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PERFECTLY INNOCENT

 

 

Perfectly Innocent - the Wrongful Conviction of Alfred Trenkler (Click for availability on Amazon.com)

  Alfred Trenkler was wrongly convicted in 1993 of causing the death of Boston Police Bomb Squad Officer Jeremiah Hurley, who died in 1991 when a bomb exploded in Roslindale, Mass. in October 1991. The prosecution theory was that Alfred had built the bomb and intended that it kill the father of a young man, Thomas Shay, he had met the previous summer.  Alfred was an electrical engineer, and he had attached an electrical trigger to an Army artillery simulator so as to create a loud noise as a prank in 1986 in Quincy, Mass.  The police theory was that Trenkler used the same skills to build the 1991 bomb.  However, Alfred had no interest in harming Tom Shay's father and no experience in handling dynamite.  The 1991 bomb was built with 5 nine-volt batteries to produce a 45 volt charge, where only 1.5 volts was necessary.  Thus, it was unlikely to have been built by an electrical engineer.

     Alfred Trenkler was sentenced to life in prison, and is currently in the Tucson Federal Prison, where he continues to fight for his exoneration.  See his website at www.alfredtrenklerinnocent.org

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
                                                                                                                                         Page                
 
Preface                                                                                                                                 1
 
Introduction                                                                                                                        10
 
1. Explosion and Death - 28 October 1991                                                                         13
 
2. Early Investigation - 28 October 1991 to 16 April 1992                                                  42
 
3. U.S. Attorney, Grand Jury and Pre-indictment -  17 April 1992 to                             
   15 December 1992                                                                                                            97                        
 
4. Indictment and Pretrial - 16 December 1992 to 8 March 1993                                      152
 
5. Pretrial for Thomas A. Shay and Alfred Trenkler - 9 March 1993
    to 27 June 1993                                                                                                                175
 
6. Trial of Thomas A. Shay -  28 June 1993 to 27 July 1993                                                 202
 
7. Pretrial for Alfred W. Trenkler - 28 June 1993 to 24 October 1993                                  285                   
 
8. Trial of Alfred W. Trenkler - 25 October 1993 to 29 November 1993                               312
 
9. After the Trenkler Verdict: Appeals and Appeals - 30 November 1993
    to 30 August 2002                                                                                                             420
 
10. After the Verdict, Thomas A. Shay: Appeals - 28 July 1993 to the
    Present                                                                                                                               483
 
11. Appeals by Alfred Trenkler 31 August 2002  to Present                                                  509
 
12. Conclusion                                                                                                                        528
 
13. Campaign for Justice for Alfred Trenkler                                                                         544
 
Appendix A: Testimony of Alfred Trenkler                                                                             565
 
Appendix B: Testimony of Thomas A. Shay                                                                            604
 
Appendix C: Who is Who in the Roslindale Bomb web?                                                        622
 
Appendix D: Assorted Documents                                                                                          640
 
  1. Drawing by Tom Shay on 31 October 1991 of a remote control device
      or bomb.                                                                                                                            641
 
  2. The 18 October 1991 Radio Shack Receipt                                                                       642
 
  3. 6 May 1992 Letter from Tom Shay to Governor William Weld                                          643
 
  4. 6 May 1992, Second letter from Tom Shay to Governor William Weld                             645    
 
  5. Handwritten notes by Tom Shay for 6 and 9 October 1992 Proffer               
      session with AUSA Paul Kelly, Agents Jeff Kerr and Thomas                      
      D'Ambrosio. (notes annotated by one of the three, and dated 10-15-92)                         647
 
  6. Summary of Alfred Trenkler large customer projects                                                         656
 
  7. Toggle Switch Contacts from Roslindale Bomb                                                                  658
 
  8. Map of Metropolitan Boston                                                                                               659
 
  9. ATF Police drawing of houses, driveways, garages on 39 Eastbourne
      Street                                                                                                                                   660  
 
10. Boston Police drawing of 39 Eastbourne closeup                                                               661 
 
11. Drawings [2007] of what the 1991 Roslindale Bomb may have looked like                       664 
 
12. Undated 1993 letter from Tom Shay to "Tom" or "Ron."                                                      670
 
Appendix E: Pre-Resentencing letter sent by the author to Judge Rya Zobel,
    19 April 2007                                                                                                                          671
 
  1.  Letter from Morrison Bonpasse to Judge Rya Zobel dated 19 March
       2007, but sent to her 17 April 2007                                                                                     672
 
  2. Photo of toggle switch contacts of the Roslindale Bomb debris and the
      contacts of the Radio Shack #275-602 and Philmore #30-219. (Exhibit A in
      letter)                                                                                                                                    687
 
  3. Preliminary Report of Denny Kline, "Forensic Analysis of Physical
     Evidence." (Exhibit A)                                                                                                            688
 
  4. Affidavit of John J. Bowden, 22 April 1998, re: David Lindblom.
     (Exhibit B)                                                                                                                              690
 
  5. The Patriot Ledger front page article on 7 August 2006 about Tom
      Shay and the Trenkler case. (Exhibit C)                                                                               693
 
  6. 10 November 1992 Memorandum to File about Tom Shay, by AUSA Paul
      Kelly, with Alfred Trenkler comments. (Exhibit D)                                                                  698
 
  7. 11 May 1993 letter from AUSA Paul Kelly to Nancy Gertner regarding
      statements made by Tom Shay to prosecutors, with Alfred Trenkler
      comments. (Exhibit E)                                                                                                           701
 
  8. 17 October 1992 interview by Karen Marinella of Tom Shay, with
      Alfred Trenkler comments. (Exhibit F)                                                                                  704
 
  9.  7 March 2003 Decision by Judge Conaboy in Alfred Trenkler v. Pugh,
       in Pennsylvania. (Exhibit G)                                                                                                 720
 
  10. 8 July 2001 Letter from Tom Shay to Chief Hussey of the Boston
      Police. (Exhibit H)                                                                                                                  722
 
  11.10 September 2001 letter from Asst. U.S. Attorney Kevin McGrath to
       Charles Rankin, in response to the Tom Shay letter to Chief Hussey.
       (Exhibit I)                                                                                                                              723
 
 
Index (not in the manuscript editions,  but words can searched using an
       e-copies of this manuscript, which is available at Alfred's website.)
 
About the Author                                                                                                                         724