"Clinton Deaths": Kathy Ferguson on May 10, 1993
The original ultraright CNP-tied perspective of The Clinton Chronicles and allies (click to enlarge):
The establishment's perspective on Kathy Ferguson:
New York Times
February 23, 1997
The [Clinton death] lists make sad reading, and ridiculous reading, but not entirely -- and here one can glimpse how a legitimate question gets spun into a conspiracy. Notable on all the lists are ''the boys on the tracks.'' This is the case of two small-town teen-agers in Saline County, just outside Little Rock, who were killed late one night in August 1987. They were clubbed and stabbed and their unconscious bodies were laid on the railroad tracks to be mutilated by a train. Their murders have never been solved. One theory given a lot of credence by those who have looked into the case is that ''the boys on the tracks'' had wandered in on a drug drop.
The medical examiner under Governor Clinton, Fahmy Malak, did a terrible disservice in the matter. He said that the boys' deaths were accidental, that they lay down on the tracks in a marijuana stupor. It took years for the families to undo this ruling.
Clinton's own connection to the murders in Saline County is plainly indirect. But he did stand by Malak, even as The Arkansas Democrat and a group of enraged citizens called for his dismissal. (Malak left the job for a state health department position in 1991.) Linda Ives, the mother of one of the boys, says: ''My agenda is not Bill Clinton. The only goal I have is arrest and conviction in my son's case.''
Parks, who is 26, says he has been in Clinton's company three or four times. ''He's a fun guy to hang out with, a real person,'' he says. One of the strangest things about Arkansas is just how many people in the small, poor state have led a life, or part of one, that brushed against Clinton's or was brushed by it.
''Till I was 19, I lived in the right place, I knew the right people, I got invited to the right parties, I dated the right girls,'' Parks said. ''I grew up with all the people in the state that had all the money. But that was the good-old-boy system. I would compare Arkansas politics to Chicago politics in the 30's.'' ...
Parks cooperated with the makers of a Clinton-bashing mail-order video [The Clinton Chronicles]. ''I feel that Bill Clinton had my father killed,'' Parks says on the tape, offering no evidence. Parks now feels he got carried away: ''I'm the first to admit some of the things I said on the video were wrong. I'd just come out of my trance. I don't think my head was completely back on straight.''
Even so, he continues to believe that politics was behind the killing and that the authorities don't care.
A Little Rock urologist named Samuel T. Houston told me: ''They all carried guns. Hillyer carried a gun, Parks carried a gun. I mean there were guns lying around the room . . . they had electronic stuff to screen the room for wiretaps. I was scared.''
Houston began carrying a gun himself when he took up with the Clinton crazies. ''I'm a fairly normal, straightforward person, and I just got caught up in something,'' he says. ''Sometimes I wish I didn't know as much as I know.''
Houston says he was already outraged by stories he had heard about everything from Mena to womanizing when the murder of a friend got him thinking along the lines of Matrisciana and company. He worked with Kathy Ferguson, a 38-year-old clerical worker at Baptist Memorial Hospital in North Little Rock who is now featured prominently on the Body Count list. Formerly married to Danny Ferguson, a state trooper who Paula Jones says summoned her to a hotel-room meeting with Bill Clinton, Kathy Ferguson had told Houston and other friends stories about salacious goings-on at the Governor's mansion. Then in May 1994 Jones filed suit against the President and Danny Ferguson. Five days later Kathy Ferguson was found dead of a shot to the head in a boyfriend's apartment. The police ruled the death a suicide. Many on the far right have challenged that ruling.
Hillyer, Matrisciana's camera operator, seized on the case. Late one night he visited the home of Sherry Binder, a nurse who had known Ferguson and saw her wounds in a funeral home. As he set up his lighting equipment and laid his gun within reach, Hillyer spoke fervently about the importance of her cooperating with him. Her car's back window had been bashed in? That was the Clinton machine's calling card, its way of letting her know they were on to her.
Binder felt invaded and manipulated [by The Clinton Chronicles producers Pat Matrisciana and Larry Nichols]. ''The political system here is crooked, and nothing would have pleased me more than to call it a Clinton conspiracy, but you can't look at the facts emotionally,'' Binder told me.
After spending hours reviewing the case file at the Sherwood, Ark., Police Department, it seemed obvious to me that in Ferguson's case, the zealots had let their imaginations, or their politics, get the better of them. Several people reported that Ferguson had quarreled with her boyfriend for two-timing her. A friend told of pleading with Ferguson not to take her life. The note Ferguson left to her boyfriend seemed to the point: ''I can't stay here any longer. Things will never be the same for us. I can't handle that.'' Most important, the head wounds were simply not as the Clinton haters describe them. (They and other elements of the crime scene were documented in 51 photographs by the Sherwood Police Department.)
Houston, the urologist, told me he still carries a gun at times. Matrisciana is producing more videos. ''We're going to continue stirring the pot,'' Matrisciana said. ''I think the floodgates are going to open up.''