The Deaths of Jeffrey Epstein and Kenneth Trentadue Point to Clintons Two Men Who Died in Federal Custody with Eerie Similarities to the Clinton Crime Family

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By Ben Barrack


One day after the article below was posted, a very relevant development occurred. Attorney General William Barr fired the Federal Bureau of Prisons Director and replaced him with the same woman who held the position at the time of Kenneth Trentadue’s death, Kathleen Hawk Sawyer.

In short, Hugh Hurwitz was demoted, ostensibly because of the controversy over the death of Jeffrey Epstein while in a federal prison. Sawyer presided over an even more suspicious death that was covered up and – like Epstein’s – was ruled a suicide.


Kenneth Trentadue (L) and Jeffrey Epstein (R)

The death of Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein earlier this month has several things in common with the death of Kenneth Michael Trentadue. Among those commonalities:

1.) Both men died while in federal custody
2.) Both men died under incredibly suspicious circumstances
3.) The Clintons had motive to see both men dead
4.) Both deaths were ruled suicide despite strong evidence to the contrary and lack of evidence that would prove suicide

After the Oklahoma City bombing, there were two sketches of perpetrators. John Doe #1 was obviously Timothy McVeigh. John Doe #2 was never identified. Based on the investigative work of a man named J.D. Cash, that man was Michael Brescia. In 1995, Trentadue was arrested and thought to be that suspect; he was not. Soon thereafter, Trentadue was dead.

Cash’s reporting revealed that the bombing was a sting gone wrong, with third party informants inside McVeigh’s compound, egging on the group to commit bombings. When the Feds unsuccessfully stopped it, they were implicated.

In the case of Epstein, he had a lot of dirt on very highly powerful people. Despite being on suicide watch after allegedly attempting to kill himself in prison, Epstein was inexplicably taken off suicide watch days later.

Epstein’s broken Hyoid bone is more common in strangulation than it is in hanging.

Hours before Epstein’s death, his cell mate was removed. The cameras apparently weren’t working at the time of his death; the guards were reportedly over-worked and under-staffed. If Epstein was in fact murdered, all of these things would necessarily be put forth by those who would want that murder covered up.

Forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht simplified this point:

“Even at its most benign characterization, the most benign, gracious, benevolent characterization is an instance of gross, wanton negligence.”

With that as a backdrop, below is an account of the details surrounding the death of Trentadue in 1995, as excerpted from my book Unsung Davids: Ten Men Who Battled Goliath without Glory

J.D. Cash vs. Department of Justice

Kenneth Michael Trentadue death ruled a “Suicide” under extremely suspicious circumstances

To understand why Kenneth Michael Trentadue was picked up near San Diego in the summer of 1995 and then transported to the Federal Transport Center (FTC) in Oklahoma City in a Department of Justice jet, it’s important to remember that a grand jury in the bombing case referred to “others unknown” when handing out indictments for McVeigh and Nichols.

McVeigh was known to have consorted with bank robbers – the ‘Midwest bank robbers’ to be exact. Fox News reported in 2005 that one of the gang’s members – Peter Langan – told Fox that members of his group participated in the Oklahoma City bombing.

On January 30, 1997 six men were indicted in Pennsylvania for robbing banks. All were members of the Aryan Republican Army (ARA). One of them – Michael Brescia – was identified by Cash as John Doe #2. Langan was one of the others indicted. If Brescia was John Doe #2 and hadn’t been arrested until early 1997, that obviously meant that such a suspect was still at large at the time of Kenneth Trentadue’s arrest in the summer of 1995.

Kenneth was no saint. He had indeed robbed banks at one time. He had a tattoo on his left arm that resembled the tattoo on the left arm of the alleged John Doe #2. He even drove a pickup truck that matched a similar description of the one at Oklahoma City a few short months earlier. These factors taken together led to his ending up at the FTC at DOJ / taxpayer expense.

Cash’s reporting seemed to afford him the frequent ability to begin paragraphs in his articles with, “Documents obtained by the McCurtain Daily Gazette show…” In the case of Cash’s first installment of the Trentadue case, that statement was applied to the fact that the officer who arrested Trentadue noted the would-be detainee’s former alias – Vance Paul Brockway. It was the Brockway name being tied to bank robberies that may have been the final straw for the Feds sending Trentadue to the FTC. It was Cash’s ability to tie all of these things together eight years later that made him such a nemesis for the Feds.

