Happily ever after: Betty Carnes and Vance Mills- fake deaths, fresh start?

In an interview given to Partin’s attorney Clay Bedford, one of Betty Carnes’ coworkers gives a glimpse into Betty’s romantic life in the days leading up to her disappearance:

“‘There’s a man that I’ve went out with a couple of times that his wife–might have found out,’ and [Betty] said, ‘I think maybe she might’ve put that out there wrote that on there’ but [Betty] said ‘I don’t know’–”

Betty had a new boyfriend.

“But she didn’t name no names.”

Was that boyfriend Vance Mills?

Vance and Betty surely would have known each other, given Betty and Judy Smith’s close friendship, and the fact Judy’s husband Donnie was dealing the drugs Vance was regularly flying in from Mexico.

A “cast of characters” drawn up by another of Betty’s coworkers discussed Betty and Judy’s friendship:

Were Betty and Judy flying to their exotic shopping destinations via Vance Mills’ “Friendly Skies”? Remember, Vance was the owner of two aircraft: an MU-2 jet and a twin engine Cessna:

 

We know Vance was married. Vance was not a faithful husband. He enjoyed the company of other women. It earned him a sexual harassment suit at one point. And most knew about his longtime girlfriend, C. B.

A person with ties to Vance’s long term girlfriend disclosed she was often harassed and mentally tortured by a member of Vance’s family. More than once, Vance had to replace the girlfriend’s car when the family member’s jealous rage was expressed without restraint upon the vehicle.

It sounds reminiscent of the problems Betty had started having: her car was vandalized more than once. Harassing ads had been placed in the newspaper. She started receiving upsetting, anonymous typed letters.

A new, mysterious boyfriend. The flights to exotic shopping locales. Another work friend mentioned how Betty seemed to have more money than what her job could afford her. Vance was a millionaire; Betty was already running in his circle. It is not a stretch to ask if they became involved.

A year and a half after Betty’s disappearance, on the evening of April 28, 1995, Vance Mills was allegedly killed in a car wreck . Jimmy Renfro, Vance’s close friend and business partner, was the driver. There is a reason I say “allegedly killed:” if evidence points that Betty Carnes could not have been the body in the barrel at Tremco, who’s to say that was really Vance Mills in that car wreck? Bodies were plentiful when you were involved in the nursing home business, and your friends owned nursing homes and funeral parlors, too.

I find the wreck suspicious. Why was Jimmy driving Vance’s car? More importantly, why does the social security death index list Vance’s date of death the 15th of April, thirteen days before the actual wreck that was supposed to have claimed his life?

This many “errors” surrounding the deaths of both Vance Mills and Betty Carnes seems unlikely and suspicious.(See “Depraved Indifference Part 2: the autopsy of Betty Carnes- or was it?”) Imagine being in neck-deep with the cartel, and you discover one of your partners (Donnie Baker) had turned on you and was now working with Tom Handy (the full capacity in which Donnie Baker was partnering with Handy is not known, but sources indicate a link between the Handy household and Baker’s illegal enterprises.)

How far might someone go to start a new life, on a new continent, with a new love, surrounded by sea and sun instead of prison bars, or worse, six feet of cold dirt?

 

Casolaro’s Octopus, The Kings, and the Cumberland Gap Conspiracy

The ties may be innocuous, meaningful, or in some cases, may not exist at all. These diagrams are for your further research.

Here is my blog post about the nitrogen/hydrogen plant I think is hidden in the mountain at Cumberland Gap. 

 

The Rats Nest- or Arm of the Octopus?

The ties may be significant, they may be meaningless, or they might only be surmised.

Johnny Bizzack: a possible link between Melanie Flynn, Rebecca Moore, and Betty Carnes?

More evidence surfaces of ties between Sally Denton’s Bluegrass Conspiracy players to southeast Kentucky: Johnny Bizzack, former Lexington police detective long suspected of helping to cover up the disappearance of Melanie Flynn and the death of Rebecca Moore, has at least one link to Knox County:

Johnny Bizzack served with Charles Hopper, Walter Hopper, H.M. Callihan ect as honorary pallbearers for Bill Collins
Corbin Times Tribune: Feb. 4, 1974. Melanie Flynn disappeared in January, 1977.

