Sunday, May 8, 2016

Wayne Simmons Update #2


Many people around the Annapolis area know Wayne Simmons. He is a local legend, or at least a minor celebrity. Like everyone else who knew him, I was stunned to hear the claim that he had made up his entire 27 year CIA career. Recently, Wayne entered into a plea agreement with Federal prosecutors and is pending sentencing on house arrest. Wayne still asserts that he is innocent. The fact that he plead guilty indicates that he does not believe he would be successful at trial. He claims the CIA disowned him.

I have been investigating Wayne's case to determine just what was going on. A simple answer could be that the guy is just a fraud. Conmen aren't unusual. Although Wayne's alleged con seemed unusually detailed and over the top. Alex French, writing for the New York Times Magazine, interviewed the former CIA officer who first exposed Wayne, Kent Clizbe. Clizbe's theory was that Wayne got busted by the police on drug charges and was working as a criminal informant to avoid prosecution. This makes some sense. Criminal informants are often referred to as CIs. Is it possible that Wayne exaggerated this in his mind to equal CIA? Perhaps he was also working as a CI for federal agencies, such as the DEA, and perhaps they just told him he was doing work for the CIA? I don't know, but that does seem not just possible, but probable.

In court filings, before he plead guilty, Wayne's attorney outlined some very specific things that Wayne allegedly did for the CIA. I would have no way to check most of his claims, but he does list two safe houses that he allegedly used and the years that he used them. Wayne said he used a safe house on Pierson Road in Queen Anne's County to store and distribute narcotics and guns between 1990 and 1994. I was able to track down, through property records, that the property in question was owned by a company called "Wolverine Associates". A company by the same name appears to still be in business in Potomac, MD. Do they know anything about this? Wayne also said that he used another safehouse at 1501 Overlook Drive in Silver Spring, MD, from 1979 to 1984. The owner of the property during those years was an Estonian Lutheran minister by the name of Rudolf Troost. Reverend Troost has long since passed away, so we can't ask him what, if anything, he knew about this. It is possible that Wayne just picked these addresses by random, but that strikes me as unlikely. I would really love to know what was going on at those locations.

Young Wayne, from his FB account
Wayne's story is an interesting one. His father was a war hero. Just about everyone in his family has served in the military and/or government. I talked with Alex French about this case as he was writing his article. One of the interesting things I learned was that Wayne had joined the Navy, but received an honorable medicine discharge after 27 days for post concussion syndrome. Of course, most people would think that there was nothing wrong with receiving this type of discharge. But could it be that Wayne viewed this as a personal failing and a disgrace to his family? Was he obsessed with the number 27 and then turned that, in his Walter Mitty mind, to a 27 year career with the CIA to redeem himself in they eyes of his family, if not in his own eyes? I don't know if we will ever know the full truth about just what Wayne was doing or why he was doing it. Wayne will be sentenced on July 15, 2016, in Federal Court in Alexandria, Virginia. Perhaps we will find out more then.

Airport Specials? Enough to set Wayne into action.
Side notes: I happened to meet the taxi driver who Wayne beat up in 2007. He was driving for Uber. Alex French emailed me the police report (email me, btw if you want a copy - bill at williamcooke dot com) so I knew the victim's name. I asked the driver about the incident. He remembered it and we both talked about the incident and Wayne's recent arrest. He found the whole situation very strange, but also humorous. Just to make sure I really had the right guy, I asked him for his business card. The number on it matched the cell phone number he gave in the police report. Call him if you need a ride around Anne Arundel County. He would appreciate it if you didn't assault him.

A few months prior, I was on another Uber ride and was talking to the driver who said he had worked as a private contractor in Afghanistan. I asked him if he knew Wayne. He smiled and said he did. He ran into him in Afghanistan on a helicopter. According to the driver, everyone called Wayne "the celebrity" because he had appeared on Fox News so many times. Wayne loved when people knew he was.

