . Sam Rosander, who lives in the same unin­cor­po­rated area of Kauf­man County as the McLel­lands, told the Asso­ci­ated Press that sheriff’s deputies were parked in the dis­trict attorney’s dri­ve­way for about a month after Hasse was killed. The DA had also armed him­self for pro­tec­tion, telling reporters that he car­ried a gun every­where and took extra care when open­ing the door at his home fol­low­ing his assistant’s death.

“I’m ahead of every­body else because, basi­cally, I’m a sol­dier,” the 23-year army vet­eran boasted in an inter­view less than two weeks ago.

Byrnes declined to com­ment on secu­rity arrange­ments ahead of the shoot­ing and would not go into detail as to the mea­sures now being brought in to pro­tect other indi­vid­u­als.“ . . .

“Expert: Aryan Broth­er­hood of Texas are “Dumb Ol’ White Boys” Who Wouldn’t Kill a D.A.” by Anna Mer­lan;  Dal­las Observer; 4/3/2013.

EXCERPT: When I spoke to Terry Pelz late yes­ter­day after­noon, he sounded hoarse and exhausted. “I’m just about talked out,” he said.

Pelz is a for­mer prison war­den at the Dar­ring­ton Unit who now runs a crim­i­nal jus­tice con­sult­ing firm in Mis­souri City, about 20 miles south­west of Hous­ton. He’s been in high demand the past cou­ple days, as an expert on the Aryan Broth­er­hood of Texas. The ABT are being eyed as pos­si­ble sus­pects in the killing of Kauf­man County DA Mike McLel­land, his wife Cyn­thia and assis­tant DA Mark Hasse. The group is, as we out­lined yes­ter­day, a vio­lent and grow­ing crim­i­nal enter­prise through­out the state and espe­cially in north Texas. . . .

. . . . Although Pelz cer­tainly sees the ABT as a vio­lent and not par­tic­u­larly pleas­ant group of peo­ple, some­thing doesn’t sit right with him in the McLel­land and Hasse killings.

“That’d be a big leap for them,” he says. “I just don’t think it’s cred­i­ble that it’s them.”

Why is the ABT the focus of so much spec­u­la­tion in these mur­ders to begin with? A cou­ple rea­sons. As The Dal­las Morn­ing News’ Tanya Eis­erer wrote in Feb­ru­ary, after Hasse’s killing, the Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety issued a bul­letin in Decem­ber, warn­ing that they had “cred­i­ble infor­ma­tion” that the ABT was plan­ning retal­ia­tory attacks on law enforce­ment offi­cers, after the mas­sive fed­eral indict­ment that net­ted 34 of their mem­bers, includ­ing five high-ranking “generals.” (Yes­ter­day, a Hous­ton fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor involved in that case qui­etly with­drew from it, prompt­ing spec­u­la­tion that he was afraid for his family’s safety). . . .

. . . . But in the Kauf­man County mur­ders, Pelz says, “It’s just not their style. I stud­ied them for almost 30 years. Like all prison gangs, they make threats on pub­lic offi­cials, but I’ve never seen them carry them out.”

Why not? Well, Pelz says, after a moment of reflec­tion, “You’re deal­ing with a bunch of dumb ol’ white boys who are meth cookers.”

Mark Potok of the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter, a for­mer jour­nal­ist who’s also stud­ied the ABT, agrees that if the gang is involved, it would be an unprece­dented move for them.

“I wouldn’t say [the mur­ders] look like any­thing we’ve seen before from the ABT,” he says. “If in fact this is them, it would be an astound­ing kind of move to make.”

He points out that only about 20 pros­e­cu­tors in the U.S. have been mur­dered over the course of the entire 20th cen­tury. “It’s an incred­i­bly rare phe­nom­e­non. And I’ve never heard of any prison gang assas­si­nat­ing cor­rec­tional offi­cials,” other than the occa­sional prison guard. . . .

. . . . “We know 211 Crew is also involved in the drug trade,” Potok says. But he sounds skep­ti­cal. “How that relates, I don’t know. It’s con­ceiv­able that in some way these groups are work­ing together. I’m not sug­gest­ing that’s true or that I even think that’s true. It seems hard to believe, frankly.” . . .

. . . . That house­clean­ing some­times involves mur­der, Pelz acknowl­edges. But he spec­u­lates that the mur­ders in Kauf­man County — and he’s quick to note that this is only spec­u­la­tion — have some­thing to do instead with the ABT’s grow­ing rela­tion­ship with Mex­i­can drug car­tels, who have bonded across racial lines over their shared love of sell­ing meth.

“Car­tels love that meth,” Pelz says. “They make bil­lions off of it.” Last year, as he points out, a raid on a meth lab south of the bor­der seized an eyebrow-raising $4 bil­lion worth of the drug.

Pelz puts his money on a part­ner­ship between the ABT and the car­tels that’s soured. “Some­thing was dis­rupted and some­body got pissed off in the car­tel, I think,” he says. “And they got one of their asso­ciates to take care of busi­ness. I just don’t think the ABT was directly involved in it.” . . .

