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Magda Hassan
09-30-2009, 10:56 AM

http://www.newsmakingnews.com/vm,fred,alvarez,jimmy,hughes,arrested,triple,execu tions,cabazon,indians,9,27,09.html

by Virginia McCullough
http://newsmakingnews.com/fred,alvarez,donner,lake,%201978,cabazon,indian.gi f

One day I had a contract on a man. They had paid me a lot of money to kill this person. I traveled over many states, and walked into the man’s house one day, pulled out my pistol, and put a bullet in everybody’s head.
Jimmy Hughes, Honduras

The man who wrote and published these words on the Internet currently claims to be a born again Christian who runs children’s shelters in Honduras. A Hit Man With a New Mission by Jimmy Hughes

Apparently Jimmy Hughes has always felt so well protected that he could confess to murders and believed he would never have to pay the penalty. For twenty-eight years he was absolutely correct in his beliefs. It began one quiet night in the desert just outside of Indio, California.

On a summer night on June 29, 1981 three friends relaxed is the backyard of a small stucco home at 35-040 Bob Hope Drive in a desert town appropriately named Rancho Mirage. The three friends sat is a semi-circle, the two men in wooden chairs and the woman on a single bed that served as a lounge chair. They were sharing drinks and stories. The big man was a 32-year-old Indian, a member of the Cabazon tribe whose 1700 acre reservation adjoined the nearby town of Indio, California. His friend was a slightly built white man ten years his senior. The woman had been an acquaintance of both two men and was intently following their conversation.

(Suddenly the peaceful scene was shattered. Three shots rang out. Three friends lay dead.

In the California Daily News on July 2, 1981 staff reporter Paul Zalis reported The three bodies found in an apparent execution-style slaying Wednesday have been identified as Alfred “Fred” Alvarez, 32, Patricia Roberta Castro, 44, of Long Beach and Ralph Arthur Boger, 42, of San Bernardino.

The family of Fred Alvarez had always believed that the head of Cabazon Tribal Security Jimmy Hughes had been involved in the killings. Hughes worked for and reported to “Dr.” John Phillip Nichols, the white manager of the Cabazon Tribe. Yesterday, at the International Airport in Miami, Florida Jimmy Hughes was arrested and detained on a sealed warrant from California charging the 52-year-old man with three counts of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder.

Approximately one month ago the California Deputy Attorney General Michael Thomas Murphy, based in San Diego, issued an arrest warrant for Hughes under seal. Riverside County Deputy Sheriff John M. Powers then notified United States Customs to be on the lookout for Hughes who lives in Honduras. About two weeks ago Hughes came back to the U.S. unnoticed by Customs. However, when the wanted man made a reservation on American Airlines to return to Honduras the” red flag request” from California was picked up by Customs who alerted Deputy Sheriff Powers. Powers is the cold case detective who had dedicated almost two years of his life investigating the Alvarez executions.

Powers booked a flight out of Ontario, California to Miami, Florida at 11:00 pm Friday night. Powers said, “Customs and Dade County Sheriff's assisted me and we escorted Jimmy off the plane just minutes before the scheduled departure. He was booked into the Dade County Jail on 12th street (near the airport).” Jimmy Hughes is held as prisoner number 090082914 according to Officer T. Thompson at the pre-trial detention center. Booking has misspelled Hughes last name as “Hoghes” but his date of birth is correctly noted This reporter has been told that Jimmy Hughes is being represented by an attorney in Miami. Tomorrow Deputy Sheriff Powers and suspect Jimmy Hughes will appear in the Dade County Superior Court. It is believed that Mr. Hughes intends to waive extradition to California. If all goes as anticipated Deputy Sheriff John Powers will return to Riverside, California with suspect Jimmy Hughes on Monday, September 28, 2009.

After 28 years of freedom, will Jimmy Hughes finally be held accountable for the killings he has detailed on the World Wide Web?
http://newsmakingnews.com/vm,fred,alvarez,jimmy,hughes,not,waive%20extraditi on,9,28,09.html
Detective John Powers will return to California alone today. Multiple murder suspect Jimmy Hughes has taken the advice of his Miami based attorney Rene A. Sotorrio and will not waive extradition in Case No. F-09-031832, Miami-Dade County, 11th Judicial Circuit Court.

