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David "Race" Bannon

From The Martial Arts Encyclopedia

In 2003 David "Race" Bannon published a book entitled "Race Against Evil: The Secret Missions of the Interpol Agent Who Tracked the World's Most Sinister Criminals - A Real Life Drama." 1 This 322 page book contains repeated tales of mortal Martial Arts combat, covert darring-do and sharp edge assassinations by a supposed member of a previously unknown section of Interpol. Interpol, an International police agency best known for circulating international arrest warrants, has denied ever hearing of Mr. Bannon. When asked Michael Rose chief press officer for Interpol in Lyon, France responded with this official statement:


Interpol's General Secretariat in Lyon "has no record of David Race Bannon having been employed and no knowledge of individuals mentioned in Mr. Bannon's book. Interpol exists to facilitate the exchange of information between the world's law enforcement agencies and to provide analysis of criminal data and other services. Accordingly, if the claims in Mr. Bannon's book are in fact as have been reported to Interpol, they can only be seen as deceptive and irresponsible fantasy." 2


David "Race" Bannon claims to be a be 3rd degree Black Belt in Hapkido, 3 and his story contains repeated descriptions of weaponless and armed combat. Because of his claims involving the martial arts, over the last two years Bullshido members have investigated the claims made by Mr. Bannon that could be checked. What we have found is the following. 1) Mr. Bannon's claims are not supported by the available evidence. 2) The lack of foundation for these claims indicates that most, if not all of them were fabricated.


On January 27, 2006 David Bannon was arrested in Boulder, Colorado by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on the charges of Computer Crime, Criminal Impersonation, and Attempted Theft. On April 24, 2006 Bannon pled guilty to Criminal Impersonation, a Felony. He was placed on Probation for five years.


Contents

The Story

Because this article will be disputing various assertions made by Mr. Bannon, I will review in length the claims made by Mr. Bannon in his book, and through other sources. 4 I will particularly focus on various assertions which have been examined and found wanting.


In "Race Against Evil" (RAE) and other Bannon influenced articles, "Race" says he arrived in South Korea as an eighteen, almost nineteen year old missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RAE, pp. 13) After entering this country sometime before May, 1981, he was swept up in mass student demonstrations against the South Korean Government.


For four days from May 19 to 22, [1981] nearly 200,000 citizens and students clashed with military forces in Kwangju City. The students took over government offices and seized police stations and armories. On the same dates in 1980, an almost identical demonstration was staged. As if to commemorate the 1980 uprising, the bloody student riots were repeated in Kwangju in 1981. I was there.
(RAE, pp. 19-20)


". . . on May 22, paratroopers stormed the city and restored order at the cost of hundreds of deaths and thousands of wounded." (RAE, pp. 19-20)


During the riot after providing medical care for three days to wounded students Bannon says he was stabbed by a Korean student, approximately his age with a knife. Bannon kills this student and has his own life saved through "expert medical Attention". (RAE, pp. 23-24) After getting out of the hospital Bannon attends a reception at the United States Consulate where he meets two men who will greatly influence his life. Jacques Defferre of Interpol, and Dr. Kim Cholkyu, a Doctor who is described as being in "his mid-forties", having a "slight Boston accent", and Ivy League Education". Dr. Cholkyu is described as being the Director of "the South Korean National Medical Center in Seoul" (RAE, pp. 25, 26, 72, 186). Together they try to recruit him from missionary work to working for Interpol. At this time Bannon refuses this request.


Three months after the riot, (Approximately August, 1981) a fellow missionary named Todd got Bannon involved in petty black market activities. (RAE, pp. 29) Eventually while exchanging a crate of Jack Daniels with some Korean seamen, the deal goes sour, and Bannon and his friend Hyung-Jin injure these men while defending themselves against an attack with weapons. They are caught by the police, and Bannon is thrown into Taejon Prison. (See RAE, pp. 41-44) After some harrowing hand to hand combat behind bars, and approximately three months behind bars (RAE, pp. 44-45, 49-50) Jacques Defferre gets Bannon out in exchange for Bannon's agreement to work as an informer for Interpol tracking child molesters in Marseilles, France. (RAE, pp. 53) "Together we will serve Interpol and do great things." (RAE, p. 57)


Lots of perpetrators die in "Race Against Evil", starting with an American child pornographer named "Skip" who Defferre shoots in front of Bannon in Marseilles. (RAE, p. 66) Bannon the returns to South Korea for some psychological testing with the previously mentioned Dr. Kim Cholkyu, which breaks down into some truly inspired psycho-babble. (RAE, pp. 72-75) This seems intended to show that Bannon is a protector of the innocent. Then it's off to France, where Defferre conducts some preliminary firearms training in Paris and Bannon discovers he is unable to hit a target with a pistol. "I sucked in Paris and never improved." (RAE, p. 77) But because of his previous Hapkido training, Defferre gets Bannon a cover assignment teaching hand to hand combat to the Belgian rookie Gendarmerie as a Formateur Maitrise de la Violence. They give him the rank of Major because all the other instructors are majors (RAE, p. 80) and Bannon has a picture of him wearing what is presumably one of their hats in the picture section of his book.


Shortly thereafter Bannon meets Sidelle Rimbaud, who works for the French Direction de Surveillance du Territoire (DST). (RAE, p. 91) She becomes his girlfriend and fiancee. In October 21, of an un-named year, (RAE, 129) Sidelle and her DST team were staking out North Korean terrorists in Marseilles who were dealing drugs and kiddie porn to raise money to pay for future activities. Sidelle is shot through a Kevlar vest with a Teflon bullet and dies. Bannon, by his own account, is beside himself, he buys her a big monument stone and funeral, and then torches the villa they lived in together (RAE p. 133, don't ask me why he turned firebug). Later in his book Bannon mentions that she is buried in a small cemetery in La Treille, France, which is outside Marseilles, France. (RAE, pp. 280-282.) He even prints a picture of her gravestone in his book. On the stone one can see the name "Rimbaud".