Johnny Bizzack, Charles Hopper, Walter Hopper Jr., and H.M. Callihan…

Never mind six degrees of separation, John Bizzack’s name alongside Knox County’s Charles Hopper and Walter Hopper Jr. of funeral home fame downright startled me, especially given the rumor that Betty Carnes had been seen with Charles at a Cincinnati night club before her murder, Charles’ own mysterious death before Delmar Partin’s trial, and the cloud of suspicion that’s followed Johnny Bizzack since Sally Denton zeroed in on his behavior in the Flynn and Moore cases.  You may also remember when I questioned George Nichols. medical examiner, about the autopsy report not matching Betty Carnes, he said Walter Hopper, the coroner, was the one who contacted him to retrieve Betty’s body, except Walter Hopper was not the coroner at the time.

H.M. Callihan was in business with Jimmy Renfro around the same time as Melanie Flynn’s disappearance and Bizzack’s acquaintance with these notable Knox Countians:

H.M. Callihan and James "Jimmy" Renfro were partners in Big Four Enterprises

 

Remember what the CIA contractor I interviewed about Vance Mills, James Renfro and the cocaine trafficking going on in southeast Kentucky said?

I’ll never forget, Johnny Asher said to me one day, ‘We got it figured out back here. You kill a hog, we could never figure out how to get paid when he squeals. But we learned how to use every part of that hog when we’d kill him. But we could never figure our how to get paid for the squeal.’  I couldn’t figure that out for a long time. What in the heck does he mean by that?

“Then they had offered me, ‘If you ever die, we’ll give you a free funeral. If any of your friends ever die, we’ll give them free funerals.’ Well that’s almost unheard of. That’s real southern hospitality they showed me at the start. I didn’t know they was gonna take these people and stuff them full of guns and drugs and network them through the whole country. That’s what they got caught for. And they didn’t get jail for it! What you are dealing with, it’s pretty serious stuff.”

 

The final chapter of the Incredible Disappearing Nuclear Reactors of Phipps Bend

Every once in a great while I’ll come across research that finally makes things in my brain go ‘click’.

Even more so, 5 years since starting this blog, the things I wrote about at the start are coming back full circle, topics I originally considered separate subjects of discussion, now actually all look like part of a big picture: a picture of deceit, corruption, violence and servitude perpetrated on the American people by the very people sworn to protect them.

It’s been a long time since I wrote about those disappearing Phipps Bend nuclear reactor pressure vessels, their final destination most likely to remain unknown. In fact, I hadn’t thought of them in a long while, until I found author Rodney Stich and read an excerpt from his book, Defrauding America-Dirty Secrets of the CIA and other Government Operations.

There is a section of this book with the heading, “Brand New Aircraft and Tanks Sold as Scrap, Unlawfully Shipped Overseas by the CIA.” Excerpts of this section read as follows:

One of the schemes involved the sale of brand-new aircraft and tanks by defense industries to CIA proprietaries, which were then shipped to foreign countries, both friendly and unfriendly. Mixed in to the convoluted operations were drug trafficking, arms dealing, money laundering and looting of America's financial assets...

The scheme involving new fighter aircraft involved McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Corporation and General Dynamics. When the CIA needed aircraft (or tanks) for delivery, and sale, to a foreign country that was barred by U.S. law, the aircraft would be sent as scrap to National Steel and Granite City Steel. (The same was done with new tanks.) This "scrap" was then shipped, or flown, to foreign countries, including Libya and others who were publicly considered to be enemies of the United States. 

Now this passage really rang a bell with me, because the only official documentation I could find on the demise of those reactor pressure vessels was a letter from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) discussing salvage operations for one pressure vessel with a government contractor, Dewberry and Davis.

It’s clear Phipps Bend Joint Venture and Dewberry and Davis were middlemen for the sale of that missing nuclear reactor pressure vessel from Phipps Bend.

I do not believe that pressure vessel was empty. It weighed almost three times what a pressure vessel should weigh.

