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Here is the New York Times article of 10/29/08

Panel to Review Arson Claims in Deadly 1977 Kentucky Fire

By STACY L. NEITZEL
Published: October 28, 2008

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — More than three decades after a fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky., killed 165 people, Gov. Steve Beshear appointed a panel on Tuesday to review assertions that arson may have been to blame.

Initial reports concluded that faulty aluminum wiring was the cause of the blaze, which also injured 200 people.

Fire officials said that crowding, lack of sprinklers and poorly marked exit signs contributed to the death toll. In addition, the building did not meet fire safety standards or code requirements.

But rumors of arson and survivor accounts of workers in the ceiling near where the fire started have persisted since the blaze, on May 28, 1977. Some survivors have said investigators dismissed their accounts.

This month, more than 20 fire experts from across the country met to review the case files.

Members of Mr. Beshear’s administration met recently with a group of survivors who submitted a report outlining their concerns about the possibility of arson, said Jay Blanton, a spokesman for the governor.

One member of the governor’s panel, Cecil Dunn, was the special prosecutor in the case. No criminal charges were ever filed.

The two others on the panel are William H. Fortune and Robert G. Lawson, both University of Kentucky law professors.

They will review the survivors’ report and share their findings with the governor’s office over the next several weeks, Mr. Blanton said.

The three panel members have intimate knowledge of the case and will act as a set of “independent eyes,” Mr. Blanton said.

Dave Brock of Florence, Ky., who was an 18-year-old busboy at the time of the fire and has been pushing for a new investigation, said he was pleased by the governor’s action. “I think it’s the best thing they could do,” Mr. Brock said.

The fire is the third-deadliest nightclub fire in United States history; the deadliest was the Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston in 1942, which killed 492 people.

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I believe that this fire was arson, and I also have reason to believe that certain state officials know who started the fire. I was just a child when this happened but I witnessed my step-father John Mullins come in one night dressed in a repairmans uniform, talking about hurting people and he was a state police officer. I think that a photo of john mullins at a younger age should be shown to the witnesses of the fire to see if he indeed was one of the arsonists. He is a sociopathic personality, and he had ties to the government from that time on, including barbara white and ernie fletcher. Maybe this would be a shot in the dark, but he isnt human and it would take a monster like him to do that Christian Anthe said:
As of Oct. 2008, a panel of experts meet at Northern Kentucky University to determine the cause of the fire. A strange and mysterious man walked into the room where the meeting was being held, including several fire fighters, university professors of law, state officials, and stated the following: "a time was placed in the wall and was not supposed to go off until the next day..." and he left the room. No one questioned his identity nor stopped him, as he did not break any laws. He was however, suspicious. It has been recent belief, that the Cleveland Mafia, of Cleveland, OH, who were the former owners of the club from 1936 though the 1960's, arsoned the building, as the owners, Schilling family, would not "sell" back to them. The building was vacant for a number of years when gambling was stopped in 1963. Most of the Cleveland Mafia, abandoned their business (gambling) interests then, and moved to Las Vegas. It is a common falicy, that the mafia moved out entirely from the Newport, KY area. They were, in fact, still operating there throughout the 1970's. A waitress overheard threats being made to the owners (Schillings), about 1 month prior to the fire, "Those who don't sell, may loose the building..." She also saw one of the same two men appear that morning, 05-28-77, in the Zebra room, where the fire started, and were tampering with the wiring in the chandalier (which was the easiest access to the wall behind) and wiping liquid on the upper half of the walls (all four). Eight Beverly Hills club employees saw several other people in the hall way (a woman and two men) on ladders nervously wiping down the walls with a liquid chemical, who were not scheduled or invited for "maintenance" or any other type of work. It is believed the chemical used was liquid graphite, a clear/milky chemical substance, which is highly reactive, after hours of being soaked into the panelling and walls of the Zebra room. Currently, a busboy who whitnessed the activities in the Zebra room that morning of the fire, is taking matters to Federal prosecutors. It is believed both Ohio and KY state government know the identity of the two "purported arsonists" that were making the unscheduled/univited "air conditioning maintenance work" in the Zebra Room that day. Little if anything, has been said or done to them, or their accomplices. Matter is still unresolved. Threatening death threat calls were made to a surviving waitress from the club to "not talk or else..." and her son was found at the bottom of a swimming pool the next day or so (recently came out at the meeting at N.K.U. in Oct., 2008). The mafia got the wrong waitress. Then calls began to the correct waitress, who overheard the threatening conversations to the Schillings and the man working on the wiring in the chandalier that morning... and death threat calls to her and her family continued for at least another 10-12 years. She remained silent the entire time, as her children were growing up. When she remarried, changed her name, and moved to the suburbs of Lexington, KY, the calls stopped in the late 1980's. She is willing to come out and speak about it now, and is working together with the surviving busboy, who saw the suspicious activities that day in the Zebra Room. Wiring played a part in the fire, but was not the cause. The cause was 99% sure to be the activity of the mafia and arson. Once again, this did not come out until whitnesses/survivors came out and spoke up in 1998, after their children were grown up and moved out of the home.
Carolyn Can you please contact me at 740 507 8802. I am an official that has been looking into this fire for the last three years. My number is 740 507 8802 Thank you for your time! Your friend, Todd McKee

