Thursday, September 27, 2007

In Memoriam: Clayton Helriggle 09/27/07

09/27/07. This evening, in a cemetary in Preble County - where there is buried more than one murder victim whose case is saturated in wrongdoing - the Helriggle family and their supporters will celebrate Clayton's short life.
Clayton was a young man who was truly loved by his family and respected by his community. When speaking with citizens about Clayton's murder, one never hears the typical statements that might be heard about the victim of a drug raid...."that kid was always trouble" or "it was just a matter of time till this happened". The death of Clayton Helriggle was a tragedy of the greatest and most undeserved magnitude.
Coupled with unbearable grief of the family is the infuriating knowledge that they must find a life for themselves without their child due to one deputy's jealous vendetta. The deputy's wife had publicly flirted with Clayton weeks earlier in a local bar.
The power the United States gives to federal, state and local authorities is mighty, and so should be the justice that rights any PURPOSEFUL wrongs done by these authorities. The civil trial for this case was as bungled as the raid and the motives behind it.
Preble County is the poster child for a needed statute which requires outside investigators and prosecution of official wrongdoing AWAY from the jurisdiction in which it occured (and that does not include nearby jurisdictions where there could be authorities who would help cover up any wrongdoing). There is a legal system of checks and balances in place just so situations like Clayton's never occur. It took a team of local authorities to manipulate paperwork and investigations to help the responsible deputy beat prosecution for this outlandish crime.
May every authority who had a hand in this heinous crime reap what they sow in every aspect of their life, and in the eternity that awaits them.
R.I.P., Clayton.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Corruption Press Release #1

Corruption allegations in Preble County, Ohio, result in complaint to Department of Justice
Dozens of cases alleging corruption in Preble County, Ohio, have resulted in a class action complaint addressed to the Department of Justice. Allegations include acts of intimidation, harassment, retaliation, false charges, deals for false witnesses, evidence/document destruction, drugs and homicides.
The county of 42,000 citizens has a high number of cases with peculiar and questionable circumstances. The complaint alleges citizens in Preble County have been subject to official wrongdoing for over twenty years by a specific group of authorities, suggesting the acts of wrongdoing could possibly fall under the RICO Act. Additionally, many cases are alleged to have been carried out “under the color of law”, meaning crimes were committed while officials were acting in their official capacity.
Websites and local online forums hint of a sinister underbelly of corruption. A victim shot in the head, wrapped in sheets, partially burned then buried under floorboards declared a suicide. A triple homicide, “unsolved”, with terrified whisperings in the county of participation by authorities. A murder, with a man serving time in prison, and the likely perpetrators remain uninvestigated and rumored to have close relationships with authorities. A “drug raid” on a young man’s home, organized and led by a deputy whose wife had flirted with the young man. The raid netted a few prescribed pain pills, a small amount of marijuana and a pipe. The young man died from a bullet to the chest as he came walking down the stairs with a blue beverage cup in his hand. Authorities insist he was carrying a gun.
Authorities remain steadfast in their claim that citizens are “roused up” due to area rumors and activity on local websites and forums. Victims and their survivors have congregated on the web, and have presented an impressive body of work consisting of news accounts, witness statements and court documents. Sheriff Mike Simpson and County Prosecutor Martin Votel have asserted the position that anyone is welcome to approach them with information about a case. The complaint to Washington suggests a fear of sharing information with local investigators. Further issues in the complaint allege supervisors know or have been given evidence of wrongdoing and have not properly addressed or investigated certain authorities.
Years ago frustrated citizens created the Preble County Citizen’s Task Force Against Corruption. Many came to meetings or shared information with organizers long distance by mail. There amassed an unsettling amount of alleged wrongdoing, and incredible stories of devastated lives and families. Guy Scott Sr., founder of the Task Force, is hoping to see the new prosecutor in Preble County indicate a desire to “clean the place up”.
Websites and local forums were created by citizens and have gained a nationwide audience. A documentary has been filmed on one of the cases and at least two books are in progress. Media attention is desired and investigative journalists are invited to contact Preble County Citizen’s Task Force Against Corruption at
PCCTFAC Organization

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Let's talk about...the RICO Act

“racketeering activity” means (A) any act or threat involving murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act), which is chargeable under State law and punishable by imprisonment for more than one year; (B) any act which is indictable under any of the following provisions of title 18, United States Code: ...
...Section 201 (relating to bribery)
...section 1503 (relating to obstruction of justice)
...section 1510 (relating to obstruction of criminal investigations)
...section 1512 (relating to tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant)
...section 1513 (relating to retaliating against a witness, victim, or an informant)
(4) “enterprise” includes any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity;
(5) “pattern of racketeering activity” requires at least two acts of racketeering activity, one of which occurred after the effective date of this chapter and the last of which occurred within ten years (excluding any period of imprisonment) after the commission of a prior act of racketeering activity;
mm hm...

