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PostSubject: The Minutemen-Belli Connection   Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:52 am

In July 1969, Melvin Belli represented Winnie Ruth Judd, the notorious trunk murderer of the early 1930s, who had been using a fake identity, Marion Lane. Judd was caught because her fingerprints were taken for another murder case in Contra Costa county, which, as it turns out, she didn't commit. The case was tried in Martinez, CA.

The big point is that Belli was representing a murderer who had been using a fake identity for many years, and this appeared in all the California newspapers, esp. Bay Area ones. So it makes perfect sense that, if Houghton were Z, he would see the similarities in the two cases and call on Belli to represent him.

I found many, many coincidences of Belli articles on the same page as Minutemen articles (recall that the Alderman/Houghton 1961 arrest had a Belli article and picture next to it -- strange zynchronicity).

What is also very substantive is that Belli was Jack Ruby's lawyer. There were many articles about this. The Minutemen have been allegedly connected to Oswald and the JFK assassination. See also the very interesting Z-like handwriting on the letter mailed from Lancaster, CA (where Houghton's right-hand man and good friend, Dennis Mower, was living at the time) to Dallas regarding an Oswald-Ruby connection to a Howard Spencer (the letter and envelope appear on p. 7 of this thread). So, here again, a Belli-Houghton connection of sorts makes sense.

Here's some more zynchronicity: an article on the Minutemen tucked into an article on the Zodiac (Belli letter).
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=5pQeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gcsEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3317,6525215&dq=robert+depugh+arrested&hl=en
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PostSubject: LB, the KKK, the MM   Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:02 am

TH was a KKK member.
Lake Berreyssa strikes me as a ritualistic murder with Klan symbols

Five of the seven symbols of the KKK are:
The Sword
The Hood
The Cross
(hair) http://www.adl.org/hate_symbols/racist_celtic_cross.asp
The Robe
Water

The other two are God and Country.

http://www.uwkkkk.com/symbols.html

This pretty much describes Z at LB.

*Minutemen were putting Traitors Beware decals on people's cars with a crosshair and various by gun, by knife, by rope, by poison pen murders by Patriots.

*Z drew a crosshair on Hartnell's car and put, among other things, by knife with the date next to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:45 am

Like Z, the MM used Greeting Cards in their mailings:



Source: http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=141100&relPageId=3
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PostSubject: A Possible Z murder in San Diego   Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:23 am

Houghton lived in San Diego:







In the San Diego murder, a box of Valentine's Day candy was at the scene.

Zodiac put 2 PINK Valentine Day stickers in the Halloween Card:
http://www.zodiackiller.com/Stickerz.html

http://www.zodiackiller.com/Newscenter2.html#stickerz

Why Pink? Because I believe that TH/Z was calling Avery, in a sense, a COMMUNIST PINKO FAG (the pink triangle = homosexual going back to the Nazi death camps).
MM called their enemies: PINKOS.


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PostSubject: By Fire?   Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:29 am

We know that TH was arrested for arson at age 14, and he was carrying a white KKK hood.

This is from On Target, October 1, 1964.
http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=136289&relPageId=22

Point 4 on page 22, is about Houghton's concealed weapons charge. Two things strike me.

First, it claims that Houghton's legal fees have exhausted their family reserves. This is prior to the big Federal weapons charge in 1966. So it's safe to assume that when Houghton disappeared, he had accumlated a tremendous legal debt (DePugh claimed $30,000 debt).

Second, it says that Houghton's first attorneys were "bought out" and sold him up the river. There's even the suggestion that Houghton was being drugged and railroaded into an "insane asylum." What the piece doesn't mention is that one of those attorneys wound up dead from a fire at his house (see below). Houghton at age 14 was convicted of arson. I figured that something was amiss with this attorney's death. Having read this On Target and Houghton's view of his attorney, I'm suspicous of foul play. Zodiac claimed that his victims would die by knife, by rope, by gun, and "by fire"? Here is the related story.

