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Documentary producer sued for $16 million
Posted By Frank York On 06/05/1998 @ 1:00 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Kevin Ives’ skull was crushed and Don Henry had been stabbed
repeatedly with a survival knife before their bodies were placed on the
railroad tracks near the airport at Mena, Arkansas.
In the early morning hours of Aug. 23, 1987, Ives and Henry were out
deer hunting armed with a flashlight and a .22-caliber rifle. From the
evidence gathered by investigators and by video journalist Pat
Matrisciana (producer of “The Clinton Chronicles”), the boys had
stumbled onto a drug deal allegedly involving local law enforcement
officials. They were murdered and their bodies were placed on the
railroad tracks to cover up the crime.
Matrisciana, founder of Jeremiah Films, a California-based production
company, briefly detailed the murder of Ives and Henry in “The Clinton
Chronicles.” He later produced “Obstruction of Justice” to show the
alleged connection between the murder and cover-up by corrupt law
enforcement officers, Mena drug traffickers and President Bill Clinton.
Jay Campbell and Kirk Lane, two of the deputy sheriffs mentioned in
“Obstruction of Justice,” as possible suspects in the case are now suing
Matrisciana for $16 million for allegedly libeling them.
M. Darren O’Quinn, an attorney with the Little Rock law firm of Dover
& Dixon, is representing Campbell and Lane in the lawsuit. According to
O’Quinn, both sides in the case have taken depositions and have filed
motions for summary judgment.
“After all of the depositions, I filed a motion for summary judgment,
which means that there are no disputed facts in the lawsuit,” said
O’Quinn. “The judge should be able to decide the lawsuit as a matter of
law. In response to my motion, (Matrisciana’s lawyers) filed a response,
stating that there are disputed facts. They have filed their own summary
judgment, meaning they believe they are entitled to a judgment without
having to go to a jury.”
O’Quinn says he is preparing a response to Matrisciana’s lawyers and
should have it filed by June 17. Summary judgments are seldom granted
when there are factual disputes involved, said O’Quinn. He expects the
case to go to trial around November or December.
According to O’Quinn, “Obstruction of Justice” made inaccurate claims
that Matrisciana had eyewitnesses who implicated Campbell and Lane in
the murder of the two boys.
“When we went to discovery,” said O’Quinn, “we found out they didn’t
have any eyewitnesses. They had double hearsay, but they didn’t have any
witnesses who had made those statements. We’re saying it was reckless to
say so in the video.”
In an interview with WorldNetDaily, Matrisciana describes his
experiences in Arkansas dealing with what he calls the “Dixie Mafia.”
“One of the things I have discovered is that this isn’t fiction,”
says Matrisciana. “These people react in very violent ways. They use
their friends in the media to attack you. They use legal terrorism. The
two officers who have sued me have cost me thousands of dollars to
defend myself — over a totally frivolous lawsuit. They don’t
actually have enough money to do this.”
Matrisciana believes that they are being funded by people very close
to Bill Clinton, including Dan Lasater, a millionaire who was convicted
on cocaine distribution, but served only six months in jail. Jay
Campbell is a close friend of Lasater and has done work for him.
“They’re trying to silence me,” says Matrisciana.
Lasater and Bill Clinton are also close friends. In fact, Lasater’s
former business associate, Patsy Thomasson is currently director of the
Office of Administration in the White House. (Thomasson was also one of
the individuals seen going through Vince Foster’s desk and filing
cabinets on the evening of his death.)
When Pat Matrisciana began working on “The Clinton Chronicles” in the
early 1990s, he didn’t realize what he and his cameraman were getting
“I had been contacted by a man named John Hillyer, an NBC cameraman
who wanted to tell the real story about what was happening in Arkansas.”
When Matrisciana and Hillyer arrived in Arkansas and began
interviewing people for the video, the criminality and intrigue were far
worse than they had imagined. “It was like going into some sort of
banana republic that was run by a dictatorship. We were followed on a
regular basis,” says the producer.
