Questions for the Federal Government and the People of the United States
This section of the web site is devoted to questions about the case of Alfred Trenkler.
The advocates for the innocence of Alfred Trenkler believe that if these questions are responsibly answered, his innocence will be affirmed. At the very least, the answers to such questions should pose substantial doubt about the validity of the original verdict of guilty; and should lead the people of the United States to demand a full investigation into the case and a retrial.
To the people of Massachusetts and of the United States
We like to think that Massachusetts is special and that its people share common, higher values. Can we persist with such a perception of values when we may be continuing the incarceration of an innocent man? What should be done to ensure that such a monstrous error has not been committed? (The questions below may assist in the answer to this question.)
To the media in Massachusetts and the nation
Are you asking the questions below and publishing the responses?
If you ask any of the questions below and obtain answers, and give us those answers, we will post them here on the web site, in a separate section below, along with the appropriate credits to the journalist and his/her publication or electronic medium.
To the U.S Attorney for Massachusetts, Michael J. Sullivan, and the Attorney General of the United States, Alberto Gonzales, and the President of the United States, George W. Bush:
1. Who belongs to the 20, more or less, distinct fingerprints underneath the car of Thomas L. Shay, where the plywood-encased bomb was placed, prior to falling into Mr. Shay's driveway? The fingerprints do not belong to Mr. Shay's son, Thomas A. Shay, nor to Alfred Trenkler. Do any of them belong to Thomas L. Shay?
2. If the jury in Alfred Trenkler's trial had known in advance
- that William David Lindholm would receive a 55 month reduction in his 97 month sentence as a reward for his testimony in Trenkler's trial, and if they had known
- that Lindholm's father attended neither Milton Academy nor Thayer Academy as William David Lindholm asserted under oath, and
- that William David Lindholm never lived on Whitelawn Ave. as he asserted under oath,
would they have been less likely to believe his assertions that Trenkler confessed to him?
3 If the three Circuit Court of Appeals Judges who heard the oral argument on 6 December 1994 of Alfred Trenkler's conviction had known that William David Lindholm had been released 10 weeks earlier on 30 Seoptember 1994 - after serving only 42 months of a 97 months sentence, would they have been more skeptical of the value of his testimony?