First published March 19, 2009
39 years after one of San Francisco's finest was murdered in a bomb blast, his case is as cold as the frozen tundra of ANWAR. But finding Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell's killer is easier than you might think. All you have to do is try looking in Chicago's tony Hyde Park neighborhood...just a block or two away from President Obama's handsome brick tudor.
That's where you'll find Bill Ayers, and his bat-crazy wife Bernadine Dohrn, who once again find themselves in the cross-hairs of truth tellers for their alleged part in the murder of a San Francisco police officer February 16, 1970.
Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell was working the Parkside station when a bomb went off, shredding his body with shrapnel. He died an excruciatingly painful death hours later.
His emotionally wounded family has never recieved justice. And under this administration, I doubt they ever will.
That's because Dohrn and Ayers are friends, neighbors, colleagues, and fellow board members with President Barack Obama. And oh yes - they threw the very first fund-raiser for Obama's nascent political career.
The former members of the violent group Weather Underground were responsible for over a dozen bombings during their heyday in the sixties. But they have never served a day in jail, because of technical errors by police investigators.
Today in Washington, D.C. the man who infiltrated the Weather Underground for the FBI is holding a news conference to renew pressure on the Department of Justice to re-open the investigation, with the assistance of Accuracy in Media, which has spent years writing and researching this story.
Larry Grathwohl, whom my organization Move America Forward flew to San Francisco two months ago as part of a demonstration at St. Mary's College against Ayers appearance, will be speaking today for Officer McDonnell's family and the rule of law. Joining him will be (ret.) Sgt. James Pera, who has continued his three decade long campaign for justice in the murder of his Sargent.
In this morning's San Francisco Chronicle, a reporter by the name of Damien Bulwawrote an outrageously biased piece, attempting to link Grathwohl to a political ideology instead of a fearless effort to find the truth, and prosecute the evil ones. The San Francisco police union is taking up the cause, and flat-out charged Ayers with being responsible for a fellow officer's murder.
Larry Grathwohl, former FBI informant
According to Bulwa's reporting "the union's accusation surprised some authorities. According to a source familiar with the probe, who spoke on condition of anonymity, investigators have found no evidence that links the Weather Underground to the bombing."
This statement is journalistic malpractice. Many people involved in this investigation (including the FBI) have said that there is plenty of evidence to warrant new scrutiny and in fact, is re-opening the case, according to Grathwohl.
The 'net has another take from YidtheLid about the situation.
I applaud Gary Delagnes and the SF police union for speaking out loudly today about the injustice and the need to go forward with a full criminal investigation by the FBI.
There will be many more stories about this situation, but will anything happen for the McDonnell family, who lost their father, son, brother, and hero?
As a person who has worked on a cold case for more than 30 years, I understand how damned hard it is to bring this kind of case to a conclusion. But we can only pray, and work hard to help Larry Grathwohl, and James Pera, who saw his boss blown to pieces 39 years ago, to tell what they know about criminal masterminds turned mild mannered college professors William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.