Suggested Way to Begin
Kevin is the son of Larry and Linda Ives
Don is the son of Curtis and Marvel Henry
On August 23, 1987, in Saline County, Arkansas, Kevin (17) and Don (16) were murdered by two dirty cops. Linda’s relentless pursuit of justice, has embattled the most powerful entities in our government from the local to the federal levels. She hasn’t won, but neither have they, and she’s not quitting by any stretch of the imagination.
Anyone who hasn’t followed Linda’s story from the beginning will likely be overwhelmed by 32 years of events and the large number of people involved. So this is how I suggest you might pick up in order to catch up.
You could read the “Home” page which sets the back-drop that has loomed over this story from the beginning. When the involvement of 3 presidents in the crimes of Mena were exposed, it became apparent why the level of stonewalling against Linda has been impenetrable.
But that all comes later in the story. To go forward from the murders in an orderly sequence, you can choose from 3 options:
- Watch “Obstruction of Justice: The Mena Connection” on the “CIA” page – “Documentary Videos”
- Listen to Podcasts #3 through #8 on the “Editorials” page – “Podcasts.”
- Read “How Much Can Parents Endure?” and the “Timeline” on the “Investigations” page.
All of the above are excellent summaries of the first 10 years after the murders. Getting to know “Bad Guys” will help you follow the story to present day. Then follow your interests. Every page is interesting.
If you are familiar with the story and have followed Linda for a few years, you should then be able to jump right in and follow your interests.
Thank you for caring enough to become aware. We hope you are moved enough to tell everyone you know to follow our website, which will continue to grow.
The story of Dan Harmon is as much about the public officials who supported and protected him as it is about Harmon himself. His power over so many high-level players would be inexplicable but for the Saline Memorial Hospital scandal. In summary, the hospital administrator, embezzled hospital funds to finance a party house, always supplied with the best wine, food, dope, and party girls. High level state leaders were frequent guests, but did not know that every room was wired with secret cameras and recording devices throughout. When the party house was raided, Judge John Cole appointed Harmon as special prosecutor, who took possession of all the evidence. The party tapes were never seen again. The possible use by Harmon of one of those tapes is suggested on Chuck Banks’ page under Bad Guys. The newspaper accounts of the Saline Memorial Hospital scandal are under Saline County Investigations.
No surprise then that Cole appointed Harmon to lead the county grand jury investigation of the “train deaths.” Also,no surprise that during the investigation, witnesses turned up dead, and nothing useful came from the grand jury other than their frustration that they were fettered from doing their jobs, and what they wanted to report was disallowed by Cole. See video clip.
Harmon, a democrat, was well-publicized as a wife-beater, a drug distributor, and a tax-dodger, yet Attorney Ray Baxter, a democratic party leader, told reporters Harmon’s troubles are “none of the party’s business.” Harmon was jailed for refusing to submit to drug testing as a condition of release at his arraignment hearing on federal tax charges, yet the district’s State Senator Charlie Cole Chaffin cheered and praised him for his “Constitutional” stance. Arkansas’s Committee on Professional Conduct suspended Harmon’s license to practice law, yet a long list of public officials, including State Attorney General Winston Bryant, convinced the committee to nullify the order. Harmon went on a crime spree of kidnapping, assault and battery and was charged with six felonies, yet Special Prosecutor Paul Boson reduced the six felonies to two misdemeanors, and Special Judge Hamilton Singleton slapped Harmon on the wrist. A federal grand jury heard enough evidence to unanimously indict Harmon on various drug-related crimes, yet U.S. Attorney Chuck Banks sent the jury panel home and held a press conference clearing Harmon of all allegations. It truly is hard to believe that Harmon had something on all of these supporters and protectors, but an alternative explanation does not come to mind? Perhaps a tape on someone who had influence/control over some of the others? We just don’t know. News articles chronicling the above are on the Saline County Investigation page.
Update: August 23, 2019
The Mena Connection
By Jean Duffey
Question: What is more important than holding the killers of Kevin Ives and Don Henry accountable?
Answer: Protecting the legacy of three U.S. Presidents.
Question: Now that the criminal complicity of these presidents has been exposed and is not disputable, what is the justification for continuing to protect the killers?
Answer: There is none, not that there ever was.
Below is a fact sheet of mostly circumstantial evidence that the murders of Kevin and Don are linked to Mena. According to Paula Casey, Arkansas U.S. Attorney (1983 to 2000), circumstantial evidence is good evidence.
PAULA CASEY’S COMMENT:TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 1998
- “Circumstantial evidence is what you brought against Mr. Harmon this time. That didn’t seem to make a difference to the jury. They only deliberated for an hour.”
- PAULA CASEY:
- “Well there was some direct evidence in the case, but a lot of it was circumstantial evidence. But, circumstantial evidence is still evidence and it can be very compelling.”
That’s what she says, but Paula Casey refuses to even look at, much less consider, the cumulative evidence that connects at least two Saline County murders to the crimes of Mena. But then, maybe she already knows and is doing her part to thwart justice.
