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Killings Database - Year 2007

 

 

The Fort Carson 2nd/4th Brigade Combat Team Killings

 

Background

Media Reports

Government Reports

Photo Credits

 

Background - March/August 2007

 

“Eastridge said he told his lieutenant he was going to kill people as soon as the officer was out of sight. Then he asked the driver to put some heavy-metal ‘killin’ music on.’ […] Families were out playing soccer and barbecuing. Eastridge said he just started shooting. […] People started running. They piled into their cars and sped away. There was a no-driving rule in effect in the neighborhood, so, Eastridge said, he put his cross hairs on every car that moved. […] Eastridge said he shot more than 1,700 rounds. When asked how many people he killed, he said, ‘Not that many. Maybe a dozen.’ He was court-martialed a short time later on nine counts, including drug possession and disobeying orders. Killing civilians wasn’t one of them. […]”

Excerpt of a Colorado Springs Gazette article from July 24th, 2009.

Kenneth Eastridge - Murderer of Iraqi civilians

 

Media Reports

 

September 30th, 2009 - DA Bringing Personal Touch to Attempted Murder Trial

1 news article from Colorado Springs Gazette

 

July 28th, 2009 - Crime Rate of Veterans in Colo. Unit Cited

1 news article from the Washington Post

 

July 26th, 2009 - Soldiers in Colorado Slayings Tell of Iraq Horrors

1 news article from the Associated Press

 

July 24th, 2009 - Casualties of War, Part II: Warning Signs

1 feature article from the Colorado Springs Gazette

 

July 24th, 2009 - Casualties of War, Part I: The Hell of War Comes Home

1 feature article from the Colorado Springs Gazette

 

July 15th, 2009 - Army: Soldiers in Slayings Faced Intense Combat

1 news article from the Associated Press

 

February 12th, 2009 - "You’re a Pussy And a Scared Little Kid”

1 feature article from Salon Magazine

 

January 12th, 2008 - 3 Buddies Home From Iraq Are Charged With Murdering a 4th

1 news article from the New York Times

 

October 28th, 2007 - Home Couldn’t Harbor GI

1 news article from the Denver Post

 

 

Government Reports

 

July 2009 - Investigation of Homicides at Fort Carson, Colorado

Report by the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine

 

“[…] Although not conclusive, the findings from this EPICON suggest a combination of individual, unit, and environmental factors converged to increase the population risk in the index BCT which made clustering of negative outcomes more likely. Accumulating BH risk based on individual predisposing factors such as prior criminal behavior, drug and/or alcohol abuse, and behavioral health disorders; unit factors such as combat exposure/intensity, leadership, and barriers to seeking care; and environmental factors such as OPTEMPO and installation/community level factors and trends, may increase overall population-level risk for negative outcomes.

 

“[…] This analysis, however, is based only on data available for individuals assigned to two BCTs and may not representative of all Army installations or all Army Soldiers. More comprehensive studies of the potential impact of deployment, combat exposure, and the relative weights of various individual, unit, and environmental factors on violent behavior and criminal outcomes in Army populations are required in order to understand the impact on the Army overall. […]”

 

December 18th, 2007 - “Dear Mr. Waddle [...]”

Letter by PFC John Needham, U.S. Army

 

“[…] My name if John Needham. I am a member of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division […]. I deployed with my unit to Iraq from October 2006 until October 2007 when I was medically evacuated for physical and metal injuries that I suffered during my deployment. The purpose of my letter is to report what I believe to be war crimes and violation of the laws of armed conflict that I personally witnesses while deployed in Iraq. […]

 

“[…] In June of 2007 [redacted] caused an Iraqi male to be stopped, questioned, detained, and killed. We had no evidence that the Iraqi was an insurgent or terrorist. In any event when we stopped he did not pose a threat. Although I did not personally witness the killing, I did observe [redacted] dismembering the body and parading of it while it was tied to the hood of a Humvee around the Muhalla neighborhood while the interpreter blared out warnings in Arabic over the loud speaker. I have a photo that shows [redacted] removing the victim’s brains.

 

“On another occasion an Iraqi male was stopped by a team led by [redacted] as he walked down an alleyway. The Iraqi was detainedand questioned then with his hands tied behind his back. [redacted] skinned his face.

 

“[redacted] shot a young Iraqi teenager who was about 16 years ago. The shooting was unprovoked and the Iraqi posed no threat to the unit. He was merely riding his bicycle past an ambush site. When I arrived on the scene I observed [redacted] along with [redacted] dismmember the boy’s body. […]

 

“[…] On many occasions I observed [redacted], [redacted] and [redacted] beat and abuse Iraqi teenagers, some as young as 14, without cause. They would walk into a house near areas where they suspected we had received sniper fire, then detain and beat the kids. […]”

 

Killing in Iraq, killing in the United States

John Needham in Iraq

Louis Bressler

Anthony Marquez with George W. Bush

 

Photo Credits

 

Background

 

1) Kenneth Eastridge - Summer of 2009 - Colorado Springs Gazette;

 

Killing in Iraq, killing in the United States

 

1) John Needham in his Humvee in Iraq around August 2007, a month prior to his suicide attempt. - August 2007 - unknown source/Salon magazine;

2) Mugshot of Louis Bressler - November 2007 - Colorado Springs Police Department (?)/Sally Ryan/New York Times;

3) President Bush visited Anthony Marquez and his mother, Teresa Hernandez, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in July 2005. Anthony Marquez received a Purple Heart after being injured. - July 2005 - Family photo/Ann Johansson/Denver Post;

 

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