In his first written statement from jail, the accused A.L.F. "Lone Wolf"
reveals new details about his case
In a new letter (excerpts posted
below), the accused A.L.F. "Lone Wolf"
Walter Bond addresses several lingering questions surrounding his case.
Among them, the circumstances of his arrest, quotes made about him by
"friends" to the media, and: the identity of the informant who set him up.
Bond sits in jail on arson and Animal Enterprise Terrorism charges,
accused of being the Animal Liberation Front "Lone Wolf", responsible for
three arsons at animal abuse targets in Utah and Colorado. To date, Bond has
been charged only in the Denver
Sheepskin Factory arson. He faces up to 30 years in prison.
Walter Bond was arrested after what
court documents say was a set-up by a friend. The "friend" allegedly
enticed Bond into a monitored conversation in which Bond allegedly admitted
to three A.L.F. arsons. The entire set-up was orchestrated by the ATF. The
informant had been identified to date only as someone Bond had not seen in
12 years. In his letter from jail, Bond reveals the identity of the
informant, and other details of his arrest.
Excerpts from Walter
Bond's jail statement
The details surrounding his arrest:
"The day of my arrest I was on my way to see my brother. We hadn't seen each
other for 12 years, and he had told me that he was coming to Denver to help
our half-brother [name redacted] move. He had told me that he was bringing
my nephews I had never met. I left [location redacted] thinking I was going
to begin healing the very deep wounds of my shattered family. I was wrong.
My brother [name redacted] had been working for the ATF since July 1st.
On my way to the hotel he was at, the police stopped me because I was on
a 'bulletin'. They questioned me mostly about veganism, and my tattoos. I
refused to say anything except 'I have nothing to say'. They searched me and
let me go. I later realized I was only released so that I could walk down
the street and into an ATF set-up."
On statements made to the media
by "friends" (referencing negative statements made about Bond to the media):
"I found out from a visitor today that Billy Jo has been spinning
fanciful tales about me. First off, I was not at her house. Next, I am vegan
as everyone that has ever met or known me can attest. I was not at a BBQ nor
was I even at Jim and Billy Jo's house. I was simply arrested on their front
lawn. In two years time I have spoken to Billy Jo a grand total of perhaps
two-dozen sentences.... My guess is that given her shady nature the ATF
scared her into trying to discredit me. Altogether predictable and honestly
of little consequence to me. Those who know me know what I stand for."
vegan food and support:
"I am being fed a vegan diet and of course the
food is less than desirable. I have no money on my books and I can really
use some for ramen noodles, envelopes, etc. Other than money and letters of
support I don't need anything from the outside."
On animal liberation:
"Obviously I can not talk about my ongoing case / cases, but I will say
this: the charges I face are serious. Accordingly so is the time that goes
along with them. However nothing they can do to me can ever compare with
what animals endure at the hands of speciesist human oppressors. Please use
any means at your disposal to use whatever [illegigble] surrounding my case
to bring awareness to the plight of animals. I am vegan and an animal
liberation activist, and shall never relent in the fight for the total
freedom of non-human animals."
After being denied bail,
Walter Bond will likely remain in Jefferson County Jail (Golden, CO) until
his trial. Write Walter Bond a letter of support:
Walter Edmund Bond
PO Box 16700
Golden, CO 80402-6700
- Peter Young
GOLDEN --The man prosecutors say torched the Sheepskin Factory in
April told 9Wants to Know in an exclusive interview that he won't
or deny his involvement in the April 30 arson that caused more
$500,000 worth of damage to the Glendale business.
Walter Bond, 34, faces a federal arson charge and spoke to 9Wants to
Know from the Jefferson County jail where he is being held.
"All I can say is that I believe in animal liberation, whatever it may
take," Bond said when 9Wants to Know reporter Jace Larson asked if he
started the Sheepskin Factory fire.
Court records say Bond calls
himself the "Lone Wolf" and said the
businesses all represent animals
that wolves typically hunt.
In a letter posted on the Animal Liberation Front website written by
ALF "Lone Wolf", Wolf says the Sheepskin Factory fire in Denver was in
"defense and retaliation for all the innocent animals that have died
cruelly at the hands of human oppressors.... Go Vegan!"