Friend Remembers Crosslin: He Had a Heart of Gold

  Friend Remembers Crosslin: He Had a Heart of Gold

Posted by FoM on September 04, 2001 at 08:03:57 PT
By Jennifer Mack, Tribune Staff Writer  
Source: South Bend Tribune 

Standing in the rain of a September evening rainstorm, Johnny Muday remembered the day he came home. That was the day he met Tom Crosslin, who was shot and killed by police Monday night as part of standoff that entered its fifth day today with one man still being sought. Muday, of Chicago, ran away from home when he was 13 years old. Two years later, he came home looking for his family. His family moved. He didn't know where to go. 
Not knowing where to look, Muday started hitchhiking away from Elkhart, where he grew up. He was picked up by Crosslin, a former truck driver."I didn't know where we were going," Muday said, figuring that he was heading out on the road again -- alone.Muday said that Crosslin dropped him off at a house just seven blocks from where he had been picked up. He said Crosslin told him to go knock on the door of the house.Turns out that was the new home in which his family lived."I didn't even know him," Muday said.And now the man that took Muday home will himself never go home again."He had a heart of gold," Muday said of Crosslin.Heart of gold or not, a federal warrant was issued Monday for Crosslin charging him with the attempted destruction of an aircraft for allegedly shooting a news helicopter and a state police airplane. On Friday, Crosslin skipped a Cass County Circuit Court date on a $150,000 bond revocation hearing relating to drug and weapons charges he was facing. After he reportedly set fire to buildings on his property Friday, police were called when neighbors saw flames coming from Crosslin's farm.He and two others then holed up on 34-acre Rainbow Farm Campground on Pemberton Road.On Monday night, about 20 of Crosslin's supporters vowed to stay and protest Crosslin's shooting death by an FBI agent.One man, who identified himself only as Travis yelled at police on Black Street, about two miles from Rainbow Farms, the 34-acre farm on nearby Pemberton Road that Crosslin owned.Not getting too close to police blocking the road, Travis yelled through a bull horn, calling the police officers murderers.Some of Crosslin's supporters cried, huddled together under a tent at the corner of Black Street and White Temple Road, where a vigil was set up with tents, a bonfire and a small black-and-white television on which they watched news reports about the standoff unfolding.Together, they remembered their friend.Staff writer Jennifer Mack: jmack sbtinfo.comPh: (219) 936-2921 Source: South Bend Tribune (IN)Author: Jennifer Mack, Tribune Staff Writer Published: September 4, 2001Copyright: 2001 South Bend TribuneContact: vop sbtinfo.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Rainbow Farm Campground Agent Kills Rainbow Farm Owner Owner Killed After Four-Day Standoff Owner Shot Dead by FBI 

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Comment #10 posted by Rock-N-Roller on September 04, 2001 at 22:40:01 PT

Get up, Stand up, Stand up for your right.
In order to bring more media attention to this tragedy we need to make a lot of noise. We need the likes of Gary Johnson, and Normal to attend the funerals and deliver the eulogies. We need to have thousands of people attend the services, so many people it overcomes the place, just like the police and firemen do. If this could happen the media cannot completley ignore this. If we get more media attention it can possibly help to educate the ones who need it. E-Mail Gary Johnson's office, and Normal, lets try to get them there. I will make several posts of this comment. Do not be angry or surprised if you see this again. I will post it in other places. Get up, Stand up, Stand up for your right.
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Comment #9 posted by goneposthole on September 04, 2001 at 19:01:44 PT

bombs will rain, they've gone insane.
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Comment #8 posted by lookinside on September 04, 2001 at 18:50:11 PT:

excelent problem...    wherever possible, the police will set up aperimeter that precludes the general public from seeingANYTHING...such was this won't find anynon-law enforcement videotape unless a courageous soul withlong distance lenses was hiding in the woods...don't trust CNN or any of the networks to show anythingdamaging to their corporate master's minions(the shrub andhis ilk)...we need such large numbers of people at these standoffs thatthe police are just completely unable to stop their progresstoward the scene...i'm talking THOUSANDS...armed with allkinds of cameras, videocameras, uplinks, etc...
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Comment #7 posted by goneposthole on September 04, 2001 at 18:35:19 PT

