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I have opened a preliminary query into the murder of Juliar Scypher in 1978. As some of you know one of the things I do is investigate “cold cases” and this is as cold a case as there is. Not some much because of the victim, but because of the suspected perp. Brett Kimberlin.
Many are talking about Brett Kimberlin who has harassed many conservative bloggers and who blogs under a puedo name of “Expose Breitbart” and by all accounts appears to be nothing more than a punk thug, and a leftwing terrorist. Another of a long line of convicted felons turned folk hero that the left celebrates.
However while I applaud the effort to expose Kimberlin’s past, I believe the effort may be more focused if it centered on the murder of Scypher. If the effort is to once and for all expose and silence Kimberlin, this just might be the method, for as we all know murder has no statue of limitations.
“”Citizen K,” a biography written by respected journalist and author Mark Singer, details the writers bewildering journey with Kimberlin, who had actually signed on to the book thinking Singer would portray him in a favorable light, according to a report done by The Blaze.
What Singer did in fact discover though, among other things, was that the Speedway bombings were not politically motivated at all, but rather meant to serve as a distraction from yet another crime that had taken place shortly beforehand.
According to a report done by the Indy Star, on July 29, 1978, Speedway resident Julia Scyphers, 65, answered a knock at her door only to find a strange man who claimed he was interested in purchasing items she had recently tried to sell at a yard sale.
Scyphers let the man into her garage to show him the items and he “shot her in the head.” Her husband came out in time to see the perpetrator’s car and catch a glimpse of the man himself.
In excerpt from “Citizen X” explains that “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. Kimberlin.”
As attention towards Kimberlin began to mount in the Scyphers’-slaying, he decided to go ahead with the series of bombings that would prove to take police attention away from the case at hand.
In an even more twisted, yet ironic move, Singer’s book describes how Kimberlin, after being apprehended for the Speedway bombings, plotted for another person to plant identical bombs around the town in order to give the appearance that the suspect was still at large.
Kimberlin would go on to build up a rap sheet littered with charges stemming from offenses such as forgery, perjury, drug dealing, domestic terrorism and possible murder and child molestation.
Here is a bit more on the case.
“But his history is at the very least interesting, and Indiana residents are probably very familiar with the name. It began with Jessica Barton, the daughter of Sandi Barton and Julia Scyphers’s granddaughter. Kimberlin had what he claimed to be a plutonic relationship with Sandi Barton, who worked in his vegetarian restaurant, which authorities believed was a front for marijuana trafficking. Through Sandi, Kimberlin gained access to Sandi’s young daughter, Jessica Barton, who was just ten years old, while Kimberlin was twice her age. 9 The girl had shockingly accompanied Kimberlin, then in his 20′s, on several out-of-state trips:
For three consecutive summers, 1974 through 1976, they took vacations of a week or longer in Disney World, Mexico, and Hawaii. Sandi couldn’t get time off from work, so on these summer trips it was just the two of them-Brett and Jessica.
Eyebrows levitated. A drug-dealing colleague had memories of conversations with Kimberlin that struck him as odd: “We’d see a girl who was pubescent or prepubescent, and Brett would get this smilie and say, ‘Hey, what do you think? Isn’t she great?’ It made me very uncomfortable.” Another recalled Kimberlin introducing Jessica as “my girlfriend,” and if irony was intended, it was too subtle to register. To a coworker at IU-PUI, Sandi confided that Kimberlin was “grooming Jessica to be his wife.” To another, Sandi explained that though Kimberlin’s relationship with Jessica was chaste, he intended “to wait for her and would marry her.”10
Julia Scyphers was vocal about her protective instincts.11 When Jessica was moved to live under the watchful eyes of her grandparents, Kimberlin threatened to commit suicide. Then, on July 29, 1978, Julia Scyphers opened her door for a stranger she didn’t know, inquiring about items she’d been selling at a garage sale. When she let him into her garage to look at them, he killed her with a gunshot to the head. Authorities knew that although Kimberlin denied there was a conflict, Scyphers had tried to change the locks, and Kimberlin was upset.”
It’s been 35 years since that day but with the advances of CSI, DNA, this case could be solved. I have a friend – a producer at 48 Hours whom I’ve also shopped this idea to for a story. I think it would be fascinating to investigate.
Here are some of the facts we know so-far.
“Feb 16, 1979: Kimberlin and his associates are at a secret airstrip they’ve carved out in the Texas desert, awaiting a shipment of Columbian marijuana. They are being watched by local and federal agents. The plane is unable to land, due to heavy fog, and dumps its million dollar cargo over a 125 mile area. Texas agents recover the bales of pot, while Kimberlin and his gang are arrested. Kimberlin will later claim he was simply riding around out in the desert when cops picked him up for no reason.
Armed with photos of the drug crew, investigators show the images to Fred Scyphers, who recognizes William “Bill” Bowman as the man who came to his front door on July 29, 1978, luring his wife to her death.
Kimberlin and Bowman are still free, after being charged for the Texas “pot bombing” incident.
Feb 27, 1979: Based on Fred Scyphers’ identification of him, Bowman is arrested for the murder of Julia Scyphers. Investigators hope that Bowman will admit that Kimberlin was behind the hit on Scyphers.
Feb 28, 1979: A federal grand jury indicts Kimberlin in the Speedway bombing case.
Mar 11, 1979: Sandra Barton’s sister, Patricia — who lives in Texas — contacts authorities to report she found a sack hidden in her backyard. The contents of the bag — blasting caps, blue-and-white Mark Time timers, an AR-15 rifle and 14 plastic-covered sausages of Tovex 200 with factory markings — further connect Kimberlin to the Speedway bombings and the Tovex used to blast away rock for the buried steel tank at the Jackson county property. Informants state they saw Kimberlin plant the bag, in an attempt to frame Patricia and her husband for the Speedway bombings. (Sandra Barton’s daughters were now living with Patricia.)
Mar 14, 1979: Fred Scyphers dies of cancer. With his death, the case against Bowman in the Scyphers murder collapses.”
Thanks for those who have done the preliminary footwork on this case. It’s apparent from this that either Kimberlin was an accomplice or the perp. Either way, he knows something and soon we’ll all know.