June 14, 1996 in Nation/World

Freemen Suspects

 

Among the 16 freemen who surrendered Thursday are:

Rodney O. Skurdal

Age: 43

Hometown: Broadview, Mont.

Profile: An ex-Marine who claims he was a security guard for President Nixon. He declared himself a freeman in 1992 when he filed a “Citizen’s Declaration of War.”

Charges: Felony impersonation of a public servant, criminal syndicalism, felony threats and other improper influence in official and political matters.

Ralph E. Clark

Age: 65

Hometown: Brusett, Mont.

Profile: His 1,000-acre ranch became the focal point of the freemen movement after the group took over the Garfield County courthouse in 1994. He wears a silver star and calls himself the township marshal. The home where he and his wife, Kay, live is part of Justus. Their son is Edwin Clark.

Charges: Misdemeanor impersonation of a public servant and felony solicitation of kidnapping.

Emmett Clark

Age: 67

Hometown: Brusett, Mont.

Profile: Ralph Clark’s brother and patriarch of the Clark family. His wife, Rosie, lives with him at the township. The couple’s son, Richard Clark, also is a part of the group.

Charges: Contempt of court, criminal syndicalism, and felony issuance of a bad check.

Edwin F. Clark

Age: 45

Hometown: Brusett, Mont.

Profile: Son of Ralph and Kay Clark. He acts as a township justice and justice of the peace. His wife, Janet Clark, who isn’t charged, works at a nursing home in Jordan and commutes from the township.

Charges: Criminal syndicalism and impersonation of a public servant.

Dale M. Jacobi

Age: 54

Hometown: Thompson Falls, Mont.

Profile: Bible instructor and Justus chaplain. He promotes Christian Identity religious views espousing superiority of the white race. He was among seven men arrested in Roundup, Mont., in March 1995, and charged with plotting to kidnap a judge. The charge was dropped.

Charges: Felony threats and other improper influence in official and political matters.

Russell D. Landers

Age: 44

Hometown: Unknown.

Profile: Most recently from Iowa, he was among 11 people indicted in Colorado in January 1995 for promoting $300 “We the People” courses that promised enrollees a share of $600 trillion in gold secretly held by the U.S. government. Prosecutors say the scheme raised more than $2 million nationwide. He failed to appear for trial in Denver in January and fled to Montana with Dana Dudley.

Charges: Named in a $1 million Colorado bench warrant for securities fraud, conspiracy, criminal impersonation and theft.

Dana Dudley

Age: 46

Hometown: Unknown.

Profile: Most recently from Minnesota, she was also indicted in Colorado for the “We the People” scheme, which held seminars in Montana. She failed to appear for trial in January and fled to Montana. She is accompanied by her daughter, Amy, 18.

Charges: Named in a $1 million Colorado bench warrant for securities fraud, conspiracy, criminal impersonation and theft.

Richard E. Clark

Age: 47

Hometown: Brusett, Mont.

Profile: Son of Emmett and Rosie Clark. His home in Justus is used as freemen headquarters and for the new Montana State Supreme Court.

Charges: Criminal syndicalism and impersonation of a public servant.


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