It is at this point that Defferre recruits Bannon into "Archangel". Archangel is a super secret organization within Interpol that supposedly existed between 1979 and 1991 under the command of Commissaire Jacques Defferre. Defferre was supposedly motivated by his own uncle molesting him between the ages of 5 and 14 and taking pictures, "I search for them every day" (RAE, p. 151) Jacques recruits "cleaners" from across the globe and trains them in a warehouse in La Verpillere "20 minutes from the center of Lyon" (RAE, p. 136) Archangel had "plenty" of cash (RAE, p. 154) even though the published budget of Interpol is twenty million euros a year. (Bannon says this is approximately $20 million US) (RAE, p. xv)


So let the killing begin. After training at Verpillere for several months, Bannon first travels to Ceausesu's Romania where he kills two child molesters in an alley, one by stabbing him, the other with a blow to the throat using the butt of his knife. (RAE p. 158) Romania is a police state, but the Securitate officer tailing him just happens to work for Archangel and then adopts this child. (RAE, p. 161) Bannon then kills a child molester named Jergens who was living on the tenth floor of the Byron Hotel in the Baywater section of London. (RAE, p. 6) Bannon gets into the room by pretending to be interested in distributing child porno for Jergens, incapacitates him, and then tortures him to death. Bannon films the event with Jergen's own video camera to record all the information that Jergen's divulges about his child pornography contacts. He even discovers Jergens murdered the son of one of his fellow assassins named Margaret. (RAE, pp. 163-165)


The stories grow more improbable with each passing chapter. Bannon additionally tells us about having to kill one of his former friends, lovers, and co-workers named Eunmi. This plot twist comes about when Bannon discovers that not only is she a North Korean secret agent but that she is trying to blow up the South Korean ANSP offices at Mt. Nam, South Korea. He catches her right when she is about set off a car bomb at this location, stabs her, and then is knocked out by two North Korean secret agents who are skilled enough to smuggle him to a torture camp in North Korea but not evidently competent enough to set off the car bomb.. (RAE, p. 252) Then there are some horrific torture and murder scenes in a North Korean prison camp before Interpol and the South Koreans finally managed to trade an North Korean agent for him. (RAE, pp. 253-261) They were able to figure out it was Bannon in captivity in North Korea because when they found Eumi's body "Hapkido knife work has a unique signature" (RAE, p. 263)


Bannon says in his book that he returned to the United States in 1991 after Archangel had been disbanded and he then left for Korea to earn a PhD (RAE, p. 288). Thereafter he was called back to duty at various times including in 1996 when Defferre lost his last assassin Margaret, and Bannon helped him kill seven perpetrators including some in the United States. (RAE, pp. 290-292) Then in 1998 "My past and present finally clashed". (RAE, p. 292)


According to Bannon in July of 1998 he was sent to "a small town in Florida" to watch a group of suspects in a multistory hotel as part of the Global "Wonderland" club raids. (RAE, pp. 293, 294) Waiting for a series of internationally coordinated arrests scheduled from August 31, to September 1, 1998 Bannon and a team from "the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO-Interpol), the U.S. Department of Justice National Central Bureau of Interpol (USNCB)" and local law enforcement staked out two Koreans, a Thai and Four American Males, who were in a multistory hotel in a small town. (RAE, pp. 293, 294)


One day Bannon was waiting in their monitoring station with "Behavioral Scientist" Toni G. Brynes PhD, M.D. (RAE, pp. 294, 306) whom Bannon claims "had been consulting with the FBI's Baltimore Field Division's Innocent Images National Initiative (IINI), a component of the Crimes Against Children (CAC) Program, designed to track and apprehend online child pornographers.


On the afternoon of Sunday, August 30, 1998 the surveillance equipment in the perpetrator's suite picked up noises and conversation indicating that the Koreans had captured an eight year old little girl and were sexually abusing her. Against orders to wait Bannon ran to this suite leaving his pistol behind. He used a key card to enter the room. The man guarding the door pulled out a pistol and Bannon stabbed him in the neck with a Ka-Bar knife. The Sheriff's deputies who entered the room directly behind Bannon shot two of the remaining men in the room who had drawn firearms. (RAE, pp. 295-297)


In the bedroom Bannon found the Thai behind a camcorder tripod, "loud music filled the room." lay the naked victim and two Koreans. When the camera man swung the tripod at Bannon, Bannon hit him in the left knee with a telescoping baton, this assailant lost his balance and "the heavy end of tripod, with the camera attached, fell on his skull." One of the Koreans on the bed tossed a chair out the window and was attempting to crawl out the window when he slit his neck on the jagged window edge. After ministering to the victim named "Anne", this eight year old was taken to the local hospital by Emergency Medical Services. Her parents and teenage brother were waiting for her there. Afterward Bannon was reprimand by Interpol for disobeying orders, however he pulled some strings through Annie's father and the two local deputies who had been suspended were reinstated and given commendations. (RAE, pp. 297-299, 301-302).


According to semi-official Bannon biographer Jason Putman in his article "Kungfu Secret Agent" four of the seven pornographers were killed that day, and this information was corroborated by New Orleans Police Officer Thomas Parker who was president at the incident. (See footnote two).


The Truth

An Introduction, the CBI says Bannon's Chronology is False.

According to research conducted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation while preparing an arrest warrant, executed against Mr. Bannon on January 27, 2006 the following is true.


David "Race" Bannon was born David Wayne Dilley on April 22, 1963 and officially changed his name to David Dilley Bannon in Spokane Washington in 1990. (Arrest Warrant, page 3, see image below). When Investigator Robert Brown interviewed Bannon's ex wife, one Susan Schneider, she provided the following information. She had been born in 1962 and "met Bannon in 1983 at Brigham Young University located in Salt Lake City, Utah." They lived together and married in 1985. "During the course of their marriage Bannon and Schneider attended community colleges in Spokane, Washington and were the caretakers for a mortuary until 1989." They had one child together who was born in 1988. "Between 1983 and 1989 Schneider and Bannon were only apart for brief periods of time." They changed their last names from Dilley to Bannon in Spokane Washington in 1990. "They selected Bannon because of the character Race Bannon in the cartoon Johnny Quest." (Arrest Warrant, page 4).


"In 1990 Schneider and Bannon separated [and] Schneider moved to South Carolina. Bannon told Schneider that he was moving to Korea to teach English. Three months later, Bannon showed up in South Carolina where he remained near his wife and daughter until 1995" when they divorced. "From 1995 to the present Bannon has kept in close contact with his child and ex-wife," and currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. His ex-wife told an investigator that Bannon "has a fascination with comic books and more specifically hero figures in cartoons . . . regularly attending comic book collector conventions." (Arrest Warrant, pages 4-5).


Schneider then told Brown, "that in her opinion it would be impossible for Bannon to have been an Interpol agent / assassin and a graduate of Busan National University without her knowledge due to their marital relationship. According to Schneider, Bannon is a habitual liar and that is what led to the end of their marriage." For example, at one point, "Bannon told Schneider that his father had passed away and that he needed to make funeral arrangements, when in fact, Schneider called the parent's residence and learned that [Bannon's] father was still alive." Additionally while Bannon has claimed that a scar on his back came from being knifed during a riot in Kwangju, South Korea in 1981, "Schneider told CBI Agent Kristen Gregg that Bannon does have a scar on his back, however Bannon told her that scar resulted from a kidney operation." (Arrest Warrant, pages 5).


