The following is a letter I sent in 1997 to Dr. Sheldon Pavel, the President of my high school alma mater, The Central High School of Philadelphia. Note that I copied the letter to the U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia, Michael Stiles; the letter is one of several letters I copied to the Philadelphia U.S. Attorney that mentioned gun violence and homicide. Mr. Stiles did not refer the matter to the FBI. What precisely did the U.S. Marshal find disturbing in my letters, posted on this blog, that triggered its interview of me at my residence on Friday January 15, 2010? My paranoid suspicion is that the U.S. Marshal was engaged in an act of intimidation, and did not have bona fide law enforcement concerns about me.
July 7, 1997
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008-4530
Sheldon S. Pavel, Ph.D.
Central High School
Ogontz and Olney Avenues
Philadelphia, PA 19141
RE: Weapons Possession - Intent to Inflict Grievous Bodily Harm/Possible Intent to Commit Murder - D.C. Corporation Counsel Affirmation - Possible Concealment of State and/or Federal Weapons Law Violations
Dear Dr. Pavel:
During the period March 1988 to October 1991 I was employed as a legal assistant in the Washington, DC office of the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld ("Akin Gump"). Attorney managers at Akin Gump terminated my employment effective October 29, 1991 upon determining, in consultation with a psychiatrist, that a complaint of harassment I had lodged against several co-workers was attributable to a psychiatric symptom ("ideas of reference") prominent in the psychotic disorders and typically associated with a risk of violent behavior. See Freedman v. D.C. Dept. of Human Rights, D.C. Superior Court no. MPA 95-14 (final order issued June 10, 1996) (name of state court judge redacted at the implicit direction of the Justice Department). In the period immediately after my job termination senior Akin Gump managers determined that it was advisable to secure the office of my direct supervisor against a possible homicidal assault, which it was feared I might commit.
In pleadings filed in the District of Columbia Superior Court, the District of Columbia Office of Corporation Counsel (Charles F.C. Ruff, Esq.) affirmed that Akin Gump personnel had geniune concerns that I might have had plans to procure firearms for an unlawful purpose and possessed the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm or commit murder. Mr. Ruff currently serves as chief White House Counsel to President Clinton (telephone no.: 202 456 1414).
I have been under investigation by the U.S. Secret Service as a potential security risk to President Clinton, and was interrogated at the Washington Field Office by Special Agent Philip C. Leadroot (202 435-5100) as recently as February 1996, about 16 months ago. Questioning by Mr. Leadroot centered on the issue of presidential assassination.
I am a 1971 graduate of Central High School (230th class). There is a remote possibility that Akin Gump's attorney managers may have contacted two of my teachers at Central, Sylvan Boni, Ph.D. and Ethel B. Fisher, to obtain background information about me in connection with my employment.
Dr. Boni was a French teacher at Central; I was enrolled in his class in academic year 1969-1970. I believe he is now retired.
Mrs. Fisher was a science teacher at Central; I believe that a planned involuntary transfer of Mrs. Fisher from Central at the end of the 1969-1970 academic year prompted her decision to resign from the school system. I was enrolled in her Chemistry class in academic year 1969-1970. Mrs. Fisher had been employed as a chemist at the Naval Experimental Research Station (Philadelphia Navy Yard) during World War II (where one of her coworkers was the late Isaac Asimov).
If either Dr. Boni or Mrs. Fisher has communicated with Akin Gump about me these individuals may possess information pertinent to a criminal investigation conducted by the U.S. Secret Service during the period December 1994-February 1995 relating to the security of the President of the United States.
I request that, if at all feasible, you contact Dr. Boni and Mrs. Fisher to counsel these individuals to disclose to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (David M. Bowie, Supervisory Special Agent, Washington Field Office, 202 252 7801) the content of any communications they may have had with any Akin Gump attorneys regarding me. Attorneys who may have directed inquiries to Dr. Boni or Mrs. Fisher include Earl L. Segal, Malcolm Lassman, or Laurence J. Hoffman (managing partner), among others.
Enclosed are some additional documents that provide background to the matters discussed in this letter.
Be advised: President Clinton's own lawyer, chief White House Counsel Charles F.C. Ruff, is talking real guns, real bullets, real brain tissue.
cc: Michael R. Stiles, Esq. (Office of U.S. Attorney, Philadelphia)