Bruce Anderson - Liar Unlimited

Bruce Anderson - Liar Unlimited

shootout with sheriff’s deputies in

1995. Sheriff’s deputy Bob Davis and

a friend of Lincoln’s, Leonard Peters,

were killed. After a long manhunt,

Lincoln surrendered and was charged

with murder.

While he was in jail, Lincoln

smuggled out a letter which was published

in the AVA. The prosecutor

immediately subpoenaed Anderson

for a copy of the letter and the envelope

it came in, so he could verify

Lincoln had actually written it. It

was potentially crucial evidence,

said the prosecutor, because it

placed Lincoln at the scene of the

shootout and gave his version of

the events, and would help confirm

or deny his claim of selfdefense.

Since the letter had been published, it wasn’t

protected under the “press shield law” that applies

to journalists’ sources. The prosecutor had the

absolute right to obtain the evidence.

Once again, Anderson jumped at the chance to

play the heroic rebel. “I’m not going to give them

the letter, and I’ll go to jail if I have to over it,” he

proclaimed. (Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 3/7/96).

Available online at

Judi Bari’s cartoon about Bruce Anderson’s

instant retreat from his vow to hold out in

jail for year rather than surrender the

Bear Lincoln letter (1996).

Anderson swore

he would hold out

for a year, but

only lasted a


In court, he told the judge he would “never”

turn over the letter, and bombastically told him, “since you’re going to inconvenience

me for a year, I hope you’ll allow me the convenience of going to jail today.”

(Albion Monitor, 5/27/96)

Sure enough, the judge ordered Anderson jailed for contempt of court. Rather

than holding out for a year, Anderson lasted only for the weekend before succumbing

to lack of coffee. He telephoned his brother Rob and instructed him to


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