“2 Men With Ties To White Suprema­cist Gang Sought In Colo. Prison Chief’s Killing” by Catherine Tsai [AP]; Talking Points Memo; 4/4/2013.

EXCERPT: Two more men con­nected to a vio­lent white suprema­cist gang are being sought in con­nec­tion with the slay­ing of Colorado’s pris­ons chief, and author­i­ties are warn­ing offi­cers that they are armed and dangerous.

The search comes about two weeks after prison gang mem­ber Evan Ebel — a sus­pect in the death of Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions chief Tom Clements on March 19 and of Nathan Leon, a pizza deliv­ery­man, two days ear­lier — was killed in a shootout with Texas deputies.

While it’s not clear whether the gang, the 211 Crew, is linked to the killing, the warn­ing bul­letin issued late Wednes­day by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Depart­ment is the first offi­cial word that other gang mem­bers may be involved.

James Lohr, 47, and Thomas Guolee, 31, aren’t being called sus­pects in Clements’ death, but their names have sur­faced dur­ing the inves­ti­ga­tion, El Paso County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Kramer said. He wouldn’t elaborate.

Kramer said the two are known asso­ciates of the 211 gang. . . .

“Sus­pect Slipped Ankle Bracelet” by Nicholas Riccardio [AP]; Seattle Post Intelligencer; 4/2/2013. 

EXCERPT: Parole offi­cials did not real­ize that a white suprema­cist gang mem­ber had slipped his ankle bracelet and fled cus­tody until five days after the sys­tem first flagged him as being delin­quent, accord­ing to records released Tuesday.

They sent a war­rant out for his arrest the next day, one day before he was killed in a shootout with Texas author­i­ties and a day after police now say they think he was involved in the slay­ing of Col­orado pris­ons chief Tom Clements.

“We have to do bet­ter in the future,” said Tim Hand, direc­tor of the Depart­ment of Correction’s parole division.

Evan Spencer Ebel had been a model parolee until his elec­tronic mon­i­tor­ing bracelet stopped work­ing March 14. Before that, he called in daily, even once call­ing in alarm because no one had requested his weekly uri­nal­y­sis test to show he hadn’t been using drugs. . . .

. . . . Judi­cial offi­cials acknowl­edged Mon­day that Ebel’s pre­vi­ous felony con­vic­tion was inac­cu­rately recorded and his release in Jan­u­ary was an error. . . .

 

Discussion

8 comments for “Update on Killing of Legal Professionals and White Supremacist Prison Syndicates”

  1. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/02/us/aryan-brotherhood-texas-profile/

    Explainer: What is the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas?
    By Holly Yan and Deborah Feyerick, CNN
    April 2, 2013 — Updated 1059 GMT (1859 HKT)
    Watch this video
    Rules for one of the most violent gangs
    STORY HIGHLIGHTS

    The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas has been blamed for more than 100 homicides
    Authorities have not made a clear link between the group and two prosecutors’ deaths
    The Kaufman County DA’s office had helped prosecute some of the gangs’ members
    The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas was denied membership in the Aryan Brotherhood

    (CNN) — As investigators scramble to figure out who killed two Texas prosecutors, suspicions abound over whether the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas played a role.

    Authorities have not officially linked the two slayings, nor do they know whether the white supremacist group ordered the attacks.

    But a series of events leading up to the killings have raised questions about the group’s possible involvement.

    Here’s a primer on the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas:

    What is the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas?
    Ruthless Aryan Brotherhood of Texas

    The FBI describes the group as a “whites only,” prison-based gang that has been operating since at least the 1980s.

    “I think the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas today is arguably the most violent white supremacist prison gang out there,” said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    The group has been blamed for more than 100 homicides and at least 10 kidnappings since the early 1980s.

    Is the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas part of the Aryan Brotherhood?

    No.

    Inmates in Texas asked the Aryan Brotherhood, a California-based prison gang, for permission to start a Texas chapter, but they were denied membership, the Southern Poverty Law Center said. It’s not clear why.

    Nonetheless, the Texas-based group modeled itself after the California gang.

    What does the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas stand for?

    Like the Aryan Brotherhood, the Texas group’s main purpose morphed from protecting white inmates to criminal activities involving drugs, extortion and murders, authorities say. It also espouses a white supremacist ideology.

    “At the end of the day, these organizations are really fundamentally criminal enterprises,” Potok said. “That means, above all, their interest is in green. In money. Skin color comes long after that.”

    Its reach began to extend outside prison walls as more members finished their sentences. ABT members on parole are required not only to remain loyal to the gang, but also to recruit new members.

    “Brutal beatings, fire bombings, drug trafficking and murder are all part of ABT’s alleged standard operating procedures,” said Lanny Breuer, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney General.

    Did the group play a role in the deaths of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse?

    Authorities don’t know.

    But McLelland’s office was one of numerous agencies involved in a multi-year investigation that led to the indictment of 34 alleged members of the ABT — including four of its senior leaders — on racketeering charges in November.

    At the time, Breuer called the indictment a “devastating blow” to the organization.

    Weeks later, the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a statewide warning saying it had “credible information” that members of the group were planning to retaliate.

