Interesting thing about now deceased Theda Nelson Clark one time matriarch of the infamous AIM pie patrol that consisted in part of Madonna Gilbert Thunderhawk and Lorelei DeCora Means is the family relationship that existed between her and Russell Means.
A family bond that also included DeCora Means and Thunderhawk.
Clark is a convenient candidate now for informant of the year and may have been in some capacity, something that at least presently remains in the realm of speculation.
Clark’s later years were spent in a rest home and she was said to be suffering from either Alzheimers or a related form or dementia.
During the trial of John Graham and Thelma Rios there was a lot of talk that she was being interviewed by prosecutors and possibly would be called as a witness.
The fact that she wasn’t gave rise to more speculation in the form that it was a strategically defensive move by the feds, that if she were to testify the danger existed some form of culpability on their behalf would be revealed.
That may or may not be the case, it may also be that due to her mental health issues Graham’s defense could have easily discredited or confused her turning the proceedings into a circus and culminating in a mistrial.
All that notwithstanding what intrigues me is Theda’s position in AIM and the Means family relationship – more to the point Russell Means claim that he never knew anything about the murder of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash until 1999, more than two decades later, when he just happened to overhear women talking about it and coincidentally Robert Branscombe, a relative of Annie’s, had begun an investigation on his own and going public with it.
The call to murder Annie after her abduction and transport to Pine Ridge, Russell’s domain, was taken at his brother Bill’s, who conveniently was “asleep” and knew nothing about it.
Ignorance seems to be a Means family trait, at least when it comes to matters of murder and criminal acts.
Prior to Annie’s murder she taken to the wkldc office where she was interrogated and physically abused.
An interrogation DeCora Means and Thunderhawk participated in, yet despite the presence of family members at every stage Russell would have one and all believe he was completely out of the loop and knew nothing……kind of like Sgt. Schultz of the television series Hogan’s Heroes.
Russell Means, the same man who boasted that nothing AIM related could occur on Pine Ridge without his knowledge and consent.
Russell Means, the same man who preferred to spend his time at a basketball game when Annie was being buried on his turf rather than attend her funeral.
AIM has spent years littering the trail to justice with red herrings, silence, and outright lies, the majority so outlandish as defy explanation how any could buy into them, and yet the faithful have, or perhaps they merely wink and give each other the secret handshake.
The DOJ has never appeared to have a high level of commitment in prosecuting any of the AIM leadership when it comes to what could be the double digit murders they were at least complicit in to one degree or another, and a host of other crimes.
They in fact seem to have settled on allowing the attrition of time to take it’s course in the passing of suspects as it would then translate to an inability to prosecute.
Russell Means, Carter Camp,and Vernon Bellecourt are prime examples, they are beyond reach now and the sleeping dogs related to them secured.
It’s been an effective ploy as time is also whittling away at Dennis Banks and Clyde Bellecourt – neither of which will be held to account in this life.
A bold strategy accompanied by an arrogant display of public audacity in statements by the current USAG Holder that the DOJ under his command has little interest in pursuing crimes forty years or older – that coupled with an “official” statement that yes, AIM is indeed responsible for the murder of Perry Ray Robinson Jr. at WK2, which in effect is a defacto admission that AIM is also responsible for the murders of others at WK2 who lay in unmarked graves.
By any reasonable metric AIM’s rampage at WK2 was a killing spree masterminded by serial murderers having absolutely nothing to do with “liberation” – the leadership being the equivalent of Charles Manson sending underlings to commit murder – a ploy that didn’t work for Manson but apparently has for them.
When it comes to serial murders the perpetrator(s) are routinely hounded to the ground, captured, tried, convicted, and sentenced – an exception in the law, in fact the very “rule of law” this country loves to drone on about has been made when it comes to the AIM leadership and the question can only be why?
Below is a link to an interview with Annie’s daughter Denise and Paul DeMain conducted by Kira Young, I would encourage readers to listen to it, and once having done so begin asking the hard questions of AIM.