Alfred Trenkler Innocent Committee
   
   
   
   
   

Lives of Alfred W. Trenkler, Thomas L. Shay and Thomas A. Shay and Case Chronology

1956, 6 Feb. Alfred William Trenkler born to Alfred Maximilian (Freddie) Trenkler and Josephine Barnum Trenkler, both stars in the Ice Capades; and they lived at 239 Central Avenue, Milton, Massachusetts, exactly one mile from the birthplace of George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the U.S.  (See commemorative plate with image of Freddie Trenkler routine. Also, see his obituary in the New York Times.)
1957, 8 Sept Freddie Trenkler appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, along with others from the "Ice Capades," and singer Paul Anka, Jimmie Rodgers and Della Reese.
1960 Mother and father divorced.  His father then married Gigi Jelberte, also a skater with the "Ice Capades," and they moved to California. They had two daughters, Alfred's half-sisters, Margaret and Pamela.
1961, 25 November Mother married John (Jack) Wallace.
1962, July The Wallaces and Alfred W. Trenkler moved to 7 Whitelawn Ave., Milton. (Two drawings from memory by Alfred Trenkler, 2008)
1962 - 1969 Alfred attended Milton Academy in Milton, Mass. from the first through 6th grade.
   
1966  
28 Mar. Nancy Peters and Thomas L. Shay married.
   
1968  
12 Aug Alfred Trenkler earns a "marksmanship" award from the National Rifle Assn.
   
1969  
19 June Milton Academy 6th grade teacher Roy Patterson (known affectionately as "Sir Patterson") writes letter to Alfred Trenkler (who just finished 6th grade), "I have more time now and want to tell you how very much I appreciated your expert help [with the sound system for a school play]...  Do keep up your interest in the subject [electronics], learn all you can about it, and who knows what success you may achieve one day!"
1969 - 1971 Alfred Trenkler attended Park School in Brookline, Mass. for 7th and 8th grade.  See his Certificates for Baseball, Wrestling and Soccer.
   
1971  
Sept Alfred Trenkler attended Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. beginning in 9th grade, and graduated in 1975.
3 Nov 1971 Thomas Arthur Shay born (birth certificate) to Thomas Leroy Shay and Nancy N. Shay. Thomas A. Shay is called "Shay, Jr." in many government and court papers, but he was not a "Jr." and is also called "Thomas A. Shay" and "Tom Shay" on this website.  Thomas L. Shay is called "Shay, Sr." in investigative and court papers. (Thus, Thomas A. Shay was 15 years younger than Alfred Trenkler.  See spreadsheet for their respective ages throughout this chronology.  His older siblings were half-sisters Jean (now Maguire) (2/24/63), and Amy (now Lenar) (D.O.B. 1/3/65), and sisters Nancy Shay (1/7/67), and Paula Shay (12/13/68).
   
1974  
27 June Alfred completed American Red Cross "Standard First Aid and Personal Safety" course.  See Certification Card issued by the Milton Police Dept.
   
1975  
7 June 1975 Alfred Trenkler graduated from Thayer Academy.  See Graduation Program and his yearbook page, and his diploma.
1975, Sept. Alfred Trenkler began freshman year at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
   
1977  
1977, 26 Mar. Playing with matches, Thomas A Shay, age 5 1/2, set fire to his home, which destroyed the home.  He and his parents and three sisters lost all their possessions and were forced to moved to temporary housing at the Ramada Inn in Brighton.
1977, 31 Mar. Thomas A. Shay, ("Tommy"), age 5 and-a-half, was admitted to Ward D in the Children's unit at Metropolitan State Hospital "following an evaluation for fire setting". See Boston Fire Department Report. According to a later report, he was burning his Teddy Bear.  His mother thought the admission was for a 10-day evaluation, but Tommy was not released to his parents until five months later.  One month previous, he had 15 teeth extracted due to periodontic infection.
1977, June Alfred Trenkler graduated from Wentworth Institute, with a 2-year Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering.  See his Associates Degree in Applied Science Diploma and Institue for Engineering Technicians Certificate.
   
1978  
1978-1979 Alfred begins work at Analog Devices in Norwood, Mass.
   
1979  
29 May Thomas L. Shay brings his son, Thomas A. Shay to the Milton Police Dept. to seek help with son's firesetting. See Milton P.D. report.
Dec Alfred completes extension course at Northeastern. See CLE Northeastern certificate for course: Microprocessor
   
1980  
1980 - 1985 Alfred Trenkler worked as freelance engineer for Boston Catholic Television/Television and Production Services (BCTV/TPS)
26 Sept. Milton Police Dept arrest Thomas A Shay for pulling fire alarms in Blue Hill area.
28 Nov Thomas A. Shay engages in a rock fight with other boys and is knocked unconscious, and is taken to a hospital.
Dec. Thomas A. Shay, age 9, notified police that a person was drowning at Wollaston Beach.  "After many hours of active search, the police were informed that Tommy sometimes makes up stories."
   
1981  
19 Sept Milton Police arrest Thomas A Shay for pulling a false alarm
19 Dec. Milton Police Dept: Thomas A Shay victim of claimed robbery at Jordan Marsh in Boston.  Further inquiry revealed that there were no parents at home in Milton with the teenage children, and Tommy, age 10.
   
1982  
13 Jan. Milton Police report re theft of jewelry at 28 Belvoir, 1st Floor, Milton by Thomas A. Shay.  Thomas Shay lived upstairs on the 2d floor with his sisters.
29 Jan. Thomas A. Shay, age 10, was admitted for a 90-day diagnostic stay to the residential Nazareth Child Care Center in Jamaica Plain, and assigned to the Fatima Cottage.
1982 Thomas L. Shay involved in auto accident and settled claim for $100,000. See 29 October 1991 report by Sgt Spellman of phone interview with atty Thomas J Freedman re: Shay lawsuit v. Dedham Service Center.
   
1984  
22 Mar An evaluation of Thomas A. Shay, age 12, at the Nazareth Center, "On several occasions, Tom had 'serious' discussions about his problems with staff which turned out to be largely lies and fantasy.  Tommy has acknowledged that he lies, telling people what he thinks they want to hear. He often asks, "Do you still like me?' "
15 May Thomas A Shay admitted to Bournewood Hospital, Brookline and remained there until 19 October 1984, when he was discharged to  his father's care. At this time, his mother's address, after being separated from Thomas L. Shay since 3 November 1981, was at 26 Belvoir Road in Milton, approximately 1.5 miles from 7 Whitelawn Avenue, the home of Alfred Trenkler, but they were not to meet until their fateful chance encounter in Boston in the Summer of 1991.
1 Nov. Thomas A. Shay, age 12, was placed with the Spaulding Youth Center in New Hampshire and lived there until his discharge on 25 July 1986 with that school's recommendation that he be placed in another locked facility.
   
1985  
   
1986  
1986-1989 Alfred Trenkler founded and operated microwave antenna and communications company, AWT Associates.
22 July Concord NH Police report Thomas A Shay in stolen jeep
25 July Thomas A. Shay placed in the Gaebler Unit, Metropolitan State Hospital, Waltham for a 10 day evaluation "under Section 12".
5 Aug Thomas A. Shay placed at Fuller Memorial Hospital, South Attleboro for 30 day psychological evaluation.
1 Sept. Explosion of M-21 Hoffman Artillery Simulator in Quincy, with device connected to batteries and switch by Alfred, at the request of his friend, Donna Shea, who supplied the M-21. Ironically, the device was originally owned by the owners of the fish market where Donna Shea worked, and who owned the truck to which the device was later attached for detonation.  Those owners had given it to David Noonan, the father of Todd Leach.  From there it was left in the garage of Mary Ann Leach, who gave it to her sister, Donna Shea.  It "caused no injuries and little property damage". (Quote from Circuit Court Judge Stahl in 18 July 1995 appeal decision.) See handwritten Quincy Police Report by Peter Turowski.  See rekeyed Word version of the first three pages of handwritten report. See Mass. Dept of Public Safety 20 November 1986 report on device See Alfred Trenkler's explanation of the origin of the idea and the quick assembly and explosion of the device.
Sept-Oct Thomas A. Shay, age 14, at Fuller Memorial Hospital in So. Attleboro, Mass.
Oct. Thomas L. Shay involved in auto accident and settled claim for $22,000. See 29 October 1991 report by Sgt Spellman of phone interview with atty Thomas J Freedman re: Shay lawsuit v. Dedham Service Center.  See 1986 PHOTO of Thomas L. Shay with his brother-in-law Brian (husband of his sister Diane), at home of his mother.
27 Oct. Thomas A. Shay, age 14, admitted to residential program at The  Baird Center in Plymouth.  One report noted, "Of utmost concern is that Tom has once again spread an admittedly false story that he was touched inappropriately by an adult."
   
1987  
27 Oct. "...when he [Thomas A. Shay] reported another [___] student had a gun and bullets on [ ____ ] grounds.  Tom insisted he saw a gun.  After an intense investigation by the [_____] Police and [___] staff it was evident that Tom had not told the truth.  At the time Tom absolutely insisted he saw a gun.  There are numerous incidents of Tom grossly exaggerating what he saw or experienced."  By this time, Thomas A. Shay was 15 years old and had not lived at home with either parent for about 10 years.
30 Oct. Explosion of an M-80 firecracker or cherry bomb or short stick of dynamite at the Dedham Service Center, where Thomas L. Shay rented space to work on customers' automobiles. Subsequently, Thomas L. Shay filed a lawsuit against the Service Center for damages. See 30 August 1990, below.
7 Dec. Thomas A. Shay accepted into the non-residential Compass program in Jamaica Plain.
   
1988  
7 -20 June From four Boston Police Dept. reports, Thomas L. Shay reported that his son, Thomas A. Shay was missing and then returned and then was missing again and suspected of stealing money from father, Thomas L. Shay.
23 June Thomas A. Shay's discharged from the Compass School in Jamaica Plain, due to non-attendance and fabricating of stories.
20 Sept. Thomas A. Shay, age 16, admitted to the Psychiatric Center at the University of Mass. Medical Center in Westboro, Mass. for evaluation.
Sept. Thomas A. Shay admitted to the Boston Cluster Program in Dorchester, part of the New England Home for Little Wanderers, for evaluation.  Stated to have an extra Y chromosome.
11 Nov Thomas A. Shay, age 17, is a driver in an auto collision in Manchester, New Hampshire.  He is arrested for auto theft.  See Manchester NH Police Reports
20 Dec Thomas A. Shay's Social Worker, and legal guardian, Ron Payne, reports that Shay is missing. See Boston Police Dept. report.
   
1989  
1989 through Feb. 1991 Alfred Trenkler worked at Ashley Telecommunications (ATEL) installing and repairing two-radios for ATEL customers.
1989 through June 1991 Thomas A. Shay believed to be in Florida and/or Washington State. He returned to Boston, perhaps at the behest of his father, Thomas L. Shay to assist with a deposition in his father's lawsuit against the owners of a garage where he worked. See Alfred Trenkler's 9 June 2006 letter on his non-relationship with Thomas A. Shay during these years.
4 Feb Boston Police Dept report of Thomas A Shay and prostitution.  Tom Shay denies (2008) that he was engaged in prostitution for money, but that he was homeless and did seek love with older men at the "Block" in Boston.
29 March Ron Payne, DSS Social Worker and now Legal Guardian of Thomas A. Shay, requests copies of evaluations from Westboro State Hospital for use in application for placement of Thomas A. Shay with the U.S. Job Corps.
22 May Thomas A. Shay, age 17, arrested for auto theft in Milton and committed to Bridgewater State Hospital for observation and evaluation of mental capacity.   Quincy District Court sentenced Shay to 6 months in jail, suspended.
2 July Thomas A. Shay arrested in Boston for being a "common nightwalker". See Boston P.D. report.
5 July Thomas A Shay arrested for habitual walking of streets, i.e. prostitution. Tom Shay denies (2008) that he was engaged in prostitution for money, but that he was homeless and did seek love with older men at the "Block" in Boston.
19 Aug Milton Police Dept and the MBTA Police Dept report larceny of an MBTA badge from Deborah Jenness at 28 Belvoir Rd.  She was the roommate of one of Thomas A. Shay's sisters.
   
1990  
25 April Thaoms A. Shay arrested for driving without compulsory insurance, and for giving a false name to a police officer. See report.  Fined $500. Default warrant was issued in case on 10 February 1992.
18 June Eighteen year old Thomas A. Shay appears on Boston television, WBZ-TV, program "People are Talking", hosted by Tom Bergeron, (who hosts in 2006 the national program, "Dancing with the Stars"). The segment of "People are Talking" on which appeared Thomas A. Shay featured the issue of being a gay teenager.  His mother was on the program, but Shay stated on camera that his father would learn about his son's sexual orientation only if he chanced to see the program.
26 June An ATEL customer, Ray Collins from Telewave in Mountain View, Calif., writes Alfred a complimentary response to a business proposal. It begins, "I am satisfied that you have done your home work, and have an excellent concept on what is required for a good system design."
28 Aug. Thomas A. Shay is implicated in the theft of valuables and cash from the home of M. Turner in Los Angeles, who had befriended Shay; but had left him at his home unattended while away. See Report of the Los Angeles Police Dept.
30 Aug. Thomas L. Shay files a complaint to initiate his lawsuit against the Dedham Service Center where he had an autobody business as a tenant. Specifically, the suit was against Jeffrey Berry and Berr-Giam, the trust owned by Berry and Anthony Giammarco.  The suit was to recover damages for injuries suffered from the explosition at the Dedham Service Center on 30 October 1987 (See above.)
2 Sept Thomas A. Shay case of Possession of Stolen Property in Seattle,  Washington.  Dismissed on 20 November 1990.
13 Nov Thomas A. Shay arrested for making bomb threat at Back Bay MBTA Station in Boston.  See MBTA Bomb Threat at Back Bay Station allegedly by Thomas A Shay and Arrest Sheet and MBTA Booking Photo of Thomas A. Shay.
December William David Lindholm convicted in case US v. Lindholm, 1:90-cr-10080-DPW-ALL and sentenced to 97 months.
   