    In an interview with The Associated Press after Hasse’s death, McLelland said his deputy hadn’t been involved in the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas investigation. But the district attorney nevertheless raised the possibility the group was behind the death.

    “We put some real dents in the Aryan Brotherhood around here in the past year,” McLelland told the news agency.

    How do members join the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas?

    “It is said to be one of the gangs that live by the ‘blood-in, blood-out’ code, meaning that you can only get into ABT by carrying out some kind of attack,” Potok said. “And similarly … you can only leave in a body bag.”

    Posted by Vanfield | April 6, 2013, 11:01 pm
  2. An update: investigators are reiterating that the two 211 gang members sought by authorities are not suspects in Clements’ murder (nothing specified on Nathan Leon’s murder) while noting that the two were in frequent contact with Ebel in the 24 to 36 the hours before Clements was assassinated:

    The Denver Channel
    James Lohr arrested after throwing gun from car during chase
    Police recover gun shown being picked up in video

    Posted: 04/05/2013
    Last Updated: 3 days ago

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Police have arrested one of the two wanted men whose names came up during the investigation into the murder of Colorado prison chief Tom Clements.

    Investigators said 47-year-old James Lohr tossed a gun from his car as he was being chased early Friday.

    Colorado Springs Police said officers tried to pull Lohr over at 1:30 a.m. as he was leaving a business along Platte Avenue, east of Union Boulevard. A short vehicle pursuit followed and Lohr fled on foot after the vehicle he was driving became disabled near Bijou Street and Hancock Avenue, police said. A search of the area was conducted and Lohr was taken into custody without incident.

    Lohr was booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center for investigation of felony eluding, several traffic offenses, and for the three outstanding arrest warrants unrelated to the investigation.

    The sheriff’s office said Lohr tossed a gun out of his car during the chase and a man picked up the gun on the sidewalk. A video from a business surveillance system in the 2300 block of East Bijou Street shows a firearm being thrown from the vehicle Lohr was operating during the pursuit. The video goes on to show what appears to be two adult males finding the gun and one of the men picks it up and sets it back down. The two men return later and the same man picks up the gun and they leave with it.

    The sheriff’s office said later that the weapon had been recovered.

    “The gun was turned into law enforcement by an individual who received the gun from the person depicted in the previously released video. We appreciate their cooperation,” a statement issued late Friday said.

    A “Be On The Lookout” order is still in effect for Lohr’s associate, 31-year-old Thomas Guolee. Goulee is considered armed and dangerous with violent tendencies, officials said.

    Lohr and Goulee were in frequent contact with murder suspect Evan Ebel 24 to 36 hours before Clements was killed, according to ABC News.

    Lt. Jeff Kramer with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said the two men are “associates” of the 211 Crew, the same prison gang that Ebel belonged to.

    Ebel was linked to the prison chief’s shooting death after he was killed in a gunfight with Texas law enforcement. In addition to driving a vehicle that matched the one seen outside of Clements’ home, Kramer announced ballistic evidence also linked the weapon he used in Texas to the murder.

    The sheriff’s office reiterated that the two men are not named as suspects in Clements’ murder.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | April 8, 2013, 2:55 pm
  3. It sounds like Evan Ebel had a longer list of officials he was ordered to assassinate and the 211 Crew is continue to issue those hit orders:

    211 Crew put hit on El Paso County judge who signed search warrants in Clements murder investigation
    By Kirk Mitchell
    The Denver Post
    Posted: 08/25/2013 09:47:47 PM MDT
    Updated: 08/26/2013 10:51:33 AM MDT

    An El Paso County judge went into hiding earlier this month, bought a gun and was placed under police protection after being warned that 211 Crew prison gang leaders had ordered a “hit” against him in retaliation for his part in the investigation into the slaying of prisons chief Tom Clements, according to a source familiar with the case.

    A key source spoke to The Denver Post on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to release information about the multi-state investigation involving the FBI, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies.

    The source, who has direct access to and knowledge of sealed court documents including investigative files, verified details of the investigation, including allegations that the assassination of Clements was ordered by leaders of the white supremacist prison gang. The source also offered new insight into the actions of Evan Ebel, a parolee who officials say killed Clements and pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon in March before being killed in a shootout with deputies in Texas.

    El Paso County Judge Jonathan L. Walker, who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces during the Vietnam War and was a Colorado public defender, took a leave of absence this month for his own protection after three criminal sources, including two jail informants, warned that 211 Crew leaders planned to kill him, the source said.

    Despite information from the source, Colorado State Court Administrator’s spokesman Jon Sarche said no judge from the El Paso County courts has been on leave.

    Walker had signed roughly 20 search warrants against numerous members of the white supremacist prison gang allowing investigators to search gang leaders’ homes and cellphone records for evidence potentially tying them to the Clements slaying conspiracy, the source said.

    Walker took security precautions, including buying a .380-caliber handgun, moving out of his house and wearing a bulletproof vest, the source said.

    During the two weeks of leave, Walker went into hiding after Colorado Springs SWAT team members told him he was a “sitting duck” at his home on a busy street, the source said. Police have provided security for the judge, who is to return to his courtroom Monday morning.

