Executive Producer’s Notes
Here are some of the reasons we believe that the FBI conclusions in the Kevin Thacker case should be reinvestigated by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Iowa attorney general.
◊ Darrell Templeton at trial, the Marshalltown police investigator who concocted the coverup, as one of his lies, states Kevin walks heel to toe to the end of the beam, stopping before the lip and making a standing broad jump of 12 1/2 feet. He adamantly insists that Kevin did not perform a running jump.
◊ To test whether this is possible, the FBI uses the Iowa University swim team. None of the swimmers are able to come close to 12 feet from a broad jump position.
◊ Contradicting the testimony of Templeton, and knowing that it is impossible even from Templeton's testimony to do the 12 foot broad jump, which meant that Kevin was never on the beam, the FBI in its denial, a year and a half after the trial, now has Kevin doing a running jump, which they claim is now possible.
◊ In order for Kevin to have done this, he had to first have found that beam in pitch darkness, running heel to toe on a 6 inch wide beam, somehow not tripping over the 6 inch lip protruding from the end of the beam and jumping to a building that cannot be seen in the dark. And this is performed by a person who had just been arrested for drunk driving, with a blood alcohol level of .2. The FBI never constructed a scale model of the scene to determine if even in daylight with a trained athlete it is possible to do a running jump from the beam to the other roof, having to push off in front of the 6 inch metal lip sticking up from the end of the beam. Nor did they ever have an intoxicated person, even under controlled conditions, with nets and lifelines, attempt this miraculous feat. Thus, their conclusions are completely erroneous, having never been tested in an objectively scientific way. They couldn't, because they are fighting against scientific truth.
◊ But what does these members of the FBI care about the truth? They will distort science and common sense to suit their purposes. To them, the eight-person jury in Marshalltown, the trial court which had the opportunity to personally hear the testimony and evidence, the appeals court which ruled that Eldred murdered Kevin almost to a certainty, all of these entities which concluded that Thacker was never on the roof, meant nothing to the FBI at all. Templeton's testimony and cover-up was complete perjury. The FBI believed a perjurer, an accomplice to murder after the fact, over every independent fact finder involved in the case and trial. The only two people in the world who placed Kevin on the roof were one cop, Templeton, and the FBI agent in charge of the investigation, Dary Roberts. Roberts actually used the very cops he was investigating to assist him in his undercover operations!
◊ The power of suggestion is real. Why did the FBI initiate its investigation with the assumption that Kevin Thacker fell from the roof? Solely because that was the “official version” of the Marshalltown police? Why did the FBI ignore obvious evidence at the scene of the crime that makes Templeton's assertions that Thacker fell from the roof completely preposterous? The reason is collusion by the FBI in the cover-up of a crime to protect police officers.
◊ The FBI never even made a nighttime videotape of the actual conditions at 1 AM to see if a person could even find the beam, let alone run across it without falling.
◊ These so called FBI investigators cannot explain how Kevin fell flat on his back without injury. Yet somehow the side of his head, which presumably never even touched the ground, had a hairline fracture causing brain injury. They never could explain how Kevin's body ended up parallel to the building and not perpendicular. Thus each and every fact that any normal decent honest person would see as evidence of murder and cover-up, the FBI ignores and twists to suit its purposes so as not to prosecute. Is this not the height of corruption and dishonesty? Is the American public not being played as fools by these corrupt men?
◊ Why did the FBI not even summons a grand jury? It is obvious that if they did there would have been an indictment. This they could not have. Templeton had to concoct a story so as not to place Eldred in the alley with Kevin, for to do so would open Eldred to a first-degree murder charge. He had to concoct a story to distance Eldred from Thacker. Putting Kevin on the roof was the only way not to connect Eldred to the murder. Once the FBI acknowledged that Eldred could have been in any way responsible for Kevin's injury, they would have been rolling the dice for a first-degree murder charge from a federal grand jury.