The facts surrounding Trentadue’s past, coupled with the seemingly logical conclusions that could be drawn about his ties to the Oklahoma City bombing – the tattoo, the truck, the history of bank robberies, etc. – could have given the Feds added confidence that they were on solid assumptive ground relative to this detainee being someone they could press hard with minimal consequence.

If so, they were wrong.

Kenneth had an older brother. His name was Jesse and he became an extremely successful attorney with a practice in Salt Lake City, UT. In typical J.D. Cash fashion, the McCurtain journalist befriended Jesse and would make his brother’s case the subject of a five part series in his reporting. Cash revered Jesse’s skills as an attorney and took up his cause, seeing an opportunity to expose the despicable way the Feds handled the case of Kenneth Michael Trentadue, who wound up dead on August 21, 1995 in a prison that was supposedly suicide proof; that prison was the FTC.

In a way similar to how Cash ingratiated himself with Edyie Smith and her father Glenn Wilburn in the days and weeks after the bombing, there seemed to be a connection taking place between Cash and the Trentadue family. When one reads Cash’s articles about what happened, professionalism and journalistic integrity is quickly discernible but so is a high level of personal investment; he virtually adopted the familial cause while giving it voice.

The first sign that the Feds were in trouble came on the morning of Kenneth’s death, when the FTC warden contacted the mother of both Kenneth and Jesse to inform her that one of her sons – Kenneth – had committed suicide. Earlier, while being booked, Kenneth did not tell the authorities about his wife and young child – only about his parents; that may have been his biggest mistake. Perhaps it sent the signal that he was a bit of a lone wolf with a family that didn’t care much about him; if that was the message received by the FTC, they would soon regret it.

As Cash reported in part one of his five part series on the death of Kenneth Trentadue, the warden was not expecting the answer she got from Kenneth’s mother after telling her that her son had committed suicide and that the FTC would like to cremate the body.

After the warden seemed to be caught off-guard by the prospect that Kenneth had a wife – Cash reported that Kenneth only gave the FTC his parents’ contact information – the boom was lowered against the Feds.

Stunned but suspicious, the mother of the deceased told the prison official,

“Yes, he’s married and he also has a two month-old child and his brother is a lawyer. We’ll get back to you!”

Trentadue’s coffin photo

Some time after that call, the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s investigator and her associate arrived at the FTC to pick up the body and investigate the cell where Trentadue was found dead. While the two were allowed to take the body, their attempts to access the cell were repeatedly denied by the Feds, who said they were handling the investigation – despite such an assertion being contrary to state law.

In a clear example of how Cash was able to take away any vestige of plausible deniability from the Feds relative to that claim, he accessed records that showed both the M.E. and her assistant were only at the FTC for a total of twenty minutes.

Clearly, if those two officials had been allowed to investigate the scene, a visit longer than twenty minutes would have been recorded.

The Feds had an extremely worthy opponent who found evidence over and over again that backed up his reporting. It bolstered his credibility throughout the state. Perhaps his ability to help his sources back up their claims also contributed greatly to his ability to garner even more sources.

The Medical Examiner’s lead investigator at the time was Kevin Rowland. After viewing the body and determining suicide was not the cause of death, Rowland contacted an FBI agent to report his findings.

Cash even managed to get his hands on a memo from that agent to his superiors subsequent to that discussion. In it, recipients were notified that the Medical Examiner’s office was likely going to rule Trentadue’s death a homicide. It also said that FTC employees were being steered in the direction of avoiding polygraph tests. On one hand, FBI officials seemed to have their work cut out for them. On the other hand, they had to have been flummoxed by this obscure reporter’s findings – it was like he had several people on the inside working for him. They had to have been wondering how a ‘nobody’ reporter always seemed to be onto them. Yet, news entities with a much broader reach and far more resources continued to focus on much lighter fare.

