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Kurt Sova PART III: (*To Protect and Serve Newburgh Heights)

EXIT 9 Investigations: Series 1 – Kurt Sova PART III: (To Protect and Serve Newburgh Heights)

Pre-order the new book “Kurt Sova: My Journey Into An Unsolved Mystery” which details my entire investigation and the EXIT 9 case file.

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Read Part II.

The following is an excerpt from the CCPCA (Cuyahoga County Police Chiefs Association).

 

NEWBURGH HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT

“Newburgh Township was organized as a governmental unit on October 15, 1814.  The Township extended from Warrensville to old Brooklyn on the west, with the Cuyahoga River as the boundary to the south the limit was Independence Township.  Mill Creek provided the area with water power for a grist mill that stood in the general area of Miles and Broadway.  The Ohio Canal played a role in the early transportation of the area. A lock was located on Old Harvard Road.  The records show that Gains Burke, a one-legged, one-armed man served the area as the first Constable.”

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“On February 25, 1904, the village of Newburgh Heights was incorporated.  At that time Anton Eddel served as marshal, assisted by one patrolman. Newburgh Heights gained its first notoriety with the local enforcement group called “raiding squads.”  Each suburban mayor and justice of the peace had a crew of deputies, who had authority to search out and apprehend violators of Prohibition.  It was easy to spot a still as the fermenting mash sent out tell-tale evidence. Armed with “John Doe” warrants, the crews could operate countrywide. Competing bootleggers would allegedly tip-off crews in other communities. The total loot of spirits would be confiscated, and the equipment dismantled or smash.”

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James F. Lukas became the Newburgh Heights Police Chief on January 1, 1976; he was 32.  He was in charge of modernizing the police department, with the backing of the city council and Mayor; updating the equipment for the transition into the 1980s.  New equipment included a new filing system, a LEADS machine, a breathalyzer, and others.  He also implemented a detective bureau, traffic unit, a warrants division, and a juvenile jail system.  Chief Lukas stated during that time “These were problem areas and putting a specialist in charge pretty much cleared them up.

( An early 1980’s breathalyzer)

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During its height of performance under Chief Lukas, the department had fifteen active officers (one female), two K-9 canines, seven civilian dispatchers, eight auxiliary police, and five traffic crossing officers.  At the time of his service as Police Chief, Lukas was married to his wife Barbara for fifteen years and had four children.  James Lukas who served as Newburgh Height’s Police Chief (1976-1984) falsified documents for a police dispatcher and was found to have a criminal history, including a conviction for dereliction of duty.  He defended the investigation of the Kurt Sova case by stating to The Plain Dealer newspaper in 1991:

“That’s not even fair. What happened was completely unrelated.  That’s the only part I take offense to. That (Sova) case was handled on the up and up.” – James Lukas

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Former Detective Robert Carras pleaded guilty to striking Eric Kotonski of Newburgh Heights with a flashlight during a drunken-driving arrest in December 1990; kicking John Rogers of Cleveland as Rogers lay handcuffed after a February 1989 abduction and harassment arrest; pulling Larry Villanueva’s hair during questioning about a February 1989 break-in; and striking Donal Geib across the face during the same interrogation.  Carras was also convicted on drug and corruption charges. 

 The Assistant Prosecutor James A. Gutierrez for Cuyahoga County questioned Robert Carras in 1990 about his involvement in covering up the case and/or Kurt’s death.  Nothing materialized, and Carras eventually went silent regarding the investigation, refusing to be questioned by The Plain Dealer in 1991 and the Cuyahoga Sheriffs Department.

*The below statement is from the Associated Press:

CLEVELAND (AP) _ A former police officer serving a 4 1/2 year prison term on drug charges pleaded guilty Monday to mistreating suspects.”

“Robert Carras, 41, of suburban Newburgh Heights originally pleaded innocent to five federal charges of kicking, hitting and pulling the hair of suspects.  Carras pleaded guilty to the charges before U.S. District Court Judge Thomas D. Lambros, who sentenced him to a 51-month term concurrent with his drug sentence. Assistant U.S. Attorney Clarence Taylor said Carras changed his plea in exchange for the concurrent term. The former police officer was charged with brutalizing suspects in four separate incidents. Carras pleaded guilty to striking Eric Kotonski of Newburgh Heights with a flashlight during a drunken-driving arrest in December 1990; kicking John Rogers of Cleveland as Rogers lay handcuffed after a February 1989 abduction and harassment arrest; pulling Larry Villanueva’s hair during questioning about a February 1989 break-in; and striking Donal Geib across the face during the same interrogation.  He also pleaded guilty to handcuffing a Cleveland taxi driver, James Stipetich, to a hot radiator after a confrontation.  Carras was convicted in December 1990 of 76 counts of aggravated drug trafficking and 76 counts of illegal processing of drug documents. Carras was convicted of forging prescriptions for Percocet, an addictive painkiller.”

We explore the case of Eugene Kvet in PART IV.

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The Breitbart Toe Tag PART III: (Still Hating Breitbart)

EXIT 9 Investigations: Series 1 – The Breitbart Toe Tag Part III: (Still Hating Breitbart)

THE BREITBART CORONER BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE

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Suspicious deaths; corruption; the use of poison; this case has all the similarities of a classic spy film.  Andrew Breitbart’s influence among the right-wing consciousness during the time period of 2009-2012 should not be ignored when it comes to our current cycle of politics.  EXIT 9 has aligned Andrew Breitbart’s Twitter timeline with other facts – creating a clear look at his life near the end of his physical presence on earth, and piecing together the crime scene with key details from the investigation.

Andrew’s sense of humor was a quality mentioned by people who knew him best.  Fox News commentator and comedian Greg Gutfeld has stated:

First, Andrew was one of the deepest, funniest, smartest individuals I’ve ever met — and the world deserves to know him. Most people know of my relationship with A.B. — though I don’t talk about it much unless I’m asked.

This same humor was prevalent on Twitter for targeting trolls, Breitbart retweeted every critique, slur, and threat geared towards him – a defense tactic that Breitbart contributed to so he could show the true side of what he deemed “Internet Comment Infiltration” of the left.  His Twitter-timeline resembles the hateful YouTube comments often found on videos featuring Breitbart.  There’s even a bot dedicated to him on Twitter, each day it reminds it’s followers that “Andrew Breitbart is dead.

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In-reality – Breitbart wouldn’t have minded the hate; this is the same man who caused a firestorm after Senator Ted Kennedy’s death when he tweeted that Ted Kennedy was a “pile of human excrement” and filmed an infamous documentary under the title of “Hating Breitbart.”  There’s even a Retweet on Andrew Breitbart’s timeline that captures the amount of passionate hate geared towards him, and how it would be “studied by future students.”

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And let’s not only take a look at the hateful propaganda fueled towards him before his death – people are still providing Andrew Breitbart’s Twitter account with a barrage of comments aimed at discrediting his ideology.

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  What does this say about Andrew Breitbart’s death?  A lot.  This clearly shows a motive that he had enough people threatening his existence, providing substance to the suspicions regarding his untimely passing.

