Benjamin Gilmore

Beekeeper Blog

Submitted by CatWhisperer on Sun, 11/13/2016 - 22:31

This is a blog of the prosecution of  Benjamin Gilmore, a local beekeeper whom many believe was wrongfully prosecuted and convicted for the Penny Flats fire that happened in downtown Fort Collins on October 24, 2011. He made the mistake of being associated with the Occupy Fort Collins movement, and had let them borrow a camper for their use. The Occupy Fort Collins demonstration was one block east of the Penny Flats building which was under development at the time. The discrepancies in this prosecution merit note, and it shows some of the drawbacks of prosecutions in the Eight Judicial District of Colorado:

  • It's not about justice, it's about getting a conviction.
  • It's not about truth, guilt, or innocence, it's about what you can get a jury to believe.

If anybody doesn't believe that, Google up Timothy Mastersangry

"ARSON FRAUD" in Fort Collins? Please rethink Penny Flats and don't prosecute an innocent man...

Submitted by CatWhisperer on Sat, 05/11/2013 - 06:44

NOTE: Updated 11/13/2016

ARSON FRAUD is when someone setting fire to one's property with fraudulent intent ⇒ such as to collect insurance money. "According to Alfred Manes, the majority of property insurance crimes involve arson. One reason for this is that any evidence that a fire was started by arson is often destroyed by the fire itself." Insurance Fraud - Property Insurance

Last year, I wrote about the Penny Flats fire being a possible case of insurance arson. I'm more convinced of it now, because I worked for the plumbing sub-contractor at Penny Flats after the fire, and spoke to individuals who worked there. The original story was Insurance scapegoat for Brinkman? Why am I writing about it again? I was suspicious a while ago, BTW, (Other Suspects? Follow the money...), so this is nothing new.

What benefit could the Mr. Gilmore possibly have in

Looks bad for Mr. Gilmore

Submitted by CatWhisperer on Sat, 01/21/2012 - 09:53

But that is what the preliminary hearing is all about, showing that there is enough evidence to bring things to trial. Obviously, there is. Convictions, however, don't occur at preliminary hearings, and those hearings are biased predominantly for the prosecution. There not much defense counsel input into them.

Looking at what was reported on the Coloradoan story quoted below, the most damaging piece of evidence is the watch. How did the watch get to be in the area? I won't get into conjecture on that one point, because that is a crucial piece of evidence. Kind of like homie's broken hand that didn't hit nobody. Some thoughts on everything else though:

  • The burns are probably explainable. One possible reason is manufacturing charcoal.
  • There's any numerous reasons for having a bandage on the hand.
  • Was there clothing with accelerant smell on them or evidence of combustion. Some forensic chemical analysis of clothing similar to what they do when they test for gunshot residue.

Observe Eighth Judicial District Modus Operandi

Submitted by CatWhisperer on Tue, 01/17/2012 - 16:33

With respect to the Coloradoan story quoted below, I can honestly say, from very personal experience, that this is the standard modus operandi in this Eighth Judicial District of Colorado. Stop a second, and step back. Look at the forest, instead of the trees in front of your face.  What year is this? 2012, duh. What is this year? Umm. An election year. Pray tell, who is term limited this year? Head scratching? Yes, well I want y'all to think, deep and well about this because if you DON'T pay attention, you, dear electorate, will be played like a cheap violin, and might I venture to say, yet again.

What my next question would be is: Has Mr. Gilmore given notice that he is taking it to trial or has he refused a plea. When my incident with the Larimer County employee, related in posts below this one, occurred and I responded to criminal charges with a lawsuit against the county employee, they operated in the same fashion.

What is really going on here? What I mention above is hypothesis trying to explain known data. But please recall a certain

Insurance scapegoat for Brinkman?

Submitted by CatWhisperer on Thu, 12/22/2011 - 08:37

NOTE: Updated 11/13/2016

An interesting development in the case of Mr. Benjamin Gilmore. First off, if you don't believe he did it, please join the Facebook account supporting him, https://www.facebook.com/beekeeperjustice.

At first I thought he did, due to the sign he held at one of the Coloradoan photo shoots. But then other things came to light that caused me to change my mind:

  • There have been allegations of homeless individuals sleeping in the area where the fire was burned.
  • One report stated that a construction worker told the homeless individuals that they could sleep there.
  • Homeless individuals were reported as acting suspiciously after the incident at the Occupy Fort Collins gathering.
  • One report from Denver has a commentator