Why does Frank Blackhorse remain free in Canada
while Leonard Peltier continues to languish in
this 24Seven News editorial, Chief Jamie
H. Graham, sworn in as Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police
Department, recalls his early days and his recollection of
the arrests of Frank Blackhorse and Leonard Peltier. (See
The many faces of Frank Blackhorse
FRANK BLACKHORSE AND DOES HE HOLD THE KEY TO LEONARD’S FREEDOM?
COMPILED BY MICHAEL KUZMA, ESQ.
Blackhorse enters Hoosier Boys Town. Exhibit
A, p. 1.
Blackhorse leaves Hoosier Boys Town. Claims he is going to Denver,
Colorado. Exhibit A, p. 1.
Blackhorse arrested by FBI Boston for interstate transportation
of a stolen motor vehicle, 18 USC 2312, under the name Frank Leonard
Deluca, Arrest #BS26-35774. Exhibit
B, p. 6. NOTE: Another FBI report claims that Blackhorse was
arrested in Allston, Massachusetts by Barrington, Rhode Island Police.
Four other individuals also in the vehicle. Blackhorse used a DOB
of: 10/16/51. Exhibit C, p.
Blackhorse arrested in Zion, Illinois under the name of James Bolte,
Arrest #BI 19490A-3, for Disorderly Conduct. Exhibit
B, p. 7.
Blackhorse arrested (charge(s) not known) in Alliance, Nebraska
under the name Frank Black Horse, Arrest #9529. Exhibit
B, p. 7.
Blackhorse arrested (charge(s) not known) in South Littleton, Colorado
under the name Francis Blackhorse, Arrest #639638. Exhibit
B, p. 7.
Blackhorse arrested (charge(s) not known) in Olympia, Washington
by the Sheriff’s Office under the name Bruce Johnson, Arrest
#63810. Exhibit B, p. 7.
Blackhorse allegedly shoots FBI S/A Curtis A. Fitzgerald in Wounded
Knee, South Dakota. Exhibit
B, p. 5. Also, see “FBI Agent Shot as Indians Warn U.
S.” by Bill Kovach, New York Times, March 12, 1973, p. 1.
Blackhorse indicted by Federal Grand Jury in Sioux Falls, South
Dakota for Assaulting a Federal Officer (AFO). Exhibit
B, p. 6.
Blackhorse arrested (charge(s) not known) by Bureau Agents Seattle
Division in Seattle, Washington. Blackhorse was in possession of
a Social Security Card bearing the name Richard Tall Bull. Exhibit
D, p. 1.
Blackhorse arrested in Shawano, Wisconsin by the Sheriff’s
Office under the name Michael Houston, Arrest #2382, for Obstructing
an Officer and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. Bond $150. Exhibit
E, p. 1.
Blackhorse fails to appear in Shawano, Wisconsin Court. Exhibit
E, p. 1.
Blackhorse fails to appear for scheduled trial for shooting of S/A
Fitzgerald at Council Bluffs, Iowa. United States District Court
Judge Andrew W. Bogue subsequently issued a bench warrant for Black
Horse. Exhibit B, pp. 5
A bond default hearing is held in the United States District Court,
Rapid City, South Dakota before Judge Bogue. Blackhorse’s
$10,000 cash bond is revoked. Exhibit
B, p. 6.
Joe Stuntz Killsright, S/A Jack Coler and Ron Williams killed
at Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
Dale Lewis Shepard purchases 12-guage Remington shotgun which was
taken from S/A Coler at the time of his death for $15 from an individual
resembling Blackhorse. Exhibit
Teletype from FBI Rapid City to the Director and several other FBI
field offices: The investigation of this case is being directed
towards: “. . . develop[ing] information to lock Peltier and
Black Horse into this case.” Exhibit
Father Michael Campagna, Hoosier Boys Town, views FBI Wanted Flyer
#482, and identifies Blackhorse as Frank L. Deluca, DOB: 10/16/54,
POB: Chicago, Illinois, Mother: Kay Goldfein, Father: Frank Deluca.
Exhibit A, p. 1.
Kay Edgil (Goldfein), 5757 Melton Road, Portage, Indiana, identifies
Blackhorse as her son. Exhibit
A, p. 2.
Leonard Peltier and Blackhorse apprehended by RCMP, 70 miles south
of Hinton, Alberta, Canada. Exhibit
Richard Stadelman, Shawano-Menominee Court, advises FBI that the
pending charges against Blackhorse of Carrying a Concealed Weapon
and Obstructing an Officer will formally be dropped at a future
date. Exhibit E, p. 1.
Blackhorse never extradited
to United States.
He remains a free man in Canada to this very day.