But, remember, there is no statute of limitations on murder.
The Circumstantial Evidence
Reports to authorities of low-flying planes along rural Saline County train tracks late at night were ignored. Residents around a mile-stretch of tracks described activities of low-flying, small engine planes, coming from the direction of a well-lighted Children’s Colony, lining up with the tracks, slowing to stall speed with their lights off for a few seconds, then revving back up to fly away. Witnesses speculated that these occurrences were drug drops, and several reported them to Saline County Sheriff authorities, but no investigator ever followed up even to feign interest. A reasonable assumption might be that the residents were witnessing illegal drug drops protected by law enforcement.
August 23, 1987, Kevin and Don were murdered in the same area of the plane activity, and their bodies were laid across the tracks for a a train to run over. The cover-ups began immediately. The initial investigation, conducted by the Saline County Sheriff James Steed was the worst orchestrated sham imaginable.
The murders made for sensational news and there was such a public outcry that Judge John Cole impaneled a county grand jury. Knowing that attorney Dan Harmon participated in the murders, Cole appointed him to head the investigation in order to control it. To make it look like he was cleaning up Saline County, Harmon indicted several drug dealers and dirty cops with which he was at odds. Harmon was hailed a hero, but actually witnesses and informants who had information about the murders of Kevin and Don were murdered themselves. So far, two investigations went nowhere. Then a state police investigation went south. Linda couldn’t grasp the incompetency or whatever it was that was happening.
In 1990, Jean Duffey’s drug task force began a legitimate investigation but Jean and her investigator, Scott, realized that an investigation of a drug operation using planes was beyond the capability of their small task force. Jean knew that Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Govar was leading a federal grand jury investigation of drug trafficking and public official corruption in Saline County, so she made an appointment to visit Govar. Instead of meeting Govar, Jean and Scott were ushered in to see Govar’s boss, Chuck Banks. Scott showed Banks an aerial map of the tracks, the path of the plane activity, and witness statements. This apparently turned out to be a warning to Banks that the task force might expose Mena, and neither Govar nor the grand jury heard the information.
An orchestrated massive media smear campaign was soon launched against Jean. John Cole issued illegal felony warrants for her arrest on bogus charges and said he would deny her to bond out when arrested. Meanwhile, a purported $50,000 was put on Jean’s life, so she went into hiding to await the imminent indictments promised by Govar. While in hiding, an Arkansas Gazette reporter, Chris Day, called Jean to tell her what he learned from a high-level informant. It was too absurd for Jean to believe, but it actually happened the way Chris said it would. Chuck Banks shut down Govar’s two-year-long federal grand jury investigation and cleared all Saline County public officials of corruption and any other wrong-doing. In return, President George H.W. Bush rewarded Banks with a federal judgeship nomination. Although circumstantial, this evidence is HUGE! What reason would a sitting U.S. President have for interjecting himself into an investigation of corrupt county officials in Arkansas? That would, of course, have to be because an investigation would expose something that had to do with national security, a secret government operation, terrorism, or maybe something like illegal activity at the highest level. A secret government operation and illegal activity at the highest level both fit.
In spite of efforts by Harmon and Cole to put Jean away, Jean was cleared. Linda had figured out the evils of Harmon, so Linda and Jean finally met and began working together. The Mena connection was made for them. For Jean, it was the interjection of President Bush. For Linda it was a tape she got from Arkansas State Trooper Detective Russell Welch in Mena. The tape was barely audible then, and is completely inaudible now, but it is an interview with a prison inmate who said that the drug drops in Saline County came from Mena. Covering up the crimes of Mena is what has always made the most sense. It is, in fact, the only thing that has ever made sense.
Linda and Jean shared task force files with John Brown, a deputy who worked a short time for Saline County Sheriff Judy Pridgon. The files contained Scott’s interviews of residents around the tracks who suspicioned the plane activity was drug drops. An informant gave John information on a pilot named “Joe” who claimed to have dropped cocaine and money at the same stretch of track. “Joe” was located and interviewed by John Brown and corroborated the residents description of the plane activities . “Joe” described how the lights from the nearby “children’s colony” directed him to the tracks. “Joe” said he lined up with the tracks and used railroad lights that hung horizontally on an arm to mark where to kick the packages out of a small sliding door by his feet. However, when John walked the tracks, there were no such railroad lights. Chalking it up as disinformation John moved on. Some time later, John was telling Linda and Larry the story. Larry, a train engineer, had run those tracks for years and said that the lights did hang horizontally on an arm at the time the boys were killed but had been changed recently to stand vertically.
John Brown later turned against Linda and Jean. They don’t know why. Was he threatened? Was he blackmailed? They just don’t know, but they were on their own again. Jean found “Joe” in Amarillo, Texas and drove there to interview him. “Joe” showed Jean copies of paystubs from the U.S. Treasury and several other official-looking documents, but “Joe’s “ real name was redacted, and Jean could not verify that “Joe” was a “contract pilot” for the CIA as he claimed, but she found “Joe” to be sincere and appropriately cautious, and she tended to believe him. Finally, “Joe” insisted that the “packages” he flew to various locations were driven to Waco in freight trucks and the truck drivers said they were picked up from a small airport in Mena, Arkansas. There didn’t seem to be much reason for “Joe” to make up such a story, but Jean had to leave it at that and move on.