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 25, 1964
JAIL TERM OF MINUTEMAN POSTPONED
Western Leader of Group Granted 30-Day Delay

San Diego -- Troy Haughton, 31, western regional co-ordinator of the para-military Minutemen, was granted his request Tuesday for a postponement in serving a 60-day jail sentence and payment of a $100 fine for carrying a concealed weapon.
Haughton's attorney, Bertrand Comparet, told Municipal Court Judge William Low that the Minutemen leader was unable to appear in court for sentencing because of a serious back injury.
The judge acceded to Comparet's request for at least a 30-day continuance.
Haughton was arrested last April on a charge of carrying a .45-caliber automatic pistol in an attache case in his car. He was convicted by a jury in June and sentenced to 180 days in jail with 120 days suspended and fined $250 with $150 suspended.
Sentence Stay
Judge Low stayed execution of the sentence pending several unsuccessful appeals.
Haughton's original attorney, Robert Clodfelter, died in a fire in his Grossmont home last Saturday.
A demand for a congressional investigation of Minutemen activities has been made by Rep. Charles S. Joelson (D-N.J.)
He declared in Washington that members are encouraged to take up arms and "force government policies by violent means."
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:00 pm

Really interesting research, Rand. Have you read any theories on what might have happened to Troy or where he eventually ended up? Seems like he pretty much disappears after the 1960s.
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:19 am

I think they determined that the Swindles bought that candy themselves. By the way, if you think Z killed teh Swindles, find the thread around here with the FLIGHT555 card. It is made on a page from a horoscope from the sign CANCER. The word CANCER is also circled on it. Johnny Swindle WAS a cancer!
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:51 am

The story of Houghton's disappearance is a very long one that will take many posts for me to explain. Let me begin with this letter from 1967 that Bettie Houghton, Troy's wife, sent to Harry Jones, who wrote the definitive book on the MM, The Minutemen in 1968. Harry gave me the letter:






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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:43 am

Any writing samples of Haughton????
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:54 am

I'm trying like heck to get some handwriting samples, but have come up empty so far. I'll keep trying and trying, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:11 am

rand wrote:
I'm trying like heck to get some handwriting samples, but have come up empty so far. I'll keep trying and trying, though.

Did he ever own property...a home, real estate, etc? Did he ever have a business in his name? If so, shoot me a PM and I can help you
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:43 am

Thanks, morf! I believe that he owned the house at
6523 Celia Vista Drive
San Diego, California, 92115

He also owned the company Apex Machinery and Supply and Trojan Mining and Blasting Company. Here are some addresses for companies he may have owned

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=91592&relPageId=7

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?mode=searchResult&absPageId=1255318
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:29 am

rand wrote:
Thanks, morf! I believe that he owned the house at
6523 Celia Vista Drive
San Diego, California, 92115

He also owned the company Apex Machinery and Supply and Trojan Mining and Blasting Company. Here are some addresses for companies he may have owned

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=91592&relPageId=7

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?mode=searchResult&absPageId=1255318

Contact SD Recorders office at: http://arcc.co.san-diego.ca.us/services/grantorgrantee/search.aspx

Tell them you need to obtain older GRANTOR/GRANTEE Records from the 1960's. They can provide you with documents that are most likely signed and/or printed by him for property he owned.

Same thing for the mining ficticious business name search here: http://arcc.co.san-diego.ca.us/services/fbn/search.aspx
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:47 am

Thanks. Wink Will do.
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:09 pm

Always a great source. El Dorado County, CA has recorded info online going back to like the late 1800's!
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PostSubject: Marcos/Wyoming connection   Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:33 am

Houghton disappeared several months after being arrested in Cheyenne, Wyoming (1.4.67) for flashing two young girls at a mall. I interviewed the person who took Houghton from the MO courthouse to the bus depot in Kansas City, where he got the bus to Cheyenne, WY. Troy claimed that he was picking up a new car for someone in WY and driving it down to San Diego for money. But if that was his only reason for going to WY, why did he stay for days -- he arrived on Wednesday night and was arrested Saturday night. And why WY in the first place? Who knew him there and why? Here's a Marcos/MM/Wyoming connection that may explain it.

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=136193&relPageId=6
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PostSubject: THE DRAGON CARD IMAGERY   Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:50 am

JOLLY ROGER CARD

Z's Dragon Card was a Jolly Roger Greeting Card.

Guns Flash Over Tape Recorder's Use as Ultra-Conservatives Meet
DON ANGEL; DAVE LARSEN
Los Angeles Times; Sep 11, 1966

Guns were drawn Saturday in an Anaheim restaurant when a tape recorder was discovered planted at the first state convention of the ultra-conservative Patriotic Party.
One of the weapons ws pulled by the man who had placed the recorder in the room--a radio station news editor. He fled, but was tackled and hand-cuffed by two private security guards waving their guns.
The melee concluded, the newly formed political party proceeded with its business, one item of which was preparations to field its own candidates in 1968....
Keech said the Patriotic Party which was formed in July by Robert DePugh, national coordinator of the right-wing paramilitary Minutemen, will "make an attempt to push the conservative political viewpoint with the idea of making conservative action effective."