The burden now shifts to California State Deputy Attorney General Michael Thomas Murphy to draw up the extradition papers and obtain Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature on a formal demand for extradition accompanied by supporting documents. This demand will be submitted to the Governor of Florida Charlies Crist who will review the demand, and if he finds it valid, may issue his Governor's warrant of arrest.

The warrant will be executed and the papers will be submitted to the Miami-Dade County 11th Judicial Circuit Court. Hughes will then be arraigned in court on the warrant and may challenge its validity by a writ of habeas corpus and may seek bail. Whether or not Hughes will be returned to California to face charges on suspicion of committing and conspiring to commit the murders of of Alfred "Fred" Alvarez. Patricia Roberta Castro, 44, of Long Beach and Ralph Arthur Boger that took place twenty-eight years ago, may depend upon the judge's ruling on any such habeas corpus petition.

Meanwhile Hughes remains in jail held on an "out of state warrant".



September 29, 2009

Arrest made in 1981 murders

Police link self-dubbed hitman Hughes to triple homicide in Rancho Mirage

Nicole C. Brambila
The Desert Sun

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has identified a suspect in the 1981 unsolved murders of three Coachella Valley residents.

James “Jimmy” Hughes, 52, was arrested at the Miami International Airport on Saturday on a fugitive warrant related to three California murders, Miami-Dade law enforcement officials said Monday.

A self-described ex-mafia hit man, evangelist and president of Jimmy Hughes Ministries, Hughes has traveled throughout Honduras and the United States “taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” according to his Web site.

He faces an extradition hearing in Miami today that he is fighting, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez said.

It is unclear how long the extradition process with Florida could take.

At the time of his arrest, Hughes was headed to Honduras, Gutierrez said Monday evening.

“I'm not going to be able to tell you who's bringing him in until he hits our jail,” Gutierrez said.

Phone numbers for Hughes' Miami-based ministry were out of service Monday.

Hughes was arrested on suspicion of being involved in “the Octopus murders” — the 1981 slayings of former Cabazon tribal leader Fred Alvarez, 32, Patty Castro, 44, and Ralph Boger, 42, Gutierrez said.

The California attorney general is prosecuting the case because of a conflict of interest with Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco, said Dana Simas, a spokeswoman for the attorney general.

The state assumed responsibility for prosecuting the case earlier this year, said Sue Steding, Riverside County chief assistant district attorney.

“Jimmy Hughes is a distant relative of our district attorney,” Steding said. “The district attorney has not seen this distant relative in over a decade.

“We have every confidence that the attorney general will pursue this case with vigor.”

According to press accounts at the time of the murders, the bodies were found unbound, fully clothed with a single shot to the head with a .38-caliber gun “at different angles.”

The coroner was unable to conduct drug screen tests because of the decomposition of the bodies, which were found on the patio of a small house Alvarez rented on Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage.

“Having three people shot in the head would be very unusual without at least one of them shot in the back trying to escape,” Deputy Coroner Robert Drake told The Desert Sun days after the June 29 murders.

“Either they were out, intoxicated or there was more than one person involved.”

Internal problems among members of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians at the time led to widespread speculation of a link between the murders and the tribe, which tribal members have long disputed.

Tribal Chairman David Roosevelt did not immediately respond to a phone call Monday.

Investigators at the time said they suspected it would take some time to crack the case.

Rachel Bagley, Boger's daughter, said Monday she never imagined it would take so long to arrest a suspect.

“I was 13 and I thought my dad was like Superman,” said Bagley, who lives in Kentucky.

David Guyatt
09-30-2009, 11:23 AM
As I remember it this whole thing factors into the Michael Riconosciuto, Danny Casolaro and Wackenhut affairs.

Jan Klimkowski
09-30-2009, 08:03 PM
I propose a poll.

What is the flimsiest cover in the world?

a) journalist;

b) aid worker;

c) man of god.

The use by intelligence agencies of these professions as cover for agents or assets has forever damaged those people of morality and integrity who sign up as a), b) or c) with a passion only to help others in the attempt to create something better.

