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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-03-06 08:54 AM
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Is anyone else reading the book about Rainbow Farm?
I never went there or anything, but I had family living in Elkhart and aquaintances in Edwardsburg who went to festivals at the farm.

I'm about halfway throught the book, but it is kind of apparant that the shoot-out could have been avoided by both sides.
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-06-06 10:43 AM
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1. I was following that TERRIBLE
Edited on Thu Jul-06-06 10:43 AM by PassingFair
story, but I think I got distracted by 9/11 or something...

Whatever happened to the kid?
Who has custody of him?
There was some talk of him becoming a ward
of the state, so that the land could be
taken without a fight.

Does the book address this?
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-06-06 11:14 AM
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2. The kid was adopted by his mother's parents
The author said he was 16 when the book was written, so he will be an adult soon. He inherited all the proceeds from the sale of the farm, after debts were paid-the families of both men made sure that the government did not confiscate the land, that it was sold for the kid's benefit.

He has no contact with any of the people from the farm at this point-the family wanted him to be able to start over, which is understandable.

Both men's families are suing over the shootings-I don't know if there has been any resolution over it yet. The lawyers brought in forensic experts that worked on the Ruby Ridge case, who discovered that the ballistics didn't match up in Rollie's shooting, and he was missing his testicles(?). The prosecutor involved in pushing the case is not the prosecutor in Cass County anymore.

The end of the book broke my heart, when reading about the shooting of Rollie. Tom was the dangerous one, who shot at the police helicopter. The whole thing could have been handled better from the get-go.
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-06-06 12:41 PM
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3. Thank you, Noon!
I had worried about the boy.
At the time, it seemed clear
that the gov't was trying to
get its hands on the property
and disinherit the boy.
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