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The 9th Witch
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Wed Aug 14 17:36:49 EST 2002
On Wed, 14 Aug 2002 21:35:28 +0000 (UTC), cary at afone.as.arizona.edu
(Cary Kittrell) yelled from the fourth floor ward window, and
subsequently was sedated:
*>In article <jnz69.36012$eb.2335172 at news2.west.cox.net> "John Knight"
<johnknight at usa.com> writes:
*><Aug. 12, 2002: 8 paragraphs
*>< This article posted online at
*>< Killed for Driving 72 in a 60 mph zone
*>< by Michael A. Hoffman II
*>Or shooting a police officer.
Officer Eric Taylor was killed by Matthews. Matthews shot Eric in the
back. Fuck his driver's license.
The entire story.
Posted on Sun, Aug. 11, 2002
Activist makes his final stand
Driver involved in deadly police shootout in Massillon mistrusted
By John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer
Friends of Donald W. Matthews, a 61-year-old former Steelworker who
quoted the U.S. Constitution like a preacher thumbing a worn Bible,
say he was suspicious of government.
But nobody knows why he chose a routine traffic stop Friday night to
make his final stand, fatally shooting a Massillon police officer in
the back before he was killed himself in return gunfire.
He might have been returning home from a constitutionalist study group
in Cleveland when a state trooper pulled him over for speeding.
The trooper stopped him near Edwards Road in the short stretch of
state Route 21 that crosses Wayne County. It was near sunset. He asked
Matthews -- a big man weighing more than 300 pounds by some estimates
-- to give him his driver's license. The Jackson Township resident
held it up, but he wouldn't hand it over.
Perhaps he felt such a demand violated his constitutional rights. Or
that the trooper was out of his jurisdiction or had not properly sworn
his oath of office. Or maybe it was the legitimacy of the seat-belt
These were common gripes discussed at the study group Matthews led
several times a week.
For whatever the reason, Matthews wouldn't give in and instead led a
25-year-old trooper on a chase toward Massillon that covered 12 miles
in 12 minutes.
Matthews stopped twice more, but sped off again each time. On the last
stop, the trooper saw Matthews reach for a gun. The trooper ran to his
car and four Massillon police cruisers joined the pursuit.
A block away, the showdown began.
Matthews rolled out of his Ford Taurus and started firing a
32-caliber semiautomatic military pistol made in Czechoslovakia
during the Cold War.
Witnesses heard the exchange of a few shots, then a barrage erupting
In the end, Matthews was shot dead.
Dead, too, was a 31-year-old Massillon patrolman, Eric B. Taylor, a
four-year veteran, a husband and the father of two young children.
He was the first officer from that city killed in the line of duty
Taylor's chief choked on his words Saturday morning, saying he never
regretted hiring Taylor until Friday night when a police chaplain had
to comfort Taylor's family and answer the impossible question -- why?
Matthews had a valid driver's license and no criminal history, not
even for traffic violations. He had no outstanding warrants and no
apparent mental illness or addiction. His friends and a former
employer said he didn't espouse violence.
``His reason to run we don't know and may never know,'' said State
Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Gary Lewis.
In recent years, Matthews had devoted himself to a political cause
that consumed all his days.
He was president of a local study group called the National
Constitutional Academy. He memorized the Constitution and its
relationship with God's law. He led discussions in area restaurants.
He frequently called late night AM radio talk shows, agreeing with the
conservative ones and jousting with the liberal ones.
He quit his last known job, selling hunting equipment at a sporting
goods store, to devote himself exclusively to the cause.
He studied the excesses of government power and never allowed anyone
to take his picture.
Frustrated and angry
The chronicle of his last decade, which he spent frustrated with the
courts, the police, the media, all the institutions that dismissed
him, may begin to explain, if not answer, why that frustration turned
Matthews was raised in Pittsburgh, where he spent the early years of
his working life, said his brother-in-law, Robert Perkins, who lives
in East Liverpool.
``He knew all of Pittsburgh,'' Perkins said. ``He worked in the steel
mill up there. He worked in pizza shops up there. He's done truck
driving, taxi cab driving. He was versatile in all those trades.''
In the late 1960s, Matthews served in the Marine Corps, Perkins said.
He doesn't believe Matthews served in Vietnam and he doesn't know
under what conditions he was discharged, but he said Matthews wasn't
receiving veterans benefits.
Perkins, who is 52, served in the Army in Germany. He said his
brother-in-law rarely spoke about the military, but they shared the
same view about having to re-enter American society as civilians.