On July 26, 1998, Mark Keesee, the original webmaster of ID Files, got three e-mail death threats that were routed through Thailand and bizarrely dated July 26, 2000. This is as direct as evidence can get. The homepage of idfiles.com stated, “police officers murdered [Kevin and Don] because they witnessed a police-protected drug drop. The drop was part of a drug smuggling operation based at a small airport in Mena, Arkansas.” The logical assumption is that the website might expose the crimes of Mena. Mark reported the threat to the Little Rock FBI Bureau who, according to FBI Bureaus in Houston and in Sacramento, ignored normal procedure and went to the U.S. Attorney Paula Casey before investigating the threat. Paula Casey declined to prosecute. So, did Casey decline to prosecute because the FBI did not investigate and she had no one to prosecute or did Casey tell the FBI not to bother to investigate because she wasn’t going to prosecute? Either way, it smells of complicity.
There are many parallels between the investigations of Mena and the investigations of Saline County, not the least of which are the 4 legitimate investigators who refused to quit even when ordered. The thwarted investigations had proximity of time, location, and method.
- Both Mena and Saline County had upwards of 7 investigations, from the local to the federal level, shut down by higher authorities.
- Each location had two legitimate investigators, who refused to let go, so were discredited, investigated, fired, threatened, and worse.
- In Mena:
- Arkansas State Trooper Investigator, Russel Welch, who refused to back off was send weapons-grade anthrax and very nearly died. He retired but continued to investigate.
- IRS investigator Bill Duncan refused to back off. His career and personal life was destroyed.
- In Saline County:
- Saline County Drug Task Force Director Jean Duffey ignored directives to turn a blind eye on corruption and was smeared in the media, had $50,000 on her head, and had her law license revoked.
- FBI Special Agent Phyllis Cournan, had to fight the “good ol’ boys” at every turn. She was harassed, discredited, and finally fired. She has been too afraid to talk
U.S. Attorney Asa Hutchinson thwarted Bill Duncan’s investigation of Barry Seal for tax crimes. In August, 2017, Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Kirk Lane as Arkansas State Drug Czar. According to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, Lane is a prime suspect in the murders of Kevin and Don.
After Barry Seal was assassinated, his ex-brother-in-law and first pilot, Billy Bottoms, became an internet detractor, calling any illegal activity at Mena a “hoax” and any drug activity a “myth.” Bottoms directed most of his communication to Detective Welch and a great deal to Linda and Jean. One thing was certain. If Bottoms said something happened at Mena, it didn’t. If he said something didn’t happen at Mena, it did. And he’s still at it. Just this summer (2019) Bottoms sent a message to Jean through Barry’s widow, Debbie Seal, that drugs from Mena never, never went to Saline County. So which is it? No drugs in Mena or no drugs from Mena went to Saline County?
The above is merely a summary of the cumulative evidence, but the complete story is within these pages of ID Files. Make up your own mind about whether the evidence is compelling enough to warrant a legitimate investigation, which has never happened. The Arkansas Bureau of the FBI, the Arkansas U.S. Attorneys, the Arkansas State Police, seven Saline County Sheriffs, and the Benton City Police have all had multiple opportunities to conduct forthright investigations, but haven’t. We’re certainly not suggesting a Congressional investigation. Every American knows those things never produce competent results, although costing millions of dollars. It appears that there is nowhere to see justice.
Perhaps the best evidence (although circumstantial) is the complete lack of evidence. Of the 2000 FBI documents obtained through an FOIA request, not one mentions Mena. This is curious, since Jean and Linda talked to Special Agent Phyllis Cournan at length about their beliefs that the murders are connected to Mena. It is made clear within those 2000 documents that cops were involved in the murders of Kevin and Don, that public officials participated in cover-ups, that sham investigations were conducted by authorities, and that legitimate investigators were discredited, but not one word about Mena. There are an admitted 15,000 withheld FBI documents. What could those documents possibly hold that cannot be released after 32 years since the murders and decades after every investigation has been shut down. The absence of information is certainly circumstantial evidence but it speaks loudly.
Let’s speculate for a moment that a high-level connection to the Clinton’s has come forward. (IT’S NOT THE EX-WRESTLER. LINDA AND JEAN HAVE SET HIM ASIDE, PENDING THE OUTCOME OF A LAWSUIT AGAINST, KEITH ROUNSAVAL, THE PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR WHO FOUND AND FALSELY PROMOTED HIM.)
This would be someone completely unexpected but absolutely legitimate, who knows that money was being dropped on that mile-stretch of tracks and taken to Bill. Where would Linda and Jean take him/her if they want to assure his/her safety? Is there absolutely nowhere? Because the murders are connected to Mena, there is not.