With their research Colorado Bureau of Investigation essentially destroyed the chronology that Bannon claims for his life from 1983 onward. Bannon will probably accuse the CBI of being a tool of Interpol and his ex-wife of having lied repeatedly during their investigation. However our investigation at Bullshido had found multiple glaring holes in Mr. Bannon's story that are too serious to be accidental. Let's start at the beginning in South Korea where Bannon alleges he was stabbed, later imprisoned, and then recruited by Interpol. The next section will be lengthy but please bear with me, I'm trying to prove something did not happen which is more tedious then proving something did happen.


The Korean Riot That Never Was

On pages 19-20 of "Race against Evil: The Secret Missions of the Interpol Agent Who Tracked the World's Most Sinister Criminals-A Real Life Drama", (New Horizon Press, Far Hills, N.J. 2003). David 'Race' Bannon writes the following:


That spring, South Korea was tormented by mass student demonstrations against the repressive government. An emergency decree banned all political activities and dissolved all political parties. For four days from May 19 to 22, nearly 200,000 citizens and students clashed with military forces in Kwangju City. The students took over government offices and seized police stations and armories. On the same dates in 1980, an almost identical demonstration was staged. As if to commemorate the 1980 uprising, the bloody student riots were repeated in Kwangju in 1981. I was there.


Later on page 24, Bannon writes:


Later that night, on May 22, paratroopers stormed the city and restored order at the cost of hundreds of deaths and thousands of wounded . . . Though not as terrible as the 1980 tragedy that saw the slaughter of nearly 2,500 students--and which is commemorated each year in South Korea--that bloody spring was violent enough.


According to Bannon, his presence at this riot in 1981 changed his life in the following way. He was stabbed by a Korean male who he then had to kill with his bare hands. (p. 23) After going to the hospital to be treated, Bannon came to the attention of Jacques Defferre of Interpol, who eventually recruited him into this organization. (pp. 25-28) Thus Bannon was then able to meet and romance a French DST Agent, kill many child molesters, and eventually write a book about his exploits.


There is one "small" problem with this story. There does not appear to have been a riot in Kwangju in 1981 making Bannon's account historically impossible. A review of major western Newspapers at the time including The New York Times, The Times (Of London) The Wall Street Journal, and the Christian Science Monitor indicated that no such riots took place, and most there were only a handful of small demonstrations in Kwangju. 5


The Fiancee That Never Was

Much of Bannon's story is built around his claimed relationship in the early 1980s with one "Sidelle Rimbaud," who worked for the French Direction de Surveillance du Territoire (DST). (RAE, p. 91) She becomes Bannon's girlfriend and fiancee. However in October 21, of an un-named year, (RAE, 129) Sidelle and her DST team were staking out North Korean terrorists in Marseilles who were dealing drugs and child pornography. . Sidelle was shot and killed and Bannon buys her a big monument stone and funeral, (RAE p. 133). Later in his book Bannon mentions that Sidelle is buried in a small cemetery in La Treille, France, which is outside Marseilles, France. (RAE, pp. 280-282.) He prints a picture of her gravestone in his book. On the stone one can see the name "Rimbaud". Similarly we know the date if not the year of the supposed shootout because when Bannon later delivers orchids to her grave he writes "It was close to the anniversary of her death. She had died on October 21, now it was the eighth of November." (RAE, 282).


I first contacted the French Embassy in Washington DC and asked if they could find out if there was ever a DST agent named Sidelle Rimbaud who had died in the line of duty. My initial contact person was Amaury Laporte at 202-944-6061. On 6-21-04 the French Embassy sent me the following e-mail from Info.Washington-AMBA@diplomatie.gouv.fr


Dear Mr. Browning:

Thank you for contacting the Press and Information Office in Washington DC. Here is the written account of the voicemail I left this morning.

I contacted a DST employee this morning and she did not find any Sidelle Rimbaud in DST files.

To obtain a death certificate, please write a letter to state the demand and make sure to write the first name and the last name of the deceased, as well as the date of her death. Send the letter to: Direction des Operations Funebres, 380 rue St. Pierre, 13005 Marseille. Please make your demand in French if possible as few people speak English in the department.

Hope this helps. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance.

Cordialement/Regards,
Service de Presse et d'Information/ Press & Information Office
Ambassade de France / Embassy of France
Washington, D.C.


This e-mail was composed by one of Laporte's employees who did not leave her name on the e-mail but yes it is genuine and I would be happy to sign an affidavit to confirm that I did indeed receive this communication from the French Embassy.


Next is the text of the affidavit sent to me by Pierre-Olivier Mathe, my investigator in France.


My name is Pierre-Oliver Mathe, and my address is 2 Rue Bueno Carriero, 131100.Aix-En-Providence (France). I am 18 years old and I believe in the obligations of an oath. I make the following statement of my own free will and swear to its accuracy.

  1. On November 5, 2004 I went to Marseille, and La Treille, France to discover if Sidelle Rimbaud is buried in La Treille.
  2. While in Marseille I first went to St. Pierre Cemetery to access the archives since La Treille is a very small village just outside Marseille. There is only one cemetery in La Treille, and no one stationed there to take care of it. I called the Marseille town hall to inquire about the cemetery in La Treille and they indicated its location.
  3. While at St. Pierre, I first tried to locate Sidelle Rimbaud using a date of death of October 21, 1981. She is not registered in a Marseille Cemetery on that date. Then I looked in the archives for every year from 1980 to 1985 in both the St. Pierre and La Treille Cemeteries and her burial is not registered in either location. I then tried to find her tomb or the burial plot but no David Bannon was registered as owning any such burial plot. A staff member at St. Pierre also showed me the list of everyone who was buried in La Treille and the name Sidelle Rimbaud was not on this list.
  4. Then took a bus ride to La Treille, where David Bannon claims his former fiancee Sidelle Rimbaud is buried. I had a copy of the picture you provided me from Mr. Bannon's book which he claims is a picture of Sidelle Rimbaud's gravestone or monument. There are only about fifty graves in this cemetery and there is no monument which matches the picture you provided me. The La Treille cemetery is named Cimetiere de la Treille and is located at the following street address: Route de la Treille.


Pierre-Oliver Mathe


The original document was sworn and notarized


I later asked Pierre to go check the newspaper morgue for reports of Sidelle's death or the murder of Bannon's mentor Jacques Deferre. Coincidently enough, Deferre is no longer alive to be interviewed. According to Jason Putman:


In May 2003, Defferre and Bannon flew to France to Meet with U.S. and European intelligence officials . . . U.S. Intelligence officials agreed to meet with Defferre on May 11, 2003 and exchange excerpts of the documents for protection. The night before they were to deliver the goods, three officers broke into Bannon and Defferre's hotel room to steal the documents and confronted them. During the struggle, two of the three attackers were killed and the third fled. Bannon was left badly injured, with a dislocated knee and three cracked ribs. Crawling over to Defferre's crumpled body, Bannon found the 67 year old master spy, his friend of 20 years, was dead.

