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Tue Mar 26, 2013, 02:17 PM

8. They sound like the 'Legion of Doom' from Paschal High back in the 80's

In fact a lot of recent stories remind me of incidents that happened back then. In fact, I looked up some of the schmucks from this story - they have not changed one iota.

They were clean-cut student leaders. All-American boys who just happened to think Hitler had some good ideas. So they set out to purify Paschal High.

EARLY ONE SUNDAY morning in a Fort Worth neighborhood, where faded sedans and wood-paneled station wagons line the street, neighbors heard a single pop, much like a firecracker blast. Some would later say they heard laughter and cheers drifting from a vacant shopping center lot nearby, but the voices hardly seemed worth getting out of bed to investigate. Not until daylight came did they discover nearly a dozen police cars blocking the street and as many federal agents scavenging through the shrubbery. It was their first glimpse of an incident that would shock a quiet sliver of suburbia into a painful self-consciousness. Within days, that eerie sound evolved into what would be for some, a personal crisis; for others, a racial threat; and for students at the cityís oldest high school, the focus of a bizarre and bitter tale.

The voices that pierced the predawn silence on that morning in late March came minutes after Trey Hillís 1980 blue Datsun was pipe bombed outside his parentsí home. For the so-called Legion of Doom-nine self-anointed Paschal High School vigilantes-the celebration was most likely their last. As police began to piece together a string of incidents stretching from January to March, news of the students-turned-vigilantes shocked teachers, parents and classmates. By the time the case went to the grand jury more than a month later, rumors meshed with truth to paint a picture so alarming that television producers couldnít wait to hype the Legion of Doom as the latest Texas tragedy. Editorial writers chewed on the subject, then spat guilt in the faces of parents in the affluent Overton Park and Tanglewood neighborhoods where most of the members lived. Reporters set up camp on the schoolís front lawn, and national television crews turned the classroom into a carnival. The Legion of Doom was drama at its best, with the explosive elements of racism, sadism and Nazism rolled into a seemingly all-American setting.

On the following Monday, as news of the pipe bombing circulated through the halls of Paschal High, Trey Hill sat in an English class with the Legion of Doom member who only a day earlier had allegedly taped a homemade pipe bomb to the window of Hillís souped-up Datsun. The explosion, police say, was so powerful it easily could have killed someone. Instead it shattered the carís windshield, melted the steering wheel and ripped the vinyl from the seats. Hill had put much of his time and money into that sports car, so on this school day morning, diagraming sentences was the last thing on his mind. His thoughts kept returning to the scene of the vandalism, where police had found footprints in the flowerbeds outside his bedroom and scraps of duct tape streaming from the window. "They probably tried to tape the bomb to the bedroom window," investigators told Hillís parents. "But the pipe bomb was too heavy, so they taped it to the car."

Hill was not the only victim of that weekend spree. A few blocks away, the mother of another Paschal student found a note on the windshield of her sonís car. Walking away from the automobile, she realized that the object inside was a dead cat, gutted and draped across the steering wheel. The animalís collar and vaccination tag were still hanging from its neck.

As this article goes to press, a Fort Worth grand jury has just returned 33 indictments, 17 of them felonies, against seven members of the Legion of Doom. Darren Dietrich, Joe David Dorris, Charles Fillmore, Michael Guthrie, James Mathis Jr., David Norman and James A. Turner all face felony charges. An eighth Legion member, Bradley Bielss, faces two misdemeanor charges. Rich Williams, 16, a juvenile, was referred to Juvenile Court. Though the indictments fell short of police expectations of charges of organized crime, the returned accusations were no less serious. And they came on the day of Paschal High Schoolís graduation ceremony. The eight accused students were not allowed to join fellow classmates in their triumphal march across the stage. Instead, their diplomas were in the mail.

more: http://www.dmagazine.com/Home/1985/07/01/DOOMSDAY.aspx

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