Thursday, November 19, 2009

Corruption fighter Andy Martin opens probe of suspicious Daley Machine death

U.S. Senate candidate Andy Martin’s forty years of experience analyzing Chicago gangland slayings and suspicious murders suggest to him that the death of a senior Daley Machine leader Michael Scott may have broader implications. In the 1970’s Martin faced Crime Syndicate death threats because of his investigative efforts. See for Andy’s corruption-fighting background. “I wish the Scott ‘suicide’ didn’t arise in the middle of my Senate campaign,” Martin says, “but Mr. Scott’s death raises too many serious questions to be ignored. I think we can handle both the campaign and the investigation.”

U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin requests FBI probe, federal grand jury investigation into Michael Scott’s death

Martin says “suspicious circumstances” merit the federal probe

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Martin says the bizarre death of the of the Chicago Board of Education President merits federal inquiry

Political corruption fighter Andy Martin has looked into Chicago Crime Syndicate “hits” for decades

(CHICAGO)(November 19, 2009) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin will hold a Chicago news conference Thursday, November 19th to announce that [1] he has asked the FBI and Department of Justice to open an independent investigation into the death of Daley Machine big Michael Scott, and [2] his newspaper has opened an independent probe into Scott’s mysterious death. Martin has over 40 years of experience analyzing and investigating gangland slayings and suspicious murders in Chicago. [Letter follows below]

November 19th news conference details:


U. S. Senate candidate and Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin


In front of Picasso Sculpture, Daley Center Plaza,


Thursday, November 19, 2009 2:00 P.M.


Internet Powerhouse and U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin calls for an independent federal investigation into the death of Daley Machine stalwart Michael Scott


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November 19, 2009

Hon. Patrick Fitzgerald
United States Attorney
219 S. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60604
via fax (312) 353-4322

with copy to:

SAC Robert D. Grant
FBI – Chicago
2111 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60606
via fax (312) 829-5172


Dear U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald
and SAC Grant:

This letter is a two-part request. In Part One, I request FOIA disclosure of all local DOJ agency files relating to the recently deceased Michael Scott, President of the Chicago Board of Education. In Part Two, I request that you initiate steps to conduct an extensive field investigation and grand jury investigation of Mr. Scott’s death. His death is suspicious.

Although I am preoccupied with a U. S. Senate campaign, I have been scrutinizing “gangland” murders in Chicago for over forty years. As a result of my investigations in the 1970’s, I was the target of Crime Syndicate retaliation.

It may be that Mr. Scott’s death was exactly what some people say it was: a “suicide.” Nevertheless, the circumstantial evidence points in two conflicting directions. First, if Mr. Scott did kill himself, the obvious question is “why.” As we set forth in Part II below, the pendency of a grand jury action and other investigations into his conduct and the conduct of his associates may have prompted him to take his life.

Second, there may have been an aspect of Mr. Scott’s life that led to some form of organized crime intervention. Gambling debts? Unhappy investors or partners? “Self-help” has a long history in Chicago crime lore. The manner in which Mr. Scott died has attributes of a classic gangland or “Outfit” slaying.

I have the highest respect for Chicago Police Superintend Weis. But his agency is obviously compromised in conducting an investigation of someone who was an integral part of the City’s political leadership.

Preliminary Comments

The death of a federal grand jury witness under suspicious circumstances always triggers federal criminal jurisdiction. Mr. Scott was a grand jury witness. In Michael Scott’s case there are numerous reasons to open a field inquiry.

First, community leaders feel that such an effort is necessary. While community sentiments are never a sufficient basis to look into an unexplained death, community sentiment can often be predictive of underlying concerns or situational awareness that may not be apparent “downtown.”

Second, the physical attributes of Mr. Scott’s death leave lingering questions. My Internet newspaper is conducting its own independent analysis of the crime scene, as well as developing a plan to interview witnesses.

Third, police and medical examiner behavior at the scene raises questions that need probing. The unexplained delays in agency coordination and notification were peculiar.



The fact that Mr. Scott is now dead broadens the scope of Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) disclosure for your offices.

I respectfully request FOIA access to and disclosure of all documents and related material which your offices maintain concerning Mr. Scott.



Mr. Scott may have killed himself. We just don’t know why.

The traditional indicia of a pre-suicidal individual are obviously lacking. Except one: the “heat” of one or more law enforcement investigations. There have been unsubstantiated reports that Scott was to meet with law enforcement on the day of his death. I assume your FOIA disclosure will clarify and confirm, or remove, the question of whether and when Mr. Scott was meeting with law enforcement, and why.

There are a number of suspicious circumstances relating to Mr. Scott. First, there are the ongoing DOJ “magnet school” inquiries.

Then there are the “Olympic credit card” issues. Mr. Scott used a public credit card for a totally unintended and unlawful purpose. The credit card questions interest me. If Mr. Scott used public funds for an unintended purpose, then his action was a criminal misappropriation. Mayor Richard Daley’s quoted claim that “There’s nothing wrong with that” is sheer nonsense. Mr. Scott may have been aware of others who similarly misused public funds as part of the Olympics extravaganza.

I know of no lawful basis for Chicago Public School funds to be used to stay at luxury hotels overseas in support of a matter having no connection with school business.

I am going to be asking for all of Mr. Scott’s school board credit card records. Scott’s knowledge, however, may have gone beyond his own misuse of public funds to similar acts by others.

The Olympics-related real estate issues also raise questions. If, as Mr. Scott stated, his relationship to West Side real estate investments involving potential Olympic land were legal and legitimate, why did he summarily abandon them? People do not usually abandon legitimate activity.

The crime scene also offers numerous baffling questions. Mr. Scott supposedly “fell into the river,” but “landed on his firearm.” This is not impossible but highly unlikely.
How did the handgun land “under” Mr. Scott? If we believe the “facts” as stated at this time, someone shot himself in the head, in an area of rough and unsteady terrain, and then he plunged an indeterminate distance into the Chicago river and landed on his gun. How obsessively neat. Did the trauma of the bullet wound to the brain separate gun and body, or did the body fall neatly into the water with the handgun tucked safely underneath?

I am not a ballistics expert. But I have seen enough gunfire and violent death to know that when you are hit, everything around you flies in every direction. Who ever heard of a gun landing under the owner? In a river? Off an embankment?

While the gun was supposedly 18 years old, was the ammunition also ancient? If not, where did he purchase his ammunition? It’s not easy to buy bullets legally in Chicago. We need ballistics.

I could go on but you understand the thrust of my request. Mr. Scott was intimately involved in the supervision and expenditure of federal funds. While he did not head the schools himself, the most recent school leader is now Secretary of the Department of Education. Were there issues involving Mr. Duncan that might embarrass the Obama administration that led to Scott’s peculiar manner of death? I rule nothing out at this time. Nor should you.

Please feel free to contact me if I may be of any assistance. I will also report back to you as my own investigation proceeds.

And, if anything happens to me, don’t assume it was a “suicide.”

Respectfully submitted,




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