"Bannon called me and I could barely hear him," Wolper recalls. [Henri Wolper is supposedly a Captain in the DST] "He needed a team of washer/dryers." Wolper sent a group of clean-up specialists and rushed Bannon to a medical facility to reset his knee. The next day, he personally chauffeured him to the all-important meeting. Since then, Bannon's safety has been guaranteed by the information he supplied - and the 256 pages of documents he has carefully hidden across three countries as insurance.2 In an article "Interpol's Secret Army" by Chiu Hsu Yu PhD and Jason Putman, Western Libertarian Alliance, Election Cycle Summer 2004, pp 1, 19, on page 19 the Putman written article says "Three unidentified men confronted them in Marseilles".


So Defferre was allegedly killed in Marseilles on, or about, May 10, 2003. However in Pierre Oliver Mathe's December 12, 2005 affidavit he makes the following statements under oath.


  1. On page 129 and 282 of his book 'Race Against Evil', David Bannon indicates his former fiancee and Direction de la Surveillance du Territorire agent, Sidelle Rimbaud, was killed in a shootout with North Korean terrorists on October 20, in Marseille, France. He does not provide the year of this event.
  2. On October 23, 2005 I went to 'La bibliotheque Mejanes (Cite du Livre) a public library in Aix-en-Providence and reviewed the back issues of 'Le Provencal', a local newspaper based in Marseille which is considered to be the most reliable newspaper in Marseille, France. I reviewed this newspaper's editions for the dates of October 20, 21, 22 and 23 during the following years: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1987. I was unable to find any reference to a DST agent named Sidelle Rimbaud or any other law enforcement officer being killed on these dates in Marseille. There was also no mention of any shootouts between North Korean terrorists and the Direction de la Surveillance et du Territoire, Interpol, or Marseille police.
  3. On this same date I also reviewed this same newspaper's editions from May 9, through May 15, 2003 for any mention of the homicide of Jacques Deferre or any mention of Mr. Deferre or any other individuals being killed in a hotel room in Marseille, France. Once again I found no such record of such an event.


Now there is an error or typo in the Affidavit since Bannon says Sidelle was killed on October 21 not October 20. However since Pierre searched the newspaper for dates from October 20 through October 23 during eight straight years and found nothing, this did not prevent him from surveying the days on which Sidelle's death would have been reported in the Newspaper. Since "the ambulance [took] Sid to the Morgue" (RAE, p. 132) and Wolper and Bannon told Putman "Rimbaud's grave, and Directorate of Territorial Security plaque honoring her death in the line of duty, are in La Trelle, a small town in the hills behind Marseilles." [See Footnote Two, this comment is found in footnote eight of Putman's article] this was an overt death, not a covert event. Or as I would like to ask Bannon "You mean the DST kept this event out of the newspapers and still put up a public plaque commemorating her death?"


The lack of a grave for Sidelle Rimbaud where Bannon claims she is buried and Bannon bought a marker for her, the lack of newspaper articles confirming Rimbaud's or Deferre's death during the times there should have been such articles, indicate that Rimbaud is fabricated and Deferre did not die in Marseilles as claimed by Bannon and reported by Putman.


The Wrong Hat

In his book "Race Against Evil" Bannon reports that at some point before Sidelle's death (which would make it the early 1980s) Defferre had him assume a law enforcement cover identity.


We drove to Brussels. During the trip Defferre explained my new legitimate life. "You are now a major in the Belgian Gendarmerie. Your post is the Formateur Maitrise de la Violence." I was the Close Quarter Battle Instructor for Rookie Gendarme. Easy job for someone of my background and the cover let me disappear when needed. But a major? Deffere grinned. "Major Bannon has such a nice ring to it... And all the other instructors are majors," he added, winking.
(RAE, p. 80)


The first issue here is that this conversation is automatically inaccurate. Bannon would have been called "Major Dilley" since he did not change his name until 1990, at least according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Secondly if he was to not use an alias in any position it would have been this instructorship since it was designed to provide him with "cover" for his more hidden activities. In the picture insert of his book there is a picture of a younger looking Bannon wearing a police hat with the caption, "As an Interpol operative under Defferre, Race used many covers, including being a member of the Belgian gendarmerie."


However when one of our Bullshido Belgian members "Lazy Tiger" did some checking he later posted on June 10, 2004 that:


- I found a bit more info about the hat he’s wearing in the picture, I checked with two collectors.

One collector is [a Belgian police officer http://www.policecollection.be/]

and with Claude Marchal who was the former curator of the international police museum.

First I must explain something about the Belgian police, before 2001 the police was divided in[to] two major divisions. The gendarmerie and the Municipal Police (there where other departments like railroad police but this is not important in this case).

A huge difference was that the gendarmerie was under military command and had national jurisdiction.

In the picture Bannon is wearing an inspector’s hat from the municipal police not the gendarmerie. If he ever was a member of the gendarmerie this is not a mistake that he would have made, he would have known the difference.

The black shirt and tie is bullshit, as already said by LolodesBois the gendarmerie dresses in blue.


If Bannon was a major under any name when attached to the Gendarmerie why is he wearing an inspector's hat from the municipal police and offering it as proof of his membership in the Belgian Gendarmerie? In short this picture by itself indicates that Bannon made up his affiliation with this organization.


The Murder That Wasn't

In his book David "Race" Bannon describes well over a dozen murders he participated in, many in locations like Romania which Bullshido has no way of confirming. Yet Bannon does open his book by telling the story of a "cleaning" also known as an assassination in London at an unnamed time. The information contained within the book indicates however that the murder would have occurred in the early to mid 1980s.


Suites at the Byron Hotel in the Baywater section of London weren't cheap. Exquisite taste went hand-in-hand with an air of opulence and refinement. After a stroll in Kensington Gardens, I crossed Queensborough Terrace, straightened my tie, buttoned my grey suit and entered the country house hotel atmosphere of the Byron.
(RAE, p. 3)


Having arrived in London, I waited in the elegant hotel lobby for the elevator to take me to Jergen's room, then I walked down the tenth floor corridor.
(RAE, p. 6)


After being admitted into a room where the child pornographer named Jergens sat on a Queen-Anne style chair,


I stretched, leaning back to get a better view of the bedroom. Reasonable chance it was empty.
(RAE, p. 7)


"Mind if I use the restroom?" I asked politely. He graciously pointed out the bathroom through the master bedroom. As I walked through I confirmed that the place was empty.
(RAE, p. 8.)


Then Bannon kills Jergens, horribly. This whole event takes up pages 3-10, 163-165, 167-168 in Bannon's book "Race Against Evil."


The problem is that a picture published of this hotel by Capricorn indicates a five story building not a ten story building as Bannon claims. "I walked down the tenth floor corridor."