As is the case with any puzzle, each piece is critical. In 1999, the Office of the Inspector General for the US Department of Justice released a report about Trentadue’s death. In it, the OIG found that Trentadue’s cell was cleaned prior to Bureau of Prisons investigators arriving on the scene. This was a stunning admission on the part of the OIG but it was made even more so after factoring in the behavior of the FTC when the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s investigator was denied access to the cell before it was cleaned. If the OIG report hinted at a coverup, the behavior of the FTC prior to the arrival of Bureau of Prisons (BOP) investigators pointed to one when coupled with what the OIG did concede. It was Cash who featured these two realities prominently in one article, not to mention the FBI memo mentioned earlier.

Regardless of how embarrassing the OIG report would be to the Feds, the most important thing to the latter was the report’s conclusion. Was the death a suicide or was it a homicide? The key to that determination was the chief medical examiner; his name was Dr. Fred Jordan and for three years, it was clear that he thought Kenneth Trentadue was murdered.

In early 1997, Jordan granted a rare television interview to the Oklahoma’s Fox television affiliate KOKH to talk about the case. During that interview, Jordan was adamant in his insistence that the government was either incompetent or worse. Said Jordan during that interview:

“I think it’s very likely he (Trentadue) was murdered. I’m not able to prove it. I have temporarily classified the death as undetermined. You see a body covered with blood, removed from the room, as Mr. Trentadue was, soaked in blood, covered with bruises, and you try to gain access to the scene and the government of the United States says, ‘no, you can’t.’ They continue to prohibit us from having access to the scene of his death, which is unheard of in 1997… There are questions about the death of Kenneth Trentadue that will never be answered because of the actions of the United States government… It was botched or worse – it was planned.”

As part of Cash’s research in 2003, he got a quote from Jesse Trentadue regarding Jordan. Once again, the McCurtain reporter landed something extremely telling and it had to do with Jordan’s state of
mind at the time:

“Jordan repeatedly told us this was a murder, but because the crime scene had been destroyed, he had to list the manner of death as unknown. He also looked at my mother, Carmen and sister in the eye and told them he would never go back on them.”

The vehemence with which Jordan conveyed his level of emotional investment cannot be understated because something would change his mind before the OIG report was released in 1999.

As the chief medical examiner in the state of Oklahoma, the sole responsibility for determining the cause of Kenneth’s death rested with Jordan. The Feds even released reports saying that suicide was the cause but for three years, Jordan would not budge.

Signs that Jesse Trentadue was getting too close for DOJ comfort would soon appear in Cash’s five part series of articles on the story. If not for the McCurtain Gazette, which had already developed a significant following by the time Cash began investigating the story in 2003, some incredibly disturbing facts about the US government may not have been published by any publication of consequence; being a publication of consequence on these stories was something the McCurtain Gazette was able to claim, thanks to Cash.

Jesse told the Gazette that he had gone all the way to Janet Reno’s office for answers in the weeks and months after his brother’s death.

Eric Holder had assumed the role of Deputy Attorney General in June of 1997, the year when Jesse learned that the FBI had not done any significant investigation of Kenneth’s death, despite receiving a medical examiner’s report that said the death should be investigated as a homicide.

The FBI agent assigned to the case seemed to be more interested in informing his agency about the whereabouts, movements, and statements of Jordan than in getting to the truth about Trentadue’s death.

Cash and the Gazette actually obtained a memo written by Jordan in December of 1995 in which the latter phoned the office of Eric Holder (at the time, Holder was not yet the Deputy Attorney General but he was a high ranking member within the DOJ). That memo shows that Jordan’s call to Holder was an attempt to urge the FBI to conduct a full investigation into Trentadue’s death. Jordan never did reach Holder.

It would seem more than reasonable for someone like Holder to accept or return the call of the Oklahoma State medical examiner who wanted an investigation into the death of a man who died while in federal custody. Add to that a potential link to the Oklahoma City bombing and it should have been a top priority for Holder. It apparently wasn’t, at least not in terms of getting to the truth – more on that later. Holder would later become the US Attorney General under Barack Obama in 2009. While there, his Department developed quite the reputation for stonewalling and obfuscation.

Jordan seemed resolute. He assured the Trentadues that he would not buckle under federal pressure to change his ruling relative to cause of death. He was the biggest obstacle for the Feds. If he ruled the death a suicide, the Feds could breathe easy. It would mean no federal grand jury or indictments. All roads to a successful coverup went through Medical Examiner Fred Jordan. For Jordan, it was a double-edged sword. Yes, he had the power to make life difficult for some very powerful people but he would also be subjected to intense intimidation as a result.