TWEET TACTICS OF ANDREW BREITBART

Andrew Breitbart consistently took on the Democrats and the establishment of the Left; he was an outspoken critic of the hypocrisy that the mainstream media showed towards liberals compared to conservatives.  He often tweeted against Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, Barack Obama, David Brock, and liberal-minded journalists, just to name a few.

The Left’s hypocrisy.

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John Podesta & David Brock

Breitbart’s tweets often targeted John Podesta.  John Podesta is President Clinton’s former Chief of Staff and was Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager for her failed Democratic candidacy for the 2016 Presidential election.  He would later be front-and-center of an email hack released by WikiLeaks in 2016 and exposed for strange email correspondence within the Clinton staff – including one particular email that led to the conspiracy theory known as “PizzaGate.” 

PizzaGate is a theory that relays between James Alefantis (owner of Comet Ping Pong Pizzeria) and his connection to Hillary Clinton’s campaign (through fundraisers), his connection to David Brock (his former lover and Democratic operative) and John and Tony Podesta, both friends and art aficionados.  The theory states that “children are being exploited by the Democratic-side of politics.”  We won’t dive into that here (EXIT 9I is merely showing a connection of between the individuals) below you can clearly see physical evidence linking the five of them to the association (Hillary Clinton, James Alefantis, David Brock, John, and Tony Podesta).

John Podesta Pizza Emails

 

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Tony Podesta’s favorite art (CAUTION: GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW)

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James Alefantis’ Instagram Account

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Breitbart regularly took on David Brock; a Liberal political operative who founded Media Matters for America and with the help of George Soros in 2010 created a Super PAC for Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates.  David Brock’s tactics are considered “aggressive” as he employs Bots and Trolls to conduct “Internet Comment Infiltration.”  In 2012 he was blackmailed by an ex-lover for $850,000 in-regards to crucial information of Donors and IRS documents he had on Media Matters for America.

(Andrew Breitbart died two days after this tweet below)

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David Brock also orchestrated a digital attack towards the Bernie Sanders campaign – this resulted in discrediting and engaging within Pro-Bernie Sanders groups on Facebook to bring-forth their Pro-Hillary Clinton efforts.  Brock has recently been connected to a campaign where he used $700,000 to fund women who had sexual assault claims against President Trump.

Below are tweets from 2010, 2011 & 2012 about John Podesta and David Brock’s Media Matters for America.

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Rape within the Left

Occupy Wallstreet was a series of protests starting on September 17, 2011, held by Pro-Democratic supporters in response to the Tea Party’s movement.  The real reason the demonstrations took place was to rail against the financial system; Occupy was openly supported by then-President Obama.  Several rapes took place, one during Occupy Glasgow and another during Occupy Cleveland.

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TIMELINE OF ANDREW BREITBART

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012

 Andrew Breitbart proclaimed on February 9, 2012, at the 2012 Blog Bash/CPAC Party to Larry Sinclair of Sinclair News about the Obama video(s):

Wait ’til they see what happens March 1st.”  

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(Larry Sinclair & Andrew Breitbart)

*Side Note: Larry Sinclair is the same man who made accusations against then-Senator Obama in 2008 — he claimed to have performed oral sex and took cocaine with Obama in the late ’90s.  His televised press conference can be seen here.

Larry Sinclair on Andrew Breitbart:

Andrew’s never attacked me.  Hes kept an open mind. He says I’m either the most psychotic son of a bitch he’s ever met or I’m 100 percent telling the truth.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012

Andrew Breitbart gave a passionate speech at CPAC and made a shocking statement about President Obama and the upcoming election:

I’ve got video from his college days that show you why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change were sold in 2008… the videos are going to come out.” 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012

On the night of February 29th, 2012, Breitbart arrived at a Los Angeles hotspot called the Brentwood.  He mostly kept to himself, tweeting back at other Twitter users and sipping on red wine.  A random conversation sparked with marketing executive Arthur Sando about the current state of politics.

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Andrew Breitbart engaged with Trolls on twitter.  This account registered to “Jacob Rice” was created the night of the 29th (it says “joined March 2012” because of the east coast/west coast time difference), as it was strictly made to Tweet at Andrew Breitbart – stopping only once he’s dead.  He even makes an attempt to tweet at @AnonyOps about participating in “Ground Ops.

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Referring to Trolls: “I hope they pay well.

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February 29, 2012, At 8:32 pm, Andrew Breitbart tweeted to a Troll – more than likely referring to the Obama video(s) he was to release on March 1.

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Andrew Breitbart’s last tweet is a retweet of the account that Jacob Rice had tweeted to about joining “Ground Ops.” 

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Breitbart finished his conversation with Arthur Sando – he then made paid his bill and headed home around 11:30 p.m.

Breitbart exited the bar.

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He started to cross the street.

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He was headed to the parking lot adjacent to Starbucks.

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He approached the curb and collapsed; his head landing near an electrical box on the sidewalk and his feet near the two newspaper stands.

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An eyewitness (Christopher Lasseter) to the death of Andrew Breitbart described the scene to investigative journalist Paul Huebl and was published on WND.

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(Christopher Lasseter)

There was a thick white band around his forehead all the way around his hairline, bright red face, thick, thick white band – made me make a double-take.

What are the motives for killing Andrew Breitbart?

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Andrew Breitbart was a mouthpiece that wouldn’t shut up and a force to be reckoned with. There’s no doubt that the Democrats viewed him as a threat to society, a “domestic conservative terrorist” of sorts as the Left would have considered it. Andrew Breitbart was not only active on Twitter, we showcased his Twitter timeline to give a better insight on how he used the platform. He was also known for his documentaries “Hating Breitbart” and “Occupied Unmasked.”

The 2012 election was crucial to President Obama and any controversial video(s) would’ve been a steep downfall, especially equipped with Breitbart’s media platforms and his agenda for producing media to discredit the left – according to a source – a documentary on President Obama in 2012 was planned, and would’ve included the Professor Bell “Race Video” and potentially others.  As you can see in his Tweets, he viciously went after the Democrats biggest players, all by himself. 

Could Breitbart’s death be the first instance of a political-based murder committed by an online Troll, or an operative acting in the interest of one of the many online groups geared toward attacking Conservative leaders?

 

We only ask these questions, not solely based on Andrew Breitbart’s death and the testing of cyanide, but on the discrepancies told by the LA Coroner’s Office regarding the death and connection of Michael Cormier to Andrew Breitbart’s autopsy.

Before his death, Andrew Breitbart met with Sheriff Arpaio regarding Obama’s birth certificate; Breitbart was to released the “Obama video(s)” on March 1, and he also planned-on “Vetting” President Obama’s roots – something that had not been done successfully by the mainstream media.  On May 17, 2012, Breitbart News released an article showing that President Obama’s own literary agency stated that he was born in Kenya; an error committed by a literary editor at-the-time.  Andrew Breitbart would’ve used this information to attack Obama’s 2012 reelection chances.

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The videos below are more proof that Andrew Breitbart was a threat to those who he went to war with.

We are not finished with this investigation; the remainder of the case will be published in the upcoming book “The Breitbart Toe Tag (The Connection of Michael Cormier & Andrew Breitbart). 