Recently, I ran across someone else who knew Wayne who still had his business card. Lots of people have seen my blog posts about this topic and have been happy to volunteer information that they have regarding Wayne. One person who knew Wayne in the 1980s said he was a "big coke dealer" in Prince George's County back then. He also ran, according to this person, halfway houses for men with AIDS, not out of any humanitarian concern, but because "it paid good money." Another person at a bar told me that he punched her then boyfriend in the face for no reason, other than he wanted to talk to her.

My investigation will continue.

Related:

Wayne Simmons Update
Wayne's World, the Strange Case of the Superpatriot


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Judicial Candidate "Rev. Dr." Rickey Nelson Jones's Controversial Writings May Hurt Chances

In Maryland, if there is a vacancy on a county's Circuit Court, the governor picks a new judge from a list of names sent to him by the Judicial Nominating Commission. The applicants are properly vetted by the commission, with help from members of the local bar association. However, any lawyer over 30 who has lived in the state for at least 5 years may challenge the governor's selection in the next election. The candidates must survive, at least, the Republican or Democratic primary. The candidates who survive at least one primary are on the general election ballot.

In Anne Arundel County, we recently had four vacancies (caused by retirements) on the Circuit Court. Four new judges were appointed. Judges Klavans, Vitale, Schaeffer, and McCormack, currently sit on the bench, but must face the voters in the April primary election. If all four win the Democratic and Republican primaries, they will not face any challengers in November. They are being challenged by three candidates: Howes, Barber, and Jones.

This blog has already reported on judicial candidate Mark Howes and his interest in the since discredited claims of Satanic Ritual Abuse. The "Reverend Dr." Rickey Nelson Jones has also made some interesting statements that may cause some concern for voters.
The Reverend Judge?

Jones, who is a registered Democrat who has made generous donations to Democratic Delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr. over the years is unlikely to garner much support in the Republican primary. In addition, Jones's frivolous Federal lawsuit, alleging that the Judicial Nomination Commission discriminated him in the selection process because he is black, is unlikely to impress many GOP voters. Jones seems to have the odd idea that he was more qualified than two of the new judges because he is a solo-practitioner. He complained that Judge Vitale had "only" 2 years of experience working on her own and "18 years under the guidance of others in a law firm." He complained that Judge Klavans "had 12 years of experience under the guidance of others in Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office and a law firm, and approximately two decades in private legal practice confined to personal and business services."

Working for a firm or at a government agency is not inferior to working on one's own and is insulting to most members of the bar. Jones also ignores the fact that the nominating commission might have actually thought that someone like Judge Vitale, who had extensive experience writing laws as a legislator, might bring a unique and important perspective to the job. In addition, since judges often handle criminal cases, which are extremely important to the public and the accused, Judge Klavans's 12 years of experience as a prosecutor in Baltimore City would weigh heavily in his favor. They might have thought that Jones, who once wrote that, "I informed him [a potential client] that I did not do criminal law, did not like criminal law," was not particularly strong in this area. They might have also suspected that a man who uses his clerical title in his law practice might be stark raving mad. 

The quote above came from one of Jones's books, Strictly from God: A Godly Man's Guidance to His Family and Fellow Man. I purchased the ebook version yesterday from Google, was able to quickly read through it, and pulled out the following quotes, which might be of interest to Democratic primary voters who are thinking of voting for this man. These are actual quotes that he wanted in print:

“Where were you, father, when your son asked about what constitutes the proper relationship between human beings, i.e. the God-sanctioned man/woman relationship [NOT something else]?"

“Where were you father, when the son's mother dominated the household, the child, the finances, the decisions, and the up-bringing, totally confusing the child about who GOD made the “head” and leader (1 Corinthians 11:3 [man is the head of the woman], Ephesians 5:23 [husband is the head of his wife], and Genesis 2:16-20 [Man was put in command by GOD Himself and woman was made by GOD because of man's need]).” 