Let's talk about.....Color of Law

From the FBI website...

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law

This statute makes it a crime for any person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom to willfully deprive or cause to be deprived from any person those rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution and laws of the U.S.This law further prohibits a person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation or custom to willfully subject or cause to be subjected any person to different punishments, pains, or penalties, than those prescribed for punishment of citizens on account of such person being an alien or by reason of his/her color or race.

Acts under "color of any law" include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the bounds or limits of their lawful authority, but also acts done without and beyond the bounds of their lawful authority; provided that, in order for unlawful acts of any official to be done under "color of any law," the unlawful acts must be done while such official is purporting or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. This definition includes, in addition to law enforcement officials, individuals such as Mayors, Council persons, Judges, Nursing Home Proprietors, Security Guards, etc., persons who are bound by laws, statutes ordinances, or customs.

Punishment varies from a fine or imprisonment of up to one year, or both, and if bodily injury results or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire shall be fined or imprisoned up to ten years or both, and if death results, or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.


Now, if an official were to be engaging in other activities, let's say ... drug transactions, then that would not be considered an act of that person's official duties, even when performed during work hours or in work uniforms.

If, however, an official took vengeance on a person who they had a greivance with - such as false charges and buying false witnesses - and was able to perpetrate these charges as part of their official position, the scenario is exactly what this statute is addressing.

When an official commits crimes over and over again, that falls under the RICO Act...

Friday, September 14, 2007

Media and Corruption In Preble County

If the truth is ever going to be exposed in Preble County, it will require a federal investigation. Getting to that point requires first exhausting all local and state resources. The many cases require notariety before investigators take an interest beyond a file they have been assigned to lying around the office. And that takes a public interest to compell an investigator to action.
One of the cases has a documentary which has been completed. two cases have books in various stages of development. We have been approached by two investigative journalists, and we are discussing a documentary of all cases with a filmmaker. Archives contain three decades of news reports.
The Citizens Task Force Against Corruption enabled many cases to compare information and has resulted in a stockpile of documents. An entire history of cases involving official wrongdoing has been created, complete with court documents and witness statements. The intricacies of any particular case as well as a detailed picture of the corruption as a whole is available to media sources.
All media is welcome to make inquiries, and will be assisted in compiling information necessary to broadcast these stories.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

"Good ole boys" supporters

Preble County has long been plagued by the devastation left behind after the "good ole boys" have done what they wish with the law. Children removed from their parents in acts of harassment/retaliation, persons spending the rest of their lives in prison, and death. This is a county of barely over 40,000 citizens, with an uncomfortable amount of unsolved homicides, many with indications of official wrongdoing.

Victims, survivors, supporters and doubters converge on websites and local forums addressing these cases. Everyone has their own opinion, which brings about the advantage of seeing these cases from all points of view and is as it should be.

Some posts display little consciousness or humanity.

The second victimization of those who have already had to endure the first...

I nose for a fact that sheruf simpson and votal are full of sheet. I took
them proof that aliens landed in new paris 3 years ago and they didnt dus
nothin about it. I even shows them pruf by drawen a picture of whats I seen on
my sisters etchaskech. It was write thar in front of um to look at and they
nevar dun nothin about it. I think theys prejewdiced agin us people up ear.

I know maybe the taliban did it. lets see if we can get a meeting with President Bush to go over the facts and evidence we have. I think its a conspiracy

Your famly is a lazy & worthless as mine & thats mostly what comes out of NewParis. Admit it. But I like seeing you make an ass of yourself. So keep it up.

take this topic and go to hell with it.

Someone get the hook and pull them off the stage. The show is over folks. Please excuse us for not applauding.