The Index Journal from South Carolina writes about a similar nuclear pressure vessel that went to the nuclear facility in Barnwell, SC. The May 7, 1997 article stated its weight, which did not include any radioactive parts, and was filled with 80 tons of concrete, was only 365 tons:

 

The mysteriously vanished pressure vessel in Phipps Bend weighed 2.83 times what a pressure vessel (filled with concrete!) should weigh. What the heck was inside that pressure vessel making it so damn heavy?

I previously talked about Dewberry and Davis’ involvement in building massive spec buildings at the Phipps Bend site as well as at nearby Rogersville during this time period, specifically Chris Umberger’s involvement. Do you really believe Umberger’s claim he has no idea what happened to the pressure vessel? Consider Claude Cain, the contractor Umberger worked with while employed at Dewberry and Davis, and Cain’s interesting background…he was a lot more than just an ordinary construction company:

Once this brand new nuclear reactor pressure vessel fell into Dewberry and Davis’ hands, it vanished. Much like the defense industry’s aircraft and tanks discussed in Defrauding America by Rodney Stich, deemed “scrap” and sent to salvage yards only to end up in America’s enemies’ hands, via CIA proprietaries.

Chris Umberger, Claude Cain, and Dewberry and Davis know what happened to that pressure vessel and the contents inside it. I can only theorize the massive building built at Phipps Bend by Claude Cain and overseen by Umberger, was used to covertly remove whatever contents were inside the vessel and dismantle the unit for shipping to its new owner, most likely a foreign government, alliance to the United States unknown, and if history serves as any teacher, an alliance that will always be subject to change. In my opinion, this could only have been accomplished with the support of the CIA, its contractors and front companies.

I can smell a Spook a mile away, and this Phipps Bend debacle reeks of more CIA fraud perpetrated on America.

Did these men assist a foreign country in becoming a nuclear superpower we don’t even know about yet?

 

The CIA in southeast Kentucky: paying for your loved ones’ squeal

Some of you may remember the crack cocaine epidemic bequeathed to the city of Los Angeles during the 1980s by the Central Intelligence Agency, exposed by Gary Webb in his series, Dark Alliance. You can read more about this fascinating story here.

The same thing was happening on the other side of the United States, in St. Louis and Detroit, thanks to organized crime centered in and around London, KY.  The CIA was monopolizing on addiction and using the proceeds to fund covert wars in places like Cuba, Nicaragua, and southeast Asia. Little did Gary Webb realize, the coal conspirators he wrote about in eastern Kentucky in his “Coal Connection” articles, would ultimately fuel the same drug epidemic in Detroit and St. Louis that he found in Los Angeles, and wrote about in “Dark Alliance.” The Kentucky alliance still involved coal conspiracies, but now different contraband: instead of stolen bulldozers and strippers, it was pot, cocaine, quaaludes, and weapons.

Octavio Pino was a Cuban national who had relocated from Miami to southeast Kentucky when he was arrested by the feds along with 12 others for drug trafficking in the early ’80s. The October 10, 1982 issue of the Corbin Times Tribune states, “The 13 were arrested…during simultaneous drug raids in Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and California. The FBI charges that Pino set up a bogus coal company in London as a front for the drug operation.”

A February 13, 1983 article printed in the Corbin Times Tribune illustrates the impact this criminal outfit had on the streets of Detroit:

Records of the [front] company did not reflect any coal-related business, the FBI said. A Detroit television station sent an investigative news team to London shortly thereafter because the London based operation was believed to be a major supplier of cocaine to the Detroit area, according to the news director of the station.

Then there is this 1983 excerpt from Vance Mills’ FBI file stating, “captioned suspects are significant traffickers with impact of southeastern Kentucky area as well as the area of St. Louis, Missouri.”

The CIA aspect of these alliances make this tale so sick, so twisted, most Americans are unwilling to believe their government could take part in something so heinous. Gary Webb’s “Coal Connection” had morphed into the Bluegrass State’s own twisted “Dark Alliance,” except instead of decimating the streets of Los Angeles, these rats from the Commonwealth infected St. Louis and Detroit with their poison, not to mention east Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

When I asked my confidential source (mentioned earlier) if Jimmy Renfro was CIA, he paused for a moment then said, “Well, knowing Jimmy….” letting his voice trail off. He then divulged his own work as a contractor for the CIA. I find his non-committal answer concerning Jimmy Renfro a good reason to believe Renfro was a CIA asset, but that is just a very educated guess.

