Christine Gregoire is the present Washington State Attorney General (1993+). Many of her assistant attorney generals were involved in defending the Olympia Kiwanis Boys Ranch. Her department made a half-hearted attempt to prosecute some of the low-level OKBR people. The Olympia Kiwanis members are politically connected. She backed off. Christine spoke at a Jan 19, 1999 Olympia Kiwanis meeting. It's easy to forgive people involved with child abuse when they're politically connected.
The Olympia Washington Kiwanis members and their friends have cost the Washington State taxpayers over $50 million dollars (so far), because of their willful ignorance of long term, merciless and well known, child abuse that occurred at the Olympia Kiwanis Boys Ranch.
October 2006 note: This Olympia Kiwanis stuff is old news. I've left this information on the web, because I like the thought that someone will say to one of these Kiwanis friends or members: "Grandma, (Grandpa), are you still friends with those Olympia Kiwanians?"
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State Attorney General Christine Gregoire spoke at the January 19, 1999 Olympia Kiwanis meeting, even though she said in November 1995 that she wanted to "criminally charge DSHS employees and Olympia Kiwanis Board Officials". Many of those Olympia Kiwanis Board officials are still current (2000) "respected Olympia Kiwanis members".
In the Nov. 14, 1995, Tacoma News Tribune, Christine Gregoire said she wanted to criminally charge DSHS employees and Olympia Kiwanis Board Officials, but said she couldn't because of "deficiencies in the law". Christine said: "There is no question the average person will conclude the board should have known about the deplorable conditions and put a stop to it," Gregoire said. "But even though a compelling case can be made for an absence of oversight, we concluded our current laws would not allow us to prove criminal accountability."
In this 1 minute audio, OKBR attorney John R. Connelly Jr. talks about how the Washington State Attorney Generals (Christine Gregoire) Office had the task of defending DSHS for the abuses at the OKBR and also halfheartedly prosecuted some OKBR officials.
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee said he would preside over the case because other Thurston County judges had some connection to DSHS, the OK Boys' Ranch or the Kiwanis Club. McPhee noted former Thurston County Prosecutor Pat Sutherland excused himself from prosecuting the case because he had a conflict. Sutherland, who died last month, was a Kiwanis Club officer. Sutherland and later Gov. Mike Lowry asked the attorney general to conduct a criminal investigation of the ranch. The ranch board of directors also included a Thurston County judge and an assistant attorney general, Jeff Lane.
The Nov. 19, 1995 Olympian Editorial said that; "The public also has a legitimate question as to why the board of directors of the OK Boys Ranch - drawn from the Olympia Kiwanis Club were not held accountable for what occurred."
Christine Gregoire is listed in the 49 page index (350kb) of 5,223 pages of documents that the WSP collected about the OKBR. Anybody can order any of those public documents by following the instructions on that page.
Until Oct 1999, I believed that the Kiwanians and their friends were guilty of careless neglect or callous indifference. After hearing frightening audio depositions from some of the abused kids, I now believe that these Thur Co citizens were involved with an "active collaboration with evil." According to these depositioned kids, (which was not contradicted by Kiwanian attorney Don Miles), the OKBR staff was involved in long-term molestation and sadistic abuse of these helpless children. DSHS, Olympia, & the Kiwanians criminally ignored the warning signs and then justified their inaction by claiming ignorance. Many of these inattentive judges, lawyers, & politicians want your vote for re-election.
google is the best search engine, and you can make a detailed search of just this site.
There were many obvious and long-term warnings about the 1970-94 child abusing Olympia Kiwanis Boys Ranch.
Former Olympia Kiwanis Boys Ranch Board Member, Gary Bloomfield, said he quit the board and the Kiwanis because of their lack of oversite of the O.K.B.R.
Thurston County Juvenile Court Commissioner Scott Neilson said in his Nov. 16, 1995 statement to the Wa. St. Patrol, that he suspected the directors of the OK Boys Ranch and members of the Kiwanis put pressure on law enforcement agencies and DSHS. He also indicated many members of the Kiwanis group were influential business and political figures in the county along with several other members who were very wealthy. These members had connections to the boys ranch and he felt they put subtle pressure on DSHS to keep the ranch open.
In Feb. 1988, the Kiwanis Board approved the formation of the Boys Ranch committee. "Attendees will receive participation credits and be able to exert additional political muscle for the Ranch's benefit."
Thurston County Juvenile Court Administrator, Corinne Newman, said in her November 10, 1994 statement to the Office of Special Investigation, that many juveniles had no prior criminal history when they came to the OKBR, but they left with an extensive criminal history.
There were many OKBR "red flags" from 1977 to 1994 that should have caused DSHS officials like Rosemary Carr and Olympia Kiwanians to investigate and prevent the abuse of children at the OKBR.
Here's a link to the Official Thurston County Web Page.
Here's a link to the Official Olympia Kiwanis Web Page.
Here's a link to Wa St Patrol Olympia Kiwanis member lists of 1987, 1990, 1994
Here's a link to a mediocre Thurston County Assessor search engine, where a person can (with difficulty) look up any Thurston County property owner, and the value of their property.
Here's a link to Kiwanis Thur Co Citizens of the Year results 1968-99
Here's a link to Thur Co & some Wa St election results 1968-99
Below is a list of the (June 2000) present and some past Thurston County elected officials. These elected officials with links, are either Kiwanis members or have a close association with them.
Judy Wilson , District 1 Commis 1993-?(Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 1990)
Diane Oberquell, District 2 Commis 1989-? (Kiwanis Citizen of the Year nominee in 1983)
Kevin J. O'Sullivan, District 3 Commis 1999-? (Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 1993)
Richard Q. 'Dick' Nichols, District 3 Commis 1993-1999 (Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 1978)
Kevin J. O'Sullivan, Assessor 1995-1999 (Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 1993)
Patricia Costello, Assessor 1999-?
Sam Reed , Auditor 1978-? (longtime Kiw booster, future Oly Kiw Pres 2001)
Betty J. Gould , Clerk 1991-? (Oly Kiw member)
Judy Arnold, Coroner
Hewitt Henry, Prosecuting Attorney 1953-64, Court Judge 64-84 (Oly Kiw member)
Jerry Buzzard, Prosecuting Attorney 1969-71 (Future OKBR attorney)
Patrick Sutherland, Prosecuting Attorney 1974-1995 (Oly Kiw Pres 1995)
Bernardean Broadous, Prosecuting Attorney 1995-1999 (Oly Kiw member)
Ed Holm, Prosecuting Attorney 1999-? (married to Oly Kiw member)
Gary Edwards, Sheriff 1987-? (Olympia Kiwanis Member)
Robin Hunt, Treasurer
District Court Judge Susan A. Dubuisson 1984-? (OKBR board member)
District Court Judge Clifford L. 'Kip' Stilz Late 1980's-? (Olympia Kiwanis President 1986)
Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Berschauer 1984-? (dismissed OKBR case)
Superior Court Judge Paula Casey 1984-? (had poor memory about OKBR)
Superior Court Judge Richard A. Strophy 1984-? (longtime establishment official, friend of many Oly Kiw)
Superior Court Judge Wm. Thomas McPhee 1990-? (held up search warrent for OKBR)
Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks 1992-? (may have been an Oly Kiw member)
Superior Court Judge Christine A. Pomeroy 1992-? (bikeriding friend of OKBR board member Judge Dubuisson)
Superior Court Judge Gary R. Tabor 1996-? (refused to prosecute OKBR officials)
Below is an alphabetical list of Olympia Kiwanis member politicians and/or their good friends, and some of the years they ran for office. Over 80% of these people are/were Olympia Kiwanis members. I put (N.M.) after the 11 politicians who were not Olympia Kiwanis members.
Below is an e-mail I received from a former Olympia, Washington resident.
From: louis a bloom email@example.com
To: Louis Bloom firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 1999 11:34 AM
Just came across your pages and felt the urge to respond... In the early 80's (81-83) I was at the OKBR frequently as a young kid walking to/from school, I became friends with some of the boys. At one point a small boy confided to me that he was being raped by another boy in the home. The abusing boy talked about it openly!
Days later I walked the victim to OPD where we both gave statements. Later that evening I began to receive these incredibly threatening phone calls from a woman employee of the ranch who's name I believe was Paulette at my home. She kept calling over and over screaming at me calling me names. It was horrible. I thought I was helping someone. Nothing came of it. Then all these years later, it all comes out ... one of the boys that I had known there left as a young adult and still couldn't get it together, he eventually killed himself. As an adult now I don't often think back to those times but it still saddens me. All those boys that needed a safe nurturing place to be, and how many of them were better off for having been taken there? It's not about money. It cost these boys their lives, their souls, their trust. Those people who knew, who didn't care, they should feel such shame. Just my opinion.
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 1999 7:30 PM
Subject: Re: OKBR
thanks for your e-mail. from what i've read, dshs, the olympia police department, and other "authorities" didn't consider child on child rape to be against the law. it was considered "normal experimentation". The "paulette" you mention, may have been Collette Queener who was an assistant director at the OKBR. Collette, OKBR Director Tom Van Woerdan, and OKBR counselor Laura Rambo Russell were ineptly charged by Wa. St. with "criminal mistreatment for failing to stop abuse". The charges were dismissed by Thurston County Judge Daniel Berschauer on technicalities. The lawyer who represented Collette Queener said, (Nov. 14, 1996 Olympian), that it was a "witch hunt", and that " a more innocent person (than Queener) you could not have for a client. She's an ex-nun ..... I don't see how you could view her in an evil or negative light."
I congratulate you for doing the right thing, when all those adults looked the other way. I repeat on most pages that the " OKBR has cost the Washington State taxpayers over $35 million dollars (so far)", because I think most people don't care about the kids involved, but they may care that it has cost them (taxpayers) money.
From: louis a bloom email@example.com