6.09.2008

Jim Rapp and an article he wrote for the City Paper in 1997

I have confirmed...
Jim Rapp is alive and well dealing with life with MS
although we did not speak I did have email correspondence with Jim's brother
that electronic conversation sent my searching for an archive of that CITY PAPER article JACKPOT!

Jackpot

Bike courier, dope peddler, and full-time hedonist—Featherhead had it made. Until his roommate threatened the president

Washington City Paper Article from March 1997
photo from Regardies in that same era
stolen off a blog whose address I should track down

1 comment:

Rocky6 said...

Wow, great story!

From the Washington Post (8/9/95):

Pot Plants Found in House Lead to Guilty Plea in D.C.

SECTION: METRO; Pg. B03; CRIME AND JUSTICE

LENGTH: 214 words

A Northwest Washington man admitted in court yesterday that he owned more than 900 marijuana plants that were found in his house after his roommate allegedly made a phone call threatening to kill President Clinton.
James R. Rapp, 40, pleaded guilty to manufacturing the drug after the plants were found last month by police, who traced the threatening phone call to his house.

He faces at least five years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson set sentencing for Nov. 6. She also ordered Rapp held without bond; he had been held in a halfway house since his arrest.

Rapp and his roommate, Barry Douglas Oliver, 44, were arrested July 9 after Oliver allegedly threatened during a 911 call to cut Clinton "from ear to ear." The 911 operator kept Oliver on the phone long enough for police to trace the call to a house in the 1800 block of Monroe Street NW.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter H. White said that when police and uniformed Secret Service officers arrived at the house, they found more than 900 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, a large quantity of hallucinogenic mushrooms, blotters of LSD and drug paraphernalia.

Last week, Oliver was charged in a nine-count indictment with threatening the president and assorted drug offenses.


And the Washington Times (7/11/95):

Clinton 2nd threat target for suspect

BYLINE: Kristan Metzler; THE WASHINGTON TIMES

SECTION: Part C; METROPOLITAN TIMES; DISTRICT NEWS; Pg. C4

LENGTH: 541 words




Barry Oliver, whose threats against the president turned into a marijuana bust at his Adams Morgan house Sunday, was charged with making threats against D.C. police 2 1/2 years ago, when he said he planted a bomb at a police station, D.C. Superior Court records show.

Mr. Oliver, 44, called a Bell Atlantic operator about 5 a.m. Sunday and began a discussion before the operator transferred the call to a 911 operator.

During the 25-minute conversation, Mr. Oliver threatened to "cut the president of the United States from ear to ear two times and threatened to go to the White House and kill him," according to court documents.



Law-enforcement authorities traced the call to a house in the 1800 block of Monroe Street NW. Metropolitan Police officers and U.S. Secret Service agents arrived at the four-story house and found more than 920 marijuana plants, about 20 pounds of dried marijuana, 12 blotters of LSD and drug paraphernalia, according to court records in the U.S. District Court.
Mr. Oliver was charged with making threats on the president and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, both felony charges. His roommate James Rapp, 40, also was charged with the drug offense.

Both men appeared in District Court yesterday where Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson read them the charges. She released Mr. Rapp to a halfway house and ordered Mr. Oliver held in jail to undergo a psychological examination to determine if he is able to assist his lawyer in his defense. Both men were ordered to reappear in court Friday for a preliminary and detention hearing.

If convicted, Mr. Oliver faces five years in prison on the threats charge. Both men face a mandatory five years in prison if convicted on the drug charge. According to court records, Mr. Rapp and Mr. Oliver were handcuffed in the house when Mr. Rapp asked his roommate why he wanted to kill the president.

"Oliver responded that he wanted to because 'Clinton had threatened to kill me,' " according to court documents.

After his arrest, Mr. Oliver told law-enforcement authorities that the CIA had illegal real estate dealings in the District, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter White who will prosecute the case.

Mr. Oliver referred to the CIA after his arrest in 1993, when on Jan. 22 he called the 2nd District police station and said he had planted a bomb, according to Superior Court records.

He said: "The 2nd District is going down because I planted a bomb. Come and get it. I'll have a .357 Magnum waiting for you," according to the records.

He talked about a CIA plot to destroy him and that he was with the British intelligence agency, according to court records.

A Superior Court judge ordered him into the psychiatric division of pretrial services diversion program, which he successfully completed and the charges were dropped, according to court records.

On Feb. 22, Mr. Oliver pleaded guilty to attempted possession of marijuana and is on unsupervised probation. Mr. Rapp was arrested in New Orleans on an unspecified misdemeanor charge and is on probation in that case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.