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by Sharon Rondeau

The Monroe County Sheriff's Department claims it rounded up 39 people on Monday on methamphetamine-related charges. The Post & Email has been told that eastern Tennessee is the "meth capital of the East" and that many walk free if they make certain "deals" with the Sheriff's Department

(Nov. 16, 2010) — Walter Fitzpatrick had good news to report this evening from the Monroe County jail:

LCDR FITZPATRICK: There’s been a lot of activity here today, and it’s obvious that the pressure has really been applied here in the Monroe County jailhouse, but I won’t go into details tonight.  Well-done.  Way to go.  They’re worried.  They’re scared.

MRS. RONDEAU: I’m taping you now.  Can you say what kind of activity?

LCDR FITZPATRICK: Well, we had maintenance men in the building today.  They’re also doing different things with the menus and trying to improve conditions inside the jailhouse.

MRS. RONDEAU: And they’re not using inmates to do the work?

LCDR FITZPATRICK: No, not yet, not that I’ve seen.  They’re bandaid fixes right now, but you can tell that there’s a difference.  The other thing was that they had two or three courts working up today downtown, which is a couple of blocks from here.  It seems as if they’re trying to clear out the jailhouse.  It’s as if they’re trying to get as many cases cleared and get people out of here so that the population problem is solved and we don’t have to sleep on the floor.  That’s the sense of things here.


LCDR FITZPATRICK: Yes, a lot of things are going on tonight.  I heard a couple of comments today about the D.A., it’s Christmastime, and he’s giving all sorts of gifts to try to get people out of here.  So there’s something afoot, and I wanted to give you some feedback that way.

MRS. RONDEAU: That’s great!

LCDR FITZPATRICK: The second thing is that I learned last night…I’m in two different courts; I’m in the Sessions Court – actually, I just left the Sessions Court, but the Sessions Court was last Tuesday, the ninth, when they laid down a bond of $1,500 from what I understand.  Now at that time, there was a Criminal Court order which Judge Blackwood had issued that I’m to be held without bond.


LCDR FITZPATRICK: Now I learned last night that it has happened where people thought  they were being bonded out from the bond that was handed down from the Sessions Court and they got to the front door, ready to walk out of here, and then found out that there was a hold on them from the Criminal Court.  The bond money has been collected, and it’s not refundable, and the man goes back into jail.

MRS. RONDEAU: That is exactly what someone we both know said, and that’s what he’s been working on.

LCDR FITZPATRICK: Yes.  So if anybody is looking to have me bonded out, don’t have them pay any money until they know that it’s going to have me released, because otherwise, it’s just a ripoff.

MRS. RONDEAU: That’s exactly what he thought.

LCDR FITZPATRICK: And that’s another part of the extortion scheme that’s going on here.  So right now, my understanding of my status is that I’m here indefinitely because of the Judge Blackwood ruling, and I have no idea beyond that what happens next.  I’m glad that you heard that separately.

MRS. RONDEAU: I’m very happy that they’re in there making repairs.  I have been publishing all kinds of stories about the conditions, and I’m getting the information from people who have been in there.  Every day there’s at least one new story.  I don’t know if it would have happened otherwise.

LCDR FITZPATRICK: I’m sitting here with a Mr. Michael Ellington, and he has noted that he has been very encouraging in his feedback to me, telling me the kinds of things that have been going on around here that are different and bringing them to my attention:  some of the nuances and dynamics that are different, and there’s a lot that’s different.  So please keep the pressure on…these guys are scared to death.

They were talking in the hallway today about the stuff that’s on the internet, and they’re trying to play it off as no big deal.  I’m telling you what:  these guys are scared to death.

MRS. RONDEAU: Well, there’s more to come.  There’s a lot more to come.  There’s the second half of Darren Huff’s interview where something unexpected happened after I spoke with him, and now I have to get that last part of it.  He’s talking about how all the charges are trumped up and that the feds are waiting for Monroe County to come up with something.  And that’s not even the biggest thing.  I have a lot of people calling me, especially about the police brutality.  There’s no reason for it, and citizens are being terrorized, and I told you that Daniel Morgan gave me a fabulous interview.  He is a very smart, courageous young man.


MRS. RONDEAU:  …and that’s out there, and he’s not backing down, and neither am I.  Any stupid comments they make on the website have been reported to the FBI.

