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CHRISTMAS CARDS DONATED TO INMATES TO SEND TO RELATIVES REMAIN UNDISTRIBUTED BY JAILERS
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 19, 2010) — The Post & Email has learned this evening that a box of new, blank Christmas cards was donated to the Monroe County detention facility by a local church for the inmates to write out and send to family and friends. The cards were reportedly brought to the jail last Wednesday but have not been distributed to the inmates.
Captain Pat Wilson and Lt. Wakefield are the two Sheriff’s Department employees suspected of hoarding the Christmas cards rather than handing them out to their intended recipients. Wilson was reportedly one of the four deputies who beat and tasered LCDR Walter Fitzpatrick when his door was broken down and he was arrested on October 27. He also does not return phone calls and did not accept The Post & Email’s invitation for an interview to refute any of our statements regarding the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.
In fact, not one employee of the Sheriff’s Department, court, local police, or anyone employed by the Monroe County government has ever refuted anything published at The Post & Email, including reports of criminal activity, unsolved murders, inmate abuse, coerced confessions, racketeering, false imprisonment, doctored court transcripts, drug abuse on the part of judges, and defense attorneys working within the corrupt judicial system to extort money from victims whom they know are innocent.
Tomorrow begins the last week prior to the Christmas holiday, which falls on a Saturday this year. Many businesses, including banks, close early on Friday, which is Christmas Eve. The post office is expected to deliver mail that day.
The mail is reportedly “controlled” at the jail, and several envelopes and packages sent to an inmate there have never surfaced. However, the sender has received a signed return receipt card or confirmed online that the items were delivered.
The problem of non-delivery of mail was reported to the Monroe County court clerk last week, but she was unable to assist in the matter. It has also been reported to the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Knoxville.
Outgoing mail from the detention facility has also been limited or non-existent.
What is the latest on Walter Fitzpatrick? The P&E has gone strangely quiet on this story. The last article is almost two weeks old now. Wasn’t Walter supposed to be released on Christmas Day? Why the silence?
Mrs. Rondeau replies: Walter Fitzpatrick was released from the Monroe County jail on Thursday, December 30, at about 11:00 a.m. You can be assured that updates will be forthcoming when they are fully researched and prepared.
Maybe we need to send Captain Pat Wilson and Lt. Wakefield their own Christmas cards…. Lots of them. Lots and lots and lots!!!
Seriously. Someone suggested a Christmas card campaign for Fitzpatrick, which I thought was a great idea… but it seems these two poor lonely souls need them more. And just about anyone can afford the time and money to send a Christmas card.
Wonder how many we could get there by Christmas???
Mrs. Rondeau replies: Do it! Perhaps they need some Christmas cheer even more than the inmates.
Mrs. Rondeau — Thank you. When I went back to find the address, realized this was YOUR idea that I had read before. Thank you!!! I will pass it around…
Just finished. A card for each with a nativity scene on the front, and here’s my message:
“Stealing Christmas cards makes Baby Jesus cry so here’s one just for you! May the good Lord give you EVERYTHING you deserve in the new year :)”
Monroe County Detention Facility
319 Hickory Street
Madisonville, TN 37354
And from Sharon Rondeau’s original post: “Be sure to send cards to Sheriff Bill Bivens and to Rep. John Duncan, as we truly wish them the merriest Christmas before their parts in the crimes of Monroe County are fully exposed.”
Pat Wilson was the fellow I spoke with on the phone back when Walter was first placed in jail and he was the one who verified that the letter and Writ of Habeas Corpus I had sent HAD arrived and been seen by whoever opened the envelope and when I asked if Walter had received it he said, “He should have”. He also said the $50 I sent was on Walter’s commissary. Thing is, they just “neglected” to let Walter know that until over 2 weeks later when I sent Walter a letter stating what I had sent and he showed it to one of the jailers. THEN he was told the money was on his books. And he STILL did not receive the Writ of Habeas Corpus I sent. This last packet I sent out last Tuesday has undoubtedly arrived and I will be receiving the certified receipt in the mail after it has been signed for. Tampering with the U.S. mail is a felony. That packet BETTER arrive INTACT and delivered to Walter or I will not rest until I know why it hasn’t. THAT is a PROMISE.
Mrs. Rondeau replies: Federal complaints have already been filed with the Postmaster General with more to come about the non-delivery of mail to inmates at the Monroe County jail.