Revelation

To fully understand the business, political, criminal climate of Pensacola at the time of the death of Byrd and Melanie Billings, you must understand all the players in the “good ole boy” system.

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April 30, 2002

W.D. Childers, Willie Junior, Mike Bass and Terry Smith, all Escambia County Commissioners, were indicted on political corruption charges including bribery, coercion, and racketeering. This was the soccer complex scandal. The commissioners offered to buy the defunct complex and Stalnaker dealership from Joe Elliott and his wife for an exorbitant amount of money, far exceeding the value of the property.  These commissioners were paid to vote for the deal.  What comes out in the wash with casualties is the laundering of money from “unnamed” sources.  Stalnaker Mazda, an auto dealership in Pensacola is one of the many tied to organized crime. W.D. Childers is convicted and jailed ending a 30 year political career that included a seat on the Florida Senate for 8 years.

 

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Willie Junior, a character in the Pensacola landscape owned a funeral home.  He became the first black commissioner since Reconstruction in 1977. He was a presence in the history of the city.  In 1986, he made news for having a drive-thru mortuary. People could drive by to see their beloved in a window. He was flashy and lived far beyond his means. Junior slept around and gave at least one mistress a job until the affair ended when he promptly fired her. Historically innovative and eccentric to boot, he was convicted like Childers. In Willie style of drama, he conveniently disappeared before he was sentenced. For a month, no one knew what happened to Willie.  It was speculated he fled or was in hiding in the city. He was still causing news in his own way until December 9, 2004, Willie’s body was found under an ex employee’s house. He had 2 Heineken beers and a empty bottle of pills. The autopsy said cause of death was due to anti-freeze poisoning that had been in the beer. To everyone this was just too bizarre to be a suicide. Willie Junior had style. He was a legend in his own mind.  Would he go get a haircut  on November 9th and crawl underneath a rundown house like a dog to die? If anybody has seen the movie “Next Friday”, Willie Junior reminds me of Pinky from that movie. He was that kind of man. Crawling under a house?  Not dramatic enough for Willie. Just doesn’t make sense.

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Until you look at Willie, he issued a 6 paragraph public statement saying W.D. Childers’s greediness got him into this and he was going to “blow the lid of further corruptions” by  W.D. Childers, Mike Bass, Terry Smith and others. Not a smart thing to say publicly.  He agreed to be a “star witness” in further investigations. Then Willie is found dead under a house. This is the Pensacola that gave birth to Ron Samuels’s cocaine dealing and hiring of hit men, as well as the Billings Murders. Screwing with the money train of the Pensacola auto business is deadly.  This is all linked my friends.

DEA Negotiated With Mexican Drug Cartel Members: Report

This report was released by El Universal, a Mexican media outlet.  They received the official documents of the intelligence this report is based on.

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“We’re all mad here!”

It boggles the mind that this case could be so engrossing and yet depicted as so simple. Pensacola is corrupt. It is rotten to the core. This murder is less than 3 degrees of separation from any one there. But I have to say I was surprised at some of the people in the mix. Doctors, lawyers. The connection of the Billings to Sheriff David Morgan is a “humdinger”.  He is associated to Arety  who is a “colleague” of Billings. We can trace that influence to the spat with County Administrator, George Touart, then you get links to W.D. Childers & Willie Junior. Everyone remembers Willie Junior, right? Committing suicide under a house? THIS IS ALL SO BIZARRE!

 

 

 

I half expect Capone descendants to come out of the woodwork! The murders of the Billings’ is just needle in the pine. It is small event in a larger picture. The two major cartels were battling over territory that inevitably resulted in only one standing. Then we have the guns. The guns are the guns linked to an Homeland Security investigation…..which investigation might that be????  Oh, the one where we allowed “gunwalking”  We let suspicious  people buy guns with paper bags of cash. So we could “track”  those guns.  But those guns showed up in the murder of  DEA agents.

