Bob and Nancy Strait Update
About an hour ago, I spoke with one of Bob and Nancy Strait’s daughters. I will not post her name for her own protection and privacy.
She expressed her thanks on behalf of the Strait family to the Ranger Up and the 101st Airborne communities for all of your efforts. She and her family are genuinely moved by what all of you have done for her dad and mom. Until you started bringing attention to the issue, she said the case was largely ignored by the local police department and political establishment.
Even after this increased attention, however, she believes that the police and city are paying lip service to the family – waiting for the attention to blow over so they can brush it under the carpet once again, while at the same time they have a federal FBI task force investigating a shooting incident that also occurred in Tulsa during the same time frame and I believe CAG and DEVGRU are working the Florida case now.
I am not a conspiracy theory guy and I don’t think there is a police force on the planet that wouldn’t want to catch the people involved in this atrocity. I have full confidence that the men and women of the Tulsa police department want to find these evil men.
I do question, as the family does, whether they have the resources and support that they need from the Mayor’s office and town leadership. While we are researching this in earnest before embracing this belief, peripherally, Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. does not seem very interested in responding to questions about the violent attacks on Nancy and Bob Strait. Ranger Up fans sending the mayor questions on Facebook have been ignored and blocked and emails sent to the mayor’s office have been ignored. The only response we have from anyone in Tulsa is from the police force, which simply has said, “We’re doing the best we can.”
I’m not sure why case is being brushed aside while others have gained prominence. Maybe the mayor’s office is concerned that this will be bad PR for Tulsa, maybe he doesn’t want to face criticism about adequate protection for the citizens of Tulsa prior to an election after he cut 142 police jobs, maybe he simply has incompetent staff running his websites, or maybe he and his staff have been watching too many television shows about veterans and they are afraid we’re gonna go all “PTSD” on them.
What is clear is that they seem to be dropping the ball and appear to be no closer to finding the people responsible for the brutal rape and murder of an 85 year old woman and the vicious beating of her D-Day veteran husband than they were a month ago. And that is completely unacceptable.
I asked Bob’s daughter what the family wanted us to do.
She said, “We’re not looking for publicity. That’s not what our family is about. But without attention, I truly believe no one here is going to do anything to find these men. We want justice for my daddy and my momma. I’d like you to try to get this in the news. If it gets in the news, maybe Tulsa will do something about it.”
I told her if that is what she wanted then we’re going to push until this gets solved or we die trying. I told her we would never quit.
Thus far I’ve done half a dozen interviews with various news outlets, but none have taken the National Stage, with the exception of Cam Edwards awesome radio show on NRA News.
I can tell you honestly, this will get nowhere without you guys grabbing this torch and pushing like hell.
Please continue to pressure anyone and everyone you can in the media, and for good measure, please contact the City of Tulsa:
Mayor Dewey Bartlett: (918) 596-7411 (if no one answers there, call the next number).
The Mayor’s Action Center: (918) 596-2100
Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett E-Mail Contact Page
Mayor Dewey Bartlett
175 East 2nd Street, Suite 690
Tulsa, OK 74103
and let them know what the veteran community expects from the Mayor.
If you know anyone in the media, in non-profit organizations that would support this family, in the police force, in the FBI – if you know anyone who can help, please engage them. I have a feeling that this is going to be a long fight. I think the city of Tulsa’s leadership and the national media will ignore this story until they have no choice but to deal with it. We have to make them deal with it. I believe it is our solemn duty.
If you have ideas for how we need to attack this, RU is all ears. If you have an organization that wants to get involved, please do and let us know how we can support the effort.
All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.
That’s not what this community is all about.
This is a community that when the country asked “Whom shall I send?” answered proudly “Here I am. Send me.”
We need to be there for the Straits now. Because if not us, then who?