Ask Truman how mad he was/is over “Ole Vic’s” tapes?
Watch him turn “eggplant” in anger. Even after 35 years, the anger is still there.
Before Anthony Melendez died, he got very lucky, Jay English, an attorney in Dallas, Texas believed him and took the case. That entitled English to have ALL the files on the Lake Murder from one Walter Reaves. Keep in mind that Reaves defended David Spence in Spence 2 way back in Bryan, Texas, a Cap Murder case, and he had also represented Melendez for almost 30 years. Amazingly enough, Reaves only had less than 300 pieces of paper that he turned over to Jay English. Hmmm. No tapes. No tapes although they were used as Exhibits below in the Clemency Petition.
This following Clemency Petition was filed in secret December 14, 2014. The tape recordings that are marked and referred to as “Exhibits” were not and are not in the possession of Walter Reaves, the attorney for Anthony Melendez. They were kept for a “book” by Fredric Dannen who has touted the “book” since 2005 and as recently as 2014 when he lied to Michael Hall with Texas Monthly when Hall interviewed Dannen for his award winning piece on the case.
Not only is there no book, Dannen holds on to his evidence, getting older by the year, the once noted writer now plays different roles in a Little Theater in San Miguel de Allende with other aging Americans. Anthony Melendez died without Dannen coming forward to help him.
Anthony Melendez died without Jan Thompson giving up the tape she has to law enforcement, instead she tried to sell it to Michael Hall of Texas Monthly, a move that did not get her anywhere and unfortunately, Hall’s piece on the Lake Murder was already on its way out when she called Hall.
In this Petition, you will see where Simons, Feazell, and Butler take FIVE confessions from Anthony Melendez on tape. One is where Chuck Youts and Jim Barlow trade lenient sentences for their two clients, including Al Smith for the charge of assaulting a peace officer, Mary Crook, which Vic dropped because of “Crook’s civil case against Smith.” This was untrue and the truth can be heard on that tape.
Unfortunately, the truth doesn’t count for much anymore so we now can relive the mistakes of the past because no one cares if we do. Just hero worship and book money.
In 2010 Bernadette Feazell told Dannen and Reaves that it was imperative for them to hand over these tapes of prosecutors telling Melendez what to say to then Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston, the Chairman of the Justice Committee in Texas. That year they were having Hearings on FALSE CONFESSIONS. Surely, confessions on TAPE would interest them and help get Melendez out of jail?
Dannen and Reaves refused Bernadette Feazell’s request, which became a demand, which became a harsh threat. She told Dannen and Reaves that if they did not turn over the tapes to Senator Ellis she would go public with the wrong they were doing. This was in 2010.
Fredric Dannen is a journalist and author with a specialty in criminal justice. He has been a staff writer for the New Yorker and Vanity Fair.
In 1990, Hit Men, his book about the American music industry and the influence of organized crime, spent a month on the New York Timesbestseller list. One of his Vanity Fair articles prompted the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to rebuke the U.S. Justice Dept. for fraudulently withholding exculpatory evidence in the case of Cleveland auto worker John Demjanjuk, who was extradited, wrongly convicted, and sentenced to hang in Israel as the Nazi war-criminal “Ivan the Terrible.” He secured the only interview given by Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates on the heels of the infamous Rodney King beating, and the only interview ever given by crime boss Lorenzo Nichols, the crack kingpin of New York City.
While conducting research for a forthcoming book, Dannen uncovered lost evidence in the case of Calvin Washington, a Texan wrongly convicted of homicide. As the direct result of Dannen’s efforts, Calvin Washington won a full pardon for innocence, the first ever granted by Texas governor Rick Perry under the state’s DNA statute.
To contact call Fredric Dannen 212 380-1196 email@example.com