 

Let’s look at the timelime:

    •  July, 2009-Billings’ murder. Hugh Wiggins is caught with an arsenal of guns. He receives an immunity deal that covers multiple federal, state and local crimes.
    • August, 2009-the official “gunwalking” begins under Project Gunrunner; guns were tagged & recorded to follow up on where they “turn up”.
    • September, 2009- June, 2010- Three major DEA operations make huge arrests involving guns and narcotics coming from Mexico.
    • Early 2010- Los Zetas officially severs ties with the Gulf Cartel. By most accounts, the Gulf Cartel ceases to remain an organization.

Is it possible that Hugh Wiggins’ dropped a dime on someone in July that resulted in the events mentioned above?  Absolutely.

 

Where does that leave Escambia County?  We have 2 murder victims. It has made national news. Sheriff Morgan states repeatedly in the press that Patrick Gonzalez Jr. is the mastermind and the murderer. He says it to newspapers, national news syndicates, local news. Everywhere you look you see David Morgan’s face less than 10 days after the murder claiming this has all been wrapped up in a nice little “home invasion robbery”.  What happens when an FBI evidence report puts Hugh Wiggins’ DNA with Byrd Billings blood on a pair of gloves? The report is tossed aside.

 

 

 

My Further Travels down the Rabbit Hole

So someone choreographed 5 men to storm a compound that is fully established with cameras, to take some money from an old man.  This is the story if you drank the Kool-Aid. This is the ultimate puzzle wrapped inside an enigma. The risk in this crime is high. The gain is low. No money actually came from it. Why so many men? Why at that location? Why? Why? WHY?

Then I see an article somewhere that says there is drug involvement. Makes sense, but still… So I look into this drug matter. I find that the DEA has an on-going investigation in the Pensacola area and in particular 2 cases involving Byrd Billings. NSA also has some oversight.  A 73 year old man? Dope? NSA? DEA? Then there’s Patrick’s story of it being BIGGER than a robbery. That makes more sense to me than a “simple robbery”. The DEA documents suggest that Byrd Billings was being investigated for trafficking heroine, laundering money and human trafficking from a Mexican cartel, Los Zetas who were brokering an alliance to some degree with the Gulf Cartel which is loosely connected to the Columbo crime family. What?  This guy has 13 foster kids. Trafficking humans? Heroine? Jesus Christ!

Then I watched Justin Billings interview.  It was a couple of hours. He never cries. He is matter of fact in his statements. He doesn’t express any kind of emotion. No anger, no grief. He claims that his friend Walter spared his girlfriend for a price. What? Spared his girlfriend? What the hell does that mean?  Is this guy high? No one seriously does this right? He’s spinning a yarn but implies he knew this would happen and he protected his girlfriend. Why would a simple robbery have any thing to do with a teenage girl? And if he knew what was to happen, why not go to police? or to his parents to warn them? Who the hell is Walter? Why is he not investigated? He seems to have some knowledge of this hit. Walter is never talked to or about beyond this interview.

It is ironic that when deputies arrived at the crime scene, Ashley Markham, Melanie’s daughter & her husband James “Blue” Markham were there. Justin was there by then. They told police about the video but it was Justin they asked to get the video because he was the only one there who knew how it worked. They didn’t wait for someone from in law enforcement to touch the video. They allowed the family to get the video. In a perfect world, the family would have no reason to do anything to skew evidence in a murder investigation, but this world isn’t perfect. Could there have been tampering? And if this surveillance system is so sophisticated that Ashley, Blue or any other learned person couldn’t figure it out, who was supposed to disable the cameras the way like every single one of the suspects said would happen?  Justin, perhaps? But he is never looked at. Why? I’m just not understanding the breakdown of protocol from law enforcement. The family had roughly 30 minutes before the crime scene investigators got there. There were people walking around. No order to the scene. Is it possible some things were “taken” to not be found by the police? Is it possible things could have been altered to appear one way with another being the truth? From the beginning, this investigation is bungled.

