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Leo Burt, a blast from the past

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Leo Burt, a blast from the past

Postby Beaver » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:03 am

The FBI is going to speak today 7/21 about the search for Leo Burt, the 1970 Sterling Hall bomber who was never caught. I wonder what they will say. Has he surfaced after Dwight Armstrong died a few weeks ago?

http://www.channel3000.com/news/24331573/detail.html

This site has a lot of theories about him: http://leoburt.com/
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Re: Leo Burt

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:34 am

And old dorm mate of mine was a member of the UW crew (Leo Burt was a coxswain) and later shared a house with Burt. Everytime Leo Burt's name appears in the news, the FBI talks to him to see if he has any new info on the fugitive.
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Re: Leo Burt, a blast from the past

Postby Beaver » Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:08 pm

I would think after 5 years or so the FBI would realize Leo isn't going to contact a former roommate. Still no FBI news today about Leo.
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Re: Leo Burt, a blast from the past

Postby mrak » Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:39 pm

This is the FBI's "announcement"?
FBI Still Searching For Sterling Hall Bomber
http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/98951614.html

Sorry for the dated reference, but in other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
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Re: Leo Burt, a blast from the past

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:47 pm

Beaver wrote:I would think after 5 years or so the FBI would realize Leo isn't going to contact a former roommate. Still no FBI news today about Leo.

The FBI doesn't give up.
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Re: Leo Burt, a blast from the past

Postby Right Bower » Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:52 pm

On vacation this past April in South Carolina, I met (poolside when my daughter and his granddaughter were playing together in the water), and spoke at length with, a former FBI agent who was part of the team that took down David Fine. It was an interesting conversation.
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Re: Leo Burt, a blast from the past

Postby Beaver » Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:24 pm

mrak wrote:Sorry for the dated reference, but in other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

Yes not much of a news flash from the FBI. Still no idea where Leo Burt is or if he is alive.

http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/fugitives/dt/burt_lf.htm

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... 002e0.html
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Re: Leo Burt, a blast from the past

Postby Goober McTuber » Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:34 pm

Beaver wrote:Still no idea where Leo Burt is or if he is alive.



Did anybody check Facebook?
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Re: Leo Burt, a blast from the past

Postby green union terrace chair » Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:40 pm

Goober McTuber wrote:
Beaver wrote:Still no idea where Leo Burt is or if he is alive.



Did anybody check Facebook?


Found him:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000509154176

Or is this him?
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1357830689

Most likely candidate:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001123265558
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Re: Leo Burt, a blast from the past

Postby Beaver » Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:01 am

Nice work. The FBI could use people with skills like you two have. Here is an interesting Mother Jones article from 1979 about the bombing.

http://books.google.com/books?id=p-YDAA ... &q&f=false
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Re: Leo Burt, a blast from the past

Postby narcoleptish » Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:09 am

The age-enhanced photos from the FBI website look a lot like Michael Gross from Family Ties. Has anyone checked him out?
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Re: Leo Burt, a blast from the past

Postby Beaver » Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:54 pm

You may be on to something. I was thinking Alex Trabek who is from Canada. Leo escaped to Canada and came back as Trabek.
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Re: Leo Burt, a blast from the past

Postby Exploding Pinto » Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:22 pm

And I was thinking James Cromwell. The article Beaver linked to is a good read. Was Ray Ellis ever located?
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Re: Leo Burt, a blast from the past

Postby snoqueen » Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:20 pm

And I wonder why David Newman left Pete Bobo's first name out of the article. Everybody knew it, it wasn't a secret. Bobo (or whoever he was) was one of the scariest people I ever met, and rumors that he fingered Armstrong in Canada were rampant at the time.

Maybe in time some journalist/historian will find the patience to do a FOIA on the FBI's old files. It might be time to document just exactly how deeply the anti war movement on a national scale, not just in Madison, was coopted or distorted (as Donald reminded us in another thread) by government (or quasi-government) forces.
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Re: Leo Burt, a blast from the past

Postby Stu Levitan » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:11 pm

sno, I think those FOIA requests have been made and processed. Also, check the Michael Fellner collection at Historical Society archives for all the Red Squad/Affinity Squad files. Interesting stuff -- that's where I found the MPD undercover memo on a 1968 Muhammad Ali appearance at the Field House.
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