Dover Delaware, 2012

On October 6, 2012 in Dover Delaware this blogger was confronted with claims of a lynching, an attempted lynching and a cover up that were not immediately credible ... Here is my weblog as I struggle to place in some kind of order all the information coming in since then. Although the topics in this blog have grown beyond the original case, still ongoing and unsolved to the minds of many, the focus is the same. Equal protection under the law.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Modus Operandi and the man we didn't know

 Modus Operandi means roughly mode of operation.  In Investigative circles it's a pattern that can be spotted. Holdup man with white high top sneakers and small revolver, for a quick example. How something was done. Four cars stolen by taking out passenger window with a brick for instance.

  After a local newspaper covered the story of three activists petitioning city council for independent investigations into a death ruled suicide and a reported attack on a local man, something happened. A phone call was made to Dr. Jahi Issa by a person or persons who knew a young man named Charles Conley.

   His death in October 2010 was also determined to be a suicide. Black man, hanging in a tree, in public, in Dover, not far from where Johnny Clark would die two years hence . Hanging from his own belt just like Clark. Ruled officially to be a suicide just like Johnny Clark.

    In October of 2010 and May of 2012 a black man died hanging from  a tree by his own belt. In the case of Mr. Johnny Clark, local barber on May 12 2012 it was apparently the belt he was wearing. Charles Conley' mother has stated that in October 2010 Charles hung from two of his own belts tied together. Do not know if he ever wore two belts.

  It it possible that two men hang themselves from trees in public in such a small place? Dover Delaware is a small city with less than 40,000 residents. Only 38% of that number are African American. Then you have the general tendency of folks to kill themselves in an isolated place. Remember that Non Hispanic Black males are less likely to commit suicide than Europeans and Asians.

  Then we are left with the modus operandi. Both deaths occurred with the victim's own belt. It could be speculated that Henry J. Fordham would have heard something about Johnny Clark's means of demise and incorporated it into his own narrative. Even so, this ligature mark on Henry's neck may be consistent with his statement. Namely that these two European American men tried to strangle him with his own belt.

  Said attempted strangulation occurring at the same park where Johnny Clark died.

  At the end of the day, we have two men with nothing in common except skin tone hanging from trees in Dover Delaware by their own belts within a small geographic area near Silver Lake, and another man with a mark on his neck from what he claims is an attempt at strangling him by two men. Two men who according to more than one source confessed to killing Johnny Clark, one of the suicide victims.

   For your ease of review, videos taken by War on the Horizon are posted here. Whether or not you agree with agenda of WOH, I admire them for getting out into the field with their crew and capturing these interviews to video.

Last but not least, here is a google earth screen capture showing the relatively small area where these events occurred The area where Charles Conley was found is lower right, Silver lake park where Johnny Clark was found and Henry Fordham was assaulted are upper left. There is a football field at the college for scale. Looks like less than quarter mile distance walking. 

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