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Ode to a Murdered MarineRobert O'Dowd Salem-News.com
Two former West Coast Marine veterans team-up to write a poem on the murder of a Marine Corps Colonel.
(SALEM, Ore.) - It’s hard for me to picture two hardnosed Marine veterans as poets.
With these credentials, I’m not exactly a poetry expert, but you have to be impressed with the efforts made by Tim King and Luke Easter, two Marine veterans, to honor the memory of Colonel James E. Sabow, USMC, former Assistant Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California.
Tim King, Salem-News photojournalist/reporter and war correspondent and Luke Easter, poet, teamed up this April to write a poem honoring the memory of a murdered Marine Corps officer. Both men served in the Marine Corps; neither knew Colonel Sabow.
Tim King wrote in a May 3rd Salem-News story that “the tragic story of Marine Colonel James Sabow involves infuriating tragedy, silent yet overwhelming evidence, and immense, growing dedication. His death 19 years ago ridiculously deemed a suicide, was a Murder.”
Luke Easter, a man with a obvious talent for poetry, wrote that, “I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from.”
Colonel Sabow was found dead in his quarters by his wife on January 19, 1991. The circumstances surrounding his death and the forensic evidence from the crime scene complied by many experts over the years support murder.
At best, Colonel Sabow can be accused of being naïve in telling senior Marine Corps officers of his preference for a courts martial to “tell his story” rather than accept an early retirement for some ridiculous petty violation of the rules.
It was obvious to him that the Marine Corps wanted him out to avoid the disclosure of a major embarrassment involving the shipment of drugs into the U.S. on former military aircraft. His unfailing trust in the esprit de corps cost him his life.
He forgot there’s no honor among thieves.
In his case, his naiveté cost him his life and almost that of his wife who was not a home having left for early morning Mass on a weekday. The shotgun staged to feign suicide had one shell left in the chamber.
The motive for the murder was to prevent Colonel Sabow from blowing the whistle at a courts martial about guns for drugs shipments into Marine Corps Air Station El Toro on former military aircraft.
Robert “Tosh” Plumlee, a former CIA pilot, provided Congressional testimony describing the use of C-130 aircraft to fly guns to Central America and drugs to El Toro and other military bases.
This story has a number of twists and involves the CIA, NCIS, cocaine, Ollie North, the Contras and high level government officials.
Anyone doing a search on Google of Colonel James Sabow, USMC, will hit on a number of news stories covering the Colonel’s death and the links to shipment of guns for drugs to support the Contra War in Nicaragua.
Despite the overwhelming evidence, the Navy, the Defense Department, and the Justice Department deny any conspiracy and murder, continuing to support suicide as the cause of death.
The official verdict by the government is the Colonel committed suicide when faced with the prospect of a forced early retirement. Hard to believe this line given the Colonel’s combat history in Vietnam where he faced death many time, his strong Catholic faith prohibiting suicide, and his close family ties.
After repeated requests for a thorough investigation by the Dr. David Sabow, the Justice Department even passed jurisdiction to Orange County, California, even though Colonel Sabow was found death on a U.S. military base.
Mike Jacobs, former Supervisor of the Homicide Trials Division in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said, “Colonel Sabow’s death could not have been suicide but have to been a homicide inflicted by the hands of another.”
Where I grew up in Philadelphia, anyone in my neighborhood in hearing this story would instantly come with “the fix is in.”
There’s no statute of limitation on murder. Given the passage of time, this is a cold case. However, most of the hard ground work has been done by Dr. Sabow who has reams of documentation from multiple experts supporting murder of his brother.
Did the Justice Department pressured the Orange County DA to ignore the evidence and look the other way?
After reading the “Ode to Colonel Sabow,” the first thought that came to mind was “this would make a great county western song.” Willie Nelson or Tim McGraw, where are you?
An Ode to Colonel James Sabow, USMC
Murder is without a doubt a very extreme, coldhearted, cowardly deed,
General David Shuter stated at his eulogy a man, “without compromise,”
Forensic evidence supports murder of this brave officer in the year 1991,
Shootings have their own distinct characteristics & this one is not immune,
Really? There is proof of cocaine being smuggled on former military ships?
Many subsequent independent experts have concluded, assured foul play,
And restore the good colonel’s honor rightly deserved & patriotically earned,
This brother-friend of the hero is now in failing health but he does not care,
Hard to imagine weapons-& drug-smuggling activities at a U.S. military base,
The biggest question, why in the hell would this proud father of two take his life?
How many crooked hands high above yours were immersed in the illegal pie,
Personally, I’m surprised at the incompetence & excuses by the NCIS of the Navy,
Rest assured beyond are deepest thought the Creator has many, many reasons,
by Luke Easter & Tim King
Follow this link to many more reports on the death of Col James Sabow: Salem-News.com key word 'Sabow'
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