Quick Quotes about Alfred Trenkler and his case, and justice and the legal system.
This Web Page is in three sections:
1. Short Quotes about the case by those involved in the investigation and
wrongful conviction of Alfred Trenkler, and others.
2. Short quotes from a variety of sources which are thought to apply to this
3. Longer statements or letters.
1. Short Quotes about the case.
"I wish I was locked in a library. I'd die a happy man. I love reading." Tom Shay, 12 December 2007.
"Every second that Al [Trenkler] sits in jail is my fault, and the guilt of my stupidity is killing me." Tom Shay, 12 December 2007.
"Al, if you talk to us it will only prove you have nothing to do with this. If you're innocent you have nothing to hide." ATF Special Agent, Dennis Leahy to Alfred Trenkler at the Weymouth office of ARCOMM. 6 November 1991. [from 17 June 2006 notes by Alfred Trenkler.]
"Hey, Al, could you come over here and give me a comment about some of this stuff?" ATF Special Agent, Dennis Leahy to Alfred Trenkler at the Milton home of Alfred's parents, in front of the garage. 31 January 1992. [from 17 June 2006 notes by Alfred Trenkler.]
"Trenkler, stay away from Leahy. You have an attorney and [you] don't have to talk to him [Leahy]." Boston Police Dept. detective William Fogerty in response to above request from Dennis Leahy to Alfred Trenkler, at the Milton home of Alfred's parents, in front of the garage. 31 January 1992. [from 17 June 2006 notes by Alfred Trenkler.]
"Al, all I need you for is to tell me what stuff is yours, wha't your brother's [David] and what's your partnets' so we can finish this up." Later, "Al, we don't convict innocent people. If you have nothing to do with this, you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about. It will only help clear your name if you speak to us." ATF Special Agent, Dennis Leahy to Alfred Trenkler at the Milton home of Alfred's parents, in front of the garage. 31 January 1992. [from 17 June 2006 notes by Alfred Trenkler.]
Dennis Leahy, ATF Special Agent, to Alfred Trenkler, early in the invesigation, around November, 1991 and later, "If you are telling the truth, you have nothing to worry about." See Alfred Trenkler's handwritten notes (.pdf) and rekeyed MS-Word copy of his recollection of his conversations with Dennis Leahy on 31 January 1992 during the search of his parents' home in Milton.
"You know, Al, I once read a book, I can't remember the name of it, but in it a man committed a murder and got away with it for many years until the man confessed the murder to a friend. The friend turned around and told authorities and the man was convicted of the murder. I'm telling you this because you can either sit back and wait and be convicted of murder or you can be the first one in the door, get creative and help us get Shay. Once the door closes, that's it: no deals." ATF Special Agent, Dennis Leahy to Alfred Trenkler at the Boston ATF office when Alfred came to retrieve his business records taken in a search. 4 February 1992.
In response, Alfred Trenkler said, "If I have nothing to do with this and Shay knows I have nothing to do with this, why would one say the other did anything?" [On Day 11 of the trial of Alfred Trenkler, on 8 November 1993, Dennis Leahy testified that Alfred Trenkler said, "If we did it, then only we know about it. How will you ever find out and if neither one of us talked." (Trial Transcript, page 11-73.)]
Then replied Dennis Leahy, "If you help us get Shay you'll get all the reward money. You'll still get a life sentence but at least you'll be comfortable."
Alfred Trenkler responded, "I'm not going to make the ...[liar of the year award]". [from 17 June 2006 notes by Alfred Trenkler, except for the trial transcript note within.]
"I am an innocent man. I had nothing to do with this case." Alfred Trenkler to a Channel 4 reporter, in response to the question, "Do you have anything to say?" as he emerged from a car after his arrest on 16 December 1992. Listen to the entire Channel 4 news clip: click on CHANNEL 4 NEWS SEGMENT.
Jack Wallace, step-father of Alfred Trenkler, to Jeff Kerr, ATF Special Agent,
"Alfred is 100% innocent." Phone call, June, 2006.
Jeff Kerr, ATF Special Agent, to Jack Wallace, step-father of Alfred Trenkler, "Alfred Trenkler is 150% guilty, but I respect what you are doing." Same phone call, June, 2006.
Morrison Bonpasse, Vice-President of Alfred Trenkler Innocent Committee. "I first learned about the case of Alfred Trenkler from Alfred's brother, David Wallace, in March 2006. Within a few days, I was 90 percent sure that Alfred was completely innocent. After a month, I figure that confidence had risen to 95%. After three months, I'm 99.9% sure that Alfred Trenkler had absolutely no involvement in the crimes for which he was wrongfully convicted." 26 June 2006.
2. Short quotes, from a variety of sources,which are thought to apply to this tragic case.
"Government has perhaps no greater duty than to protect its citizens, and we all pay dearly for that service. From the crime scene to the courtroom, there is simply no excuse for not ensuring the seamless delivery of justice." Boston Herald, editorial, "Crime Lab Crisis threatens us all", 17 July 2007.
"I'm on a mision to get the truth out." Former U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts John Pappalardo as he described his work on behalf of a Russian client. Boston Globe Magazine, 20 Feb 2005, page 24.
"I believe that the act of freeing one innocent person wrongly imprisoned is profoundly more important than all the criminals we arrest, prosecute, and convict. ....
The job of police and prosecutors is not merely to make arrests or seek convictions, nor is it to preserve an indictment or a conviction at all costs. Rather, our job -- at all stages of the process, from investigation to arrest to indictment to trial to appeal and to the review of new information that surfaces after a conviction -- is to seek the truth.
When we determine that justice has not been served by an indictment or a conviction, we have an obligation -- legal, moral, and ethical -- to act decisively to correct the injustice." (Suffolk County [Mass.] District Attorney Daniel Conley in Boston Globe, 3/19/04)
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
3. Longer statements or letters.