Could Octavio Pino also have been a CIA asset? I often find myself wandering back to David Beiter’s WORMSCAN files and marvel at his ability to log an incredible amount of information concerning Kentucky corruption into one easily searchable place, found here.  David Beiter was clearly fearless. He deserves much credit for the WORMSCAN files compilation.

One of his logs reads as follows:

871100, "The Contra-Drug Connection", The Christic Institute, 1324 North Capitol Street, NW, Wash DC 20002. (202)797-8106. $2. 12p. Extensive documentation associates several of Oliver North's team with large-scale drug trafficking to finance covert wars in Cuba, Southeast Asia, and Central America, for over two decades.

Pino was a Cuban national intimately involved in the smuggling of narcotics from Columbia to the United States, something which he had already been busted for in the early 1970s. It is a legitimate question to ask if Pino’s activities (and Mills’ and Renfro’s) were being backed by the CIA at the time.

A March 20, 1983 Times-Tribune article states:

“Fifteen people originally were charged in the FBI breakup of an alleged interstate drug [ring] operating out of London in 1981 and 1982. Gill, senior resident agent in the London FBI office, said the investigation of the drug ring began in September 1981 on an informant’s tip. After an initial investigation at the London-Corbin airport, Gill said they realized the investigation ‘would be a sensitive matter in the community.‘”

Just like Barry Seal and Drew Thornton’s ties to the CIA, the FBI states Vance Mills and his pilot (most likely referring to Johnny Martin) “appear to have access to otherwise confidential information through the various airports that he frequents…” and a Corbin Times Tribune article from September of 1982 states, “‘Pino and other Cubans were flying in and out of the London, Ky., airport to and from distant locations on odd and erratic schedules using high performance aircraft.’ The document said those flights were conducted without clearance by the Federal Aviation Administration.”

Classic CIA. Inslaw’s Promis software. These fellows had advance knowledge of law enforcement operations occurring at any given airport. These are not your run-of-the-mill drug traffickers. They had intelligence available to them only law enforcement could provide.

What if I told you this same criminal ring would eventually be tied to another software program containing all locations of all pharmaceutical shipments from manufacturer, to shipper, to warehouse, to end user, all in real- time? Are you finally starting to understand the truth of who has been in control of your law enforcement and courts for over forty years or more? Do you recognize those persons responsible for the scourge of drug-fueled misery hoisted upon your kids and community?

The following excerpt is from my own personal journal detailing an encounter that happened to me at the Shell gas station on Cumberland Avenue in Middlesboro back in the winter of 2014. While the area intrigued me, I had not yet started this blog, or any research into the topics mentioned in it. I was comparatively new to the area, only having lived here a couple of years. The conversation was interesting enough I wrote it down. I had no idea how glad I would be later that I did:

A man comes in to pay for his gas. He is wearing a flight jacket that says "P38 ICE PLANE LOST SQUADRON" and I say, "Oh, are you one of the ice plane guys?" He smiled and said, no, he got the jacket off a good friend, (redacted). Then he mentioned he was a pilot and that he flew search and rescue for the Air Corps, and was also in the military. He said he was so young when he went to get in the military he had to get his father's permission. His dad said, " You can go if you want to, but don't call me to come get you out." When he got out of the service, he said, "They wanted me to go into the CIA." Of course I said, "What did you say?" He just smiled and didn't answer. So I finally said, "You can't tell me, can you?" He just smiled again. When he was telling me about his flying experience he said he could fly anything but a jet.

This encounter bolsters my belief the CIA has been widely active in southeast Kentucky for decades, most likely because of the efficacy of which they operate thanks to corrupt law enforcement, courts, business leaders, and a largely drug-addicted and therefore apathy-induced populace.

 

An update…

I can’t explain why I am led down the paths I am, but I am blessed to have the time and means to explore some of the winding ways. I reluctantly understand I can’t possibly explore them all.