LCDR FITZPATRICK: Make sure that people know that I’m not making any deals with anybody; they’ve attempted to take me in their back room and make a deal with me.  That was Tuesday at the Sessions Court, and I told the judge “No, no way;” basically, “No way; it’s not going to happen.”

MRS. RONDEAU: Did they try to get you to admit to having done something?

LCDR FITZPATRICK: Oh, yeah, they want me to make a deal…it actually wasn’t on that Tuesday; it was the hearing before that, which was on….

MRS. RONDEAU: It was right after you were kidnapped.

LCDR FITZPATRICK: It was my first Sessions Court appearance.

MRS. RONDEAU: I have the date in my records.

LCDR FITZPATRICK: That day, Dixon asked me if I wanted to make some kind of a deal with the District Attorney, and I said, “No way in hell.”  I just want people to know…please, I’m rock-solid and I’m going all the way on this one.  And keep the pressure on in the community.  This is really spreading, and you can see that, Sharon.  We heard these people talking in the hallway here; they’re talking so that we can hear them.


LCDR FITZPATRICK: Yeah, they’re scared to death.  Lt. Wakefield’s conversations were overheard…

MRS. RONDEAU: “W-a-k-e-f-i-e-l-d”?

LCDR FITZPATRICK: Yeah, yeah.  Lt. Wakefield…He can go to hell, frankly.  He’s talking about the meal that he’s planning here for Thanksgiving Day, and how good it’s going to be…and both Mr. Ellington and I were listening to this, recognizing that this guy knows that we can hear him.  They’re trying to get good news out.  Don’t print any good news. It’s a dungeon; it’s just a terrible place.  So I’ll leave it at that.  Like I said, there’s more to report when I leave here.  And right now, just so that we cover this base again, my stay here is indefinite.  I don’t know from one day to the next what’s going on, and that’s OK.  As I said, it’s like a POW camp so you live from one day to the next; it’s a vicarious existence.  But keep the pressure on.  You can tell your readers that this really is having an effect, and the cockroaches are running for the corner; the lights have been turned on, and they don’t like it one bit.

MRS. RONDEAU: Sounds like a bunch of bullies who thought they could keep beating up and tasering people, throwing them in jail like a piece of meat…

LCDR FITZPATRICK: They’re feeding on the people in this community.  It’s nothing but predatory.  They are feeding on the people in this community, and they’re sucking them dry.  And all the things we talked about:  you keep hearing these narratives from different people.  They’re stealing property, they’re stealing cars, they’re stealing furniture and televisions and they take these people into custody and it’s a revolving door.  The bondsmen are making a mint off of this thing, because they keep sending people for bonds, and the bondsmen keep the money.  Everyplace you look, there’s a racket going on, and they’re feeding off the people in this community.  It’s an outrage, Sharon.  And the judges…you can tell by the way that they react, like when I called out Dixon on the ninth, his reaction was “ten days more; oh, no, I didn’t do this…”  These guys know that they’re about to be caught, and they’re scared to death.

MRS. RONDEAU: I checked the P.O. box today, and the CD containing the court transcript promised to me by Ms. Martha Cook isn’t here yet.

LCDR FITZPATRICK: Well, that’s not a surprise.  Also, before I forget, I had a very nice letter today from a minister in Hays, KS.  That was a very encouraging letter from Kansas.  So I’ve had North Carolina, Kansas, and we’ve discouraged letters, but a couple have gotten through.

Automated Operator: You have one minute left.

MRS. RONDEAU: Well, I’m glad they’re making repairs, and maybe they’re actually getting the showers to work and the toilets to flush, pardon my French, but that’s what people have been telling me.

LCDR FITZPATRICK: It’s that kind of stuff; they have plumbers in here this morning working on the plumbing.

MRS. RONDEAU: That’s exactly one of the things that’s been mentioned.  Mr. Jacobs called me, you know, and he told me the toilets didn’t flush, so I put that out there.

LCDR FITZPATRICK: Was Mr. Jacobs actually in the hospital?

MRS. RONDEAU: Yes.  The dates were a little different, but your story was correct.

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  1. #1 Fan: Good to hear things are starting to get better there Walter. I’ve been out of town the last couple of weeks but have been keeping updated as much as possible on the website. Knoxville has some issues that maybe you might be able to bless the city with your wisdom and knowledge on some matters……some day. “One day at a time”….like you would say Ol pal. I really don’t have much to say for Monroe County except I enjoy staying out of it. The good Ol buddy system is finally starting to get there belt tightened up like it should be. Seems like some of those bulldogs are eating too well. I would like to point out there are some good officers and not all bad. I won’t mention any names…..I wouldn’t want their pals getting mad at them. If I had a way to bond you out Walter and pass through all the b.s. they have you held on my couch would be open for you friend!