These guys see you for what you are youdouche bag. Im sick of tired of hearing about Billys innocent because he"s not. She was a whore but she didn't deserve that. Give this shit a rest or I"ll start telling some of youre secrets

Like before, I'm shoveling and you people aren't as heavy as you smell. Go on and do what you feel you have to do. I'll keep on as well. The tactics used by the Clearbillies have been fucking detestable. You want to play in their sandbox, deal with the cat shit.

Your secret is only secret from you. You are oblivious to the obvious. There is no "best shot." You are a sad dirty homeless man wearing a sandwich board railing against the End Times in a Donald Duck voice. You quack me up.

Thursday, August 30, 2007


Most investigations of cases in Preble County never go beyond the local level - a problem.

In the Consolidated Rd triple homicide, Ohio BCI was eventually called in. The investigation went on for years. At one point an agent told a family member that they were aware that Preble County was one of the most corrupt in all of Ohio.

Years ago, a Citizen's Task Force was created in the area and they amassed a collection of cases in which there are serious allegations against authorities who had given themselves free rein to do as they wish. The network of cooperation succeeded in bringing false charges, buying and coaching witnesses, manipulating and destroying documents and evidence, harassiment, intimidation, and physical harm.

The internet has made it possible for victims to find each other and realize they are not alone in their individual cases of wrongdoing. The internet has also introduced Preble County to the nation. We thank the journalists who have contacted us and always welcome more.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

PLEASE report anything you may have witnessed...

Witnesses are encouraged to report their knowledge in any of these cases or others in Preble County to the FBI. We have found that reporting your knowledge using the following link establishes a "paper trail" and at this time is much better than talking to an agent directly, as an investigation has not yet been initiated and there is no single person that is best to report to.

Your information will be forwarded to the appropriate office upon receipt.

Clayton Helriggle "drug raid", September 27, 2002

Clayton Helriggle was a 23-year old man enjoying an evening out with his friends. Unfortunately, a female deputy flirted with him that evening in a local bar. Her husband was a local deputy, as well.

Weeks later, that husband completed surveillance on Clayton's home and suggested that there was major drug activity in the house and headed a large drug raid. Clayton died that evening as he came down the stairs with a blue cup in his hand. Later, authorities insisted that he had a gun in his hand.

There was no indication of drug sales at all, and the raid resulted in a small amount of personal marijuana and a few pain pills.

Clayton's family eventually won a minor award in federal court for official wrongdoing, but a large portion of the incredible misconduct was left out.

The officials in this case are the same one that are involved in each of the former cases mentioned in this blog.

Read about Clayton's case here...

And view some of the documents from his case here...

Lesa Buckley homicide ( July 7, 1990

Lesa Buckley attended a local party in Preble County with many friends on a summer night in 1990. The next day, her body was found floating in the lake where the party had been held...she had first been brutally raped.
During the subsequent investigation, witness after witness stated their belief in the crime being perpetrated by members of a family who Lesa was terrified of. A family that has enjoyed many favors from county authorities.
A year later, a good friend - Billy Scott - was accused by authorities of killing Lesa. Billy had been instrumental in saving Lesa from violence aimed at her by the local family she feared. Billy's family had a history of complaints against local authorities.
Lesa's family had hired an investigator since local authorities had not managed to solve the crime. After officials named Billy Scott as their suspect, the Buckley's were "groomed" to believe what authorities were telling them...a deputy even moved into their home with them.
After being named as suspect, Billy one evening was warned by a Buckley "to enjoy your evening, it may be your last". The next day, four men approached Billy's parked car and drew guns and crow bars as Billy and his fiance sat inside. Billy quickly drew a gun he had placed in his car after receiving the warning of the night before, and shot three of the men dead. He was found not guilty by self-defense, but the Preble County prosector, a person repeatedly involved in all these unusual cases, insisted to the judge that a manslaughter charge be brought.
Billy entered the trial for Lesa Buckley with the new manslaughter charges from the failed "hit". During his trial, important witness statements were ignored, physical evidence held no indications of involvement by Billy, and there was only one eye witness - who surfaced only recently before the trial, and who's mother happened to be dating the brother of one of the deceased from the former "hit". Not a single witness saw this new "eyewitness" at the party. He testified to witnessing a rape, yet forensics showed that Lesa was raped by an inanimate object. The hired investigator attempted to testify that a Buckley had asked him to hire a hit on Billy.
Billy is currently serving time for murder in both cases. The Prosecutor's Investigator especially is quick to tell those who try to discuss the case that Billy has murdered four persons and it is ridiculous to look any further into the case. There are many witness statements concerning this investigator including harassment, intimidation, coached testimony, false charges, and physical many area cases.
After the Lesa Buckley murder trial, witnesses produced signed and taped statements of Preble County officials trying to buy witness statements and coached testimony against Billy. Information has surfaced from witnesses who saw Lesa during and after her supposed time of death - being followed by members of the local family she feared.
Billy's attorney in the Buckley case was threatened with death, and eventually persons were caught near his office on their way to bomb the building.
Justice will never be realized in this case until a legal source outside of Preble County can look into the facts. In the meantime, Billy remains imprisoned on false charges.
Lesa Buckley and Billy Scott were good friends. She would not want Billy to be suffering from false accusations in her death while the true perpetrators are free. The Scott family asks only that ALL facts in this case be looked at and thoroughly investigated.
The Clear Billy Scott website contains a full transcript of the trial, witness statements during the initial investigation, and more. It is an incredible body of work and provides a solid basis for the need for a judicious investigation...
A small taste of how authorities in Preble County operate by way of false testimony and bought witnesses can be viewed here...

