Waco – Cossack Wizard just couldn’t stop fiddling with his pistol. Surveillance video proves it.
It’s a common failing of the day of the gun. Guys just keep drawing attention to the fact that they’re carrying a concealed firearm by tugging at the shirt, adjusting the jacket, hitching up the trousers.
To a casual oberver, it looks like the guy just can’t believe he’s got it. The second and third – or an infinity of times – it appears he just can’t believe it’s still there.
An experienced pistolero with a track record for shutting down a bad scene before someone gets hurt knows – without a doubt – this dude is packing, and he’s getting ready to bust a cap. It’s the moment of truth, and this one just happened to get depicted on a surveillance camera.
And then came the decisive moment. Cossack Michael R. “Wizard” Kenes glanced up from his position sitting on a stool at a high table in the patio area of Twin Peaks Restaurant and noticed the bulbous lens of a closed circuit television camera.
When he did, the imagery shows, he quickly concealed his pistol, jerked his right hand off the grip and trigger guard, as if it was red hot and burned him. He grabbed his leather “cut” that identified him as a Sergeant at Arms in his charter, arranged it where the gun didn’t show, then looked at the camera, as if to check it was still watching.
There he sat for a few moments, thinking it over, before he got up and walked away. The cops would later find his gun in the saddle bag of a fellow Cossack’s yellow Victory Motorcycle.
When nine men lay dead, twenty more wounded and sent to the hospital, crime scene investigators found that pistol in the saddlebag of the yellow Victory Cossack Brian “Maverick” Logan parked not 10 feet from where Bandido Manuel “Candyman” lay dead, shot in the head and in the back by what the autopsy surgeon vaguely termed “medium caliber bullets.”
Brian Logan was one of the first to be released from his status in the “million dollar club” of 177 arrested on May 17, 2015, under a bond reduction to $25,000. The terms of the arrangement allowed him to leave the state and reside in Virginia with his mother, an attorney named Elizabeth Duvall, during his suspension as an American Airlines freight pilot with numerous FAA certifications.
He eventually absconded from his marriage and abandoned his home at Midlothian, Texas, then filed for divorce from his former wife.
Logan is one of the 58 defendants who have been either dismissed from their indictments by elected Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna, or the charges refused for prosecution in favor of other cases in which there is a more likely prospect of conviction based on the amount of probable cause in the possession of the state.
As to the death of Bandido Candyman, a pathologist from the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science testified only to the fact that Candyman’s death had been ruled a homicide and that it was caused by gunshot wounds. The head wound is described as an elliptical, elongated hole made by a bullet that plowed through his brain and wound up in the muscular tissue of his neck. The bullet was so mangled, according to the autopsy report, that it could not be measured, tested, or identified as other than a totally deformed projectile with a copper jacket.
Any other evidence or testimony regarding the more technical aspects of how that came to be was adroitly blocked by the state through skillful concealment, withholding evidence through delay, or outright denial.
The investigators also found two other pistols in the saddle bag, one of them a nine millimeter Ruger P89.
The story of that pistol, the motorcycle, and its owner weave a fascinating web of intrigue.
It’s enough to make you shake, rattle and roll, and promise yourself not to get caught dead in crowds where hot tempers and bad blood are known to exist. At the risk of becoming a total poltroon, prudence speaks most loudly in the mind’s eye and in question of personal judgment.
Let’s go on from here.
Within minutes after the last shots were fired, the Cossacks’ old ladies who made the trip in cages left their safe space at Logan’s Steak House, just up the street from the Twin Peaks venue.
The ladies were organized by Yvonne Reeves, wife of Cossack Owen Reeves, a former member of the Aryan Circle prison clique, who along with her son was standing in the crowd that jumped the rail at the restaurant and got ready to confront the Bandidos when they rode up. She learned minutes after the gunfire stopped that her son lay dead, cut down by a bullet to the back of his head where he stood beside Owen Reeves during a confrontation with the Bandidos who had arrived on their bikes later, to be met with anger and gunfire
One lady recalls, “It was the first time we ever went to something that I didn’t ride in on his bike with him.”
She recalls that on the way to the COC meeting, they met up with others at a filling station and she was told to get in the car with them and stay with them until they were told to rejoin the men.
Like most people who showed up that day, she explains, she only knew what she needed to know in order to follow orders.
He grabbed me and hugged me and said, “If anything happens to me…” This was the first time the man ever behaved that way, she recalled, welling up, with a choked tone. “He said, ‘I love you.’”
The plan had been to go to the Cossacks’ Clubhouse at Seven Points, a community near Gun Barrel City and Mabank, Texas, on Cedar Creek Lake, to do some target practice. That was the reason the Cossacks explained to their old ladies why they were all carrying pistols, she recalls.
The Ruger 9 mm P89 sent the ATF on an east Texas trailer-park hopping trip, according to official records.
Under the interstate commerce clause of the enumerated powers of the Government outlined in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, one of the items regulated in interstate and international commerce as well as among the Indian Tribes are firearms. From the moment a firearm is shipped, the bureau keeps accurate records of its transfer from seller to buyer, as well as any gift or inheritance through the use of ATF Form 4473.
The original trace shows that the weapon was recovered from Logan’s yellow Victory, that the original owner is a man named Justin Warren West who bought it at the Academy Store in Kilgore in 2006.
In a subsequent report of their investigation, Special Agents Keener and Nipper learned that West lost the pistol to pawn at Kilgore, Texas, in January of 2009, and it was sold in June of that year to Buford Wiley Shipley.
Shipley bought it for his ex-wife Doris and taught her to shoot it, and when they divorced, she purchased it from him took it with her.
When she bought a house at White Oak, Texas, her son Stephen Dudley, where she lived until January, 2015.
She lost track of the pistol at some point. The report says, “Doris SHIPLEY advised that she had not seen the pistol a while, but did have the pistol while she was living with Stephen DUDLEY, at his residence. Doris SHIPLEY stated that Stephen did not steal the pistol. Doris SHIPLEY stated that anything she had, Stephen DUDLEY was welcome to. Doris SHIPLEY stated that she assumed Stephen DUDLEY HAD THE PISTOL, since she had not seen it in a while.”
Dudley had other problems. He had been injured in the “melee” the mainstream media insists on calling a straight-up gunfight at high noon on a Sunday in ultra-starchy, uptight, totally foot-washing Jerusalem-On-The-Brazos, Six Shooter Junction, Waco, Texas, home of the fighting Baylor Bears.
A knowledgeable observer who has combed through the two terrabytes – that is, two million documents – of information the state turned over on discovery put it this way:
Here are the known, i.e., public facts. The cossacks arrived first and took all parking in front of twin peaks. The 9mm was one of 3 guns recovered from that saddle bag. the weapon in question had a mixture of at least 3 different individuals. there has been NO report of any comparison testing even though the DA took DNA from everyone. It is a helluva circumstantial case against the owner of the bike, but it is just as plausible that the real killer put the weapon in the saddle bag after the fact.
Who had the most to gain?
It so happens that the owner of the yellow bike, Brian Logan, when released from his charges, was able to arrange his reinstatement with American Airlines and has negotiated compensation for the pay he lost during the hiatus to his professional career in aviation.
Said our confidential source on the day the charges against Logan and 12 others were dismissed, the indictments against another 24 refused, “Abel Reyna just let the owner of the yellow Victory go.”
Any hankering for further information is not a reasonable expectation in view of the Fifth Amendment’s protection against double jeopardy.
The amendment states, in part, “…nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.”
So mote it be.
- The Legendary
Brian Logan at the co-pilot controls of a multi-engine jet aircraft…