Recently, TDPK has increased his notoriety (and infamy) by attempting to use lawfare to silence bloggers who write truthful things about him. Reading Mark Singer’s book Citizen K, it seems that his media relations have had their ups and downs. The attention he received for outlets such as NPR when he claimed to have sold dope to Dan Quayle is one of the high points. The coverage he received from his hometown papers at the time of the Speedway Bomber trials was a definite low. From page 174 …
Three days after the verdict, the Indianapolis Star published a story that described Kimberlin’s encounter with Ben Niehaus in Corpus Christi following his arrest in February 1979. This conversation, according to an investigative report filed by Niehaus, lasted five hours—or, according to Kimberlin, about five minutes. Niehaus noted that Kimberlin “stated that if we wanted to find out who murdered Mrs. Scyphers, we should consider Sandra Barton’s brother-in-law [Jack Crosby] in Austin, Texas, who Kimberlin said was a CIA agent.” The Star reporter, Joe Gelarden, paraphrased Niehaus’ written report: “According to sources, Kimberlin knew the [Crosbys] were helping the police with the Julia Scyphers murder probe. He once tried to get Niehause to investigate the [Crosbys], who took in Sandi Barton’s daughters after their grandmother was murdered. Informants reported Kimberlin left the bag at the [Crosby] residence to frame them for the Speedway bombing.”
The 1979 arrest was the bust for drug smuggling. Ben Niehaus was an investigator in the Speedway Bombing case. The bag in question was a trash bag containing bomb-making materials and an AR-15 rifle. Continuing from Citizen K …
The treatment Kimberlin received from the Indianapolis media often provoked his outrage, and he was most offended by the Star. Gelarden, he explained, was a government stooge who would print anything the prosecution fed him. Complaining about this lack of integrity, he referred to “an article written by Gelarden saying that I had told Niehaus that the Scyphers murder weapon was buried in the Crosby’s backyard.”
This was a startling remark. I had read and indexed all the Indianapolis newspaper clippings about the murder and the bombings, but I’d never come across any reference to the murder weapon buried anywhere. A rereading of Gelarden’s clippings confirmed this for me. I had, however, recently heard from a government source that Kimberlin had indeed made the remark to Niehaus about the murder weapon. My bewilderment deepened: If I had never mentioned a buried weapon to Kimberlin, and if no such detail had ever been reported in the newspapers, what had prompted his denial? When a person claims to know where a murder weapon is buried, even if he’s trying to finger someone else, what does that imply?
Gentle Reader, that’s not the only time one of TDPK’s narratives has run aground on the shoals of reality. He tells so many stories that it seems he loses track.
Well, as Mark Twain once wrote, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said.”