The Strange Case of Brett Kimberlin and Robert Stacy McCain

Posted on May 25 2012 - 1:00am by Harrison

Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain (The Other McCain) wrote about Brett Kimberlin’s past and political endeavours and, shortly thereafter, wrote that he contacted his wife’s employer saying he was being harassed:

The resulting security concern required immediate relocation if I was to be able to continue writing about the case of Kimberlin[.]

Stacy McCain wrote that he felt threatened and took his family and went into hiding.

We know nothing about what happened to Stacy McCain, where he is, or whether his life really is in danger or not.

Mr. McCain has remained silent as to what this “threat” against him is.

It is impossible for us to know why Mr. McCain left his home.  The implication is that Mr. Kimberlin or an associate had something to do with it but why would he behave in this manner?  Why would Mr. Kimberlin do something which might land him in jail (again) or risk convincing an associate to threaten someone else?

This story simply doesn’t make sense but we assume Mr. McCain has valid reasons for his behavior, no matter who is responsible.

We do know, however, that a variety of bloggers from Michelle Malkin to Ed Morrissey to Ace of Spades have written about McCain’s disappearing act.

A friend of Capitol Commentary, Conservative Hideout, asked for me to write an original article about the situation based upon my own research in order to “support” Stacy McCain’s right to not feel intimidated because of something he said.

If you’d like to learn more about this entire kerfuffle check out Michelle Malkin’s article on it.

In the process of reading about Mr. Kimberlin, I tweeted an article about him which I had read and an hour or so later I got this response via Twitter:

Ernest A. Canning’s bio says this:

Active member of CA state bar since 1977 with undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science as well as juris doctor. Writes for The Brad Blog.

Clearly there are people out there looking for people interested in Mr. Kimberlin…

So, who is Brett Kimberlin?

Apparently the story is that Mr. Kimberlin does not like people reporting on his past and will seek legal remedy to get people to change their behavior.

What is an established fact is that he was convicted, in 1981, for the Speedway Bombings which occurred in Speedway, Indiana known, until then, for being the home of Three’s Company’s Joyce Dewitt (the brunette).

But before his conviction for the bombing, a murder happened…

In July of 1978, Julia Scyphers answered her door and, while showing the stranger some items she had earlier offered for sale, she was shot in the head and died.

The Indianapolis Star reports:

When police began looking for a motive in the Scyphers slaying, they found there’d been a recent family clash. Julia Scyphers’ daughter, Sandra Barton, had become involved with a man who seemed to Mrs. Scyphers to be inordinately close to one of Barton’s young daughters. Mrs. Scyphers told friends she was so concerned that she’d arranged for both of her granddaughters to come live with her. Whether or not Mrs. Scyphers’ fears were correct (no charges were ever filed to that effect), this incident led investigators to start looking at Brett C. Kimberlin.

In September of that same year, a series of bombings occurred.  They are believed now to have been done to throw police off the track of Mrs. Schphers’ killer.

The bombings, at first, involved trash cans exploding.  But on the fifth night a police cruiser blew up.  Then, at nearby Speedway High School a 39 year old man went to pick up a gym bag when a bomb inside it detonated, almost blowing off a leg which had to later be amputated.

The man who lost his leg in the bombing would go on to kill himself in 1983.

The police were trying to put a case together for Mrs. Scyphers’ murder and for the bombings.  However, due to the death of Julia Scyphers’ husband from Cancer the police were only able to arrest Kimberlin for the bombings as the only witness as to who spoke with his wife before she died was gone.

It took three trials but he was eventually sentenced to 50 years in prison:

 The third trial took 53 days and 118 witnesses and ended with a conviction on the bombing charges on Oct. 15, 1981. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

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Kimberlin was released on parole in 1994 and, for some, he was a symbol of justice miscarried… that the police just kept retrying the case until they could get a conviction.

This strange tale gets odder.

In 1988 Kimberlin, still in prison, said he once had sold pot to Dan Quayle.  There was even a book written about him:  Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin.

Kimberlin’s tales were later revealed to be just that… tales however many on the Left embraced him for his willingness to take on the Republicans.

You’d think with all of this notoriety Mr. Kimberlin would have a Wikipedia entry about him.

He doesn’t.

Or, rather, he doesn’t anymore.

Even though he was convicted for bombings in Speedway, Indiana and became infamous for alleging that he sold former Vice President Dan Quayle some pot, Brett Kimberlin essentially does not exist, according to Wikipedia.

“Do you know why your Wikipedia article got taken down on September 13?” I asked Brett Kimberlin by email on October 21, 2011.

According to a message left at Wikipedia, the article was deleted by “Chase me ladies, I’m the Cavalry” aka Wikimedia UK Office & Development Manager Richard Symonds, because it was “negative” and “unsourced.”