Ed Jewett
09-30-2009, 08:32 PM

Ed Jewett
10-04-2009, 02:41 AM
As just posted by DesertFae at E Pluribus Unum:

The story has gotten big, MSM is paying attention at this point. Yesterday I had an interview with The Los Angeles Times, today Associated Press and I've been invited on multiple radio/TV shows at this point. It's all been a bit overwhelming.
Now, all that being said, I want to state clearly that the investigation and my work is ongoing.. so add all that on top of what I already do and I've been quite the busy bee.
Here's the link to my newest press release (not written by me)- http://desertfae.com/pressrelease2.htm
Here are some of the newest videos-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyjVd10w59I (shows my confrontation with Hughes)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k19acWUZGAk (talks about the DA being Hughes' cousin)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thXt-oJ2z9g (talks about Glen Heggstad)
Los Angeles Time's story- http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ca...0,6420190.story (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-cabazon3-2009oct03,0,6420190.story)

David Guyatt
10-04-2009, 10:44 AM
Interestingly, the LA Times story reports Hughes stating that the murders in question had a political dimension:

"Your dad and I were friends. He talked to somebody, they gave an order and that's what happened to him," he said. "It's a lot bigger than the murder of this guy or that guy. You're talking political people. I have told you more than I should.

This suggests to me that Hughes own days may now be numbered.

Magda Hassan
11-10-2009, 06:59 AM

Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s Office Stalls On Extradition of Jimmy Hughes Arrested on Murder Charges: “Octopus Murders”



James "Jimmy" Hughes
Miami-Dade Booking Photo

Florida Governor Charlie Crist

November 6, 2009

Self-described Mafia hit-man James “Jimmy” Hughes, 52, was arrested on September 26 as he boarded a plane at Miami-Dade International Airport heading for Honduras. The fugitive warrant lists three counts of murder and conspiracy to commit a crime for the 1981 execution-style murder of Cabazon Tribal Council Vice-Chairman Fred Alvarez, his friend Ralph Boger, and Patricia Castro in Rancho Mirage, California.
Detective John Powers at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in California, Central Homicide Unit – Cold Case Division, was assigned to investigate the 28-year-old triple homicide case about 2 years ago when Rachel Begley, the daughter of victim Ralph Boger, convinced the sheriff’s department to re-open the case.
Both Powers and Begley were aware of what they were stepping into when they launched their investigations. Today, their respective findings include information relating to Jimmy Hughes’ political and military connections in Honduras, as well as his political ties to the republican politicians in the US.

Rachel Begley & Det. John Powers Working: 03/02/09

http://desertfae.com/images/Rachel%20Begley%20and%20Det%20John%20Powers%200302 09.jpg

Hughes has been held at Miami-Dade Metro West Detention Center since his arrest on 09/26/09. The extradition process involves a Governors Warrant being sent from the State of California to the office of Charlie Crist, Governor of Florida. During the time that the paperwork is being completed, Hughes is required to have a hearing approximately every 30 days. The State of Florida can hold Hughes up to 90 days while the paperwork is being completed, after which time, they reportedly must release him.
Today, for the second time, the hearing scheduled for Jimmy Hughes has been delayed. The hearing today was to take place before Judge Bertila Soto at 9:00am Eastern Time. Monica Torline, reporter for The Desert Sun confirmed today through both the County Clerks Office and the Miami Dade County State Attorney’s Office that the hearing has been moved a second time, this time being held on November 20, 2009.


Upon learning the news of the second delay, Rachel Begley decided to take action to find the reason for the delay. During the course of the day, she was able to confirm that Governor Charlie Crist’s Office has had the completed paperwork in their possession for over two weeks. She made multiple calls, left multiple voice mails, sent emails, and faxes to attempt to speed up the extradition of Jimmy Hughes.
After being transferred she was able to speak with multiple individuals in the legal department at the Governor’s Office. Rachel was informed by Kerry Owens that only one person is in charge of the extradition, Susan Smith, Florida State Extradition Coordinator. In attempting to speak with Susan Smith, Rachel was informed by a Heidi, within the legal department, that Susan Smith was not in court today due to her being at a conference. Rachel asked to speak with Susan Smith’s supervisor and was told by Heidi that her immediate supervisor is Charlie Crist and that nobody is allowed to speak with him nor leave him a voice mail.
Monica Torline of The Desert Sun wrote today, “Once we issue the warrant we are not involved in the extradition process as it moves through the court system,” Florida press secretary Sterling Ivey told The Desert Sun by e-mail Friday. Officials in the extradition unit of the Miami Dade County State Attorney’s Office said in most cases, the governor’s warrant is filed with the court during an extradition hearing.”

