The Request to Re-open the Terry Yeakey Case
Letter written to Chief William Citty of the Oklahoma City Police Department regarding the "strange" death of Sergeant Terry Yeakey. This is a request to reopen the case and answer the questions regarding why the evidence points to a homicide and subsequent coverup instead of the "suicide" that was determined by the PD and Medical Examiner's office. See "Who Killed Terry Yeakey"
Chief William Citty
Oklahoma City Police Department
701 Colcord St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102 May 1, 2006
Subject: Death of OKC PD Sergeant Terrance Yeakey
Dear Chief Citty,
I am a retired Tulsa police officer who was
assigned by our department to assist the FBI in working on the OKC bombing case.
I retired in March, 1996, after 27 years service.
One of the reasons the Tulsa office of the
FBI requested me to assist on the case was that I had contacts and sources that
they did not have access to, and they felt I might be able to develop leads and
contacts that would assist with the investigation. My "extra job" was
working as an investigative journalist, and I had several books to my credit.
The request came from the FBI to our chief’s office (Chief Ron Palmer)
on April 21st, 1995, two days after the bombing.
I spent several months working on this case
and found many discrepancies in the investigation that made me determine that
the whole story would never be told, and that things were being ignored or
covered up that let "others unknown" escape the investigation.
One instance that I found extremely
disturbing, and very suspect, was the death of one of your officers: Sgt.
Terrance Yeakey. There are too many
discrepancies surrounding this death, which I will outline below, to let the
case simply gather dust in the archives.
I am writing you at this late date since we
have just passed the 10th anniversary of the bombing, and it is an
issue that in my mind has been unresolved all these years. Though it was
originally written up as a suicide, I feel the evidence and facts point to a
torture/homicide. I will explain why I feel this way, and why I would like you
to reopen the case and examine it further. I am also enclosing copies of some of
the documents from my case file for your examination.
I originally made this request to Chief M.T.
Berry on June 12, 1998, but received a terse "go away and mind your own
business" letter in return. It was very unprofessional of him, and I found his
attitude very disturbing. Since he
is no longer chief, I am trying one last time to bring the OKC PD to focus
attention to this matter.
Now, here are just a few of the items that
do not figure in a "suicide":
There are many more unanswered questions,
but this will suffice for now. I am enclosing copies of the medical examiner's
diagrams showing the bullet's entrance and exit wounds, full body diagram with
14 laceration wounds (and added handcuff and neck ligature marks according to
witness descriptions), the Certificate of Death, Medical Examiner's report
showing "hard contact entry (barrel imprint and soot). Multiple superficial
incised wounds to wrists and neck…)," a letter dated January 6, 1997 from Tonia
Yeakey telling of the extra wounds on the body not described in the ME report,
and three pages of a letter Terry Yeakey wrote before his death to Ramona
McDonald, a bombing survivor which details very vivid concerns about some of the
members of your department and their conduct during the aftermath of the
It would appear that this tragic event
centers on what Terry Yeakey had in his files, and who wanted to make sure those
files never were discovered. One question that needs to be answered is "what
happened to those files that Yeakey took with him that day to place in
I know that your homicide investigators have
many current cases to work. But this victim is one of your officers, and I know
that in the Tulsa Police Department, we would not rest until we got to the
bottom of an officer's death and put all questions to rest.
This is my last request to the OKC PD to
look into this case, and I am doing so to ease my conscience of what I believe
to be an unsolved homicide of a police officer and a subsequent cover-up. There
are just too many discrepancies and unanswered questions in this case that need
to be addressed honestly. Perhaps you might take more interest in this matter
than your predecessor.
Thank you for taking time to read this
letter, and I wish you the best as Chief of a very fine police department.
Tulsa PD, Ret.