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MICHAEL RICONOSCIUTO EXPLAINS WHY 
HIS TESTIMONY IS ESSENTIAL IN THE
CASES OF RICHARD HAMLIN AND
PHILIP ARTHUR THOMPSON

by Virginia McCullough

Placerville, CA:  This is the fourth article in an ongoing series about the best conspiracy case in recent California history. The California State Superior Court in El Dorado County is the stage for the ongoing drama of a love affair gone bad. Susan and Richard Hamlin, two attorneys and parents of four children, are the protagonists in this tragic play that never seems to end in Placerville, California.

Behind the scenes, the script the actors would follow in this unfolding melodrama had been written by Susan Hamlin. For years Susan Hamlin composed a series of letters to friends and family that set the stage for the upcoming vehicle. It all began as a book entitled Book of Positive Mantras for the Incest Survivor that Mrs. Hamlin had been writing under her maiden name of Susan Siemer. Susan's book relied on research into other publications such as Breaking the Circle of Satanic Ritual Abuse by Daniel Ryder. Susan's lapses in her memory soon became interwoven with incest memories and graphic descriptions of Satanic abuse and snuff films.  What began as an unbelievable comedy of errors soon evolved into a Greek Tragedy with no final act in sight. (Click.)

The opening curtain was on February 26, 2004 when husband and wife walked into the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department and Susan Hamlin made a bizarre confession that detailed the molestation of her children and her involvement in a Satanic cult led by her father that intended to murder her husband. (Click.)

Two days later Richard Hamlin was arrested and Susan Hamlin retracted her entire confession claiming her position as lead actress in the drama.

El Dorado County Detective Rich Strasser now appears as the heavy who investigates the alleged crimes admitted to by Susan Hamlin for less then forty-eight hours and arrests Richard Hamlin.

Politically ambitious El Dorado County District Attorney Gary Lacy enters the scene from stage right and finds himself glowing in the limelight.  Never one to undercharge a case and having survived a close re-election race, Lacy confidently takes center stage and charges Richard Hamlin with numerous felonies including, but not limited to, terrorist threats.

The play's leading man Richard Hamlin held in jail without bail is now looking at 25 years to life if convicted in a jury trial.  Several trial dates were postponed and the trial in now scheduled for October 11, 2005.

The upcoming trial would still only be a high profile domestic violence case except for the debut of one more character actor -- former CIA asset Michael Riconosciuto.  This highly intelligent scene-stealer comes on stage with his straight man, former FBI agent and Satanic cult chaser, Ted Gunderson.  Gunderson serves for awhile as Richard Hamlin's private investigator. Riconosciuto communicates with Richard Hamlin and tells Hamlin that he can reveal a great deal about Susan Hamlin's father Dr. Sid Siemer and his activities in and around the Cabazon Indian Reservation in Indio, California.

Now the stage is set and the backdrop is in place for a fascinating mystery.  But abruptly Superior Court Judge Eddie Keller, acting as Simon Legree, shuts down Michael Riconosciuto's part in the play.  He rules Riconosciuto will not be allowed to travel from a federal prison to testify in the Richard Hamlin case.

The first three articles in the Hamlin series generated a great deal of interest world wide.  Hundreds of emails and dozens of phone calls caused this reporter to look closely at the public interest the series generated.  The single question asked most often by my readers is, "What is former CIA asset Michael Riconosciuto doing in what should be a simple domestic violence case?"  It is a valid question and one that has puzzled this writer since I first began investigating the strange case of Richard and Susan Hamlin in early January 2005.  It is a question that Michael Riconosciuto himself has answered in part in a Cover Letter and Letter of Judicial Notification he submitted to the Chief Judge of the Superior Court in El Dorado on March 30, 2005. These important documents follow:

                                                                                                                  Michael Riconosciuto
                                                                                                                  P.O. Box 2000
                                                                                                                  FCI ALLENWOOD
                                                                                                                  White Deer, PA 17887

Re: Attached Letter of Notification
To Judge Keller, of Eldorado County
pertaining to case numbers:

     #P04CRF0132 California -v- Hamlin
     #                          California -v- Thompson

Note:  My legal defense team, nor myself,
            were not questioned by Judge Keller if
            they possess new information pertinent
            in the above captioned cases.