There is a war waging around us. A war between good and evil: humanity versus the Deep State. Kentucky’s been lost in the struggle. That’s why Delmar Partin rots in prison, a casualty of the battleground where these two forces collide. I know organized crime was behind the murder of Betty Carnes, the fruit of over two and half years of research and interviews. I know this group has been permitted to operate, unabated, for going on forty years, if not longer, with the blessing of prosecutors and law enforcement alike. How this happened is simple: once reputable law enforcement agencies were compromised by the infiltration of these bad guys into their ranks.

Due to these compromised officials, the lack of oversight and regulation, and the ability to hide underground in spaces that can rival the size of a small city, Kentucky, and the bordering regions of southwest Virginia and east Tennessee have become hallowed ground for the relationship between the Deep State and organized crime: Murder, Inc.

As always, you can contact me at everybodyhatescharlie@yahoo.com.

 

Thank you.

Jonathan Swift’s Long Lost Silver Mine- Found?

A few years ago I got to experience a special secret very few know about in the southeast Kentucky-southwest Virginia-eastern Tennessee region: a very old mine hidden by decades of grown up brush cut into the rock of Cumberland Mountain. I have no idea who owns the property now, but I will re-tell the story as it was told to me by the owner at the time. (Names are changed in the interest of protecting privacy.)

Entrance to possible secret silver mine, hand-dug in the Tennessee-Kentucky-Virginia tri-state region.

The property owner’s neighbor, Cédric, worked the mine decades ago. He claimed there was a seam of silver that was discovered to rise one inch a foot back in the mountain, and the seam went on for miles.

Looking down into the possible secret silver mine. Water prevents passage beyond approximately fifty feet.

The mine was being worked in approximately the 1930’s. Whether the ore being mined was silver or another type of valuable material, it was special enough that the miners placed the ore into wooden boxes before carrying it out of the mine and loading it into covered trucks, as if to keep the material being mined a secret. It was even more mysterious that the covered trucks waited until the cover of night had settled in to travel to their destination, never leaving the mine before midnight.

Inside the secret mine; view of the entrance

One night, the mysterious miners packed up and left without explanation. No one ever came back until approximately 20 years ago, when the owner received a sole request for permission to re-open the mine, a request which he denied.

Cédric, the old neighbor who had worked the mine, was rumored to have possessed a special healing ability. If a person got hurt and was bleeding bad, all someone had to do was tell Cédric and he could stop the bleeding, whether the person was in his presence or not.

We will probably never know if this is a true iron oxide-copper-gold seam.

The owner himself lived in the same valley as a child at the time the mine was being worked. He disclosed that he, his brother and father saw what he reported as a “searchlight in the sky, making a big, wide circle around them.” They witnessed this light several times in the night sky during the 1930s and 1940s.

UPDATE: November 1, 2019

Ronald, a reader in Arkansas, wrote in recently about an old mine he found in his state that bears a striking resemblance to the one pictured above. Below is his photo and story:

Possible Jonathan Swift silver mine in Arkansas?
“Hi. I found an almost identical mine shaft here in Arkansas. Legend has it that a man named Tobe Inmon came from Kentucky and made bullets from lead he mined in nearby hills. As it turns out, the lead was actually silver. People around here have been looking since the late 1800s and I recently found it. Notice the similarly in shape and size…”
Fascinating find Ronald! Thanks for sharing. Hopefully we get more pics and details from you soon!
UPDATE: October, 2020
Samuel (from parts unknown) sent these pics in September, wondering if he might have stumbled on Jonathan Swift’s old mine:
Thanks for the pictures, Samuel. I see what looks like a turkey foot in the top photo. Please update us if you are able to get a look inside!

Phipps Bend Missing Nuclear Reactors- part of Carter’s hostage negotiations with Iran?

1981: Did the U.S. trade A Phipps Bend nuclear reactor for the release of the U.S. embassy hostages in Iran?

