Brian Downing Quig
Tue Jan 6 23:20:25 2004

IN THE NEWS: Maricopa County Attorney, Rick Romley


Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election when his fourth term in office ends this year.

The Republican prosecutor also said he will "seriously consider" running for governor in 2006.



by Brian Downing Quig and A. Scintilla 3-8-1996

This article is derived from the introduction to the first chapter of a book in process which intends to explain to the people of Thailand, the United States, and the world the crimes associated with the Wat Promkunaram murders. The title of this evolving book is, THE BEST JUSTICE DRUG MONEY CAN BUY. It is a saga of the moral depravity that high end narcotics trafficking unfailingly brings to human governance.

This first chapter, and this article, concentrate upon the massively biased investigative and judicial process surrounding Arizona's worst mass murder and the news coverage given the trial of Jonathan Andrew Doody. The Temple Murders Task Force, which was actually run by Maricopa County Attorney, Rick Romley, spoon fed the media erroneous information which was then published without verification. The courts looked the other way.

Jonathan is the teenager convicted of the 1991 murders of 9 Buddhists in a westside Phoenix temple. This Thai immigrant with a language difficulty presented an easy target for the law enforcement and judicial establishment in Phoenix, Arizona. The specifics in this dramatically underpublicised case are shocking and currently available in detail on the internet, The specific section is entitled, Scandal Haunts Temple Murders.

SCANDAL HAUNTS TEMPLE MURDERS. by Brian Downing Quig. A textbook example ... Arizona.
BQ 4-20-96. TEMPLE MURDERS NEWS BLACKOUT ENDS!! This article ...

Romley won't seek re-election as county attorney

Beth DeFalco
Associated Press
Jan. 6, 2004 04:00 PM

Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election when his fourth term in office ends this year.

The Republican prosecutor also said he will "seriously consider" running for governor in 2006.

But Romley, 54, was careful not to exclude other political possibilities during a news conference Tuesday. Among those mentioned include Congressman J.D. Hayworth's seat - should Hayworth take on Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano - or an appointment as the head of the Arizona Veterans' Services Department.

"I like public service. I'm going to do something else. It's in my blood," he said.

Romley said he wouldn't make an announcement on his political future before summer of 2005. Despite that, he voiced concern Tuesday over Napolitano's leadership, calling her style acrimonious.

"You may be able to use the bully pulpit the first year, but leadership is more than that," he said.

Napolitano spokeswoman Jeanine L'Ecuyer said, "Rick Romley should run if he thinks it's the right thing to do."

First elected to county attorney in 1988, Romley began serving in January 1989.

Before that, the Tucson native and ex-Marine lost both legs above the knee in Vietnam while serving from 1968-1969. He was hospitalized for more than a year after being wounded by enemy fire but overcame his injuries and learned to walk again. He still uses a cane.

He obtained his law degree from Arizona State University in 1981 and worked as a Phoenix city prosecutor and assistant county attorney before running for county attorney.

Since taking office, Romley has been instrumental in several high-profile cases.

He oversaw the AzScam political-corruption sting, which resulted in indictments of seven lawmakers for bribery.

He also ordered the release of four Tucson men falsely accused of the murders of nine people in a Thai Buddhist temple in 1991. Two Phoenix area teenagers with ties to the temple later were convicted.

Most recently, his office focused on the sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic church and on its former leader in Phoenix, Bishop Thomas O'Brien.

In May, O'Brien signed a landmark agreement with Romley's office in which O'Brien relinquished some of his authority. The deal spared him from obstruction charges for protecting priests accused of child molestation.

Romley's office is scheduled to begin trying O'Brien on Monday for leaving the scene of a fatal car accident in June.

"The Catholic church did take a little something out of me," Romley said Tuesdsay.

The state's Child Protective Services system has also been a central focus for Romley. During a special legislative session called in October by Napolitano, Romley proposed sweeping changes to CPS.

Lawmakers approved numerous changes after considering Romley's proposals and a plan submitted by Napolitano.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office prosecutes 75,000 felonies each year, Romley said.

While no one has made an official announcement, Romley's former lobbyist Jerry Landau has created an exploratory committee.

Romley declined Tuesday to immediately endorse a successor.


On the Net:

Maricopa County Attorney's Office:

Heroin Distorts Temple Murders Investigation

Clearly the facts of what was the worst mass murder in the history of Arizona could have been arranged differently. Below is a reconstruction based upon what seems an obvious narcotics motive for the heinous crime. Speculation about a narcotics motive was suspiciously absent from the local media coverage. Maricopa County is second only to Browder County in Florida for narcotics trafficking. Just 5 weeks before the Temple Murders a Tempe woman was involved with smuggling 11 pounds of China White Heroin out of Bangkok Thailand. Then there was the Bangkok connection to the America West pilots narcotics trafficking case. These pilots, who included America West V.P. of Operations, Patrick Thurston, and Flight of the Intruder pilot, Helmut Bubel, after meeting at the Arizona Biltmore to hatch their drug trafficking plot met again in Bangkok, Thailand to arrange their first cargo --- which was to net them a million dollars apiece!! Most disturbing was the fact that all had CIA AIR-AMERICA or other military intelligence backgrounds. (Also Connected to Waco (Wings of Christ Airport) Why Waco!)

