My friend Ray the murderer. Let's talk about that.Submitted by Smudge Pot on Sat, 02/01/2014 - 20:33
Time seems to fly for us in activism, in politics, in day to day life and in our struggle. The "wheels of justice" grind exceedingly slow. The facts in this matter are not in dispute:
On a very normal seeming night some years ago, events precipitated that ended up with Kriston and Ray combatting and Kriston lost. He died. And although I'm in some ways a material witness and one of the only OF RECORD, I honestly cannot tell you if Kris died as a result of Ray hitting him or if he died as a result of going over backwards and hitting his head on the pavement or if he could have been saved from this event with prompt and prudent medical care.
A further fact is the state of New Mexico shows little interest in pursuing this pretty dubious case further. And yet a further fact is Kriston's mom won't let it go and probably never will and Gods bless her. Because the fact is there's no win here. We all lost. Oh man we lost bigtime.
Krison Pohl, for those of us fortunate enough to have known him was this amazingly talented kid, a true knack not only for technology but he could multitask between techology, chatting and drawing. His drawings were these happy and blissful dreams. And he was so snappy and conversant and willing to help that we all just loved him. But now I'm gonna share something with you that I have had to hold back for these years. I was ready to take the stand and couldn't compromise testimony or evidence. But now I'm gonna tell you what happened in my view.
Yes, Kris was this sweet and talented kid. Until he got busted for posession of marijuana.
Now for those of you who don't know, some of us "conservative" and "free" states like New Mexico and Arizona have some of the harshest penalties in this nation for drug posession and use. It's an AUTOMATIC FELONY. Without much representation atall and with no resources, they incarcerated this highly sensitive young man.
And what we got back?
Was not Kriston. What we got back was a freaking hyper defensive and violent animal. And he went on the war path and I tell you fact as I know it: at one point Kris baited his parole officer into doing cocaine and alcohol with him, had the officer drive him to a remote location and Kris then attacked the guy and left him in a condition to where the officer had to check into a hospital and miss some work days.
We all then tried to pull Kris back into the fold by talking to him and Ray, well after we learned Kris attacked an officer of the courts, I counseled with Ray and said OK, hey, don't let Kris onto your property but we determined to meet with Kris on HIS property and in the context of his people.
Kris was a Tejano. I'd have to do a whole other article on what that means but it's a cultural power center and we thought that having Kris back in this context and his people, well, we could try to use all our healing methods to get the old Kris back.
THEN ONE NIGHT I GET A PHONE CALL. AND THIS WAS THE NIGHT KRISTON DIED.
I get a call from Ray and he's hanging out and Kris' place pretty much doing what we said was the plan: minster to this bro. And things kinda sounded raucus and like there was a party going on and it was kinda like a party call line but somehow Kris started manifesting anger at me and I was frankly...I literally could not understand him because he was speaking all in ghetto gangster accent and lingo we think he picked up in jail but he (Ray later told me) that he was reacting to my having come down on him for having attacked the parole officer and he really needs to cut that sh....izz out or WE WILL COME DOWN ON HIM but I didn't get it....and Kris was just getting more and more upset and Ray was trying to lay healing hands on him and at one moment...swear to Gods...I flashed into prescience.
I didn't know what and I didn't know who but all the sudden I got this flash and said RAY YOU ARE IN DANGER, RUN RAY, YOU ARE IN DANGER and all the sudden I had a palpable sense of demons closing in on Rayzer and the horror of that moment.....
OMG. The demons aren't attacking Kris at this moment. They are using Kris to attack Ray. And OMG they got him and this trap is not about to close, IT JUST DID.
I was recording the whole thing. Kris was out of control and no telling but that recording includes that moment when it hit me and I started shouting RAYZER RUN! RAY RUN NOW RUN! RUN AND DON'T LOOK BACK! and he heard my urgency and he said OK I'M RUNNING!
And then till now it's all been a case of "if only". If only I had got this word that I believe my spirit protectors tried to communicate at the last moment, if only I had got it earlier but I DID. RAY DID TOO. Kris was consumed by a spirit of evil that he picked up in the brutal environment of NM jails. We knew this. We chose to confront evil and accept Kris. We tried and we failed so bigtime.
