The following was taken from the September 21, 1999 edition of the New York Post. Sadly, it turns out to not be his biggest crime. See the books page.
CLINTON’S BIGGEST CRIME
By STEVE DUNLEAVY
IT WON’T be hard to find Bill Clinton in New York today – just follow the traffic jams that his visits always produce. But don’t look for his conscience. For the past 14 years, you wouldn’t have been able to find it with AWAC radar and search parties. I am not talking about the scandals of lying to judges and juries, or low-jinks in high places, or Whitewater or Travelgate or Filegate. It has to do with a man called Wayne Dumond, over whose case I have agonized for long more than a decade. Dumond, now 52, was given conditional parole yesterday in Arkansas after having being sentenced to 50 years in jail for the rape of Clinton’s cousin. That rape never happened.
Is that just me saying so? No way. Some others who say so are: *The judge who sentenced Dumond under court guidelines to 50 years. In fact, the judge later quit the bench to become Dumond’s lawyer to prove his innocence. *Dr. Moses Schanfield, who headed the Genetic Testing Center in Denver and did sperm tests on the so-called victim’s jeans. “No way, zip, nada. No way Dumond was the donor of that sperm. It couldn’t have happened in a million years.” Schanfield was one of the experts sent to Bosnia to identify mystery graves. *Fred Odam, a retired Arkansas state police captain. He immersed himself in the case. He told me: “In all my time, this is the one case when I know a man is not guilty.” *Veteran journalist Gene Wirges, 72, who now publishes the “Common Sense American” and has battled this travesty from Day One: “Very few people thought Wayne was guilty, but a lot thought the Clinton kin and clan had to have revenge … against anyone – and Bill went along with the program.”
Despite the fact the Clinton cousin – whom I will not name, although The Associated Press has – failed to identify Dumond in two lineups, he was convicted. Despite the fact that she identified two other suspects, one an ex-boyfriend, Dumond was convicted Dumond will finally get out after nearly 14 years. Before Dumond turned himself in for his 50-year sentence, while awaiting surrender, something terrible happened. Two masked men burst into his house with a scalpel and surgical gloves and castrated him. You heard it right. The former Vietnam veteran and father of six was found hog-tied from a rafter by two of his schoolboy sons. Miraculously, he survived. A Clinton crony, Sheriff Coolidge Conlee, who also was a friend of the father of the Clinton cousin, had let the two animals out of jail to rob Dumond of his manhood. Sheriff Coolidge Conlee would die in jail after the feds nailed him for 60 years on a RICO charge. As Dumond was clinging to life in jail, the sheriff displayed his severed testicles in a jar on his desk. “I saw him pick them up and I saw the display,” state police Capt. Odam has told me. As Dumond’s testicles were on display on the sheriff’s desk, something else happened. Dumond’s house was torched to the ground. The father of the so-called rape victim was one of Clinton’s biggest donors in his race for the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. When Dumond finally gets released next month, his wife, Dusty, will not be able to greet him. She died two years ago – after years of pleading with Clinton to review the case while he was governor.
The man who, as president, would later grant clemency to FALN terrorists turned a deaf ear to her pleas. Whenever a reporter would ask Gov. Clinton about the case, he’d invariably respond: “I don’t comment on those things.” When pressed by other politicians, his response was: “The case [for a retrial or clemency] has no merit.” Sounds like Clinton knew a bit about executive privilege a long time ago. I have in the past spoken to Wayne Dumond for hours in his cell, and, apart from never seeing his wife when he gets his freedom, he says: “No, I’m not bitter. I’ve learned a lot. I think I’ve become one of those computer nuts while in jail.” We will be able to find Clinton today in New York. But who can find his conscience?
A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE – THE STORY OF WAYNE DUMOND
New York Post
June 1996 Steve Dunleavy
The bombshell Whitewater convictions that may be President Clinton’s darkest hour gave a middle-aged Arkansas housewife her brightest moment. “Now that the Clinton people are going to jail, maybe my husband will finally go free,” Mary Lou Dumond told me in Little Rock. Her husband, Wayne Dumond, 49, has just spent his 11th year in an Arkansas jail.