They just boarded a hellbound train is all. Winston was the ticket agent. The level headed $h#t running between their ears just got too thick. In the words of Jimmy Cliff, "I'd rather be a free man in my grave than to live as a puppet or a slave." It was not a hard decision for Tom and Roland.
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Comment #6 posted by potatoshoe on September 04, 2001 at 18:03:00 PT

Message from Mark of Michigan
[this is being posted on several threads; please pardonthe redundancy]A message from Mark Koernke -- Michigan militia leader, currentlyin prison:Subject: UrgentDate: Tue, 4 Sep 2001 19:28:20 -0400From: "Eric Koernke" My Dad (Mark Koernke) wanted me to send this message out. First of all in light of what just happened in Vandalia, CassCounty, contact all individuals of poeple who videotaped it. Copythe video's and spread them around. A review or survey of the areaneeds to be done of people who videotaped who may not be incontact with freindly's. Contact these people, and do the same.For those that took pictures of the Vandalia incident do notdevelop these pictures locally, at least take them a couple ofcounty's away. In addition make duplicates and send the duplicatesto another party, take one set and photo copy in color, orblack+white to be distributed. We also need people making videotapes of news programs. We needcopys of all tapes that have been done already of the newspieces.Anyone who can make it to the National Guard Posts, State PolicePosts, County Sheriff's we need to go to these sites, and takepictures of them. We need people out there taking pictures, andtaping people going in, and coming out. Anyone who goes take howto find us sheets, give them to people in stores, cover the town.Every town one half hour radious needs to be covered with the howto find sheets. The APC's that were in this operation weremilitary L.A.B. APC's. The news footage shows the drivers, theyneed to be identified, anyone who can be identified should benoted, we need to know who stinks the worst. We need news footageof people under siege like this.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on September 04, 2001 at 18:01:37 PT

I'm still very upset
I'm just reading different comments and am still in this weird state of shock. I always do my best to find good in humanity but when something as violent and wrong as this happens I find it very hard to take. I have no idea where this will take us and it could be the end of prohibition, if the facts ever get out, or it might get very bad for us. I wish we could have an Initiative to reform Marijuana Laws like a Prop 36 Initiative. People are getting killed in a war against a natural herb. This is not a man made drug. I just don't get it.
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Comment #4 posted by lookinside on September 04, 2001 at 17:19:17 PT:

bad decisions....
i remember hearing that hitler's mind was affected bysyphilis...hence his major mistakes late in ourentire government syphilitic? i'm beginning to think so...
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Comment #3 posted by Patrick on September 04, 2001 at 10:01:04 PT

snooping toys
The feds spend nearly 20 billion dollars on the drug war alone. Lets not forget the astronomical figure under the umbrella of defense. With all this money spent, it would come as no surprise to discover that not only is my computer fair game but my toilet may be bugged as well. I understand the complexities of national defense and the ability to observe what the enemy is doing. However, cannabis supporters are not the enemy to the people or this government. After this labor day murder by the feds I am even more fearful of those in power.
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Comment #2 posted by tdm on September 04, 2001 at 09:16:32 PT

Interesting point about the "black box." I don't believe Carnivore has the capability to access your harddrive, but Cannabis Dave's comment made me stop and think -- if Carnivore exists and we know about and hear about it on national news, what privacy invasion tools are they using about which we never hear a word?
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Comment #1 posted by Cannabis Dave on September 04, 2001 at 09:12:43 PT

It's time for a violent revolution?
I grew-up in the "sixties" and watched the social revolution unfold, and then fade away... The government responds with deadly violence to our continued peaceful attempts at changing the unjust system which criminalizes the healing herb "cannabis". Cannabis can save our planet, but the few percentage of rich people profiting off the wasteful technologies which are ruining our planet conspire to keep cannabis illegal so they can continue raping our mother earth to satisfy their own greed-lust. Another one of our brothers has just been slain, and we must fight back. I believe that "the pen is mightier than the sword", but sometimes violence is the only option left. I'll stick to writing myself, but I'm sure many others will resort to violence, and I can't blame them anymore. The FBI has a "black box" installed at all ISP locations which enables them to "slave" your computer and/or access your hard drive, so don't make the mistake of thinking you have any privacy on the internet.
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