So on February 21, 2005 I gave the Byron Hotel a call. They are located at 36/38 Queensborough Terrace, Bayswater, London W2 3SH, Telephone +44 20 7243 0997 and introduced myself to Ludmina, who answered the phone. "Hello I'm Samuel Browning and I'm a researcher from Norwich Connecticut, USA who is fact checking a book. In the book it says a homicide took place at your hotel in the 1980s, I think that's rubbish but do you have a long standing employee there, who has been there since the 1980s, whom I can talk to?"


Ludmina told me that I would have to talk to the reception manager who was in from 9 am to 2 pm. I thanked her for her time and then asked. "How many floors does the Byron have?" "Five" was her prompt reply. I laughed as I hung up the phone, if Bannon committed a murder on a non-existant 10th floor he would need flying skills similar to those displayed in the movie. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."


But since I had not gotten an airtight statement from the Hotel's management that a murder had never been committed at this hotel as described by Bannon, I asked Kickcatcher to go over and visit this hotel when he was in London on a business trip.


Here is part of Kickcatcher's February 7, 2006 e-mail to me.


The other news is more up your street: Byron hotel. I visited it today and had a good chat with the receptionist. She knew about your phone call so maybe it was her you spoke to. She didn’t want to be involved so I didn’t push your letter on her but I have got all the necessary evidence we hoped for so mission accomplished anyway.

She didn’t give her name but she said she’d been there 10 years and never heard of any murder. She said the maintenance man has been there 20 years and likewise never heard (latter part is hearsay).

The hotel definitely only has 6 floors including basement (Page 6 “then I walked down the tenth floor corridor”).

The hotel did not have ANY suites in the 1980s. They now have one but it is a recent conversion of two rooms (page 7 “the bedroom suite” and “leaning back to get a better view of the bedroom” and page 8 “through the Master bedroom”).

The bathroom/toilets of EVERY room and immediately adjacent to the main door as you go in, so even if he got the above to facts (10th floor & suite) wrong, he would have not had to pass the “bedroom” to access the toilet (Page 8 “he graciously pointed out the bathroom through the Master bedroom”).

I am happy to give the CBI a witness statement or whatever if it’s any use to them.


Several days earlier Kickcatcher had managed to obtain a statement from the Metropolitan Police Service concerning whether a murder had ever occurred at the Byron hotel during the time period implied by Bannon. A copy of the e-mail he received is quoted below.


Subject: Alleged murder at the Byron Hotel
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2006 16:27:52 -0000
From: David.Capus@met.police.uk Add to Address Book

To: [E-mail address removed by Samuel Browning]

Dear Mr. [Name removed by Browning]
I refer to your recent e-mail regarding an alleged murder at the Byron Hotel, Queensborough Terrace between 1979-1989.
On the information you have provided I have been unable to discover any records that relate to such a crime.
I regret that I am unable to assist you on this occasion.

Yours sincerely

David Capus
Metropolitan Police Service
Records Management Branch
20th Floor
Empress State Building
Lillie Road
London SW6 1TR


Kickcatcher concluded that: "it is inconcievable that the police wouldn't record murders, nor that their records branch wouldn't be able to locate the file (especially an unsolved one, lol), I think we can safely say that the Metropolitan Police have no record of any murders taking place at that address during the 1980s. That's pretty damning."


I agree, the only confusion here is whether the basement of the Bryon hotel should be counted as a floor, but even if it is, The Byron hotel has only six floors, and no tenth floor for Bannon to kill child molesters on. The Metropolitan police do not have a record of this homicide at this address when they should have such a record and Bannon did not accurately describe the layout of rooms at this hotel, not even knowing that they did not have suites (a rental with more then one room, not counting the bathroom) at the time this supposed homicide took place.


The Mysterious Ph.D

David "Race" Bannon has repeatedly asserted that he has earned a Ph.D from a Korean University. This has been stated on his profile on his book jacket, and his book (RAE, p. 288). In footnote five of Jason Putman's article, Putman states: "Bannon's qualifications were easy to confirm: Kim, Woo-Chul, Vice Chancellor for the Office of Academic Affairs at Seoul National University, confirmed that Bannon graduated with a doctral degree in history in 1994. 'The following year.' he added, 'his dissertation was given the Korean War Memorial Museum's Sejong Award for Excellence.' Kim also confirmed Bannon's master level degree in computer science."


So on July 19, 2004 I sent my original inquiry letter to Dean Woochul Kim Ph.D, Office of Academic Affairs, Seoul National University, Kwanak Campus Building, #60 4F, San 56-1, Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu Swoul, 151-742, Korea by fax.


Dear Dean Kim:

My name is Samuel Browning and I am an attorney writing from America. I am currently trying to confirm some assertions made by a writer named Jason Putman concerning an individual named David Bannon. David Bannon is an American who asserts that in 1994 he earned a Ph.D in History from your institution. He also claims that he has a master's degree, or equivalent of this degree, in computer science. Mr Putman who says he interviewed you, and quotes you as saying Bannon's "dissertation was given the Korean War Memorial Museum's Sejong Award for Excellence." I am interested in finding out the following:

  1. Does Mr. Bannon have the academic degrees claimed by him from Seoul National University?
  2. Did Putman quote you accurately?<li>3) If so, could you please tell me the title of Mr. Bannon's dissertation?


Additionally, I am also trying to locate on Lee Hyung-Jin, whom Mr. Bannon asserts earned a Ph.D from your university in the 1990s and is now teaching in South Korea. If you could tell me which university he is now teaching at I would be very greatful.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. Please accept my apologies for writing in English since I do not speak Korean. My professional address and e-mail is listed above. If you prefer, a reply can be faxed to the sending number I have borrowed.

Sincerely yours,

Samuel Pearce Browning Esq


On July 29, 2004 I received the following e-mail back from vctm061@snu.ackr


Dear Samuel Pearce Browning:

This is Seoul National University and I am Kim Minnah in Office of Registration. We cannot find any information about Mr. David Bannon, and I did not say what Mr. Putman quoted. Mr. David Bannon did not obtain Ph.D. degree from our school.

If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely yours,

Minn Ah, Kim
Registrar
The Division of Registrar
Seoul National University
E-mail: vctm061@snu.ac.kr
Tel : +82(2)880-5036
Fax: +82(2)879-2933


Now a careful reading of the above e-mail indicates that Kim Minnah is mistaken in so far as she thought the quotes were attributed to her when they actually were attributed to Dean Woochul Kim Ph.D. However she is clear that no David Bannon has a Ph.D from her university. Once again an important assertion about Mr. Bannon does not check out.