  2. Has Ret. Gen. Paul Vallely stepped in to assist LCDR Fitzpatrick ? I checked the Stand Up America website led by Vallely but I could not find any info..

  3. Interesting info on FreeRepublic:


    To: All
    The Deputy who was investigated and suspended made some very public statements to the Election COmmissions Chairmans face in front of witnesses.

    He said that he (the chairman) should be careful because he could end up with a bullet in his head. he said this just days before Jim Miller ended up dead with a bullet in his head.

    The Sheriff Bill Bivens will not saying anything about the investigation or the suspended deputy. He won’t even release the incident report from Saturday night.

    Bivens and Miller have a history that goes back several elections. Miller accused Bivens of several election crimes and had told him he was considering asking the State of Tennessee to investigate him for questionable election practices.

  4. Sharon, Walt and you are Sherlock and Holmes, or Columbo and Pulitzer….Fitzpatrick and Rondeau….simply amazing. Talk about investigative journalism.

    I wonder if you could get the names of chain of command for the FBI in that region and interview the district or regional manager. That might shed some light on the people who have refused to help. Fitzpatrick deserves a Congressional Medal of Honor, and you too, for that matter. God bless you both.

  5. Well done so far Sharon. Keep the floodlight on. This will not be a completed exercise in public participation until they alone hold the keys to their cookie jar of liberty. It is actually predictable to see the guilty scramble to take their hand out of that jar and try to quickly clean up the crumbs. What is of importance and I’m certain decent folk get it is that we don’t have laws and enforcers to protect or enable fastidious cookie snatchers we have them to follow the crumbs and determine how much was stolen so it might be restored quickly and justly by our collective parent, lady liberty.

  6. Sharon, this is good news!!!!!!

    But it is very disturbing that Mr. Ellington has been there so long! He was arrested in 2009 and hasn’t gone to trial yet? That is a violation of the Speedy Trial Act! It is a shame that innocent victims like Mr. Ellington are left to rot in that dungeon while the corrupt judges there refuse to let these men have a trial. Somebody needs to look into his case, too. How can a man who was trying to defend himself be held without a trial for years in Monroe County? This is outrageous!

  7. from Mr. Fitz: “And keep the pressure on in the community. ”
    This seems to be one of the few things that is having an effect.
    TNCCC is carrying the ball on this effort by distributing flyers around the county. Their printing capability is down at the moment so we will bring them up printing stuff later this week or this weekend to get them going again.
    Donations are coming in that should keep them going.
    If there were to be an effort by the FBI or TBI it would have been done by now. I just think they aren’t going to help. The current governor was the one that started it with Mr. Fitz so there will be no help there either. The pols will have no interest as elections are over. This brings it back to a community effort as Mr. Fitz suggests.

  8. Thanks for another great article, Sharon. I don’t know what we would do without you.

    I found 2 more people to do radio shows. Woo hoo! I think Tim is going to take those. I know you are super busy, and I didn’t want to weigh you down anymore.

    I’m not sure if you saw it on the FB page, but it’s official- the boyz down there consider the United States Constitution ‘contraband’. When I called last week to see if Walter got his package, the deputy I spoke to said they sent it back because of contraband, but he wouldn’t tell me if it was my package.

    I got it in the mail 2 days ago…with a note…telling me Walter would have to buy those items (I also sent him a self-addressed, stamped envelope and paper) in the commissary. I scanned it and put it on the FB page.

    What a racket!! Do you really think they’re selling Constitutions in their gulag?!
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: No, but they’re making it so that family members can’t even bring in clothing for their relatives because they want the money which buying those items from the commissary will bring. I have that from two relatives of an inmate. You can’t even bring your relative a T-shirt!

  9. Thank you Mrs.Rondeau for keeping American citizens advised and of course
    LCDR Fitzpatrick for his unwavering courage.Who knows,maybe the running
    joke of calling The Federal Bureau of Investigation ,The Federal Bureau of Infestation will subside when Director Robert S.Mueller decides to take charge or resigns.A three thousand signature petition was sent to Director Robert S.Mueller ,but to my knowledge,nothing at all,has surfaced.Thank you