◊ The Iowa attorney general's office, then and now, refused to step in and do its own investigation, passing the buck to the FBI and washing its hands of the matter. The agencies that administer criminal justice ran away from their obligations. In doing so, they insulted the jury, the trial court, and the Iowa Supreme Court, and most of all the citizens of America. If this case were tried in the Amazon among Indians isolated from the rest of the world, even they would conclude that Kevin was never on the roof and that the Marshalltown police and the FBI are lying, covering up an obvious murder.
◊ It is still not too late to bring these criminals to justice -- at least Eldred and Templeton. They are still alive and well in Marshalltown. As mentioned before, since Kevin was never on the roof but was murdered by Eldred in the alley, Templeton is guilty of being an accessory after the fact to murder. He is guilty of planting evidence and of committing perjury to federal agents, which led to Eldred's "exoneration".
◊ Do we not as Americans deserve better? Shall we let our government get away with covering up the murder by a policeman of a defenseless young man in his custody, just because complicit liars in the FBI say so?
◊ It is never too late to prosecute and convict a murderer and his accomplices. We hope that finally the American public will insist that a federal grand jury be convened to look into the crimes committed by the Marshalltown police, if not also by the FBI. What harm would there be in doing this? What harm would there be in allowing impartial independent citizens not connected with the police to review the evidence for a criminal indictment?
◊ What is our government so scared of that a couple of crooked cops are indicted for murder? In fascist regimes, the police are above the law and can commit any crime without prosecution. Is that what is happening here any different? Is not the FBI permitting the police to commit murder? Thus far they have allowed these criminals to avoid prosecution. Do we want our highest law enforcement agency in the land to be compared to and considered a fascist organization? Unfortunately, this has to be the logical conclusion. Cops covering for cops. Yes, so far they are above the law. But the rest of us? These very same cops who commit murder will arrest you for the most petty crime. If a private citizen had been involved in Kevin's death do you think the FBI would have spent a year and a half in trying to clear the person without even a grand jury investigation? Nonsense. The answer's obvious that only because they were cops who worked for the FBI agent investigating them that they were "cleared".
◊ There may be honest and true American FBI agents out there. There may be agents who really care about truth, and justice, and the American way. Let these agents come forward and insist a new investigation of the FBI take place to correct this terrible injustice. This is not voter fraud, tax evasion, kidnapping across state lines, federal drug offense, wire fraud, bank fraud, all of which the FBI supposedly zealously investigates and prosecutes. No, this is murder, the ultimate crime, the one unforgivable crime for one's entire life. Of all crimes this is the one that the FBI should never have allowed these criminals to get away with.
As things stand now, rational people have serious doubts about whether to trust or believe anything the FBI says. The FBI backed up Templeton's cover up. It is these corrupt FBI agents who are saying that a human body can fall 24 feet from a roof to a position flat on his back -- without injury. They say a severely intoxicated person can, in a minute and a half, somehow sneak away from a policeman inside the police building, find a door to a stairway, run up three flights in the dark, not trip over tires and other objects on the stairs, and somehow find the door to the roof, which may have been locked . Then, in total darkness on the roof, somehow find a beam he never knew existed, make a running broad jump, without falling off the beam, and make a world record jump, to a roof across the alley he could not see due to the darkness, without injury, successfully landing on that roof. In the process of this miraculous athletic feat, he allegedly had a single cigarette from the pack in his shirt pocket and cigarette lighter come out of his pocket that he then fell upon, and in an attempt to get up that roof, lose his balance for some unexplained reason, and fall 24 feet flat onto his back. He ended up in the alley , not perpendicular but parallel to the building from which he allegedly fell, with his arms and legs spread eagle, without a single injury other than a skull fracture that only could have been caused by being struck in the head by an object. He died after six days in a coma, from a broken blood vessel in the brain. This is what the FBI is telling the world on behalf of our government. Is this not the height of absurdity? Is this not the most preposterous mockery of justice? As a free people who respects truth and justice for all, this cannot stand. This cannot be the official position of the American government.
