Saturday, January 31, 2004

Hammer and Langan

I have referred to J. D. Cash's article on David Paul Hammer, an inmate on federal death row with an story to tell about the Oklahoma City bombing. There is a new article with more details on this story in the Independent entitled "Does one man on death row hold the secret of Oklahoma?", describing how Hammer and McVeigh had a shared interest in the mysterious prison death of a man named Kenny Trentadue, who McVeigh felt was murdered because he was mistaken for Richard Guthrie, a man from the same neo-Nazi group as McVeigh and who himself was found mysteriously dead in prison. A possible witness to the murder of Kenny Trentadue was Alden Gillis Baker, who didn't testify because he said he feared threats from prison guards, and who months later was found hanging from a sheet in his cell. Hammer's evidence makes the whole Oklahoma City bombing plot part of the larger neo-Nazi bank robbery gang (a theory described in a 2001 article in the Independent), a scenario with implications that have apparently been too rich for the prosecutors of either McVeigh or Nichols to want to raise (the prosecutors prefer the two lone nuts theory that it was just McVeigh and Nichols, with some help from Michael Fortier). Now, J. D. Cash has revealed (unstable link to article entitled "Langan to testify at Nichols trial, name others in OKC bombing") that yet another neo-Nazi bank robber, Peter K. Langan Jr., is slated to testify at the Nichols' trial (here is an earlier article by Cash on Langan). Langan is prepared to give testimony linking the neo-Nazi bank robbery gang and members of the compound at Elohim City to the Oklahoma City bombing. Langan has apparently said he would implicate White Aryan Resistance leader Dennis Mahon, mysterious German resident of Elohim City Andreas Strassmeir, former Aryan Nations leader Mark Thomas, and former neo-Nazi bank robbery gang members Michael Brescia and Kevin McCarthy. It is possible that the prosecutors have severely limited the scope of the investigation because they did not want to reveal that the government nixed a raid on Elohim City that might have prevented the Oklahoma City attack, on the grounds that the raid might have turned into another Waco (it is also possible that the case was handled the way it was simply as a matter of tactics, with the prosecutors narrowly limiting the scope of the case to ensure successful prosecutions of McVeigh and Nichols, but you really have to question the profound lack of interest in going after what are a very bad group of neo-Nazis). It will be interesting to see if the Nichols' trial reveals some of the secrets left open by the McVeigh trial (the obvious haste in executing McVeigh appears all the more suspicious).