[Pnews] COINTELPRO helped killer escape 45 years ago in Omaha Two case
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COINTELPRO helped killer escape 45 years ago in Omaha Two case
August 17, 2015
Patrolman Larry Minard, Sr. was killed and six other police officers
injured when a suitcase bomb exploded in a vacant house in Omaha,
Nebraska at 2:07 a.m. on August 17, 1970. Before the day was over, Paul
Young, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Omaha FBI office, sent a
memorandum to J. Edgar Hoover
director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, about the bombing
requesting the assistance of the FBI Laboratory. However, the request
was not to help solve the crime, the request was to withhold a
laboratory report on the identify of the anonymous 911 caller that lured
Minard to his death.
Fifteen year-old Duane Peak
was arrested and confessed to planting the bomb and making the 911 call.
Peak would eventually give seven versions of the crime, six to
authorities and one, twenty years later, to Nebraska State Senator Ernie
Peak ultimately named Black Panther leaders Edward Poindexter and Mondo
we Langa, then David Rice, as the ones who put him up to the murder. In
exchange for his testimony, Peak was allowed to plead to guilty to
juvenile delinquency and walked free when he became an adult.
J. Edgar Hoover had declared a secret counterillegence war against the
Black Panthers under the code-name COINTELPRO
<http://vault.fbi.gov/cointel-pro>. In December 1969, nine months before
the bombing, Hoover had ordered Young to get the Panther leaders off the
streets and told him to be “imaginative” with a plan. Poindexter and
Mondo were officers of the Black Panther affiliate chapter National
Committee to Combat Fascism.
The soft-spoken teen killer's voice did not sound like the deep,
gravelly voice on the 911 recording made by the police dispatcher,
indicating Peak had at least one accomplice in the crime. Since Peak
claimed he made the call it was necessary to keep the recording from the
defense which meant a laboratory report could not be issued as might end
up in court. The FBI scheme worked and the jury that convicted the Omaha
Two <http://crimemagazine.com/j-edgar-hoover-and-framing-omaha-two>, as
the two leaders have come to be known, never heard the 911 recording.
The tape was so significant that Young reminded Hoover by memorandum two
months later that nothing was to be done with it because it might be
“prejudical to the police trial”.
In 2006, an internationally recognized forensic audiologist, Tom Owen,
declared after scientific analysis that Duane Peak's voice was not on
the 911 tape. Owen's finding confirmed the long-held view by many in
Omaha's black community that Larry Minard's killers escaped justice
putting two innocent men in prison.
Larry Minard was buried on his thirtieth birthday leaving behind a widow
and five young children. J. Edgar Hoover died in May 1972 and never had
to account for the order he gave to withhold a laboratory report in the
case. Duane Peak walked free after he aged out of juvenile detention.
Peak's accomplice, who made the 911 call, has never been identified and
is still at large, if alive after forty-five years. Ed Poindexter and
Mondo we Langa remain imprisoned at the maximum-security Nebraska State
Penitentiary, despite their age and poor health. Both men continue to
proclaim their innocence.
For most Americans, COINTELPRO
<http://www.examiner.com/topic/cointelpro> is either something they have
never heard of or consider as old news or a historical event. For the
Omaha Two <http://www.examiner.com/topic/omaha-two-1>, COINTELPRO is a
daily reality that Poindexter says you never get used to.
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