1991  
6 Feb. Alfred Trenkler's 35th birthday.
28 Feb Thomas A. Shay arrested for making a false report of rape and kidnapping after a consensual, but dispute-ridden, sexual encounter in Broward County, Florida. See Pompano Beach Police Report.  Convicted on 1 March 1991.
19 March Thomas L. Shay filed a "Business Certificate" with the City of Boston to do business as "Shay Auto Body and Automotive"at 90 Spring Street, West Roxbury, Mass.  However, he only worked there for a few months as he had been receiving Social Security disability payments since 1989.
19 March Quincy District Court issues Arrest Warrant Thomas A. Shay for violation of probation
23 April Thomas L. Shay filed an Amended Complaint in his lawsuit against the Dedham Service Center, Jeffrey Berry and Anthony Giammarco. See original Complaint, above, at 30 August 1990.

June through

Nov.

Alfred formed ARCOMM, for Advanced Research Communications in preparation for large contract with the Christian Science Monitor Publishing Society.
13 May Thomas L. Shay reported to the police (See INCIDENT REPORT) that a car followed him for an extended period of time. He recorded the license plate, which was later traced to a Mark Griffin of 60 Kilsyth Road, Brookline.
June On his way home from a late night service call for the radios of a tow truck operator in Boston, Alfred Trenkler stopped at the "White Hen Pantry" convenience store at 1252 Boylston Street, Boston, a block south of Fenway Park, and saw that a young man was asking for a ride to Dorchester.  Alfred was going in that direction on his way to his home in Quincy, and it was about 2 a.m. with the low likelihood of other rides, so he offered Thomas A. Shay a ride home.  The 35 year old Alfred Trenkler was 5 foot 4 inches, and Thomas A. Shay was 19.
June During the month of June, Alfred Trenkler chanced to see Thomas A. Shay on two more occasions and gave him two rides: to Randall Stoller's in Attleboro, and to Shay's mother's home in Quincy. See one page summary of Alfred's 1991 contacts(.pdf) with Thomas A. Shay, and as rekeyed MS-Word file.  See also 17 page detailed statement of those contacts, and other parts of 1991 chronology(.pdf).  See also rekeyed MS-Word copy.
27 June Alfred Trenkler is injured in an auto accident, which requires chiropractic treatment for his back.  See Chiropractor diagnosis and treatment information
July The "Roslindale Bomb" was built by Bomb Maker (as s/he is called here) sometime after July 1991, which has known because a fragment of the July 1991 issue of Muscle Mag International was found at the scene of the explosion at 39 Eastbourne Street and it was determined to have been part of the bomb packaging. See Final Report of Defense expert witness Denny Kline, which was introduced as an Exhibit at the November 1993 trial. Alfred Trenkler has never purchased, subscribed nor read nor seen a copy of that magazine.
July Alfred Trenkler came across Thomas A. Shay when Alfred was in Boston to pick up his roommate, John Cates at Cates' work at Fleet Bank on Boylston Street.  When Alfred was in front of the Hynes Auditorium, Thomas A. Shay waved him over and jumped into his car.  Alfred drove him a few blocks further to where Cates was waiting, and Shay jumped out and Cates entered the car.  This was Shay's last ride in Alfred's car.
July-Aug. In his 13 September deposition, (See below), Thomas A. Shay said that he lived with a Bill Smith on 5th Avenue in New York for one month, before his two weeks with Russ Bonanno in South Dartmouth.
August Since their first meeting by chance in June, Alfred Trenkler saw Thomas A. Shay only two times in June, and once in July and each time by happenstance.  In the first two weeks of August, and in the company of John Cates and Tom Tompson, Alfred encountered Shay at the 1252 Boylston Street White Hen Pantry for the last time.   He gave Shay his business card, because Shay had deceitfully told Alfred that he had a friend at a potential customer (WBCN radio) who was interested in Alfred's antenna work.  That business card had Alfred's pager number and Shay called it many times.  Later in August, because of the frequent calls, Alfred called Thomas A. Shay once and only once.  It was the only call he ever made to Tom Shay, and it was to tell him to stop calling him.
21 Aug. William David Lindholm was sentenced to 97 months in prison for drug sales and distribution. Pursuant to the one year limit of Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 35(b) he was eligible to obtain a reduction of his sentence by assisting the Government in the investigation and prosecution of criminals until 21 August 1992.
Late Aug. Thomas A. Shay stated in his deposition (below, 13 Sept.) that he had been living in Dartmouth, Mass., with Russ Bonanno for the two weeks prior to the deposition. 
13 Sept. Thomas A. Shay gives 157 page deposition in his father's civil lawsuit vs. Jeffrey S. Berry and Ber-Giam, Inc. See also 16-page summary of deposition prepared by an unknown person,.
22 Sept. According to the 22 January 1992 ATF-reported interview by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly and ATF Special Agent Jeff Kerr, with Russell Bonanno, Thomas A. Shay stopped living at Bonanno's home on this date.  Later, Thomas A. Shay asked for Bonanno's help in an undated letter from jail, where he noted, "You are the only friend I have got on this case. Don't let me down."
27, 28 Sept. Alfred Trenkler work schedule for two days (Friday/Saturday) for Christian Science project [note: both days were misdated on the original.]
29 Sept. Alfred Trenkler work schedule for this day (Sunday) for Christian Science project.
9 Oct., Wed. AWT: "I drive John Cates to work.  Leave Boston and meet Richard Brown at his 35 Arnold Road residence. We traveled in his car to look at some office space.  Upon locating space, 82 Broad Street, we traveled to Tom Peters, the owner, and gave him four months' deposit, $1,500. At the end of the day I left to meet my roommate John Cates at Chiropractor and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St., Quincy.)" [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
10 Oct., Thurs. AWT: "I drove John Cates to work. Then went to the Weyouth office where I met Robert Distasio, Nurdan Cagdus and Richard Brown. We began to clean the office, broke for lunch.  Then went to Grossman's to pick up tools and painting supplies and began removing floor tiles.  At the end of the day, I left to pick up John Cates in Boston and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
11 Oct., Fri. AWT: "I drove John Cates to work. Then went to the Weymouth office where I met Nurdan Cagdos, Robert Distasio and Richard Brown.  We continued stripping the floor tiles. At the end of the day, I left to pick up John Cates in Boston and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
12 Oct., Sat Thomas L. Shay invited his son, Tom, to come to the Seabrook, NH, Dog Racing with the father and several of his friends in a rented van or bus. The neglected son was delighted and afterward the day at the races, they returned to Mr. Shay's club in the South End.  So happy was Tommy, that he wrote a note to Mr. Shay, " Dad, thanks for a real fun time. I hope that we can do this more often. I hope that we can do this more often. It's like old times, being here with the guys and you. I will go over a friend's house tonight and go home tomorrow. I can walk from here. dad thanks, 'for being my dad again'. I will call about David's car tomorrow and will see you Thursday around ... I will see you Thursday or Wednesday, see you, love Tommy." Mr. Shay read a few words, and put it into his car ashtray.
12 Oct., Sat. AWT: "Left John Cates' house and went to office.  With Nurdan Cagdos, Rich Brown, Robert and Steven Distasio, loaded flooring tiles into Steven Distasio's truck for dumping. Began removing ceiling tiles for painting. We also started to paint all of the trim in the office.  I left to pick up John Cates at the Braintree T and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
13 Oct., Sun. AWT: "I left John Cates' house at 4:30 a.m. and went to Christian Science Monitor and checked in at approx. 4:45 a.m.  Also met Rich Brown, Nurdan Cagdus, Chip Brown and Wiggins Airways.  We finished the helicopter lift about 8:00 a.m. and left the site about 9:__ a.m. I left and went back to John Cates' house for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]  See photos of Christian Science Project:  1, 2345678910.
14 Oct., Mon. AWT: "I drove John Cates to work. Then went to the Weymouth office where I met Rich Brown, Nurdan Cagdus and his friend.  We continued painting the trim for the office and started patching all holes in the walls. I left to pick up John Cates in Boston and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
15 Oct., Tues. AWT: "I drove John Cates to work.  Then went to the Weymouth office where I met Rich Brown and Nurdan Cagdus. We finished the trim for the office and began to skim coat the walls.  I left to pick up John Cates in Boston and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
16 Oct., Wed. AWT: "I drove John Cates to work. Then went to the Weymouth Office and met Nurdan Cagdus and friend.  Our paint sprayer broke so we all went to the Wagner Paint Store in Medford to get replacement parts.  We returned and continued to paint.  I left to meet John Cates at the Chiropractor (Daly Chiropractic) for therapy.  Then left for home with John Cates for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
17 Oct., Thurs. AWT: "I left John Cates's house at 6:30 a.m. and went to the Weymouth office and met Nurdan Cagdus at 7:00 a.m.  We left Weymouth and went to meet David Fardy from the Design Shop at Christian Science Monitor at 7:00 a.m. [sic]  We completed the job at 3:30 p.m.   I left with Nurdan Cagdus and drove him back to Weymouth.  Then left for Boston to pick up John Cates at work and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992] See Alfred's one page summary of that day.
18 Oct., Fri. AWT: "I drove John Cates to work.  Then went to the Weymouth office and met with Rich Brown, Nurdan Cagdus and friend and began to paint the ceiling tiles.  I left to pick up John Cates at work and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992] See Nurdan Cagdus handwritten 5 June 1993 statement of his recollection of his and ARCOMM work on 17 and 18 October 1991.
18 Oct. An unknown person, recorded as "S A H Y  JYT", and allegedly Thomas A. Shay, purchased a toggle switch, 4 AA batteries, a lightbulb and lightbulb holder and two plastic work boxes at the Radio Shack store at 197 Massachuetts Avenue in Boston near where Alfred's project at the Christian Science Mother Church. See receipt. However, Alfred Trenkler was not at that worksite on that day, as he was with Nurdan Cagdus, Steven Distasio, Richard Brown and the newly-retained accountant for ARCOMM at the Broad Street office in Weymouth on that day. He had been at the Church on the 17th, and was there again on the 19th.
19 Oct., Sat. AWT: "Left John Cates' house and went to Whitelawn Ave. to pick up telephone equipment.  Left Milton and went to Weymouth office and met Nurdan Cagdus and Rich Brown.  We painted ceiling tracking and finished painting the ceiling tiles.  I left to pick up John Cates at the Braintree T and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
20 Oct., Sun. AWT: "Spent the day with John Cates.  Went out to eat at the Egg and I did laundry, went food shopping at Stop and Shop and took the dog for a walk.  Went home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
21 Oct., Mon. AWT: "I drove John Cates to work and returned to Richard Brown's house (35 Arnold Road Quincy) and met Richard Brown, Nurdan Cagdus and friend.  We loaded up the rented van (CK# 1116, $141.85) with equipment for Channel 68.  We then traveled to Channel 68 and dropped off the equipment.  Then we went to Christian Science Monitor to remove the scaffolding from the roof and the lumber form the dish lift.  From there we went to Marr Scaffolding to return the scaffolding.  Then went to Weymouth office.  Nurdan Cagdus and myself remained at office while Rich Brown and laborer went to pick up the carpet for the office.  Nurdan and I started to sand the skim coated walls. Rich Brown and laborer returned with carpet.  We helped to offload the carpet.  At end of day left to pick up John Cates at work and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
