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Archive for June 23rd, 2014

Despite Popular Belief, Mobster Didn’t Help Solve 1964 Killings of 3 Civil Rights Workers

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By Jerry Mitchell
The Clarion-Ledger

No matter where I speak about the Ku Klux Klan’s 1964 killings of three civil rights workers, I inevitably get asked this question: Did the Mafia really help the FBI solve the case?

The people who ask that question have usually heard some version of this story: Desperate to solve the case involving the missing trio, the FBI enlisted their informant, mobster Gregory Scarpa Jr., to solve the case. Scarpa shoved a gun down a Klansman’s throat and got him to confess where the trio’s bodies were buried, and in so doing, the grateful FBI gave this one-time member of the Colombo family a $30,000 reward.

The truth? The FBI did get help from a mobster, but in an entirely different case — the KKK’s June 10, 1966, fatal firebombing of NAACP leader Vernon Dahmer Sr. in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

I’ll be the first to admit this story of Scarpa’s supposed involvement in the June 21, 1964, killings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner has appeared online and in newspapers for decades.

But it’s simply the wrong case because the details Scarpa shared about his night in Mississippi match up with the Dahmer case. And if that weren’t enough proof, FBI files confirm that Scarpa was brought in to help the FBI in the Dahmer investigation.

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Secret Service Helps Nab Peruvian Who Printed $4.5M in Counterfeit Money

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Peruvian man is accused of printing millions of dollars in counterfeit U.S. currency, Bloomberg reports.

Authorities arrested Pedro Sosa Inca Casana, 42, as he emerged from a taxi with $1.9 million in counterfeit bills, the Secret Service said.

Authorities said the suspect was operating a counterfeiting operation out of a downtown Lima store.

The Secret Service seized $4.5 million, along with printing supplies.

“This investigation addresses the continuing economic threats to our country and illustrates how well established law enforcement networks work together to disrupt international organized crime each day,” U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said in a statement.

Border Patrol Cancels Flights for Central American Migrants Squeezed into Texas Facility

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Flights that were scheduled to begin flying Central American immigrants from Texas to California today to ease up on overcrowded conditions have been canceled, NBC News reports.

What’s unclear is why the flights were stopped, said Ralph DeSio, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection.

“This whole thing is in a very fluid state,” DeSio said. “I’m not sure if the plans will be reactivated but, as we’re speaking here this moment, it has been canceled. Tomorrow is another day.”

The government has been trying to determine what to do with an excessive number of immigrants, especially children, from Central America.
Recently released videos showed that immigrants were forced to wait in squalid conditions.

ATF Arrests Dr. Death in Sacramento for Allegedly Making Assault Rifles in Metal Shop

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Sacramento man known as “Dr. Death” was faces gun-making charges after he was arrested Friday by the ATF, the Sacramento Bee reports.

The arrest follows a grand jury indictment of Daniel Crowninshield, 45, of Sacramento, who has been charged with unlawfully making firearms and possessing machine guns.

According to authorities, Crowninshield, who was known online as “Dr. Death,” is accused of operating an unlicensed firearms-making business out of a metal shop in Sacramento.

Crowninshield is accused of manufacturing lower receivers for AR-15s and other firearms.

“The production and sale of assault rifles without serial numbers, background checks or waiting periods poses a serious danger to public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner.

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