March 30, 2005

_________________________
BY HAND
_________________________

CHIEF JUDGE, CALIFORNIA SUPERIOR COURT

Please find enclosed a copy of a letter captioned JUDICIAL NOTIFICATION. This was drafted on my own and without consent of legal counsel nor any knowledge of the parties at interest in the cases at bar. This letter is to alert the Honorable Judge Keller of Eldorado County Superior Court there is factual documentation to undermine his most recent ruling in denying defense request for me to testify on behalf of Richard Hamlin (defendant).

Also, the prosecutor committed prosecutorial misconduct by not letting the court know of newly discovered information held by my legal defense team that shows the government hid in their files information that undermined their position at trial. This information in large part is contained in documents obtained under FOIA/PA, some of which are classified based on national security interests.

This letter to you, CHIEF JUSTICE, is to make known the magnitude of this information

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and its potential impact in the Thompson and Hamlin cases. There is a cover up and attempts to obstruct justice being undertaken by certain individuals, who will not stop unless judicial parties intervene.

March 30, 2005                                                             Thank you for your time and assistance


                                                                                         (Signed) Michael Riconosciuto

 

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___________________________________________________________________

CALIFORNIA STATE SUPERIOR COURT
COUNTY OF ELDORADO


STATE OF CALIFORNIA                                                          JUDGE:   Edward T. Keller
         -v-                                                                                         CASE # P04CRF0132 
RICHARD HAMLIN
                                                                                              Letter of Judicial Notification alerting
_____________                                                                 Honorable Judge Keller of attempts to
BY HAND                                                                            obstruct justice and use threats of
_____________                                                                 bodily harm to do so, by persons
                                                                                              employed by the real perpetrator to
                                                                                              this case.  Also the existence of
                                                                                              documents to refute prosecutors' and
                                                                                              Court's position as to the reliability of
                                                                                              a witness who holds direct knowledge
                                                                                              and factual documents to prove such
                                                                                              testimony.

Honorable Judge Keller:

My name is Michael Riconosciuto. I am drafting this LETTER OF JUDICIAL NOTIFICATION to put the court on notice that it's ruling, that I am not a credible witness in the Richard Hamlin case, is in direct conflict with what is contained in government files. This violates known statutes and judicial policies outlined in US CA Title 5, Section 552a(g)(i)(c) and its supporting subsections.

My legal defense team has in their possession documents obtained after my trial that clearly can be used to support the defense of Richard Hamlin and prove the direct knowledge I possess and have stated is true and correct. This information would also taint this court's most recent ruling not to allow me to testify on Richard Hamlin's behalf.

There is the additional matter of the prosecution of Philip Arthur Thompson who is presently charged with murder and rape in the same jurisdiction as the Richard Hamlin case. The above mentioned government documents will show that Philip Arthur Thompson was actively working as an FBI informant against me at the time he committed numerous rapes and murders. Many of these rapes and murders were orchestrated by the real perpetrator in the Hamlin case. Eldorado County has demonstrated a conflict of interest between the Philip Arthur Thompson case and the Richard Hamlin case, in so far as the prosecutors efforts to impeach my credibility in the Hamlin case serves to obstruct my being an effective witness in the Thompson case

This letter is to put this court on notice and is not of any doing or motivation orchestrated by the defense or prosecution. Neither of these parties are privy to this correspondence, nor is anyone else connected to this case.  The court will see, when it orders a hearing that documents prove my position beyond a reasonable doubt that Richard Hamlin is not the culprit.  The real culprit is the party Mrs. Hamlin identified in her earlier sworn statement; later retracted in fear of losing her children.  It will also be shown the real perpetrator originally identified by Mrs. Hamlin is one of the leaders of a group responsible for serial rape and murder.  This information will draw some serious doubt on the prosecution of Richard Hamlin and support the prosecution of Philip Arthur Thompson, et al. The court needs to consider the fact that most of the participants in the rapes and murders connected to Philip Arthur Thompson et al are still at large.  This has had a chilling effect on witnesses coming forward.  Allowing the situation to continue is certainly a miscarriage of justice.  This information certainly warrants a hearing centered around the factual matters, these factual matters that must now be addressed by this court in the interest of justice.