22 Oct., Tues. AWT: "I drove John Cates to work and returned to the Weymouth office and met Rich Brown.  We went over plans for Spector Metals (for VIDEOCOM).  Then left to meet with Brian Spector of Spector Metals to go over costs and timetable for VIDEOCOM mount.  We left Spector Metals and went back to the office and met Nurdan Cagdus.   We started to paint the walls of the office.  At the end of the day I left to pick up John Cates at work and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
23 Oct., Wed. AWT: "I drove John Cates to work and returned to the office and met Nurdan Cagdus, Rich Brown, and laborer.  We finished painting the walls and painted the pipes in the office and replaced the ceiling tiles.  We then cut the carpet for the floor of the office.  At the end of the day I left to pick up John Cates at work and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
24 Oct., Thurs. AWT: "I drove John Cates to work. then went to the Weymouth office.  Met with Rich Brown, Nurdan Cagdus and laborer and laid down carpet tacks.  Then clued carpet together.  I then did paperwork for the duration, as the crew did some touch up work on the paint.  At the end of the day, I left to pick up John Cates at work and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
25 Oct., Fri. AWT: "I drove John Cates to work.  Then went to the Weymouth office.  I met Rich Brown and Jude Fredette to show her around the office and started her on filing.  Chris Punis came by to give his estimate for painting the front of the office.  Rich Brown then wrote Chris a check for $150.00 (Ck #1137).  Rich Brown and myself went to Staples (Ck #1133), BJ's (CK #1134) and the Shawmut Bank (CK #1136) in Quincy.  We went back to the office and met Nurdan Cagdus and paid him $40.00 (CK #1135).  I left the office to pick up John Cates at work and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
26 Oct., Sat. AWT: "I left John Cates' house at 9:00 a.m. for Whitelawn Ave. to pick up tools, paperwork and telephone equipment and then went to the office.  Nurdan Cagdus arrived and scraped inside of windows and vacuumed new carpet.  I installed the directional antenna on the roof and ran the transmission cable into the office.  I painted the floor of the back room.  I installed the phone system also.  Chris Punis arrived, and started to scrape and prime the front of the office.  I then left and picked up John Cates at the Braintree T and went home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
27 Oct., Sun. AWT: "Spent day with John Cates.  We left house around 12:00 p.m. to eat at the Egg and I where I saw, and said hello to, Officer Flannagan of the Quincy Police Department who was also dining.   We left there and went shopping at Stop and Shop in Quincy. Then went to the laundromat. After laundry we took the dog for a walk. Then spent the duration at home. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992]
27 Oct. On this Sunday morning Thomas L. Shay, father of Thomas A. Shay, found a wood-encased device, wrapped in duct tape, in his driveway at his home at 39 Eastbourne St. after it allegedly fell from underneath his 1986 Buick. See Boston Police drawing of site.   See report of Sgt. Thomas Creavin, who was at the explosion.  Sgt. Creavin reported that Mr. Shay stated that "after backing his Buick out of the driveway he obsrved the black box in his driveway, picked up the box and tossed it on the grass adjacent to the house.  Later that Sunday he had talked with friends who suggested that the box in question might contain a bomb.  On Monday morning, Mr. Shay stated that he feared that if the box did contain a bomb, it would damage the house, therefore he picked up the box, carried it to the driveway and threw it between the truck and car."
28 Oct., Mon. AWT: "Left John Cates' house at 8:00 a.m. and met Nurdan Cagdus at the Weymouth Office. We loaded up my car with tools and left about 6:30 a.m.  We left the office and went to Channel 68 on Soldiers' Field Road, Brighton and met David Fardy from the Design Shop with his laborer, about 7:00 a.m.  We completed the job at 3:30 p.m. I left Channel 68 with Nurdan Cagdus and took him back to the office, and was paid $200.00 (CK # ____)  I then left to pick up John Cates at work and returned home for the duration. (133 Atlantic St. Quincy)." [handwritten version for dates 10/9 through 10/28 written in 1992] See Alfred's one page handwritten summary of his day. See another typewritten version.  See photo of Nurdan Cagdus depositing check in South Boston, which confirms that part of Alfred's summary of his activity during that day.
28 Oct 11:45 Thomas L. Shay came to the Boston Police Dept Area E-5 HQ and reported a metal box in his driveway. He was advised to return home and that someone would soon be there to investigate. See Report of Detective Maloney to Lt. McNelley.
28 Oct., Mon. The "Roslindale bomb" exploded, and mortally wounded Boston Police Bomb squad officer, Jeremiah J. Hurley, Jr. and severely wounded fellow officer Francis X. Foley. See Interview, as .pdf or Word file, of Boston Police Officer Denise Kraft (later Corbett) for first hand description of what happened at 39 Eastbourne Street.
28 October The Gloucester swordfishing boat, "Andrea Gail" was lost on this day during the "Perfect Storm", and this was the day of the beginning of the "Perfect Legal Storm" of the wrongful convictions of Alfred Trenkler and Thomas A.Shay.
29 Oct., Tues. Police interview Thomas A. Shay, who told them that he understood that if his father won his civil lawsuit, he would have enough money to purchase a $250,000 car. (See Boston Globe 10 July 1993 story of testimony of police detective, Miller Thomas.) [By this theory of the motive of the crime, Thomas A. Shay is presumed to have forgotten the existence of his three sisters and one half-sister.]
29 Oct Boston Police obtain Search Warrants for 1986 Buick Century and for other cars and locations at 39 Eastbourne, along with consents to Search by Thomas L. Shay and Mary Flanagan.
30 Oct., Wed. Alfred Trenkler first learned about the explosion at Thomas L. Shay's home at 39 Eastbourne Street.  Alfred was waiting for an appointment in a chiropractor's office when he saw a newspaper article with Thomas A. Shay's photo.  It may have been the article "MOTIVE FOR ROSLINDALE BOMBING SOUGHT", on page 1 of that day's "Metro" section of the Boston Globe.  See the Statement/Invoice from Daly Chiropractic showing date of "Chiropractic Manipulation" on this day.  See 27 June 1991, above, re: Alfred Trenkler's injury from traffic accident.
31 Oct., Thurs. Thomas A. Shay, 19 years old, held a press conference at the Boston Trailways bus terminal, and expressed the belief that the bomb was intended for him. See Boston Police report of event.  See also Transcript of press conference.
31 Oct. Thomas A. Shay draws an object, ostensibly of a bomb or a triggering device with "batteries" and "on" and "off" buttons.  Detective Fogerty signed the drawing.
31 Oct. Thomas L. Shay, through his attorney, sought a protective order in his case against the Dedham Service Center, to ensure the privacy of his medical records as his medical claims were part of that lawsuit and as public interest in Thomas L. Shay increased after the 28 October explosion. 
1 Nov. Thomas A. Shay arrested and jailed in Norfolk County Jail in Dedham, on charges unrelated to "Roslindale bomb", the failure to appear in court for charges of receiving stolen goods and for various motor vehicle charges.  Boston Police served a warrant for his arrest as well.  From this arrest, the police obtained Thomas A. Shay's address book(sorted by first name), and they began contacting many of the people listed therein. Alfred Trenkler's name was in that book.
1 Nov. Thomas A. Shay interviewed by Detectives Miller Thomas and William Fogerty.  Shay is quoted as saying that on 30 November 1990 a man was hassling him in the men's room at the Back Bay Train Station, so Shay called in a bomb threat which forced the evacuation of the men's room.  
2 Nov. Jeremiah J. Hurley, Jr. funeral. See Program for funeral, with Cardinal Bernard Law presiding
4 Nov. Thomas A. Shay, 20 years old, upon his birthday the previous day, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on a 1989 prostitution charge.  Also at that hearing, he was charged with making a phoned bomb threat to the MBTA Back Bay Station on 13 November 1990.
5 Nov. Louis Richard D.J. Giammarco was given a polygraph examination by David L. Filion.  He answered "No" to the following three questions: 1. Did you plan with anyone to cause that explosion? 2. Did you plan with anyone to cause that explosion in Roslindale on October 28?  3. Do you know for sure who made that explosive device?  The Examiner then concluded that "The examinee was deceptive in his responses to the above relevant questions," and that the results of the test were discussed with ATF supervisor Victor Palaza and Boston Police Lt. Peter O'Malley.
5 Nov. Agents from the Boston office of the U.S. Division of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and from the Boston Police Dept. at his office and home as they had been advised by the Quincy police of the 1986 explosion of the M-21 Hoffman artillery simulator, which had been given to Alfred by Donna Shea, and to which he attached electrical and switch components. The ATF report stated: "Trenkler, an expert in electronics, denied any knowledge relative to this investigation, and agreed to take a polygraph examination which was subsequently scheduled for November 7, 1991."  The Boston Police Report reported on its stakeout of the ARCOMM office and subsequent interview of Alfred Trenkler. After following him to his home at 133 Atlantic Street, Quincy, and also noted that Alfred Trenkler agreed to take a lie detector test. See List of Items taken from the ARCOMM office by Special Agent Dennis Leahy. Also a sample of carpet was taken from Alfred Trenkler's car to check for evidence of residue from dynamite, but all tests were negative. 
6 Nov. Alfred Trenkler called Quincy attorney, Martin Cosgrove. "On November 6, 1991, Trenkler notified ATF that, at the direction of his counsel, he was cancelling the aforementioned polygraph examination." (From that initial ATF report, above)
6 Nov. Dan Goldrick, a fellow inmate with Thomas A. Shay in the writes a  to the Norfolk County House of Correction, writes a letter to the Boston Police about Shay's statements about his father's and his uncle's possible roles in the bomb explosion.
7 Nov. Alfred met with Quincy attorney, Martin Cosgrove.
Nov. 1991 to Dec. 1992 Alfred established the company, Advanced Telecommunications Network Systems (ATNS) to continue his work with the Christian Science Monitor Publishing society.  See Alfred's summary of his business work in 1991, including financial information. See his business cardSee the two-page summary of his work with Ed Alvaro of Channel 25 WFXT-TV.
8 Nov. Thomas A. Shay was sentenced to 30 days in jail for violation of previous probation agreement arising out of a 1989 guilty plea for operating a stolen car.
11 Nov. Francis X. Foley returned home from hospital.
12 Nov. $50,000 reward offered by the Boston Patrolmen's Association together with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) for information leading to arrest and conviction of  persons responsible for the "Roslindale bomb." See the 13 Nov. Boston Globe and Boston Herald articles about the reward and the Statement by BPPA President Donald Murray.
15 Nov. ATF interviewed Donna Shea, an acquaintance of Alfred Trenkler, and the person who asked him in 1986 to connect the M21 Hoffman Artillery simulator to a battery and remote switch.  See ATF Report.
19 Nov. ATF interviewed Josephine Wallace, mother of Alfred W. Trenkler, at her home at 7 Whitelawn Avenue, Milton. See ATF Report
19 Nov. ATF interviewed William Cody of Dexer Corporation, Magnets Division, who stated that the only distributor for blue Button Magnets, as used in the "Roslindale Bomb" was Edmund Scientific Company in New Jersey.
21 Nov. Thomas A. Shay is admitted to Bridgewater State Hospital for a competency evaluation, i.e. whether he is mentally competent to stand trial on state charges of falsely reporting a bomb threat.  See 24 December 1991 evaluation which found Shay to be competent to stand trial. Also, another 24 December report determed that he was sufficiently healthy, mentally, to be responsible for any crimes he may have committed.
30 Dec Thomas A. Shay jail intake form.
   
