[ NEWLY FOUND EVIDENCE ]
VICTOR'S HIGH SCHOOL, YEARBOOK PICTURES
[Tampa Florida, 1931 High School Year book]
NOTE HERE THAT:
LOCAL POLICE CORRUPTION - Tampa Florida Police Department:
The following (internal memo) was found via the Harry Anslinger archival collection, Penn State University Library:
And reads as follows:
Box 4, File 5 from Penn State University, Harry Anslinger Collection
Title - Local Police Corruption, 1940
"At Tampa, Florida, while Inspector Lanigan and an informer were making buys, the peddlers asked the Chief of Detectives to pick them up and find out who they were. Lanigan gave the name of Hatfield of West Virginia, whereupon the Chief of Detectives faked a wire from the Chief of Police at Wheeling, West Virginia, which stated that Hatfield was wanted for murder. This forced Lanigan to disclose his identity, after which the case was abortive."And while no mention of W. Dodge Bush is made, one can only wonder how many Chiefs of Detectives Tampa, Florida had at that time? And here, all one can say is IF the above Bureau of Narcotic's memo is true, then it appears the Mr. Dodge Bush was up to his neck in corrupt practices.
NOTE HERE THAT:
While the Chief of Detectives was NOT ACTUALLY MENTIONED BY NAME, given the era (1940), the location and the fact that the police official in question was (quoted) as being "The Chief of Detectives.” This pretty much narrows it down, pretty much to one and only one individual. Which now brings on the question, why didn't Anslinger press the issue? Answer, because Mr. Bush was instrumental in keeping the myth of Victor Licata going. Nuff-said.
MORE ABOUT THE DOG:
For those of you who have not yet had a chance to look over the book itself, the dog in question, according to Det. W. Dodge Bush (Chief Tampa Detective on the Licata case), played a key role in solving the case. However, it is my contention that the Dog (per say) is a total work of fiction on his part. Contrived by him solely to account for the fact that at least one of the crime scene photos simply didn’t match his own accounts of what happened, nor the other evidence.
Example: As can be seen below:
Just how does one get a lot of blood all over the center of the room, when the body was found pined against the wall (right diagram)? I may not be a Cop but simple logic and reason dictate that something is wrong with this situation. Something that the crime reporter (at the time) interviewing the chief detective for the ‘Inside Detective Magazine’ article must have also noticed. Something to which must have caused Mr. Bush to then hit the panic button. Simply put he had to find some way of explaining the whole situation, but how? Bush’s calculating mind must have reached out and found a quick solution.
Ah, Ha, --- a Dog was also there in the house, yeah, that was it, a dog, and thus was born a new legend. But there was one problem, what if that noise reporter wanted to see a picture of it, then what? The solution was also simple, our good chief of detectives just grabs one from somewhere, probably in desperation the first one he could find of a dog that seemed to fit in with his newly concocted story. After all, all the witnesses to the crime were either dead or in insane asylums, so who was to tell.
But as Arnold Schwarzenegger might have put it; -- BIG MISTAKE. In fact, one could almost laugh at this one. According to Mr. Bush’s own explanation of the events * the Licata family dog was at least part police dog (meaning at least part German Shepherd), and granted the Dog (at first glance) does indeed look about right. However, upon closer examination of the photo one begins to notice a big, BIG PROBLEM.
While not being a dog expert myself, just about every dog expert I have talked with, claims that Mr. Bush’s dog photo is in fact an "Australian Cattle Dog” more commonly known in America as a “Heeler.” A dog having NO German Shepherd anywhere in him. But instead, is a cross between the Dingo (some kind of animal native to Australia) and a Dalmatian (such as in the movie, 101-Dalmations), and probably a few other breeds, but NO German Shepherd anywhere in there. In addition, as if to add insult to injury, Heelers were NOT, repeat, not introduced into the United States until some were brought over in 1930; Meaning the chances of one of these babies landing in Tampa Florida was not very high. And while it remains a mystery where Det. Bush got the photo, again, it probably was the first one that he could grab at the time.
SOME ADDITIONAL FACTS ABOUT THE DOG:
MORE PHOTO-SHOP VICTOR:
What’s in a picture, here I’ll give you some clues of my own doing:
NOTE: How big was Victor Licata?
Well, he was 5 foot, 8.5 inches, and weighed only 113 lbs., at the time, yet you wouldn’t know it by the pictures that were being circulated; --- or more accurately put, “first photo-shopped” and then circulated. With the obvious intent of making Victor look a lot bigger than he actually was.
[This I assure you in no way could have been Victor]
A NORMALLY SANE AND QUITE YOUNG MAN DEBUNKED:
According to Harry Anslinger
“In Florida, police found a youth – staggering about in a human slaughterhouse. With an ax he had killed his father, mother, two brothers, and a sister. He had no recollection of having committed this multiple crime. Ordinarily a sane, rather quiet young man, he had become crazed from smoking marijuana.” -- AMERICAN MAGAZINE July 1937 -“Marihuana the Assassin of Young” by Harry AnslingerWhich leads its readers into believing that it was the “Marihuana” that led to Victor’s insanity. And while the very concept of such a thing today would be considered ludicrous, still back in the 1930’s such a concept was believed to be the truth. After all weren’t our narcotics police saying it was so and would they lie to us?
However, as can be seen from these wire service reports below, the evidence clearly shows that EVERYONE at the time knew that Victor had been mentally ill for some time.
(United Press Wire Service)- Oct 17, 1933Thus, so much for the myth created by Anslinger, and as for the Marihuana, there was never any proof of that and Victor toward his dying day, insisted that he had never used it. And there was never any evidence that he had ever done so.
VICTOR’S CRIMINAL ASSAULT:
According to the United Press:
(United Press Wire Service)- Oct 18, 1933At the present time, we simply don’t have enough facts to either dispute or validate this accusation. Even the police (Tampa, Fla.) seem to have conveniently lost all written records of the said event. However, it seems logical that had Victor actually attempted the killing of a police officer that no judge (back then) worth his salt would have allowed a mentally ill Victor back out on the streets. Also, Victor himself (to his dying day) insisted that he had never used Mariajuana.
But again, the facts needed to reach a proper conclusion are simply not there. No police records, no current to the incident, newspaper accounts, nothing. Thus, we must ask the reader to delay judgement.
A REPLY TO THE CRITICS:
I do not wish to involve myself in what is known as “name-calling” activities. As such, it is enough to say that there are those who have not come to the same interpretation of the facts as I have. Specifically, that there was “no serial axe murderer” etc. * Meaning (by implication) that it must have been Victor who murdered his whole family, meaning (again by implication) that it must have been the Marihuana that caused his mental illness, meaning (yet again by implication) that Anslinger and his narcs must have been right all along. --- Well, let’s just look at the facts:
* Typing in the keywords “Victor Licata Innocent” in almost any internet search engine will give the reader a pretty good idea of what’s going on.
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