06/23/96


Voices
Arkansas Democrat Gazette


Dear Editor,

Reading about Dan Harmon's scrapes and escapes is tiring.
Why isn't he in prison?

Remember when Harmon was appointed to head the 1988 investigation of
the Ives and Henry murders? The media made him a folk hero. However,
Linda Ives says recent investigations identify three eye-witnesses
placing Harmon on the tracks the night of the murders. This sheds a
different light on Harmon's motives for stepping into the spotlight
and crediting himself for getting Malak's accidental ruling
overturned, which the parents had already initiated. Nothing else
significant happened during Harmon's investigation; except several
witnesses turned up dead.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Govar's federal investigation of Saline
County corruption in 1990 targeted Harmon, according to leaked federal
memos. Harmon blamed that ordeal on Jean Duffey and fed garbage to the
media about her. The media played along. Duffey was discredited and
fired, Govar was ousted from the investigation, all Saline County
officials were cleared, and Harmon took over Duffey's drug task force.

Where would Harmon be without the media?

Events of last November changed things. Cocaine seized by Harmon's
task force couldn't be accounted for, and FBI informants tell tales of
extortion and bribery. Harmon's violent behavior, which has been going
on for years, is dominating the news. Yet, Harmon is a free man.

The media helped create this monster, so the media owes the public
some answers. I want to read what Bob Govar, Jean Duffey, and Linda
Ives have apparently known for years about Dan Harmon and Saline
County.

Sincerely,


Mark Keesee
Little Rock