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 IDFiles’ 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 IDFiles 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.
Watch for The Last Hours of Kevin Ives and Don Henry this spring on www.idfiles.com.
Contrived Scenarios Menu
Scenario #1: Sharline's Coersed Confession - Podcast Interview with Doc Washburn
by Abby Lee, Staff Volunteer
One of the documents that is most asked about on the “Justice for Kevin Ives and Don Henry” Facebook page is Sharline Wilson’s “confession,” which was contrived by Saline County law enforcement. Sheriff Judy Pridgen and Deputy John Brown made a clumsy attempt to take credit for solving the murders with a falsified confession that was coerced out of Sharline.
In 1993, Sharline had been sentenced to 32 years for a small amount of cocaine, which her young son said he saw deputies put into Sharline’s purse during a raid on their home. Eventually, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned her conviction finding that Prosecutor Dan Harmon, retaliated against Sharline, because she testified against him to a federal grand jury. Once out of prison after serving 6 years, Sharline slipped into anonymity, and tried to put the past behind her. Sharline and Jean stayed in touch for decades, when 2 years ago, Sharline thought she was succumbing to lung cancer (which is now in remission) and wanted her kids and grand kids to know the truth about how she was coerced into signing a false confession. She agreed to record a podcast interview with Doc Washburn. When Sharline sat down with Doc, she saw the “confession” for the first time. She explains to Doc how she was taken to Faulkner County jail without authorization of any kind, and was not allowed to call her attorney. Pridgen dropped her off where she was physically and psychologically abuse for 2½ days and coerced into signing a false confession. Sharline tells Doc of her ordeal in detail and in her own words.
Sharline’s Interview Part 1 – Doc Washburn (34 minutes)
Sharline’s Interview Part 2 – Doc Washburn (23 minutes)
Interview with Jean Duffey
By Abby Lee, Staff Volunteer
Jean Duffey's Thought's on Sharline's "Confession"
For decades after her release from prison, Sharline’s story about the night the boys were killed was simple and consistent. She never deviated from what she told Jean Duffey about that night. She said that she and Dan Harmon were hanging out alone that afternoon in her mobile home, snorting cocaine. Sharline doesn’t recall the time, but it was after dark, when Harmon got a phone call on her home phone. The call was short. Harmon hung up and told Shaline to get dressed and get in her car. Harmon drove the two of them to the tracks and parked down a railroad signal access road off of Earl D. Miller Lane in Alexander, AR (see aerial map). Harmon got out of the car, threw Sharline an ounce or so of cocaine, and told her to stay put, which she was happy to do. An hour or more passed, when she saw 2 teenage boys running out of the woods, followed by a younger boy several seconds later. They came from the direction Harmon had gone when he left Sharline, but the boys were on the opposite side of the tracks from her. What seem like another couple of hours, Harmon came running back to Sharline’s car, took something out of the trunk, and ran off again (that something turned out to be a tarp). The last time Harmon came out of the woods, he jumped in the car which caused the dome light to shine on his pants. Sharline saw spatters and asked him if that was blood. Harmon knocked her across the mouth, and told her to shut up. He drove her home, gave her more drugs, and put her in bed. She slept through that Sunday and most of Monday and heard the news about Kevin and Don on the Monday evening news.
Jean’s notes from her first interview with Sharline about the night the boys were killed is recounted above. Differences in any detail in Jean’s notes and what Sharline said to Doc in her interview might is to be expected as Sharline and Jean did not talk before the interview to “get their stories straight.” Jean says, ” That is not the way to find the truth.” One statement Sharline made to Doc is that she, McKaskle, and Rochelle picked up drops from all around the county. Jean cannot corroborate that statement, although there were many rumors about drugs kicked off of trains, drugs coming up from Mexico, and I-30 being a corridor for drug trafficking. Some or all may be true, but Jean does not speculate.
Jean does, however, say that whoever contrived Sharline’s “confession” knew very little about what actually happened and very few if any of the statements in the “confession” can be corroborated. Perhaps that’s why neither Pridgen nor Brown got credit for “solving the case.” Jean does believe that the creator of the “confession,” was protecting Jay Campbell and Kirk Lane, as they were not mentioned.
It is fortunate that Shaline stayed in the car or she might have missed seeing 3 boys run out of the woods. Sharline and Tommy Niehouse, who were strangers, corroaborated each others stories. Niehouse, who was 11 year old at the time, was in the woods with 2 friends looking for a marijuana patch. They heard voices on the tracks and slipped up closer to look. There were 5 people. Niehouse knew Dan Harmon, Keith McKaskel, and Freddy Poe, but did not know another large man or a lady. Niehouse said he saw 2 boys walking toward Harmon’s group. When they met, a gunshot rang out and Niehouse’s group ran. Years later, Niehouse passed an FBI polygraph test and was put into protective custody. Tommy Niehouse video clip.
In her interview, Sharline tells Doc about a recording she made of a conversation she had with Harmon. She was pressing him to talk about the night the boys were killed. When he learned there was a tape, he threated to kill her and her family if she didn’t turn it over. Eventually, Sharline’s dad destroyed it to protect the family. Jean never discussed this event in much depth with Sharline, has no corroboration of it, and has no opinion about it. She is leaving it up to those who listen to the interview to make what they will of it.
Linda explains the story of Tommy Niehouse in this podcast.
Eyewitness Polygraphed But Ignored (14 minutes)
RR Signal Access Rd From Earl D Miller Ln, Alexander, AR, 72002
Sharline has taken Linda and Jean to the Railroad Signal Access Road, where she sat in her car the entire time Harmon was on the tracks. The aerial map shows that the partial road no longer exists past the signal lights, but in 1987, the road continued for another 100 yards or so.
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 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 something aboutthe murders of Kevin Ives and Don Henry. Testimony included information about two boys who supposedly robbed Calloway’s stash from his ex’s home just before midnight of the morning they were killed. It was assumed that the boys were Kevin and Don. Katie Brightop testified that she overheard convesations between the Criswell’s.
From there, the stories grew and got and less likely, but all went something like this: The two Criswell brothers hunted down the boys, captured them, 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 unrealistic.
One – Kevin and Don split up around 10:30 that night. Kevin went to Tim McCauley’s house 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 that 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. 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.
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 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, which he coaxed some of his less astute investigators to develop. The witnesses were Keith Coney, who Campbell and Lane saw take off on his motor cycle. He later had his throat cut. Ronnie Godwin, which the state police spent a great deal of effort to discredit, but not very effectively. Jerry LNU who could not be located. Witness watching for his wife.
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 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 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.”