This court has the responsibility to determine who is orchestrating a grand smoke screen to cover up and obstruct justice. Justice will be impeded by not enabling the court to find out the real culprit as proven by documentation in possession by my legal defense team, which will show there exists such parties acting in concert to cover up what happened here and wrongfully lay the blame on a person who attempted to expose the real culprit. There is a long established pattern and practice of the employment of covert tactics to shift the blame on the person exposing wrongful acts in violation of the United States law and constitutional rights.

A most recent newspaper article in the Mountain Democrat quoting Tacoma News Tribune reporter Jerry Uhrhammer on my alleged unreliability as a source, has failed to consider official US government documentation obtained under FOIA/PA release.  This material supports my veracity and demonstrates my privacy act rights were violated during my trial and reporter Jerry Uhrhammer's coverage of it in the local press.  The Mountain Democrat has been provided copies of some of this FOIA/PA material and has failed to reflect the facts established through these supplied documents in their coverage of attempts to call me as a possible defense witness in the Hamlin case.  The material provided to the Mountain Democrat was only recently made available to me under FOIA/PA.  The exemptions to this material made under Executive Branch, CIA and NSA classification have been administratively appealed.

This classified exculpatory material in my case was available to the prosecution, but formally denied to exist in the government's case in chief at trial.

When a conviction is obtained by willfully and knowingly withholding information contained in government files, well established principles of law and judicial policy are violated. See Code of Professional Responsibility Policy #DR7-102.A4 and US -v- Valentine 820 F2d., 565 [Second Circuit 1987] criminal law note #1171.1(i) stating:

"Criminal conviction must be reversed for prosecutorial misconduct, where prosecutor's tactics have caused substantial prejudice to defendant and served to deprive him of a fair trial....."

As seen in the Second Circuit's findings a conviction is reversed where a prosecutors tactics caused substantial prejudice to the defendant.  This court has caused the same reversible error to not allowing me to testify on behalf of Richard Hamlin and providing for this court factual information supporting my direct knowledge, and also to deny me to provide supporting documentation.

My attorney {past or present} was never notified by this court to elicit any facts or request documents to support the recent ruling to deny the defense counsels motion for me to testify.

Had the court contacted my legal defense team or set up a telephonic conference to ascertain the truth and validity to support the California prosecutors contentions, it would have resulted in an affirmative response to the defense request.

Just because of one's political connections and status in a certain community, it should not buy him protection from being held accountable to heinous acts in violation of the law. If this is the case, that one is able to afford political protection in this jurisdiction then the venue of this case needs to be moved. Since we are dealing with people with political connections tied to the inner circles of Washington D.C. most powerful people, this will be difficult.

My willingness to testify on behalf of Richard Hamlin has brought forth threats of bodily injury towards my family as well as retaliatory transfer from a BOP medical facility, where I was being treated for prostate cancer as well as other serious illnesses. I have been sent to a BOP facility, [FCI Allenwood], whose medical department cannot provide me with the proper medication and treatment I require. This was all brought about because of the undue influence of the real perpetrator in Richard Hamlin's case. These actions undertaken have effectively obstructed my ability to testify or otherwise provide relevant evidence in the Hamlin case and crimes connected to Philip Arthur Thompson et al.

As stated earlier in this letter, I was never formally asked to provide, not was my legal defense team asked to provide documentation needed in the Hamlin case or cases related to Philip Arthur Thompson et al. I am doing this of my own free will under no promises or monetary gain from anyone.

I am willing to engage in a telephonic conference and supply certain testimony and documents to assist the court to correct an injustice and bring to the surface the truth in these tragic matters.

March 30, 2005                                                                          Sworn to be True and Correct by,

                                                                                                      (Signed) Michael Riconosciuto

It is obvious that the feature attraction in the mystery play featuring Susan and Richard Hamlin is Michael Riconosciuto. In his letters dated March 30, 2005, he answers in his own words the question: "What is former CIA asset Michael Riconosciuto doing in the middle of what should be a simply domestic violence case?"  It is apparent that Riconosciuto has married the Hamlin alleged domestic violence case to the Thompson alleged rape and murder case.  However, the answer to one question only leads to another question: What does Michael Riconosciuto stand to gain by testifying as a credible witness in both cases?

Virginia McCullough © May 23, 2005

 


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