Wednesday, May 02, 2007

IF YOU WERE THERE...

...as I was, you've always suspected that there was a coordinated order to fire.

i hope this finally proves it:













Apr 29, 11:35 PM EDT

Victim says tape of Kent State shootings reveals order to fire

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A man who was shot when National Guard troops opened fire on anti-war protesters at Kent State University 37 years ago said Sunday the federal government should reopen its investigation because an audio recording taken on campus that day reveals an order to fire.

Alan Canfora, who was shot and wounded in the right wrist, said he requested a copy of the nearly 30 minute tape six months ago from Yale University, where a government copy had been stored in an archive. Just before a 13-second barrage of gunfire, a voice on the tape yells, "Right here! Get Set! Point! Fire!" Canfora said.

The FBI investigated whether an order had been given to fire on May 4, 1970, and said it could only speculate. One theory was that a guardsman panicked or fired intentionally at a student and others fired when they heard the shot.

"We think this is a troubling piece of evidence that was somehow overlooked," said Canfora, who planned to release CD copies of the recording Tuesday at news conference at Kent State, about 30 miles southeast of Cleveland. "We're not seeking revenge or a new prosecution of guardsmen, we just want the truth."

Canfora said he cannot identify the voice on the tape or say for certain that it belongs to a guardsman. The government should analyze the recording using new technology, he said.

Mark Wayda, spokesman for the Ohio National Guard, said Sunday he was unaware of the tape and declined comment.

Four Kent State students were killed and nine were wounded in a clash with students that followed several days of anti-Vietnam War protests.

In 1974, eight guardsmen tried on federal civil rights charges were acquitted by a U.S. judge.

Canfora said the reel-to-reel audio recording was made by Terry Strubbe, a student who placed a microphone in a window sill of his dormitory that overlooked the anti-war rally. Strubbe turned the tape over to the FBI, which made a copy and gave it back, Canfora said.

Sounds of the gunfire were played during court proceedings, but Canfora said he was unaware whether attorneys listened to the whole recording.

Strubbe, who still lives near Kent, keeps the original tape in a safe deposit box, said Canfora, who heads a nonprofit organization at Kent State that leads a candlelight vigil every May 4 to mark the anniversary of the shootings.

Strubbe has an unlisted phone number.










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5 Comments:

Anonymous JK in PA said...

Is a cassette tape stored in a safe deposit box going to be playable after 37 years?

Might have to bake it, like re-mastering engineers have to do to get one last play out of deteriorated master tapes.

3:04 PM  
Blogger CBeezwax said...

baking is easy/works well, tho obviously the tape has to be taken out of its plastic housing. and i have old cassettes that play just fine. magnetism is great...it's digital that degrades.

i hope finally we can get those bastards.

cb

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe someone needs to contact all the guard members of that time and see if they might recall the 1970's comments Shafer may have made. It appears his mates forgot the comments when interviewed three years later.

(Terry Norman the only student carrying a weapon that day has a phone number listed as a Pisgah Forest, NC tele. )

=============================
Copy No. 1 - USA, Cleveland



Report Ofc. SA (deleted) Office CLEVELAND
Date 11-15-73

Field Office File # 44-703 Bureau FILE # 44-45339


Title KILLING OF FOUR STUDENTS AT
KENT STATE UNIVERSTIY
KENT, OHIO
5/4/70
ALLISON KRAUSE: ET AL - VICTIMS

CATEGORY CIVIL RIGHTS


Synopsis

Upon contacting appropriate officers of the Ohio National Guard (ONG) at Ravenna and Akron, Ohio, regarding ONG radio logs and availability of service record books, the respective ONG officer advised that any inquiries concerning the Kent State University (KSU) incident should be directed to the Office of the Adjutant General, ONG, Columbus, Ohio. Three persons interviewed regarding reported conversation by St Lawrence Shafer, ONG that SHAFER had bragged about “taking a bead” on JEFFREY MILLER at he time of ONG shooting and each interviewee unable to substantiate such a conversation. Photographs taken by (deleted), (deleted), (deleted), and (deleted) forwarded herewith. Zulu time is based on Greenwich Mean Time and is four hour ahead of Kent, Ohio, time during May, 1970.

- F -

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, the above FBI memo can be found onthe microfilm produced of all the KSU FBI document. this is not posted on the FBI site.

The memo posted previously is from FBI Cleveland office to the DC office

11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TAMPA BAY ONLINE HAD AN ARTILCE ON KENT STATE ON MAY 4 THE WRITER DID RESEARCH AND FOUND TERRY NORMAN AND WIFE KATHLEEN LIVES IN PISGAH FOREST, NC ( A BOSTON GLOBE WRITER REPORTED A FEW YEARS AGO HE WORKED AT A CAR DEALERSHIP)

AN ONLINE DIRECTORY SHOWING THE FOLLOWING: ( PROBABLY TERRY AND KATHLEEN)

Norman, T & K
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

828-877-3003

************************************************
other normans in area.

Norman, William K
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

828-877-3968




Norman, Grant Jr
Hudlin Gap Rd
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

828-884-9490

2:01 AM  

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