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Michael Cormier – The Breitbart Toe Tag PART II: (Andrew Breitbart’s Autopsy & Cyanide)

EXIT 9 Investigations: Series 1 – Michael Cormier (The Breitbart Toe Tag PART II: Andrew Breitbart’s Autopsy & Cyanide)

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Part I showcased our evidence proving Michael Cormier did assist on a private autopsy of Andrew Breitbart.  Part II of our investigation provides an in-depth analysis of Andrew Breitbart’s death and autopsy.

  • The Breitbart Autopsy Results.

  • The Usage of Potassium Cyanide in homicides/assassinations.

  • The Similarities of Potassium Cyanide poisonings and Andrew Breitbart’s death.

  • The Half-Life & Effects of Cyanide.

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THE BREITBART AUTOPSY RESULTS

On the official Andrew Breitbart autopsy, it shows that “comprehensive testing” was requested on the toxicological analysis and for Breitbart’s heart blood to be analyzed for cyanide poisoning.  Under “Toxicology Requests” the “Comprehensive Toxicological Screen” is checked – and “Other (Specify drug and tissue)” is labeled “Cyanide.”  The LA Coroner’s Office had no reason to test for cyanide — this request had to come from the family.

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In the toxicology report, cyanide is not detected; this analysis was conducted by M. Schuchardt and signed-off by Supervising Criminalist Dan Anderson.

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Andrew Breitbart’s heart weighed 720 grams.  The average size heart of a healthy adult male is 300 grams.

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According to Andrew Breitbart’s wife in the autopsy’s investigation witness statement– he was previously diagnosed with congestive heart failure and two weeks earlier had the flu.

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A tweet on Andrew Breitbart’s Twitter timeline confirms the flu.

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Andrew Breitbart’s death is officially contributed to natural causes due to the onset of heart failure.

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THE USAGE OF POTASSIUM CYANIDE IN HOMICIDES/ASSASSINATIONS

POTASSIUM CYANIDE

As described by Pubchem.ncbi:

POTASSIUM CYANIDE is a highly poisonous compound that is an inhibitor of many metabolic processes but has been shown to be an especially potent inhibitor of heme enzymes and hemeproteins. It is used in many industrial processes.” 

Potassium Cyanide is a rare substance to use for murder and has factors that often resemble a heart attack.  Externally the body varies in appearance; descriptions of a bright red face, especially the chest and neck are some signs of cyanide poisoning.   The redness of the skin is a side effect of the tissue not receiving oxygen.  Although the scent of almonds is associated with potassium cyanide, nearly 60% of the population can’t detect the distinct smell.  This is linked to a sex-link genetic, which mostly affects males.  A teaspoon of cyanide is enough to kill an adult male, and it’s available in many forms including liquid, powder, and gas.

The case of Chicago lottery winner Urooj Khan is a perfect example of cyanide and how it’s short half-life contributes to the false analysis of toxicology reports. 

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In March 2013, Urooj had dinner and collapsed soon after.  His death was ruled “heart failure.”  The case was closed.  Urooj Khan’s brother opened a new interest in the investigation when he requested the body be tested for poison.  A fatal dose of cyanide was found in a sample from Khan’s body

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Potassium cyanide has a long history within the realm of assassinations. Bohdan Stashynsky is a former KGB operative who assassinated two Ukrainian nationalists (Lev Rebet and Stepan Bandera) in the 1950s.  He performed the killings with the use of a spray gun that fired a cloud of gas laced from a crushed cyanide capsule.  The poisonous gas was designed with the intentions of making the murders look like a heart attack.  The device was used by Lev Rebet in 1957, and a new version of the gun was implemented in the death of Stepan Bandera in 1959.

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Richard Kuklinski (The Iceman Killer) was a hitman for American crime families of Newark, New Jersey, and the five mafia families of New York City.  During America Undercover’s 1992 The Iceman Tapes; Kuklinski makes mention of using cyanide in restaurants to make deaths look like a heart attack.   He also would spill a cyanide-laced drink on his victims at nightclubs, the poisonings virtually undetected due to the cyanide’s ability to be absorbed by the skin through the clothing, causing death.

SIMILARITIES OF A POTASSIUM CYANIDE CASE & ANDREW BREITBART’S DEATH

In a potassium cyanide case presented in “The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal,” in January 1870; we found similarities that correlate to Andrew Breitbart’s autopsy results. 

The story below is about an “Unidentified man” who mistakenly consumed potassium cyanide. Initially, his death was thought to be from a fall or natural causes.  An autopsy revealed more.

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Here we have the autopsy report of Andrew Breitbart.  An abrasion on the right forehead, this would have resulted from his fall on the sidewalk.

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Two men at the scene of the “Unidentified man,” heard him attempting to vomit soon before death.

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This is the eyewitness statement by Chris Lasseter about Breitbart’s last moments.  He describes a “guttural sound” that originated from Breitbart’s stomach.

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Contraction of the left side of the heart is most frequently found in deaths related to potassium cyanide. 

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The left ventricle of Breitbart’s heart showed extensive changes.

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THE HALF-LIFE & EFFECTS OF CYANIDE

Andrew Breitbart’s autopsy was performed on March 2, 2012, and his private autopsy on March 4, 2012 – with this length in-time between his initial death and the testing of Breitbart’s blood, cyanide would be almost impossible to detect.

Assistant professor of criminal justice Chi-Chung (Jorn) Yu gives us a clue:

Due to the relatively short half-life of cyanide—from minutes to hours depending on the matrix—toxicological detection of cyanide to confirm cyanide poisoning may only be feasible within the first few hours following exposure,” he said. “Moreover, the volatility and reactivity of cyanide leave direct measurements highly susceptible to errors introduced during the sample collection and separation step.”

Cyanide levels in blood samples taken at autopsy the next day have been reported to decrease by approximately 79 percent.  Postmortem formation of cyanide may also occur and complicate the interpretation of cyanide results,” he said. “Therefore, the presence of cyanide becomes less feasible when the detection window.”

Cyanide effects explained by Dr. John Butt:

 

Chris Lasseter, the only eyewitness to Breitbart’s death, stated:

His skin was red, but around his hairline, he had a white band around his forehead.”

“He was just growling, like a grumble as he passed away.”

He made a guttural noise, just as he expelled his last breath, from the bowels of his stomach.” 

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Cyanide symptoms include cherry-red/pink skin, loss of gait, gastro-discomfort, agitation and blanching of the skin (due to loss of oxygen to the area and pressure) – This could be the reasoning behind the “white band” around Breitbart’s head.  Breitbart could’ve placed his hand on his forehead due to dizziness, causing pressure thus turning his skin white. 

Below is a GRAPHIC video of Michael Marin’s cyanide death.

The likelihood that Andrew Breitbart died from something other than “heart failure” is present, but we will probably never know for sure about the cyanide — we do have more evidence in the case of Michael Cormier, which supports a greater narrative that something isn’t right in Breitbart’s autopsy.

  Why would someone want to kill Andrew Breitbart?  What is the connection to online Trolls and Andrew Breitbart?  These questions are answered in PART III.