    The death threats came to light through a series of contacts between criminal sources and law enforcement in the past month.

    “It is true there is a death threat that came out of the (El Paso County) jail,” the source said.

    One inmate told a jail lieutenant that gang members were after a prosecutor or judge by the name of Walker. One of the judge’s former legal clients called the judge directly and warned him about the threats.

    “These guys are serious,” the source said. “Whether it’s legit or just jail talk to wield influence, I don’t know. Who is going to take a chance on that?”

    The informants told jail supervisors that 211 Crew members also were sending out orders to other paroled gang members instructing them to commit new crimes or violate parole rules so that they could return to prison and strengthen their ranks behind bars.

    “These guys think differently than you or I,” the source said.

    The source said investigators sorting through Ebel’s belongings after his death discovered a list identifying Clements and other officials as possible targets.

    Other state authorities, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, have been under special protection since Clements was killed.

    Former DOC parole Director Tim Hand said 211 Crew members also targeted him in an assassination plot, according to correspondence between gang members intercepted by investigators.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | August 26, 2013, 11:12 am
  4. It sounds like Homaidan al-Turki is still a person of interest in the ongoing investigation of the motive behind the murder of Tom Clements. Investigators have determined that Ebel was paying back 211 Crew’s leader, Benjamin Davis, by committing the murder by the underlying motive is still unknown. Ties between Davis and al-Turki are still being investigated:

    Evan Ebel may have killed prisons chief to repay 211 Crew favor
    By Kirk Mitchell
    The Denver Post
    Posted: 08/26/2013 02:36:02 PM MDT

    The founder of the 211 Crew protected Evan Ebel after a rival prison gang targeted the white supremacist soldier for violence at Sterling Correctional Facility. That left the young gang member with a debt authorities suspect he repaid by killing prisons chief Tom Clements.

    FBI and El Paso County investigators have been working for months to piece together the investigation into the murder of Clements and pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon in March.

    A source who spoke to The Denver Post on condition of anonymity described details of the investigation contained in sealed court documents. The source has direct access to and knowledge of the documents and the investigation itself.

    Investigators now believe they have answers to two key questions raised by the killings: Was Ebel acting alone or under orders? And why did Ebel flee to Texas, where he was killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers?

    Answers to two other central questions apparently remain elusive: Why was Clements targeted? And did the murder plot involve a Saudi inmate imprisoned in Colorado?

    One thing is clear, the source said. Both while in prison and after his release in January, Ebel was firmly entrenched in the 211 Crew, the white supremacist prison gang founded by “shot caller” Benjamin Davis.

    Federal and state agents and investigators in two states are trying to learn whether Davis and a circle of paroled gang members orchestrated the assassination of Clements in part by helping Ebel kill Leon, merely to obtain his Domino’s uniform for the murder plot.

    Investigators believe the idea to recruit Ebel to kill Clements originated at the Sterling prison, where Davis and Ebel were serving sentences at the same time, the source says.

    Ebel, who was already a 211 Crew member, was targeted for reprisal by a rival gang at the prison, which houses Colorado’s death row and a large administrative segregation unit, according to the source. It’s unclear why Ebel was marked for violence, but in February 2011 Ebel was placed in an administrative segregation cell after he fought with another inmate.

    “Ebel had been threatened,” the source said. “Davis stepped in and saved him.”

    Davis, 38, then told Ebel he expected a favor for saving his life upon his release from prison, the source said. The decision to target Clements may not have been decided at the time.

    One theory investigators continue to consider, the source said, is that the decision to target Clements came after he rejected a request by Saudi inmate Homaidan al-Turki to return to his native country to complete his prison sentence for sexually assaulting his maid. That decision came one week before Clements was killed on the night of March 19. Investigators are trying to determine whether there are ties, financial or otherwise, between al-Turki and the 211 Crew.

    Lawyers for al-Turki have denied their client was involved in any way.

    Another possibility is that Davis had his own motivation to go after the head of the Department of Corrections.

    Shortly after Davis saved Ebel, DOC officials transferred Davis to Buena Vista Correctional Facility to split up the 211 Crew power base at Sterling, DOC officials have said.

    Investigators believe Davis was incensed because Buena Vista is a power base for a rival white supremacist gang, the Aryan Brotherhood.

    “In essence, it stripped him of his power base,” the source said.

    Following Ebel’s parole in January, he was in frequent contact with 211 Crew members, his cellphone records confirm. Authorities believe gang members gave him money to buy a car, got him his mismatched license plates and helped arrange the pizza theft in which Ebel shot Leon on March 17, the source said.

    “Ebel wasn’t the brightest bulb on the planet,” the source said. “He couldn’t have done this on his own.”

    After he cut his parole ankle monitoring bracelet, Ebel stayed in a Denver hotel with a woman awaiting orders, the source said.

    Investigators have concluded that gang members steered him to Clements’ home, tucked back in a wooded neighborhood of Monument, about an hour south of Denver, the source said. After killing Clements on March 19, Ebel drove to Colorado Springs and stayed at a “safe house” arranged by gang members, the source said investigators believe. Two days later, Ebel set out for Texas.

