A’isha Mohammed, a national activist of the Jericho Movement, wrote the first Amazon Customer Review of my book FRAMED: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO & the Omaha Two story. Mohammed was one of the first to read the new book and found herself immersed in the story of injustice in middle America. The Jericho Movement, dedicated to freeing political prisoners in the United States, has long followed the Omaha case.
Mohammed wrote that FRAMED “is a hard hitting account of the COINTELPRO set up of Edward Poindexter and Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa.” Poindexter and Mondo (former David Rice) were convicted in April 1971 for the murder of an Omaha policeman following a highly controversial trial. COINTELPRO was an illegal, clandestine counterintelligence operation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that targeted citizens for their political activity.
“A must read for anyone seeking the truth about this case and ultimately about other Political Prisoners in the USA. The book is captivating, well researched and provides personal and intimate insights into the lives, trials and tribulations of Edward Poindexter and Mondo.”
“The reader is forced to do a critical analysis of not only the US injustice system but also a personal evaluation of all they have learned and heard through false propaganda. After decades of intense research, and I can imagine much emotional pain over the racist, oppressive, injustices uncovered, Mr. Richardson has written one of the most compelling stories ever—an emotional, raw piece of US history and a current status. It is a truth that people don’t often get to see or study in depth.”
Mondo died in March 2016 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary serving a life without parole sentence. Poindexter remains confined at the maximum-security prison in Lincoln. Imprisoned forty-eight years for a crime he denies, Poindexter was implicated by the confessed fifteen year-old killer who got a deal and never served a day in prison. J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI, had targeted Poindexter and Mondo because they were Black Panther leaders and ordered the FBI Laboratory to withhold a report identifying a 911 caller which would have implicated someone else in the crime. Police were lured to a vacant house rigged with a bomb by an anonymous 911 caller.
FRAMED is a sometimes minute-by-minute account of the crime, frame-up, trial and appeals that explores the context and history of the deadly August 17, 1970 bombing that rocked Omaha and left the city wounded with a racial pain that has not healed.
Mohammed closed her review with a high recommendation and a call for a greater awareness. “I would also love to see this book taught as a course in high school or colleges. It IS an American story.”