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Michael Cormier – The Breitbart Toe Tag: (The Connection of Michael Cormier and Andrew Breitbart)

EXIT 9 Investigations: Series 1 – Michael Cormier – The Breitbart Toe Tag: Connection of Michael Cormier & Andrew Breitbart)

THE BREITBART CORONER BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE

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In our original case files, we presented our theory that Michael Cormier was in the room at-the-time of an autopsy performed on Andrew Breitbart.  EXIT 9 has since uncovered new evidence and eyewitness accounts in the cases of Michael Cormier and Andrew Breitbart.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

March 1, 2012, is a date etched into the political spectrum and the lives of the Cormier family.  On this day, Michael Cormier enjoyed the sunny California weather at his brother’s house, Gary, along with their brother, Ed, and a couple other family members who were in town for a few weeks.  Gary was battling an aggressive form of cancer but that didn’t tamper the mood.  Laughs, memories, and Paul McCartney’s Blackbird filled the atmosphere; lyrics of the song now symbolize a different journey for Michael’s family.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life,
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

The moment of freedom arrived too soon and represented a shift in American politics that hadn’t been witnessed in the 21st century.  Andrew Breitbart, a media proprietor, and a political icon dead at age 43; sending a firestorm of conspiracy theories across the internet and changing the course of the 2012 U.S. Presidential election.  As the story unfolded — Michael, Ed and Gary caught a glimpse of the news report on the television, prompting Ed to say “turn it up.”

WHO WAS MICHAEL CORMIER?

Global uncertainties of the 1940s brought together families in a fashion unseen since the fight for America’s independence.  World War II dominated news headlines and affected the social spectrum daily; with the end of the war, the reestablishment of the American dream became the new mission.  Returning soldiers created what we know as the baby boom, and a new generation was born. 

One of these individuals had a destiny that manifested on June 7th, 1950; born to a Charlene and Arthur Cormier.  They named their child Michael — he was the first of eight children, next was Ed, Gary, Tim, Regina, Andy, Mary Ann, and Martha.  The Cormier family settled in Maine when Michael started grade school.  He demonstrated a shy and fainthearted demeanor as a boy; a pacifist who admired his surroundings with extensive detail.  An altercation with a bully from across the street would change his perspective. 

Michael encountered the boy while on his way from school one evening; the bully teased and hit Michael in the eye, knocking him to the ground.  Once at home, Michael’s father immediately noticed something was wrong and told him: “At times, we all have to defend ourselves, even if we get the worst of it. I want you to go back and face him and do the best you can.”  Michael fought the kid, and they eventually became close friends.

Michael attended a Catholic seminary located in Garrison, New York, for high school.  He loved all types of music, ranging from The Beatles, Wil Ackerman, Eric Clapton, and Kenny Logins.  Michael kept a transistor radio under his pillow and listened to 1640 am on WPTR; known for their Top 40 Playlist of the mid-1960s.

At sixteen Michael joined a band called The Corvells.  Michael performed rhythm guitar and keyboard, Jim Murphy rocked the drums, Tony Belskis was lead guitar, and Gerald Arsenault strummed the bass; each member also provided vocals.  They won the regional competition in 1967 at VOX Battle of the bands in Michael’s hometown of Rumford, Maine, at the Rumford Armory to a crowd of 1,500.  The group scheduled more performances and gained state-wide exposure.  In 1968 the Vietnam war had other plans for Michael; he volunteered for the war and became a USMC Field Radio Operator.

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(1968 – Promo Picture for the band The Corvells Tony (left), Gerald (middle), Michael (right), and Jim (back)

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(1970 – Michael Cormier – USMC)

He married his then-girlfriend Sharon Cormier on August 23, 1970, and started to settle down.  After a General discharge from the Marines, Michael attended California College of Mortuary just down the street from the Los Angeles County Coroners Office, graduating in 1975.  Michael was hired directly out of college at a mortuary in the Los Angeles area and found himself immersed and emotionally involved with brutal cases, children especially. 

Michael gravitated to a different mindset and got a job with Georgia Pacific Lumber Company, where he drove trucks around Los Angeles making deliveries to movie studios and musical events.  He later became a certified forklift operator and received second place in a local competition.  Often exhibiting the qualities of a philosopher, Michael found himself at odds with his current situation and future ambitions.  He once told his brother Ed “I want to be the best at whatever I do. Be it a forklift operator or a coroners tech.”

Ed recalled: “Mike told me even before he got the job that back when he was in mortuary college he’d walk by the Coroner’s office and say to himself that,” “I’d like to have a job here someday.”

After years in the lumber business, Michael was informed by a friend that there was an opening at the LA Coroner’s Office in 2003.  He applied, and his dream finally flourished into the perfect job.  Michael Cormier assisted on the autopsies of  Hollywood elites and provided insight into investigations regularly while rising to the rank of Coroner Technician II; performing the duties of corpse transportation, photographic evidence for autopsies, and much more.

WHO WAS ANDREW BREITBART?

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Andrew Breitbart was an activist with a resume that spans the political landscape from news outlets to blogospheres.  His spitfire agenda sparked the Tea Party movement to national fame, and his University lectures influenced many journalists across the United States.  Andrew Breitbart co-created two diverse and political websites; the liberal-minded Huffington Post with Arianna Huffington and the conservative-based Breitbart News Network with friend Larry Solov

Breitbart entered the political wave of controversies in 2009 when undercover videos of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) were published to his BigGovernmentNow website, the 2010 firing of Public Official Shirley Sherrod and in 2011 for exposing then-married New York Congressman Anthony Weiner and his correspondence of nude photos to several women.  Andrew Breitbart (wedding crashers style) interrupted Rep. Weiner’s press conference and instantly became a household name.  The left has far less to say about the man.  Breitbart was simply Breitbart.

In 2011, when Donald Trump was contemplating running for President as a Republican, stating “He will be the White House’s worst nightmare, and that Obama does not want to run against him,” Andrew Breitbart eerily called Trump “Not a conservative” and predicted a celebrity such as Trump would eventually win the Presidency, suggesting that it may be the only way to beat the Obama Administration/Democrats.  

During a February 10, 2012, CPAC speech, Breitbart made a remark about President Obama that sent his right-wing fan base into a frenzy:

I’ve got video from his college days that show you why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change were sold in 2008… the videos are going to come out.” 

The footage eventually became available after Breitbart’s death.  The video showed Obama embracing Harvard Professor Derrick Bell at a speech; Professor Bell was best known for his lectures on Critical Race Theory and founder of the theory itself.  Conspiracy Theorists and his loyal followers believe Breitbart possessed more material on Obama that would’ve swayed the 2012 election.

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(1990 – Obama and Professor Derrick Bell)

Before his death, Andrew Breitbart conversed via telephone with Sheriff Arpaio regarding Obama’s birth certificate and had been working on the concept/new format for his BigGovernment/Breitbart platform – including the strategic release of the Obama video(s).

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012

On the night of February 29th, 2012, Breitbart arrived at a Los Angeles hotspot called the Brentwood.  He mostly kept to himself, tweeting back at other Twitter users and sipping on red wine.  A random conversation sparked with marketing executive Arthur Sando about the current state of politics; Andrew left soon after.  He suffered an apparent heart attack and dropped dead in the same neighborhood the bar is located within around 11:30 p.m.  He was pronounced dead on March 1 at age 43. 

