I do not believe it is on line yet, but I will scan it soon and link it here. Oh, to hell with that. I'm busy. Gotta' put rear brakes on the SAAB tonight and work on the RS 91-A Motion for Declaratory Judgment. I would appreciate it if someone else scan it and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyway, they did not use my impromptu photo of Hummingbird Lane but instead used the crime scene photos (that I published before anyone else) of Shooter Floyd. NH AAG Homicide Section Chief Jeffery Strelzin at one point told me that they were not releasing the names of the media who requested copies of the file with those photos, but to hell with that because I'll issue a public records request.
It will be interesting to see if Men's Journal boosted the image from this blawg. I'm not an information pimp -- I WANT more people to see what really happened and the FULL background, just saying it would be kind of neat to know if they got the pics from KingCast or not. In full honesty I don't think they did because they use other photos (one of Liko's gun) so I actually APPLAUD them for publishing some of this material. Gosh knows nobody in New Hampshire is so doing.
As to the story, I did not speak with the writer as I did with Boston Magazine's John Sedgwick. I spoke with the photography folks.
At the outset I will note some inaccuracies and other issues:
1. They claim McKay pulled Liko for speeding and registration. Wrong. McKay pulled Liko for registration although he sure as hell didn't tell Liko or Caleb that.
2. They use the word, "murder" without qualification. The headline reads "Murder in Franconia" and actually calls Liko a "Murderer" despite the FACt that Caleb Macaulay said "I've never seen someone so scared in all of my life." Watch him say that in this news video. That's MANSLAUGHTER, dammit, at worst. Correct me if I am wrong, but EVERY TIME I used that word I believe I put, "in my opinion" because there has been absolutely no adjudication of such fact, either against Liko or Shooter Floyd. While the story in many ways appears balanced, as a professional journalist you CANNOT toss the M-word around lightly.
3. I doubt they delve into the findings of Judge Peter Cyr regarding the underlying Unconsitutional Fox Hill Park arrests of 2002/2003, but I will let you know if they do. Those are CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, folks. Every day. [Note: There is no mention of this].
4. They show an incredibly nice fuzzy picture of Bruce McKay playing guitar and quote Franconia officer Chris Fowler, whose ex-girlfriend with whom I am seen hanging out on prior occasion elsewhere on this blawg. She is not down with LE on what happened on 5/11. I'm sure Fowler didn't dig her living with Liko for a while, but if they knew this they don't write about it. They also don't mention that Sgt. Wentworth -- who McKay requested on 5/11 -- called Liko a "dirt bag." Anyway, it's a small World.
5. They quote a certain person at the Franconia Village Store, but I bet they don't have her on video, tellin' what she told us -- which is a lot more than reported in the story. We have that certain person on video. And as time unfolds we will share that interview and some other key interviews with the general public.
6. They thankfully DO mention the FACT that Liko was diagnosed hyperactive and with dyslexia. Remember, Liko told McKay "I am a mental health patient," in his Unconstitutional arrest at Fox Hill Park. Click #3 to watch YouTube video. In response, McKay did nothing to help identify the mental health condition on that night and CONTINUED to torment Liko and his family, driving his cruiser with high-beams on deep onto their property, which is a 1/4 mile into the woods and NOT in McKay's jurisdiction.
....."none other than McKay asked the Court to show Kenney leniency," reads the story. Well he had no choice. The arrests of kids visibly smoking weed were what? THROWN OUT by Judge Cyr, for Pete's sake. Read a Court ENTRY right here. Then all you had was an unlawful beat-down of Liko with a Constitutional violation.
7. It DOES mention McKay's bankruptcy, which in part substantiates the claims reported from the law school trustee landlord made to a KingCast affiliate about the dead beat rent in this post.