    Investigators have concluded that Ebel was driving to the home of a paroled 211 Crew member, who lived south of Dallas, the source said. Ebel, 28, was killed in a shootout with Texas lawmen on March 21.

    Investigators found Ebel’s cellphone and immediately began tracking all the calls he made on parole, including calls to the 211 Crew member in Texas. The gang member has since been arrested for violating parole by having contact with other gang members, the source said.

    El Paso County Judge Jonathon L. Walker signed about 20 search warrants, allowing investigators to track the movements of 211 Crew members, including the Texas gang member.

    Walker himself went into hiding earlier this month after being warned that the 211 Crew had put out a “hit” on him in retaliation for his role in the investigation, the source said. The chief judge for El Paso County on Monday confirmed threats were made against Walker.

    ….

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | August 27, 2013, 1:39 pm
  5. Perhaps this is off-base because I don’t understand the structure of Arabic names;

    But is it possible that the al-Turki in the Colorado prison is related to “Prince Turki” (Trento, “Prelude to Terror” page 102, The Safari Club)

    I know that when al-Turki was imprisoned on slavery and abuse charges he had huge support from the Saudi Royal family. If I remember correctly, the attorney general for the state of Colorado actually went to meet with the Royal Family over the issue…

    Posted by Swamp | August 28, 2013, 10:35 am
  6. @Swamp: That’s a good question because it’s kind of ambiguous. There are lots of blogs and non-mainstream reports that refer to “Prince” Homaidan al-Turki, but I’m unable to find any mainstream reports that back up that princely status. And Yes, there were reports from 2006, right around when al-Turki was sentenced, about the Colorado attorney general traveling to Saudi Arabia and meeting with the royal family and members of al-Turki’s family to assuage concerns over the sentencing. So it certainly sounds like al-Turki could be either royalty or from a family close to the royal family, but it’s unclear:

    The Denver Post
    Saudi king hears Aurora sex-slave case
    Attorney General John Suthers visited the Middle East to ease concerns about the sentence imposed on an Aurora man.
    By Carlos Illescas
    Denver Post Staff Writer
    Posted: 11/18/2006 01:00:00 AM MST

    Attorney General John Suthers is due back from Saudi Arabia on Saturday night after spending several days meeting with Saudi King Abdullah and other high-ranking officials about a man who was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman and keeping her enslaved in his Aurora home.

    Suthers went there at the request of the U.S. ambassador in Saudi Arabia and the U.S. State Department to ease the Saudi royal family’s concerns over whether Homaidan Al-Turki, 37, was treated fairly when he was sentenced in September to 20 years to life in prison.

    A linguistics doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado, Al-Turki also was sentenced to eight years for unlawful sexual contact and eight years for theft.

    “It was deemed necessary to go over there and defend the good name of Colorado and explain how our criminal system works,” Deputy Colorado Attorney General Jason Dunn said.

    Dunn said the royal family and the Saudi public were misinformed about the Al-Turki sentencing. Suthers met with King Abdullah, the Crown Prince Sultan and members of the defendant’s family.

    Suthers left on Sunday and spent about four days in Saudi Arabia, Dunn said. He said the federal government paid for most, if not all, of the trip.

    Al-Turki was convicted June 30 of forcing a 24-year-old Indonesian woman to cook and clean and take care of the family, including five children, with little pay.

    The victim slept on a mattress on the basement floor, was paid less than $2 a day, and Al-Turki eventually intimidated her into sex acts that culminated in her rape in late 2004, according to prosecutors.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | August 28, 2013, 8:05 pm
  7. The Denver Post has a big new report on the motive for Evan Ebel’s killing of Tom Clements. According to the report, it was a 211 gang hit intended to put Evan back in the good graces of the 211 leadership:

    The Denver Post

    White supremacist gang conspired to kill Colorado prisons director, new documents allege
    Documents obtained by Denver Post shed new light on Evan Ebel’s movements surrounding the killing of Tom Clements

    By Kirk Mitchell |
    May 27, 2016 | UPDATED: 5 days ago

    New documents obtained by The Denver Post quote Texas law enforcement officials saying what Colorado authorities still will not: The assassination of prisons director Tom Clements was orchestrated by a white supremacist prison gang.

    The Texas documents, obtained through an open-records request, reveal a spiderweb of phone calls between gunman Evan Ebel and fellow members of the 211 Crew in the days before and after Clements’ killing on March 19, 2013. Some of those calls came two days later while Ebel was leading Texas lawmen on a 100 mph chase that led to a crash and, ultimately, his death in a shootout.

    After investigators retrieved phone numbers from the phones Ebel had been using, authorities in Texas and Colorado made six arrests, half of them never previously reported.

    The arrests stemmed from the gang members’ dealings with Ebel, but none was directly linked to Clements’ killing, which remains officially unsolved more than three years later.

    At this stage, there is no person of interest” or suspects in the Clements case, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder told The Post last year.

    But a May 28, 2013, report of investigation by Texas Ranger James Holland could not have been more clear about investigators’ theory on the case.

    “The murder of the Colorado Department of Corrections director was ordered by hierarchy of the 211 prison crew,” the report says.

