This updated column from James Buchanan deserves to be posted in full.
June 26, 2010
Update on the Edgar Steele Case
Filed under: Civil Rights— @ 7:00 am
by James Buchanan
After recovering from a nearly fatal heart condition, Edgar Steele announced that he planned to become more politically active with plans of running for political office. Shortly after that announcement, Steele was arrested and charged with hiring a hitman to kill his wife and his mother-in-law.
The hitman Larry Fairfax is reportedly also the police informant. This is an extremely strange combination, especially when you consider what Fairfax did and how Fairfax was treated. Fairfax actually attached a foot long pipe bomb to Mrs. Steele’s car. Does that sound like something someone working with police would do? Also Fairfax was arrested and charged with attempted murder and placing a bomb.
Note that the police never examined Mrs. Steele’s car for a pipe bomb when Mr. Steele was arrested. Several more days passed until the bomb was discovered when Mrs. Steele took her car to an oil change place. Seems to me that the Feds didn’t especially care if Mrs. Steele was blown up. Perhaps they were counting on that.
Here are some more important details and observations related to this case:
Legal Clients or Girlfriends?
One key piece of circumstantial evidence in the trial will be the state of Edgar Steele’s marriage. One media news story noted that the Steele’s almost got divorced ten years ago, but reconciled. There was another media article referring to a “Ukrainian girlfriend”. In reality, there are several Ukrainian women whom Steele is representing in an immigration case, who were nicknamed “the Ukrainian girlfriends”. Even if a mistress were found, that would only prove Steele was a flawed man, not that he had plans to murder his wife. It seems unlikely that Steele would have a mistress especially after his nearly fatal heart aorta problem in November. (It also seems unlikely that Steele would embark on something as stressful as a murder plot.) I suspect the bomb was actually placed on Mrs. Steele’s car because someone wanted to kill her and/or Edgar Steele. Killing Mrs. Steele would create a suspicion that the marriage really was in bad shape and it would eliminate someone who will likely be a positive witness for Mr. Steele.
Why Kill the Mother-in-Law?
The murder plot claimed that Steele wanted to kill his wife and mother-in-law. This makes absolutely ZERO sense when you think about it. The only reason to say he wanted to kill the mother in law is that it plays into marital stereotypes. They expect Joe Sixpack to think “Look he’s a typical disgruntled husband who doesn’t like his mother-in-law or his wife.” Killing the mother-in-law needlessly complicates the murder plot and would provide no financial benefit since a mother-in-law doesn’t get alimony. (Including the mother-in-law in the murder plot however made the crime an “interstate” crime so the FBI could get involved.)
Voice Changing Software
Not only is it possible to use a computer to mimic someone else’s voice, there is a software package commercially available that will do this, called “AV Voice Changer Software Diamond 7.0″. According to one website “Voice Changer Software Diamond 7.0 is the latest edition in the VOICE CHANGER SOFTWARE series which is dedicated to voice changing and voice manipulating for online and local computer-based programs. Voice Changer Software Diamond can do a wide range of voice changing related tasks for many different purposes, such as voice-over and voice dubbing for audio/video clips, presentations, narrations, voice messages, voice mails, E-greeting cards, etc.; (and) mimic the voice of any person…”
The Mysterious Mr. X
It’s possible that Larry Fairfax is a government informant, who’s framing up Steele with the help of some clever sound technicians, but why is the government apparently leaning on Fairfax, charging him with attempted murder and locking Fairfax up without bail?
If Edgar Steele didn’t hire Larry Fairfax to kill Mrs. Steele, then who did? Could there have been a third person involved, who has been been conveniently erased from the murder plot, whom I’ll call “Mr. X”.
It makes absolutely no sense that Fairfax was the one originally working with the police since an informant is not going to put a bomb on a car. The informant should be getting off with no charges. I suspect that Mr. X originally hired Larry Fairfax to kill one or both of the Steele’s with a massive foot long pipe bomb. Fairfax was financially desperate being over $600k in debt. He could easily fit the bill of a hitman. The bomb originally placed on Mrs. Steele’s car by Fairfax failed to go off so Mr. X decides to switch to “Plan B” which is to betray Fairfax and have him arrested.
Mr. X asked Fairfax to make another pipe bomb after the first one failed to go off (which seems a more reasonable explanation for the two pipe bombs –with only one found on a car). Mr. X then calls up the FBI and turns in Larry Fairfax for plotting to kill Steele’s wife and mother-in-law. The FBI finds a pipe bomb in Fairfax’s possession. A few days later, they find the first pipe bomb, which is nearly identical to the second, still on Mrs. Steele’s car. Mr. X then fabricates audio tapes of Fairfax and Steele (using computer voice synthesizing software) making a bomb plot with all the crazy bizarre twists and turns in it. Mr. X turns those tapes over at the same time Fairfax is arrested. Fairfax is told he can either cooperate or face life in prison so he’s going along with the “official” murder plot hoping that he’ll only get 10 or 20 years in prison instead of life.
I’ve never heard of an informant (like Fairfax) who was supposedly working with police, but who places a real bomb on a car and who is arrested and held without bail.
It’s possible Mr. X works for the FBI or CIA or even MOSSAD. I think this scenario is a lot closer to reality than the “accidental pipe bomb” murder plot, which we’re being told to believe.