[Pnews] FBI Assistant Director John Mohr got cash bonus after fix in Omaha Two case

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  FBI Assistant Director John Mohr got cash bonus after fix in Omaha Two

Michael Richardson - February 4, 2019
Screenshot (43)Assistant FBI Director John Mohr was in charge of the 
Administrative Division when he conspired to fix a murder investigation 
in Omaha. (credit: Federal Bureau of Investigation)

John Mohr was in charge of the Administrative Division of the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation when he received a $250 cash bonus from Director 
J. Edgar Hoover. While Hoover was on vacation, Mohr conspired with the 
head of the FBI Laboratory, Ivan Willard Conrad 
Assistant Director Charles Brennan 
and the Special Agent in Charge in Omaha, Paul Young 
to withhold a lab report on the identity of a policeman’s killer. The 
misdeed was followed by the cash award immediately upon Hoover’s return.

Mohr oversaw communications between the field offices and the FBI 
Laboratory. Under the clandestine COINTELPRO 
counterintelligence program, Hoover had ordered Young in December 1969 
to use an “imaginative” approach to remove Edward Poindexter 
and David Rice, later Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa 
from Omaha’s streets. The two men were leaders of the local Black 
Panther Party affiliate chapter called the National Committee to Combat 
Fascism. Hoover had declared the Black Panthers as the number one threat 
to domestic security.

The August 17, 1970 bombing murder of Patrolman Larry Minard, Sr 
gave Young the opportunity he needed to satisfy Hoover’s demands. 
Poindexter and Rice would be blamed for the bombing where police were 
lured to a vacant house by an anonymous 911 caller. At headquarters, 
William Bradley, a supervisor under Mohr, sent a memorandum to Conrad at 
the FBI Laboratory.

“Omaha Office has advised that the Omaha Police Department has requested 
laboratory assistance in connection with a bombing which took place in 
Omaha 8/17/70. This bombing resulted in the death of one police officer 
and the injuring of six other officers and is apparently directly 
connected with a series of racial bombings which the Omaha Police have 
experienced. The Police were lured to the bomb site by a telephonic 
distress call from an unknown male.”

“If approved, the results of any examinations will be orally furnished 
the Police on an informal basis through the SAC, Omaha.”

Back from vacation, Hoover agreed with the conspiracy to withhold a 
laboratory report on Minard’s killer and quickly came up with a bonus. 
Hoover sent a personal letter to Mohr commending him and awarding $250 
for the “superior manner in which you fulfilled your responsibilities.”

The day after Minard’s funeral, Mohr wrote to Hoover, “I was deeply 
pleased that I was associated with a winning team at the Seat of 
Government while it was necessary for you to be on the Coast and I was 
delighted to learn that you thought our efforts were so satisfactory.”

Bradley sent a second memorandum to Conrad at the FBI Laboratory about 
the murder. “In referenced memorandum [8/19/70], the Director approved a 
request to assist the Omaha Police Department in captioned case through 
the use of voice comparison examinations by the Laboratory.”

“The SAC, Omaha, noted that he had been instructed by the Bureau to 
suggest steps of possible assistance to the Omaha Police in solving the 
bombings. He advised….the existing recording of the false “bait” 
complaint to the police is the most important present tangible evidence 
in the possession of the police, and he recommended the Bureau send a 
Laboratory representative.”

John Mohr’s name was on two distribution lists, a rubber-stamped 
distribution list and a special typed list with his initials at the 
bottom of the page. With the murder investigation compromised, the case 
was fixed The search for a killer was over. Poindexter and Rice were 
convicted of murder and received life without parole sentences. The jury 
that convicted them never heard the 911 recording that lured Minard to 
his death.

Several years later, while serving as executor for Clyde Tolson, his 
superior at the FBI, Mohr made himself and his daughter beneficiaries 
and left Tolson’s brother out of a will provided by Mohr. Tolson’s 
brother complained about Mohr in a contest over Tolson’s will. “The 
purported will and testament was procured…by fraud and deceit.”

A petition filed in the District of Columbia Superior Court by Hillory 
Tolson accused Mohr and unnamed others of “fraud, duress, coercion and 
undue influence” to extract a will before Clyde Tolson’s death that 
disinherited his brother. Mohr settled the matter out of court ending 
further allegations against him.

A Justice Department investigation triggered by charges made in 1975 to 
the House Intelligence Committee led to an investigation of Mohr by the 
Justice Department after his retirement. Although a five-year statute of 
limitations barred prosecution, Mohr was deemed guilty in a Special 
Report of violating federal laws for accepting gifts from a Bureau 
vendor and converting government property to his own use.

The Special Report also detailed the disgraced administrator’s misuse of 
FBI personnel. Mohr had his son’s sports car repaired and repainted by 
Bureau employees. Exhibit Section employees made Mohr an oak liquor 
cabinet, a walnut wine rack, a walnut cigar box, and two walnut gun 
cases. Mohr had his private automobile washed and worked on by Bureau 
employees and home electrical equipment and appliances were repaired. 
Mohr even had a custom birdhouse built for his backyard at taxpayer expense.

Although Mohr escaped punishment, the two Black Panther leaders targeted 
by Hoover did not. David Rice, renamed Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa, 
died in March 2016 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary serving his life 
without parole sentence. Edward Poindexter remains in maximum-security 
imprisonment, in poor health, where he continues to maintain his 
innocence as he has for forty-eight years.

/The article is excerpted from my new book, /FRAMED: J. Edgar Hoover, 
COINTELPRO & the Omaha Two story 
print edition at /Amazon 
in /ebook 
Portions of the book may be read free online at /NorthOmahaHistory.com 
/The book is also available to patrons of the Omaha Public Library./

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