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An eyewitness (Christopher Lasseter) to the death of Andrew Breitbart described the scene to investigative journalist Paul Huebl and was published on WND.

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(Christopher Lasseter)

There was a thick white band around his forehead all the way around his hairline, bright red face, thick, thick white band – made me make a double-take.

THE  TOE TAG CONNECTION

FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

Deputy Medical Examiner Juan M Carrillo of The LA Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy on Andrew Breitbart.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2012

March 4, 2012, Michael received a phone call to assist on a private autopsy for a celebrity case.  MAC Autopsy Services was a small business LLC Michael organized for work outside of the Coroner’s office; this enabled him to take side jobs for extra cash.  The private autopsy was conducted by a Dr. David Posey of Glen Oaks Pathology GroupOn his website, Dr. Posey is described as “having personally conducted greater than 3,000 autopsies.  He has been sought out for expert forensic consultation for Discovery Channel documentaries and Unsolved Mysteries.”  Michael had worked with for Glen Oaks Pathology Group many times before, often performing the entire autopsy while Dr. Posey observed, and this case was to be no different. 

Michael arrived back and gave a souvenir of sorts to Ed before his flight back with the family to New Hampshire.

 

Look who I worked on” Michael said, pulling out a security crypt toe tag with BREITBART, ANDREW written on it — along with a case number. 

 

Michael made an off-hand comment that Breitbart’s heart was enlarged and that was the end of the discussion with Ed.  Michael made another statement to a family member who wishes to remain anonymous. They recalled Michael saying, “Breitbart’s family was suspicious of the death and wanted a second opinion.”

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(Ed and Michael Cormier)

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012

Michael’s brother Gary passed away on March 29, 2012.  Gary’s Funeral arraignments were made to have his ashes transported near his hometown in Maine.  The funeral was to take place in June. Michael had already bought his plane ticket, he had talked to his sister Gina on the telephone and sounded in good spirits despite the situation.  Michael really wanted to take a trip down memory lane while walking the streets he frequented growing up. 

MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012

The official Breitbart toxicology report performed by Supervising Criminalist II Dan Anderson (pictured below) is finished but not released.

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(Dan Anderson)

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

April 13, Michael started to feel sick.  He experienced severe diarrhea and vomiting.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012

Michael attended the Palmdale Cancer Walk event on April 15.  He became sick; a friend suggested that he eat a small snack, and Michael started to feel better for a while.

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(Michael @ Palmdale Cancer Walk)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012

Michael tried to enjoy a night out to dinner with friends and couldn’t finish his meal.  Michael went to Kaiser hospital and was admitted for observation due to complaints of chest pains but was released the next day with medication.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

In the early morning hours of April 20, paramedics were called to his home, and he was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center.  Ed found out Michael was in the hospital and called to check on his status; he suggested they test for poison due to Michael’s profession.  The doctors found heavy metals in Michael’s blood, later confirmed to be arsenic. 

Arsenic has often been a choice of spiteful housewives and murderers who want to leave no trace.  In the 1800’s it became readily available as an effective pesticide against rodents.  A doctor usually can’t determine if arsenic poisoning is involved without tests – this is because the symptoms resemble those of diarrhea & vomiting, which can be mistaken for a virus.  In a methodical approach, arsenic can be used in small batches to prolong death and mimic a genetic illness.

Assistant LA Coroner Chief Ed Winter arrived first on scene at the hospital along with two unidentified LA Coroner employees.  Two police officers Anatole (Badge #36969) and Ruiv (Badge #36956) were called by Ed Winter to file an injury report in regards to the poisoning. 

Michael Cormier died in the hospital (aged 61).

KTLA TV reporter Elizabeth Espinosa first reported the Michael Cormier death.

Andrew Breitbart’s preliminary autopsy results were published by LA Coroner’s Office Chief of Operations Craig Harvey.  

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Andrew Breitbart’s death was officially contributed to natural causes due to the onset of heart failure.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012

Detective Steve Castro of North Hollywood Homicide is the lead investigator on the case. He didn’t receive word from Burbank Police Department about Michael’s death until April 24.  The lapse of communication between the departments is a major flaw in the case.  Detective Steve Castro told Ed Cormier that if he had not called the hospital about the possibility of poisoning, then the arsenic wouldn’t have been found.

Conspiracy theories led by blogs, papers like National Examiner, and Infowars’ Alex Jones claimed that Michael Cormier conducted the Andrew Breitbart autopsy and was murdered for it. This led to two different officials, LAPD Homicide Supervisor Det. Rich Wheeler and LA Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter to release statements shortly after Michael’s death to debunk his connection to the Breitbart case. 

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MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

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Ed Winter stated to news agencies that Michael Cormier never assisted on the Andrew Breitbart autopsy because “Only doctors had ever worked on the case because foul play was never suspected.” and thatMr. Cormier was not the attendant on Mr. Breitbart’s case, nor did he do any of the handling nor any of the investigation.”

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012

LAPD Detective Rich Wheeler relayed a similar statement to the TheDailyBeast.com —  “He (Cormier) had nothing to do with the autopsy or anything to do with the case … That story is based on rumor and innuendo.”

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012

The LA Coroner’s Office released the official Andrew Breitbart autopsy report.  The full report also confirms that Andrew Breitbart’s death was officially contributed to natural causes due to the onset of heart failure.

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The number located on the Breitbart autopsy report matches the security crypt toe tag given to Ed Cormier.

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DISCREPANCIES, AUTOPSIES, AND THE DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE

Not only have we established Andrew Breitbart’s family were “suspicious of his death” enough that they paid for a private autopsy; they also requested a comprehensive toxicology test from the LA Coroner’s Office to check for cyanide (proving suspicion of foul play), and Michael Cormier did indeed work on a Breitbart autopsy (confirming Ed Winter’s statement to be false).

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Cyanide was not found in the tests administrated by Dan Anderson (Supervising Criminalist II).

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012

Two different doctors from the LA Coroners Office – Dr. Ortiz (Coroner who performed Michael’s autopsy) and Dr. Rangan (Toxicologist) were informed that advanced testing couldn’t be performed on Michael Cormier’s stomach contents.

Dr. Ortiz – Michael Cormier Autopsy Report Form 12, page 8:

Opinion: “The demise of this 61-year-old is the result of acute intoxication by arsenic.  Arsenic is a metalloid element, whose effects are produced by blockage of the intracellular metabolic pathways with resultant cessation of cellular activity and death.  The symptoms of acute arsenic intoxication are nonspecific and mainly are gastrointestinal (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) such as manifested in this case, which slowly progressed to multiorgan failure and death.  Arsenic can present as the salt of the element (inorganic) or compounded with organic molecules (so-called organic). The most toxic is the inorganic variety.  In this case, the source of the arsenic remains unknown in spite of multiple attempts to characterize it.

