"I have never claimed any direct connection between Clinton and my son's murder," the email begins. "However, his fingerprints are all over the case."
The contents of Ives' email are far more explosive than anything you can find in the Podesta Files or the DNC leaks. But Ives isn't a hacker or a DNC staffer. And she's definitely not a Russian agent.
Linda Ives is an Arkansas mother who's suing the United States government. If successful, her lawsuit will bring closure to a 30-year nightmare—and would likely incriminate several three-letter agencies in a massive murder cover-up.
And there is little doubt that Bill Clinton, the governor of Arkansas at the time of the murder, would also be implicated.
Kevin, Linda Ives' 17-year-old son, was murdered in August, 1987, but his killers were never brought to justice.
Multiple investigations were botched or derailed. Evidence and files pertaining to the case disappeared. Witnesses died before they were able to testify.
Multiple Freedom of Information requests to the FBI, CIA, Department of Justice and other agencies were chewed up and spit out by uncooperative bureaucracies.
After nearly thirty years of cover-ups and government stonewalling, Linda Ives is suing more than ten federal and state agencies for "full and unredacted reports" that could shed light on who killed her son.
As her lawsuit states:
Plaintiff believes the only reason she has not received adequate responses [to her FOI requests] is that an adequate response would show crimes by government officials and would expose them and government agencies to suits for damages.
Plaintiff will prove that there has been a massive cover-up by federal, state and county officials.
Filed on August 24, 2016, twenty-nine years to the day when her son was murdered, her lawsuit is currently collecting dust on the judge's desk.
A court date has been set for sometime in late November, 2017, but a motion to dismiss filed by the government has been pending for more than six months.
Ives hasnever made her son's unsolved murder into a vendetta against the Clintons. She has stated repeatedly that her only goal is to identify her son's killers.
Nevertheless, in 1996, Clinton White House counsel Mark Fabiani accused Ives of spreading "conspiracy theories and innuendos" about Clinton—an episode detailed in Ives' lawsuit.
Although not a defendant in the case, Bill Clinton's name appears repeatedly in Ives' suit.
'Most of [the] public still does not understand that murder in politics is real'
Ives is now appealing to the internet for help—although it remains to be seen if her son's case can attract as much attention as the mystery surrounding Seth Rich, the DNC staffer gunned down near his home in Northwest D.C., on July 10, 2016.
"Most of [the] public still does not understand that murder in politics is real," Ives wrote on the popular internet message board 4chan. "To Seth Rich's family: I am sorry for your loss. I have been there and I know your pain and frustration. I do not know what happened to Seth, but I do know what happened to my son and I know why justice never came."
I let the investigators of the case do their job. I trusted their expertise, experience, and motives. I didn't find out till years later that the same people who were so kind to me, who were supporting me and reassuring me, were actually involved in covering up the murder of my son.
I was told over and over again by them to not do or say anything publicly that would hurt the case. So even when my intuition told me that something was off, I held my tongue.
I fear you might be victims to the same manipulative tactics that were used on me.
His name was Kevin Ives
On August 23, 1987, two teenage boys were stabbed and bludgeoned to death in a quiet suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas. Placed side by side on nearby railroad tracks, their bodies were later mutilated by a northbound Union Pacific train.
Investigators initially declared the deaths of Kevin Ives, 17, and Don Henry, 16, an accident. The medical examiner assigned to the case, Fahmy Malak, concluded that the two boys had smoked too much marijuana and had fallen asleep on the tracks.
According to Malak, Kevin and Don were in such a deep, marijuana-induced slumber that they were unable to hear the approaching train—or its horn.
After a massive public uproar—thanks largely to the efforts of Linda Ives—a grand jury was called to investigate the case. The bodies of the two boys were exhumed and a new autopsy was conducted, which revealed that Kevin and Don had been stabbed and bludgeoned before being placed on the tracks.
The grand jury concluded that the autopsy conducted by Malak was completely fraudulent.
Kevin and Don had been murdered.
As outraged citizens and newspaper editorials called for Fahmy Malak's dismissal, then-governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton defended the disgraced medical examiner (Malak's medical malfeasance was the result of "stress", according to Clinton) and even recommended he receive a 41 percent pay raise.
And while Linda Ives worked tirelessly to bring her son's killers to justice, Clinton was gearing up to become the next president of the United States.
Before launching his presidential campaign, Clinton participated in negotiations to create a new position for Malak in the Arkansas Department of Health—despite there being a government hiring freeze.
The story of "the boys on the track" (popularized in part by a book by the same name, written by Arkansas Times senior editor Mara Leveritt) is believed to be connected to a massive CIA-linked drug smuggling operation that was based in Mena, Arkansas.
Ives believes her son was murdered for wandering in on a drug drop—and that the 30-year cover-up involves the highest levels of government.
'Your government’s got its foot on somebody'
Linda Ives is suing almost every major US alphabet agency—the CIA, DEA, DHS, DIA and FBI—as well as the Department of Justice, the State Department, the State of Arkansas, the Arkansas State Police and the Saline County Sheriff's Department.
Her suit demands full compliance with all Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, as well as "completely unredacted" documents relevant to her son's unsolved murder:
Defendant agencies have conducted investigations into the death of plaintiffs son. Plaintiff has filed Freedom of Information requests with the defendant agencies and has received inadequate responses by virtue of no response or highly redacted responses.
There is no legal excuse for non-response or a redacted response as there is no ongoing investigation as no one is being investigated or arrested ... Plaintiff is entitled to know who killed her son, why her son was killed and who covered it up.
Filed on August 24, 2016, two consecutive judges recused themselvesfrom presiding over the case.
The current judge, Brian S. Miller, has yet to ruleon a motion to dismiss filed by the governmentin November. Although Linda Ives' attorney, R. David Lewis, responded to the motion in mid-December, the pending motion has been collecting dust for nearly six months.
"Nobody knows what to do," Lewis told this reporter during a telephone conversation. "The motions have been pending since November and I filed my response in December. Nothing."
Waggaman: But they have a judge for the case. What’s the last word you heard from them?
Lewis: Not a word.
Lewis: Yup. I think the word is—your government’s got its foot on somebody. I don’t know.
Waggaman: You think there’s some sort of … pressure?
Lewis: I don’t know! I’ve told you everything I know.
While waiting six months for a ruling on a pending motion is unusual, it's far from unprecedented. However, Ives has good reasons to be weary. As her lawsuit states, "Plaintiff has been trying for the last 29 years to learn how her son was killed, why and by whom and has been met with stonewalling at every turn."
Before filing suit, Ives—through her attorney—spent years petitioning federal and state agencies for unredacted documents related to her son's case.
According to Mara Leveritt of the Arkansas Times, the FBI is believed to have 17,000 documents relating to Kevin Ives' murder. However, only heavily (or in many cases, completely) redacted documents relevant to the case have been released to the public.
Ives believes that the reason federal and state agencies are redacting or withholding information about her son's death is because complying with her FOI requests would expose the government to criminal liability.
As her suit claims: "Plaintiff believes the only reason she has not received adequate responses is that an adequate response would show crimes by government officials and would expose them and government agencies to suits for damages. Plaintiff will prove that there has been a massive cover-up by federal, state and county officials".