1992  
January Thomas A. Shay failed to appear for a hearing in Boston Municipal Court
14 Jan Suffolk County (Boston) District Attorney decided to seek Federal investigation and prosecution for the crimes leading to the death of Jeremiah Hurley and the maiming of Francis X. Foley. See page 2 of 2 page ATF 16 Jan 1992 report
16 Jan Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly files Application by Asst US Atty Paul Kelly to place pen register device to register numbers dialed or pulsed to or from John Cates' phone number.   Application was approved for 60 days by Order of Magistrate Marianne Bowler at 3:05 p.m.   (Order was extended on 13 March.  See below.)  Nearly identical Applications were filed and Orders issued for:  ARCOMM, Thomas L. Shay, and Mary Flanagan.
17 Jan Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly files Application by Asst US Atty Paul Kelly to place trap and trace device to register numbers dialed or pulsed to John Cates' phone number.   Application was approved for 60 days by Order of Magistrate Marianne Bowler at 11:05 a.m. (Order was extended on 13 March.  See below.)  Nearly identical Applications were filed and Orders issued for: ARCOMM, Thomas L. Shay, and Mary Flanagan.
21 Jan. ATF Agent Jeff Kerr prepares handwritten "Personal History/TECS input" or Profiles, for following suspects: Jeffrey Berry, Richard Brown, John  Cates, Mary Flanagan, Louis Giammarco, Thomas A. Shay, Thomas L. Shay and Alfred W. Trenkler   
28 Jan. Application for Authorization to Install Electronic Tracking Device filed by Paul Kelly, and including Affidavit by ATF Agent Thomas D'Ambrosio. U.S. Magistrate Marianne Bowler approved application with an ORDER for 30 days as she was "satisfied that there is probable cause to believe that [Alfred Trenkler's 1970 Toyota Celica] is or may be used to travel to various locations to meet with unidentified co-conspirators or to take other actions to conceal his involvement..." [Nothing learned from this bug indicated any such conspiracy or involvement.  The last time Alfred Trenkler saw Thomas A. Shay was in August, 1991.]
30 Jan. Judge Harrington approves 28 January Request for wiretapping, or "cloning , the Pager of Alfred Trenkler's pager in two Orders. See 2 page order. and 5 page order.     See also, affidavit of ATF agent Jeff Kerr.
31 Jan ATF agents search the apartment of John Cates and Alfred Trenkler and the home of Alfred's parents in Milton.  Also searched the ARCOMM office in Weymouth.  Alfred chanced to meet the investigators when he returned to Cates' apartment, whereupon the briefcase he was carrying was seized.  See Search Warrants and lists of items seized:  "133 Atlantic Avenue, Quincy", "7 Whitelawn Ave., Milton", and "ARCOMM Office, Weymouth"  [Note: None of the seized items were ever found to be connected to the Roslindale Bomb in any way.]  See ATF's photos of apartment Alfred Trenkler shared with John Cates at 133 Atlantic Ave, Quincy:  1 & 23 & 45 & 67 & 8, 9 & 1011 & 1213 & 1415 & 1617 & 1819 & 2021 & 2223 & 24, 24 & 25, 26.                         See ATF's photos of Garage at Alfred's parents' home: 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8, 9 & 10, 11 & 12, 13 & 14, 15 & 16, 17 & 18, 19 & 20, and 21 & 22.    See ATF's photos of Alfred's parents' home:  1 & 2, 3 & 4, and 5 & 6.           See ATF's photos of Alfred's ARCOMM office in Weymouth: 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8, 9 & 10, 11 & 12, 13 & 14, 15 & 17, 16 & 19 and 18 & 20.
4 Feb. Alfred came to the ATF office in Boston to retrieve copies of the necessary documents taken with his seized briefcase and was interviewed. See ATF report by Dennis Leahy.  See two responses from Alfred Trenkler: One Alfred response, written in 2006 at bottom of notes otherwise regarding ATF interview with Donna Shea, 15 Nov., above) and Alfred's second 2006 documented response(.pdf).  See 2d response in rekeyed MS-Word format.
6 Feb. Alfred Trenkler's 36th birthday.
6 Feb. Grand Jury testimony of 1) Richard Brown, business partner of Alfred Trenkler and 2) John Cates, roommate of Alfred Trenkler, and 3) Mary Flanagan, mother of Thomas L. Shay's youngest daughter, Kristen Flanagan.
10 Feb. Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelley  that "the clone pager [on Trenkler's pager] has not been as productive as we had hoped."
11 Feb. Deposition of Thomas L. Shay in his civil lawsuit against the Dedham Service Center.  223 pages.
13 Feb. Grand Jury testimony of 1) Donna Shea, friend of Alfred Trenkler and 2) Nancy Shay, mother of Thomas A. Shay, and 3) Robert Craig, friend of Alfred Trenkler.
16 Feb. ATF investigators decided to tap the phones of John Cates (roommate of Alfred Trenkler), ARCOMM Inc., Shay Auto Body and Mary Flanagan.   Investigators also decided, earlier, to obtain search warrants for ARCOMM, the residence of John Cates and Alfred Trenkler and another for the home of Alfred's mother and stepfather, Josephine and Jack Wallace.   (See 31 January, above.)
16 Feb. Grand Jury testimony of 1) Mary Flanagan, who lived with Thomas L. Shay at 39 Eastbourne and was the mother of their daughter, Kristen.
20 Feb. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Libby writes Memo to the File regarding James Harding's tape recording of conversations with Alfred Trenkler.  See also subsequent entries below for James Harding, ending with the Government's decision to have no part with his efforts.
20 Feb Grand Jury testimony of David Thomas Shilalis, who lived with Nancy Shay, mother of Thomas A. Shay.
2 March Boston Globe announced that the investigation of the "Roslindale Bomb" has been transferred to the U.S. Division of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF):  "EXPLOSION CASE PUT IN FEDERAL BAILIWICK"
5 March James Harding arrested for non-cooperation after coming to Government with offer of tapes of conversations with Alfred Trenkler.  See Affidavit of Francis Armstrong, Boston Police Detective and Special Deputized U.S. Marshall
5 March Grand jury testimony of Richard Brown, resumed. (See 6 February, above.)
12 March ATF Agent Jeff Kerr files a 41 page Second Affidavit in support of his application for authorization by the court to wiretap the pager numbers of Alfred W. Trenkler.  The document summarize the case against Alfred Trenkler to this point and argues that it's necessary to tap Alfred's pager because the pager "has been, is being, and will continue to be used by him [Trenkler] in connection with the above-described conspiracy to conceal previous violations of federal law."  This second period of electronic interception of Alfred Trenkler's voicemail and paging device continued until 10 April 1992.
12 March Grand Jury testimony of 1) John Doering, an acquaintance of Thomas L. Shay as the owner of Rolling Wrench Garage in South Boston, and 2) Todd Leach, nephew of Donna Shea, friend of Alfred Trenkler, and 3) Paula Shay, sister of Thomas A. Shay.
13 March Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly files ReApplication by Asst US Atty Paul Kelly to place pen register device to register numbers dialed or pulsed to or from John Cates' phone number.   Application was approved for additional 60 days by Order of Magistrate Marianne Bowler  (Order was extended on 13 May.  See below.)  Nearly identical Applications were filed and Orders issued for: ARCOMM, Thomas L. Shay, and Mary Flanagan.
13 March Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly files ReApplication by Asst US Atty Paul Kelly to place trap and trace device to register numbers dialed or pulsed to John Cates' phone number.   Application was approved for additional 60 days by Order of Magistrate Marianne Bowler. (Order was extended on 13 May.  See below.)  Nearly identical Applications were filed and Orders issued for: ARCOMM, Thomas L. Shay , and Mary Flanagan.
18 March Alfred Trenkler continued to try to earn a living, under the corporate name of ATNS - Advanced Telecommunications Network Systems, and operated out of his parents' home in Milton.  See his two proposals to Ed Alvera of WFXT on this day for 3.8 and 5.0 meter receiver only dishes and for 7 meter receiver antenna for a total proposed billing of almost $26,000.
19 March Grand Jury testimony of 1) Thomas L. Shay and, separately, 2) Alan Pransky, Attorney for Thomas L. Shay in his lawsuit against Dedham Service Center, and 3) John Coyle III, friend of Alfred Trenkler.
20 March U.S. District Court issues Arrest Warrant, (with supporting affidavit), for Thomas A. Shay, for unlawful flight from state prosecution in Massachusetts.
23 March ATF Request for help from Seattle ATF for help in finding Thomas A. Shay. Contained in request was this description of Alfred Trenkler: "Trenkler, DOB: 2/6/56, S.S# 033-38-____, a gay white male, has been identified as the maker of the “bomb”. In 1986 in Quincy, Massachusetts, Trenkler, an expert in electronics and satellite communications, made a bomb almost identical to the device utilized in the aforementioned incident. Additionally Trenkler's “pager” number was discovered in a personal telephone book maintained by Thomas A. Shay. Trenkler's sexual preference is young males, 17—23 years of age. He is known for soliciting the young males by supplying them with cocaine."
24 March Thomas A. Shay arrested in San Francisco by Boston ATF agents for his failure to appear in Boston Municipal Court in January. Jailed in San Francisco.  ATF agents advise Shay, who was living there under the alias of  "James Keough" that they had found Alfred Trenker's name and phone number in Shay's address book in his belongings during his arrest in Boston the previous November, and that Trenkler had assembled a loud noisemaker from an M-21 Hoffman Artillery simulator in 1986 in Quincy. In San Francisco, Shay was operating a massage business under the business name of James Keough Massage Services.
25 March Thomas A. Shay issues a Press Release while in San Francisco jail.  He wrote about Trenkler, "The Federal officers told me that one of my friends, Al Trenkler of Boston, who builds satellites, was a suspect in building the bomb."
26 March ATF Agent Dennis Leahy files for a Search Warrant with a Written Affidavit, to search Thomas A. Shay's possessions, and it is granted on 30 March.
26 March Grand Jury testimony of 1) Randall Stoller, friend of Thomas A. Shay, and 2) Edward Carrion, friend of Thomas A. Shay.
27 March In an interview, while still in San Francisco jail, Thomas A. Shay named Alfred Trenkler as the person who built the "Roslindale Bomb." (source?)
1 April Returned to Boston, Thomas A. Shay proclaimed his innocence and offered to take a lie detector test. He stated, "I have come back to Boston to deal with my problems . . I am not guilty of any crimes. . . When I gave my first press conference I was looking out for my family. Now I am looking out for myself.  I will take a lie detector, polygraph, anything, to prove I had nothing to do with the bombing. The only thing I'm guilty of is trying to protect my family. Right after it happened, I thought . . . [trails off], A lot of things went through my mind...."
1 April Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Libby writes second Memo to the File regarding James Harding's tape recording of conversations with Alfred Trenkler. 
1 April Application for Authorization to Install Electronic Tracking Device or "Beeper" filed by Paul Kelly, and including Affidavit by ATF Agent Jeff Kerr. U.S. Magistrate Robert B. Collins approved application with an ORDER for 30 days as he was "satisfied that there is probable cause to believe that [Alfred Trenkler's 1970 Toyota Celica] is or may be used to travel to various locations to meet with unidentified co-conspirators or to take other actions to conceal his involvement..." See also 28 January 1992 Affidavit of Thomas D'Ambrosio in support of Motion [Nothing learned from this bug indicated any such conspiracy or involvement.  The last time Alfred Trenkler saw Thomas A. Shay was in August, 1991.]
2 April Resumed Grand Jury testimony for John Cates (See 6 February, above.)  Alan Kingsbury testified before Grand Jury.
2 April Thomas A. Shay jail intake form.
2 April Thomas A. Shay, with lawyer, William McPhee, appears in Boston Municipal Court for bail hearing. See ATF report.
4 April Media announcement that the reward had been increased to $65,000.  See Boston Herald Article "Reward Boosted in Bombing - Weld offers $10G in killing of Hub officer" by Eric Fehrnstrom  The increase actually came in January, along with a $5,000 boost from the Boston City Council
5 April Affidavit by Mark Means, an inmate of the Suffolk County Jail about allegations of a telephoned bomb threat made from that jail, allegedly by Thomas A. Shay.
6 April Thomas A. Shay, in jail, writes a demand letter to see Boston Police Detective Francis Armstrong, "to tell him the wherabouts of the man who built the bomb."
7 April At Brighton District Court, Thomas A. Shay defaulted on complaint of Communicating a False Bomb Report.
9 April Grand Jury testimony by 1) Dwayne Armbrister, employee of Radio Shack store on Mass. Ave. in Boston, and 2) David Millette, friend of Alfred Trenkler, and 3) Patricia O'Donoghue, friend of Alfred Trenkler, and 4) Mark Means, fellow inmate of Tom Shay.
17 April, Friday Alfred Trenkler arrested by Boston Police and AFT officers on Boylston Street in Boston at 4:15 p.m., on unrelated Rhode Island court warrant from a civil contract case. ATF report of 20 April 1992. See Alfred's contemporaneous 8-page account of his arrest. See Alfred's 17 May 2006 recollection (.pdf file) (of that arrest and jail experience).  (See  same notes, also, in rekeyed MS-Word file.)  He saved the Boston Police Dept Personal Property Inventory bag from his arrest.
19 April, Sunday Alfred Trenkler was released at 3:00 p.m. from Boston's Area D4 jail in the South End.  ATF report of 20 April 1992.
20 April Asst. US Attorney Paul Kelly writes letter to Thomas A. Shay's attorney, William C. McPhee about Shay's phone calls to Kelly and referencing a letter from Shay to Kelly and another from Shay to his father, Thomas L. Shay. (There is a date of 22 April on this copy of the letter, but it was probably written before the 20th and was the letter read to Paul Kelly by Tom Shay.
23 April Grand Jury testimony of 1) James Harding, friend and employee of Alfred Trenkler and 2) Nancy Shay, mother of Thomas A. Shay. (resumed from 13 February, above.), and 3) Andrew Robinson, friend of Alfred Trenkler.
23 April The Rhode Island Attorney General moves to dismiss the case involving Alfred Trenkler's alleged non-payment to a supplier in Rhode Island.
27 April Memo to file by Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly regarding telephone conversation with Reporter Shelley Murphy of the  Boston Herald. "Shay Jr. then asked Shelley if she would print a public apology from him to Trenkler (for his having included Trenkler's name in his press release). In his written apology Shay Jr. apparently claims that he was "set up" by Detective Frank Armstrong who told him (Shary Jr.) that Trenkler had "fingered" him.  Shay Jr. goes on to state that he had met Trenkler only twice, both times in 1991; once at the Ramrod Lounge (in May) and once at Copley Place (in Sept/Oct.).  As the end of the letter, Shay Jr. writes " p.s. - Dad, I know you had some involvement in the bombing, so give it up." Shelley reports that Shay Jr. was much more protective of Trenkler during this call than at any time previously, and that he repeatedly said tht Trenkler was a "good guy".
28 April ATF Agents in Los Angeles interviewed Alfred Trenkler's father, retired Ice Capades clown, Freddie Trenkler
30 April Grand Jury testimony of James Quinlan, a frequent visitor to Blue Hills Park.
1 May Incident at the Suffolk County Jail where Thomas A. Shay is quoted as saying, "I specialize in driveways, not towns" after another inmate said that someone should drop a bomb on Los Angeles.  See Report by Corrections Officer Dennis Morelli.
4 May Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly, sent a letter to Thomas A. Shay's attorney William McPhee seeking Shay's cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of Alfred Trenkler.  Otherwise, without such cooperation, Shay would "take the fall" alone.  Kelly said that over 50 witnesses had testified before the grand jury and "many of those witnesses have incriminated your client." 
5 May Thomas A. Shay writes handwritten incident report to complain of conditions and staff at Suffolk County Jail. See report, including report of corrections officer.