The National Security Archive at George Washington University, Electronic Briefing Book No. 268 states:

“…two U.S. presidents dealing with the Shah of Iran, Ford and Carter, put concerns over proliferation and the Shah’s possible desire to build a nuclear bomb front and center when they approved negotiating positions for a deal to sell nuclear reactors to Iran.” (1)

We’re told the Iranian Revolution of 1979 killed the deal- but did it?

November 4, 1979: 52 Americans from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran were taken hostage, and held for 444 days. Remember, up until this crisis and the revolution, plans had been made to sell nuclear reactors to Iran.

Is it possible the U.S. was pressured to honor the original agreement? Did we send the second missing Phipps Bend reactor pressure vessel to Iran in order to secure the hostages’ release? We are given the fake news article about its arrival in Phipps Bend in June, 1981:

(2)

The Chicago Iron and Bridge worker interviewed in May of 2016 said he wasn’t sure what ultimately happened to the second vessel, but he did know it had not been sent to Phipps Bend. He said, “several RPVs were being stored onsite in Memphis” at the time.

Sending a nuclear reactor to Iran wouldn’t have been the most popular move an already unpopular President could have made. If this did happen, it well explains the lies and secrecy fed to the American public concerning the second reactor.

The U.S. had given Iran a nuclear reactor once before

In 1957, The United States and Iran signed the Atoms for Peace nuclear cooperation agreement:

“…an agreement that provides for technical assistance, the lease of several kilograms of enriched uranium, and cooperation on research on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.” (3)

In 1967, the Tehran Nuclear Research Center is built:

“It has a 5-megawatt pool-type thermal research reactor supplied by the United States and is to be operated by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran…(In November) the reactor at Tehran Nuclear Research Center goes critical, using 93 percent enriched uranium supplied by the United States.” (3)

In the article, “How Iran became a “Nuclear State” by Jeremy Bernstein, the author states:

When the TRR (Tehran Research Reactor) initially needed new fuel elements it was shortly before the 1979 revolution, and the Iranians chose simply to replace the TRR with a new, safer model of reactor designed in part by Freeman Dyson and manufactured by the San Diego firm General Atomics, which they ordered and paid for. Before it could be delivered, however, the revolution came and General Atomics’ export license was revoked. (4)

Iran has now paid for a nuclear reactor it appears they won’t receive, in addition to paying an additional $400 million to the United States for military equipment prior to the 1979 uprising. But the nuclear reactor they paid for back in 1979 was never brought up again. Was this reactor a secret part of the 1980-1981 hostage negotiations?

“The major issue between the two governments was a $400 million payment for military equipment made by the government of the Shah of Iran, prior to the 1979 uprising that toppled him. The U.S. banned delivery of the jets and other weapons amid the hostage crisis, but froze the $400 million advance payment.”(5)

Notice the issue of the paid-for reactor they (supposedly) did not receive is not mentioned.

The Barack Obama administration repaid the $400 million 35 years later…in addition to $1.3 billion in interest. This payment happened to coincide with a new nuclear agreement with Iran and another hostage release, the five Americans held in Tehran:

The White House repeatedly insisted that the nuclear deal must be kept a separate issue from the cases of the detained Americans, but the nuclear talks have helped significantly open up avenues of communication between the two countries that had been little used since the U.S. cut ties in 1980. (6)

It’s almost as if Iran has learned how to make the United States keep its nuclear promises.

(1) The National Security Archive. “The Nuclear Vault: U.S.-Iran Nuclear Negotiations in 1970s Featured Shah’s Nationalism and U.S. Weapons Worries.” Burr, William., Jan. 13, 2009. 

(2) The Kingsport Daily News. “Unit 2 on Way.” June, 1981.

(3) Iran’s Weapons of Mass Destruction: the Real and Potential Threat. Cordesman and Al-Rodhan. The CSIS Press (Center for Strategic and International Studies.) 2006.

(4) “How Iran became a ‘Nuclear State.'” Jeremy Bernstein. The New York Review of Books. Feb. 19, 2010.

(5) “5 Things You Need to Know About the $400 Million America Sent to Iran.” Fortune.com. Shawn Tully. Aug. 5, 2016.

(6) “Iran releases 5 detained Americans, including Washington Post reporter.” Nahal Toosi. Jan. 16, 2016. Politico.