Corruption on the Horizon: A New Approach

I have spent months trying to come up with the PERFECT blog post. Truth be told, there is nothing much new happening. That’s a damn shame considering a man is sitting in a cell smaller than most people’s bathrooms with his life hanging in a constant purgatory state of nothingness. But this is the first day of a new year and a new approach is in order.  I resolve to blog every single day about this case. I want this case in everyone’s face–day in and day out. I have a new plan that I am working to persuade Pat to go along with. It’s a “humdinger” 🙂

The most dismal part of this story is that with all the news about the federal government “spying” on the people, makes the truth of this crime more palatable and credible. We all know the extent of the corruption of our civil liberties; why would it be such a stretch to think it would sacrifice a low level criminal?  Patrick Gonzalez was the sacrificial lamb. As much of the of a stretch as that may be, it is the truth.

Not one single person who has spent any time in good ole P’cola is oblivious to the corruption in the car industry. Ciano, Mercer, Cassiano, & on the seedy side Billings.  Cab Tice is in the mix somewhere and wanted to be the head honcho. He and Hugh Wiggins took out Billings. Wiggins sang like a canary to the feds & told nothing to Escambia County Sheriff’s Department, but then Bill Eddins got the “good ole boy” nudge to do what he had to do to appease the community from the feds. So with no evidence and only uncorroborated testimonies of 2 scared kids, Patrick Gonzalez sits on Death Row.  Now here is the million dollar question…how could the community believe that line of bull? It took 3 trials before Stallworth was convicted and there was actual physical evidence that linked him to the murders. That didn’t exist in Patrick’s trial; yet a guilty verdict was reached by 12 people who were made to believed they were “doing the right thing” according to Sheriff Morgan. I posted just one of the videos of the “Great” sheriff tooting his own horn. It is funny that he definitively states he has no knowledge of DEA involvement in the Billings murder or on the periphery of the case, when there is documentation to the contrary.

Florida Sheriff and Prosecutors Conspire to Cover-Up Double Homicide

 

According to public records, Florida Sheriff and prosecutor conspire to put man on Death Row.

Pensacola, Florida—Public records show that Sheriff David Morgan of Escambia County and prosecutor Bill Eddins  prosecuted Leonard Patrick Gonzalez Jr, knowing that he was not the shooter in the Billings Murder. After being alerted to the misconduct, court files and public records were shown to corroborate that prosecutors knew that Patrick Gonzalez Jr. was not the mastermind they portrayed him to be. With influence from on-going investigations into the Pensacola connection to the trafficking of humans, drugs and weapons by the Drug Enforcement Agency and ATF, a paper trail shows a conspiracy that was allowed to facilitate a bigger concealment of one of the DOJ’s biggest faux pas, the Fast and the Furious, run by US Attorney General Eric Holder.

Hugh Wiggins, the most likely shooter of the Billings’ was given a federal immunity deal to provide evidence on what the public thought was the illegal activities of Patrick Gonzalez Jr. but it was really about his dealings as a gunrunner involved in the Fast and the Furious as well as  information he had as a drug runner for Los Zetas, a high tech cartel known to be using Pensacola as a conduit for its activities to and from Atlanta. This is held by the FBI and is confirmed by a source close to the case. Facts collected by Escambia County Sheriff’s department show Hugh Wiggins to be in possession of the murder weapons–not Gonzalez. Also Wiggins and his wife were in possession of the only thing taken from the residence–the safe.  According to a source working with the Gonzalez defense team, further DNA testing that is in the DEA investigation file proved that a black glove found in Wiggins’s possession had his DNA and the blood of Byrd Billings.  This evidence is still involved in an “on-going” investigation. Bill Gray, a Drug Enforcement Agent was in charge of this end of the investigation. Again all evidence that points to Wiggins not Gonzalez as the organizer of this crime.

In Hugh Wiggins’s immunity deal and information given to Escambia County Sheriffs, Mr. Wiggins could provide no proof of Gonzalez’s involvement other than his own personal statement which was questioned by the deputies at the time of the interview. They continually tell Wiggins that he is providing no evidence yet this is the “smoking gun” testimony that is supposed to implicate Gonzalez Jr.  Wiggins claims that Pam Wiggins, his wife was involved as was Gonzalez and Cab Tice because they told him so. Although, he never addresses the obviously inappropriate relationship his wife had with Gonzalez, which would give him motive to implicate Gonzalez and his wife or the fact he was the one with all the damning evidence in his possession.