Ironically, as Cash reported, Jordan would not budge as long as the FBI and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) attempted to pressure him. That all changed after the Oklahoma County District Attorney Bob Macy intervened.

Shortly after Macy took over, Jordan ruled the death a suicide. According to the Gazette, Macy hired a man named Tom Bevel to investigate the case. Bevel had also been hired to assist in writing the OIG report that would ultimately be released in 1999. Once again, Cash was connecting dots that should have been connected by major media outlets and shouted from the rooftops. If he had gotten even a little support from one major news outlet, this case could have exploded onto the national scene, exposing corruption at the highest levels of government. Perhaps Jordan wouldn’t have been successfully strong-armed either. Posterity is a funny thing, however. Cash added a number of significant facts to the historical record through his reporting that simply could not be easily dismissed.

Cash reported that before Bevel went to work for the DOJ and OIG, the Trentadues trusted him as a member of Macy’s team, charged with investigating the death. After all, the state was essentially an alleged ally of the Trentadues against the Feds – or so it was thought.

Ironically, Bevel helped to point out a series of absurdities – in what is known as the “Wintory Report” – one would have to believe in order to accept the notion that Kenneth committed suicide. The report was done before Bevel switched sides and began working for the Feds.

Had he been an agent of the DOJ at time the “Wintory Report” was drafted, one would have been right to question his credibility. Nonetheless, after working for the Feds, Bevel would use that report as the basis for his suicidal conclusion, according to Cash. In part five of Cash’s series on Trentadue’s death, he included the relevant portion of the report:

The Government claim that after the guards last saw Trentadue alive and in bed at 2:38 a.m., Trentadue used a pencil to write a suicide note on the wall of his cell, but did not sign that note with his own name.

Next, he patiently tore a sheet into dozens of strips. He then constructed a ligature from those strips of bed sheet. Once that ligature was manufactured, Trentadue re-made his bed, climbed the wall of his cell and wove the bed sheet rope into a metal vent above his sink.

Trentadue then tried to hang himself and was momentarily successful, but the bed sheet rope broke. Trentadue fell, hitting his buttocks on the edge of the sink but doing no injury to his buttocks. The impact of his body on the sink caused Trentadue to ricochet across the cell headfirst into the corner
of a metal desk at the end of his bunk, producing a major wound on his forehead.

The Government claim that the force of that impact caused Trentadue to rotate 180 degrees and careen across his cell to smash his head, leaving blood and hair on the wall of his cell and tearing extensive areas of skin off of his back. Despite striking the desk with such force, the impact does not disturb a cup of coffee or any of the papers on the desk.

The Government claims that while unconscious from his two head wounds, Trentadue rolled over on his stomach and bled profusely, depositing large pools of blood on the floor of his cell. When Trentadue regained consciousness, he attempted to get up but struck the back of his head on the metal stool attached to the desk, causing a third major wound on the back of his head. This third blow to his head further dazed Trentadue, who then crawled on all fours, with his clothing smearing the blood on the floor.

The Government claim that Trentadue finally got to his feet and staggered around, leaving blood deposits on the walls and floor of his cell. He then stumbled to his bed and lay down to regain his senses. After a while, Trentadue used two plastic toothpaste tubes or a plastic knife to cut his throat, leaving blood on his pillowcase, sheet and blanket. When that second suicide attempt failed, Trentadue reconstructed the bed sheet and successfully hanged himself.

Does this look like a man who killed himself?

The report’s depiction of events was ludicrous. Perhaps it was the best the Feds could do in light of the investigative journalism that was taking place in southeastern Oklahoma. Cash was not done, however. He would not disappoint those looking for a crescendo in his five part series. In part five, he implicated a man that would one day become the Attorney General of the United States as being personally involved in the coverup of Kenneth Michael Trentadue’s death.