6 May Thomas A. Shay writes two letters to Governor William Weld of Massachusetts.  The first is about a possible World War 3 and the second has a illustration of an ideal world without drugs, etc.
8 May Alfred Trenkler writes a short note about the investigation's infringement on his business and life.
13 May Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly files ReApplication by Asst US Atty Paul Kelly to place pen register device to register numbers dialed or pulsed to or from John Cates' phone number.  Application was approved for additional 60 days by Order of Magistrate Marianne Bowler  (With this order, the total number of days was 180.) Nearly identical Applications were filed and Orders issued for: Thomas L. Shay, and Mary Flanagan, but apparently not for ARCOMM, unless copies were misfiled.
13 May Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly files ReApplication by Asst US Atty Paul Kelly to place trap and trace device to register numbers dialed or pulsed to John Cates' phone number.   Application was approved for additional 60 days by Order of Magistrate Marianne Bowler. (With this order, the total number of days was 180.) Nearly identical Applications were filed and Orders issued for: Thomas L. Shay, and Mary Flanagan(Order only), but apparently not for ARCOMM, unless copies were misfiled.
14 May Alan Kingsbury resume Grand Jury testimony, continuing from 2 April.
15 May Grand Jury testimony of Richard Bender, business acquaintance of Alfred Trenkler.
18 May Alfred Trenkler reported to the Quincy Police the vandalizing of his 1978 Toyota Celica.  Tools and car radio components were stolen.  See ATF report of 10 June 1992.
18 May Terry Segal writes a letter to AUSA Paul Kelly requesting that if Alfred Trenkler is indicted that Trenkler be permitted to surrender voluntarily, without the press coverage and waste of a dramatic arrest with handcuffs, etc.
28 May Grand jury testimony of Michael Greene, landlord for John Cates and Alfred Trenkler apartment in Quincy.
4 June Thomas A. Shay met with ATF Agents and Asst U.S. Attorney without counsel and made allegations about Alfred Trenkler.  For example, he stated that he had known Alfred Trenkler for 2-3 years. See ATF REPORT "June 1992".  See also, 24 June 1992 ATF report of meeting.  However, Alfred Trenkler has stated, and continues to insist that he met Thomas A. Shay in June 1991 (See above.)
8 June Dennis E. Owen arrested in Hyde Park after threatening two Boston Police officers and throwing acid into the face of a friend.  Police found three "wired devices," which appeared to be explosive devices, in Owen's home. Owen's roommate quoted Owen as saying, "I'll make a bomb better than the one I did for Shay." (Boston Globe 9 June 1992)
11 June Thomas A. Shay met again with ATF Agents and Asst U.S. Attorney without counsel (See signed WAIVER of RIGHTS) and made additional allegations about Alfred Trenkler. See ATF REPORT of 11 June meeting, and the  24 June 1992 ATF report of meeting.
18 June Grand Jury testimony by Jeffrey Berry, part owner of Dedham Service Center, where Thomas L. Shay rented work space for auto body shop.
23 June By Chapter 78 of the Acts of 1992, the Massachusetts Legislature provided for the retirement of Francis X. Foley.
16 July Grand Jury testimony of Anastasiose Vasiliadis, an acquaintance of Alfred Trenkler.
19 July Thomas A. Shay case of Communicating a False Bomb Threat continued in Suffolk Superior Court.  Dismissed on 18 September 1992.
29 July In a letter to U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd, U.S. Justice Dept approves the planned hypnosis for Thomas A. Shay as was discussed by Assistant U.S. Attorney with Shay's attorney Jefferson W. Boone.  See Kelly's followup letter of 17 July 1992. Hypnosis session was held this day from 8-10 a.m. in the ATF office in Boston.  See 11 August 1992 ATF report
30 July Thomas A. Shay called the Boston ATF office collect, and asked about the hypnosis session and was told that the hypnotist believed that Shay was faking hypnosis. Shay acknowledged such faking.  Shay was then "informed that since he apparently did not wish to cooperate, all contact between Shay and law enforcement officials addached to the Roslindale bombing investigation would be terminated." From 11 August 1992 ATF report of hypnosis session and subsequent call. 
1 Aug Tom Shay lawyer, Jefferson Boone writes Letter to AUSA Paul Kelly re: failed hypnosis session for Thomas A. Shay
13 Aug Thomas A. Shay attempted to hold a news conference at 7 p.m. at the Nashua Street (Boston) jail.  He had called three media organizations, but the jail administration denied him permission for such a news conference because he had not requested approval in advance.
18 Aug AUSA Paul Kelly writes letter to Jefferson Boone re Shay's feigning hypnosis and offering another try, within two weeks
4 Sept. Federal authorities (ATF?) notified Alfred Trenkler by letter that he was a target in the investigation of the death of Jeremiah Hurley and wounding of Francis Foley.
14 Sept. Thomas L. Shay files motion in limine in his civil case against the Dedham Service Center to exclude evidence about Thomas A. Shay's criminal records.
18 Sept. A state court dismissed the bomb threat charges, after over 200 days in jail, against Thomas A. Shay (see above 4 Nov. 1991) and Federal authorities (ATF) then arrested him on a Criminal Complaint for making a bomb threat against a Brighton woman, and Shay was incarcerated in Federal custody.  See 30 Sept. ATF report.
24 Sept. Federal Grand Jury issues Indictment against Thomas A. Shay for the alleged 5 April 1992 Bomb threat.
24 Sept. Federal Magistrate Robert Collings issues Memorandum and Order that Thomas A. Shay's federal incarceration be continued on the grounds that he was a flight risk.
25 Sept. Thomas A. Shay arraigned for the Brighton Bomb Threat and Magistrate Robert Collings issues ORDER for 23 November 1992 trial date.
6 Oct. Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly writes letter to Thomas A. Shay atty Jefferson Boone following up on phone conversation re: plea bargain.   Boone had sought agreement of no more than three years imprisonment.  Kelly wrote, "A truth proffer session is the required and essential starting point", but that sentencing options would depend upon Shay's actual involvement in the bomb construction and placement.
Fall Thomas A. Shay writes undated letter to his mother from jail, where he begins, "I am very depressed.  I am innocent, and I am scared the cops and Feds kind of made me say things that weren't true, put things in my head and I said things that were false just to make the cops happy."
13 Oct. Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly writes Memo to file re call from Thomas L Shay.   "Mr. Shay believes that his ex-wife, Nancy Shay, is a 'liar' and is not telling us the truth about Tommy's involvement in the bombing.  He also said that Tommy and his daughters Paula and Amy have difficulty telling the truth."
14 Oct. Memo to File by Paul Kelly re "Proffer to SA Jeff Kerr, SA Tom D'Ambrisio and me on October 6" from Thomas A. Shay. See also Copy of same memo to file, with copy of handwritten notes and drawings by Thomas A. Shay.  (See 10 November 1992 "memo to file", below, where Paul Kelly observes that most of what Thomas A. Shay told them was false.)
17 Oct Karen Marinella of Channel 56 TV interviewed Thomas A Shay.  Portions of the interview would later be shown at the trial of Alfred Trenkler.  See Transcript of Interview [The highlighted sections were seen by the jury.]  See Another non- x'd copy.   Click on AUDIO OF INTERVIEW to LISTEN to the entire interview.  Prior to the November 1993 trial of Alfred Trenkler, his attorneys and the prosecution presented edited versions of the interview which could be shown to the jury. See DEFENSE VERSION and PROSECUTION VERSION.  Every statement made by Thomas A. Shay in that interview that indicated that Alfred Trenkler had a role in the "Roslindale Bomb" was false.  Every statement about Shay's relationship to Alfred Trenkler, beyond Trenkler's own precise description of the acquaintance is false. See Alfred Trenkler's responses to the Marinella interview of Thomas A. Shay, written in December 2006.
FALL Following the guilty verdict in the Thomas A. Shay trial, a 29 July 1993 Boston Globe article, "Initially, Shay had implicated lover", repeated Thomas A. Shay statements in the 17 October 1992 Karen Marinella interview (above) that he told investigators "last fall" that leftover bomb parts were dumped in a Quncy quarry leading investigators to dispatch divers and a submarine from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to explore the named quarry.  Nothing relevant was found.  Also, Shay told investigators about a shack next to a radio tower on the South Shore where Shay stated that Alfred Trenkler, built the "Roslindale Bomb."  Nothing relevant was found.  Note, too, that Alfred Trenkler was never a "lover" of Thomas A. Shay.
9 Nov. Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly writes letter to new Thomas A. Shay attorney, Francis J. O'Rourke about plea bargain negotiations and that the U.S. Attorney "will consider an accurate, truthful and complete proffer from your client, Thomas A. Shay" and states, "Given our recent experience with Shay being untruthful with us, please stress to him the importance of this requirement of truth and candor."  Francis O'Rourke and Thomas A. Shay signed the letter, indicating agreement on moving forward with plea bargaining negotiations.
10 Nov. AUSA Paul Kelly writes 10 November 1992 "memo to file", with observations that 10 aspects of Thomas A. Shay's "story" (See 14 October 1992 memo to file, above) were untrue.  [Note that Alfred Trenkler states, with "No's after each statement, that the 17 new statements are also untrue.
12 Nov. AUSA Paul Kelly writes letter to Thomas A Shay's attorneys, Francis J. O'Rourke and Jefferson Boone, essentially withdrawing acceptability of a proffer by Shay, due to the inability of the ATF to confirm the truthfulness of any of it.
19 Nov. Grand Jury testimony of Nancy Shay, mother of Thomas A. Shay (resumed, from 23 April, above.)
2 Dec. ATF Agents Jeff Kerr and Thomas D'Ambrosio and Boston Detective Brendan Craven "covered a UC [undercover] meeting between CI# 97 [Confidential Informant, James Harding] and Alfred Trenkler" which was recorded by Harding on a hidden recorder.   Then the agents listened to the recording. See 8 December 1992 ATF report.  To listen to the same recording, click 2 December Harding undercover recording.  At the end of the tape, after Harding leaves the ARCOMM office, Harding says, "Well, that's one less gay guy for the St. Paddy's Day parade next year."  To listen to this excerpt, click on "one less gay guy".  For a summary of Harding's totally useless undercover taping efforts, in order to obtain the $65,000 reward money, click on 16-page transcript.  For a word-for-word transcript of 4 cassette tapes, click on 4 cassette tapes.
3 Dec. Grand Jury testimony of 1) Lawrence Plant, fellow inmate of Thomas A. Shay at Plymouth County House of Correction, and 2) Eleanor McKernan, neighbor of Thomas L. Shay on Eastbourne Street and 3) James McKernan, husband of Eleanor McKernan.
10 Dec. Grand Jury testimony of Donna Shea, friend of Alfred Trenkler, resumed from 13 February, above.
15 Dec. William David Lindholm withdrew his appeal of his Federal criminal conviction.
15 Dec Thomas A Shay allegedly told AUSA Paul Kelly that he and Alfred Trenkler "did it for the money" and that Alfred Trenkler built the bomb. See AUSA Paul Kelly 5 January 1993 memo to file .
16 Dec. Federal grand jury issued a five-count indictment against Thomas A. Shay and Alfred W. Trenkler charging that they conspired to make the bomb to try to kill Thomas L. Shay, the father of Thomas A. Shay. See entry below on 24 June 1993 for Superseding Indictment. See Boston Herald, "Feds indict Quincy men in fatal bombing"   To listen to the Channel 4 and Channel 56 news programs about the indictments, click on CHANNEL 4 NEWS SEGMENT and/or CHANNEL 56 NEWS SEGMENTThe only words from Alfred Trenkler came on the Channel 4 program when he responded to the question, "Do you have anything to say?".  Alfred Trenkler said firmly, "I am an innocent man. I had nothing to do with this case."
16 Dec. Arrest warrants issued for Thomas A. Shay and Alfred Trenkler for "Conspiracy: Receipt of Explosives In Interstate Commerce Resulting in Death and Injury; Attempted Malicious Destruction of Property Used In And Affecting Interstate Commerce, By Means of Fire And Explosive, Resulting In Death And Injury."
16 Dec. Wednesday Alfred Trenkler was arrested by gun-wielding Federal agents who pulled his car over while Trenkler was driving on Morrissey Boulevard in Boston, while on his way to a bank in Quincy to make deposits. Traffic was stopped by the police and the media had been alerted by ATF of the arrest.  (The police could have simply asked Alfred's lawyer for an appointment for surrender, as had been requested in writing by Trenkler's attorney, Terry Segal on 18 May 1992.  See above.)  He was taken to the Plymouth County House of Correction. See Boston Globe, "In bombing case, 3-year probe took 14 months"
16 Dec. Anthony Giammarco, a defendant in Thomas A. Shay's civil suit against the Dedham Service Center (See Complaint, above at 30 August 1990, and Amended Complaint at 23 April 1991), filed his Answer to the Amended Complaint.  See also Docket entries for this case up through this date.
17 Dec. Thurs. Thomas A. Shay arraigned. See Boston Globe, "Suspect in fatal bomb blast arraigned".  See Boston Herald, "Shay pleads innocent in fatal bombing".
17 Dec. Thurs. William David Lindholm was brought to the Boston U.S. Attorney's office from a Northampton, Mass. Federal jail facility for an interview allegedly unrelated to the case of U.S. v. Trenkler.  That interview ended about 3:00-4:00.  He allegedly missed his van to the Essex County jail in Middleton, Mass., and is taken to the Plymouth County House of Correction, in the late evening. He was placed in same holding/orientation area as Alfred Trenkler.  See the 14 January Memorandum by Jack Wallace to the U.S. District Court and Court of Appeals.  Lindholm was sick according to Alfred Trenkler, perhaps with the flu, and spent much of the weekend on a bed, near the public telephone.
18 Dec. Friday Alfred Trenkler was arraigned and Prosecutor Paul V. Kelly sought to have him held without bail, calling him a "domestic terrorist." See Boston Herald, "2nd suspect arraigned in Roslindale bomb blast"  A hearing was held before Magistrate Marianne Bowler on whether to detain or jail Alfred Trenkler pending trial.
19 Dec. Sat. William David Lindholm has breakfast with Alfred Trenkler and begins talking with him. (Transcript, Lindholm testimony Day 13 of trial, page 88.)
20 Dec. Sun William David Lindholm continues conversations with Alfred Trenkler and later claims at Trenkler's trial and on this day Alfred Trenkler admitted to him a role in the "Roslindale Bomb".  (Transcript, Lindholm testimony Day 13 of trial, pages 91 and 96)
21 Dec. Nancy Gertner was appointed by the U.S. District Court to defend Thomas A. Shay.  Jefferson Boone also appointed to defense team per his 21 December Motion to Appoint Counsel which was approved on 4 January 1993.
22 Dec Judge Harrington orders that all those whose phone calls were intercepted during tapping of Alfred Trenkler's voicemail and pagers, during the periods 30 Jan - 29 Feb and 12 March - 10 April, be notified of the interception.  AUSA's Paul Kelly and Frank Libby sent Memorandum to a list of interceptees explaining the interception periods. See the List of 17 Interceptees.
22 Dec Report by ATF Agent Jeff Kerr suspending undercover taping  of conversations with Alfred Trenkler by "wiring" of James Harding.  This report superseded similar ATF report by Kerr of 8 December 1992
24 Dec. U.S. Magistrate Marianne Bowler ruled that because Alfred Trenkler was a danger to the community if not detained and that he was a flight risk, that he should be jailed until his trial. Memorandum and Order on Government's Motion for Detention
30 Dec. Letter from Paul Kelly to Terry Segal explaining how James Harding made tape recordings of conversations, in apparent pursuit of the $65,000 reward money, with Alfred Trenkler and how the Government considered using him as an informer, but then decided not to do so. See Government 5-page Transcript of Harding's recordings. See Government 168 page transcript of Harding tape recordings See also ATFs summary of the Harding Trenkler tapes See also Alfred Trenkler's account of the efforts by James Harding to entrap him.
   