The "Raid" that never happened in Florida

The climax of Bannon's book comes in August 31, 1998. According to Bannon in July of 1998 he was sent to "a small town in Florida" to watch a group of suspects in a multistory hotel as part of the Globel "Wonderland" club raids. (RAE, pp. 293, 294) Waiting for a series of internationally coordinated arrests scheduled from August 31, to September 1, 1998 Bannon and a team from "the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO-Interpol), the U.S. Department of Justice National Central Bureau of Interpol (USNCB)" and local law enforcement staked out two Koreans, a Thai and Four American Males, who were in a multistory hotel in a small town. (RAE, pp. 293, 294)


On the afternoon of Sunday, August 30, 1998 Bannon was waiting in their monitering station with "Behavioral Scientist" Toni G. Brynes Ph.D, M.D. (RAE, pp. 294, 306) when the surveillance equipment in the perpetrator's suite picked up noises and conversation indicating that the Koreans had captured an eight year old little girl and were sexually abusing her. Against orders to wait Bannon ran to this suite leaving his pistol behind. He used a key card to enter the room. The man guarding the door pulled out a pistol and Bannon stabbed him in the neck with a Ka-Bar knife. The Sherriff's deputies who entered the room directly behind Bannon shot two of the remaining men in the room who had drawn firearms. (RAE, pp. 295-297)


In the bedroom Bannon found the Thai behind a camcorder tripod, "loud music filled the room." lay the naked victim and two Koreans. When the camera man swung the tripod at Bannon, Bannon hit him in the left knee with a telescoping baton, this assailant lost his balance and "the heavy end of tripod, with the camera attached, fell on his skull." One of the Koreans on the bed tossed a chair out the window and was attempting to crawl out the window when he slit his neck on the jagged window edge. After ministering to the victim named "Anne", this eight year old was taken to the local hospital by Emergency Medical Services. Her parents and teenage brother were waiting for her there. Afterward Bannon was reprimand by Interpol for disobeying orders, however he pulled some strings through Annie's father and the two local deputies who had been suspended were reinstated and given commendations. (RAE, pp. 297-299, 301-302).


According to semi-official Bannon biographer Jason Putman in his article "Kungfu Secret Agent" four of the seven pornographers were killed that day, and this information was corraborated by New Orleans Police Officer Thomas Parker who was president at the incident. So I decided to track down Thomas Parker, an Officer in the New Orlean's Police Department after reading the following:


Some cops are less enthusiastic. 'I met two of these Interpol guys, okay?' says New Orleans police officer Thomas Parker. In August-September 1998 he worked on a global raid of Internet child pornographers called The Wonderland Club. 'I met two of these Interpol guys,' he recalls. 'One was obviously an ex-con, the other some sort of psychologist. At the time, we figured maybe they were CIA or whatever.' When they raided their suspects, Parker and the Interpol team stormed the room and killed four of the seven pornographers. Parker's 'ex-con' was Bannon. 'These guys, they don't take no prisoners,' Parker recalls. 'They ain't legit cops, they're killers.' The father of an 8-year-old girl that was rescued by Bannon and Parker supported the need for Archangel, but said the work 'cankers their souls.'”
(footnote numbers removed by Samuel Browning)


According to footnote 26 of Putman's piece, he allegedly interviewed Parker on June 3, 2003 and described him as a police officer, not a retired police officer. When I called the New Orleans Police Department's Personnel Division (504-826-1400) on May 19, 2004 they told me that they did not currently have a police officer named Thomas Parker working as a full time, or part time reserve officer. They could not provide the name of retirees, so Parker could have retired between 6/3/2003 and 5/19/2004 but we were certainly off to a suspicious start. What was a New Orleans police officer doing in small town Florida when he wasn't a member of Interpol, or even a member of local law enforcement?


After running a lexis-nexus news search I could only find two Wonderland Club raids in Florida during August or September 1998. Customs Agents and local law enforcement officers however did seize hundreds of sexually explicit pictures of children from the home computer of a man from St. Augustine which is a town outside Jacksonville, Florida. No shooting, no arrests, (Just carrying out a search warrant) 6


If police had shot and otherwise killed four individuals during a raid, there should have been some public mention of this raid. Certainly it could not have been kept hidden from the media given the number of claimed deaths. Similarly while the Miami Herald briefly mentioned a search warrant being served in Miami, it mentioned no shooting or deaths, which they would have presumably mentioned if such carnage had occured. 7 If someone had died I suspect they could have worked this information into the headline.


We at Bullshido then tried to use the phone, and our our local connections to track down the location of this event. Asia, one of our administrators, spoke with his Uncle and his uncle's son. The uncle is a now retired Broward County Sheriiff CPT and Asia's cousin is still serving in the office. Asia asked them about the Wonderland Raids, Interpol involvement, shoot outs, etc. They echoed what the news report said. No killings, just seized material.


On June 15, 2004 I called the Jacksonville, Florida Sherriff's Department and first talked to their record's division, they told me that they could not provide me with any reports re, fatalities during a police raid unless I knew the name of the suspects or victims which I did not. On their suggestion I contacted one of the media spokespeople for the department, Ken Jefferson, at 904-630-2133. After I explained that I was calling re Wonderland Club raid fatalities he asked what that was, so I explained the internet pornography angle and asked if there were any police raids on August 30, 1998 during which multiple fatalities occurred. Without doing a records search, he clearly replied that he had not heard of such an incident.


One newspaper account I read indicated that a wonderland search warrant was executed in St. Augustine Florida, a town not far from Jacksonville Florida. St. Augustine is policed by two separate agencies. So on June 17, 2004 I first called the Saint John County Sherriff's Department located at 4015 Lewis Speedway, St. Augustine Florida, 32084 (904-824-8304) and talked to Diana Bryant of their community affairs unit. When I told her about Bannon's claim that suspects were killed in a hotel or motel after a raid involving a search warrant, she went and talked to a Captain who had been with the department for </blockquote>20 years" and she commented that she, and he had not heard of such a raid involving fatalities.


The same day I called the Saint Augustine Police at 904-825-1070 and they sent me to their records division where I was referred to an officer only identified as Corporal Michelle (She only gave a first name) I asked about raids, search warrants, and officer involved shootings on August 30, 1998. Michelle responded that their department which was small, did not do search warrants and that they only had one officer involved shooting in 1998 and it involved a fugitive from California and a traffic stop. They had nothing that was similar to the hostage involved, multiple dead suspects in a hotel room situation, that was described in Bannon's book.


About this time I received a letter from Bullshido member Gringo Grande:


Re: bannon
I spoke with Officer Del Castillo of the Miami County Police. According to him, we need a suspect name or DOB to be accurate but to the best of his knowledge and to other people in the room, they could not recall any incident of this nature (and you know Law Enforcement would remember something like this). The number is 305-471-1900.

Next I spoke with a female Officer...Officer Jacobsen (Jacobson?) at the Miami City Police. Officer Jacobsen remarked that she had been on the force long before this incident and is (obviously) still employed by them. She has never heard of any incident such as this...with or without the Wonderland name attached. She did say if it was a case under Federal jurisdiction that they would be the prime source of info regarding the case. Furthermore, Officer Jacobsen also said that a suspects name or DOB would enable her to lookup the requested info for sure. The number is 305-579-6420.