In part five, Cash reported some very serious charges levied by Jesse Trentadue against the Department of Justice. Jesse’s claim was that while he confided in certain federal officials he thought were in search of the truth, they were actually using the information against the Trentadue family to aid in the coverup. According to Cash, the Medical Examiner (Jordan) did not declare Kenneth’s death a suicide until July of 1998 while Jesse maintained that a federal grand jury returned a “no bill of indictment” nearly one year earlier. How is that possible if the medical examiner hadn’t ruled on the cause of death yet? Based on the fact that Kenneth was in solitary confinement at the time, a homicide ruling would have necessarily implicated federal officials. Jesse is quoted in Cash’s article as having claimed that the Grand Jury’s ruling was kept quiet so that the Justice Department could work on the coverup.

Cash then reported Jesse’s very serious charge: the meetings amongst DOJ leaders were all part of what was called “The Trentadue Mission” and that none other than Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder chaired many of those meetings. A serious charge indeed but Cash obviously felt comfortable reporting it because of what his contacts were able to provide him. In this case, it was an email dated October 1,1997 by Juliette Kayyem who worked for the DOJ at the time. The subject line of the email said, “The Trentadue Mission” Here is the text of that email as published by the McCurtain Gazette:

Email referencing the Trentadue Mission. “Eric” is a reference to Eric Holder

The press release referred to in that email was ultimately released on October 9, 1997. In it, the DOJ announced it had found no wrongdoing on the part of the FBI or the BOP relative to Kenneth Trentadue’s death. Obviously, the public stance on the part of the Feds, that suicide was the cause of death would only serve as a high stakes incentive to apply more pressure to Jordan, who would eventually buckle nearly one year later.

Senate Judiciary Committee

At the time of the DOJ press release on October 9th, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Com mittee. His committee was looking into a possible investigation of the Department of Justice’s findings. On October 10, 1997 Hatch answered questions after his meeting with Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder the night before. The purpose of that meeting was ostensibly to prevent that congressional investigation.

Hatch appeared convinced that Trentadue’s death was not the result of a suicide and that indications of a coverup were very strong. Hatch was asked about that and responded:

Hatch: I was disappointed in these findings. There are just too many unexplained facts, too much brutality apparently done and frankly, no answers. I can’t understand that.
Reporter: Does it have the aroma of coverup?
Hatch: Yep, it has the aroma of coverup.

The relevant portion of Hatch’s exchange with the press went on for nearly eight minutes. Throughout, Hatch didn’t mince words about his certainty that the Trentadue case needed to be investigated and
that the DOJ’s report was not sufficient. Here are some additional quotes from Hatch during that Q and A:

“They (DOJ) have not found any criminal liability here. On the other hand, they can’t explain the tremendous inconsistencies of what happened in this particular instance.”

“There’s a lot wrong with this case and I hope somebody will get to the bottom of it but apparently the Federal government hasn’t been able to do so.”

“Somebody other than Trentadue beat…beat Trenta due up. The injuries that he suffered on his body do not appear to have been self-inflicted, neither does the actuality of his death.”

“Somebody has not told the truth here and somebody in my opinion is covering up.”

“It just appears to be a tremendous injustice as we sit here right now.”

The degree to which Cash’s work played a role in Hatch’s public display of opposition to the handling of the Trentadue case may be up for debate but it did play a role.

The admission by the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that a coverup took place in a case with such strong connections to the Oklahoma City bombing should dramatically shift the burden of proof to the federal government, not only in the Trentadue case but in the much larger investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing.

J.D. Cash’s work is backed up by witnesses, documents, and unmatched investigative reporting. If Senator Hatch believed there was a coverup with respect to Trentadue’s death – which would almost necessarily align him with the conclusions of Cash’s five part series – shouldn’t the multiple other stories penned by Cash warrant increased credibility as well?

The admission by Hatch went a long way in doing just that. If members of the federal government were indeed involved in a coverup relative to a death suspected of having ties to the Oklahoma City bombing, why should a coverup of the bombing itself not be suspected?

Cash had already made that case.

Even after Hatch expressed these concerns following that private meeting with Eric Holder on October 9, 1997 the former Senate Judiciary chairman inexplicably and egregiously cast a “Yea” vote to confirm Eric Holder as Barack Obama’s Attorney General on February 2, 2009.

The video interview with Hatch clearly proved he knew the details surrounding the case of Kenneth Michael Trentadue. His vote for Holder in 2009 was unprincipled and unconscionable.

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