Harry’s been getting a lot of questions from readers, one in particular.
“Mr. Storm, why on earth would a smart lawyer like Vic Feazell give 300 tape recordings AND all his files on the Lake Waco Murder, to New York writer, Fredric Dannen “? Chris W. Woodway, Texas
Chris, do you remember when Mr. Feazell was on the cover of your phone book in Waco/McLennan County? That was when it was Feazell, Rosenthal, and Watson.
Marc Rosenthal, one of Feazell’s partners and much younger than Feazell, was “MR. WORLD”, yes, a body builder. Feazell, around forty at that time wanted to “buff up” for acting roles and the movies that HE (Feazell) funded and produced. “RHINOS” the movie the movie comes to mind.
Mr. WORLD Rosenthal loved and used, a new body building drug that was supposed to be a “precursor to testosterone” back in the late 90’s, called GHB. Rosenthal, now serving 25 years in Federal Prison in South, Texas, was known in Austin among other lawyers, for his “roid rages”, strange behavior and antics due to steroids and GHB.
This was also when Vic Feazell decided he wanted to be a movie producer and actor. He was so tired of his old friends and family he alienated most all of them and even went so far as to get a “new face” to go with his “new life”.
In 1997 when Feazell first met with Fredric Dannen, he (Feazell) carried water bottles around with him everywhere and, at times, tried to get others to “try” the GHB. One woman, let’s call her Julie B. almost drowned in Feazell’s bathtub after passing out in it on the drug.
The GHB obviously made Vic Feazell feel “euphoric” and it was during this time he gave Fredric Dannen the trial boxes on the Lake Waco Triple Murder AND all those tapes seized by the United States government back when Feazell was tried for RICO.
Only difference was that, unlike the government, Dannen actually listened to the tapes.
Another problem was that Dannen wound up playing the tapes for Feazell’s ex wife, a relative of Truman Simons, and many others, including the daughters and sons of Richard Bowers at a “family meeting” in 2001. Dannen proudly played tapes for the family of Jill Monrgomery in 2001, a powerpoint production at then Governor Perry’s office for then Chief of Staff, Cathy Walt, and Attorney Mary Ann Wiley in 2007, and the Innocence Project of Texas in Austin.
After hearing the tapes, for Feazell’s ex wife and the others, there was no going back, they knew they had been horribly misled, used, and lied to ON TAPE.
They trusted Dannen to bring justice and he promised them he would.
“IF my book becomes a blueprint for law enforcement, so be it”, Dannen said in 2001.
That never happened, Dannen, saying he was afraid of Vic Feazell and Truman Simons moved to Mexico where he went back to his first calling, Chamber Music and piano.
This left ALL the people he had played the tapes for just dangling.
When they asked him to give up the tapes to law enforcement OR questioned him about the book, he either lied or just ignored everyone.
Oh, but he is hanging on to the tapes etc.
Hope this answers your question.
Oh, by the way, the FBI’s main witness against Feazell partner Rosenthal in Rosenthal’s trial for bribing a judge, you guessed it, his old friend, Vic Feazell.
Being a partner with Feazell it seems does take a great toll. Ask Don Hall, Dick Kettler, or other partners Feazell has had.