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E-mail about cop-killing led to arrest (indymedia.org connection)

A person with connections to indymedia.org just got busted for killing a cop. An Arizona FReeper named Neil Wright, 50, said he had received an e-mail from "Mitch Stephens" at  americanresistance@yahoo.com at about 6 p.m. Friday on his home computer in Lake Havasu City and called police an hour later. FREE REPUBLIC RULES!
An Arizona man who received a "strange and mysterious" e-mail apologizing for the slaying of a Red Bluff cop launched investigators on the trail of an ex-Army private who was arrested four days later in New Hampshire.

Neil Wright, 50, said he had received an e-mail from "Mitch Stephens" at  americanresistance@yahoo.com at about 6 p.m. Friday on his home computer in Lake Havasu City and called police an hour later.

"We apologize to the family and friends of the Police Officer that we killed in Red Bluff, California," stated the e-mail, posted from the Capitol Hill Internet Cafe in Seattle.

The e-mail included a "Declaration of a Renewed American Independence" that is the same as an anti-government diatribe posted Monday under the name Andrew McCrae, who is charged with the ambush murder of Officer David Mobilio on Nov. 19.

More than 20 versions of the declaration -- some with an apology, some with a bragging confession -- were posted on a series left-wing "alternative news" sites from Hawaii to Maine and Georgia under the umbrella indymedia.org.

An investigator in the case, who asked not to be named, confirmed late Wednesday that Wright's tip on Friday night had started police and FBI agents on the trail of the man later identified as McCrae. The investigator also confirmed that FBI agents on Saturday had downloaded the hard drives from the Seattle cafe based on Wright's tip.

"Mr. Wright was very helpful to us in the case," the investigator said. "If you want to measure his assistance, just look at the result. We arrested that same guy."

Wright, a right-wing activist who writes for the conservative Web site freerepublic.com, said he had no idea what crime the sender was referring to when he received the message -- but felt compelled to check it out.

"The death of the police officer there in Red Bluff wasn't national news then," Wright said Wednesday night. "I had no idea what this e-mail was about.

. . . After I read some background on this case, I realized this person was confessing to an unsolved murder. I immediately called police in Red Bluff."

Investigators would reveal few other details about the investigation that led to McCrae, 23, who was found at a Holiday Inn in Concord, N.H., around 2 a. m. Tuesday. The arrest warrant for McCrae, who usually goes by the name Andrew Hampton Mickel, remains under seal in Tehama County Superior Court.

McCrae, who is jailed without bail in New Hampshire pending extradition to California, is charged in Tehama County with the murder of a police officer -- which, if he is convicted, could land him a life sentence without parole.

Red Bluff Police Chief Robert Petitt said authorities were trying to locate McCrae's car, a 1992 maroon Ford Mustang with Washington state license plate 595 NAB. It is believed that he used the car the night Mobilio was killed.

"We don't run into this kind of situation in a small town in rural America, " Petitt said. "We have tapped resources of the state criminal bureau of investigation and the federal FBI. We have a lot of work to do." Investigators said they were curious about McCrae's actions before the killing.

McCrae grew up in Springfield, Ohio, as Andrew Mickel, according to his family. His mother, Karen Mickel, said she didn't know why he was using the name McCrae.

His father, Stan Mickel, a professor of East Asian studies at Wittenberg University, said his son had attended Springfield North High School before joining the Army in 1998.

Springfield police records show that Karen Mickel reported her son missing on Oct. 28, 1997, and that he had left a runaway note and refused to take his medication for depression. The next night, she called police to say her son had been found in a nearby town.

In the Army, he was a private stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. until his discharge in 2001. That fall, McCrae enrolled in college at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. He was arrested there in April for obstructing a sidewalk, apparently at a political protest, police said.

Stan Mickel said his son had visited Ohio in March and given no hint anything was wrong.

"This is a shock to us," he said.

Chronicle wire services contributed to this report. / E-mail Jim Zamora at  jzamora@sfchronicle.com.

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Free Republic Rules 28.Nov.2002 11:04

JdonTom

Way to go Neil, another cop killer dusted!!!

Freepers are fucking morons 28.Nov.2002 15:38

duh

How was McCrae a "persons with connections" to indymedia.org? Because he posted something there? If that all is needed for connections, that must mean you have connections too, as does anybody who posts here.

Holy shit, that means there are millions with such conncetions!

Freepers are dumb motherfuckers.

Freepers fishing 28.Nov.2002 17:02

Juggernaut

How is indymedia connected in any way,shape or form? The average IQ of a freeper is about -40,and this just proves it.Andy from Beaverton is just trying to stir things up,don't listen to his rightwing diatribe-he's full of crap.

Obvious "COINTELPRO" Operation 29.Nov.2002 05:09

otterstrom

The "ex-soldier" turned drifter -- allegedly turned confessed murderer -- roaming the country with multiple names and posting to a variety of alternative websites is a GOVERNMENT-ENGINEERED "AGENT PROVOCATEUR" PLOY.

The (plausible deniability) EX-SOLDIER(?) with multiple names (McCrae, Mickel, etc.) is a very obvious COINTELPRO-type operative. This military/fbi operation deliberately sent email messages or postings to a variety of progressive-left websites, as well as rightwing websites which question the government, as part of a typical COINTELPRO discrediting/undermining campaign. It is VERY OBVIOUS that the email messages & postings confessing to the tragic killing of a police officer by this supposed ex-soldier turned "drifter" are a PLOY to discredit both progressive-left media/organizations and also rightwing-patriot groups who criticize/protest against government policies.

This type of COINTELPRO DISINFORMATION PLOY attempts to associate government critics with violence and the advocacy of irresponsible & illegal tactics. The truth will come out about government deception and cointelpro-style, staged "agent provocateur" crimes against individual U.S. citizens and groups. Look at the reality of what occurred in the case of Judi Bari and the FBI-staged car bombing. Don't let the spooks undermine indymedia and other progressive websites (as well as any alternative media which question/criticize the government ). Be aware of rampant "agent provocateur" operations in this political climate. Don't be duped pawns of the George Bush, Sons & Cronies--Carlyle Group--Halliburton--Dyncorp--LockheedMartin--Wackenhut--ExxonMobil (Rockefeller/Standard Oil)--Citigroup--War Profiteering--Heroin/Cocaine Smuggling--Money Laundering CRIME DYNASTY.

****** America's Most Wanted!************ 29.Nov.2002 06:46

Harry_Potter

As you can see-This liberal extremist whack group deals with the advocacy of murder and volence to obtain their destructive goals.(Please refer to the other link I have sent.)This should be headline national news.Please broadcast this story and expose what these finge cowards represent!