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 Cyrus Rangan M.D./Medical Toxicologist states to Chief Medical Examiner Lakshmanan in the Forensic Consultant’s Report Form 13:

Upon initial review of this case, I had inquired as to whether the arsenic levels could be speciated, to determine the relative contributions of trivalent and pentavalent arsenic to his total arsenic level.  In addition, I had acquired as to whether the stomach contents could be further tested to determine the form of arsenic salt that was detected.  These inquiries were an effort to characterize the decedent’s exposure specifically, with the prospect that a potential source of arsenic might be determinable.  I was informed that these advanced tests would not be possible.  Therefore, my conclusion based on available data is that the decedent died from severe acute arsenic poisoning of unknown origin.  The clinical presentation and the level of arsenic detected in the blood and stomach are consistent with a large, recent intentional exposure.”

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013

Ed Cormier and Dr. Ortiz conducted a conversation about the case.  We have provided two minutes of an audio recording and a transcript.  This snippet contains Ed inquiring about why Michael’s blood and stomach contents had not been tested.

Ed Cormier: “I’m just wondering Dr. Ortiz, you mention the word the lab was inefficient…. (stutters) I’m not sure I understand what you’re saying here.”

Dr. Ortiz: “Well, I’m saying the lab, they either didn’t have the resources, or they didn’t want to do it. Uhh, so in that sense — the lab was not efficient, they were not able to answer our question. It was all, it answered the questions that already the laboratory from the hospital had asked.”

Ed Cormier: “We’re puzzled by the fact. That, umm, there was enough arsenic in Mike’s stomach still, that, uh, we felt that there should’ve been some test that could be performed to determine if this is a inorganic arsenic or an organic arsenic. That would narrow down the search immensely. Are there still samples available from Michael that can be tested or retested?”

Dr. Ortiz: “I have to check, Mr. Cormier. I can give you a call back on Monday. I have to check if we have something. Uhh.”

Ed Cormier: “I only have a couple more questions. One is, and it actually has to do with Dr. Rangan, so this might not be a fair question to you, and you could tell me if I need to speak with Dr. Rangan or if I could about it. But Dr. Rangan said that he inquired if whether the arsenic levels could be speciated in order to determine the relevant contributions of trivalent and pentavalent arsenic to his total arsenic level. Now he said he inquired, but then after he gives this statement, he never gives an answer as to…”

Dr. Ortiz:He inquired. He got the same answer I got, we can’t do it. We cannot do it. There’s no way we can do it”.

Ed Cormier:Yes. Yeah, because in the last sentence of this paragraph he says “I was informed that these advanced tests would not be possible” And my question is, who told him these advanced tests would not be possible, and why? Why were these advanced tests not possible?”

Dr. Ortiz: Well, Mr. Cormier; I don’t know exactly which person from the lab told Dr. Rangan that statement, but that’s… uhh that’s what we were told. Him and myself… by the laboratory supervisor… Mr. Dan Anderson… Anderson was the one who told him he could not find anyone who could do that, and sorry we can’t do that.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014

Ed Cormier never received the phone call from Dr. Ortiz or anyone associated with the LA Coroner’s Office.  After a year of waiting – Ed Cormier is told by Interim Chief Dan Anderson via email that there was no stomach contents to be tested “since his stomach was pumped at the hospital.

Ed emailed back and corrected him, indicating that in Anderson’s lab report, the stomach contained 2300ppm of arsenic Dan Anderson replied that the stomach contents were discarded “per retention policy,” on March 25th, 2013, however, other samples were not disposed of.

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Dan Anderson: “As of today, Labs is in possession of HB, Fbx3, Vit, EDTA, Hosp bldx1, Hosp serumx2.  The ST, Liv, Bile, Urine Skeletal muscle, Fat, and Msentin fat were discarded on 3-25-13 per retention policy.  If I recall correctly, he spent several days in the hospital—therefore, testing of the stomach would not be so relevant as they may have already pumped his stomach.

Ed Cormier: “Thanks, Dan, However, your recollection is not correct.  Mike did not spend several days in the hospital, only several hours.  His stomach was not pumped.  Submitted stomach contents contained 2300ppm of arsenic according to a lap report emailed to you 5/9/2012.  We need the stomach contents. Do you have it, Dan?

Dan Anderson: “Stomach contents?  My apologies about my recollection. As stated, the specimens (as stated) were discarded.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

Lab tests were finally conducted on Michael Cormier’s blood by recommendation of Ed Cormier who did a simple Google search to find “Laboratory of the Applied and Special Consulting.”  Michael’s blood samples showed the arsenic to be of inorganic origin — which means it was more than likely created in a private lab or corporation.

QUESTIONS

Michael died from arsenic poisoning, and LA Coroner’s Office published the PRELIMINARY AUTOPSY REPORT on Andrew Breitbart – not a mere coincidence any more when you add the evidence of the toe tag.  Did Michael find something during the private autopsy of Breitbart that contradicted the LA Coroner’s results?  Family and friends stated to EXIT 9I that Michael always carried a small blue journal that included poetry, and notes from cases.  The notebook has not been recovered and was not included in the personal belongings given to Michael’s wife. 

The LA Coroner’s Office answers to the Mayor of Los Angeles. At the time of Andrew Breitbart’s and Michael Cormier’s death, Antonio Villaraigosa served as the Mayor for Los Angeles (2005-2013) and was a member of President Obama’s 2008 Economic Advisory Board and the Chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.  Antonio Villaraigosa has beaten or paid fines related to ethics violations — he is currently a Democratic candidate for the Governor of California.

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(Antonio Villaraigosa)

Detective Castro interviewed Michael’s wife, and she was cleared of any connection to the investigation; in a statement to TheDailyBeast.com, he said:

She was cooperative. She didn’t admit to doing anything. She was stunned to find out he had arsenic poisoning in his system.

No arsenic was found at Michael’s residence, nor at the LA Coroner’s Office. All attempts to locate a manufacturer that had sold arsenic to Michael were dead ends.

Ed Winter quoted to the DailyBeast.com regarding the arsenic:

He had a history of heart problems, but it was the arsenic that killed him.”

We don’t know if it was given to him or self-ingested,”

We can’t prove he took it himself, or we can’t prove someone gave it to him.”

Detective Castro’s quote to the DailyBeast.com:

Back in the day, they sold straight arsenic to kill insects. Now it is monitored so closely you can’t basically get it. … The puzzling thing is where the arsenic came from.”

If Michael’s stomach contents were preserved, the exact origin of the arsenic could’ve been traced.  Dan Anderson emailed Ed that he couldn’t find a lab to perform the tests needed on the blood.  Michael ingested enough arsenic in the last 24/48 hours of his life that it crystallized in his stomach.  The stomach contents were never sent to a private lab nor tested within the LA Coroner’s Office.  Why?  And why did the blood tests take over two years to perform?  EXIT 9I found a company that could’ve completed the tests; the Google search took ten seconds to find a suitable lab. 

Stomach contents, especially in arsenic cases, are essential to the investigation in more than one-way.  In the 1800s stomach contents were thrown into a fire, if they emitted a sense of garlic, the corpse was suspected of dying from arsenic.  We now possess technological advances in the testing of stomach contents, which is a crucial piece of evidence in almost every homicide case.

As stated by Exploreforsenics.co.uk – In most autopsies, the contents of the stomach are an important piece of evidence, which can sometimes prove to be the difference between accidental death and foul play.”