1990-1992 General chronology for Thomas A. Shay from 23 September 1990 until 16 December 1992.
  Chronology of Thomas A Shay, including legal representation and the media from 28 October 1991 through December 1992
   
1993  
4 Jan. Judge Rya Zobel allows U.S. Attorney's Motion for Dismissal of the Federal Indictment against Thomas A. Shay for the alleged 5 April 1992 telephoned bomb threat to a Brighton woman.
5 Jan. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul Kelly and Frank Libby announced in letters to the attorneys for Shay and Trenkler  that the U.S. Government would not be seeking the Federal death penalty in the cases against them.
5 Jan. Alfred Trenkler writes notes for his attorney(.pdf) about information received about ATF's meeting on 15 December 1992 with Thomas A. Shay.  Alfred disputes Shay's claims about him, and makes other observations. (See also MS-Word rekeyed version.)
5 Jan. Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly writes memo to file re: Thomas A Shay and plea bargain discussion on 15 December.  See letter, above, at 15 December 1992.
11 Jan. Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly writes letter to Terry Segal about ordering a set of photographs for Segal and also to advise that Thomas L. Shay had sold or otherwise transferred his Buick Century to another person.
13 Jan. 7-page report of ATF and U.S. Attorneys 13 January interview of William David Lindholm.  It was referenced in the 17 October 1993 letter from Terry Segal to Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly
14 Jan. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel upheld Magistrate Bowler's decision and ordered that Alfred Trenkler continue to be held in jail until his trial.  Trenkler's attorney, Terry Segal, had requested house arrest as Trenkler was not a flight risk.
6 February Alfred Trenkler's 37th birthday, his first in jail.
28 Feb. First assault by ATF and other law enforcement agencies on Waco, Texas compound of David Koresh, causing the death of four ATF agents and six members of Koresh's group.
8 March Judge Rya Zobel ordered the separation of trials for Tom Shay and Alfred Trenkler, and scheduled them tentatively for 17 May 1993 and 28 June 1993.
22 March Confirming an earlier phone conversation Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly advised Alfred Trenkler's attorney, Terry Segal, by letter, that the Government had a credible witness who could testify that Alfred Trenkler had admitted his role in the 1991 Roslindale Bomb.  That witness turned out to be William David Lindholm.
2 April Judge Zobel denial of Government motion to compel production of Channel 56 interview by Karen Marinella of Thomas A Shay. As reported as 1993 WL 128728 (D. Mass.) (Footnote 1 reads: "There  has been no indication that the government seeks to use the videotape in connection with the prosecution of the codefendant, Trenkler; it is unlikely, in any event, that such a request would be proper under Bruton v. United States , 391 U.S. 123 (1968)".)
19 April Final assault by FBI-led law enforcement forces on the Waco compound. The resulting fire claimed the lives of 85 people, including at least 17 children. The FBI had taken over responsibility for the siege after ATF's initial assault on 28 February, but ATF remained in support of the siege.  That support included 16 ATF agents from the Boston office .
11 May Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly responded with a detailed letter to Nancy Gertner's request for "further detail concerning the topics discussed by your client on June 11, 1992 with ATF Agents Jeff Kerr and Tom D'Ambrosio...."  Nancy Gertner's client was Thomas A. Shay.  The first two pages of that letter concern Shay's statements to the ATF about his contacts with Alfred Trenkler, most of which are entirely false. See Alfred Trenkler's June 2006 annotations of that letter See same annotated letter, rekeyed in an MS-word file.
13 May First day of Hearings on Alfred Trenkler's Motions to Suppress evidence (See below on 14 May, 17 May and 1 September for the other three days of hearing.)
14 May Second day of Hearings on Alfred Trenkler's Motions to Suppress evidence (See above on 13 May, and below on 17 May and 1 September for the other three days of hearing.)
17 May Third day of Hearings on Alfred Trenkler's Motions to Suppress evidence (See above on 13 and 14 May, and below on 1 September for the other three days of hearing.)
12 June The Boston Globe reported that the U.S. Attorney had filed court documents that showed that in analysis of 14,000 bombs in a national crime database, the only one matching several characteristics of the "Roslindale Bomb" was the 1986 device assembled by Alfred Trenkler at the request of Donna Shea who provided him with the basic ingredient, which was an M-21 Hoffman artillery simulator.
19 June Boston Herald lead editorial, "Tilting justice's scales" which complained of a ruling by Judge Rya Zobel that some evidence offered by prosecution in trial of Thomas A. Shay could not be admitted.  Wrote the Herald, "Zobel's exclusion of evidence that a jury should have the right to hear, and her special treatment of Thomas Shay, are not justice.  A courtroom is supposed to be an even playing field.  Zobel's courtroom seems rather dangerously tilted."
24 June Federal grand jury returned a "three-count superseding indictment against Alfred Trenkler and Thomas Shay, charging them with illegal receipt and use of an explosive...and conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States..." (from the 16 October 2001 opinion of the First Circuit Court of Appeals.)  See Superseding Indictment which replaced the indictment of 16 December 1992. See above.
25 June The only post-1991 contact Alfred Trenkler had with Thomas A. Shay was on 25 June 1993 when they were in separate cells, separated by another cell, in the Federal Building lockup. Alfred Trenkler captured the discussion and his observations in a three page handwritten note. See also rekeyed version in MS Word.
28 June Trial began for Thomas A. Shay, age 21.
29 June U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel issues decisions on various motions by Thomas A. Shay's attorneys, Nancy Gertner and Jefferson W. Boone, to suppress statements by Thomas A. Shay and to suppress identification of him at the Mass. Ave. Radio Shack store. (Page 2 of decision is missing, and will be inserted when found.) See West's reported copy of decision, including the missing page. As reported as 1993 WL 263492 (D. Mass.)
July? Two undated letters from Thomas A. Shay. One to "Nancy" and the other to his mother.
15 July Senator Edward Kennedy announced that he planned to nominate Shay's defense counsel, Nancy Gertner, to be become a U.S. District Court judge.
19 July Dr. Robert Phillips wrote a letter to Thomas A. Shay's attorney, Nancy Gertner, "Neuropsychiatric Evaluation, Thomas A. Shay."  Dr. Phillips concluded, "A significant symptom of all of the above is an uncontrollable urge to spin out webs of lies which...."
27 July U.S. District Court jury found Thomas A. Shay guilty of Count 1, conspiring with Alfred W. Trenkler to kill Shay's father, and of Count 3, Attempted Malicious Destruction Of Property By Means Of Explosive, but Not Guity of Count 2, Receipt Of explosive Materials.
28 July Boston Globe announced, in the article "US Prosecutors turn to Shay co-defendant" that the U.S. Attorney's office was preparing for the trial of Thomas A. Shay's co-conspirator, Alfred W. Trenkler whom the Globe called Shay's "codefendant and one-time lover".
2 August Alfred Trenkler was released from Federal custody into a form of house-arrest at the home of his parents in Milton, Mass., with an ankle bracelet, in order to enable the Federal Government to comply with the "Speedy Trial Act" which requires speedy trials for persons incarcerated in pre-trial confinement. 
1 Sept Fourth day of Hearings on Alfred Trenkler's Motions to Suppress evidence (See above on 13 and 14 May, and 17 May for the other three days of the hearing.)
2 Sept Asst. U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly writes letter to Trenkler Attorney Terry Segal to advise that he would not be using James Harding as a witness as he "is obviously a person not to be trusted by anyone."  This letter came after several undercover tape recordings by Harding of conversations with Alfred Trenkler and others. See 12 December 1992 ATF suspension of such recording efforts, above.
8 Oct. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel sentenced Thomas A. Shay to 15 1/2 years in prison for his role in the "Roslindale Bomb."
25 Oct Memorandum of Decision: Judge Zobel decision denying Defendant Alfred Trenkler's motion to suppress Ed Carrion's out of court identifications. As reported by Westlaw at 1993 WL 443944 (D. Mass.)
26 Oct. Trial opened for defendant Alfred W. Trenkler, age 37.
1 Nov. Article in the New Yorker by Seymour Hersh, "A Case Not Closed", which discusses the reliability of the evidence in the "Roslindale Bomb" case and compared it to the reliability of the pre-war intelligence prior to the First Iraq war.
18 Nov. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved four nominees for Federal District Court judgeships in Boston, including Shay's attorney, Nancy Gertner.
22 Nov. Wednesday. Closing arguments. About William David Lindholm, Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Kelly said, "...He's received no promises, no rewards, no inducements for coming forward, and he will not ask for any in the future." (emphasis added here.) After closing arguments, the Alfred Trenkler case went to the jury. (See selected pages of Closing Arguments as they related to William David Lindholm.) Five months later, (see below, 1 April) the attorney for Wlliam David Lindholm, Roger Cox, wrote to the U.S. Attorney's office to ask for a reduction in Lindholm's the 97 month sentence.
29 Nov.

