Sorting Out Contrived Scenarios

by Abby Lee, Staff Volunteer

Linda and Jean are preparing a time-line of the events that lead to the murders of Kevin and Don.  The time-line will recount The Last Hours of Kevin Ives and Don Henry, and every event will have documented footnotes.  A significant hindrance in providing ID Files’ and Justice Page readers with the truth has been contrived scenarios created by individuals who divert facts away from their own involvement in the murders (like Dan Harmon), officials who participated in the cover ups for favors or rewards (like U.S. Attorney Chuck Banks), con-artists who insert themselves into high-profile cases looking for money (like Billy Jack Haynes), or gossipers looking for attention by mouthing off on pod casts and spreading rumors on social media without verification of anything (those idiots put the lives of legitimate witnesses in jeopardy).

Linda and Jean have resisted publishing contrived scenarios, and one cannot argue their point that it makes a vastly complicated story even more confusing.  However, sorting out these false accounts has to be done to disseminate the truth to supporters.  This ID Files page, “Contrived Scenarios,” has some of the false accounts that do more harm than good.  These scenarios range from ridiculous to dangerous and should be ignored and absolutely not be repeated.

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Scenario #2: The Calloway Contrived Scenario

By Abby Lee, Staff Volunteer

The Calloway Scenario may not have been entirely contrived. It may have had legitimate roots but its growth was very much contrived to take the focus off of Jay Campbell and Kirk Lane. James Calloway owned a used car business and was a well-know drug dealer in the Alexander area. Finis Criswell worked for Calloway and was also know as a drug dealer as well as his sons.

Calloway and his ex-wife were on friendly terms and he sometimes kept a stash of drugs at her mobile home. The federal grand jury investigation of public official corruption in Saline County, heard from witnesses who had seen or heard anything about the murders of Kevin Ives and Don Henry. Some of that testimony included information about two boys who supposedly robbed Calloway’s stash from his ex’s home just before midnight of the morning Kevin and Don were killed. It was assumed that the robbers were Kevin and Don. Katie Brightop testified that she overheard conversations between the  Criswell brothers  that in hindsight sounds like deliberate attempts to plant the story for Brightop to repeat, which she did to Bob Govar and before his grand jury.

From there, the stories grew and got less likely, but collectively they went something like this: After the robbery, the two Criswell brothers got orders from Callaway to hunt down the boys.  They did so, and took them to a shack near the tracks, killed them, wrapped them in a rug and put them on the tracks. Several points make this scenario not believable.

One Kevin and Don split up around 10:30 that night. Kevin went to see his friend, Tim McCauley, to play video games. Tim’s mother, Nina, said Kevin left around midnight. She told this to Linda about a week after Kevin’s funeral and wanted Linda to know how much she appreciated how kind Kevin was to Tim who was a bit socially awkward. There is not information about where Don was during the time he and Kevin split up, or who the second boy might have been if Don was in on the robbery. State Police Detective Don Birdsong (seemed to be forthright in the beginning of the state police investigation) verified that Kevin and Don had split up during this time period, and that it was widely believed that Don and another boy did indeed rob Callaway, but no credible evidence that Linda or Jean have one way or the other.

Birdsong speculated to Linda that either Don invited Kevin to be in on the robbery and Kevin declined, or Don didn’t invite Kevin in on the robbery. The latter makes more since, because it seems unlikely that Kevin would not have met up with Don again if he knew Don had planned to steal drugs.

Two The eye-witnesses who saw Jay Campbell and Kirk Lane physically accost Kevin and Don, rendering them incapacitated, do not fit in this scenario at all, which is likely the reason this was the favorite scenario of Bob Govar.  In fact, Govar which he coaxed some of his less astute investigators to develop the Callaway scenario, which Linda and Jean believe was to try to divert suspicion away from his good friends Campbell and Lane. The witnesses who saw Kevin and Don assaulted by Campbell and Lane were Keith Coney, who Campbell and Lane saw take off on his motor cycle when they drove up on Kevin and Don at the phone in front of the Ranchette Grocery. Coney later had his throat cut. Ronnie Godwin, which the state police spent a great deal of effort trying, without success, to discredit. Jerry LNU who could not be located, but went to GiGi’s Bar and told the manager, Mike Crook, the identical story Godwin told the state police. See more information about Ronnie Godwin and other witnesses in Witnesses.

There was no police report, of course. Drug dealers don’t expect the cops to retrieve their stolen drugs for them, however, Callaway and Richard Garrett, then assistant prosecuting attorney, were good friends. Callaway likely called Garrett, and Garrett likely called Harmon. This is a whole lot of speculation on my part until 2016, when I began exchanging information with Saline County Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Silk about the murders of Kevin and Don. Silk believed that Callaway was robbed by 2 boys and believed one of them was Kevin, until told him about Tim McCauley’s mother telling Linda that Kevin was at her house during the time of the robbery.

Silk was a retired DEA agent, moved to Lake Hamilton, and took a job as a communications deputy in March, 2015. Silk contacted me in mid 2016 saying that he had taken an interest in the murders of Kevin and Don. On his own time, he had been organizing the case file, which consisted of several jumbled up boxes. We talked extensively on the phone and visited when I was in Arkansas. I didn’t keep anything from him, but as has come to be predictable, Silk faded away.

Scenario #3: Con-Artist Billy Jack Haynes

By Jean Duffey

Billy Jack Haynes

Billy Jack Hayes, an ex-pro-wrestler from Portland, contacted Linda in late 2016, and told her that he was on the tracks the night Kevin and Don were murdered. Linda has never refused to hear information, no matter how questionable, so she talked with Haynes for months. He could have found most of his correct information on the internet, and Linda had no way to verify or discredit the rest. The next 3 years exposed Haynes’ increasing determination to make money by exploiting this story. He refused to talk with law enforcement but promised to take a polygraph, and he went from telling possibly plausible involvement with the people who killed the boys to increasingly implausible tales and an inability to keep his facts straight.

Haynes’ tales became more and more sensational. He claims he has a video of the train running over the boys, but no one has ever seen it, he claims that he had a one-night stand with Bill Clinton who Haynes says “was in love with me,” he says that he talked on a cell phone with Bill when the boys were captured and could hear Hillary yelling in the background, “Leave no witnesses.” Linda insisted that Haynes take a polygraph. He insisted that he has passed 3, but no evidence of that has been offered. Later, we learned that he tried, but he never passed a polygraph test.

He has earned the nickname “Billy Whack Haynes.” Enough said.

You might enjoy a documentary produced by our website contributor, Ron Dane. As always, every fact is well  documented.  After viewing the film,  you will understand and probably agree how we gave Haynes his nickname, “Billy Whack Haynes.”

See more on Billy-Jack in Section 1 of Archived Updates