The LA Coroner’s Office performs over 10,000 autopsies a-year, with a volume that high, no one expects them to keep stomach contents from every case… but this was “one of their own,” and they went out-of-there-way to not test critical evidence in an unsolved case.  Backlogs and financial restraints have plagued the LA Coroner’s office, leaving many employees no choice but to leave for better jobs.  Michael Cormier didn’t go on his own terms.

*We have LOADS of more evidence; we couldn’t include it all in one article–

 What’s the connection of cyanide to Andrew Breitbart’s death?  What are the effects of cyanide?  These questions are answered in Part II.

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Christopher Thompkins: (Missing in Harris County)

EXIT 9 Investigations: Series 1 – Christopher Thompkins: (Missing in Harris County)

Mysteries seem to arise quite a bit in Harris County, Georgia.  Christopher Thompkins left his house at 8:10 am on January 25, 2002, for a typical day at-work; this day was far from average though – Christopher vanished into thin air and has never been seen again.  The case has stumped top law enforcement officers and web sleuths ever since. 

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2002

Thompkins was one of four surveyors assigned to a stretch of woods located along Warm Springs Road and Georgia 85, adjacent to County Line Road.  He was working with his three co-workers, spaced-out 50 feet from each other and walking in the same direction – he was also the last one in the line.  Thompkins and the co-worker in front of him were engaged in a conversation within eyesight of each other; the co-worker turned his head for a split second, by the time he looked back, Thompkins was gone.

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One of the co-workers eventually phoned their boss around 1 p.m. to inform them of Christopher’s disappearance; they then called 911 to report that he had simply vanished.  Christopher Thompkins’ mother (Mrs. Ann Mckenzie) wasn’t contacted about her son’s disappearance until 4:15 that evening.  Law Enforcement Officer’s relayed to the Thompkins family that they had to wait 24 hours to file a missing person’s report.  The Thompkins’ family rallied together volunteers and searched the area for Christopher.

They found the following items along the fence-line near where he was working.

  • Work Boot hanging on the barbed wire fence with specs of blood on it
  • Work tools
  • A blue fiber from his pants
  • 12 cents

 

 

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ONE WEEK LATER

  • One of Christopher’s co-workers hired a lawyer. 
  • Another one (unidentified time period) went to prison for an unrelated crime and was administered a lie-detector test regarding Christopher’s disappearance; reports are conflicted on whether he passed or not.

 

MONTHS LATER

Christopher’s second work boot is found miles away near private property off I-85.

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FACTS OF THE CASE

Christopher’s boss stated Thompkins was acting “strangely” before his disappearance.  Christopher’s mother has denounced this and said that her son was normal as usual.

Christopher’s mother worked as a babysitter for Christopher’s boss.

The police believe that Christopher “walked off the job site” leaving his shoe and other belongings.

None of the co-workers were officially interrogated.

The GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) has had over 20 different agents work on the case.  There’s a new GBI agent on the matter. 

Christopher is 5’7, 124 pounds.  Located on the right arm, he has a tattoo of an ice cream cone with his name inscribed within it; a joker’s head wearing a hat is attached to the top of the cone.

He was wearing a black shirt with a gray plaid jacket with a gray hood, a black skull cap, a black watch, navy blue Dickie work pants, and tan FUBU work boots.

 

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Kurt Sova PART II: (THE UPDATES: Weather Timeline, Duplex, and Franko revealed)

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Kurt Sova DATE OF DISAPPEARANCE: OCT 23rd, 1981

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  • October 23rd, 1981 – Rain
  • October 24th – Clear
  • October 25th – Clear
  • October 26th – Fog was dense
  • October 27th – Fog was thick
  • DATE OF BODY FOUND: October, 28th, 1981.
  • This was a NEW MOON phase. The weather was clear and had a temp of 54 degrees. 

(From the Duplex to the ravine where Kurt was found is 926ft)

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(View of the side street that runs beside the warehouse and ravine)

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(Kurt’s old house which is located 2 miles from the duplex where he attended the party; it’s a 30/40 minute walk)

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THE FRANKO CONNECTION

Project Astral has obtained new information from an UNKNOWN SOURCE that has been posting on the Unsolved Mysteries forum.  Their information has checked-out, and we are now posting those findings.  

Here is the original statement:

Anonymous

May 22, 2017, at 4:46 AM

“December 6, 1981 …. Craig H. Franko was killed Thursday as he worked at a downtown service station.”

“That is most likely the “Franco” Kurt got int the van with. There are more apparent connections to Kurt and Eugene’s deaths around the same time period, not to mention that 2 of the Newburgh Heights investigating officers were fired for corruption, and 3 others were killed in a car crash while the driver, another officer survived but jumped bond and disappeared. 35 years have passed, and while I was only involved after the fact (I am one of the three boys that found Kurt) I still think about the case and all the loose ends that no one ever followed up on, even though much was reported in 81, then again during the filming of the UM segment.”  – UNKNOWN SOURCE

We researched Craig H. Franko (20) and found this information: Craig Franko was shot while working at a local gas station in Cuyahoga County (which is about a 10-minute drive from where Kurt was found dead.)

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Sohio offers reward Associated Press CLEVELAND The Standard Oil Co. of Ohio has posted a $10,-000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting death of a Sohio employee in Cleveland. Craig H. Franko was killed Thursday as he worked at a downtown service station.” – Akron Beacon Journal

Who is Chief James F. Lukas?  Is there any other details on him and Robert Carras?  Why did the police investigation fail at catching the killer(s) of Kurt Sova and Eugene Kvet?  We answer these questions in Part III.

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Kurt Sova: (The Mystery in Newburgh Heights)

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The case first gained traction on an episode of Unsolved Mysteries: Season 1 – Episode 9 entitled “Halloween Party Death.”

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1981

On the misty Friday night of October 23rd, 1981, a 17-year-old went missing in the small town of Newburgh Heights, Ohio.  What happened next is a complete mystery composed of eyewitness accounts, theories, and a botched investigation by a corrupt detective.

Kurt Sova didn’t attend school on this particular Friday; he persuaded a patron at a local liquor store to buy him a bottle of Everclear and headed to his girlfriend’s house.  Later that night he attended a party that was taking place a few blocks from his home, his friend Samuel C. Carroll tagged along.  This party was at Harvard Ave in a duplex shared by Debbie Sams, her brother Clayton, and a female roommate named Misi.

(*Debbie is referred to as Susan in the Unsolved Mysteries episode due to legal reasons during the time of its broadcast). 

The crowd at the party were a couple of years older than Kurt and Samuel.  Kurt allegedly became disruptive while consuming alcohol and/or drugs, and this caused him to fall ill and start vomiting.

Samuel stated that he accompanied Kurt outside for 20-30 minutes.  Kurt sported a yellow t-shirt, Samuel also only had on a t-shirt.  The temperature was a chilly 56 degrees, this tempted Samuel to go back into the house to grab their jackets.  Kurt rested against the chain-link fence.  After a brief trip inside (2 or 3 minutes), Samuel arrived back to the scenario of a missing Kurt.

He searched the nearby streets and a parking lot connected to J.L. Goodman Furniture Inc. warehouse, (this location not being far from the spot where Kurt was eventually found).  After no luck in locating Kurt, he assumed Kurt had walked home; Samuel went back to the party. 