Monday.  On the fourth day of deliberations, the jury found Alfred W. Trenkler guilty of:

1. conspiracy,

2. receipt of explosive materials,

3. attempted malicious destruction of property by means of an      explosive.

See Boston Globe article of 30 November "Trenkler is convicted in fatal bombing"                                                                               

29 Nov. Alfred was immediately incarcerated and sent to the Hillsborough County Jail, New Hampshire, as a Federal Government prisoner.  On 16 June 2006, Alfred wrote, "It was rather interesting that I was placed in an orientation unit and while I was watching TV, whether by mistake or not, David Lindholm was brought into the same unit, sent to the cell I was assigned to and by the time I was going to confront him he had turned around and walked back to the door and was let out."
6 Dec. Through his attorney, Terry Segal, Alfred Trenkler filed Motion for Acquittal and a Motion for a New Trial.
14 Dec. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel sentenced Thomas A. Shay to a 45-day prison term, in addition to his 15 1/2 year sentence, for his refusal to testify in the case against Alfred W. Trenkler. 
   
1994  
6 February Alfred Trenkler's 38th birthday, his 2nd in a small cell.
2 March Thayer Academy responded in a LETTER to Terry Segal's inquiry that there was no record of W. David Lindholm's father having attended Thayer Academy.
2 March The Town of Milton wrote a LETTER  with no indication that W. David Lindholm's mother, otherwise a Milton resident, had ever lived on Whitelawn Avenue.
7 March Milton Academy responded in a LETTER to Terry Segal's inquiry that there was no record of W. David Lindholm's father having attended Milton Academy.
8 March Alfred Trenkler was sentenced to two concurrent life terms in prison.  He was then sent to a Federal prison in Otisville, New York, and then to Allentown Federal Penitentiary in White Deer, Pennsylvania. Prior to his sentencing, he made an eloquent STATEMENT (in .pdf form) to the court, proclaiming his innocence.  For an easier-to-read document, click on STATEMENT (as Word document).
15 March Notice of Appeal filed.
1 April Letter from Roger A. Cox, attorney for William David Lindholm, to Paul v. Kelly, Asst. U.S. Attorney, asking for reduction of Lindholm's 97 month sentence because, "His assistance was extraordinary.  It was forthright, honest and compelling, and of immense value in strengthening the prosecution agianst Mr. Trenkler."
19 July Government's Motion for Reduction of Sentence for David Lindholm, filed by Paul V. Kelly, Asst. U.S. Attorney, on "grounds that he has provided 'substantial assistance' in the investigation and prosecution of another person."  Requested reduction was for "at least 24 months."  In addition to the Motion, an Affidavit was filed (to be found and posted later).
29 July William David Lindholm filed a Memorandum with the U.S. District Court in support of his Motion for Reduction of Sentence. (to be found and posted later)
3 August Motion by William David Lindholm to discharge a mortgage. (to be found and posted later)
12 August William David Lindholm filed an Affidavit with the U.S. District Court in support of his Motion for Reduction of Sentence. (to be found and posted later)
17 Aug. Judge Douglas Woodlock endorsed an order granting Motion to Discharge Mortgage as to William David Lindholm. (to be found and posted later)
3 Sept. Judge Douglas Woodlock ordered a reduction of 55 months in the sentence of William David Lindholm from 97 months to 42 months., a reduction of 55 months, or 4 1/2 years.  Woodlock was the judge in the 1990 case, US v. Lindholm.
30 Sept William David Lindholm was released from prison. See entire docket of case, U.S. v. Lindholm, including several orders to seal documents in 1998.
6 Dec. Oral argument of Alfred Trenkler's appeal.  Through his attorney, Morris Goldings, Alfred appealed the 1993 verdict on the grounds that Alfred's assembly of the 1986 noisemaker in Quincy should not have been introduced into evidence.  Also, he argued that the statistical evidence from the EXIS database of the claimed similarity between the 1986 Quincy device and the 1991 "Roslindale Bomb" should not have been admitted. It is not yet known if the status of William David Lindholm was discussed at the hearing.
   
1995  
6 Feb Alfred Trenkler's 39th birthday, his 3rd in a small cell.
22 June First Circuit Court of Appeals required that the District Court in the criminal case against Thomas A. Shay reconsider whether the psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Phillips, should have been permitted to testify about the psychological condition of Thomas A. Shay, "pseudologia fantastica."
18 July The First Circuit Court of Appeals denied by a 2-1 vote the appeal by Alfred W. Trenkler. The Court ruled that the District Court had erred by admitting evidence from a computer database about bombings, but that the error was harmless because "a government witness and convicted felon, William David Lindholm, had testified that defendant (Trenkler) had built the pipe bomb at issue, but also on the basis that the government had provided ample evidence, including out of court statements by defendant's alleged co-conspirator, Thomas Shay, Jr., to establish a relationship between defendant and Shay Jr.  The court's opinions showed apparent lack of knowledge that William David Lindholm's sentence had, indeed, been reduced as an apparent reward for his testimony in Alfred Trenkler's case; and that he was freed from prison  on 30 September 1994, two months prior to the 6 December 1994 oral argument before the court.
1 Aug. The Boston Globe reported in the middle of its Page 17 article, "Whitey Bulger allegedly tied to drug dealing in S. Boston," that David Lindholm had been "reportedly released" from Federal prison only 37 months [3 years, 1 month] into a 97 month [8-years, 1-month] sentence.  That's a reduction of 60 months or 62%.  The release actually occurred on 30 September 1994 - See above. (There is some confusion of dates, as the release was ordered to occur after Lindholm served 42 months, which was a 55 month reduction.  In any case, the release occurred 10 weeks BEFORE the 6 December 1994 oral argument of Alfred Trenkler's appeal of his conviction - and no one at that appellate hearing, except Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul Kelly and Frank Libby, knew about the release of William David Lindholm.  What the appellate judges would have thought about that release, given their stated concern about the apparent motivation for Lindholm's prosecution-friendly testimony, may never be known. Other articles included "Mob buddies ready to roll on Whitey and Salemme"(Boston Herald, 7/31), "Sources: Drug dealer's ready to rat on Whitey"(Boston Herald, 8/1), "Feds target 'Whitey' as Southie drug lord"(Boston Herald, 8/2), and "US witness ties Whitey Bulger to slaying plot"(Boston Globe, 8/2)
8 Aug. Through his attorneys, Alfred Trenkler filed a Motion to remand Case 94 1301 to the District court re issue of Lindholm's early release and appearance of a trade of such release for helpful testimony. At the U.S. District Court there was to be an "inquiry into a possible undisclosed deal between Lindholm and the government." (from 1st Circuit opinion 6 Jan. 1998). The Motion asked for "a determination of certain issues related to William David Lindholm ("Lindholm") a convicted felon who testified..."
25 Aug. The First Circuit Court of Appeals Denied Trenkler's Motion to Remand "ORDER: by Chief Judge Juan R. Torruella, Judge Frank M. Coffin, Judge Norman H. Stahl. Defendant's motion raises issues of concern, which could merit a hearing. However, the proper forum for such a hearing is before the district court upon motion for a new trial. The motion is therefore denied."
5 Sept. The 29 November 1993 verdict against Alfred Trenkler became final on this date, as the First Circuit Court of Appeals had issued its "mandate" (or it became final on 5 December 1995 when the period for filing for Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court expired) (from First Circuit Court of Appeals opinion, 16 October 2001.)
26 Nov. The Boston Globe reported that the Boston head of the ATF, Terry McArdle, was leaving his Boston assignment after 12 years in the position.
5 Dec. The 29 November 1993 verdict against Alfred Trenkler became final on 5 December 1995 (or 5 Sept, see above) when the period for filing for Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court expired) (from First Circuit Court of Appeals opinion, 16 October 2001.)
22 Dec Alfred Trenkler filed a Motion for a New Trial in U.S. District Court, or, alternatively, an evidentiary hearing on newly acquired evidence. (from First Circuit's unpublished opinion 6 Jan 1998) 
   
1996  
6 Feb. Alfred Trenkler's 40th birthday, his 4th in a small cell.
2 April Attorneys for Thomas A. Shay argued for a new trial on the grounds that psychiatric evidence from Dr. Phillips should have been admitted.
15 Oct. From a subsequent First Circuit opinion, 6 Jan 1998, "Finally, on October 15, 1996, defendant [Trenkler] learned that a woman named Donna Shea had notified the ATF that an alternate juror at his [Trenkler's] trial, Ramona Walsh, had known defendant. During voir dire Walsh had not admitted to knowing defendant."
19 Nov. Alfred Trenkler filed a Motion in U.S. District Court for an inquiry into possible juror misconduct and for a New Trial, based on Thomas A. Shay's allegations regarding that alternate juror, Ramona Walsh.
   
1997  
4 Feb. The U.S. District Court, in "Memorandum of Decision" denied Alfred Trenkler's Motion for inquiry into possible juror misconduct and for a new trial based on Donna Shea's allegations regarding Ramona Walsh. (From the 1st Circuit opinion 6 Jan 1998)
6 Feb. Alfred Trenkler's 41st birthday, his 5th in a small cell.
7 Feb. The U.S. District Court denied Alfred Trenkler's Motion for a New Trial on the grounds that psychiatric evidence had been incorrectly excluded from the trial of Thomas A. Shay.
22 May The U.S. District Court denied Alfred Trenkler's Motion for inquiry into possible juror misconduct and for a new trial based on Donna Shea's allegations regarding Ramona Walsh. (From the 1st Circuit opinion 6 Jan 1998) (See above for 4 February 1997.)
25 July William David Lindholm in dispute with Re/Max Realty, "New player in RE/MAX case: drug dealer turned gadfly" where he picketed a house being sold.
30 Sept. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel ruled that she incorrectly excluded a psychiatrist's testimony from the trial of Thomas A. Shay and that Shay may require a retrial.
1 Dec. The U.S. Attorney filed a motion to ask U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel to reconsider her ruling of 30 September.
17 Dec. Jack Wallace sent a memorandum to Appeals Court Judges Torruella, Selya, Coffin and Stahl; and Judges Tauro and Zobel in the U.S. District Court and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin McGrath and Morris Goldings and David Beck, attorneys for Alfred Trenkler and to Alfred Trenkler.  Mr. Wallace noted the similarities between the testimonies of two government jail house informants: Lawrence Plant and David Lindholm. 
   
1998  
6 Jan. The First Circuit Court of Appeals, in "unpublished opinion written by Circuit Judge Stahl" denied Alfred Trenkler's appeal, which had been made on the basis of possible juror misconduct and for an inquiry in newly acquired evidence.
22 Jan. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel declined to reverse her 30 September ruling
6 Feb. Alfred Trenkler's 42nd birthday, his 6th in a small cell.
8 April First Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new trial in the case of Thomas A. Shay.  Chief Judge Torruella voted to overturn the conviction.  He was the only First Circuit Judge to consider the initial appeals of both Thomas A. Shay and Alfred Trenkler and he voted to overturn both of them.
22 April John J. Bowden, an inmate at Allenwood Federal Prison, White Deer, Pa., wrote an affidavit about his conversations in July, 1992 with William David Lindholm at the Essex County Jail in Middleton, Mass .  Bowden stated that Lindholm admitted that he lied at the trial of Alfred Trenkler when he stated that Alfred Trenkler had admitted a role in the "Roslindale Bomb" case.
7 May Alfred prepares three documents for his friend and media expert, Mark Brodie. See his Handwritten letter to Mark Brodie transmitting, via letter to Alfred's brother, David Wallace,the three analyses below of his case, and the documents: 1. 20 pages analysis of issues, 2. 54 page analysis of issues and lists of people and chronology, and 3. 61 page analysis of 28 October 1991 bombing and 34 pages of referenced documents.
28 Sept Tandy Corporation, Associate General Counsel, Robert Blair, writes a letter to Jack Wallace advising that corporate records of Radio Shack, owned by Tandy, do not have any information about the claimed Radio Shack receipt of 18 October 1991 at the Mass Ave. Radio Shack store. (See above at 18 October 1991.) The next year, Blair repeated his findings in an Affidavit in Alfred's case.
29 Oct. Thomas A. Shay pled guilty and is sentenced to 12 years in prison, three less than after his 1993 conviction. As he had already served about six years, and deserved time off for good behavior; the sentence meant potential freedom in less than four years. Speaking at the hearing were Doris Hurley, sister of Jeremiah Hurley, and Lisa Hurley, the sister of Jeremiah Hurley and Cynthia Hurley, the widow of Jeremiah Hurley.  See Transcript of Hearing.
   
1999  
5 Jan Alfred Trenkler filed a motion for new trial, pursuant to 28 USC 2255 on the grounds of ineffective counsel.
6 Feb Alfred Trenkler's 43rd birthday, his 7th in a small cell.
20 April Government filed"Government's Memorandum of Law In Opposition ot Alfred Trenkler's 28 USC s. 2255 Petition to Vacate Sentence".  Included in this filing was a copy of Dr. Robert Phillips' 19 July 1993 letter to Thomas A. Shay's attorney, Nancy Gertner, "Neuropsychiatric Evaluation, Thomas A. Shay."
24 Oct Thomas A. Shay wrote a letter from Federal Correctional Institution McKean in Bradford, Pa., to Jack and Josephine Wallace, stating, among other things, "Your son is innocent! I can prove it!!! Would you be willing to pay to have me be given a lie detector test?  I will take it if it can be arranged!"
6 Dec. Thomas A. Shay wrote a letter to Morris Goldings, Alfred Trenkler's appellate attorney, "I, Mr. Goldings, am truly innocent.  Your client is also innocent." 
   
2000  
6 Feb. Alfred Trenkler's 44th birthday, his 8th in a small cell.
22 Feb. Thomas A. Shay wrote from Federal Correctional Institution McKean in Bradford, Pa., to Jack and Josephine Wallace, stating, among other things, "I will do whatever in my power to help show that Al is innocent.  Though Al and I were just acquaintances, we weren't really friends.  He is my co-defendant and he is innocent."
1 April Discovery Channel premiered its program, A FEDERAL OFFENSE, as part of its series, "The New Detectives."   See Transcript of A FEDERAL OFFENSE.  (It contains many innacuracies.)
18 April The U.S. District Court denied Alfred Trenker's Motion for new trial (see 5 January 1999, above) on the basis of ineffective counsel.
13 July John J. Bowden wrote a letter to Morris M. Goldings, appellate attorney for Alfred Trenkler and asked why he had not been contacted since he prepared and sent the 22 April 1998 Affidavit about William David Lindholm and his false testimony against Alfred Trenkler in 1993.
10 Aug. Attorneys for Alfred Trenkler filed motions for a new trial on the grounds that the Radio Shack receipt for a toggle switch and other items was "bogus".
28 Dec. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel denied Alfred Trenkler's Motion for a New Trial based on new evidence.  (See 10 August 2000, above.)
   
