Still sifting OKC bomb debrisJuly 31st, 2005
For those who feel there may be more to the OKC bombing investigation than has been revealed, the McCurtain Daily Gazette continues its coverage.
Newly released documents received by a Salt Lake City attorney in his suit against the Oklahoma City FBI office provide the strongest evidence yet that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been conducting a well-orchestrated cover-up of evidence linking Timothy McVeigh to subjects that frequented, and in some cases resided, at an eastern Oklahoma paramilitary compound called Elohim City.
After months of legal wrangling in a Salt Lake City courtroom, the DOJ reluctantly turned over 17 FBI-generated documents Friday, to the plaintiff in a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit n Jesse C. Trentadue.
Trentadue, a well-respected Salt Lake City lawyer whose client list is made up of members of the insurance industry, became embroiled in the Oklahoma City bombing case after his brother was found beaten to death in his jail cell at the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center in August 1995.
This eight year old Oklahoma Gazette story of Trentadue’s death seems a bit more interesting now.
At 3:21 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 21 someone at the prison phoned the EMSA ambulance service to report an inmate’s attempted suicide.
But the responding paramedics, Kay Barrett and Michael Smith, were not allowed to see the would-be patient.
More questions arose when Jesse learned his brother had died in the FIC’s solitary confinement area. In the security housing unit, prisoners are allowed few privileges, receive meals through a slot in the door and are checked by guards every 20 minutes.
Prison officials said Kenneth Trentadue was put there at his own request. But Jesse doubts his brother had asked to be placed in “the hole,” as it is known to inmates.
The request form for segregated housing had a line reserved for Trentadue’s signature. It was left blank.
Only guards have access to the security housing unit. But the BOP has not identified the guards who manned the seventh floor that night. Even though the floor uses surveillance cameras, prison officials say they malfunctioned when Kenneth Trentadue was there.
[state chief medical examiner Dr. Fred Jordan] listed the “manner of death” as “unknown.”
The problem, he said, was that the FTC blocked one of his investigators from examining Trentadue’s cell the morning the body was found.
If you like a good crime drama, this story is for you. And no one knows the ending.