This extradition hearing has yet to take place. One must wonder how long the delays and stalling will take place? Will Jimmy Hughes be released due to the State of Florida’s stalling techniques or a technicality?

NOTE: For in-depth background details on the history of the triple homicide and Cabazon investigations see: "Octopus Cold Case File" dated June 23, 2009 http://desertfae.com/pressrelease.htm

Rachel Begley can be contacted at: desertfae@gmail.com

David Guyatt
11-10-2009, 08:56 AM
Sounds highly suspicious that political pressure has been brought into play doesn't it.

Ed Jewett
12-16-2009, 06:48 AM
The man has been extradited to and has arrived in California.

Ed Jewett
06-28-2010, 02:10 AM
http://rigorousintuition.ca/board2/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=28664 (http://rigorousintuition.ca/board2/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=28664)

Victim's daughter: Charges to be dropped in 'Octopus Murders' case

James Hughes only arrest in 1981 Rancho Mirage triple-homicide case

Monica Torline (monica.torline@thedesertsun.com) • The Desert Sun • June 26, 2010

http://www.mydesert.com/article/20100626/NEWS0802/6260308/Victim-s-daughter-Charges-to-be-dropped-in-Octopus-Murders-case (http://www.mydesert.com/article/20100626/NEWS0802/6260308/Victim-s-daughter-Charges-to-be-dropped-in-Octopus-Murders-case)

Magda Hassan
06-28-2010, 02:46 AM
Poor woman. I hope she does publish everything now that there is no trial to prejudice. It is safer for her to do so as well.

Linda Minor
06-28-2010, 03:29 AM
I was reading the coverage of the John Philip Nichols connection to the murders when I came across this page:
By Virginia McCullough © March 2000
Is this the telex (5 pages) for the October Surprise $MULTIBILLION GOLD Payoff?
The telexes are linked to the page numbers 1-5.
Here's page 5: http://www.newsmakingnews.com/telexe.htm

The last line, penciled in by hand, reads "or to Mr. John Macomber...." This matches up with the William B. Macomber, Jr. mentioned in the book written by Russ Banker, Family of Secrets, who was also born in Rochester, NY.

Oswald was principle JFK shooting suspect. His closest friend in Dallas had been George DeMohrenschildt. In 1960, Oswald was known to William B. Macomber Jr., former CIA man at the State Dept., best man in the wedding of Nancy Bush and of CIA's Thomas J. Devine, a Bush business partner....There is at least one author who wrote that William Macomber did not leave the CIA after two years,
and you may be aware that the State Dept. ceased public release of it's staff directory in the 70's, because it was an easy reference to spot the CIA members working under official cover.

Isn't it reasonable to say that this indicates that Macomber continued as Devine's and possibly Bush's CIA controller, or is it another in a long line of coincidences, in your opinion? Five years after the date of this document, Macomber, US Ambassador to Turkey, fresh from his emergency assignment in Haiti to work with Baby Doc to free the kidnapped US Ambassador there, Macomber was Devine's best man...


Three years later, Bush again followed in his father's footsteps by investing in the oil industry. His father had made millions of dollars, while the son lost millions. For investors, he tapped relatives and his father's friends.

Bush spent $17,000 from his education trust fund to start Arbusto Energy Incorporated, a small oil company in Midland. He named it "Arbusto," a Spanish word for "bush," although Cassell's Spanish dictionary gives "shrub" as the only translation. Although he lost more than $2 million in investors' money, he left Midland with $840,000 in his pocket.

The young Bush worked to expand his industry by soliciting speculators who contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many of these people were recruited by Bush's uncle, Jonathan Bush, a New York City stockbroker and the brother of former President Bush. Bush went to family friends to invest in the new company. More than 50 investors eventually raised nearly $5 million for Arbusto's oil and gas drilling endeavors. Prudential-Bache Securities CEO George Ball invested $100,000. Celanese Corporation CEO John Macomber, CEO of Celanese Corporation. Macomber, a friend of Uncle Jonathan Bush, tossed in $79,500. William Draper III invested $172,550. Subsequently, both were given political appointments to the Export-Import Bank during the Reagan and Bush administrations. Lewis Lehrman, a multimillionaire from New York and founder of Rite-Aide Parmacies, gave $47,500. Lehrman narrowly lost the 1982 governor's race to New York's Russell Reynolds Jr., a leading corporate headhunter from Greenwich, Connecticut, invested $23,250. FitzGerald Bemiss, a childhood friend of President George H. Bush and godfather to George W.'s brother Marvin, invested $80,000. Other Bush family members kicked in $180,000. Bush's grandmother gave him $25,000.