“Clearly, using what GOD created for sacred united and procreation to engage in acts with the same gender is abominable in HIS sight.”

“In spite of the numerous good things the Nation of Islam has done, it has done the worst thing of all by presenting an alternative to Jesus.”

“Whether it is the Nation of Islam, Jehovah Witnesses, Buddism [sic], etc., denying Jesus as the only LORD and GOD is Anti-Christ.”
 
“He explicitly condemned Witchcraft in Deuteronomy 18:10. He explicitly condemned Necromancy in Deuteronomy 18:11. He explicitly condemned Workers of Magic or Wizards in Leviticus 19:31, Leviticus 20:27,and Deuteronomy 18:10. GOD has even sanctioned death for individuals who practice such things as these.”

“The woman deviates from GOD'S way when she refuses to submit to the husband who loves her as Christ loves the church. This takes one form principally, i.e., hardheadedness. The heardheaded woman does not want her husband to tell her anything. She does not want to listen. She does not want to agree with her husband, and she feels she is the 'head.' She is a 'Brickhead.'”

“The Caucasian racist in America saturates and cripples this society. He has a stronghold in America from the judiciary to the elementary school. For example, he practices his wicked behavior in the judiciary by granting motions for summary judgment to the Caucasian defendant in the midst of a documented, clear, wrong. This one example also highlights how entrenched the Caucasian racist is in the United States. By granting a motion for summary judgment to a Caucasian defendant in the midst of a documented, clear, wrong is to flatly and emphatically indicate no desire to even consider the wrong committed, to say nothing about redressing the wrong.”

“The child who takes a step beyond disobedience and enters the realm of cursing his parents goes too far in GOD's eyes. Not only has this child opposed the very ones through whom he was conceived, but he has opposed GOD by countering everything He intended. This is so anti-GOD that the ultimate penalty is imposed – death.”
Are these the values that Democratic primary voters share? Is this who they want deciding important cases? I'll leave it to the voters to decide.

UPDATE - Rickey Nelson Jones's campaign ended on April 26, 2016, when he lost both the Democratic and Republican primary. I wish him the best.








Sunday, February 14, 2016

Judicial Candidate Mark Howes Appeared on Paranormal Show to Discuss Satanic Ritual Abuse.

I used to love watching a show called Sightings. It was about alleged real life paranormal events. They would interview people who claimed to see ghosts or who had seen a UFO or had some other type of paranormal experience. It wasn't hard hitting journalism. I probably shouldn't even call it journalism. But it was entertaining.

Years later, many of the episodes were repackaged and put on TV under a new name, Unexplained Mysteries. They were often replayed on cable. One weekend morning I happened to be watching an episode and I saw a story that was based in Glen Burnie, Maryland. They were interviewing a cop about a case that involved ritual Satanic abuse. As I watched it, I thought, "don't I know that guy? Isn't be a lawyer?"

The person they were interviewing was former cop and current attorney, Mark Howes. I remembered this recently when I saw that Mr. Howes filed to run against the four sitting judges for a place on the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court bench. I searched the internet until I found the clips below:


 Ghost-Unexplain Mysteries the young and the... by doumi94220

Ghost-Unexplain Mysteries the young and the... by doumi94220

The story involves alleged Satanic ritual abuse that took place at a house in Glen Burnie. As a result, the house was haunted, according to the people who later moved in. Howes was involved in the investigation and according to the show, the defendant was sent to prison. This raises some concerns because claims of ritualistic Satanic child abuse were all the rage in the 1980s and early 90s. Almost all of the claims, if not all of the claims, were false and many innocent people were sent to prison as a result. To get a picture of just how crazy this was, watch Indictment - the McMartin Trial, which was produced by HBO.