    Holland’s 77-page report identifies a dozen suspects or persons of interest who allegedly did everything from ordering Clements’ assassination to helping Ebel flee to Texas.

    The report obtained from the Texas Rangers, interviews by The Post with witnesses and Colorado court documents offer the most complete picture yet of Ebel’s movements, activities and meetings in the days surrounding the Clements killing.

    Although some people have questioned whether Ebel acted alone, all of the signs point to multiple dealings between Ebel and his fellow gang members — itself a parole violation because, as a parolee, Ebel was forbidden to associate with other felons and gang members.

    Among the report’s major findings:

    • James “Jimbo” Lohr, a general in the 211 Crew and the gang’s ranking leader in Colorado Springs, told a fellow gang member that he ordered Ebel to assassinate Clements. The gang member, who spoke to the Rangers as a confidential informant, said the killing was ordered after Ebel had a falling out with the 211 Crew’s founder, Ben Davis, and the murder was an attempt to redeem himself.

    • The informant, JR, identified only as a 211 Crew soldier on parole in Texas, claimed Lohr also ordered him to help Ebel flee after Clements’ murder. JR told Texas Rangers that Ebel was “a stand-up guy.”

    • The night before Ebel killed Commerce City father Nathan Leon and stole his Domino’s pizza uniform, Ebel paid $1,250 in cash on March 16, 2013, to an Aurora school teacher for her 1991 Cadillac DeVille. She told The Post that Ebel pulled out a thick roll of hundred dollar bills to pay her. She said she sought therapy after learning about the murders.

    • Three days later — just hours before he killed Clements, Ebel sat down for brunch with 211 Crew captain Christopher “Hog” Middleton and his wife at a southern Colorado diner and applied makeup to cover the Nazi tattoos on his hands. Posing as a pizza delivery man that night, Ebel shot Clements on the doorstep of his Monument home and sped away in the black Cadillac.

    • Investigators examining the Cadillac after Ebel’s death found a fingerprint on the trunk that belonged to Middleton. Middleton acknowledges he touched the car the same day Ebel killed Clements, but he denies prior knowledge of the assassination.

    • Investigators also found DNA on a galvanized steel pipe bomb in the Cadillac trunk that Texas Rangers say is tied to a previously unknown third murder in the case, in Colorado Springs. Texas authorities Thursday said the finding was shared with El Paso County sheriff’s investigators, but Colorado Springs police say they are unaware of any such evidence. Agents searching the car also found a hit list of other Colorado officials.

    • Investigators traced hundreds of calls and text messages made by four different phones used by Ebel and a half dozen 211 Crew members up until April 4, 2013.

    Distractions

    The Clements case, perhaps the highest profile murder in Colorado history, has been mired in conflict between prosecutors and an El Paso County Sheriff’s Office distracted by office politics, sexual scandals and possible criminal wrongdoing.

    The sheriff at the time, Terry Maketa — along with two fellow top officials — on Wednesday was indicted by a grand jury on various corruption charges. He stepped down in late 2014.

    Much of the evidence noted in the Texas report, developed by scores of Texas, Colorado and federal law enforcement officers, was either funneled to Colorado authorities or developed by the lead investigative agency, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

    Juan San Agustin, who led the department’s Clements investigation for 19 months before he resigned in 2014, has criticized the decision by Elder, the current sheriff, to reduce the number of investigators on the case to just one deputy.

    San Agustin also criticized District Attorney Dan May’s decision to pull his most experienced homicide prosecutor, Jeffrey Lindsey, from the case after Lindsey worked intensively on the case for several months.

    San Agustin and Maketa said requests for criminal charges were repeatedly made to May’s office. May has denied that such requests were made.

    San Agustin and a former undersheriff are the two other officials indicted Wednesday.

    Elder and May have declined multiple requests for interviews because the Clements investigation is ongoing. Shortly after he took office in 2015, Elder said there were no suspects or persons of interest in the Clements homicide and promised a new top-to-bottom investigation of the case. Elder’s spokeswoman, Jacqueline Kirby, said only one sheriff’s investigator remains on the case.

    Too late?

    It is possible prosecutors have already missed their opportunity to hold some of the conspirators accountable for lesser roles in the murder and escape. The Colorado statute of limitations for “accessory after the fact, murder” is three years, said Kris McDaniel-Miccio, a law professor at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.

    “By not charging people who harbor or help killers, you send a message that it’s appropriate,” McDaniel-Miccio said. “If they are not held accountable, there is the fear that they could commit other crimes.”

    Accessory after the fact, murder, is a felony offense with a penalty range of one to six years in prison, depending on the circumstances, McDaniel-Miccio said.

    “If that person had a violent criminal history, I would ask for the maximum,” said McDaniel-Miccio, who was a New York state prosecutor in the Bronx.

    Although possible co-conspirators deny prior knowledge of the murders of Leon and Clements, extensive phone records appear to corroborate allegations they had roles in assisting Ebel while he was fleeing Colorado.

    According to the Texas Ranger’s report, it is clear that investigators were pursuing a possible conspiracy early on.

