About Mauer's article, Anchorage attorney Cliff Groh wrote this morning:
Richard Mauer has a long and extensively reported [sic] article in the Anchorage Daily News this morning on the allegations of Bill Allen's crimes with underage girls and attempts to cover them up. The story covers the tortuous history of investigations into those matters and comes complete with a photo gallery and a timeline graphic (the latter apparently not available on-line). In addition to mining documents released in the Ted Stevens and Pete Kott cases, Mauer gets a former teen-aged paramour and her brother on the record with some juicy quotes. The article is called "Alleged cover-up threatens Allen's credibility.
True. But Mauer's article, which is thorough, wasn't the first on this subject. Tony Hopfinger, for the Anchorage Press and The Alaska Dispatch, has covered the same issues. Mauer might have cited Hopfinger. Just a week ago, I read one of Tony's earlier articles on this.
It has now disappeared. As has some of the coverage of Tony's article. Why?
You can link to articles that mention Tony's early 2009 coverage, but if you click on their links to his stuff, you end up at a dead end.
There may be something up, beyond what Mauer and Hopfinger have been able to articulate. Comments to Mauer's article are all over the place, some even defending Allen's sexual prediliction for underage females. Looking for hints at the levels of protection Lisa Moore and Bambi Tyree may have built into their ability to survive Allen's wrath, Mauer provides us with very little. Richard isn't into speculation. But some of the ADN commenters certainly are:
Allen was a good Christian who had some human flaws.
He did no real harm. The people who helped Ted Stevens escape from the hungry wolves of justice should have helped Mr. Allen too.
We all looked out for one another until times got tough. Then it was every man for himself. Thats not leadership.
and this striking comment:
He wasn't the p*mp he was just another customer, and it wasn't necessarily lawmakers who were using these escort services, it was other prominent movers and shakers of this community.
Who remembers the Ravenite escort agency ?
It was located adjacent to The Buckaroo Club, the same place where Rick Smith was laundering money and just a stone's throw down the street was Don Young's former campaign headquarters, located in a building that was once the home to Cindy's Health Spa, once operated by Johnny Rich.
Rich's daughter is married to the General Counsel of the Republican Party of Alaska.
The sister in law of a very prominent former staffer to Don Young with strong connections to Jack Abramoff, once represented the owner of the Buckaroo Club.
Somebody tortured the bodies of those women and threw them into the inlet in order to send a message, what kind of person would do that ?
I think we're going to be hearing more from Mauer and Hopfinger on this. Very soon.
image - Bambi Tyree