November 26, 1990: Summary of conversation with former CID agent
re: CID agents Bill Ivory and Bob Shaw
Note from Christina Masewicz: This is a summary of a conversation that took place November 26, 1990.
To protect the indignity of the person giving this information, his name will be withheld.
I will refer to him as Mr. West.
Mr. West is a reputable businessman, a former CID agent, married for many years and resides in California. He is a Certified Protection Professional.
(1) Mr. West related that his experience with the CID had been far less than pleasant.
(2) Stated he knew Robert Shaw and reported to Shaw in 1979 at an assignment in Germany. His personal opinion of Shaw was not favorable.
(3) According to Mr. West, Shaw told him that he was one of the first to enter the MacDonald residence on Fort Bragg on February 17, 1970 and that he helped to collect evidence.
(4) On at least one occasion, Shaw stated per Mr. West that one "conex" (sp?) of evidence was lost en route from the MacDonald residence to the Criminal Investigation Laboratory.
(5) Shaw, after 1970, had been assigned to Fort Gordon (CIL) in documents identification; subsequently to Hawaii and in June/July 1979 to Germany only a few days before Mr. West.
(6) Shaw had received power of attorney from a physician in California to pick up a new Mercedes D 300 - believed to be dark green. Shaw's wife is German and her brother is a German Police Officer. He was to pick up the car and drive it around to accrue sufficient mileage so that said car could be shipped to the USA as a used vehicle. The purpose being lower port taxes.
(7) Mr. West said that Shaw told him the physician to whom the car was being delivered to was known to Shaw from Fort Bragg.
(8) Mr. West related that he viewed the vehicle event as something questionable and began to make inquiries as his CID position would warrant.
(9) Bill Ivory, who was Shaw's superior, at least during the assignment of securing evidence, had also been assigned to Heidelberg, Germany.
(10) Mr. West related that when he began his questioning, he was told to back off and leave things alone and that soon thereafter, it became apparent to him that his future in the CID was going nowhere. He got out of the service after having spent fourteen years.
(11) While he was attempting to secure employment in DEA, the normal procedure is to review all history of applicant. According to Mr. West, his CID involvement suddenly did not exist. He telephoned a friend to find out what was going on. His friend was able to find out that Mr. West's papers were on some big brass desk and going nowhere. All of his usual sources of information/assistance could not help him, stating "this was way, way at the top, sorry."
Mr. West related he could never understand, and never learned, why such a trivial issue as the Mercedes would cause so much trouble.
(12) Mr. West stated that Shaw bragged about being "on call" as a witness for the 1979 trial.
(13) Mr. West mentioned other names that may or may not be important, but his belief is that there was a link between Ivory and Shaw, Janos - Peggy Szmolka and that the latter worked at Fort Gordon CIL. Also mentioned the name Hubert Marlone.
(14) Mr. West stated that Ivory would never recant a "story", but Shaw would.