The story goes that Kris ran down Ray and attacked Ray from behind, the injuries on Ray are documented. Ray, being like I dunno, like 100X the power and size of Kris and being a semi-trained martial artist, Ray counter attacked. And the location being remote and Ray having no specific place to run TO, he ran back and got back on the phone with me. And I said RUN OVER HILL AND VALLEY AND DON'T STOP. But he said someone had called the cops and that changed everything. Don't become a fugitive. So I ordered Ray to stay put and I heard him get arrested.
The next day I got bad news, Ray was in jail but then worse. Kris. Our little brother Kriston. Our precious and bright and shining example of new Liberty Youth....was dead. Gone. We failed. Whatever treatment opportunity we had, we missed. If we tried we didn't try hard enough. And now Ray is in jail and held as the man that killed Kris.
And that is my part of this story and I never got to tell it in public before. And I have never been apart from this. I made myself a part of this from the moment I met Ray on one day and Kris on another, I love them both and will never stop, they both made my grade and loyalty for me is trans-generational: I trust you, I trust you with my property, my women, my children.
As a result of the venal and harsh legal regime in New Mexico, Ray was immediately incarcerated, he spent 15 months in jail, deprived of access to counsel, wealth and even our help as we, his friends did what we could along with Ray's mom and pop who are heroes and stood by their son, we little people did what we could to mount some sort of legal defense. And eventually we secured some dilegent legal help and we put together a very good case indeed.
I'd say "winning case" but again, in this one, there's no win. We all lost. This is about crisis management and the only question is how much we can minimize the damage. Can we just get through this? Can we just find a way to EXIST? If we have this then we have a chance. Just a chance to repair the damage IN OUR LIVES. If we can do this maybe there's a chance, just a chance that we can do something to minimize the damage this did to Kriston's people, in particular Mrs. Pohl whom our hearts go out to ever single day and night. And I don't think any of us imagine anything we can do can repair this damage to Mrs. Pohl, we can try anything but we cannot make this wrong right: we cannot bring back her son from the dead. What I tell you from my heart now is that we tried.
The state killed Kriston Pohl. We were the ones trying to bring him back to life.
To you who hear this for the first time, this is simply a warning to watch yourself and your footsteps and know that self defense is truly the last of the last resorts. The only thing that could make this situation worse is if Ray died too and we have two lost brothers.
To those who have known Ray, who have been familiar with this situation we have one final job to do. We must try to be present at Ray's final hearing and if we can't be there, we must mail hand written notes to the court on Ray's behalf. If we can influence this situation one more time, as we have ever step of this way, we can get Ray's conviction, which he has already served MAXIMUM JAIL TIME FOR, we can just get his record as a felon expunged and he can resume life and commerce and a hope of a future.
Having said this, most of you know that I am still facing criminal charges on my own miserable experience and I'm grateful for your support and you have it coming back from me. For it seems to me, people, that Andy Warhol in the 1970s said everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame but now for us I observe that everybody gets their 15 days in jail. And I still need help and Ray still needs help but at least we show progress and improvement and we are moving on regardless.
THE DP ARK MIGHT BE FULL BUT SOME OF US ARE MAKING OTHERS. LARGER AND BETTER ONES WE HOPE.
So here is what Ray tells us on how to help:
Here is a link to a site I put up when I was finally released from jail after being held for 15 months on 1st degree murder charges. http://operationkristalklear.blogspot.com/2012/04/what-is-op...
A few people have already asked about being able to speak on my behalf in addition to (or in lieu of) writing a letter. I spoke to Todd Farkas (my attorney), and he presented two options:
1) If you want to speak on my behalf in court at the Sentencing Hearing, please let me know before March 12th. Todd will schedule you in for a 5-minute slot.
2) If you cannot attend the hearing but would like to speak on my behalf, you can record a video (YouTube suggested), and submit the link to me as late as March 12th. Todd will see that it is submitted to the judge.
I am Smudge Pot of Oyate and I thank you for your attention. If any instructions are unclear please PM me, I'm always open, lights are always on.
I want to make absolutely clear that this is not me asking for help in this instance, this is me appealing for the help of those who know Ray, his handle on the DP is Rayzer42. You guys already help me. This is for a bro and for what it's worth, this is what I'm willing to do for us. If this story and my association with it disparages me or makes my investment advice lose credibility with some people then so be it. What I learned from this experience more than any other is it's not about not getting in trouble, people like us are already in trouble. This is about what we do about it and giving up on friends is neither a smart thing to do about it nor is it reassuring to whom we want as investors. What we want is investors that see that we stand by our friends and partners in tough times.
And you guys are that.
And thanks. Thanks for being you.