I was curious to find out as much as I could about this case. According to the show, the abuse took part on Judy Road in Glen Burnie and they showed the house. I paused the video at that spot and then went to Google Maps Streetview to locate the house. I found that it was at 7210 Judy Road. With that information, I went to the Maryland's property database, found the previous owners, and ran them through Casesearch, the state's online court database, and found that one owner in the early 80s, Jack Hook, was charged in 1984 with a 2nd degree Sex Offense and Child Abuse in case number 00601179A5. The charge was in the lower level District Court and would have to be sent to Circuit Court for trial, if it was to go forward. I could not find the case in the Circuit Court records, which leads me to think that this was either a clerical error or maybe the case was dismissed or he was found not guilty and expunged the case. Although the District Court case should have been expunged as well.

We do know that the case was in Circuit Court because the local paper reported on May 8, 1984, that Mr. Hook was indicted on these charges.



I have not been able to find out what happened to Mr. Hook. If he is still alive, he is not in prison (I checked the prison inmate locator) nor is he a registered sex offender (I checked there too). If he is still alive and sees this blog, I would advise him to seek legal representation. Too many innocent people have gone to prison as a result of this nonsense or have otherwise had their lives destroyed. It was a witch hunt and those who took part in it should be held responsible.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am supporting the Sitting Judges in this campaign. For those unaware of the process in Maryland, if there is a judicial vacancy on the Circuit Court (the highest level trial court) lawyers may apply for the position. There is extensive vetting by the Judicial selection committee and a few names are sent to the governor, who makes the final decision. However, any lawyer who is over 30 and who has lived in Maryland at least 5 years may file to run and it is up to the voters to decide who wins.



UPDATE - Mark Howes's campaign ended on April 26, 2016, when he lost both the Democratic and Republican primary. I wish him the best.

Wayne Simmons Update

If you know me or have just been reading this blog, you know that I have been obsessed with the Wayne Simmons story. A brief recap, if you don't know, according to Federal prosecutors, Wayne is a career criminal and conman who fooled the Pentagon and Fox News into thinking that he was a retired CIA agent. What he allegedly pulled off is amazing. Funny as it appears to be, the story is also deeply troubling. Why was this man allowed to keep up this farce this long?

I spent some time looking into this situation and posted what I found on this blog. My post attracted the attention of a few reporters.

A journalist working for the Rolling Stone interviewed me. He quoted me in his story, The Rise and Fall of a Fox News Fraud. The reporter, Reeves Wiedeman, did a lot more research on Wayne and came up with some new information that I was not aware of. For example, I did not know that Wayne ran a hot-tub business or that he ran a carpeting company.

Shortly after this story was published, I was contacted by the Daily Mail for background information. Not long after that, they published How a con-man limo company owner used fake CIA credentials to land a role as Fox News expert and infiltrate the Pentagon's inner circle. There wasn't much original research here, unfortunately.

There will be another story out next month about Wayne. I have spoken to the reporter and he has uncovered things about Wayne that the other guys missed. I'm sworn to secrecy until it is published, but I promise you will not be disappointed.

As for my own research, I was able to located this photo:


It shows Wayne in the far left at the signing of the Military Commissions Act of 2006. What is ironic is that Wayne played a role in the drafting of this legislation which allows for the indefinite detention of suspects. This is ironic because court filings show that after his arrest, no one was more vocal than Wayne to secure his freedom. Wayne is happy if someone else is indefinitely detained without trial, but he will be the loudest voice complaining if he feels his rights are being violated.

Regardless, the more I hear about this guy, the more convinced I am that he is seriously mentally ill. And I am actually starting to feel bad for him. His whole life has fallen apart. Instead of being thought of as a hero, people call him a fraud and a criminal. He faces the realistic prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison. While he is on house arrest now, his house is being foreclosed. He has nothing. I have found parts of this very disturbing and parts very funny, but I now see it as sad, more than anything else. I would rather see Wayne get mental health counselling and treatment, as opposed to seeing him get a prison sentence.

Related:
Wayne's World, the Strange Case of the Superpatriot