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Newly revealed police records threw open the long-dormant murder case of a Buffalo monsignor, and show evidence of a possible coverup.
Monsignor Francis J. O’Connor’s body was found floating in Scajaquada Creek on March 13, 1966, and the following day detectives interviewed Robert Armbruster, a young reporter who had worked for the priest at the diocese newspaper and admitted to being physically attracted to him but had fantasized about hitting his head with an ax, reported The Buffalo News.
“He admits that he has had homosexual inclinations toward the monsignor and has had occasions when he pictured himself hitting the monsignor over the head with an ax,” reads the March 14, 1966, police report, which was obtained through a .Freedom of Information request filed by The Buffalo News with Buffalo Police
No charges were filed against Armbruster or anyone else, but the newly revealed records show police considered him a suspect right away.
Armbruster, who was 24 at the time, told police O'Connor had taken him under his wing at The Magnifant and gotten him a room at a local boarding house, and he considered the older man a father figure and friend.
He claimed to have learned of the slaying while watching the evening news, about five hours after the monsignor's body was discovered, but the pastor of a nearby Catholic parish told police Armbruster had suddenly stopped by just moments before the priest got a phone call informing him of O'Connor's death, and he told the younger man after the call ended.
“Bob went to pieces, shaking and wringing his hands and pacing back and forth, he said, ‘Now at a time like this, at this happening, you regret any differences that may have taken place,'" Rev. James N. Connelly Jr. told detectives.
Another man who lived at the boarding house told police that he was present when Armbruster got a call notifying him that O'Connor was dead.
“The call concluded with Armbruster saying, ‘Thank you, father, for telling me.’ After the call ended, Armbruster asked [the boarder] if he knew that O’Connor was dead. [The boarder] says Armbruster appears shocked,” the police report says.
Detectives asked New York state police to search for mug shots or other records related to Armbruster on March 17, 1966, but they didn't find anything, and the FBI concluded that his fingerprints did not match those taken from O'Connor's car.
Armbruster left Buffalo days later and told relatives and a fellow reporter that he was uneasy being targeted by police, who clearly considered him a suspect.
But he was never charged in the case and died several years ago, the newspaper reported.
Worse than Rodney King: Tyre Nichols' stepfather describes in grim detail the 'horrific' video of beating by police
In an extensive interview with "CNN This Morning" co-host Don Lemon, the stepfather of Tyre Nichols explained what he saw in the videos taken of the beating in Memphis earlier this week of the 29-year Black man that led to five police officers being indicted for murder.
With Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis earlier calling what she saw in the videos as bad or worse than what happened to Rodney King in 1991, Rodney Wells detailed the abuse his stepson endured after reportedly being pulled over for reckless driving.
Sitting next to his wife, Wells stated he didn't want her to see it, but added, "I knew that's what he said, he said, 'What did I do? Why are y'all doing this to me? What did I do?' And they proceeded to snatch him out of the car and was trying to wrestle him to the ground and he got scared."
"So he was athletic enough to get out of their situation and run and he was trying to run home, because he was three blocks from the house when they stopped him," he recalled. "So after the initial encounter -- we didn't see everything, because actually when the body cam started, they were already engaged and then there was the second body cam with the sky cam that got the encounter. When I saw the police officer, you know, they have this little like stick, this metal thing that they pull out..."
"Like an antenna, retractable," Lemon prompted.
"I saw them pull that out and started beating my son with it. And I saw officers hitting on him, I saw officers kicking him," he continued. "One officer kicked him like he was kicking a football a couple of times. But the most telling thing about the video to me was the fact that it was maybe ten officers on the scene and nobody tried to stop it or even after they beat him and they propped him up against the car, no one rendered aid to him whatsoever."
"They walked around, smoking cigarettes like it was all calm and like, you know, bragging about what happened," he added.
"An hour of video and you saw him just sitting there?' Lemon asked.
"He was sitting there, and then he slumped over and an officer walked over to him and said, sit back up! mother -- MF you know, while he's handcuffed," he confirmed. "So he had to -- they prop him back up, and he slumped over again, and they prop him back up again, but no one was rendering aid. I saw some fire department people come out there and they just walked around and nobody showed him any aid, and they're supposed to be trained in first aid. By the time the paramedic truck pulled up, that's when we couldn't see anything because the paramedic truck blocked the camera. So I was told that the lady who was driving the paramedic truck never got out."
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Former President Donald Trump secretly contributed $1 million to fund the controversial "audit" of 2020 ballots in Maricopa County by the private Florida security firm "Cyber Ninjas," The Guardian reported on Friday.
"One of the enduring mysteries surrounding the chaotic attempts to overturn Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential battle has been solved: who made a secret $1m donation to the controversial election 'audit' in Arizona?" reported Brendan Fischer and Ed Pilkington. "The identity of one of the largest benefactors behind the discredited review of Arizona’s vote count has been shrouded in secrecy. Now the Guardian can reveal that the person who partially bankrolled the failed attempt to prove that the election was stolen from Trump was … Trump."
"An analysis by the watchdog group Documented has traced funding for the Arizona audit back to Trump’s Save America Pac," said the report. "The group tracked the cash as it passed from Trump’s fund through an allied conservative group, and from there to a shell company which in turn handed the money to contractors and individuals involved in the Arizona audit."
Trump was one of the biggest purveyors of conspiracy theories that Arizona had been stolen from him in the presidential election, where Biden carried the state by just a bit over 10,000 votes. There remains no evidence to support this claim.
The Cyber Ninjas audit, ordered by pro-Trump allies in the Arizona State Senate, was widely criticized for its secretive nature, its failure to follow any normal procedures for recounting ballots, and its investigation of bizarre conspiracy theories like hunting for bamboo fibers in ballots in case they were forged in China. One report accused them of effectively making up their numbers, and even a local right-wing talk radio host blasted the whole exercise as a "clown show." Cyber Ninjas was eventually fined in court for refusing to turn over public records, and last year, the firm announced it was shutting down and laying off all employees.
This comes after reporting earlier this week that Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, and several of his employees, were seeking advice and funding from Trump behind the scenes as the whole process was playing out.