As an approaching octogenarian, a sense of my own mortality inevitably has become a factor in what’s left of my life as a journalist. And, happily busy as I continue to be in other, unrelated investigative projects, I realize that I may never get around to finishing my long-intended book on the 1976 car-bomb murder of Phoenix reporter Don Bolles.
Even if I do complete it, it probably will only end up as an e-book in the emerging literary e-market. Accordingly, with that constraint in mind and in way of contingency planning should such a book never appear, I now have decided to post on this blog copies of my various newsletters since the year 2000, already circulated in hard copy to numerous friends and associates around the country. They also are concerned with (a) the Bolles homicide, (b) its lamentable mishandling by law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and the press, and (c) the identities of those truly responsible for the violent killing of an Arizona journalist. While I was still based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bolles indeed was someone with whom I enjoyed a productive professional relationship prior to his death.
Those ensuing newsletters already say much about what I necessarily would include in any book. And, as time and opportunity permit, I still hope to add several more newsletters to the website on the same general topic, additional chapters of a sort in the Bolles saga. On a positive note, what began for me, when first writing for the old Scottsdale Progress in 1979, as a distinctly minority report, an often very unpopular view has become in recent years an increasingly accepted position. I’ve never had any doubts. I’ve always trusted my own judgement in this matter. And I’ve been right.
I also wrote a related op-ed piece for Editor & Publisher in 2005. Upon request I’ll be pleased to provide a hard copy to anyone wishing to see it.
And as time and energy permit, I’ll post my other newsletters, investigations, observations, and what not.
As a closing note, along with my investigative notes on several other subjects, all my underpinning research materials on the Bolles case by request will eventually be archived and available to other journalists, historians, and students at the Arizona State Library in Phoenix. A copy of that explanatory archival contract is appended here.