Lies can have serious consequences. This TKPOTD from eight years ago today dealt with the fallout of an early lie Brett Kimberlin told during a legal proceeding.
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So far this year, there have been over 700 hits on my original Who is Brett Kimberlin? post from last May. Clearly, there are people stopping by who aren’t familiar with the Saga of The Dread Pirate Kimberlin, so over the next few days, I’ll be posting some highlights of his career.
In May of 1972, a few days before he turned 18, Brett Kimberlin was indicted on a charge of selling cocaine. The charge was handled as a juvenile matter. In October, 1972, during testimony before a grand jury, Brett Kimberlin said that he had not sold LSD. In November, 1973, Brett Kimberlin was convicted as an adult of perjury relating to that grand jury testimony. That was his first felony conviction.
Kimberlin maintained that the two individuals he was accused of selling LSD to were actually manufacturing LSD, but the prosecutor in the case didn’t believe that. On p. 316 of Citizen K, Mark Singer writes:
The government’s general impression of Kimberlin was corroborated by Tim Young, who told me Brett was his source in several “multithousand-hit deals.”
“I probably sold fifty to seventy-five thousand hits of acid in my life, over a year and a half period,” Young said. “Purple microdot and orange sunshine are two that I remember. How much from Brett? All of it. I don’t remember ever buying acid from anybody but Brett. He sold it to me about ten thousand hits at a time. If he said he never sold acid, he’s a lying [redacted]. Guarantee.”
A lying [redacted]. My experience tends to confirm that view.
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The Gentle Reader may remember that Mrs. Hoge received her B.A. in Audio Production from Indiana University in Bloomington, the town where The
Dread Deadbeat Pusher Kimberlin started his career as drug dealer. While I was dating her in 1978, I happened to cross paths with both individuals Kimberlin tried to frame with LSD manufacturing. No one I’ve met who knew them when they were dealing LSD believed they were capable of running a manufacturing operation. No one ever said anything that might have corroborated The Dread Deadbeat Perjurer Kimberlin’s story.