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...