Macomber, William Butts, Jr. (b. 1921) — of Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y. Born in Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y., March 28, 1921. Son of William Butts Macomber and Elizabeth Currie (Ranlet) Macomber; married, December 28, 1963, to Phyllis D. Bernau. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; administrative assistant to U.S. Sen. John Sherman Cooper, 1954; U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, 1961-64; Turkey, 1973-77. Episcopalian. Still living as of 1997.


Diplomat William Macomber Jr., 82, Dies

By Patricia Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 21, 2003; Page B07

William B. Macomber Jr., 82, former ambassador to Jordan and Turkey and president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Nov. 19 at his Nantucket, Mass., home.

Mr. Macomber worked in the State Department in the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford administrations. He served as undersecretary for management at the State Department from 1969 to 1973.
He was a founding member of the Washington-based American Academy of Diplomacy, a nonprofit agency. He was known in the Foreign Service community as a reformer: He was part of a small group of top officials who refused President Richard M. Nixon's demand to punish Foreign Service officers who participated in demonstrations against the Vietnam War.

As undersecretary for management, he involved hundreds of State Department employees in a wide-ranging examination of how the department conducted its business. According to a June article in Foreign Service Journal, that project resulted in proposals to require open bidding for jobs; halted the practice of rating the hostessing abilities of wives of Foreign Service officers and freed those wives from unpaid work; mandated gender equity; and allowed officers to see their "secret" performance appraisals.

In a 1984 newspaper column, Mr. Macomber decried the exchange of campaign contributions for ambassadorships. "When it comes to an important portion of American ambassadorial appointments, we are still in the era of the Charge of the Light Brigade," he wrote.

Mr. Macomber was born in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Yale University. He received a master's degree in government from Yale in 1947, a law degree from Harvard University in 1949 and a master's degree in social science from the University of Chicago in 1951.

He was a Marine lieutenant assigned to the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, parachuting into France to work with the French underground twice. He later worked in Burma. His Marine Corps tour ended in 1946. Mr. Macomber taught government for two years at Boston University while in graduate school. He worked for the CIA from 1951 to 1953 in Washington before starting his career with the State Department.

He was appointed ambassador to Jordan by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 and served until 1964, when he became assistant administer at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He was assistant secretary for congressional relations and then became the deputy undersecretary of state for administration and management from 1969 to 1973. He was appointed ambassador to Turkey in 1973. He also wrote the book "The Angels' Game: A Handbook of Modern Diplomacy" (1975).

He retired from government service in 1977 and became president of the Met, focusing on financial management and administration. He retired in 1986 to Nantucket, where he taught social science and coached football at the local high school. He was also a trustee emeritus at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and on the board of overseers at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Phyllis Macomber of Nantucket; and a brother, John Macomber of Washington.


Jan Klimkowski
06-28-2010, 05:33 PM
Linda - a typically excellent and productive excursion into the shadows from your good self.

I note the acknowledgement of OSS and CIA employment in the obituary of "diplomat" William Macomber Jr:

He was a Marine lieutenant assigned to the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, parachuting into France to work with the French underground twice. He later worked in Burma. His Marine Corps tour ended in 1946. Mr. Macomber taught government for two years at Boston University while in graduate school. He worked for the CIA from 1951 to 1953 in Washington before starting his career with the State Department.

Ed Jewett
07-20-2010, 04:54 PM
Victim's Daughter Decries Dismissal of Murder Charges (http://www.nbclosangeles.com/station/as-seen-on/Victim_s_Daughter_Decries_Dismissal_of_Murder_Char ges_Los_Angeles.html)


ASSASSINATION (http://whatreallyhappened.com/category/assassination)
COVER-UP/DECEPTIONS/PROPAGANDA (http://whatreallyhappened.com/category/cover-ups)

Daughter's tenacious pursuit had led to the arrest and charging of a suspect nearly three decades after a triple murder that the suspect had linked to "covert" government action. NBC-LA's Patrick Healy reports the daughter was in court when the prosecutor moved for dismissal.