Many say that Dumond is the victim of one of the most bone-crunching and infuriating examples of Clinton-clan justice the country has ever seen. And now, because Clinton’s alleged bagman, Gov. Jimmy Guy Tucker, is going to jail, Dumond is set to see freedom.
“The new Governor, Mike Huckabee, has assured me Wayne will be a free man,” Mrs. Dumond said Thursday. “He is not one of the Clinton crowd. He is a very fair man. He has always been disturbed about the way the Clinton people never wanted my husband free,” she added. And there was a very good reason for the Clinton people not wanting her husband to go free.
The story of Wayne Dumond is not for the innocent eyes of the young, but every adult of voting age should read closely. These are the cold facts as an Arkansas court saw it: A 17 year-old girl says she was kidnapped and raped on Sept. 11, 1984, in Forrest City, Ark. Dumond, father of six, Vietnam veteran, churchgoer, was convicted in August 1985 of the rape. He was sentenced to life PLUS 20 years. An appeal by Dumond, under Gov. Clinton, got a response of: “No merit.”
What the public did not see, while Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas, were the following very unpretty facts–which Clinton, despite countless personal appeals, ignored:
A genetic expert stated unequivocally that sperm found on the girl’s jeans COULD NOT “IN A MILLION YEARS” belong to Dumond.
The victim identified two other men as her rapist but they had ironclad alibis and were set free.
She failed to pick out Dumond as her rapist when presented with a lineup.
But now the clincher: The father of the girl is a millionaire and one of Clinton’s biggest contributors. But guess what? The girl is Bill Clinton’s cousin. And her mother worked as part of Clinton’s inner circle when he was governor.
The worst was yet to come.
On March 7, 1985, while Dumond was awaiting trial, two masked men with guns and knives burst into his house. They hog-tied him. They raped him. And then, with surgical scalpels, they castrated him. Now get this, the two monsters ACTED ON ORDERS OF LOCAL SHERIFF COOLIDGE CONLEE! The sheriff retrieved Dumond’s testicles from Dumond’s blood splattered house. The sheriff then placed the body parts in a jar that he displayed on his desk with the admonition: “That’s what happens to people who fool around in my country.” The sheriff actually took that jar to “a good-ol’-boys wedding.” That is a fact.
No reaction whatsoever from Gov. Clinton.
Now hold on to your seat for this. The sheriff, who didn’t tolerate any “fooling around” in his country– would later be nabbed by the FBI for extortion and drug-dealing and sentenced to 160 years in jail, where he died of natural causes.
Dumand’s attackers were never picked up even though ONE OF THEM CONFESSED TO A STATE COP!
All this and Dumond still rotted away in prison. And Clinton, both as governor and president, ignored facts that surrounded the case of the rape of his cousin.
“Bitter? Hell yes, I was, at first,” Dumond told me from prison at Varner in Arkansas. But now, I think, I hope, things will change around. With Jimmy Guy Tucker gone as governor, one of Clinton’s men, and Mr. Clinton running for cover, maybe the new man will have another look. “But strange as it may seem, it hasn’t been all that bad these days. I have gotten a very good education in here. I think I am becoming a computer nut. I just miss my family, so much.
“That girl? Well it’s pretty ridiculous. Sad, but ridiculous. She told the police that a man in a new red pickup truck, with no tailgate, drove to her house, burst in, forced her into her car, drove in her car to some woods, tied her up, committed a pretty terrible act, drove her back in her car and took off in her car and dumped it nearby. Well, I drove a very old dirty brown pickup with a tailgate. Now, if I took her car, what happened to the pickup I drove to her house in? She changed her story, how many times? I mean many times. [Well we know one thing, she sure had to be related to Clinton - changing one's story must run in the family] She was with this guy driving through town and suddenly, out of nowhere, months after, she saw me driving my old pickup truck. She told the guy out of nowhere: ‘That’s the man that did it.’ She said I had raped her.
” When it came to the lineup, she couldn’t identify me. Suddenly she disappears into a room with her father and a cop who showed her a picture of me. She came out and immediately identified me.”