Consolidated Road triple homicide, October 30, 1987

Late in the evening on Friday, October 30, 1987, three individuals were murdered by at least one gunshot to the head in a house located at 2188 Consolidated Road, in Eaton, Ohio. The names of the murdered individuals were David Smelser, Melinda Newcomb, and Donnie Marker. The bodies were not found until the following Monday, 3 days later, at approximately 5:30 p.m. The man who found the bodies was Smelser’s boss, Doug Crowell. After looking through the window and realizing the circumstances, Crowell went next door and called the police.
To this day, the case is open and remains unsolved. The authorities of Preble County believe that it was a professional hit, and that at least one of the victims was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, citizens whisper that there was heavy official involvement, and many witness statements support that theory.
At one point in time, the Ohio Criminal Bureau of Investigation was involved in the investigation, but have since phased out. Many rumors have circulated in the nearly 20 years since the murders, and many ideas as to what happened have developed. Many citizens feel unsafe in the community, and believe that the Consolidated Road murders were not an “unusual happening” and are related to other cases in and around Preble County. A lot of facts about the case have been overlooked by the local authorities, and evidence has gone missing. A few individuals have attempted to perform their own personal investigations into the case and have found some terrifying and disturbing information. This case has many twists and turns, and just as many unanswered questions. This case must be taken out of the hands of Preble County law enforcement if it is ever going to be solved.
One of the victim's daughters recently posted on a local Preble County forum seeking information. She received warnings of danger and sparked a community debate which continues to this day. Long lost friends, family, and witnesses surfaced in the discussions that evolved....
The daughter went on to develop a forum devoted to her father's case as well as the many other suspicious cases in Preble County...

James Silver "suicide", 1979

James Silver apparently shot himself in the head, wrapped himself in sheets, buried himself under the floor, then partially burned himself. His death was ruled by officials as suicide.
His family has recently convinced local authorities to conduct a second autopsy. David Lindloff, the Prosecutor Office's investigator, offered reasoning for the inaccuracy of the first investigation: Lindloff said authorities should have interviewed more family members...
There are rumors among the community of an affair between Mrs. Silver and a sheriff's deputy, giving credence to a familiar theme of officials covering for each other in a variety of cases in Preble County.


There is a dirty little secret in Preble County, Ohio. Many are fearful, some are unbelieving, and then there are the victims and their survivors.

I am a survivor.

This blog has been created to document the process as the families of these victims attempt to bring our story to a nationwide audience, as well as seek justice at the federal level.

The families seek journalists as well as investigators who would be willing to assist us in bringing national attention to these cases.

The focus of this blog: 5 cases, 7 deaths. All cases have a common thread of official misconduct involving acts performed "under the color of law", and in RICO fashion.

We need YOUR help. Visit this blog often. Send links to anyone who may be interested or could offer assistance. Contact federal agencies and lobby on our behalf for an investigation.

We thank you for your moral support and prayers for justice...