2001  
5 Jan Alfred Trenkler sought a 30-day extension of time to file his notice of appeal of the 28 December 2000 denial of his motion for a new trial.
22 Jan. The U.S. District Court approved the 30-day extension.
6 Feb. Alfred Trenkler's 45th birthday, his 9th in a small cell.
20 Feb. Alfred Trenkler filed his appeal, 54 days after the entry of the 28 December 2000 order being appealed.
6 April The First Circuit Court of Appeals denied Alfred Trenkler's appeal of the 28 December 2000 denial of a new trial due to new evidence, for lack of jurisdiction due to untimely filing.
21 May Death at age 88 of Freddie Trenkler, father of Alfred, and former comic for the Ice Capades.  The New York Times obituary referred to him as the "Bouncing Ball of the Ice."
5 July Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court filed.
8 July Thomas A. Shay writes letter to Boston Police Dept. Chief Hussey and mentions large amount of money offered for "book deal".
10 Sept AUSA Kevin McGrath letter to Charles Rankin re TA Shay claim of innocence.  The letter forwards the letter to Chief Hussey. McGrath wrote "...the government has requested the opportunity to speak with Mr. Shay should he wish to be debriefed regarding the claims raised in his letter."
9 Oct. The U.S. Supreme Court denied Alfred Trenkler's Petition for Certiorari for review of the First Circuit's 6 April 2001 dismissal of his appeal.
16 Oct. First Circuit Court of Appeals denied Alfred Trenkler's appeal of the Judge Rya Zobel's 18 April 2000 denial of his Motion for a New Trial, which had claimed ineffective assistance of counsel because of the failure to call for Dr. Phillips to testify at his trial.  The court ruled that such a Motion was filed outside the time limits of the applicable statute.
during 2001 Sometime during 2001, Alfred wrote a letter to the Boston Globe. It was never published, but stated, "I am currently serving Two concurrent life sentences because of the words of a Twenty ton marijuana smuggler, Million Dollar bank defrauder and Twenty year tax evader turned government mouthpiece who, in efforts to “rehabilitate” himself, was given his freedom for test-tifying that I admitted to the building of the October 1991 Roslindale Bomb, an admission and a crime I continue to vehemently deny. How can one have a defense against such testimony? By the government “making” me guilty and “winning” this case all but guarantees the freedom of those actually responsible for this crime that I wrongfully continue to pay for. "
   
2002  
6 Feb. Alfred Trenkler's 46th birthday, his 10th in a small cell.
30 Aug. Thomas A. Shay was released from Federal prison.
3 Oct. Alfred Trenkler filed a Petiton for Habeas Corpus with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on the grounds that a statutory change had decriminalized the behavior for which he was convicted.  That is, because the U.S. Supreme Court had raised the standard of what constitutes Interstate Commerce for jurisdictional purposes.  Trenkler argued that because the 1986 Buick owned by Thomas A. Shay was not involved in Interstate Commerce, he should not have been charged with interfering with Interstate Commerce.  Trenker's Petition was prepared by his attorneys, James L. Sultan and Catherine J. Hinton. See also Alfred Trenkler's Memorandum of Law in support of this Petition.
   
2003  
13 Jan. The U.S. Government filed a Memorandum of Law in opposition to Alfred Trenkler's Petition for Habeas Corpus. See 3 October 2002, above.
30 Jan Alfred Trenkler files Petition for rehearing of his appeal by the full bench of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
6 Feb. Alfred Trenkler's 47th birthday, his 11th in a small cell.
10 Feb. Alfred Trenkler filed Reply Memorandum of Law in further support of his Petition for Habeas Corpus.
7 March The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania denied Alfred Trenkler's Petition for Habeas Corpus, Alfred W. Trenkler v. Michael Pugh, Warden USP-Allenwood, for lack of jurisdiction. See original District Court Judge Conaboy opinion in Middle District of PA re Trenkler v Pugh. See also reduced copy of Memorandum and Order from Petition for Certiorari.  For list of court filings in this case through 23 April 2003, see DOCKET THROUGH 030423
3 May Alfred Trenkler files Appellant's Brief in his Appeal to the Third CircuitAccompanying the Brief were: Appendix, Volume I  and Appendix, Volume II.
9 May Thomas A. Shay obtained a two-week extension of a restraining order against his older sister, Paula Shay, 35, for threatening to kill him. Paula Shay did not appear as she had been arrested because of the incident and was being held at MCI-Framingham as she was unable to provide $1,500 bail. See Boston Herald story, Ex-con's sister allegedly threatens him with cleaver."
4 June Government, represented by U.S. Attorney's office in Boston, files Appellee Brief in Trenkler's appeal to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
18 June Alfred Trenkler files Reply Brief in response to Appellee/Government Brief filed by the U.S. Attorney's office in Boston.
18 Dec Third Circuit Court of Appeals denied Alfred Trenkler's appeal by affirming a Pennsylvania U.S. District's court denial (See 7 March, above) of his petition for relief of his sentence of two concurrent life sentences on the grounds that a statutory change has changed the definition of crimes for which he was convicted. The denial was for lack of jurisdiction. See the two page Judgment, and the nine page Opinion by Circuit Judge Ambro.  
   
2004  
30 Jan Petition for a Rehearing by full Panel of the Third Circuit (i.e. by all the judges)
6 Feb. Alfred Trenkler's 48th birthday, his 12th in a small cell.
13 Feb. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued Judgment denying Alfred Trenkler's petition for a rehearing of his appeal, and the court's 18 December decision. (See above.)  Appellate judges Michael Chertoff and Samuel Alito participated in the 14 judge panel.
13 May Alfred Trenkler files Petition for Certiorari to U.S. Supreme Court for review of the denial of his appeal of Trenkler v. Pugh, by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  (The Petition has the date of 13 May 2003 on front page.)
24 Aug Alfred Trenkler files a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus with the First Circuit Court of Appeals to compel the District Court judge to resentence Alfred Trenkler, consistently with new standards.
30 Oct The "Justice for All Act of 2004", Public Law No: 108-405. becomes law. It provides for the right for DNA testing in Federal Cases for five years after enactment of the law or three years after conviction, whichever is later, and $5,000-$50,000 compensation per year for exonerees in non-capital cases. In capital cases, where a death sentence was ordered, the compensation is $100,000 per year. See SUMMARY OF LAW
3 Nov. Thomas A. Shay's 33th birthday.
   
2005  
6 Feb. Alfred Trenkler's 49th birthday, his 13th in a small cell.
16 Feb. The First Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Petition for a Writ of Mandamus.
21 May Through his attorneys, Alfred Trenkler applied to the U.S. Supreme Court for relief.
18 June Thomas A. Shay was arrested in Durham, New Hampshire for violation of his parole from the 12-year prison sentence.
21 July In proceedings before U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel, Thomas A. Shay is ordered to return to a halfway house in Boston for four additional months, and his probation period was extended to 2008.
1 Nov. Jack Wallace wrote a letter to U.S. District Court Judge, Edward F. Harrington, in which he disputes statements made by David Apfel, Assistant U.S. Attorney.
3 Nov. Thomas A. Shay's 35th birthday, the same age as Alfred Trenkler, when he first met Thomas A. Shay in June of 1991 - a chance crossing of paths that would lead to years of loss, misery and prison for Alfred Trenkler. 
1 Dec. Alfred W. Trenkler writes a letter to U.S. District Court judge, Rya Zobel "as a last resort." He presented the view that the procedure used for his sentencing was not authorized by statute.
8 Dec. Tom Shay is sentenced to 6 months in prison for violations of his probation or supervised release. 
   
2006  
 6 Feb. Alfred Trenkler's 50th birthday, his 14th in a small cell.
 2 March Alfred Trenkler's heart nearly failed, and he was taken to a local hospital in Pennsylvania and a heart pacemaker was installed.
24 March Alfred's brother, David Wallace, called Morrison Bonpasse about building a website for Alfred's case.
6 April Website created for the Alfred W. Trenkler case at www.alfredtrenklerinnocent.org.
22-23 June Organizational Meeting of the Alfred Trenkler Innocent Committee, with the election of officers and Directors.  See Committee Newsletter #6.
17 June Tom Shay's official release date from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, according to its website and its "Inmate Locator" utility. He was physically released to five years of "supervised release" on 30 August 2002.  After the 18 December 2005 (above) partial revocation of supervised release, he was resentenced to 6 months. After this second release he was still subject to 2 years of supervised release.
28 June Motion to Examine Evidence, filed by Jack Wallace on behalf of Alfred Trenkler.  This motion, with attached photographs shows the crucial fact that the contacts for the switch for the 1991 Roslindale Bomb did not come from a Radio Shack switch. At least not from the one that the prosecution claimed was purchased by  Thomas A. Shay.  On pages 9 and 10 of the motion, see how the contacts for a "Philmore" switch are the same, as are the contacts from the actual 1991 "Roslindale Bomb", but the contacts for the Radio Shack switch are different.  See other photographs of the toggle switch contacts.
3 November Thomas A. Shay's 35th birthday.
   
2007  
6 Feb Alfred Trenkler's 51st birthday, his 15th in a small cell.
4 April Alfred Trenkler resentenced by Judge Rya Zobel, to 37 years in prison, as of the original sentencing date of 8 March 1994.  With time off for good behavior, at the rate of 54 days a year, resulting in a 5.5 year deduction, and if no earlier release is achieved through exoneration, Alfred will remain in prison until approximately 1 September 2025, when he will be 69 years old.
24 May Alfred is moved from the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls, RI to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, NY, on his way back to Allenwood Prison in White Deer, PA.
12 June Alfred is transported back to Allenwood Prison
16 July Tom Shay is captured by the police at his mother's and sister's home in Quincy.
24 July Tom Shay is sentenced to 33 months in prison for his violations of probation and remains at Plymouth County House of Correction.
6 August Tom Shay is moved to the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls, RI
20 October Tom Shay is moved to McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
3 November Tom Shay turns 36 years old.
   
2008  
6 February Alfred Trenkler's 52nd birthday, his 16th in a small cell.
6 February Alfred Trenkler is moved to the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, (see Photo) for probable transfer to another Federal prison.
7 February Alfred Trenkler is moved to FMC (Federal Medical Center) Devens in Devens, Massachusetts, formerly the site of Fort Devens.  Also at FMC Devens is a satellite prison camp for minimum security inmates.
8 February Tom Shay is moved to Lewisburg Prison. for expected transfer to another prison.
1 March Tom Shay is moved to the Federal Prison in Memphis, after spending a few days en route, including at the Oklahoma Federal Prison Transfer Center.
1 August The First Circuit Court of Appeals orders that Alfred Trenkler's double life sentence be reinstated.
8 October Josephine Johnson Barnum Wallace, mother of Alfred Trenkler, died.  Her memorial service was held on 8 November 2008. (See Service Program.) Alfred was not permitted to visit his mother at Mass. General Hospital and he was not permitted to attend her memorial service. 
30 October As mandated by the First Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel reinstates Alfred Trenkler's double life sentence.
17 December First Circuit Court of Appeals denies Thomas A. Shay's efforts to appeal his 1998 Guilty Plea, which he claims was coerced.
   
2009  
6 February Alfred Trenkler's 53rd birthday. 
16 March Judge Zobel denies Alfred Trenkler's 2255 Motion for New Trial.
15 July Judge Zobel approves Alfred Trenkler's Motion for Certificate of Appealability which permits him to appeal to the First Circuit.
15 Sept Alfred Trenkler files appeal BRIEF with First Circuit, and the Government response was due 16 October.
9 October First Circuit grants the Government a six week delay for its response to Alfred Trenkler's brief, until 1 December.
3 November Thomas A. Shay's 38th birthday.
13 November With one day notice, Alfred Trenkler is transferred to the Brooklyn, NY, MDC (Metropolitan Detention Center) and told he is being transferred to Tucson, Arizona, but as of 28 December, he was still in Brooklyn.
1 December The First Circuit granted an additional 40 days to the Government to file its Appellee brief, which is now due 11 January 2010. 
28 December John D. Wallace (Jack), the stepfather of Alfred Trenkler, died at Milton Hospital after a recurrence of pneumonia. A WWII Navy veteran, he had supported Alfred's innocence from the beginning of the case.
31 December Thomas A. Shay RELEASED from Federal Prison in Memphis. Taken to Worcester County jail in West Boylston, Mass. to serve unrelated six month sentence. 
   
2010  
14 January Alfred Trenkler is transferred from the Brooklyn, NY Detention Center to the Oklahoma City, OK, Federal Transfer Center.
29 January The Government's Reply Brief to Alfred Trenkler's appeal filed in the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
5 February Alfred Trenkler was transferred from the Oklahoma City FTC (Federal Transfer Center) to the Tucson USP (United States Penitentiary)
6 February Alfred Trenkler's 54th birthday. 
6 April Alfred Trenkler's Response Brief was due at the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
21 May Thomas A. Shay was released from the Worcester County Jail.
14 June Alfred Trenkler files a new 18 USC 2255 Motion for Habeas Corpus on the grounds of newly discovered evidence, which was found through the 2008/09 Freedom of Information request to the Boston Police Dept.
20 July Alfred Trenkler was taken to a Tucson hospital to have his pacemaker checked, and it was ok. This exam had originally been scheduled for December when Alfred at Devens FMC in Massachusetts.  Earlier in July, he and others had written to Senators Scott Brown and John Kerry and Congressmen Stephen Lynch and William Delahunt to ask for their assistance in obtaining the exam.  Continued delay was said to be life-threatening.