    JR, the 211 Crew member who spoke to Holland on condition of immunity from prosecution, told the Ranger that Ebel was ordered to kill Clements to make amends to Davis, the gang’s founder and caller of the shots.

    JR said Davis had been angered by criticism from Ebel of the way gang members were communicating with one another, the report says.

    Ebel had been demoted from “soldier” to “prospect,” and told JR while both were still behind bars that Ebel would have to do some “wild (expletive)” for Davis on the outside to redeem himself, the report says..

    Davis was touchy about such criticism after sloppy communications among gang members had resulted in racketeering convictions and life prison sentences against him and other top 211 Crew leaders in 2008.

    Days after Ebel’s release on parole in January 2013, 211 Crew member Dennis Simonton, then an inmate at Sterling Correctional Facility, called his wife, Crystal, and gave her instructions to help Ebel, Crystal Simonton said in an interview at her home.

    He gave her Ebel’s phone number, she said. She was never told Ebel was planning to kill Clements, but she ran daily errands for him and drove him across the Denver area, she said.

    She said she later refused to buy a gun for Ebel and that she was afraid he planned to kill her.

    Crystal told The Post that the 211 Crew founder had nothing to do with Clements’ killing.

    Many phone calls

    The Texas report details a series of phone calls between various 211 Crew members in the months after Ebel’s release from prison, either to or from him or made on his behalf.

    Ebel called JR, who then asked Christopher Middleton to help find Ebel a place to stay on the night of March 18, 2013, — the day after Leon was killed and the day before Clements was killed, the report says. Ebel also called another 211 Crew gang member, whose name was redacted from the Texas report, and a prison associate then on parole in Texas named Rueben Sustaita, an admitted member of the Sureños street gang and who was enrolled in a culinary arts school in Austin.

    In a recent phone interview, Middleton acknowledged speaking with Ebel by phone. Middleton’s wife, Jacqueline, said he arranged for Ebel to stay at the home of a close friend, Thomas Schuler, who lived in Fountain. Schuler was referred to as Middleton’s brother in the Texas report.

    Ebel arrived at Schuler’s house late on March 18. Schuler told authorities he had no idea why Ebel was staying at his home, documents indicate.

    The next morning, Christopher and Jacqueline Middleton met Ebel in Fountain at Coke’s Diner, a 1950s-style restaurant with posters of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley and across the street from the Fountain Police Department. The owner of the restaurant confirmed the meeting.

    Jacqueline recalled Ebel applying women’s makeup to cover gang tattoos on his hands while waiting for his meal of chicken-fried chicken smothered in pepper gravy, eggs, hash browns and toast. She later realized this was part of Ebel’s pizza-delivery disguise. Ebel talked about making his way to Costa Rica, where his mother lived.

    Ebel had a wad of cash and tipped the waitress $100, Christopher Middleton said.

    Christopher Middleton, a construction worker, said Ebel told him he was in Fountain to hang out. He said he didn’t know about any plans by Ebel to kill Clements.

    Later that afternoon, Ebel showed up at the Colorado Springs home of Eric Truxal, an acquaintance of 211 Crew member Thomas “Ghost” Guolee’s.

    Ebel was looking for “Ghost,” Truxal told The Post, but Guolee had just left with someone else. Ebel then used Truxal’s phone for about five minutes and left, he said.

    “His aura put off something you don’t want to get,” said Truxal, who says he had no idea what Ebel was planning. “It was a scary emotion. You could just feel the evil pouring out of him. I never met someone who was going to kill someone.”

    Ebel shot Clements at about 8:40 p.m. on March 19. Nearly an hour later, he called Middleton’s cellphone, but Middleton was snoring on the couch, Jacqueline Middleton said. When she looked at the phone and noticed the call was from Ebel, she said she decided not to answer.

    Middleton called JR on March 20, according to the Texas records. When he found out he had missed a call, JR called Middleton’s phone and Lohr answered the call, the report says.

    Lohr, who answered the phone by saying “Jimbo,” asked JR whether he had heard from Ebel recently. He also said Ebel was headed south after he had “done something.” Lohr then asked him whether he had heard about the Clements murder, the report says.

    When JR said he had heard about the shooting, Lohr said, “I had him do that,” the report says. JR asked Lohr why he had had Ebel kill Clements.

    “‘Don’t worry about it,’” JR quoted Lohr as allegedly saying. Lohr ordered JR to “look after” Ebel if he came his way, the report says.

    In a subsequent phone call with Middleton, the informant said Middleton was “freaked out” and upset because he had been asked to find Ebel a place to stay without knowing what the gang member was going to do.

    JR said Ebel called him on March 21, the day that Ebel shot Montague County Sheriff’s Deputy James Boyd during a routine traffic stop in Texas. JR told Texas Rangers that he believed Ebel called him right after the shooting because a “freaked out” Ebel told him: “Come get me … (I’m) in a bind.”

    Within minutes, Ebel died after being shot in the head during the shootout with Texas lawmen.