Carolyn Storlie said:
I believe that this fire was arson, and I also have reason to believe that certain state officials know who started the fire. I was just a child when this happened but I witnessed my step-father John Mullins come in one night dressed in a repairmans uniform, talking about hurting people and he was a state police officer. I think that a photo of john mullins at a younger age should be shown to the witnesses of the fire to see if he indeed was one of the arsonists. He is a sociopathic personality, and he had ties to the government from that time on, including barbara white and ernie fletcher. Maybe this would be a shot in the dark, but he isnt human and it would take a monster like him to do that Christian Anthe said:
As of Oct. 2008, a panel of experts meet at Northern Kentucky University to determine the cause of the fire. A strange and mysterious man walked into the room where the meeting was being held, including several fire fighters, university professors of law, state officials, and stated the following: "a time was placed in the wall and was not supposed to go off until the next day..." and he left the room. No one questioned his identity nor stopped him, as he did not break any laws. He was however, suspicious. It has been recent belief, that the Cleveland Mafia, of Cleveland, OH, who were the former owners of the club from 1936 though the 1960's, arsoned the building, as the owners, Schilling family, would not "sell" back to them. The building was vacant for a number of years when gambling was stopped in 1963. Most of the Cleveland Mafia, abandoned their business (gambling) interests then, and moved to Las Vegas. It is a common falicy, that the mafia moved out entirely from the Newport, KY area. They were, in fact, still operating there throughout the 1970's. A waitress overheard threats being made to the owners (Schillings), about 1 month prior to the fire, "Those who don't sell, may loose the building..." She also saw one of the same two men appear that morning, 05-28-77, in the Zebra room, where the fire started, and were tampering with the wiring in the chandalier (which was the easiest access to the wall behind) and wiping liquid on the upper half of the walls (all four). Eight Beverly Hills club employees saw several other people in the hall way (a woman and two men) on ladders nervously wiping down the walls with a liquid chemical, who were not scheduled or invited for "maintenance" or any other type of work. It is believed the chemical used was liquid graphite, a clear/milky chemical substance, which is highly reactive, after hours of being soaked into the panelling and walls of the Zebra room. Currently, a busboy who whitnessed the activities in the Zebra room that morning of the fire, is taking matters to Federal prosecutors. It is believed both Ohio and KY state government know the identity of the two "purported arsonists" that were making the unscheduled/univited "air conditioning maintenance work" in the Zebra Room that day. Little if anything, has been said or done to them, or their accomplices. Matter is still unresolved. Threatening death threat calls were made to a surviving waitress from the club to "not talk or else..." and her son was found at the bottom of a swimming pool the next day or so (recently came out at the meeting at N.K.U. in Oct., 2008). The mafia got the wrong waitress. Then calls began to the correct waitress, who overheard the threatening conversations to the Schillings and the man working on the wiring in the chandalier that morning... and death threat calls to her and her family continued for at least another 10-12 years. She remained silent the entire time, as her children were growing up. When she remarried, changed her name, and moved to the suburbs of Lexington, KY, the calls stopped in the late 1980's. She is willing to come out and speak about it now, and is working together with the surviving busboy, who saw the suspicious activities that day in the Zebra Room. Wiring played a part in the fire, but was not the cause. The cause was 99% sure to be the activity of the mafia and arson. Once again, this did not come out until whitnesses/survivors came out and spoke up in 1998, after their children were grown up and moved out of the home.
May 15, all day event, Radisson Motel in Covington, KY - "Beverly Hills Revisited", which will include some highly decorated arson investigators to examine recently acquired color pictures of the Zebra Room taken just days after the fire. Follows news in few days prior to event for details. The public is invited.

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