Since his time in jail, Mr. Kimberlin has gone on to further Liberal causes, even running a tax exempt non-profit called the Justice Through Music Project.

His activities were enough to gain the attention of Andrew Breitbart who Tweeted this about Mr. Kimberlin and two of his associates:

And yet, his  Wikipedia page has been removed.


Stacy McCain began to dig into the Justice Through Music Project looking into donations, donors, its tax exempt status, etc…

He even wrote a detailed article about why members of the Left would associate with a convicted felon and even donate money to Mr. Kimberlin’s organization and named some names.

It is at this point that Stacy McCain felt he needed to go into hiding.

As we said earlier… nobody knows exactly why and this fact should raise suspicions amongst the level headed.

Mr. McCain appears to be keeping a tight lip about it all.  Were I a Liberal I’d scream “cover-up” or “frame job.”

However, since I am not an ideologue I will only say there is more unknown than known about Mr. McCain’s actions and that something is going on regarding Mr. Kimberlin’s desire to remain as anonymous as is possible for somebody convicted of setting off bombs, saying he sold pot to a Vice President, and having had a book written about him.

We will keep you posted.

Conservative Hideout has a running list of Kimberlin articles as does I Own the World and Michelle Malkin.


Mr. McCain was interviewed by John Hawkins and my suspicions about his having to “flee for his safety” were proven correct… turns out Mr. McCain was concerned he was going to be sued and is not in fear for his life:

You wrote about the whole thing, you contacted someone you believe to be Kimberlin on Twitter. Then what happened next? What was the next thing?

Monday afternoon, my wife came in and informed me Kimberlin had been in contact with her employer. It was evident then and has since become more evident that Kimberlin knew where we lived. His contact with my wife’s employer resulted in a security alert as soon as they found out who this guy was and they recognized the implicit threat.

Was there anything threatening that he said to your wife’s employer or was there just…

I don’t know…

Two quick questions. One, do you feel there is an actual threat on your lives?

I am not concerned about my life. I’ll put it to you that way.

Do you think there is a chance you could be sued if you stay there?

Yes, we know that Brett Kimberlin’s habit is to file nuisance lawsuits in an attempt to silence his critics. This is what he did with Seth Allen. He has this pattern of legal harassment and employment workplace harassment. Patterico AKA Patrick Frey has also had this sort of legal and workplace harassment against him. Obviously Aaron Worthing has had it. So I saw what was coming. Remember the five most important words in the English language are “Hit the freaking tip jar!”

This explains what is going on…

We are not saying that having to defend one’s self from a “frivolous” lawsuit is not expensive, stressful, and debilitating… but is it really worth the trouble of moving your entire family to another state over?

If Mr. McCain smeared Mr. Kimberlin or anybody else he would open himself up to a lawsuit.  If he may be sued just to cause troubles and silence him then it would be a shameful and would require unified support.

Either you believe that the First Amendment is burning and Mr. McCain is a victim and everybody should run to his defense or that Mr. Kimberlin is being smeared and his past is being used to put a noose around his neck or, perhaps, something in-between.

We leave the final judgment up to you.

32 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. LD Jackson May 25, 2012 at 2:55 AM -

    I have wondered what actual threat Brett Kimberlin made against McCain and his family. Still no news on that, as far as I know.

    One thing we do know is the kind of person Kimberlin is. He has tried to hide his past, but it amazes me that the man is still walking free. He must be related to Bill Ayers.
    LD Jackson recently posted..The Sins of Brett Kimberlin

    • Harrison May 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM -

      Perhaps it is not wise for him to disclose it however I smell a rat.

  2. Steve Dennis May 25, 2012 at 3:08 AM -

    Why is it that he and Bill Ayers are free in the first place? Are they not terrorists?
    Steve Dennis recently posted..As goes Wisconsin, so goes the nation Part III: Scott Walker leads by 8 points

    • Harrison May 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM -

      Mr. Kimberlin served his time and was released.

      • Rob May 30, 2012 at 12:11 AM -

        He was sentenced to fifty-one years, six months and 19 days, but was released after only thirteen years. And if I recall correctly he got out on a technicality.

        He did some additional time from 1997 to 2001 for not paying the DeLong family.

        • Harrison May 30, 2012 at 7:47 AM -

          Correct… he defaulted on a Civil Judgement.

  3. edge of the sandbox May 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM -

    Actually, RS McCain didn’t have to smear Kimberlin to open himself for a lawsuit. That’s the thing about frivolous litigation. If Kimberlin’s MO is to intimidate people through law fair, he’ll litigate to harass.
    edge of the sandbox recently posted..Brett Kimberlin Perverts and Exploits the Legacy of the Velvet Revolution

    • Harrison May 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM -

      Yes, this are what we are told is the process.