    “James “Jimbo” Lohr, a general in the 211 Crew and the gang’s ranking leader in Colorado Springs, told a fellow gang member that he ordered Ebel to assassinate Clements. The gang member, who spoke to the Rangers as a confidential informant, said the killing was ordered after Ebel had a falling out with the 211 Crew’s founder, Ben Davis, and the murder was an attempt to redeem himself.”
    Well, the fact that Clements’s murder was ordered by 211’s leadership is not a particularly surprising conclusion. But it’s also worth noting that this report still leaves open the question of why Clements, along with a number of other officials on the “hit list” found in Ebel’s car, were the 211 leadership’s chosen targets.

    So, with El Paso’s sheriff asserting that the investigation is still ongoing, let’s hope the question of why Clements was targeted in a manner that was guaranteed to bring a lot of heat to the 211 leaders that called this hit is part of that ongoing investigation. And let’s also hope they haven’t stopped looking into the possibility that this his was being paid for Homaidan Al-Turki. Especially after al-Turki’s name showed up repeatedly in newly declassified documents from the Joint Terrorism Task Force’s 9/11 investigation:

    KWGN.com

    Declassified documents show possible link between man in Colorado and 9/11

    Posted 10:22 pm, May 24, 2016, by Julie Hayden

    DENVER — There is a growing call for the government to release a secret, 28-page report on possible Saudi Arabian involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

    It discusses people suspected of supporting the hijackers while they were in the United States. FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers recently obtained declassified documents indicating one of the possible helpers might have been living in Colorado.

    It’s a name we’ve told you about before – Homaidan Al-Turki, a Saudi citizen living in metro Denver.

    In 2006, an Arapahoe County jury convicted him of keeping his maid as a sex slave.

    Seven years later he was in the news again. He was on the verge of being transferred back home to Saudi Arabia to serve his sentence there.

    But the FBI intervened and Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements said no to the transfer. A week later, Clements was murdered. The case is unsolved but there have been suspicions al-Turki may have played a role.

    Problem Solvers confirmed the Joint Terrorism Task Force had been looking at al-Turki for years.

    There’s never been an explanation as to why the FBI moved to stop his transfer back to Saudi Arabia but documents from the National Archives might shed some light on that.

    They’re labeled “Workplan: Possible Saudi Government and Royal Family Connections to the 9/11 Hijackers.”

    It’s 47 pages of notes and memos from the staff of the joint congressional investigation into the attacks.

    But the National Archives recently released staff notes and Homaidan al-Turki’s name comes up repeatedly as someone to look into.

    The staff lists the names of possible Saudi government connections to the 9/11 attacks saying they are “some of the most important individuals with whom the hijackers may have had contact.” Homaidan al-Turki is on the list and described as a Saudi student living in Colorado with ties to the Saudi Royal family and government.

    In another section the Workplan raises what it calls “key questions.”

    1. Did anyone help fund or provide support for the 9/11 attacks?
    2. Were any individuals aware of the plot before the attacks?

    Al-Turki is listed as someone they want to interview about those questions.

    One of the most significant sections is one where the staff lists four questions regarding al-Turki.

    The report says the FBI claims al-Turki was in contact with a German cell phone linked to one of the 9/1 hijackers. The hijackers and other key players in the 9/11 plot were part of a radical Islam cell in Germany.

    The investigation staff wanted to know whose phone was al-Turki contacting, what was his relationship to that person and was there any information tying him to others involved in the attack or other terrorist groups?

    We do not know what, if anything, the final 28-page report says about al-Turki.

    He is serving his prison sentence in another state and has always denied any involvement with terrorism.

    “The report says the FBI claims al-Turki was in contact with a German cell phone linked to one of the 9/1 hijackers. The hijackers and other key players in the 9/11 plot were part of a radical Islam cell in Germany.”
    Yeah, the more we learn about the murder of Tom Clements and the rest of Evan Ebel’s victims, the less closed this case seems.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | June 1, 2016, 5:43 pm
  8. Regarding the recent revelation that Homaidan al-Turki was a person of interest in the 9/11 investigation, the recently declassified 9/11 Joint Terrorism Task Form documents with multiple reference to Homaidan al-Turki as a person of interest is available here. Al-Turki is referenced a half dozen times throughout the document, but it’s on page 37 in the section “Key Questions Regarding Possible Saudi Government and royal Family Connections to the September 11 Hijackers and Other Terrorists and Terrorist Groups” where you get most of the information about what makes him a person of interests:


    11. Homaidan al-Turki
    * FBI documents note that al Turki was in contact with a German cell phone linked to one of the September 11th hijackers. To whom did the German cell phone belong?
    * Have you determined the nature of al Turki’s relationship with this individual?
    * Have you developed any additional information tying al Turki to other individuals connected with the September 11 attacks?
    * What information have you developed tying al Turki to al-Qa’ida or to other terrorist elements? What ties does al Turki have to the Saudi Government?

    Keep in mind that the document is from 2003, so hopefully these questions were answered at some point. Also keep in mind that The New York Times describes this released report as “a glimpse into what is still contained in the classified 28 pages of the congressional inquiry into the 2001 attacks.” So it’s possible we’ll get some answers to those questions relatively soon if the 28 pages are finally released. Of course, if those 28 pages aren’t released, we’ll have a few more questions to throw on the pile.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | June 3, 2016, 2:51 pm

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