``They taught me to fight, taught me to kill. But when I come back
here, I have to live by their rules?'' Perkins said.
Matthews moved to the Canton area sometime in the late 1960s.
He had a son, now in his late 20s, and a wife, Kathy, who is 54.
Perkins believes they have been married about 15 years.
He said the family has no photos of Matthews.
``He didn't believe in pictures,'' Perkins said.
Stark County court records indicate that in 1993, a judgment lien was
filed against Matthews, apparently for failure to pay personal income
In the mid-1990s, he worked for about 18 months in the hunting
department at Kame's Sports Center in Lake Township.
``Don was an interesting character,'' said his supervisor, Steve
Brockway. ``He felt back then that government was interested in taking
his rights away.''
Matthews buttonholed co-workers and even customers into discourses on
God and the Constitution.
``We didn't allow him to do that,'' Brockway said. ``He felt
passionate about it. At that time, in the mid-'90s, there were a lot
of people who felt that way, especially after Waco and Ruby Ridge.''
Brockway didn't know much about Matthews' life outside of work, except
that he boasted he had made a lot of money gambling in Las Vegas.
``He had a tendency to embellish things a little,'' he said.
Matthews was a natural fit at the gun counter and once told Brockway
about buying the weapon he later used to kill Patrolman Taylor -- a
Czechoslovakian military pistol first made in 1952 and long out of
production. Its firepower never stacked up to American military or
police pistols, then or now, Brockway said.
``He had that when he worked here,'' Brockway said. ``They are surplus
guns that are imported. I only deal with ones when they're turned in
for a trade.''
Brockway said the .32-caliber bullets -- which were made for
Soviet-bloc weapons -- also are rare and generally must be imported or
purchased at gun shows.
Matthews' pistol weighed 33.9 ounces unloaded and racked 8 rounds in
the magazine. It was a semiautomatic, which requires the shooter to
pull the trigger for each bullet and ejects the bullet casing after
Sometime around 1996, Matthews left his job in the hunting department.
But he dropped by the store once in either 1999 or 2000.
``I hardly recognized him the last time I saw him. He put on more
weight and wore his hair shorter,'' Brockway said. ``He was looking to
explore his activism.''
Rising in the ranks
Two years ago, Matthews ascended to the presidency of the National
Constitutional Academy. He has been involved with the study group
since the early 1990s, said his 71-year-old friend and fellow group
member, David Gatto.
``This man is a strong defender of the Constitution,'' Gatto said.
``This man is a teacher of it -- he's very thorough. He knows it
backward and forward, as well as the Bible.''
Gatto said Matthews led study groups several times a week at a Denny's
restaurant in Massillon and at a diner near Magnolia. He also was a
frequent voice on talk radio.
The station manager of radio station WERE (1300-AM) in Cleveland, Tom
Bush, said Matthews was a regular caller of two programs at the
Bush said a station employee told him that Matthews frequently called
to talk on a program with a more ``liberal bent'' called Blues News
hosted by Dan Goulder from 11 p.m. to midnight. He also called a
``conservative'' show hosted by Jim Hereford from midnight to 2 a.m.,
The objects of Matthews' frustration varied.
``We are fighting the city of New Philadelphia because they have no
valid oath of office. They're operating illegally,'' Gatto said. ``Don
was involved to show them how to prepare the paperwork in order to
take it to the highest court of the land.''
Gatto said the group found few people who would listen.
``The papers will not print it,'' he said. ``How do you fight them, if
you've got the papers against you and you've got the politicians
against you, and that's all they do?''
But Matthews abhorred violence, he said.
``Don't try to tie us into a militia group. We are not. We are a
Christian Constitution study group,'' Gatto said. ``We tie the laws in
with God's law to show how they relate.''
The group is particularly incensed about traffic laws and doesn't
believe a state trooper has the authority to stop a vehicle or demand
to see a driver's license.
``The police have become the standing army of our country,'' Gatto
said. ``They are deliberately taking control of our people and the
American people are sitting on their -- excuse my language, cover your
ears -- ass because they won't stand up. All they want to worry about
is the ballgame.''
On Friday night, perhaps after teaching his last class, Matthews drove
south on state Route 21 past woods and farms.
He saw the flashing lights in his rearview mirror. A trooper clocked
him doing 72 mph in a 60 mph zone. He wasn't wearing a seat belt,
He refused to give his license.
Matthews rolled down the window just an inch and quoted the
Constitution he knew so well.
But the time for study was over.
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