All of our other inquiries similarly went nowhere. I will hereby render the following opinion. This event never happened. It should have shown up in press coverage, especially since Race Against Evil indicates that this was a law enforcement operation not a covert hit. For example:


  1. Right before Bannon storms the room he is told "Two CAC guys are on the way. Their informant is in the room so the U.S. Attorney says to hold off." (RAE, p. 296) At the end of the book one "Lee Hyung-Jin, Ph.D" of South Korea says that: "working for KNBC (Korean National Central Bureau of Interpol), my team participated in the transport and prosecution of a second Korean male arrested during the incident during the incident described in the Wonderland Chapter." (RAE, p. 307) While I would need this Korean's name to search Federal Court Records we are to believe this man was deported without any notice from the press despite the potentially high interest in this matter. This is suspicious since newspapers had already reported on several "Wonderland" search warrants executed in Florida.

  2. The victim "Annie" was taken to the hopital in a EMS vehicle. Where she was met by her family. (RAE, p. 299) Obviously no one at the ambulance service or hospital talked to the press, and the press was not using a scanner to moniter police or EMS frequencies like they do around the country.

  3. Two deputies who followed Bannon were suspended for two weeks with pay while an investigation was conducted. Bannon helped them out and they each were awarded citations. (RAE, p. 301, 302) The Press never found out about this either, and it wasn't mentioned by their department publically.

  4. The four bodies seemingly disappeared. Under Florida law they should have been taken to the District Medical Examiners Office since criminal and unusual circumstances were involved. This would have been another place where the press could have learned of this police shooting. Since however, we don't have the names of the supposed dead I could not conclusively check to find if they had been examined by a particular ME's office.


In conclusion, if this incident happened as described, it should have been covered by the local media. When we contacted police departments where there was any indication that "Wonderland Club" search warrants had actually been executed, we found that they were unfamilar with this claimed incident. Had David Bannon, or his scribe Jason Putman, been willing and able to provide the name of the town in which this incident was alleged to have occured in 1998, it would have silenced critics like myself. If Bannon's story was true, no more then three phone calls would have been needed to confirm this story. Their refusal to respond to this, and other questions indicates bad faith on their part.


Conclusion

All good cons must come to an end, and on January 27, 2006 David Bannon was arrested by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for Criminal Impersonation, Attempted Theft and Computer Crime. See also 8.


Bannon had been arrested because the CBI had received a notice from Interpol that Bannon was wandering around the country pretending to be a formal Interpol Officer. Bannon was to appear at fundraiser for a non-profit group seeking to prevent child slavery. He had also agreed to run a seminar for the CBI the same day for $3,000. This is what lead to the attempted theft charge. 9


Bullshido did not play a role in Bannon's arrest, after his arrest we provided extensive information to the CBI and three witnesses to testify at his trial. This material was provided to Bannon's defense as part of discovery. We will never know if this played a role in Bannon's decision making. Several weeks thereafter, Bannon agreed to a plea bargain in which he pled guilty to criminal impersonation, a class-six felony in Colorado. 9 He also agreed to repay his book earnings as a fine. Bannon's plea was entered on April 24, 2006 and he would eventually be sentenced to five years of probation on June 29, 2006. Bullshido has not heard of, or from, Bannon since 2006 but at least one family relative predicted he would start up again, once he was off probation, so stay tuned!


Notes

  • 1 - (New Horizon Press, Far Hills, New Jersey, 2003)
  • 2 - see The Charlotte Observer, "Interpol: Bannon was not an Agent", Olivia Fortson, February 25, 2003, Edition One-Three, page 8E
  • 3 - See Jason Putman's "Kungfu Secret Agent: Agent for Interpol comes clean on his career as an assassin."
  • 4 - Many of Bannon's claims were previously printed, on a thread of the internet discussion forums of Kung Fu Magazine

    Mr. Bannon first published some of his claims in the November/December 2001 issue of Kungfu Qigong, a magazine published by Pacific Rim Publishing which also publishes Kung Fu Magazine, and runs the Kung Fu Magazine internet forum. On pages 68 through 72, David Bannon, PhD first claims that he was an Interpol Officer, and that in 1998 he led a raid into a Florida hotel room rescuing a young girl who was being sexually abused and killing at least one perpetrator before rescuing "Annie" the 8 year old victim. This is almost exactly the same story that Bannon would later repeat in greater detail in his book "Race Against Evil" between pages 292 and 303.

    In 2003, New Horizon Press published Bannon's book "Race Against Evil" and the first cluster of articles about Mr. Bannon appeared.