The outrageous identifying scam was exposed by a local cop who witnessed it all. Deputy Sheriff Henry Leary had the guts to go against his own and told the world of the scenario. Dumond was still convicted. “Oh yeah,” Dumond told me, “she identified two other guys who were the rapists. They had an ironclad alibi. Then it came to me.”
Dumond was still convicted. Gov. Clinton remained silent. But of course at the time nobody knew that the girl was Clinton’s cousin. The Governor didn’t mention it.
After 4.5 years, with his freedom gone, his manhood gone, a five-person parole board recommended that Dumond go free for time served. John R. Steer, managing editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, records the following reaction from then Gov. Clinton: “Clinton had a romping, stomping fit. The victim was a distant cousin and St. Francis County [where this all took place] had a lot of votes and he deeply resented the pressure to free Dumond.” Clinton refused to sign a release. And Dumond rotted.
Dumond has since been before the parole board twice. “They ask me: ‘Do you have any remorse?’ Well, I tell them straight. How can I have remorse for something I didn’t do? No sir, I will stay here until I die before I say I am sorry for something I haven’t done.”
The day of the castration is not something that should be dealt with in detail in a family newspaper. “My two boys, Michael and Joey, found me there after coming home from school. They cut me loose and got help.” he said. “Sure I remember it, but do you really want to know the details?” Dumond’s life was miraculously saved after he lost three-quarters of his blood. As he lay near death, Sheriff Coolidge Conlee displayed Dumond’s testicles in a jar. Still no reaction from Gov. Clinton.
The Dumond’s later won a lawsuit “of outrage.” They cleared just $20,000 from the settlement. This money came in handy however, because someone burned down the Dumond house when the couple were in hiding from vigilantes. No insurance was paid on the home.
Can this story get worse? “Sometimes, ” said Mrs. Dumond, “I just want to give up. But now, who knows? The new governor has personally assured me that Wayne’s case will be the first thing on his desk, after he clears up everything from this Whitewater thing.”
Dwayne Harris, a spokesman for Huckabee, the Republican lieutenant governor who will succeed Democrat Tucker, told me Friday that Huckabee ” has voiced a very special intention to thoroughly review the case of Wayne Dumond.” “I hope so,” Dr. Moses Schanfield told me Friday. “This case was a disgrace.” Schanfield heads the Analytic Genetic Testing Center in Denver. He was one of the experts dispatched to Bosnia to examine and identify graves after the civil war there. He did an independent Allotyping test of sperm of the alleged victim’s jeans, which supposedly came from Dumond. “No way, zip, nada. Didn’t happen. No way Dumond was the donor of that sperm,” Schanfield said. “The girl’s scenario of the so-called crime couldn’t have happened. I didn’t believe anything she said.”
WHY IT HAPPENED
Fred Odam, a retired Arkansas State Police captain told me, “This was and still is a very bad day for justice.” Odam witnessed Sheriff Conlee retrieving Dumond’s testicles and later investigated the sheriff for the FBI. ” I have been working to get that boy Dumond free for a long time. In all my time this is the one case when I know a man is not guilty.”
What was the crazed motive behind this disgusting affair? Why Dumond? Gene Wirges, a fiesty 67-year-old publisher of a local weekly who is writing a book on this mess, told me: “Well, a Clinton kin had to be revenged. The sheriff was on a hot seat and young Wayne had been talking to a church group about how cars were suddenly disappearing. It turned out to be true. The sheriff along with his drugs, and turning the sheriff’s department into a casino was heading up a car-theft ring. When this girl said she was raped, the sheriff wanted to help out the Clinton clan [ so that they might look the other way with respect to his illegal doings]. He would do anything for the girl’s father and mother. The truth, the terrible truth is, that one of the guys she first identified as the rapist but who had an ironclad alibi had been going out with the girl. But the new governor has indicated to me on several occasions that he was more than disturbed about Wayne’s case and the way Clinton and his boys handled this terrible thing. ” You know, this is Arkansas. Right up until now this has been Clinton territory. Maybe not anymore.”
THERE IS NO JUSTICE IN CLINTON’S AMERICA