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Judge demands documents in 30-year-old Randy Leach case, will review before ruling whether to release

mostly they just show LVSCO squandered time & resources by chasing insane theories about satanic sacrifice & nearly framing local teens in the process. They stuck with that mindset for years. So much time and resources were spent on it that no sane investigation ever happened. They never even found his car. At least, that is what is shown in the 1500 or so pages that were leaked. No idea what would be revealed in the pages that have not been negligently leaked. But hopefully the judge will rule for the plaintiffs and force LVSCO to divulge the files.

November 25, 2017 at 5:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Judge demands documents in 30-year-old Randy Leach case, will review before ruling whether to release

I had previously posted this in a reply to Ron Holzwarth, but there's important info in it so am reposting as a stand alone comment:

In fact they are hiding incompetence as well as criminal negligence at the very least. Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office (LVSCO) steered the investigation off track on the 4th day after Randy disappeared. This was due to knowingly false reports implicating two local teens which were made to LVSCO by two locals. The reports were rather outlandish & claimed the two teens were "Satanists" and murdered Randy. LVSCO investigated (as they should), but failed to see through these bogus allegations. Instead, the gullible rubes at LVSCO not only failed to disprove the allegations but actually based their entire investigation on this insane theory. They proceeded with this flawed mindset for the first several years of the investigation, which resulted in missing any real leads that may have been found if the investigators had been competent. The investigation had completely imploded by 1993. LVCSO had questioned / interviewed dozens of people who were at the party or from the community. But in doing so, they directly asked them the names of the two who were falsely implicated, and inquired if they were known to be "Satanists". By directly correlating specific names (of people in that community) to such a sensational / bizarre thing as "satanic cults", the investigators inadvertently created a situation where people began talking about this profusely. It created a raging rumor mill that engulfed the area. As investigators continued to question people, the interviewees began reporting on the rumors, not realizing they were created by the investigation itself. It was like a fire that fueled itself. This continued to increase paranoia and rumor circulation. In 1993 a con artist convinced LVSCO that he was a journalist for "Unsolved Mysteries", who promptly assigned a detective to assist him, as well as handing over the case files to him for review. The con man, known as Terry Martin / Harry Lee Harper, copied the files and left town, trying to peddle the story to various media sources. He took all the idiotic rumors that were already circulating and further embellished them to make the story more bizarre. He claimed the disappearance was due to a huge satanic cult that also sold drugs across ks and mo, and had law enforcement on the payroll. He stated he was on the run from them because he'd uncovered the conspiracy. He even convinced the assigned deputy of this idiotic story. She went on the run with him, and was later fired from the LVSCO. But all this resulted in the case files being leaked. They now exist in the public domain. This is one of the many reasons why LVSCO does not have a legitimate argument against divulging the files.

November 25, 2017 at 4:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Parents suing Leavenworth County in effort to learn about disappearance of their son 29 years ago

Cub Feriani, I was a classmate of Randy's from kindergarten - senior year & don't recognize your name.

The reason Randy was never found is that The Leavenworth County sheriffs department destroyed the investigation through negligence and incompetence at an early stage.

On the 4th day of his disappearance, an unnamed member of the local McCollum family filed a report with investigators, making bogus accusations stating that two of Randy's classmates were part of a "satanic cult" & had sacrificed him. Days later, Derek McCollum, (same family, also a classmate) made an identical false report. The Leavenworth sheriff's dept adopted these outlandish reports as the basis for their investigation & immediately pursued a ridiculous crusade against those falsely accused & further propagating the insane but sensationalized satanic cult conspiracy theories for several years. By focusing the investigation on such idiotic theories and ignoring any realistic investigation the case went completely off track- and because of that, Randy and his car have never been found after 30 years from between by Leavenworth County in the state of Kansas.

August 16, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mind Matters: Learn to overcome imprints made as a child

Amazing. This story is the most pure, undiluted form of crap that can possibly exist anywhere in the universe.

January 5, 2012 at 11:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Have you or a family member served in the military?

U.S. Army, 10 years in Field Artillery (MLRS) then a couple more years in the National Guard (155mm Paladin)

November 12, 2011 at 11:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansans for No Income Tax hit the road to spread message of abolishing state income tax

people, for once try to consider an issue without your partisan views- I haven't studied this issue enough to advocate either way but all the partisan bickering and comments aren't exactly productive. There are plenty of examples to review for facts and comparisons...oregon has no sales tax but does have income tax; just across the border in washington they have sales tax but no income tax...there are positives and negatives to both...but in kansas you have both a sales AND income tax...seems like with a little better planning you could do better. do your homework before slamming an idea just because of petty loyalty to one party of the other

November 4, 2011 at 1:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Treasured service

it's definitely a positive aspect of in Portland the trash service is like an exaggerated negative version of the dmv or the irs: limited to one can of a specified volume, all trash must be placed into said can while retaining the ability to tightly secure the lid, must not exceed specified weight, any trash not fitting into can #1 must be secured in another can and this shall incur an additional fee, blah blah....a separate container is issued by the service for the mandatory recycling, again with numerous regulations. Now the idiots in charge have decreed that trash pickup will be reduced to twice per month instead of weekly. This is due to the new mandatory composting, where yet another container will be issued for compostable material. They say the reduction in trash volume will make up for the service cut, yet additional charges will be billed for the composting service. Despite the fact that the math on that only works if 50% of your trash is food waste / compostabe. It sucks but the tree huggers around here love the concept, as do the owners of the waste management be wary how you vote, lawrence. You've got much less problematic trash service- don't screw it up

October 29, 2011 at 9:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What technology did you use in elementary school?

we had to walk 7 miles through the snow, uphill (both ways) to get to and from school...we were the generation that used the first 'Trapper Keeper'

October 29, 2011 at 9:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )