Friday, April 4, 2008

Tip-Share Hotline

Montanans for Justice would like to thank all of the citizens of Montana and other areas for using our ‘Tip-Share’ tip line. This is exactly why we have it there: for those of you who could not for personal and protective reasons come forward in any other manner. We knew that there are some true Montanans out there with information about this case who would want justice for everyone involved. We want you to know that each and every tip we receive will be pursued and utilized to the fullest extent. Once again, thank you all for your support in this matter. We offer this forum as an opportunity for the people of Montana to show their support of the men and women courageous enough to share their factual knowledge about the death of Kim Nees.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    What other guy did she have murdered?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Exmontanian: Maude Grayhawk Kirn, right?

  8. exmontanian says:

    One of the main girls named mentioned in this case, I wonder if anyone told Beach that she had another guy murdered along with her own husband. If she is capable of doing that then I believe she is capable of other acts. In the past or future.

  9. Montanans for Justice says:


    Hearing offers Barry Beach a final shot at retrial in ’79 Nees murder

    Beach is serving a 100-year sentence for the 1979 murder of Kim Nees in Poplar.

    HELENA — Barry Beach has served 27 years in Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge for the 1979 beating death of then-17-year-old Kimberly Nees on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, a crime he insists he didn’t commit.
    On Aug. 1 in Lewistown — after nearly three decades of legal battles and appeals — Beach, 49, will get one last shot at convincing a judge that he deserves a new trial, and a second chance at proving his innocence.
    If he fails, Beach, who is serving a 100-year sentence, probably will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
    “We know so much more about this crime today than we did in 1979 or 1984, during the trial,” Beach said during an interview from prison. “That’s what this hearing is about.”
    Nees’ body was found floating face up in the Poplar River on the morning of June 16, 1979. Her father’s pickup truck, the cab of which was covered in blood, was about 250 feet away. A bloody handprint was on one of the doors and footprints were found along the path where the killer dragged her body to the river.
    In 1983, while he was living in Louisiana with his father, Beach was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to court records, Beach spent three days in jail before two investigators questioned him for hours, trying to link him to the abductions and deaths of three local young women. By the end of the day, Beach confessed, not only to those murders, but to killing Nees four years earlier.
    His confession to the Louisiana crimes didn’t stick — authorities later arrested other suspects — but a Montana jury convicted him of killing Nees a year later.
    Since then Beach has maintained that his confession was coerced, and that he had nothing to do with Nees’ murder. For nearly 30 years, he’s been trying to correct what he called “the greatest mistake of my life.”
    Beach’s case rocketed to the national stage in 2008, when Dateline NBC ran a two-hour special on the brutal murder and Beach’s 2007 appeal for clemency. The episode was called “The Killing at Poplar River.”

    Beach was denied clemency, but the national attention made Barry Beach a household name, and spawned an outpouring of support for his cause.
    More importantly for Beach, the show caught the attention of new witnesses who came forward with information they say corroborates Beach’s legal team’s assertion that a gang of jealous females, not Beach, were responsible for Nees’ death.
    “If we get to present all of our evidence, then I think it’s beyond doubt that Barry ought to be given a new trial,” said Peter Camiel, the lawyer who has worked on Beach’s case for a decade.
    In 2009, the Montana Supreme Court ordered a lower court to hold an evidentiary hearing to assess potential new evidence in the case and set standards that the District Court must use to determine whether any new evidence might have changed the outcome of Beach’s original trial.
    First, the evidence cannot have been available at the time of Beach’s 1984 trial. Second, it must be credible. Finally, the judge must decide whether the new evidence, had it been presented to jurors in 1984, might have influenced the outcome of the trial.
    Beach’s defense will present the new evidence and witnesses in the hope that it will convince Fergus County District Judge E. Wayne Phillips to order a new jury trial.
    Whether or not Beach will get to present all of the new evidence his legal team has uncovered in the four years since his clemency hearing is an open question.
    Beach first petitioned the court for a new trial in 2008, but in the intervening time between the original petition and now, Beach’s legal team discovered new witnesses and evidence, including Kim Nees’ fingerprints, which had been missing prior to the original petition. Camiel said a former FBI fingerprint analyst found that a bloody palm print found at the scene belongs to someone other than Barry Beach or Kim Nees, which he said proves somebody else was at the scene of the crime the night Nees was murdered. Additional witnesses also came forward to say they heard others confess to playing a role in Nees’ killing.
    In 2009, a Great Falls couple contacted the Tribune to say a woman confessed to them on several occasions in 2005 and 2006 that she badly beat a girl in her hometown of Poplar years before. Kevin and Tamara Hall said it wasn’t until after seeing a re-airing of the Dateline special and reading about the case in the newspaper that they realized the woman was talking about Kimberly Nees.
    Beach’s legal team plans to bring 23 witnesses to Lewistown Aug. 1, but it’s not known how many of them will get to testify. Phillips has said he won’t make a decision on whether he will hear the new evidence that wasn’t in the original petition until after he hears the original petition.
    “I think that members of the public would want a full airing of this,” Camiel said. “They would want a judge to weigh all the evidence and not restrict it. They wouldn’t want a large portion of the evidence never heard and never weighed.”
    Centurion Ministries, a New Jersey-based group that advocates on behalf of prisoners it believes are wrongly convicted, has been working to free Beach since 2001. Centurion’s founder, Jim McCloskey, said the upcoming hearing is the culmination of that 10 years of work.
    “This is it. This is his last shot. That’s why we think it’s so important that all the evidence be introduced at this last hearing,” McCloskey said. “If we fail on behalf of Barry in this effort, at this hearing, Barry will never see the light of day.”
    Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock’s office, which is working to preserve Beach’s conviction, opposes allowing the new evidence into the courtroom.
    Bullock’s office declined an interview request, but spokeswoman Judy Beck issued the following statement:
    “The state’s role at the evidentiary hearing is to test, in a court of law, the new ‘evidence’ Mr. Beach will present to challenge his conviction for deliberate homicide, to determine whether it is actually new evidence of Mr. Beach’s actual innocence, according to the strict standards defined by the Montana Supreme Court.”
    The biggest hurdle Beach will have to clear is convincing the judge that he made up the confession he gave to Louisiana investigators 28 years ago.
    Beach, then 20, told police that he and Nees were parked in her father’s truck when Nees rejected his romantic advances.
    According to Beach’s confession, he got angry and tried to strangle Nees. She escaped using the driver’s door, and Beach came around the truck and repeatedly hit her with a crescent wrench.
    He told police he then dragged her body to the Poplar River and pushed it over the edge. He also told investigators he returned to the truck several times to cover his tracks, throwing evidence into the river.
    According to court records there was plenty of physical evidence at the crime scene, including a bloody palm print on the door of the truck, fingerprints, footprints in the drag trail to the edge of the river, hair samples, and more, but none of it matched Beach.
    The only evidence the prosecutors had to go on in 1984 was Beach’s confession, which Beach has said doesn’t match the facts of the murder. Beach said his confession was coerced by aggressive investigators, and he plans to bring expert witnesses to the hearing who will testify about the false-confession phenomenon.
    “I’ve been told by numerous people that Judge Phillips is a fair and honest judge,” Beach said. “That’s all I’ve ever wanted was for the judge to follow the law, to apply the law and to look at the totality of the evidence that exists today. I believe if all of those elements are in place on Aug. 1, I will be granted a new


    9:25 AM on July 24, 2011
    It’s about time.

    1:10 PM on July 24, 2011
    This shouldn’t be about pride, politics or precedent. The only concern here should be truth.

    3:54 PM on July 24, 2011
    Show me one shred of evidence he had anything to do with this murder. I dare you. 
Other then the coerced confession, the state should be ashamed of themselves.

  10. Thanks for the information! I’ve been meaning to start this process myself so this is a big help.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Mark Roscoe is a crook.

  12. web hosting says:

    how sick is this!! it is so obvious to me that Barry is innocent and sitting in prison so the cops and governor can save face. Also amazing that people are believeing a crack head and not the 34 other people who testified on Barry’s behalf…and what happened to that crooked cop?? He probably got a promotion!!!

  13. Montanans for Justice says:

    I always called him, “The Great Mr. Lowney. “

    With great sorrow, and joy, I regret to inform you that “The Great Mr. Doug Lowney” passed away Saturday the 13th of November, at around four O’clock PM. He died peacefully with friends and family present at St Peters Hospital in Helena Montana.

    Please pray for Doug and his family, in this time of need. His daughter Ann, said she will post the time and date of services to this web site, when it becomes available.
    You can go to
    for more information.

    Doug was very involved with the Beach case, and Montanan’s For Justice. He was part of our “Core group” of Montanan’s For Justice.

    As Doug always said, “We have an AWESOME God!!”
    Father Porter in Deer Lodge said two Mass’s with the inmates at Montana State Prison, for Doug at or around the hour of his death.
    A group of Men, at a Cursillo weekend, in East Helena were saying the rosary for Doug at or around the hour of his death.
    A group of Men doing a Cursillo weekend in the Shelby Prison have been praying for Doug.
    Doug would have said, “Don’t we just have an AWESOME God”.
    Yes Doug, We do Have an Awesome God, and thank you God, for Blessing us with your true and faithful servant Doug Lowney.

    Your Friend
    Bob Kolar

  14. Minnesota says:

    Please look at the testomonies, that we are privy to.

  15. hopeforbarry says:

    I believe that Barry is innocent. If you think about it and he was drinking , no fingerprints or other evidence of him being there where found, how in the hell could he have had enough foresight to wear gloves, and also he couldn’t have just wiped his fingerprints off without wiping others off? Why did his stepmother start this? Who is she?

  16. Montanans for Justice says:

    Montanans For Justice implores anyone with information about the Kim Nees murder to call the toll-free Montanans For Justice TipLine at 1-877-884-8507.

    The TipLine is being actively monitored. Your message will be heard only by Barry’s legal team. If your information is relevant, substantive, and credible, someone from the legal team will contact you if you choose to leave your contact information. Barry’s attorneys will keep your information and identity in strictest confidence. Your information and identity will be revealed only if YOU choose to testify. Even if you do not wish to testify, your confidential information might help Barry’s legal team put the pieces together more effectively to prove his innocence.

    Since the Montana Supreme Court’s decision to order an evidentiary hearing in the Beach case, several new witnesses have come forward to testify, including individuals who have come to Barry’s legal team through the TipLine. There is safety in numbers and as this case comes to a head, it is increasingly safe to step forward with what you know.

  17. ProudMontanan says:

    In reply to buster (December 28, 2009 at 1:35 am)

    You say the truth. It is up to the people of Poplar to restore honor to their community.

  18. buster says:

    The only reason that Barry Beach is still in jail
    is because their are too many careers and
    reputations at stake. Doing the right thing now
    requires that many people will be exposed as
    having no courage,morals or both. The former govenor
    knows he covicted the wrong man. The Poplar police at
    the time (Sissy Akinsons brother and Maude Greyhawks
    father) know they destroyed evidence and covered for
    their family members. Where is a key player in this
    case that will stand up. It will mean going against
    possible family members or friends but it will cleanse
    you. You can only hope to inherit Sissy Akinson’s torment
    by keeping quiet. People of Polar, do you think its an
    accident that since this crime was commited that your
    town has lost more than half its population and that all
    the businesses that made it a vibrant town have closed.
    This is not the same town that it was in the mid 70′s.
    (two class A basketball championships). Your town is
    cursed because you allowed it to become god forsaken.
    Before your community dies a death of a thousand cuts
    would somebody with courage stand up. This town can
    never have a rebirth and the sun will not shine on
    you until Barry walks out of jail.

  19. Sharon says:

    I’d like to thank Kay Rossi for another report.

  20. Sharon says:

    In the Great Falls Tribune an article that an associate of Sissy Atkinson, Kevin Hall and his wife Tamara heard Sissy confess to her participation in Kim Nees murder. He reported this to the Great Falls police department on several occassions as early as 2006. Sissy Atkinson testified she did live in Great Falls and all information coiencides with documented statements from other parties.

    Go read for yourself as I hope MFJ will post the link.

    Great job John S. Adams for reporting the story!! It’s about time!!!!

  21. Sharon says:

    The Dunwell Report with representatives of Montanans for Justice can be found under the latest news!

    Great job Bob Kolar, Frank Crowley, and Dan Gingler!!

  22. Sharon says:

    To anyone with any knowledge of the Barry Beach case in
    Wolf Point or Poplar I urge to please contact the
    Montana For Justice tip line toll free: 1-877-884-8507

    All calls are kept confidential!

  23. Fort Pecks Day says:

    In the ways of our people judgement comes in the form of a
    whirlwind. As the winds begin to blow isn’t it amazing
    that just as Barry Beach gets a brand new opportunity to
    try and match the unmatched fingerprints and the bloody
    palm print that the recent actions of the Big Muddy Task
    Force have gathered 36 new fingerprints to possibly be

    The whirlwind seems to be getting closer.

  24. You are so totally right (write!)

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  26. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Sissy Atkinson’s face has more wrinkles than Wilfred Brimley’s ass! That crack-tokin’, meth- chokin’, skin-flute strokin’, flea-infested skank hag should be charged with 1 count of felonious murder and 12 counts of butt-stink ugly!!

  27. Anonymous says:

    I have recently gotten a hold of this case due to some research I was doing on the Red Dog family. Lots of problems, murder, etc. Rhea Red Dog a suspect in the case, recently lost her son who was murdered and dumped by the missouri river similar to Nees. I have been digging up alot of details about the fort pect reservation and countless murders and mysterious homicides, many unsolved or forgotten. Something has got to give. Write Obama, write anyone. This man needs to be freed.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Maude is Denver COLO

  29. Anonymous says:


    Barry Beach Presentation

    Sunday, August 10, 2008
    2:30 pm, Glasgow Fairgrounds
    This is not an MFJ event,
    but MFJ members will be attending.
    Please join us if you can!

    Breakfast at the Cottonwood Hotel
    Sunday, August 10, 2008, 9:00 am
    Flyers will be handed out after breakfast.

    The Cottonwood Hotel

    The Star Motel

    Contact Montanans For Justice E-mail for more information.


  30. Anonymous says:

    I too have had problems posting

  31. Anonymous says:

    Is anyone else having problems with MFJ blogs? For some reason it won’t go beyond page 20 – has not listed new and updated blogs…

  32. Anonymous says:

    Montanans For Justice has no problem with anyone referring to documents posted on our website: However, we cannot allow people to cut and paste large documents that are already available on the website. You may try posting links to these documents in your comment or you may refer to them by name and location. MFJ has removed 1 document from this post that is too large to be posted here. Please keep your comments as comments, not regurgitation of documents that MFJ has already provided. Thank you for your cooperation. MFJ

  33. Anonymous says:

    Richie Macdonald LIED to the parole board.

    People have come forward since the interview and have testified to that fact.

    Do you think the state will do any thing to Richie though. No way cause he was working for the state. It is so sad.

    If you were at the rally you would have heard The good Senator Weinberg say. If we don’t have justice for Barry, we will never have justice for any of us.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I don’t understand how Richie MacDonald could go to the Parole Hearing and calling Carl FourStar a liar. Richie MacDonald never worked at A&S long enough to hear how loud it was in the building. The only loud place was the sewing area at the time. And I remember Carl and Sissy worked in the Split net area and it wasn’t loud in this area as Richie said. He can’t even get out of his police car to chase suspects. Ha Ha.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Watch the Barry Beach rally at the State Capitol Building in Helena, MT on the ‘Latest News’ page of the MFJ website. Also, please print off the petition that can be found there as well and get them signed and mailed back to MFJ. Thanks to everyone.

  36. Anonymous says:

    What is TOO high Marian? Is this a person?

  37. Anonymous says:

    He sure was. We all knew who did this by 7 AM the next morning and it wasn’t Barry Beach. That was what these girls did. If they were jealous of you they tried to lure you someplace to beat you up. I know because they tried to lure me to the tastee freeze one afternoon. And I’m sure if I would have went they would have lured me somewhere else and I would have been their first murder victim!

  38. Anonymous says:

    What does Marian have to do with this? She isn’t the one of the people being accused. She is simply supporting her step-brother. So please leave her out of this. She has nothing to do with this. If you don’t like her columns to Barry then don’t read them and don’t buy the paper to complain about it

  39. Anonymous says:

    What do you mean “to high marian”. I’ve never seen her strait. She talkes to herself all the time. Whats new.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Barry Beach Rally Itinerary

    Montana Capitol Rally!!!

    May 9-10, 2008

    Everyone is welcome. Please come if you can!


    Friday. May 9, 2008

    7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Meet at Perkins Restaurant, 1803 Cedar Street, 406-442-5757
    Dinner with Richard Hepburn; Richard is Centurion Ministries’ primary investigator for the Barry Beach case.

    Saturday. May 10, 2008

    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Make posters for rally; hand out flyers around town, place
    flyers on cars. Location will depend on weather; call Montanans for Justice Phone 406-465-6761 for location.

    12:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Sack Lunch (you bring) at Lockey Park. Take the Capital Street
    Exit, when traveling west on Prospect Ave turn South (left) on Lamborn Street, travel 5 to 6 blocks you will run into Lockey Park. This park is close to the Capital Complex and is boarded by Broadway Street and Lockey Ave and Lamborn Street.

    1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Assemble on the front steps of the Montana State Capitol building.

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Justice for Barry Beach” rally.

    Pre opening–warm up the crowd with some songs
    2pm Opening Comments Ziggy Ziegler Former Yellowstone County Commissioner.
    2:05 Invocation Father Porter MSP chaplain.
    2:07 Review of the Case Doug Lowney Treasurer for Montanans for Justice.
    2:14 Centurion Ministries Richard Hepburn, Centurion Ministries’ primary investigator.
    2:24 Montana Senator Dan Weinberg from Whitefish.
    2:34 Who is Barry Beach Barry’s mom Bobby Clincher.
    and sister Barbra Barbara Salinda.
    2:44 Call to Action Bob Kolar, Spokesman Montanans for Justice.
    2:55 Closing prayer Father Porter MSP chaplain.
    2:57 Closing Comments Ziggy Ziegler Former Yellowstone County Commissioner.

    3:00 p.m. -? – Discussion on Barry Beach’s Case (Open to the Public) and Dinner/Lunch at Jorgenson’s Restaurant, Back Room 1720 11th Ave (Close to Capital).

    Thank you for coming.

  41. Rebekah says:

    Barry Beach AO21520
    Montana State Prison
    500 Conley Lake Road
    Deer Lodge, MT 59722

    No rest til justice served.

  42. raven says:

    #138…it doesn’t matter if this is ‘hearsay’ or not. It might be useful information in Barry’s case. You should share this with Barry’s lawyers. On the front page of this website there is a “TIP SHARE” link you can go to. You can send tips anonymously. Thank you!

  43. Anonymous says:

    I am just sharing some info I heard, but of course to the Board of Pardons and Parole, it really wouldn’t matter because it is just hearsay. But Georgia Brien had slipped up once when she was drunk and said she couldn’t hold it in anymore and that she knew who killed Kim because she was there.

  44. Montanans for Justice says:

    Montanans For Justice does not condone or endorse any attacks on the Nees family or the people of Poplar, MT. Our goal is the freedom of Barry Beach. We will attempt to censor comments that are blatantly offensive to readers concerning either of those parties, although we are not in the practice of inhibiting free speech. We ask everyone involved to focus your comments on how we achieve freedom for Barry. Thank you for your understanding. MFJ

  45. Anonymous says:

    Melanie,What about our 2 Democratic congressmen? If The Republicans are hiding behind Racicot, don’t you think the democrats would like to smear Racicot’s face in the dirt because he’s Republican? I voted for Racicot, not knowing he was so corrupt, but if these 2 dems would start forcing the issue of truth, well, I won’t turn democrat, but I would say, more kudos to them(Baucus and Tester)

  46. Montanans for Justice says:


  47. Anonymous says:

    please go to,
    I just found that there…….I am not the author

  48. Anonymous says:

    #132 – That makes me absolutely SICK to my stomach! Did you report this to Barry’s attorney? Any bit of information can make a huge difference. Also did you report this at the time to law inforcement and to who?

  49. Anonymous says:

    I found this on another blog…
    I wonder can anyone say if the attic had been looked at,maybe something up there!!—>read on,

    At 12:19 AM, Anonymous said…

    i seen scratches down j.j back the following monday. Ed vandover said they were from trees.looked like nail scratches to me. also iworked at the pizza place and on monday following the murder i opened up and in the sink was clots of bloody hair and a comb, someone broke inthrough the roof, I was wondered where the hair came from

  50. Anonymous says:

    I would love to go to the rally but I live across the country. My prayers will be with you all! And #129, please do not run down the town of Poplar. You say murder is accepted there. Murder is never accepted anywhere. Dont condemn the town because of the actions of a few. There ARE GOOD people living there and you are including them with the likes of these killers.

  51. Montanans for Justice says:

    Montana Capital Rally!!!

    May 10, 2008 2pm

    Capital Steps, Helena, MT

    Everyone is welcome. Come if you can!

  52. Anonymous says:

    IF THE FBI would get involved and actually do the right thing and reopen this case, I truely believe that many would feel more protected, and the TIPS WOULD BECOME FCATS! Why are we worried about Raciot?
    Honestly, I personally think the FBI could and would put that hunk of junk away a long with all his Poplar crooked drug dealing Murdering cover up friends!!!! Poplar MT, it would appear that is the place to go, for murder is accepted there! Heck the local law will help to cover it up and you can always call Raciot for advice. Dont worry about evidence it will be gone in no time. I bet you could even Hire Maude and Sissy and Joann and the rest of the low life’s they seem to be above the rest and they are allowed to murder! What the hell??? come on F B I. I am losing faith in you as well. God Bless all who believe in the truth! Barry Bless you my friend, we are on it to the end!!!!

  53. Anonymous says:

    IF THE FBI would get involved and actually do the right thing and reopen this case, I truely believe that many would feel more protected, and the TIPS WOULD BECOME FCATS! Why are we worried about Raciot?
    Honestly, I personally think the FBI could and would put that hunk of junk away a long with all his Poplar crooked drug dealing Murdering cover up friends!!!! Poplar MT, it would appear that is the place to go, for murder is accepted there! Heck the local law will help to cover it up and you can always call Raciot for advice. Dont worry about evidence it will be gone in no time. I bet you could even Hire Maude and Sissy and Joann and the rest of the low life’s they seem to be above the rest and they are allowed to murder! What the hell??? come on F B I. I am losing faith in you as well. God Bless all who believe in the truth! Barry Bless you my friend, we are on it to the end!!!!

  54. Anonymous says:

    Go in and google “Mark Racicot corruption”

    WOW!!!! 12,000 hits come up!

    You can’t tell me this is’nt another one of Mark Racicot corruption!



  55. Anonymous says:

    Thanks! But the squeaky wheel will get noticed and if this is what it takes then so be it. I urge everyone to write or call.

    Especially folks from Poplar or used to live there and actually know some hard core facts.

    It’s quite obvious the Board of Pardon and Parole and the likes of Marc Racicot, the Governor, etc will not deal with this as they should, so we need to have THEM investigated as to WHY they won’t. The FBI is a great place to start.

    I also encourage you to get ahold of Clinton and Obama. I know it seems far fetched, but remember they need us come election time as we need them now.

    Don’t laugh – you never know what old Hilary is capable of. Wouldn’t you love to see her up against Racicot! HA!

  56. Anonymous says:

    Wow I’m surprised they didn’t call. But that doesn’t mean anything. I’m sure they got it. Maybe your right and they are just swamped with emails regarding this and thier heads are spinning. Did you send it to the Washington DC email?

    I saw your posting on the other site, don’t give up. Barry needs people like you who will fight for him Prayers are great,but he needs folks like us who will write, call, email, etc.

    your right a blog is a blog, but it’s also a wealth of information and it reminds us how many people believe in his innocense and are outraged by this.

    I just returned from buying more stamps, more envelopes and more printing paper. I’ve never licked so many envelopes in my life (laughing)

    So don’t give up. stay with us!!!!

  57. Melanie says:

    Hmm well I did mine at 1115 am or so just before I made my post but received no phone call. I did include all of the info that they asked for including my address. Hopefully they are inundated with “tips”

  58. Anonymous says:

    I meant 114 sorry!

  59. Anonymous says:

    119 You Rock!!!!!

  60. Anonymous says:

    I did just go on line and submit the tip. Although I did write my name at the bottom, so within a half an hour or so they called.

    I just finished writing to ALL of the FBI offices and will put those in the postal mail. From Missouri, California, Texas, Washington DC, Utah, etc… Just keep flooding these offices and someone just HAS to act on it.

    Apparently our local office for Montana is in Utah. So if we could get folks to write to BOTH the Utah office AND the Washington DC office I think that will get some attention.

    Yes and by all means write in there about the Board of Pardon and Parole. Whow knows the corruption we really do have here. Maybe Racicot is bribing these folks.

  61. Melanie says:

    Yup. I just sent my email and I focused on the BPP hearing and Marc Racicot. If they refer me to my local FBI I don’t think that it will do any good as it is not a local issue, however, Montanans NEED to call their local FBI, and I truly hope that all Montanans that have posted will put their actions where their writing is.

  62. Melanie says:

    Did you submit an online tip? Or how did you go about reporting?

  63. Melanie says:

    Wow out of jail, huh? And Barry still in. Amazing.

    Anyway, sounds like Maude is reservation hopping or something, although I don’t know what tribe she is from. The tribal police are the only ones that will protect corruption and in New Mexico the reservations are a sovereign nation, so the New Mexico police can’t touch them. Does anyone know if that is true of all reservations? I thought they fall under federal protection which would make it true for all reservations. Can anyone confirm?

  64. Melanie says:

    Thanks for this info. I will do this today. We need to continue to generate as much attention to this as humanly possible, and even if it amounts to nothing I hope that EVERY SINGLE PERSON that reads this blog will PLEASE take action!

    One of my MySpace (Barry Beachs’ support profile) friends that works in the courthouse where Barry was tried said today that there is a date being set for a state supreme court hearing. I have encouraged that person to come to the blog to post more info.

  65. Anonymous says:

    I would suggest that a more cuurent line the FBI might be willing to look into is the apprent Fixed Board Of Pardons and Parole hearing.

  66. Anonymous says:

    Melanie, I thought I read that somewhere but then I also read that he got out. Him and Maude were living in Denver Colorado and they broke up and she took off with a new guy to New Mexico. I think I read that on the Fort Peck blog site. I’m not 100% sure though. I am just thinking that maybe it’s time for Tracy to tell what HE knows. If Maude told Dana and he was going to use it against her, maybe Tracy is willing to do the same thing. With Maude out of the state Tracy has nothing to fear.

  67. Anonymous says:


    I went in to the website and you can send an email asking for investigation and thier help. I sent mine asking for an investigation in to Marc Racicot. Under “corruption” – if you read there’s information regarding corruption. I believe that is what this case is about. Anyways I sent the email and with a half hour I recvd a phone call from the FBI in Washington DC. I almost fell off my chair! She gave me the phone number for Montanans to call 801-579-1400 I asked if THEY could help us (the folks in Washington DC) and she said they do look in to it but it also helps to send or call the local FBI in our area. So everyone whether in the state of MT or another state send your email to the Washington DC link – if we get enough folks doing this, it will raise a flag and we’ll get action. Also don’t be surprised if they call you and verify that you did send an email – they will give you the phone number to your LOCAL FBI office as well. Make sure to call them!!!!! This has to go to another level. Get it out of the State of Montana. In my email I wrote that Marc Racicot was the prosecuting attorney who later became the Governor and that almost all of the evidence has been lost, conviently misplaced or stolen. That there is corruption in the Montana justice system and we are outraged and request immediate attention to this matter.

    So for anyone who actually KNOWS something about this murder, witnessed it, or the gal who wrote that Sissy showed her part of the necklace – this is the best place to go!!!!

    And for Sissy, Maude, Eddie, Joann – someone is going to come clean sooner or later and get a lesser sentence – so one of you should consider being the first!!!!


  68. Melanie says:

    Colin,very interesting and that answered some of my questions on that very topic.

    What would be considered “bad faith” in this case? It seems like generally you simply do not need the original recording…. period. To me it appears bad faith would imply a deliberate attempt to conceal something not in the transcript, but based on the information that you have provided, that does not seem to be true.

  69. Melanie says:

    It says on another thread that Tracy is in jail for Danas murder.

  70. Colin says:

    I have posted another entry on the case, which deals with why the transcript of the tape possiblt should have been inadmissible at Beach’s trial

  71. Anonymous says:

    I still say to contact all the one of them will take an interest in this case. OJ Simpson walked away with blood on his hands…as is NOT what you know…but rather WHO you know. If Dateline thought this was important enough to broadcast..then maybe a lawyer with contacts and money and some pull will take this on as a never know.Sometimes they do it for the glory..sometimes they do because its the right thing to do.Although Barry’s legal team is doing all they can..they may need some “big-guns” behind them.

  72. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know where Tracy is – the man who was dating Maude and apparently stabbed her husband to shut him up because he was going to spill the beans on Maude and her involvement in Kim Nees murder?

    And what about the men that were involved in the murder? Where are they now?

  73. Anonymous says:

    When you write a letter, make several copies and mail one a week. As long as the mail keeps coming they are going to realize that this is NOT going to go away. They probably think that it was expected to recv so much mail after Dateline but if you keep the mail flowing and continue to flood thier offices with mail sooner or later they will realize that something MUST be done. Educate your friends and family out of state as well, get them to write letters.

  74. Melanie says:

    People should be contacting their state congressional representatives and senators. Barry has already spent so much time in jail, and while his representation at Centurion is going through the proper legal channels I doubt that this issue will be resolved at the state level. The parole board has already made it clear that they consider the case closed. If we can find a congressperson that will take an interest, it will be an excellent way to apply leverage. The only way to find that is to write to them.

  75. raven says:

    I really don’t think a rally in Poplar would cause any kind of stir what-so-ever…neither families are there anymore and most of the downtown is boarded up. We have to reach the people who can do something about this. Let’s go for the big dogs…

  76. Anonymous says:

    How’s about a rally up in Poplar???? Maybe we can shake the town up a little bit. Let them know that this isn’t going away until it’s solved.

    For Kim and her family and for Barry and his family!

    Besides it would draw news media and thats just what Barry needs is for it to stay up front in peoples minds and don’t give up.

    Any thoughts?

  77. Anonymous says:

    I wish the AG’s office and the Prison staff would quit writing comments on the blog designed to mislead people.

    Barry Beach has a Constitutional right to receive mail from ANYONE as long as the mail does not contain contraband. The prison may not WANT to deal with all your mail to Barry, but they have to by federal law. Write Barry every day. Write the Montana officials every day. Let them know we are not going away. FREE BARRY BEACH.

  78. Anonymous says:

    I write him all the time, so I know he will have recieved your letter. Thankyou for keeping Barry in your prayers. Like all Montanans we will not go away until the truth comes out!

  79. Anonymous says:

    I would love to find out if Barry received my letter. I would hope he is able to receive all of his mail. My name is Gabriella…i just dropped a little note to let him know a stranger from Florida is praying for him.

  80. Anonymous says:

    “disinformation” is not the term I would use. I believe this was intentionally said to make us all go away. The State of Montana does not like it that their attempts to take the interest away from this case has not worked. So send daily e-mails to the press, elected officials, the president,and anyone else you can think of asking if Barry is free yet. Lets keep all their mailboxes full.
    And please, write Barry too. He needs to know we are not going away until he is free.

  81. Anonymous says:

    To the very best of our knowledge, Barry can receive letters from anyone so please don’t let this disinformation prevent you from writing Barry. In fact, I saw Barry at MT State Prison just yesterday and he told me he’s been getting about a dozen letters a day and very, very much appreciates them.

  82. Anonymous says:

    IDEA: Dateline set the stage for the American public to HEAR and SEE some of the case. But there are to many questions that the folks around the country wanting answers for . I think they should get 20/20 to do a follow up now. More coverage! More intense interviews. I’d like to see them interview the following:

    Ask Steve Greyhawk just what he was up to and the same with Sissy’s brother

    Ask Governor Schweitzer why he hasn’t stepped in and taken care of this matter and what he intends to do?

    Ask Marc Racicot WHY he would mislead a jury the way he did?

    Maybe even interview Clinton and Obama and ask them just what they intend to do if anything if they are elected? We know that McCain won’t do anything – for the love of God he’s a Republican and so was Marc Racicot and Marc was very close with Bush and so we know why Bush hasn’t’ stepped in.

    Interview the FBI who apparently were involved?

    We need more coverage on this case – more national coverage.

    It’s an election year and would be a GREAT time to put some of the politicians in the “hot seat” and ask questions!

    Nobody does it better than Barbara Walters or Diane Sawyer!

    If they can keep the media going – and get more people to watch something like 20/20, it would spark more interest.

    I think we should all write to 20/20 and ask for a follow up to the Dateline investigation!!!!

  83. Anonymous says:

    Just an FYI. I just got off the phone with the MT State Prison and the gentleman there said “you can ONLY write to an inmate IF your name is on HIS mailing list.” “If the inmate does not have your name on a mailing list then the mail will be returned to you, we simply can not allow anyone and everyone to write to inmates.” So there’s the question to “can we write to Barry?”

    Which contradicts what some of these messages say to write to Barry. Doesn’t sound like the prison gives him all the mail!

  84. Anonymous says:

    The girls did it! they know it! The evidence proves it. Raciot, simply refuses to admit to a mistake! who the hell would support someone who can’t even admit to being wrong? A crooked creap! Anyone hear about his brother cheating with a cheerleader coach at Frenchtown High school? Yep divorce soon followed! Cheaters, liars,home wreckers. Raciot should be investigated along with the all involved.Police records and evidence missing????

  85. Anonymous says:





    Barry Beach Rally Itinerary

    West Yellowstone, MT

    Thursday. April 17, 2008

    8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Meet at Sydney’s Mountain Bistro, 38 Canyon Street, 406-646-7660

    9:00 a.m. – Noon – Hand out flyers around town and convention, place flyers on cars,

    make posters for rally

    Noon – 2:00 p.m. – Rally together outside Union Pacific Dining Hall

    2:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Late Lunch at Sydney’s Mountain Bistro

    3:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Free Time, finish posters

    6:00 p.m. – ? – Discussion on Barry Beach’s Case (Open to the Public) and Dinner at

    Sydney’s Mountain Bistro

    9:30 – 11:30 p.m. – Open Mic Night

    Location: Canyon/Dunraven Rooms next to Iron Horse Saloon, Holiday Inn Sunspree

    Resort, 315 Yellowstone Ave.

    Friday, April 18.2008

    8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Meet at Sydney’s Mountain Bistro

    9:00 a.m. – Noon – Hand out flyers around town and convention, place flyers on cars

    Noon – 2:00 p.m. – Rally together outside Union Pacific Dining Hall

    2:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Late Lunch at Sydney’s Mountain Bistro, discuss nights events

    3:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Free Time, get ready for rally

    6:00 p.m. – Midnight – Rally outside Union Pacific Hall, candle light vigil for Barry

    Beach after dark (Take turns going to dinner at Sydney’s Mountain Bistro)

    West Yellowstone Contact Information: Barrie Boulds 406-640-2893 or

    Hotel Reservations: Stagecoach Inn 406-646-7381, Ho-Hum Motel 406-646-7746,
    Brandin’ Iron Inn 800-217-4613

  86. Anonymous says:

    No I dont think these women were involved in Celeste Shields’ death.

  87. Anonymous says:

    For those of you who would like to help from a distance, don’t forget to donate to this group. I have. They are doing all they can to free Barry Beach and need financial assistance to continue their work.

  88. Anonymous says:

    A loud statement of guilt if you ask me.

  89. Anonymous says:

    Somebody correct me if I am wrong but weren’t these same girls suspects in the murder of Celeste Sheilds? Which happened shortly after the Kim Nees murder. I don’t think that case was ever solved either and she didn’t have family around to pursue an investigation. Maybe Barry’s attorneys should look into the details surrounding that murder also.

  90. Anonymous says:

    Yep, Maude Grey Hawk Kirn is in Denver Colorado with the man that killed her husband living off of her deceased husbands social security. Pretty dang sick if you ask me. She checked herself into the mental ward in Denver during Barry’s parole hearing.

  91. Anonymous says:

    Geez! How many Montanans know about Raciot? What an awful man.

  92. Anonymous says:

    Can anyone tell me if I can write to Barry?

  93. Anonymous says:

    I think she really IS in Colorado as someone has stated. Take a look here:

  94. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone really know where Maude is? We all know where Sissy is, still hanging around Poplar thinking she fooled every one. Maude if you read this blog— come forward and tell what happened that night. You know you want to. Sure your scared, but this needs to end now. It has hurt too many people, dont let it be heavy on your mind any more.

  95. Anonymous says:

    There was another murder in Poplar, a pretty young Native woman by the name of Celeste Shields.This was a short while after the Nees murder. She was found beaten very badly, had no clothes on. This case was never solved. This case never received publicity other than local news. Mr. Greyhawk was fired from the police dept. for showing crime scene evidence photos at the local cafe. Shows this man’s inteligence.

  96. Anonymous says:

    Barry had acting lessons?? Who and when ?? And how do you know that. I suppose he was coached just like any other defendent/witness..or anyone else facing the people who hold their life in their hands. If it was act…then Barry has a great career in movies when he gets out!!

  97. Anonymous says:

    Beach Bum why dont you go to Poplar and clean it up. You seem to have all the answers. Life in Poplar is NOT all crime every day. Its a community pretty much like every where else, unfortunaltely THIS happened there and the people in Poplar dont like it either and are against these girls just like YOU are. But when people with political power are not honest, just like the governor and others in this state (can you clean them up too???), its not easy. Understand? Now I would appreciate it if you just stop bad mouthing the people of Poplar and keep your focus on the injustice of the crime and the people who did it. Thank you

  98. Anonymous says:

    I have never written to (or personally known) an inmate in my life but I wrote a letter to Barry Beach. I believe that the real murderers will eventually cave to pressure. What do you want to bet that one of them O.D’s or commits suicide? Listening to Sissy, she has obviously been coached in what to say “no participation, no knowledge blahblahblah”

  99. Anonymous says:

    The Law and Helena needs cleaned up so the people trying to get the criminals off the street will be protected. The mafia like system has keep incompetent people in law enforcement in Montana. The elected officials in Helena need them law enforcement officers to protect their pet projects.

  100. Anonymous says:

    Just watched the news here in Florida..a man incarcirated for 25 years for rape and murder..just released yesterday..they made a mistake..oooops..wrong man!!Now he is a millionare…but he can’t get back 25 years of his life. Maybe Barry needs a good New your face..take no bulls**t…lawyer…my gosh..OJ Simson got away with a double-murder with blood on his hands!! This is just too much…send emails to all the top-notch..publicity-hound lawyers…they may take it on if only for the glory. But who cares why they do long as they can help Barry!!

  101. Anonymous says:


    I will admit that my comment was harsh, and I apologize for that. Yet, I still stand by what I said about Poplar having an an unbelievable amount of violence, deception and murder. Why don’t the honest citizens stand up for what is right and force those who are the problem out? Why do you let corruption rule the rez? Why do you let murderers get away with it. Maybe it is time to start letting the criminals fear the lawful citizens again. Crime is rampant where the citizens fear the criminals. And why would you fear them? Have them locked up and put away where they belong. Clean up your town. Start with the idiots involved in Kim Nees death like Maude and Sissy and Joanne. Show them who has the real power. And if you don’t know details about what happened, I’m sure you know who does have those details. Find a way to get them to tell. End the madness. Otherwise, as a Montanan, I will want to disown that part of the state.

    – A Beach Bum

  102. Anonymous says:

    The Latest from the Dateline Blog

    Write our governor, write our attorney general, please put forth all your words, questions and support where it needs to go, not here!! Please help Barry Beach!

    CAH Montana (Sent Monday, April 07, 2008 6:35 PM)
    It boils down to politics. They didn’t want to tarnish the Gov’s record with this. That is what is boils down to. Time for the real murderer whose father stole the evidence as a cop to come forward. I believe that is one of the girls they mentioned, the one who failed to show up with subpeona.

    J. Anderson (Sent Monday, April 07, 2008 6:51 PM)
    I spent a year in jail fighting for my freedom, for a crime that: not only did I not commit, but a crime that never even happened. I was fortunate, the Jury found me ‘Not Guilty’. However, the prosecutor tried with all their power to have me convicted for what amounted to a big lie. I always maintained my innocents and I am totally convinced that there are many innocent people in our prisons. I believe Barry Beach is one also. I hope Barry Beach get his freedom soon. Put it in Gods hands Barry, put it in Gods hands.

    duane774, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. (Sent Monday, April 07, 2008 7:32 PM)
    I lived in Wolf Point Montana at the time this murder happened and I remember then that the rumors where a bunch of girls killed her because she was white. I can also remember other kids telling me that it wasn’t a good idea to go party in Poplar because bad things happend to white girls.

    Tammie Miller (Sent Monday, April 07, 2008 7:43 PM)
    A policeman, who just HAPPENS to be the father of one of the suspected girls, breaks into the evidence room with no disciplinary action brough against him…hmmmm…and the parole board discounts ALL evidence proving Barry’s innocence…hmmm…Obviously a cover-up is going on in Poplar that the parole board is perpetuating!

    Diane, Southern California (Sent Monday, April 07, 2008 8:23 PM)
    I would like to thank Dateline for filming this program and airing it. The saddest part of all is the law in Montana has and continues to act with injustice in many cases. Barry Beach is only one Montana person who’s life has been altered by the law and elected officials. Nothing has changed for the better in the 25 years Barry has been in prison. We have laws in the United States to protect innoccent people, the problem is that Montana lives by it’s own law. I would like to see Dateline return to Montana and bring the spotlight to other cases. Please follow the Barry Beach case. I can only hope that in his attempts to gain freedom, he takes down some of the corrupt people in power in that state.

    I would like to return to my home state of Montana some day and not have to fear the law.

    Ex-Montana, Somewhere, USA (Sent Monday, April 07, 2008 9:00 PM)
    I,ve all the so called evidence against Barry and it all seems bunk theres nothing. As for his confession I was questioned at the same time by Via and Calhoun and Barry is telling the honest truth about there methods of interegation I believe it was coerced because I know how they worked they tried o get me to tell them things that I knew nthing about .

    Daryl W. Craft (Sent Monday, April 07, 2008 9:20 PM)
    I am from this area and I grew up thinking that this man killed her. All the “facts” that I heard, based on Barry’s confession aren’t even true. There was no garbage bag, no evidence tying him to the crime, but he was guilty and that was that. Looking at it today, none of the evidence connects him to the murder. I can see that he was a scared young boy and I want to know where was his lawyer when he was being question by this scary looking lawman that interrigated him. I’m sorry, but he even looked scary to me 25 years later. Why can’t the case be reopened? Someone needs to find out why that tribal cop broke into the evidence room. There are so many questions that need to be answered for both families sake. I think that it is owed to them. Also, how can a prosecutor say that this mysterious hair was Barry’s when there was no way to prove it back then, and stand by that now without DNA testing. It seems that there was more than one cover up or agenda here. My prayers are for both families.

    Gerri Williston, North Dakota (Sent Monday, April 07, 2008 9:27 PM)
    I have never been so outraged by something I saw on tv in all my life. Barry is innocent. I can’t believe the cop who broke in the door to the evidence locker was not questioned. What about his daughter not showing up for the hearing, what about all of the people who heard Sissy bragging about being part of the murder, including her own brother!! This truly is a travesty of justice, but I like so many others was worried when the report said that the former prosecutor went on to become governor. Of course he’s not going to admit being wrong, and the parole board will of course back him up out of fear of losing their jobs. Isn’t there anything that can be done? I feel so sad for you Barry and for your Mother. My son is in County jail right now for a petty crime he DID commit and it tears my heart out. I can only imagine how your Mother must feel!!!! I will pray for both of you and for all of the people who are tirelessly working to set you free!!!!!

    Becky Bruno, Arvada, Colorado (Sent Monday, April 07, 2008 11:50 PM)
    What is wrong with all our court systems? Why are the quilty set free to go out and kill again! It is so plain to see that Barry did not kill Kim. Just like what happened in N.C., Duke student killed and instead of looking for the killers they just waited until they killed again at Chapel Hill. Set Barry Free!!!!!!!!!! He Is INNOCENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Elaine,SnowCamp,N.C. (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 12:17 AM)
    ANYONE may write Barry Beach support letters at the following address:

    Barry Beach, AO#21520
    Montana State Prison
    700 Conley Lake Rd
    Deer Lodge, MT 59722

    You do not need to be on an approved mailing list, but you may not send him any items other than correspondence. I’m sure Barry would love to hear from his supporters. Thanks.

    Jason J. Lay, Helena, MT (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 12:20 AM)
    I hope there is someone w/money who can help fight for his freedom. Those who put him in prison should be invesigated, do you think they would admit to lying? NOT!!!
    It is a shame and it obvious innocent man is in prison. LET HIM GO! HE IS INNOCENT!!!

    Helena,Florida (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 12:25 AM)
    I’m outraged after watching this show that this man is still in prison. What ever happened to physical evidence? He was a young, scared man when he “confessed” all those years ago. We all make poor judgment at times and he was no exception. Cases like this make it hard for me to believe in our justice system.
    I hope these men fighting for his innocence keep at it and I pray for their strength. Hang in there Barry. The truth will come out one day. God bless you.

    Christie, Seattle (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 12:30 AM) is a great website to learn more about this case, examine voluminous pdf. documents, and to contribute to Barry’s defense. And there is a blog there too!

    Jason J. Lay, Helena, MT (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 12:56 AM)
    When I graduated from Poplar High School in l970, things were different. I don’t remember anyone taking hard drugs and marijuana was not a big deal at that time. Also, there were no ‘girl gangs’ that I was aware of. My little sister (by eight years) had a different experience. By the time she was in high school, she was so harrassed by ‘girl gangs’ that my parents were forced to send her to finish high school in Billings, while living with me. I believe she was targeted by these gangs, as was Kim Nees, because she was a “rich” farmer’s daughter and they envied her.

    Until I saw the Dateline show, I had assumed that Barry Beach had killed Kim Nees. Now I’m not so sure. The case is definitely complicated, mostly due to the pathetic initial crime analysis. But finger-pointing at any law enforcement past the local yahoos is pointless. Let’s put blame where it is due – on drugs. Where’s the big story about how drugs have taken over the reservation since the 70′s? In this case, all you have to know is that druggies have poor reputations, poor judgement, and poor memories.

    Karen, La Quinta, California (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 2:51 AM)
    To see what the towns folk of Poplar are saying about this, check out the

    Crystal Albanese, Poplar, Montana (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 9:33 AM)
    I am totally disgusted with our judicial system.

    Barry, we are praying for you and believe you will be released. Remember the scripture….”every hidden thing shall be revealed”, those who are responsible will have to pay for their crime, it will suddenly come to light with no doubts to your innocence.

    Patricia Kramer, Teaneck NJ (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 9:43 AM)
    My son is in prison in Alabama and is charged with a crime that was actually never committed but through the court system, he was tried and convicted and never allowed to testify in his own behalf. Once you are in prison, the courts don’t want to hear anything you have to say. It’s not about TRUTH, it’s about a CONVICTION and how they are not going to say they did wrong. I sympathize with Mr.Beach because until this happened to my son, I didn’t realize how many innocent men there are out there in prisons because of lies and politics. My prayers are with you.

    Janice Roseberry, Valley Grande, AL (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 10:01 AM)
    My son is in prison in Alabama and is charged with a crime that was actually never committed but through the court system, he was tried and convicted and never allowed to testify in his own behalf. Once you are in prison, the courts don’t want to hear anything you have to say. It’s not about TRUTH, it’s about a CONVICTION and how they are not going to say they did wrong. I sympathize with Mr.Beach because until this happened to my son, I didn’t realize how many innocent men there are out there in prisons because of lies and politics. My prayers are with you.

    Janice Roseberry, Valley Grande, AL (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 10:01 AM)
    Is it possible to take a backdoor approach to help Barry Beach? For example, have the FBI investigate the police officers and govenor’s mishandling of evidence, ect. or get a pardon from President Bush;
    offer a big reward and ammunity to someone that would like to step forward for Barry that was involved?

    Terry Bagley, Bar Harbor, ME (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 10:08 AM)
    Free Barry Beach!!!!

    Wesley Headdress, Wolf Point, Mt. (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 10:47 AM)
    April 8th
    I just read all the comments from last Friday. My husband and I were also shocked that Barry did not at least get a new trial. Injustice served, Hopefully, Keith with your help, he will get a new trial.

    Burlington, NC

    Ruth Hansell,Burlington,NC (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 12:15 PM)
    Marc currently serves as the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Nominated by President George W. Bush, he was unanimously elected to this position in January 2002.

    He is no longer Governor of Montana, he has progressively gone up the ladder.

    Carol from Montana (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 12:27 PM)
    I attended the parole board hearing for Barry Beach, and one thing that impressed me was the commitment the witnessnes made to testify. Some of you may not understand the distance people have to travel in Montana, but those who traveled from Eastern Montana to testify logged over 1000 miles round trip. They were the closest of all of them. Others came from Eastern North Dakota, and even Alaska. One of the witnesses was advised by her Doctor not to travel becuase she just had heart surgery, but she came anyway. It tells me that Barry Beach has tremendous support, and a belief that he is innocent.

    Moe Wosepka, Helena Montana (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 2:13 PM)
    Why didn’t they mention that Sissy Atkinson Brother Bobby Atkinson was head of the Police force back then. Both Sissy and Maude had family in the police force when this took place. To my understanding when Orrie Burshia went in to tell them that those girls did this to Kim they just didn’t take her serious enough. I think they need to lean on Mike Longtree for the TRUTH about that night. He seen this and sould be a man and start telling the truth.
    There has been a shadow over Poplar since this crime took place. This is not the only girl that they hurt the beat another one and damn near killed her too. Didn’t even know her, she now lives in Billings Mt. They should question her about what they did to her. Sissy still goes around bullying people around at her feabeal age of 52 she looked 100 years old probably because this haunts her everyday. And as for Maude she lives in fear everyday that she will be caught. Barry is innocent and needs to be released to live his life out.

    Fearfull in Poplar (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 3:03 PM)
    I was considering Montana as a place to practice medicine and raise my family, but after watching this show that is no longer an option. This show shed some bad light on Montana’s leaders. The parole board members are fools! Mr Racicot reminds me of ex prosecutor Mike Nifong. Unfortunately Barry Beach didn’t have the financial backing like the Duke students to go after overzealous prosecutors who will ruin people’s lives for political gain. The plain and simple truth is that he LIED to the jury. That alone should be grounds for dismissal or at least reason to retry the case. I hope Barry Beach files a civil lawsuit against that bonehead Racicot.

    Jeff, St. George, UT (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 4:43 PM)
    I can’t get this story out of my mind. It’s SO obvious that Barry Beach was innocent, yet he was railroaded by some crooked cops and politicians. How can any American have faith in our criminal justice system after watching this story? This kid was railroaded, and it started with some crooked cops here in Louisiana. Unfortunately, it appears that Montana’s cops and politicians are even more pig-headed and corrupt than the ones here in Louisiana. I applaud the men who have worked for 10 years on this case and I hope they won’t give up until someone listens. The governor clearly won’t admit he’s wrong and he apparently appointed the parole board, so they bowed to his wishes. Thank you, Dateline for bringing us this story. I certainly hope you’ll follow up on this.

    Wanda Stewart (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 5:57 PM)
    Please boycott Montana until Barry Beach is free. This is ridiculous. Write to your local papers and let your friends and neighbors know to BOYCOTT MONTANA UNTIL BARRY BEACH IS FREE.

    Betsy Edwards, Vail, Colorado (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 8:08 PM)
    After reading all the articles I could and the videos, I really feel he deserves a new trial. This is absolutely terrible that they are not even allowing a new trial, what are they worried about coming up?? I am furious over this!

    Bobbi from Minnesota (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 8:43 PM)
    Here are some facts that DATELINE conveniently LEFT OUT. The three “witnesses” that came forward: Richard Holum (convicted felon – drugs), Dun O’Connor (convicted felon – drugs), JD Atkinson (currently incarcerated for ding, ding, ding: DRUGS). You all want to run Sissy A. through the mud for admitting she’s an addict but DATELINE doesn’t want to tell you that the key witnesses supporting Barry Beach are involved with DRUGS. Stick that in your meth pipe and smoke it.

    J. Klein, Billings, MT (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 9:43 PM)
    Please contact the Montana travel and tourism link I realize it is a pdf but copy some emails and send them out letting the state know that people will not be traveling and spending their vacation dollars is such a ridiculously corrupt state.

    jen from michigan (Sent Tuesday, April 08, 2008 11:37 PM)
    This case is ridiculous, Barry Beech is a innocent man! Marc Rosco is an arrogant egotist who is too pig headed to admit that he is WRONG! He rides the confession to the point it will break, because thats the only evidence he has. There is no physical evidence pointing toward Barry. There is more evidence pointing in the direction in Sissy Atkinson and Maud Greyhawk than Mr. Beech. And because he was once the Montana Governor, the Parole Board are almost as crooked as Rosco and won’t cross him and possibly show weakness in our past leaders of Montana. Sheriff Malum won’t admit he’s wrong because it’d make him and his corrupt department look bad. For God’s sake one of his own deputies who happened to be Maud’s father broke into the evidence room and ruined all the evidence which could convict his daughter and Sissy to take a pee! Wow how much more of a hint do u need! Oh and the Louisiana Detective(who’s department has a terrible faulty conviction record) is obviously corrupt as well claiming him and Sheriff Malum only talked twice on the phone when it was logged more than ten times! Which could explain why the TRANSCRIPTION(which could have been altered in any way) of the confession that The Detective from Louisiana wrote happened to be more from the mouths of The Poplar police department than from Mr. Beech’s. Barry is innocent! Free this poor man. Mr. Beech had more than 30 witnesses on Mr. Beeches behalf who are by far more credible than Sissy. For God’s sake she is an admitted addict to meth and cocaine! That woman has smoked her sense away! And there are 3 credible witnesses who have her possibly in the vehicle and have heard her admit to the crime. Even the victims sister spoke on behalf of Barry. THE VICTIMS SISTER!!! Mr. Rosco and Mr. Malum, you two are what is wrong with the judicial system in Montana, your working too hard trying to save your own face and credibility rather than save this man’s LIFE! Listen to the people and look at the evidence! You two make this 17 year old feel embarrassed and ashamed to be a member of this great state. I just can’t believe these two men are ruining Barry’s life. I hope Centurian Ministries keep working hard and fighting for Barry. Break this crooked and corrupt system! I believe Kim Nees is looking over her killer’s shoulder, But it in no way is Barry Beech’s!

    17 year old Montanan, Somewhere, Montana (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 1:06 AM)
    There is no evidence of Barry being involved in the horrible death of that young girl.I myself having a 17 year old daughter would want to know absolutely,without question who was responsible for her death.I feel for the families involved and hope and pray for some resolution.If there is anyone out there who knows this man is innocent and has any information I pray that they have the strength to do the right thing and come forward.Stay strong Barry!

    Deborah,Catonsville,Md (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 2:06 AM)
    I like many others grew up in Poplar. I left in 1982 and knew many of the individuals suspected of being involved. You have to realize that several of the individuals believed to be involved were of tribal prominance in that town. The BIA and local tribal police were not about to investigate the dirt on their own prominent families.

    Brian Zietlow (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 2:17 AM)
    I just finished watching this online and am astonished that apparently there is a killer (assuming that they are not deceased) running around because the wrong person is incarcerated and no one wants to acknowledge the reality that a mistake was most likely made. If I were intimidated into making a confession there is a good chance that I would not remember the details of it either!

    Melanie, Irvine CA (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 3:12 AM)
    It truely saddens me to think that we live in a world with so many people who have no heart or conscience. Please help me understand how we can allow a 17 yr old BOY go to and stay in prison for a crime he simply did not do.
    What we need to do is put aside how it happened and who is responsible for it(because they will meet their maker) and focus on what it will take to free an innocent man.
    I have a question for the people responsible….
    how do you live with what you have done and continue to do to this man and his family? do you realize how much he has been deprived of, if his youth alone isnt enough but you cheated him out of a life that you obviously take for granted. The very same mercy that Barry asked the judge to show him will be the mercy you’ll be asking God for.
    One of you has got to break the silence and come forward. Tell the truth, put an end to all this. Give us all hope for the world we live in and follow the conscience man gave you and the heart God gave you and let the truth be known.
    To Keith Morrison and Dateline… I stand up and applaud you for airing this story. OUTSTANDING!!!
    To Barrys mother & family… you are remarkable!! from one mother to another, your tears will not go unnoticed, for every tear you cried will be that many special moments you’ll have with Barry. I truely believe that. God bless!
    To Barry… I will remember you in my prayers, after listening to your story, I cant help but admire your strength, I can only imagine what I would do being in the same situation. And even now, as I write this to you, tears come to my eyes when I think about the hope and faith I could see in yours. You have paid the dues for another mans/womans crime and although not fair, I have to believe theres a good reason for the sacrifice you’ve been made to take. When you are released, I believe that you will not have to search for happiness like so many of us do, for happiness will search for you. And your dreams of showing your sobriety to your family will come true. Barry…You’re my hero too!!!

    Nancy Vargas Avondale, AZ (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 8:22 AM)
    After watching the show I was filled with anger and disgust for the perpetrators of this blatant injustice and their stubborn refusal to admit their error. Especially former Gov. Racicot who is a smart and sophisticated man with may years of experience. He knows that false confessions happen– or he should– and this case has all the red flags of a textbook false confession. He is apparantly a man without shame or conscience and a glowing example of why we must be sceptical of the ethics and motivations of police and prosecutors. Prospective jurors all over America need to be wary any time a defendant ‘confesses’ to a crime. I does not matter that they allegedly provided information that ‘only the killer would know’. The crucial question is–did they provide information that the POLICE didn’t already know?!

    Dee, West Windsor, NJ (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 8:41 AM)
    Here is a question, if Barry Beach was innocent, why did he have acting lessons before appearing before the parole board and on Dateline? Why did his attorneys have to train him how to behave in public? Mr. Innocent with his big doe eyes, sitting in his non-threatening pose, using all his most polite language, crying at all the right times. He behaved like a manipulative sociopath trying to con the parole board, not like an innocent man fighting for his life. I wonder how many marriage proposals he’s had since the show aired.

    Justice Served (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 11:18 AM)
    Very interesting video i had lived in poplar around the time when kim was killed and for years the word was around that sissy was involved and one of other ladies that interviewed was involved in another beating to dead of another female after the kim’s death, some habits are hard to change. Knowing and living some of the life styles in poplar at that time no one goes home at 11 thats when things are just getting started get real. Barry’s innocent come on gov its okay to admit your wrong dont let your pride stand in the way of a man life.

    tim doe (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 12:41 PM)
    Why has nobody mentioned that Barry is white and that the other people suspected are Indian? On the reservation, there seems to be two systems of justice-one for the whites and one for the Indians.

    ?, MT (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 12:58 PM)
    I watched the program it seems that the ex govener still has alot of power because it appears that he is so innocent. I can’t believe that he is still in jail.
    Other people have beenn found innocent with much more evidence aganst them

    George (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 2:01 PM)

    sharon s. (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 2:17 PM)
    You may send correspondence to :

    Mr. Barry Beach AO#21520
    700 Conley Lake Road
    Deer Lodge MT 59722

    let’s flood him with letters of encouragement and support.

    Monte, Breckenridge, CO (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 4:37 PM)
    Well all I have to say is, Thank You America for seeing all the injustice my Grandma Bobbi and Uncle Barry have had to go thru all these years. Thank you for your words of support.

    Carly Sioux Clincher-Stump MT (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 7:24 PM)
    Cool hand luke …. so sad.

    CindyM, torrance, ca (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 7:56 PM)
    this is the kind of law and justice that we have to deal with everyday. Our family had a neice and nephew killed in Poplar, neice was a hit and run accident, no one was charged. Rumours say a tribal CI was protecting his own. My nephew was beaten to death by 4-6 men, no one was charge, same rumour was said about this CI. There were alot of witness’s to my nephews murder, but they say self defense. My nephew was covered in bruises. He just graduated high school in May and died in Dec. This is the kind of law and justice we deal with on a daily basis.

    Follette, formerly of Poplar, Helena, Mt (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 9:42 PM)
    What a joke our justice system has become. For this parole board to sit and listen to all the testimony and still believe he is guilty is crazy. Who are they related to and covering up for? Girls at this age are the meanest and nastiest creatures to their peers on the face of this earth and are undoubtedly the ones guilty. Why do you think they all look so old and haggard at they young age they are now? Guilt will do awful things to you. I hope Mr. Beach is freed so he is able to spend time with his Mom while she is still alive.

    Cindy Graham (Sent Wednesday, April 09, 2008 10:25 PM)
    After watching this episode on Barry i was devistated st the out come. How awfull is it that a innocent man is serving his life in prison when the killer”s” are out and free. The so called “system” of justice these people are practicing is beyond morbid. I guess in Montana you dont have to have facts and evidence to convict someone for a severe crime. It is sad to know that the people you are supposed to trust to protect you, your children, can be so stupid to be blunt. This is a innocent man, a waisted life sitting there serving time with his head high. We can only pray that justice will prevail for him,if not here than in a better place. People practicing such ignorance should not be aloud to practice law. It is very sad to see the pride of the dectecives to be mistaken for convidence. Clearly its does not take a rocket scientist to see Barry is innocent, apparently it doesnt even take their poor excuse for a justice system.

    Ashley Walter, Lafayette IN (Sent Thursday, April 10, 2008 1:18 AM)
    It’s a shame of what happens on the reservation. There was a murder what happened, a low-life stabbed and killed a very liked man. The murderer was walking the streets a year later, with a smile on his face. The legal system is a joke on the reservation, and so are alot of the authorities. Alot of it depends on who you are related to. People DO get away with murder on the Fort Peck Reservation.

    Nikki – Northeastern Montana (Sent Thursday, April 10, 2008 2:02 AM)
    I lived in poplar when kim was murdered and for years the rumor was that some girls killed her. I personally know one of the women interviewed and feel she would be capable of doing something like this and as for the other that was interviewed by dateline she had been involved in a beating death after kims death seems that old habits are hard to change. One of the things that stuck out in the interviewed was that sissy and the jackson lady both said that they were in by 11. Knowing poplar at that time things are just getting started at 11 really unbelieveable for me. So many things pointing at the women who murdered kim I think the governor needs to shallow his pride and do whats right.

    tim white, sisseton south dakota (Sent Thursday, April 10, 2008 10:45 AM)

  103. Anonymous says:

    Eddie V used to be Maudes’ sister, Pattys’ boyfriend I believe. It is said that he was there and helped lure Kim down there.

  104. Anonymous says:

    i notice just alot of talk about all the injustice…but i am beginning to think this is just a gossip-mill…no one in that town really wants to step-up to the plate. my innocent man is just going to die in prison!! as the other writer said..this could happen to any of us! alot of “o my” and “help Barry”…but where are all the people that actually could help free him?? i am disgusted and angry…i read the blog about the “mafia”..please..this is 2008 and they are all a bunch of crack-whores…stand up Portal and help your native son!!! i watched Dateline and since then i am sick from this. if Barry does know who did this…help him understand they can’t hurt him anymore….this is just insane.

  105. Melanie Stevens says:

    You know, this whole scenario could conceivably happen to ANY of us!

    I am horrified that this happened to him, and I took advantage of the email link on this website to write to the state of Montana (although I live in California).

    The ignoring of the evidence is so very obviously politically and monetarily motivated.

    Heads really should roll on this one, and it should be the people that are claiming that they are right about Mr Beach beyond the shadow of a doubt.

  106. Anonymous says:

    I believe it’s Eddie Vandover…I don’t know who he is either? Anyone?

  107. Anonymous says:

    As I said, it’s not the girls, its their families also. None of them have left the Res, and they still think the same way they did when they were 15. Sissy is the prim example! Who says ‘He’s trippin’ anymore? But don’t sell them short. Yes, they are the Res Mafia. Their families had the access and the means to get and distroy the evidence, Maude had her husband stabbed to death and got her old man to take the fall, why would HE do it. Barry was 17 when I saw him last. When you have been locked away from the world and can’t see the changes, things stay the same in your mind. He’s still as intimidated now as he was then. Again, I have never heard of Eddie V. Who is he?

  108. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think if Barry knew what happened he would take the fall after all these years, that’s pretty asinine…Maude, Sissy and the likes of those women ARE NOT THE MAFIA. Everyone is giving too much power to these woman. They are all crack heads! I understand not wanting to come forward in fear of your families, but seriously, wouldn’t you rather have these woman off the streets than living next door to you? Sissy doesn’t look to scary to me anymore after seeing her on dateline…it looked like she crawled out of a meth house. Come on, stand up for yourself!

  109. Anonymous says:

    Who is Eddie V? Hey, you can answer this anonymously. I don’t think anyone who is not from the Fort Peck Reservation area understands the depth of the fear that the families involved can cause. This is a small town. Our kids walk home from school, play in the play grounds, and it wouldn’t take any effort at all for revenge to be paid on someone or their families members that rat out the truth. It is all hear say, but all it took back then was to get one ‘stink eye’ look from Maude, JoAnn, or Roberta, or any other of the gang and you knew you’d get your ass kicked if you didn’t keep your mouth shut and stay clear of them. There have been people missing, killed and beaten than dateline could ever touch on. Stan Nees (Kim’s Grandfather) was murdered by Kim’s boyfriend’s brother. Doesn’t that shine another light on the story? Where was Kim’s boyfriend? But the one question that keeps nagging me is why did Barry leave so quickly after the murder? He had a job with a farmer/rancher out of Brockton and never contacted them before he left. He partied with Kim, Jim, and others the night before the murder. I think he knows everything but was threatened by the girls to keep his mouth shut, and even after all of these years, he still has not said a word about those girls. He knows that if he gets out by telling the truth, he will wish he stayed in prison.

  110. Anonymous says:

    Barry Beach should have never spent this long in prison and it really shows how the system can be flawed. I believe Barry Beach and the evidence the is obviously clear! This man deserves justice and needs to be released. I just don’t understand with how much evidence this small group of missionaries dug up, that our own police and local authorities would ignore it. It’s up to the people of Montana to make this right.

  111. Anonymous says:

    Barry Beach should have never spent this long in prison and it really shows how the system can be flawed. I believe Barry Beach and the evidence the is obviously clear! This man deserves justice and needs to be released. I just don’t understand with how much evidence this small group of missionaries dug up, that our own police and local authorities would ignore it. It’s up to the people of Montana to make this right.

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  113. Anonymous says:

    Bingo..You got it. The former Gov of Montana is now one of the legal advisors to the current President of the United States. Dose anyone really think that he will admit that he wrongfully convicted an inocent man? How would that look for our country’s big wigs? It is much easier and cleaner for him to insist that Barry is guilty than to have the integrity to say he made a mistake. He would never take the chance of ruining his political career. Same for Judge Cybulski who just declined another of Barry’s appeals siting that there was no new evidence introduced. How could there be when it was taken in 1979?

  114. Anonymous says:

    I just mailed a letter to Barry…just letting him know a stranger is praying for him. I have never written to a prison..never thought i ever i guess you just never know! Do you think he will get out? What will it take? From what i gathered from the Dateline special,,his appeals are exhausted. Is this true? I am writting from Florida..and many people i know watched his story and were saddened and angry. I keep checking this website since i work on the computer most of the day. I hope this small town stands behind him in whatever it takes…but i guess people just go on with their lives and forget. I hope he is not forgotten…he seems to stand tall and proud through it all. I hope he is allowed visitors and friends/family try to keep him strong.

  115. Monte in Colorado says:

    You may send correspondence to :

    Mr. Barry Beach AO#21520
    700 Conley Lake Road
    Deer Lodge MT 59722

    let’s flood him with letters of encouragement and support.

  116. Anonymous says:

    Hey beach bum—-dont be so quick to judge. I did come forward and did tell what I know. I wrote the piece about there being many good people in Poplar. And the people who are named are not all Native American. And I stand by my words—–there are many good people in Poplar.

  117. Anonymous says:

    The song..” That’s the night that the lights went out in Geogia..that’s the night that they killed an innocent man..don’t trust your life to no backwards southern lawyer..cause the judge in town got blood stains on his hands”…..just change the name to Poplar,Montana………..scary. So does Barry just die in prison now?? Someone needs to help that man..i wish i could.

  118. raven says:

    Wow Beach Bum, did you grow up in Poplar? I did and I am offended by your comments. I also have a ton of friends and family who grew up there (some still there)and they are all good people, as am I. What do expect people to come forward with? Hearsay? Yes, we have all heard that those women killed Kim and the details of the murder, but only a handful of people were supposedly at the party when she was killed, from what I understand, most of them Native American. The people who were there are the ones that need to come forward, or the family members who are covering for them. Some of them already have come forward. When Barry was convicted of this crime, most people said, “Well he must of did it, he confessed.” And it was laid to rest until people started hearing differently. Don’t judge people for not knowing what really happened! All of us from Poplar would like to know the truth and see justice served on the real killers! Until then, I personally am doing what I can to help Barry since finding out about this injustice.

  119. Anonymous says:

    If there are so many good people in Poplar, why are not more people coming forward with information? I grew up in a small town about the size of Poplar. There had never been a murder in the history of that town. Everyone knows everyone and all their business. You can’t tell me that living in Poplar all that time, you don’t know anything about the Nees murder. I am willing to bet that 90% of Poplar knows more of the details of the murder and who was really there than any other person or group of people combined. I say that if you want to be considered good, then you need to start acting good. Come forward and say what happened. Clean up ‘stab city’. It can be done. Until then, I say the only good thing that has come out of Poplar is Barry Beach. What now?

    – A Beach Bum

  120. Anonymous says:

    Did anyone see the charges handed down yesterday in the Florence MT case of the murders at the beauty parlor. It appears Montana needs to get something else in the news.

    Keep Barry’s name and case out there and upfront until he is released.

  121. Anonymous says:

    I have to disagree on this one. There are not that many convicted felons living in Poplar. Poplar isnt that dark a place as all of you are painting it to be. There are bad people from every town!!! It is home to many many good people!!! Dont lose sight of that because of what happened there.

  122. Anonymous says:

    Hey you dumb bunny, Half the people (or more) that live in Poplar are convicted felons.

    Barry is a convicted felon. You use this word like it means something. Every one makes mistakes, you are a sinner to. Wanna Bet?

    Your disgusting now get out of here or I’ll whip your but.

    Hello…the two so-called ranchers are both convicted felons….does anyone every mention this>???? And you would stake a whole case on their credibility>

    Dwiddle Dweebe

  123. Anonymous says:

    Yeah and the real killers have no credibility either. I hope they are all reading this blog and the Kieth Morrison blog and see how much people dislike them. Sissy you made a clown out of yourself on Dateline, no one believed you. And Maude you just reinforced what we all thought about you by your very noticable absence, Joanne– in bed by 11??? With who??

  124. Anonymous says:

    Response to #53:
    Hello…….The only reason the Law Enforcement Officers, Detectives, and Elected Officials are not Convicted Fellons is because NO ONE WILL PRESS CHARGES AGAINST THEM. and you stake the case on them??????

  125. Anonymous says:

    SO what?? THey did their time. On the other hand the crooked and lying police AND the politicians havent yet done their time. They are the ones who have no credibility.

  126. Anonymous says:

    Hello…the two so-called ranchers are both convicted felons….does anyone every mention this>???? And you would stake a whole case on their credibility>

  127. Anonymous says:

    Go to Marty Tankleff…Suffolk County, New York..the search engine will take you to articles about the murder and case. Maybe it will help in some small way. God Bless

  128. Anonymous says:

    The name of the man convicted is Marty was 14 years ago..not 27 as i Suffolk County, Long Island. If you type in his name in the search will bring you to the articles about this case. I do know the detectives who handled this case..and i lived in that area. Very sad..for all concerned..but read the articles..maybe it will help in some way. God Bless

  129. BLT says:

    Well if that’s the case then I would think that Eddie V would do the right thing and go talk to the FBI (take it higher than your local police department – they are corupt enough) and maybe by giving a TRUE confession they would give lenancy to Eddie for bringing an end to all of this for Barry and put those girls away. For crying out loud I just read that Maude is in some pysch ward in Colorado? (laughing) This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen in my life. Come on Eddie V – IF you were down there – and it seems quite a few people have made comments that you were – then you just HAVE to do the right thing – plea bargain with them – give a confession with a lighter sentence – bring closure – be a hero!

  130. Anonymous says:

    Do you know the details of that case? Name, case number, date? Anything. Maybe it could help Barry.

  131. Anonymous says:

    After seeing this story on Dateline i think all of us who raised hell as a kid and got into trouble..should step back and thank whoever was watching over us. I don’t beleive because he was a “bad” kid it means he commited just means that this small town found a good victim to blame it on…young..scared..and fitting the profile. I was married to a detective in NY and know what these guys can do..especially to a scared young kid. It’s not just small’s everywhere.I believe Barry was so scared that he would have said anything to just get out of that place…i’ve heard that story too many times.There is a case in NY where a young boy ..17 years old..was found guilty of murdering his parents…no blood on evidence except that confession that was taken after he was held for 22 hours. He spent 27 years in prison..and was just released..maybe awaiting a new trial…but they finally found there was just not enough evidence. I know there are thousands in prison screaming innocence…but only a few whispering the truth…Barry Beach is one of them. I only hope that one day he will be free and in peace with himself and the the world. If he reads this…Barry…my thoughts are with you and i wish you dignity.

  132. Anonymous says:

    Some of us didn’t know he was ever sent to prison. There wasn’t any evidence, who would ever believe they would send him to prison?

    Believe me, if I’d have known 25 years ago he went to prison, I’d have raised a ruckus.

  133. Anonymous says:

    yeah yeah….but where were all the poplar “friends” while he was in court being accused??? seems like no one came to help til Dateline came to town..maybe i’m wrong…but just seems that way to me

  134. Anonymous says:

    Barry, I feel sorry that you have to sit in prison. I hope that someday you will be able to get out. It is so scary to think that a killer is loose in Poplar. Someone whom we trust and talk to. I believe in your innocence and wish you the best of luck. I will be praying for you. God Bless…from Poplar.

  135. Anonymous says:

    That phone number is 406-768-5698

  136. Troy says:

    Wow maybe someone should give this crooked a#$ cop a phone call. Oh look i just found his phone number in the poplar phone book. Gray Hawk Stephen Sr. Maybe we should all give him a call and give him a piece of our mind.

  137. Anonymous says:

    My Oh My. Listen to all the deceptions. After all the website readings and watching Dateline, I too, am a believer that Barry Beach is innocent. The former governor should be ashamed of himself – too high in the political arena – he accused Barry of only remembering certain parts of things that happened to him and conveniently forgetting others – hmmm – wonder if a higher authority than the ex-gov asked him some things about his ‘work’ if he would be in the same position. And the sheriff – sad, sad, sad. And the parole board – what a closed minded group of people! Sorry, Barry, you deserve better than this. And then the fact that so many ‘real’ killers get out of prison with much shorter sentences!

  138. Anonymous says:

    Barry Beach AO #21520
    Montana State Prison
    700 Conley Lake Rd
    Deer Lodge MT 59722

  139. Anonymous says:

    Please post an address where we might send Barry words of comfort and support…i have tried to find some kind of address..but have not been able to. I have had nightmares since seeing the Dateline special..i am not one to show symphany for someone accused of a deadly act…but in my heart and i feel Barry is innocent..and i am a hardened New Yorker ! This can happened to anyone..your spouse..your family..your friends..yourself…i pray for Barry Beach to find justice and peace.

  140. Anonymous says:

    Barry Beach has touched my heart………..i cannot stop thinking about this terrible case…there has always been reasonable doubt from what i have read…this can happen to anyone and that makes it all the more scary…we should all be very much disturbed and frightened about this justice system.

  141. Anonymous says:

    I think we should thank Sissy Adkinson & Joanne Jackson for talking on Dateline. They both showed the NATION what liars they are and that they are hiding things. That’s okay, when the investigators match the handprint and fingerprints, the UNSUB will be in jail and people are going to talk. Sissy and Joanne will go down too. And they will get just as bad of sentences for not coming forward with information. Even if they didn’t actually do the killing, we all know they were there. Unless they start talking soon, they should spend the rest of their lives in prison.

  142. Anonymous says:

    I copied/stole this off another website. Hope it helps.

    ANYONE may write Barry Beach support letters at the following address:

    Barry Beach, AO#21520
    Montana State Prison
    700 Conley Lake Rd
    Deer Lodge, MT 59722

    You do not need to be on an approved mailing list, but you may not send him any items other than correspondence. I’m sure Barry would love to hear from his supporters. Thanks.

  143. Anonymous says:



    From: digitalmontana1Sent: 4/4/2008 7:34 AM
    datelines website says 9pm ET….so it would be 7pm MT

    Recommend Message 7 of 12 in Discussion

    From: reznut1Sent: 4/5/2008 7:16 AM
    Beach did state that he was not there that night/morning- he said he had been earlier (5/6 p.m.) and his car broke down and he walked back to town half baked apparently then went to bed. This case is nothing but discrepancies and I for one am sickened that our former prosecutor turned governor isn’t stepping up to the plate – c’mon the ‘evidence’ at the Montana crime lab came up missing!!!??? Not many people have that power (‘cept maybe a gov. – now close ally to pres. Bush) Even if her were guilty the case should have been thrown out due to the obvious misconduct on Rascicot’s behalf – in his opening statement he said that the (pubic) hair found on the sweater was i.d. as Beach’s – NOT the lab said it was similar but no one was able to prove it was his – could have been hers for all we know.

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    From: very-interesting5Sent: 4/5/2008 1:30 PM
    Strangely quiet. A little too quiet as some would say. What? Nobody has anything to say or make remarks about after last nights Dateline? Some of you probably had flashbacks to when an interregator asked you questions. Not a pretty conversation. Mostly one sided and they will do and say anything to make you say something that is not true. An interregators main job is to make you forget those simple words. You have the right to remain silent. Instead they make you focus on: Your silence speaks volumes on your guilt. The justice system seems to be built on “guilty until proven innocent”. Also, “once found guilty, the sentence is written in stone.” One tends to forget that the ten commandents were also written on stone, they were broken and are broken everyday.

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    This is again just the liberal crying media picking up on a lost cause. The man is guilty and should have been put to death.

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    From: sisa790Sent: 4/6/2008 9:51 AM
    You say, Strangely quiet. A little too quiet as some would say. What? Nobody has anything to say or make remarks about after last nights Dateline?

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  144. Anonymous says:

    Hey #31—- Sissy’s brother was the chief of police and was NOT Steve Gray Hawks boss and he was NOT Sissy’s dad. There are two police forces on the reservation. The city police which Bobby Atkinson was a part of and the Tribal police which Steve Gray HAwk was a part of. I was just wondering if anyone remembered that and it is possible Bobby A damaged evidence for his sister too!

  145. Anonymous says:

    Look at the Justice for All part of this blog and you will find Barry’s address under # 168

  146. Anonymous says:

    If you get a hold of barry’s address could you please email it to me i would like to write to him and show him my support as well.
    email address is

  147. Anonymous says:

    I was in shock when I watched dateline yesterday. I’ve never even heard of the barry beach case but after watching dateline I knew for a fact that this poor man was innocent. I thought that people of the law were here to convict guilty people not to set up an innocent man, to scare him into giving a false statement. That was the only piece of evidence they had against this poor man. The funny thing is that there is so much evidence saying that he didn’t do it and the court system didn’t even care. It makes me wonder if they were paid off that would be the only reason they would find him guilty. Also I wonder if the cops got rid of eveidence from the crime scene that would explain why there wasn’t any from the other girls that were there.

  148. Anonymous says:

    Steve Gray Hawk, Maude Gray Hawk’s father, was the office who broke into the evidence room. His claim was that he had to pee and that he believed there was a toilet in there. He broke the lock off the door and kicked in the door. His boss was the father of Sissy Adkinson, the woman on Dateline. Two corrupt cops plaing CYA. Then, Marc Racicot testified in front of the board of pardons and parole that it was his understanding that it was an honest mistake and that the door was not broken down at all. Read it for yourself in the transcripts available under Case Documents on the website. It is all a bunch of lies. I believe Marc Racicot should be prosecuted for perjury for this statement because he was under oath and the two tribal police officers should be considered as accessories to murder.

  149. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone even remembered that sissy atkinsons brother was chief of police back then??

  150. Anonymous says:

    The answer regarding the Parole Board’s decision was that the hearing was held with the decision already made. If you read the wording of the email (Again, how tacky is that?) the MT Board of Parole and Pardon communicated that “at last” this situation would be finally decided. Can we all hear that sigh of relief?


    Not while ethical, honest people are still standing in Montana and beyond.

    The power and influence of a prosecuting attorney turned governor appears to hold greater weight than truth and justice. That’s what happens with power – it corrupts.

    So do drugs and alcohol, which seems to go hand in hand with politics and law enforcement in Montana, particularly if you’re a former governor, or the daughter of a tribal cop. Then I guess it’s okay to kick another girl’s brains out. After all, daddy will cover your ass, right Maude?

    I’ve seen packs of wild dogs disguised as girls, and they are as violent and cruel as any male gang in L.A. or Oakland. Maude, Sissy and that gang are just a replication of spoiled trash with no self respect, self restraint or self discipline. They disgust me. That’s why I had to learn to fight in high school. Because if I didn’t, these bitch packs rule.

    When I grew up I was told to trust and respect police officers. Now, after 23 years as an investigative reporter, I tell my 4 children to avoid law enforcement completely. Do NOT ask for help. It makes you a target. This may be difficult to hear for those honest law enforcement officers out there. So be it. I have a family to protect. In my view it is better for me to teach them to be smart and survive, than to open themselves to vulnerability to corrupt law enforcement, which serves itself and their kind rather than the people…particularly in Popular, Montana.

    Keep the light on Centurians and Montanans for Justice. You’re doing what’s right.

    Barry, keep the faith…

  151. Anonymous says:

    “I was amazed by the decision of the parole board that Barry Beach was guilty of murder. What I saw was a political ambush. We all know that people will confess to anything if enough pressure (or torture) is used. Even John McCain caved. Sadly, there was no video of the Louisiana interview with the “closer”. The fact that other confessions taken by this officer were found to be false (surely gained by the same kind of pressure exerted on Barry Beach) should have held weight in the board’s considerations. Of course, the retired “closer” would deny the abuse. He’s living on a pension from the state.

    The prosecutor, former Governor Racicot, said that he believed the confession held the same weight as physical evidence of Beach’s guilt (though there was no physical evidence that he wasn’t home in bed as his sister said). If the statements in the program are accurate, the board reiterated what the former Governor stated in the hearing. How would the public see the former prosecutor if the board voted against him? How many members of the board belong to the same political party as the prosecutor? How many owe their positions to this man and the political life of the state of Montana. How many plan their retirements from this service?

    I believe your program proved that Barry Beach is innocent and was railroaded by the system into a false confession, and that he is forced to remain in prison because of the politics that outweigh the truth. Power and privilege have won again.”

  152. Deennie says:

    Please never stop helping this man. I truly believe he is innocent and I am appalled by the callousness and blatent disregard for the facts and lack there of, of evidence. I am stunned that in this day and age, confessions alone, without ACTUAL physical evidence can put a man in jail for the inhumane 100 years. Those girls did this and Sissy Atchinson KNOWS something. As does that woman Maude. This was a 20 year old very young man who was scared. I think the sister of Nees can do more to help him. How do these people sleep at night?

  153. Anonymous says:

    Anybody have the answer to why the cop broke into the evidence room? Was he trying to dispose of evidence that might point to his daughter? What was his punishment? Did he give a reason why he did it? This case is so full of holes. Those in charge including the parole board must be idiots. Prosecuters never admit to being wrong even if they know they are wrong in their own hearts. They don’t give press conferences when one of their convictions have been proved wrong by DNA. I watched the show and I was filled with rage. I believe those “girls” are the guilty ones. I wonder how some of these people sleep at night. I propose if you get it wrong at trial then you get to trade places with the wrongly convicted. Wonder how many would do everything they could to make sure they got it right the first time?

  154. Anonymous says:

    Montana is ashamed. This poor man should be set free. I agree the smooth talking Marc Racicot is trying to cover himself instead of doing what is right. Isn’t this the same man that turned on his own home town …Libby, Montana, poisoned by WR Grace. Yes.

  155. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe it either. The Parold Board must be intimidated by Roscoe’s power in Washington, DC. In one of the interviewes with Roscoe, near the end of the show, Date Line questioned him about the truck being full of people and he said none of their fingerprints were in the pickup. Well there were none of Barry’s prints in there either!!!!!!!! And why was he given such a long sentence in the first place. Circumstantial evidence, evidence tampering and they never said it was premeditated or anything. And that special hearing at the end. What was that for? All those people asking that he be released and the Parole Board just ignored everyone. I hope everyone gets up in arms over this.

  156. Anonymous says:

    I was questioned a few years back regarding someone involved, by the Centurion Ministries. I simply new of a suspect and where to find this person and I did that. I will tell you that with all my heart Barry Beach is innocent.The evidence alone say’s that! The ass that actually influenced the parole board has “NO ” right to make the comments he did and stand so closed minded to the facts and not free an innocent man because he has not the ability to stand up and,”say he is sorry but a terrible mistake has been made” ‘YOUR RIGHT THE EVIDENCE JUST DOES NOT ADD UP”. The confesion? clearly coerced! Crooked cops and crooked Governor! They are refusing to allow it to be proven! Why? We have a new Governor,One who will do what is right and get involved? Or so I pray! This is wrong and all for what? I believe the real killer/killers have gotten away with it, forever they will stick together! The State of Montana sat back and let it all happen. The foot prints alone not being processed should set him FREE!!!!!I am praying for you Barry!

  157. BK says:

    This is so true. I had never heard of this case before, and upon watching it on Dateline, I became very interested from the stand point that I am a recently retired Police Officer in California. From the moment the clues were preesnted on the show my forst thought was that this case is a huge mistake that now the authorities in Montana do not want to admit to.

    In police work, the best way to porve a persons innocence is to attempt to prove them innocent. When a case is worked in reverse the real facts will come out and be obvious. In this case, the police wanted to close the case and no one really cared how it was done or that the facts never matched.

    I understand the way interragations are done, and I understand the way some police work, I never believed in forcing the issues and clearing a case on the shoulders of the innocent, but some detectives do, and then some, as may be the case in Montana, the detectives just dont have the training of experiance to do otherwise. In any case, the facts will prevail, if the facts are not there then your looking in the wrong direction and it is time to back up, regroup and head in the new direction. In this case they did not want to that, they wanted a conviction to close the case and move on to less media attention cases, it was time to settle the natives in their minds.

    I worked some of the largest financial cases in the state of CA, my expertise was picking out the inconsistencies in paperwork, stories, financial statements and interviews done by others, in this case the facts are a glaring red herring, let me help, I now have an drive to show the innocent in this case, lets show the facts and put it to rest, the facts are the truth and we cant change tem!

  158. Anonymous says:

    Amazing show! I am appalled that the Parole Board would believe 1 crooked governor and 3 sneaking sheriffs and cops over 34 different people’s testimony. Does the governor have the Parole Board that scared? Any idiot can look to the evidence and see he’s innocent. But no one wants to hurt Raciot’s ego. Give it up people and let him go!

  159. Laura says:

    Toni, My feelings exactly! I am searching for any contact info I can find, and would greatly appreciate the help of anyone out there who might be able to send it my way! I just “have to” show this man my support and that I am keeping him in my prayers! What has happened to him sickens me.

  160. Anonymous says:

    Eddie V. I know two things about you. You were down there that night with the girls and you have not been cleared. If the prints match you will eat this all by yourself.

  161. Toni says:

    I watched Dateline last night and I am appalled at our justice system!!! Does ANYONE have Barry’s address? I tried to locate it on the net and could not find it! I need to write to him and show him all of my support! I am outraged!! please help with his address…ANYONE!! thank you so much!!!

  162. Anonymous says:

    If the state of Montana were to release Beach from prison admitting to his innocence, they would be admitting to error within their justice system. Admitting to error within the justice system is questioning the prosecution’s/governor’s ethics, the investigation, police ethics and etc…
    My question is why would the police officer break in to the Judges chambers to use the bathroom? He had to use the bathroom so bad?? Does it take more time to break a padlock than to go outside. Is he saying that he’d be in trouble more for urinating outside than breaking breaking an entry? Why couldn’t his daughter show up to court – they could get an ex governor to court but not the policeman’s daughter. The courts can place a man in prison for 2 decades but can’t get this woman to show up in court? This case needs to go beyond the state of Montana.

  163. Anonymous says:

    I sure hope Barry gets his freedom. I’d be looking into the Poplar police officers daughter more and what the ex boyfriend was causing in the American Legion Post after a few drinks and a group of persons did the crime. I believe the driver that says he followed the truck and thought he seen girls in the Ness truck, alot of men had long hair back then also. He was wrongly convicted and the courts should have thrown out the case.

  164. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know how that Jack a** Governor, pathetic excuse for a parole board, prosecutor, or the other Barney Feith retired police officials can sleep at night knowing the injustice that they are responsible for by allowing an innocent, coerced and intimidated 20 year old scared man be made to spend his life in jail for a crime he DID NOT commit. How the hell much reasonable doubt does there need to be??? This case is riddled with inconsistancies and poor police cover up and oh…. what about the missing confession tape that was probably pushed on to pause when Barry was fed what to say. I feel so sick over this injustice. I can’t believe police can be so corrupt and blatently get away with it. God Bless the Beach family and especially Barry.

  165. hthonda says:

    Sorry everyone I told you I usually don’t blog and now I am double posting for some reason.

  166. hthonda says:

    Ok I usally don’t Blog, but I feel I have to on this one. I am a Montana native and I had never heard of this case until tonight on Dateline(I was pretty young when this happened in 1979). I left Montana in 1991, but I am always bragging to people that I am originally from Montana and telling them how one day I hope to move “home”. But now I am embarrassed to even say I am from Montana. Boy, people must really think that Montana has no justice. Like I stated above I had never heard of this case until tonight and just what I have learned in this short of a time period I am convinced that Barry is innocent. This case is really showing how backwoods and reckneck the justice system in Montana really is. It make us look like fools. Makes you wonder how many innocent people in MSP are there. Come on people there is NO evidence against Barry other than some crooked Louisiana cops (and I know for a fact they are I have lived there also and seen the corruption) who made up a story to get some short lived fame. This is RIDICULOUS why wont Montana let them retest the bloody palm print(SCARED :Ok I usally don’t Blog, but I feel I have to on this one. I am a Montana native and I had never heard of this case until tonight on Dateline. I was pretty young when this happened in 1979. I left Montana in 1991, but I am always bragging to people that I am originally from Montana and telling them how one day I hope to move “home”. But now I am embarrassed to even say I am from Montana. Boy, people must really think that Montana has no justice. Like I stated above I had never heard of this case until tonight and just what I have learned in this short of a time period I am convinced that Barry is innocent. This case is really showing how backwoods and reckneck the justice system in Montana really is. It make us look like fools. Makes you wonder how many innocent people in MSP are there. Come on people there is NO evidence against Barry other than some crooked Louisiana cops (and I know for a fact they are as I have lived there also)who made up a story to get some short lived fame. This is ridiculous why wont Montana let them retest the bloody palm print(SCARED ?) To me this sounds like they are scared it may reveal something they do not revealed. That right there will prove who was at the scene. Come on Montana justice quit looking like hillbillies and do the right thing and let this man prove his innocence and put the REAL KILLER behind bars. To me this sounds like they are scared it may reveal something they do not revealed. That right there will prove who was at the scene. Come on Montana justice quit looking like hillbillies and do the right thing and let this man prove his innocence and put the REAL KILLERS behind bars.

  167. Anonymous says:

    how sick is this!! it is so obvious to me that Barry is innocent and sitting in prison so the cops and governor can save face. Also amazing that people are believeing a crack head and not the 34 other people who testified on Barry’s behalf…and what happened to that crooked cop?? He probably got a promotion!!!

  168. Anonymous says:

    If they want to compare the bloody palm print on nees’s pick-up they ought to start with the cop who broke into the evidence locker

  169. Anonymous says:

    My heart goes out to Barry Beach, his family and all the citizens of Poplar. I am stunned by what I saw on Dateline tonight. Someone should look into the Montana political and justice system because something smells very corrupt. From the past procecutor/two-time governor to the governor appointed parole board. And the police officer who broke down a door to the room holding the evidence that might’ve pointed a finger at his daughter….what the hell? NOTHING was ever done about that? I thought this stuff only happened in the movies. Shame, shame, shame!

  170. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I cannot believe what i just watched on Dateline tonight. The Montana Court System is screwed up! I find it puzzling that all those people from Poplar are giving testimony to the truth and it falls upon deaf ears. Will someone please listen and investigate the leads given by those who testified before the Parole Board. Maybe even the Parole Board needs to be investigated? Something smells funny in Montana.
    I believe that Barry’s confession was coerced. Hello, not the first time that has ever been done to an innocent person.
    I believe the biggest problem for people in authority is to admit that they made an error. “Pride” is very ugly in a person and it takes humility to expose the truth. Those that are lying and doing the wrong thing…shame on you! “JUST DO THE RIGHT THING and CATCH THE REAL KILLERS”!

  171. Anonymous says:

    The only “incriminating” evidence is this confession which is easily shot full of holes. I mean come on, incorrect evidence word for word being repeated by the confessor (the brown plaid shirt)? And how can phyiscal evidence, such as bloody palm prints, not be “probative evidence”? I still can’t get over the fact that the police father of a potential suspect broke into the evidence locker…what the hell?? This whole case smells of corruption. Former Govenor Marc Racicot is clearly trying to cover his ass and Montanna should be ashamed!

  172. Anonymous says:

    It is completely obvious, that this entire “passionate conviction” is based upon small town politics. Maudes father (Police Man) kicks in a door to where evidence is keptthe night after the murder and this is just left alone….NO ONE in the entire police department thinks this is worthy of conversation….and then daughter does not show up to court…….As a criminal justice student, these are the cases I hear about that defer me from any type of law enforcement. It is not about justice. I will pray for you Barry! God bless your defense team.

  173. Anonymous says:

    I watched Dateline tonight. I don’t think there was ever enough evidence in which to keep this man in prison. He should never have been convicted by such circumstancial evidence. It amazes me, the ludicrousy of our court system. I completely believe that the so-called “confession” was coerced.

  174. Anonymous says:

    I might think I’m high after seeing your double post…which by the way makes no sense at all. By the way, I salute anyone with enough gumption to stand up for what is right and tell the truth in this matter. I don’t care if you did it anonymously or not. Still takes guts. Thank you.

    – A Beach Bum

  175. Anonymous says:

    settle down marian-are you too high?

  176. Anonymous says:

    settle down marian-are you too high?

  177. Anonymous says:

    May God bless anyone who has the courage to come forward and do the right thing. All it takes for evil to prevail in the world is for good people to do nothing.

  178. Anonymous says:

    Thanks alot Montanans for Justice to for allowing not only myself but others this avenue.. many have waited a long time to get this off their chests..GOD BLESS

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