The need for someone to “hang” and the inability to prosecute Wiggins as the shooter or mastermind due to an FBI immunity deal which was never provided to Escambia County Sheriffs, led to a conspiracy that was carried out by law enforcement and prosecutors to put Patrick Gonzalez on trial with no evidence other than co-conspirator testimony that is uncorroborated by any evidence.  The need to meet the demands of the public became so important to Morgan and Eddins, that they knowingly proceeded with a trial. Each then basked in the glory of the conviction. The public defender that represented Gonzalez is also reaping those same benefits by being appointed to a judge position.

As for the testimony of the two co-conspirators, facts not made clear to the public, show that two different teams entered the Billings house that night. Two men through an unlocked door who were dropped off by one car and the other three that came in the van, which was by Blue Markham’s admission, a van that came from Byrd Billings’s lot. The fully cloaked men arrived and left separately. Isn’t it possible that the three in the van who never saw the other two men unmasked on the site were duped into believing the identity of the shooter was Gonzalez by a man who was jealous of his wife’s close relationship with Gonzalez?

Discernibly, there  is no evidence tying Gonzalez to the guns, the safe or the crime scene. There is documented evidence in each of Hugh Wiggins ‘s presence or possession of these damning pieces of evidence.  The question must be asked why law enforcement and officers of the court allowed an innocent man to be sentenced to Death Row? What motivations were there to not inform the public about the nefarious criminal presence in the community? Why was an innocent man allowed to be put on Death Row in the national spotlight?  Why were politicians able to glorify their victory in this case to enhance their careers, knowing the injustice that is clearly laid out in their own documents?

Media Contact: Lee Staley & Allie Tomason, freelance journalists investigating the Billings murder can be reached at conjuringjustice@gmail.com or by phone at 760-239-7853 or 734-494-2120.

 

The Victims

Byrd and Melanie Brock Billings were residents of Pensacola, FL. They were known in the community for their seemingly altruistic endeavor of taking on special needs children in a rather bulk manor.They had within 9-14 within the passing years.  They were mourned after their murders as pillars of the community. Kind, giving people who were senselessly murdered.

This is far from the truth. Byrd Billings ran a buy-here-pay-here lot. Prior to that he made the bulk of his money by owning a seedy strip club on the west side of town called “the Backseat”. It was on a street known to locals as being the highest crime and drug ridden in area the city. Byrd was now in a different business with the same type of clientele now in the used car business. He was known as being one of the less-than-law-abiding of citizens. In truth, despite his “humanitarian” act of taking in disable kids, he was NEVER the pillar of the community and the kids couldn’t change that perception.

Melanie Brock was one of Byrd’s stripper’s at “the Backseat”.  She was significantly younger than Byrd but when they married she had 2 daughters. Ashley & Nikki.  Nikki was a disabled child which is probably the reason they took in the other kids. The girls were accepted by Byrd as his children even though he had grown children not in the area as well as an adopted son, Justin that he had full custody of.  Ashley, in fact, worked with Byrd at the car lot with her husband, James “Blue” Markham. The family seemed close-knit.

 Also there was speculation of exploitation of the children in the household. When there is a person of Byrd’s character and prior deviant acts, putting him in proximity to special needs children, does not leave much doubt he was somehow exploiting them.  He made a very public attempt in the early 2000’s to copyright his kids’ names and tried to sue Department of Children and Families for every document mentioning the names of the children.  It was eventually thrown out, but this is the man we are dealing with.  He also was convicted of adoption fraud in 1989, in an attempt to obtain his son Justin. Somehow he was allowed to keep the child in lieu of his conviction. That remains questionable.  This is the pillar of the community that is put on display after the murder.  The society of the city wouldn’t have spit on Byrd Billings to save his life  then he is murdered and martyred to the country as a philanthropist or humanitarian.