Samuel Carroll’s statement: I can only guess that someone he knew picked him up because it happened that fast.  Someone had to pick him up in a car.”

SATURDAY/SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24/25, 1981

The next day (Saturday) Dorothy and Ken Sova (Kurt’s parents) became worried and started to roam the streets looking for his whereabouts.  They searched the ravines, alleyways, dumpsters, the local haunted house attraction and had no luck.  On Sunday, Kurt was officially registered as a missing person; Dorothy also overheard rumors that there was a party that Kurt had socialized at.  Dorothy went to the duplex and was received by Misi, Debbie nor Clayton was present.  Misi denied any knowledge of a party and claimed to not have seen Kurt that night.

A further investigation located a pizza delivery worker who provided an eyewitness statement of the party and Kurt’s attendance.  Dorothy and Ken were sure on this information, they went to the house and found Kurt’s jacket. The Sova family was then ordered by the Police Chief James F. Lukas to cease any attempts to visit the house, notifying them that any further progression of their efforts would result in harassment.  Missing posters went up around the town, and up to 50+ volunteers participated in the search.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1981

Slavic Village Records, a hip and stylish place that engulfed the essence of the early ’80s.  A homeless man who had been hanging around the record store had been a fixture outside for a few weeks, bragging of access to bodies flown into Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.  He talked about stealing the shoes from the bodies.  On this Monday, he finally came into the store and pointed to a flier of Kurt taped to the window. 

The homeless man said to store manager Judy Oros: “They’re going to find him and they’re gonna find him in two days, and they’re not going to know what happened to him.”

TUESDAY, OCTOBER, 27, 1981

Tuesday morning around 3 a.m., Dorothy got a phone call from Debbie that Kurt was sleeping on a cot in the basement of the duplex.  Ken Sova kicked in the door but found no Kurt, only an empty cot.  The frenzy of false clues and constant defiance from eyewitnesses made the search into a living hell.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1981

Wednesday, around 5:30 p.m., three local kids found the body of Kurt Sova in a ravine near the J.L. Furniture Warehouse, merely 500 yards from Debbie’s Duplex (Ken Sova had searched this very same area 24 hours earlier).  His body was positioned in a puddle amongst the trash, face turned to the side, to form a Christ-like crucifixion.  Both shoes were missing, his left shoe was eventually found between two rocks — twelve feet away from the body.  Kurt’s right foot had a sock on; his left foot didn’t.

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(Photo from EXIT 9 reenactment)

  Kurt had a bruise on his cheek and numerous bruises on his shins.  A few abrasions were found on his flesh.  No bullet holes, knife wounds, needle punctures, or internal injuries existed.  Lt. Robert Carras from the Newburgh Heights Police Department was assigned the case.  The quote below is from his interview with Unsolved Mysteries.

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It is our belief his body was dumped out there, and whoever the person or persons were, knew the area. And they knew people go back there and ride dirt bikes and kids play back there, so they knew that eventually within a certain amount of time… that he would be found” – Robert Carras

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1981

Thursday morning, the homeless man appeared back at the record store.  Judy isn’t at work yet, the man instructed a nearby merchant to give a bouquet of flowers to her.  There was an accompanying note that read “Roses are red, the sky is blue.  They found him dead, and they’ll find you, too.”  The police picked the man up and questioned him, finding him to be of no harm, they released him.  He was never seen from again.

AUTOPSY/EVIDENCE/EYEWITNESSES

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Kurt’s autopsy was performed by Lester Adelson, Chief Deputy Coroner of Cuyahoga County.  The autopsy determined Kurt had been dead 24-36 hours before his body was found, meaning he was alive for at least three days after leaving the party.  The coroner could not determine an official cause of death.  Kurt Sova had no preexisting medical conditions, no drugs were found in the autopsy, and he didn’t have enough alcohol in his system to kill him.  Deputy Coroner Adelson cites this as “Diagnosis by exclusion.” 

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(David Trunsnik)

David Trunsnik, one of Kurt’s close friends, came forward and claimed to have seen Kurt three days after he had disappeared (Monday), less than a mile from Kurt’s house.  David witnessed Kurt walking with another individual, as he gained ground on the distance between the two of them walking — David saw a van pull up, and Kurt yell out “Franko!  Kurt entered the van and was never seen from again.

The investigation did get a new lead, a local by the name of Angeline Reddicks stated she saw two males dragging what looked like to be an unconscious teenage male toward the ravine.  This account was never relayed to the Sova family and only came to their attention when they ran into Angeline and sparked a conversation.  She waited to give a statement out-of-fear but finally contacted the sheriff’s department in 1989 but never heard back. 

She stated: I seen them taking a boy down the alley.  It was just before Halloween,” said Reddicks, who said she witnessed the scene one afternoon from a window in her house on Washington Park Blvd. “One foot was barefoot.  I’m almost sure it was the right one.  I figured – “Couple teenagers with a couple beers too many, and they’re probably trying to sober up.”

Although the Unsolved Mysteries episode showed a reenactment of a crime scene in which photographs were taken of Kurt’s crucified position, none of the actual crime scenes were documented.  The only Polaroid pictures consisted of Kurt on the stretcher and in the ambulance.  The police never searched the duplex, and no request was made to nearby Cleveland PD for assistance in the investigation; an inquiry from Cleveland PD was turned away by Newburgh Heights PD, according to Dorothy Sova. 

Four different agencies (Cuyahoga Sheriff’s Department, F.B.I., Newburgh Heights PD, Cleveland PD) looked into the case and found no new leads.  Eighteen months after Kurt’s death, a Cleveland Police Detective Al Figler looking into the case found the handling of crime-scene by Newburgh PD to be a “joke.”  Missing paperwork, lack of evidence, and forthcoming witnesses plagued the cold case.

  The investigation is also tainted by former Detective Robert Carras and  Newburgh Heights Police Chief James F. Lukas.  Robert Carras pleaded guilty to striking Eric Kotonski of Newburgh Heights with a flashlight during a drunken-driving arrest in December 1990; kicking John Rogers of Cleveland as Rogers lay handcuffed after a February 1989 abduction and harassment arrest; pulling Larry Villanueva’s hair during questioning about a February 1989 break-in; and striking Donal Geib across the face during the same interrogation. 

Carras was also convicted on drug and corruption charges.  James Lukas who served as Newburgh Height’s Police Chief (1976-1984) falsified documents for a police dispatcher and was found to have a criminal history, including a conviction for dereliction of duty.  Lukas has defended the Kurt Sova investigation, stating to The Plain Dealer newspaper in 1991:

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“That’s not even fair. What happened was completely unrelated.  That’s the only part I take offense to. That (Sova) case was handled on the up and up.” – James Lukas 

JANUARY 1982

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January 1982Eugene Kvet is found dead under similar circumstances to Kurt Sova’s death and disappearance.  His shoe was missing, and he was also found in a ravine; Eugene (14) was around the same age as Kurt.

What are the circumstances revolving around Eugene’s vanishing and murder?  What color shirt was he wearing?

  What weather elements pertain to the Kurt Sova Death?  Who was Franko?  What does the duplex that Kurt attended the party look like today?  These questions are answered in Part II

 

This is an official EXIT 9 investigation.

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