    This included The Charlotte Observer, "Fighting Evil Was His Job", Olivia Fortson, February 6, 2003, Edition One-Three, page 1E, The Charlotte Observer, "Interpol: Bannon was not an Agent", Olivia Fortson, February 25, 2003, Edition One-Three, page 8E, Creative Loafing on February 26, 2003, Then Lake Norman Times, "Controversial Child Advocate to sign book at Barnes and Noble", Jason Putnam (sic), February 2, 2004, Jason Putman "Kungfu Secret Agent: Agent for Interpol comes clean on his career as an assassin." and Jason Putman and Professor Chiu Hse Yu "Interpol's Secret Army" for The Western Libertarian Alliance political journal. The issue in question can be downloaded in entirety (1.9 M) as a PDF file; go to [1] and choose "WLA Complete". or go to [2].
  • 5 -
    1. The New York Times was closely following the violence in Kwangju in 1980 and wrote multiple articles about resistance to the government, and resistance in this city in particular, in late May, 1980. See:
      1. James P. Sterba, "Seoul Vows New Restrictions Won't Delay Democracy", New York Times, Monday, May 19, 1980, p. A3. "In the Southern city of Kwangju, however, about 5,000 students defied the new Government decrees and battled riot policemen and troops in the streets for several hours before a a 9 P.M. curfew was imposed. Scores of students and policemen were reported injured."
      2. James P. Sterba, "New Repression in South Korea: Growing Clampdown By General Curbing Democratic Reform" New York Times, Tuesday May 20, 1980, p. A3. and "5 Believed Dead in Clashes in Southern Korean City" p. A3. (Author not named) This second article says "tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators reportedly clashed today in the southwestern city of Kwangju with riot policemen and armed paratroops. At least five bodies were seen lying in the streets, dozens of people were wounded and many students were arrested according to reports from witnesses."
      3. Henry Scott Stokes, "Cabinet Resigns In South Korea as Riots Grow: More Deaths Reported in Huge Kwangju Protest", New York Times, Wednesday, May 21, 1980, pp. A1 and A8. "Reports from Kwangju, a stronghold of Kim Dae Jung, the arrested opposition leader, said that a television and radio station was burned as 30,000 demonstrators, mainly students and workers, marched in groups and some that battled a division-strength army unit that was rushed to the city when troubles began there. [The Associated Press reported from Seoul that the troops in Kwangju opened fire Wednesday on demonstrators who were trying to drive commandeered buses and armored personnel carriers at them, killing at least three, according to witnesses. The report said that as many as 200,000 people surged through the streets of Kwangju in the fourth straight day of protest against martial law. In rioting Tuesday, the agency said, up to 11 persons were killed, 13 buildings were wrecked and 50 vehicles burned.]"
      4. Shim Jae Hoon, "Protesters Control South Korean City; At Least 32 Killed", New York Times, Thursday May 22, 1980, A1, A13, "Kwangju, South Korea, May 21 -- Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many waiving seized rifles, iron bars, axes, pitchforks and even light machine guns, took control of this southwestern city today, the fourth day of anti-Government rioting that has cost the lives of at least 32 people." A1.
      5. Shim Jae Hoon, "Unsuccessful Truce Talks Held in South Korean City", New York Times, Friday, May 23, 1980, p. A8. "With armed rebellion continuing in the Southern part of South Korea, representatives of the anti-government demonstrators holding the city of Kwangju met with the local commander today in an unsuccessful attempt to agree upon a truce."
      6. "30,000 in South Korea Continuing Kwangju Protests Despite Warning", New York Times, Sunday, May 25, 1980, p. 1, 6. The NYT reprinted an article by United Press International on their front page.
      7. Henry Kamm, "Seoul Seems to Plan A Move On Kwangju: Foreigners Advised to Leave City", New York Times, Monday, May 26, 1980, A6.
      8. Henry Kamm, "South Korea Troops Recapture Kwangju In Predawn Strike: Military Says 2 Were Killed in Light Resistance and 200 Arrested -- 4 Soldiers Are Injured", New York Times, Tuesday, May 27, 1980, A1, A16 [SB Note: these figures are very low].
      9. Henry Scott Stokes, "When Troops Finally Came, Kwangju Revolt Became a Rout", New York Times, Wednesday, May 28, 1980, A1, A6. "Local people say 261 people died during the uprising and 2,000 were injured." A6.
      10. Henry Scott Stokes, "Korean Military Hunting Leaders of City's Revolt: Army Sets Up Roadblocks in the Area of Kwangju", New York Times, Thursday, May 29, 1980, A14.

        The point of citing these articles is as follows. One does not have a multiple day, total city riot with hundreds of fatalities in an industrial nation, without some mention in the international press.
    2. However when I reviewed the New York Times from May 18, 1981 to May 31, 1981 I only found two articles that mentioned Kwangju. These were:
      1. In a section entitled "Around the World" New York Times, Friday, May 22, 1981 the NYT reprinted the following headline and two paragraphs. "30 Priests in South Korea End 3-Day Hunger Strike. Seoul, South Korea, May 21 (UPI) -- Thirty Roman Catholic priests ended a three day hunger strike today after the authorities promised to accept their demands for the release of 23 people jailed for involvement in last year's violent Kwangju uprising, a Catholic official says." In the second paragraph there was no mention of any violent protest, or even mass gathering occurring in Kwangju on the anniversary of the 1980 riots.
      2. On Wednesday, May 27, 1981 the New York Times printed an article by Mike Tharp entitled "A Year After Korean Uprising, Chun's Grip is Firm". (A2) The article said "Last week there were demonstrations at several universities, but both witnesses and the police described them as minor." The article did not mention any demonstrations or riots occurring in Kwangju, (they happened in Seoul) but did mention the hunger strike by Roman Catholic priests in this city.

        So the question becomes, did the New York Times somehow miss a riot in Kwangju which lasted from May 18, to May 22, 1981 and in which to quote Bannon, "paratroopers stormed the city and restored order at the cost of hundreds of deaths and thousands of wounded". This is impossibly unlikely because:
    3. A review of all editions of the Wall Street Journal and Christian Science Monitor printed between May 18, 1981 and May 31, 1981 do not mention ANY civil disturbance in South Korea. and:
    4. A review of the Times (of London) from May 18, 1981 to May 31, 1981 reveals only two articles concerning demonstrations in South Korea.
      1. Jacqueline Reditt, "Women Protesters Occupy US centre in S. Korea", The Times, Saturday, May 23, 1981, p. 7. "Nine South Korean women staged a 22 hour sit-in at the American cultural centre in the south western provincial capital of Kwangju yesterday." The story concluded with the information that the South Korean police had removed the women without injury from the cultural center and took them to their homes.
      2. Jacqueline Reditt, "Police Move Into Seoul University", The Times, Saturday, May 29, 1981, p. 9. In this report Reditt writes that Riot police broke up a student demonstration at Seoul National University for the second straight day on May 28, 1981. They used "pepper fog chemicals" and one student "screaming slogans denouncing President Chun plunged to his death from the fifth floor of the library building." There was not mention in this article of any more disturbances in Kwangju or that the police directly killed any students in Seoul.

        So not only the American but also a highly respected British Newspaper fails to mention this 1981 riot in Kwangju in which Bannon claims there were "hundreds of deaths". Since Jacqueline Reditt was filing reports from Seoul at this time, and was aware of even a small nine women sit-in in Kwangju, it seems impossible that she and the Times of London would miss a four day replay of the 1980 riots in Kwangju.
  • 6 - See Kathleeen Sweeney, The Florida Times Union, Friday, September 4, 1998, "Kid porn traced to St. Johns; Pictures seized from computer B-1.
  • 7 - "September 3, 1998, Thursday

    SECTION: Section A; Page 7, Column 1

    LENGTH: 55 words

    HEADLINE: MIAMI HOME AMONG THOSE RAIDED IN GLOBAL STRIKE ON CHILD PORN

    BYLINE: BY JIM PUZZANGHERA

    JOURNAL-CODE: MH

    ABSTRACT:

    Police seize computers around world and in 32 US communities, including Miami and Jacksonville, in coordinated crackdown on largest-ever clandestine network of child pornography; network members reportedly hid their activities with secret passwords and old KGB coding technology (M)"
  • 8 - Charlie Brennan, "David Race Bannon has returned to the shadows", Rocky Mountain News, February 25, 2006. Since The Rocky Mountain News has shut down, we can no longer provide a link to their website. So we copied the article onto post #72 of the following thread.
  • 9 - Charlie Brennan, "'Interpol Hit Man' admits to impersonation", Rocky Mountain News, April 24, 2006. See post #84. Also see #59 for Brennan's February 25, 2006 article "Attorney dismisses accounts as fiction".


Further Reading

Other articles of interest on this story are Tommy Tomlinson, "The Man Who Lied About Everything", Charlotte Observer, June 25, 2006, and David Bannon's Wikipedia Entry

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