8. It mentions Matt Chernicki as saying that if you went on hike with Liko you never knew if you were going to come back," and that Liko was a "sociopath," but does NOT mention that the words pyschopath and sociopath were spoon-fed by investigating police and that Matt said he was turning into a sociopath BECAUSE OF BRUCE McKAY. As to "not coming back," that was a playful reference to the fact that going into the woods with Liko was one helluva' experience, not unlike hanging out with the undersigned back in the day. Not because your life was threatened by Liko, but because you just never knew where the adventure would take you. I know Matt, and I know this to be true.
9. The whole "story" of how Liko allegedly ran McKay over BEFORE Floyd shot at the car is repeated, without any citation to the younger Floyd's (and Caleb's) direct statements to the contrary as noted here with DIRECT citations to the record on NUMEROUS occasion. And of course it cites all of the dialogue that allegedly occured and that Floyd allegedly shot through an open window and held Caleb back before he shot and killed Liko. But the broken glass shards Caleb is picking out of his head in his interview and even the official report noting that his window was "fully up but the glass was in fragments" TOTALLY contradicts this. Caleb said Floyd never said a word and if he had not ducked "I would not be here today."
10. It substantiates everything KingCast reported about Floyd cutting down trees at the condo association and adds further that he almost felled a tree on a unit, which is exactly what Liko did on the family joint property involving his Uncle Bill's house after Bill blocked his 4-wheeler with a tree. It DOES NOT mention the fact that Floyd had two (and thus one illegal) registration for his truck, one handicap and one not. "Floyd thought being disabled meant he could do whatever he wanted to do," said Cal Robbins, a condo trustee. "Floyd drank from a 12-pack of beer all day, plopped in front of a television," reads the article.
11. They have Floyd's number of kills wrong, claiming that he boasted he had killed 29. We know through KingCast posts that the number was 43, and we also know through the first link that the AG's office has no records supporting or rebuking that claim. The conducted no real investiation of this freak because he killed someone they viewed as a "cop killer," or as Sgt. Wentworth called him at p. 355 IIRC, a "dirtbag."
12. They talk about marijuana smoking at Liko's funeral but Oliver says he was there and there was nobody smoking marijuna at that funeral.
13. They mention Franconia Village Store owner Steven Heath, whom I met while interviewing his employee pictured at the top of this post. Heath thought that Floyd's actions warranted further scrutiny because "I would not have done what Floyd did. I was on the rescue squad in town for 20 years....." Based on information and belief, Heath is on the Franconia Recovery and Reconciliation Committee that submitted 150+ responses to its questionnaire that town Attorney Daniel Mullen today told me he STILL has not received from the town, in spite of the fact that they are WELL out of Rule on the KingCast RSA 91-A Right-to-Know request on that. We'll see if I get them before I file suit, but either way I get a Declaratory Judgment that they violated the Act.
14. And while overall the story is a plus for exposing certain aspects of thecase, again the "Murder" rap does not fit on Liko and it would have been nice if they had spent some time with Liko's friends as I have to get a more complete picture. And while it may not be their rold to file for Declaratory Judgment on any Right-to-Know issues either, that's really what this struggle is all about: Government accountability, as noted in the new post that shares some important informaion about Bruce McKay and the complaints filed against him. The government is trying to make Liko into the sole cause of Everything Bad that happened on 5/11 but our movie, "Franconia 5/11" will show you how and why that notion is pure poppycock.
15. Lastly, it DOES quote Jo Miller, Bode's mother.
"She implied that Liko was gone 'because we all sat around on our duffs' and didn't run McKay out of town."
Now then, on to a night of reading and writing. Liko's friend Oliver and I mean business, and so too does Franconia local Jeffery Jesseman, who gave KingCast expression permission to print his open letter to Franconia Selectmen -- before he gave it to Men's Journal. In fact, he never gave it to Men's Journal, but as with the crime scene photos, they are free to use it (with attribution of course) at this point because it is public domain. So here's Oliver and me, and some other folks we interviewed for "Francona 5/11"