Brett Kimberlin first became (in)famous as the Speedway Bomber ( a series of bombings which may have occurred to cover-up a murder none the less); as of late he is using harassment and the legal system to target conservative bloggers such as Liberty Chick, Aaron Worthington, The Other McCain et al.
I’ll let the Indianapolis Star give you a little background on Kimberlin.:
“On July 29, 1978, Speedway resident Julia Scyphers, 65, answered a knock
at her door. A man she didn’t know was standing on her stoop asking
about items she’d recently tried to sell at a yard sale. She let him
into the garage to look at the items and he shot her in the head.
“Mrs. Scypher’s husband, Fred, 68, heard the bang and came out in time to
see a car pulling out of the driveway. He would later tell police
he’d gotten a glimpse of the man who’d come to the door.
“When police began looking for a motive in the Scyphers slaying, they found
there’d been a recent family clash. Julia Scyphers’ daughter, Sandra
Barton, had become involved with a man who seemed to Mrs. Scyphers to
be inordinately close to one of Barton’s young daughters. Mrs.
Scyphers told friends she was so concerned that she’d arranged for
both of her granddaughters to come live with her. Whether or not Mrs.
Scyphers’ fears were correct (no charges were ever filed to that
effect), this incident led investigators to start looking at Brett C.
“He was in his mid 20s, slight of build and boyish looking. He ran a
vegetarian restaurant in Broad Ripple which had been featured in The
Indianapolis Star two years earlier. Sandra Barton worked for him
there. He also had a felony record and local narcotics police
suspected the restaurant might be a front for another source of
income — marijuana smuggling.
“As the bombs went off during the week of Sept. 1-6, each one provided
police with evidence. They found bits of the timer, including one big
enough to identify the specific brand. Only one local store sold that
particular timer. Police showed the store clerks several photos and
one of them picked out Brett Kimberlin.
“Meanwhile at a different store, a Westside print shop, the proprietor was
becoming suspicious of customer who wanted to reproduce military
drivers licenses. The shop owner called the U.S. Army and when the
customer came back, on Sept. 20, an Army investigator was there too.
The customer was wearing a security guard’s uniform with Department
of Defense insignia. It was Brett Kimberlin.
“This gave the bombing investigators a break because Kimberlin had violated
federal law by wearing the DoD insigina. They obtained a search
warrant to inspect the car he’d driven to the print shop. In the
trunk they found timers just like the ones used for the bombs, and
they found chemical traces of Tovex, the explosive used in the bombs.
Now investigators felt convinced Kimberlin was their man, but they
didn’t pursue charges yet because they needed a stronger case.
“A few months later Kimberlin got himself arrested again. He was in
Texas with another man, trying to rent a small airplane.
Investigators down there soon found out that the men had also rented
construction equipment with which they’d built a small landing strip
in the desert. On the night of Feb. 16, 1979, federal agents watched
as a plane loaded with Colombian marijuana approached the little
airstrip. But there was a heavy fog that night and the pilot radioed
that he could not land at the makeshift airport and would have to set
down at real airport nearby — but that meant he had to dump the
cargo from the air. The men on the ground, and the agents observing
them, converged in the desert. Nine men were arrested, including
“Back in Speedway, police showed photos of the men to Fred Scyphers. They
already knew man he’d glimpsed that day wasn’t Kimberlin because
Scyphers would have recognized him, but now Scyphers picked out one
of the other photos. It was an Ohio man named William Bowman, and
based on Scyphers’ ID he was then arrested and charged with the
murder. Police still believed Kimberlin was behind it and hoped to
get Bowman to reveal the connection as he faced his own trial.”
Mr. Scyphers passed away from cancer before the case could go any further. Indianapolis Star continues:
“Investigators had a much stronger case against Kimberlin for the Speedway bombings,
but it would take three separate trials to convict him of that crime.
The first trial, in 1980, ended in a hung jury on the more serious
charges, but he was found guilty of impersonating a Department of
Defense security guard. That got him a 12-year sentence on top four
years for the Texas drug conviction. In the second Indiana trial, in
June 1981, Kimberlin was convicted only of illegal possession of
explosives. The third trial took 53 days and 118 witnesses and ended
with a conviction on the bombing charges on Oct. 15, 1981. He was
sentenced to 50 years in prison.”
A man name Carl DeLong had been maimed in the bombings:
“While Kimberlin was in prison, Carl DeLong committed suicide. Had his only
injury been the loss of his right leg he might have adapted and moved
on. But his left leg had been severely damaged too and he still
carried shrapnel in his body, which kept him in constant pain as it
slowly worked its way out. After 11 operations he hit a plateau
physically and knew he’d never get any better than that. On Feb. 23,
1983, he closed his garage door and sat in his van with the engine
running. Later that year, DeLong’s wife, Sandra (who had also been
injured in the bombing), won a $1.6 million judgment against
Kimberlin in civil court.