Matrisciana set up a “safe house” in an apartment complex in Little
Rock where he and other journalists and investigators would meet to
discuss stories of drug trafficking in Mena, the murder of the two
teen-age boys, and whether or not Bill Clinton was involved in any of
Hillyer and Matrisciana developed a friendship with Gary Parks, the
son of Jerry Parks, a former security chief of Clinton’s presidential
campaign. According to Matrisciana, Jerry Parks had been hired several
years ago by Vince Foster on behalf of Hillary Clinton to put Bill
Clinton under constant surveillance. Gary would go on surveillance
stakeouts with his father as Jerry gathered photographic evidence of
Clinton visiting with prostitutes, Gennifer Flowers and other women.
When Vince Foster’s body was found in Fort Marcy Park, Jerry became
paranoid that he might also be targeted for murder. He was right.
When Jerry was assassinated in his car in September 1993, Gary and
Jerry’s widow believed it was related to his surveillance of Clinton.
Gary Parks regularly stayed at the safe house, but was awakened one
night when the door was kicked open by would-be assassins. When he
quickly loaded his M-1 carbine, the sound of the bullet being chambered
scared off the killers and they fled into the parking lot. Gary went to
the window and thought he recognized one of the men as a member of the
governor’s security staff.
On another occasion, when Matrisciana and others were preparing for a
radio talk show at the safe house, an investigator scanned the apartment
for “bugs” and discovered eight of them. Pat still has those bugs as
sobering reminders of his Arkansas experience.
During the course of their investigation, Matrisciana and Hillyer
discovered a trail of unsolved murders of people who knew details about
the teen’s deaths. Others who died mysteriously had inside information
on drug ties to the political establishment in Arkansas. On one
occasion, Hillyer was planning to conduct an interview with a former
official of the Democratic National Committee, but the man never showed
up for the interview. Hillyer learned the next day that the man and his
son had died in a plane crash.
Matrisciana and Hillyer were also going to interview a hermit who
lived in the mountains near where the teens had been killed. Two days
before the scheduled interview, the hermit died.
Hillyer started to fear for his own life, telling Matrisciana that he
thought they would kill him by making it look like he had a heart
attack. After the film was completed, Hillyer went on to other projects
and ended up living in Atlanta. Two years ago, Matrisciana received a
phone call from Hillyer. John told him he had uncovered new information
that needed to be put on video, but that they couldn’t talk on an
unsecured phone. They planned on meeting to discuss the new information,
but Hillyer died of a heart attack three days later. Did someone get to
Hillyer? Matrisciana doesn’t know. Were the hermit and DNC official
killed for what they knew? Or were these simply coincidences? Again,
Matriciana doesn’t know, but he does think these deaths are unusual,
considering the number of other people who have died under mysterious
circumstances in Arkansas.
Matrisciana recommends “The Secret Life of Bill Clinton” by London
Telegraph correspondent Ambrose Evans-Pritchard for a detailed analysis
of dozens of unexplained deaths associated with the President and the
First Lady. Evans-Pritchard also describes the connections between Roger
Clinton (the president’s brother), Dan Lasater, and the Medellin drug
Matrisciana’s investigation of Clinton’s associates and Clinton’s
activities as governor of Arkansas have convinced him that there is a
pattern of sexual impropriety and criminal behavior that must be
Matrisciana notes that he has personally interviewed at least 13
people who have admitted either snorting cocaine with Bill Clinton or
have observed Clinton snorting cocaine. He says he has interviewed
prostitutes and party girls who have admitted to participation in sex
orgies at the governor’s mansion when Hillary was out of town.
“If you know the pattern of an individual,” says Matrisciana, “he
will continue the same pattern” even when he becomes president of the
Matrisciana has no doubt that the sexual allegations against Clinton
are accurate — as are the allegations of criminal misconduct in the
Whitewater affair. His fear, however, is that the Republican leadership
will not have the courage to impeach Clinton. Why? Because of the fear
of what may be in the FBI files illegally obtained by Clinton
“Some of these Republicans have been compromised and they’re not
willing to really go after Bill Clinton with the zeal I hoped they
would,” says Matrisciana.
During the last week of April, Matrisciana was in Washington, D.C.,
and handed out copies of “The Clinton Chronicles” to every
representative and every senator. He is also mailing copies of
“Obstruction of Justice” to a select group of legislators to educate
them about President Clinton’s questionable activities while serving as
governor of Arkansas.
“What we need to prove is that no man is above the law,” says
Matrisciana. “I hope and pray that the American people will say enough
is enough. We need to get in there and allow the investigations to move
ahead without vilifying the men who are trying to conduct the
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