  4. seth lowden May 26, 2012 at 6:39 PM -

    It sounds like you are intentionally not informing yourself before writing your post.

    If anyone wants to delve into this more, they should go to Patterico’s Pontifications.

    I sense that you have a dog in the hunt here.

    • Harrison May 26, 2012 at 7:51 PM -

      If you mean I’m not taking the word of people whom I’ve never met describing things I can’t verify, you’re right.

      My 6th grade teacher taught me the meaning of assumption: make an ASS out of U and ME.

      Sounds to me like you’re doing that here.

  5. Deb May 26, 2012 at 9:15 PM -

    “In the worst incident, Kimberlin placed one of his bombs in a gym bag, and left it in a parking lot outside Speedway High School. Carl DeLong, 39, a father of one of the football players, was leaving the high school football game with his wife when he attempted to pick up the bag and it exploded. The blast tore off his lower right leg and two fingers, and embedded bomb fragments in his wife’s leg. He was hospitalized for six weeks, during which he was forced to undergo nine operations to complete the amputation of his leg, reattach two fingers, repair damage to his inner ear, and remove bomb fragments from his stomach, chest, and arm. In February 1983, when he knew he would never get better, he committed suicide.”
    Deb recently posted..AN AFTER-ACTION REPORT on Everybody Blog Brett Kimberlin Day….

    • Harrison May 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM -

      Thank you for quoting the details. The major points were covered in the article.

  6. Human Person Junior, Jr. May 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM -

    I don’t know why everyone’s so uptight! Kimberlin served his time, right? And we can be sure he’s completely rehabilitated, right? And the cops lacked the necessary evidence to convict him of that murder, right?

    So, why’s this guy McCain leaving his house, just because this suspected murderer/convicted bomber discovered the location of McCain’s wife’s place of employment?

    You got it goin’ ONNNNNN, there, Mr. Harrison (‘cept not rilly). You’ve got every reason in the world to be suspicious of McCain’s motives, to the point of saying, in plain words, that he’s afraid of being sued, rather than fearing physical harm; to the point of saying, in plain words, that you don’t know why he would just up and run off like that, and everythang,and all like ‘gat. Well, shuckee durn, Ah swear, Ah don’t unnnerstan’ it, neever.

    Good Lord, we need fewer weakminded idiots and more honest-to-God thinkers.

    • Harrison May 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM -

      Coming from “Human Person Junior, Jr.” that means a lot.

      • Human Person Junior, Jr. May 27, 2012 at 7:58 PM -

        Thank you for the non-answer. It shows me you have nothing with which to refute my points, so you engaged in the fallacy most common to the flustered, argumentum ad hominem (or as we say in the sunny South, argymint odd homonym).

        In logic, as in math, as in science, anyone can speak truth. That privilege isn’t limited to any class. Were this not the case, a patent clerk named Einstein would’ve remained a voice in the wilderness.

        You’re carrying water for someone, and disingenuously pretending “fairness.”

        • Harrison May 27, 2012 at 9:05 PM -

          It’s a free country, Human Person Junior, Jr. and I ended the article the way I did for a reason.

          If you can’t accept that, well, not my problem.

          Your “point” is undermined by your rather poor caricature of a Southern petit bourgeois “scholar.”

          Have fun trying to bait people on the Internets.

      • edge of the sandbox May 28, 2012 at 1:29 PM -

        He was out on parole early.
        He’s a felon, and I wouldn’t assume he’s completely rehabilitated given that he’s waging lawfare and calling SWAT teams on his adversaries.
        edge of the sandbox recently posted..Brett Kimberlin Perverts and Exploits the Legacy of the Velvet Revolution

        • Harrison May 28, 2012 at 5:03 PM -

          The problem with spoofing someone’s number is how tough it is to learn who is doing it. Someone else had this happen to them yesterday.

          Problem is in assigning blame. Anybody with a little time online can learn how to “SWAT” someone and since last Friday, anybody reading up on this topic will likely know of it.

  7. john May 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM -

    Kimberlin has already blown someone up. He’s put Frey’s family in jeopardy. Isn’t that enough?

    • Harrison May 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM -

      Indeed, nobody is stopping you from drawing your own conclusions.

  8. BK June 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM -
    • Harrison June 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM -

      Yes… now there is an entry which appeared shortly after May 25th.

  9. DeSanon June 16, 2012 at 9:17 AM -

    Mr. McCain appears to be keeping a tight lip about it all. Were I a Liberal I’d scream “cover-up” or “frame job.”

    pretty much says it all…