“Five years later, in 1988, Kimberlin vaulted himself into the national
news when he claimed he’d once sold pot to Dan Quayle, then a U.S.
Senator from Indiana and candidate for vice president. Quayle
vehemently denied the charge and Kimberlin produced no proof beyond
making the claim.
“Kimberlin was paroled in 1994 after serving about 13 years of his 50-year
sentence. But when he made no effort to pay the DeLong judgment his
parole was revoked in 1997 and he went back to prison for about four
more years, released again in 2001.”
Time magazine had this to say about Mr. Kimberlin:
“Brett Kimberlin was convicted in 1981 of a series of bombings in Indiana.
By his own account, he dealt “many, many tons” of marijuana
in the 1970s. Most famously, he is the man who from his prison cell
alleged that as a law student Dan Quayle bought marijuana from him.
Quayle repeatedly denied the charge, and it was never substantiated.
In e-mails and Web postings from Kimberlin’s two organizations,
Justice Through Music and Velvet Revolution, he intersperses
occasionally useful pieces of information about the problems of
e-voting with a hefty portion of bunk, repeatedly asserting as fact
things that are not true.”
Spending all that time in prison Brett became something of a jailhouse lawyer. To get an idea of the frivolous time wasting nature of his lawsuits, here is an example of one of many in while in prison from the ABA Journal, May 2003:
“Inmates Brett Kimberlin and Darrell Rice challenged a Federal Bureau of
Prisons regulation prohibiting prisoners from possessing electrical
musical instruments,calling it unconstitutional. Acoustic instruments
just aren’t the same they lamented, and being limited to use them was
a infringement of their first amendment right of expression.”
The appeals court laughed in their collective face.
“Too bad said the appeals court in upholding the ban. Apparently, as the
Bureau of Prisons pointed out, life behind bars is meant to be
Since his release from prison he has become a favorite of the progressive agitprop set . Why? Because he has turned his dubious legal talents to things like the following
“This past July, in a formal request it filed with the prosecutors of Maryland state
and the city of Baltimore, a left-leaning organization known as
Velvet Revolution urged prosecutors to press criminal charges against James O’Keefe and
Hannah Giles for what it says was a violation of Maryland’s
Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act. But the letter also went
a step further, naming Andrew Breitbart as a conspirator in
masterminding the whole operation.”
Recall from the Time article from above that this is Kimberlin’s Velvet
Revolution. So of course with these credentials, you know who is
somewhere back there right? Yeah.
“The organization [Velvet Revolution] describes itself as a progressive
coalition that was formed ‘to go toe to toe with the right’
‘the tactics and the power of the Democrats and progressives in this
country have not been sufficient to check the actions of a corrupt
“Last October, Velvet Revolution
launched an ad campaign which offered a “$200,000 bounty on the head”
of Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue. Today, the organization is
still behind some of these smear
campaigns that are frequent topics of President Obama’s recent
“Where does some of Velvet Revolution’s funding come
from? The same place Media Matters gets much of its money:
“The Tides Foundation.”
You knew Soros had to be involved someway right? Anyway, after being exposed by New Media, he has turned his targets on bloggers who will expose him or those that stand up for those he has targeted.Kimberlin harasses while filing harassment charges.
As Lee Stranahan, LeeStranahan.com, puts it:
“This is no war of words; Kimberlin is a serial litigator who has filed
over 100 lawsuits by his own account and he takes people to court,
claiming they are harassing him. He calls their employers.”
Yes Kimberlin does. For instance Blogger Aaron Worthington, Allergic2Bull.blogspot.com, got fired from his job, after his employers got concerned of possible violence. And it gets worse. Read Aaron’s harrowing account here. Stacy McCain, TheOtherMcCain.com, was forced to leave his home for security concerns. Read here.
Lee Stranahan again:
“In political blogging, we often toss around highly charged words with
great abandon. We say politicians we don’t like are scary and crazy
“Brett Kimberlin is actually dangerous.
“Full stop. No metaphor. No exaggeration. Brett Kimberlin is dangerous. As in — he blew up bombs and police suspected he did it to cover up a
murder. People in Indiana tell me that witnesses disappeared during
the trial. Worse, Kimberlin has shown no remorse for the bombings and
went to great lengths to make the lives of his victims miserable.
“Please, do not lose sight of this. This isn’t a time for loose rhetoric.
This is real. It’s real and it’s serious in a way that many
‘political stories’ frankly are not. In that sense, this story is
way beyond politics.”
Yes, this is the reality of the war we find ourselves in. Their side is full of dangerous men with dangerous agendas backed up with money and political pull. Our side has to stand up and expose them. We have to keep punching as if our lives and our freedoms depend on it.
Kimberlin is proof that is true.