This is before another major piece of evidence pointed in the direction of this the world's largest confiscation of heroin of all time. A Thai note turned up referencing "the weight is now up to 1,083 pounds". This was a note written in Thai which was one of the few items left on the table just feet away from the murder victims. The Hayward bust was 1,080 pounds!! These numbers are statistically significant as they differ by only .3%. Members of the Task Force were convinced this note related to a narcotics deal.

Back in Phoenix, Arizona, China White Heroin absolutely, positively, could not even be mentioned as a possible motive. Only once, early on, does the major media in Phoenix mention what is the first motive that comes to mind for such a gruesome crime --- and then never again.

A computer survey of the media reveals that in 1991 there are only 10 mentions of heroin in the 267 articles on Wat Promkunaram in the ARIZONA REPUBLIC/PHOENIX GAZETTE, the only major newspapers in Phoenix. (This newspaper is owned by the family of former Vice President, Dan Quayle.)


A simple car accident ... or was it?

Conspiracy theories a big part of man's life and death

Dennis Wagner
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 5, 2003 12:00 AM
If Brian Downing Quig hadn't been killed this summer, he'd probably be investigating the traffic accident that took his life.

Like Mel Gibson in the Hollywood movie Conspiracy Theory, Quig devoted his life to connecting dots and exposing plots. A voracious reader with an IBM memory and a Disney imagination, the 54-year-old Phoenix resident reveled in CIA black operations, mob hits and political skullduggery.

More than anything, he was obsessed with the theory that secret power barons are manipulating America, and that he must stop them.

"His main job in life was he wanted to make America better," explained a sister, Phyllis Beninati of Long Island, N.Y.

Quig died earlier this summer after being struck in an accident with none of the intrigue that gave meaning to his life.

According to a Phoenix police report released Aug. 21, he was pushing a shopping cart down 75th Avenue near his west Phoenix home on June 16.

Eighteen-year-old Andy Martinez of Glendale was behind the wheel of a Toyota, listening to music and talking with two friends.

Martinez told detectives a man loomed in his windshield. He hit his brakes and swerved, to no avail. A plywood board in the shopping cart smashed through the windshield, injuring passenger Eric Colon, 18. Quig died a short while later at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

Martinez was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana, but investigators determined that was not what caused the accident.

Quig had been remodeling a home in the neighborhood, trading work for a place to stay. But why he was hauling wood at that hour is a puzzle that might have driven him crazy, and still troubles admirers.

It didn't take long for some to talk of a cover-up.

"These 'accidents' do not occur in a vacuum," noted one, Virginia Lee McCullough, in a commentary on a Web site. "They are made to happen to silence the speech that used to be free in this country."

In another Internet posting, Stew Webb listed the "known facts" about his friend's death. Among them: Quig's body was cremated and "never identified by anyone who knew him."

Detective Alan Pfohl, who investigated the traffic fatality, said more than a dozen Quig acquaintances contacted him to insist it was no accident.

"But it's kind of a cut-and-dried deal," Pfohl added. "Mr. Quig was found responsible for his own death, for walking in the roadway."

Days before his death, Quig fretted to The Arizona Republic about a libel suit filed against him by a Phoenix developer and ranted about police investigators who mistook him for a burglar, prompting an enraged letter of complaint.

Longtime friend Paul Rademacher of Phoenix did some snooping about the accident without finding any funny business.

However, Rademacher noted, Quig was more adept at identifying cover-ups.

"He could jump from one thing way over the moon to something else. He used to say, 'I see the big picture.' I'd laugh, but he believed it. And he was a bright cookie."

Quig was especially proud of his Internet site (still active at, created to expose the lords of darkness and show how they operate through the CIA, White House and international corporations.

The premise: "It was human folly for the UNITED STATES to empower an agency of government to specifically break its own laws."

Even acquaintances concede that Quig, unfettered by rules of evidence, embraced rumors as fact and leaped from dubious assumptions to bullheaded conclusions.

Pointing out those flaws often proved futile because of his capacity to overwhelm critics with details.

When confronted with facts that appeared to disprove his theories, Quig would smile and explain that the conspirators were so clever they had covered up the truth by manufacturing false evidence.

Born into a Quaker family, Quig served as a congressional researcher investigating organized crime, a headhunter for business executives and a reporter for The Grapevine, a Phoenix tabloid distributed by the homeless. He did public relations for the nuclear power industry.

He helped out with Joe Arpaio's first campaign for Maricopa County sheriff and worked on a book with right-wing presidential candidate Bo Gritz.

He ran a speakers bureau, worked as a busboy and promoted Omega 3 fatty acid from seafood as a medicinal panacea.

Marian Quig of Sun City said she never understood her son's politics: "I didn't see where it was going to get him. I said, 'Brian, get a real job.'

"He never spoke ill of anybody," she added. "He was just a good fellow."

Rademacher and Schoen said they accepted Quig's hyperbole and his financial shenanigans, such as a habit of forgetting his wallet, as benign eccentricities.

Quig always lived hand-to-mouth, they said. And he never got anything out of his Quixotic adventures except the righteous joy of a crusader for goodness.

Said Schoen: "He didn't accomplish much. He never wrote a book or was on TV that I know of.

"But I feel very good about Brian Quig's life."

Reach the reporter at  or (602) 444-8874.

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