The one-day meeting at the Jolly Roger Inn, which attracted about 250 persons, was, Keech said, one of 44 such conventions across the country. The party claims a membership of 5,000.
Next Sunday, the state chairman disclosed, a meeting wil be held at a school in El Segundo to organize the party in Los Angeles Conty.
He declined to name the school. "We have trouble," he said. "There's a radical opposition."
The incident wit the guns occurred during the afternoon session while a speech was being given by Troy Haughton, leader of the California Minutemen unit.[I'll scan and post the rest later]

THE GREEN DRAGON



Paul Revere (MM) began his famous ride from the Green Dragon Tavern:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Dragon_Tavern
It also has special significance for Freemasons: http://www.masonicworld.com/education/files/feb04/green_dragon_tavern.htm

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Troy Houghton claimed to own a company: Trojan Mining and Blasting Company

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=91592&relPageId=7
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:50 pm

This FBI document lists 5 more addresses for Troy Houghton, two are in Lemon Grove, CA.
http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=91593&relPageId=6
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:07 pm

TH to procure curare poison or gas. The next page documents MM paranoia about the JFK assassination and being set up by authorities to take the fall.

http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=91591&relPageId=10
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:17 pm

I'm sure someone as well known as him would have been checked by LE and if they suspected him his picture would have been put out on the news.
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:22 pm

I'm getting warm. Here is a letter written to Troy Houghton in 1965. Notice Cook, the sender, says: "your 'greeting card' has stimulated my curiousity"



http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=141102&relPageId=2
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:22 pm

rand wrote:
Like Z, the MM used Greeting Cards in their mailings:



Source: http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=141100&relPageId=3

This is, indeed, the Greeting Card that Troy sent Cook. Here are the details:
http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=141092&relPageId=2
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PostSubject: Re: Troy Houghton: The Minuteman   Thu Apr 08, 2010 10:17 pm

I think this Houghton "Greeting Card" find is very important and this is why. I've gone through literally thousands of FBI documents, and I've only found one "greeting card" reference. In fact, I did a search of all of the FBI assassination documents on the website (which must be in the 10s of thousands or more), and the only hit I got was one: the Greeting Card was sent by Troy Houghton in 1965. Imagine that? Just one hit on greeting card in all the thousands of FBI documents on the assassinations of RFK, MLK, and JFK, and it turns out to have been sent by Troy Houghton in 1965. If TH wasn't Z, he's one of the most unlucky people in the world. Just as with the Jolly Roger speech, the 13 bullet holes, his shooting out a woman's tires, the Gilbert and Sullivan references, the Little List, etc. etc., we have Zodiac sending greeting cards to newspapers (what other serial killer in the 1960s sent Greeting Cards?) and we have Troy Houghton sending Greeting Cards in 1965 to recruits. It's a pattern of behavior. I don't think a person wakes up one morning after murdering people and says: of course, now it's time for me to send a cute Greeting Card to the local papers. It's a behavior that is adopted from the serial killer's prior life experience. And with TH and Z, the pattern always fits.
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PostSubject: Lake Herman Road   Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:25 am

On Dec. 20, 1963, Houghton pumped 10 bullets into a car with a woman still in it. He shot her tires out. Exactly five years to the day later (Dec. 20, 1968), the Zodiac began his killing spree by shooting at a couple in a car on lover's lane at Lake Herman Road. Moreover, Troy's oldest son, Troy, was born on Dec. 21, 1955.
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PostSubject: Bettie Houghton not an innocent/Marine Surplus Store/bomb   Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:28 pm

The excerpt below is from an FBI polygraph given to Michael Vejvoda, a Minuteman and a very dangerous one, in June 1968 regarding the RFK assassination. Notice that Vejvoda had been to "Mrs. Houghton's home" to discuss Minutemen activities, e.g., picketing the Moscow circus.



Here's the link to the page in the FBI doc:
http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=99851&relPageId=9

Here is more evidence that Bettie was still very much involved with MM activities after Troy's disappearance. In fact, one of the people in the story claims that she ran the West Coast operations in his absence:

"San Diego County Supervisor Admits 'Pranks' on Leftists," LA Times (Sept.
19, 1974) by Narda Z. Trout:

Excerpt:

The chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, who had
previously denied allegations that he harassed leftists here, has now
admitted 'some pranks.'