◊ Now let's look at the responsibility of the Iowa Attorney General's office. When the Iowa Supreme Court upheld the Iowa Court of Appeals decision that Kevin Thacker was never on the roof and met his demise at the hands of the only viable suspect, Kendall Eldred, and that the Marshalltown police fabricated a cover-up, these fact are dicta. This means they have to be accepted and cannot be challenged by the Iowa Attorney General's office, which is the top lawyer in Iowa. They must accept the conclusion of the Supreme Court as fact. Therefore, the only question now is what degree of murder did Kendall Eldred commit. In a complicated case of this matter, where a grand jury could indict on first degree murder, which has no statute of limitations in Iowa, or whether a lesser charge of homicide is warranted, which has a three-year statute of limitation, it should be up to the citizens of Iowa, via the grand jury, to decide. If the Iowa Attorney General refuses to summon a grand jury under state law, is it not covering up the possibility of a first-degree murder indictment? How could they possibly tell without having a grand jury review the evidence?
◊ Bottom line. The FBI made a calculated decision not to prosecute because they wanted not to besmirch the IMAGE of the police in the eyes of the public. They obviously compared the victim's life, Kevin Thacker, to that of about a dozen cops who would have been indicted, and sent to federal prison. "Should we virtually destroy the Marshalltown police department from the top down in exhange for the life of a confused drunk kid who was going no where in life?" Kevin's life to these deranged men was not worth enough to destroy these cops' lives. We've seen this before. Disgusting isn't it?
◊ Current FBI agents and the Republican Party are faced with a choice: you're either on the side of a murderer Eldred and a base perjurer Templeton or you have freedom of independent thought. You either side with the truth or the big lie. Republicans, do you want the legacy of Ronald Reagan to be that of accessory to condoning this horrific cover-up or do you want him to be seen as a victim of renegade agents? Agents who took it upon themselves for personal reasons to suspend the laws of physics and nature so as to let a bunch of crooked cops get away with murder?
◊ The truth is most likely that these renegade agents pulled a fast one over on Ronald Reagan’s Justice Department. For the official findings of the Thacker case by the FBI was done on behalf of Ronald Reagan's Justice Department, and is the Republican Party telling the American people that Ronald Reagan believed a human body can fall 24 feet onto a hard surface without injury? Very doubtful. For the sake of Ronald Reagan's legacy and the Republican Party’s, the Republican Party is being given an opportunity to set the record straight that the Thacker family, the Marshalltown jury, the trial judge, and the Iowa Supreme Court were right, and that Eldred and Templeton and the FBI are wrong. Thus it is your choice: you're either on the side of the Thackers and the truth or you are on this side of perjury and murder. Do the right thing Republicans, correct the record and punish those agents involved in covering up the cover-up and show that the Republican party won't stand for this nonsense.
◊ The same applies to current FBI agents. Are you going to go home to your children and family and look them in the face and say "Yes, daughter, a completely drunk young man can in the dark make a world record leap and fall 24 feet onto an asphalt surface flat on his back without a bruise?" Are you going to blindly follow the nonsensical propaganda of renegade agents and lie to your own children and the American public? Your very conscience and soul are at stake. Or you can free your conscience and say to your children, "Those FBI men were wrong, I am sad to say, and it never should have happened and we will correct their wrong doing, because the truth is more important than the image of the FBI." You have a choice: to rehabilitate the image of your department, or to continue the perpetration of the big lie like a brain-dead, conscienceless boot-jack agent. If you ignore this opportunity to right a wrong, you are opening the door to a limitless future of corruption. If the FBI still condones the cover-up of the Thacker murder and the denial of science, physics and medicine, then any fact whatsoever can be warped for ulterior and nefarious purposes. I know you don't want this; I know you don't want the American people to think this. Here now, you are given the immense opportunity to help set aside the preposterous conclusion of the 1986 FBI report into the Kevin Thacker death.