CA: Psycho Killer Still On The Loose In Marijuana Country

CA: Psycho Killer Still On The Loose In Marijuana Country
TokeoftheTown / Jack Rikess / 09,05,2011


Photo: James Boylan.InfoSuspected killer Aaron Bassler, 35, is still on the loose in Northern California.​​

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." ~ Joseph Goebbels

Is the L.A. Times anti-marijuana? Since the tragic shooting of Ft. Bragg city councilman Jere Melo a week ago last Saturday, the L.A. Times and other wire services have still been running erroneous information surrounding the incident.

Violence stalks the mountains above a quiet coastal town

"The slaying of Fort Bragg Councilman Jere Melo is the latest event in an area populated by marijuana growers drawn to the isolation, good weather and laissez-faire culture. ~ Los Angeles Times, September 4, 2011

Yet the local slant is going in another, totally different direction: That there is a killer loose, and it has nothing to do with marijuana.

While the Times beats the propaganda drum, suspected killer Aaron Bassler is still out there.

As of last night, September 4, at 8 p.m.:


Graphic: Redheaded Blackbelt

"Sighted this morning at 8:15 a.m. near the home of his mother, Aaron Bassler, the suspect in two recent homicides that have rocked Mendocino County continues to elude capture. According to the SF Gate, "[m]ore than 50 law enforcement officers are combing a neighborhood on the eastern edge of Fort Bragg today. ‘It was a positive sighting,’ Capt. Kurt Smallcomb, spokesperson for the Mendocino Sheriff, said. ‘We have reason to believe he’s still right in that general area."

The Fort Bragg Advocate posted an update: At 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, Sheriff’s Capt. Kurt Smallcomb said searches in the forest near the 30,000 block of Sherwood Road are continuing "as we speak." Smallcomb corrected a previous report that Bassler was last seen in dark clothing, but that he was, in fact, wearing camouflage clothing when spotted by law enforcement personnel.

"Smallcomb said a police K9 was able to catch Bassler for a moment before he slipped away. Smallcomb reminded residents in the area to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings. Residents are urged to call 911 at the first sign of suspicious activity."

But the headline above ran the whole day Sunday.

If the L.A. Times was really interested in what was transpiring on the Mendocino coast they would highlight how the killer’s family tried to get their son some help for his obvious mental condition. Because of a lack of funds, Aaron Bassler was denied county services.


Photo: Redheaded BlackbeltLaw enforcement officers combing the area near Fort Bragg for suspected killer Aaron Bassler​

Or the revered SoCal paper might want to add that the killer’s father has alleged that his son might be responsible for the killing of Matt Coleman. It was speculated early on that Coleman was also killed by marijuana growers.

The L.A. Times is pushing this tiny coastal city into a position that may well backfire. At this time, most local journalists are being very sensitive to a story that has rocked a small community that on its best days is precarious to say the least.

Jere Melo was a civic leader, but he wasn’t a friend to the growing community. But that doesn’t have anything to do with his untimely death. Jere Melo was killed by a crazed wacko that was lying and waiting for trouble by the slit trenches he dug and the sniper posts he erected. He was ready for someone to bring it on. For Melo, it could have just been a matter of timing, not a preconceived attack.

But for eight dark days, the L.A. Times ran a story that blamed marijuana growers for the trouble in Fort Bragg, never taking the time to find the real issue: Money.

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