[skipping down to the interesting part of the story from our perspective]

He [Supervisor Lou Conde] denied being a Minutemen member, although he said
he was friends with its then recognized West Coast leader, Troy Houghton,
and Houghton's wife, Bettie, and at one time gave Houghton a military field
radio from his marine surplus store
. [Zodiac's wingwalker boots were alleged
to be from a army/marine surplus store; also, Zodiac's MO, "This is the
Zodiac Speaking," sounds like a shortwave radio operator]

[Skipping down the article]

Conde told CalPIRG and the Times that in 1967 he and an 'acquaintance,'
Howard Berry Godfrey [an FBI informant, as it turns out] met at Mrs.
Houghton's home and decided to go to the open house held by the Peace and
Freedom Party.....Conde said he and Godfrey had a mutual interest in
conservatism and the trip to theparty was not planned. 'We wanted to see
what their activity was, what kind of draw they were getting and so
on,' he said.

They went to the party and later went out back of the headquarters and
pulled the electric meter light switches, causing the lights to go out,
Conde said.

A bomb threat was later phoned to the headquarters, and Conde said he knew
nothing about it, although Godfrey said Conde made the call.

Conde said he also conceived a plot to hang Marxist Professor Marcuse in
effigy on the University of California, San Diego campus "from the same
flagpole where the students had hung Reagan a week previously."
He said he bought an old suit at the Salvation Army and "because Bettie
Houghton is such a good artist, I had her draw a face and make a sign,
'Marxist Marcuse.'"

[Skipping down]

Godfrey said he and Conde "were assigned" to disrupt the Peace and Freedom
Party open house by Mrs. Houghton, who Godfrey said took the reins of the
Minutemen after her husband disappeared.
He said after the lights went out, the pair went down the street to a phone
booth "and Conde called (the headquarters) and said something like "at 11:30
the lights go out, at 11:40 the bomb goes off."

Here are some MM-Zodiac comparisons from the above story:

1) Z made bomb threats (they made a bomb threat)
2) phoned police after murders (they phone a bomb threat)
3) wore wingwalker boots, likely purchased from a military surplus store (Houghton purchased a field radio from a marine surplus store)
4) his MO was "This is the Zodiac Speaking" -- like a shortwave radio operator might introduce him/herself
5) Bettie was an artist who helped the cause and wasn't an innocent (she might have worked on some of Z's letters)

Also, consider that The Minutemen organization was a political action group. Does this explain why Z kept urging people to wear his buttons with the crosshair symbol on it (which was the Minutemen logo)? There's a sense that Z wants to make a political statement in some twisted way with the Z buttons. "They (the leftists) have their peace buttons, we rightists should have ours." And that's the way this Narda Trout article ends:

"He [Conde] called the activities pranks and said he did not think they were serious when, "Looking back at the period of time...the other camp...the ultra-liberals, they were blowing up campuses, they were killing people, they were setting fires to school buildings."

BACK TO BETTIE

So if Bettie believed in August 1967 (the date of the letter to Harry Jones that I posted) that DePugh was behind Houghton's "disappearance" and if she believed what she said in the newspaper articles in June 1968, why is she entertaining Minutemen and discussing operations with them? It makes little sense. Here's her story in 1968:

MINUTEMEN AIDE MISSING, WIFE ASSERTS Exclusive to the LA Times, April 23, 1968

San Diego -- Troy Haughton, 35, Western coordinator for the "Minutemen," has been missing for 11 months and may have met with foul play, his wife said here Monday.
Mrs. Betty Haughton, mother of three sons, 5, 6 and 12, said she last heard from her husband on May 21, 1967, when he telephoned from Independence, Mo., that he was leaving for home in a new car.
Since then, through her efforts and those of friends, the newly purchased auto has been found in the Midwest (she did not say where) but no trace of Haughton has been uncovered.

When I spoke with Bettie a few weeks ago, she said she didn't remember anything about a car found on the side of the road, and she didn't know if TH bought a new car.


Here's what I don't understand. Why did Bettie write to Harry that she didn't know what kind of car he was driving and that she had been given conflicting stories that seemed deliberately conflicting? If the last thing that Houghton phoned about was to tell her he had bought a new car, wouldn't you have expected him to tell her what kind of car? Wouldn't she have mentioned in her letter in August 1967, that Houghton had bought a new car? Why in the news story does it say that she located the car in the Midwest but "(she did not say where)"? If you're trying to find your husband, wouldn't this be information you would want the public to know?
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