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Monday, August 7, 2017

AUGUST 9, 1979: OHIO & CALIFORNIA

Dear Supporters:

In a brief departure from the mission of the No Parole Peltier Association, the following is offered:

Brothers and sisters; Chicago, September 17, 1978, 6:00am:

Margaret and her sister, Janice, finished working all night at a local discotheque, where Margaret was a waitress and her sister a dancer.* Walking home on the still dark streets as they had done many times before, they were unaware what evil lurked in a nearby alley. They were just two young women working to pay the bills.

The Guyon brothers were going to get some tonight and they could care less who the victims were—Black, White, Hispanic, Asian. It didn’t matter as long as they were easy prey. They watched from the car as the girls approached, Melvin behind the wheel at first with a knife, Michael in back with a gun. The girls approached and were close enough for Michael to lunge out and force the two into the back seat at gunpoint. Michael slid behind the wheel as Melvin held the sisters, panicked and crying in the back seat, now threatening them with a knife. Michael told them to shut up and then sped off to find some desolate spot, an empty parking lot near 43rd and Halsted.

Michael, thirty-four, had a violent past including rapes, and merely three weeks after sexually assaulting and robbing the sisters, he was arrested for abducting a four-and-a-half-year-old. Melvin, nineteen, was on his way to creating his own illicit résumé. He was already a fugitive from two felonies in Cleveland, but had been released on bond and fled to Chicago.

Michael forced Janice into the front seat and yelled for her to take off her panties as he ripped open her dress. Janice pled and offered what she had for him not to hurt her—seven dollars and some jewelry. Michael then raped Janice, who was still a virgin.

In the backseat, Melvin raped Margaret and stole what little money she had, about five dollars.

When the horror was over, the sisters were given thirty cents each for bus fare and then released. As the sun was rising, the Guyon brothers sped away.

The sisters boarded the first local bus and at the next stop ran into a restaurant. Janice, terrified and hysterical, went to the ladies room as Margaret told two Chicago police officers, who happened to be there, that they had both been kidnapped and raped by two black men in their twenties driving a blue car that had a box of yellow Puffs tissues in the back window.

By mid-October the Chicago investigation developed suspects who were identified by their victims. Local warrants for assault, rape, and kidnapping were issued for the brothers Guyon.

Also falling under the Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution statute, and with a request from federal authorities, a UFAP warrant was issued bringing in additional resources to locate and apprehend Melvin Guyon, who authorities believed had fled the state.

Melvin Bay Guyon was now a fugitive being pursued by the FBI. He would return to his native Cleveland and his girlfriend and their two small children.

Rebutting the age-old proverb that blood is thicker than water, when it came to the later rape trial, Melvin did his damnedest to throw his brother under the proverbial bus.  (To be continued.)

August 9, 1979:   

On the morning of Thursday, August 9, 1979 while attempting to arrest violent fugitive, Melvin Bay Guyon, in an apartment not far from downtown Cleveland, Ohio, FBI Agent Johnnie Oliver was killed. Agent Oliver, armed with a shotgun, may have hesitated as Guyon held his own young child as a shield. Guyon escaped and was arrested in Youngstown, Ohio.

Barely an hour later, FBI Agents J. Robert Porter and Charles Elmore, were gunned down by James Maloney, a crazed anti-government loser, in their small satellite office in the Imperial Valley of southeastern California. Maloney had an appointment to meet with Agent Porter in the El Centro Resident Agency and was armed with a shotgun and a handgun. Confronting Agent Porter, a violent struggle ensued and Agent Porter was shot and killed. Agent Elmore engaged Maloney in the hallway and was also killed. Maloney, fatally wounded, took the coward’s way out and shot himself.

That date—August 9,1979—38 years ago, marked the worst line-of-duty deaths in a single day in the history of the FBI. Agents Oliver, Porter and Elmore…will never be forgotten.

“In the Spirit…
Ed Woods

*The above details were taken from public records. The victim’s names have been changed.

Postscript:

Guyon is serving a life sentence in the same penitentiary, USP Coleman, as Leonard Peltier who murdered Special Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams in Pine Ridge, South Dakota on June 26, 1975.