State kills former Police Officer Ron...

State kills former Police Officer Ronald Patrick Swiney

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Panama City, FL

#1 Jul 29, 2009
And so it came to pass: last night the State of Alabama finally succeeded in its quest to kill former Police Officer Ronald Patrick Swiney.

The place of death: Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, where Mr. Swiney was serving a sentence of life imprisonment, without parole, upon his 1989 wrongful conviction for murdering his former wife, Betty Snow Swiney, and her ex husband, Ronnie Lynn Pate.

And indeed that conviction was wrong; it rested solely on evidence fabricated by the State, tailor-made to coincide with the scene of the crime. This fact cannot be denied; in recent years the nation’s leading experts in gun shot residue, ballistics and forensic pathology scientifically proved Patrick could not possibly have done what the State accused him of.

But the State courts would not hear of it; the newly-discovered evidence of Patrick’s innocence they would not consider. The judges and prosecutors remained hell-bent on covering up the truth: that the murders were committed by others, while Patrick was convicted of them, in retaliation for what Patrick did as a career police officer several years earlier … while working as an investigator for the Gulf Shores Police, Swiney uncovered evidence that a large scale drug ring was being spearheaded by then Baldwin County District Attorney Jimmy Hendrix and then Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Bobbie Stewart. A cop’s cop having sworn to uphold the law, Patrick turned the evidence over to federal authorities. Resulting was that some 47,000 lbs. of illegal drugs were seized, and DA Hendrix and Investigator Stewart were both sentenced to federal prison.

Soon after, several attempts on Officer Swiney’s life were made. One was nearly successful: at the hands of assailants he suffered knife wounds requiring several hundred stitches to keep him alive. One of the three assailants was identified. Though originally charged with First Degree Assault and Attempted Murder, a Baldwin County judge reduced the charges to a single count of Simple Assault for which he was allowed to go free after paying a small fine.

Throughout the many years of serving his unjust sentence to life imprisonment, former Officer Swiney was routinely denied the same quality medical care as afforded other inmates. Years ago he began suffering from serious heart problems. His medical records show as much. They also show he was denied corrective surgery. After developing pneumonia last week, he finally died last night. Plain and simple: it was a killing by the State of Alabama; not by lethal injection or the electric chair, but by confining an innocent man to an isolated dank prison cell and consciously ignoring his medical needs.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the person(s) actually responsible for planning and/or carrying out the December 10, 1987 murders of Betty Snow Swiney and Ronnie Lynn Pate.

Williamsburg, VA

#2 Aug 1, 2009
Baldwin county apparently stayed in dope even after that. Rumors are Jimmy Johnson and his bud Paul Surrey were into the drug business next to their little hunting club. Careful not to upset the apple cart. You might get put in prison and then get killed there after 20-30 years for running your mouth about the "big boys." So much for being an honest cop or honest citizen against illegal drugs in Alabama -(or anywhere else.)

There's surely a line of folks in prison dying just like Patrick Swiney, the ones who dared to tell the truth about the big connected boys and their dope deals, crimes, and pedophile rings.

America the Narco-Republic. Where is the F.B.I. when you need them? Working for the same politicians who land cocaine at Mena Arkansas?

Since: Feb 10

Mchenry, IL

#3 Feb 12, 2010
On Wednesday, 5 December 2007, Patrick Swiney wrote a letter to me in response to a card I sent him. I forget the details of my card, but I believe it was a simple greeting with a short letter attached. Patrick's return letter was two and a half pages long. I generally respond to personal letters, but I never heard from him again.

While recently sorting through files, his letter came to my attention. I read it over and decided to check on him, only to discover I was some six months too late. Why, I wondered, did he come to my attention at this time, and the more I thought about him the more I realized he still has a voice.

I maintain a mixed website dealing with various aspects of injustice, sometimes referred to as "conspiracies," depending on which side of the fence your on. We live in very unstable times if for no other reason than that our institutions have failed us, yet we are expected to embrace the news, support the system, and feel good about our country.

Our founding fathers warned us about snake oil salesmen, get rich schemes, and political promises. And true to form the Joker's in town, he has a gag order on Batman, and Gotham City is being held hostage.

I offer Patrick a voice through my website ~ Paradoxes to ~ 911DELANEYTRUTH.COM . It has been said that the Truth is out there. But the Truth can't just be absorbed by following the mainstream. It requires a little work, exploratory reading, and a burning desire to embrace what has given us all the lives we have. Patrick's case will be posted in the near future.

Richmond, VA

#4 Jan 1, 2011
I read the court transcripts, and Patrick is guilty of these murders; it is an open and shut case, and I don't understand why some people feel otherwise.

United States

#5 Jan 3, 2011
There's more than the transcripts. Check out this site:
the real truth

Pelham, AL

#6 Oct 6, 2012
Justice is done..

United States

#7 Oct 2, 2014
This is an outrage. swiney was just as guilty of this double murder as eve was of eating the apple. you say he was 10 miles awY at the time, yet phone records show he answered his ex wifes pbone minutes after the murder. you say ypu jave new tests that can be performed on his clothing to prove he wasnt the shooter,but after you found out the state np longer jad said clothing. you say he "uncovered" a drug ringof cops and this was pay back.. for getting them. busted, however fact is he was a dirty cop too and got caugjt, turning states evidence on them. The man even stated in open court that " these hands commited this crime but this heart did not" lady get real apparently you do not know the real patrick swiney. He did kill those poor people and had threatened others with death before this incident. He was a terrible person and i am glad he is dead. My only regret is that it wasnt a more painful, brutal death as was th beautiful people he cold-blooded murdered. Good riddance!!

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