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CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE TO ENLARGE. The unsolved June 10th 1968 murder of Binghamton North High French teacher Irene J. Izak by a New York State Trooper. There was major unrest in New York State in 1968, cops had been beaten and injured at a SDS (Weather Underground) riot in NYC at Columbia Univ on April 23rd 1968 with more to come. Cops were on alert state wide especially New York State Troopers along the New York State- Canada border. It was the 60’s that all you really need to know. Irene Izak, 25, was from Scranton, PA, born in the Ukraine. From 1964 to 1966 she taught French at North High in Binghamton NY and then in 1967 she taught French in Rochester NY.
It was the summer of 1968, the whole country was in turmoil. Unsolved murder of Binghamton North High French teacher Irene J. Izak on June 10th 1968. Just 5 days earlier on June 5th, 1968 Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated by a Palestinian. Senator Robert Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California presidential primary. Immediately after he announced to his cheering supporters that the country was ready to end its fractious divisions, Kennedy was shot several times by the 22-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. He died a day later. The summer of 1968 was a tempestuous time in American history. Both the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement were peaking. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in the spring, igniting riots across the country. In the face of this unrest, President Lyndon B. Johnson decided not to seek a second term in the upcoming presidential election. The whole country was in turmoil on June 10th, 1968 when petite French teacher Irene Izak was beaten to death by New York State Trooper David Hennigan, who served in the Army from 1957 to 1960.
Irene Izak, a young French teacher from Scranton, Pennsylvania, was headed toward a new job and the promise of a new life in Quebec. She never reached the border that early June morning. Her still unsolved murder that took place in Watertown, NY, on a island that’s part of the Thousand Islands between Canada and the US. Savagely bludgeoned, her face and head pummeled with possibly a large metal flashlight which takes 5 D cell batteries. Irene’s body was discovered in a ravine by state trooper David Hennigan patrolling Route 81 in Jefferson County, who had previously stopped her for speeding in a 1960’s VW Bug with top speed of 58 mph standing on it, what the hell? Irene told Trooper Hennigan that she had just left college and was heading to Canada, red flags for cops in 1968. The early morning hours of June 10, 1968, when the 25-year-old Ms. Izak, whose family had fled Ukraine during World War II, was driving her Volkswagen Beetle north along Interstate 81. Her ultimate destination was Montreal, where the longtime Francophile had an interview for a teaching job. While passing through the Watertown area, her car was stopped by a New York state trooper named David Hennigan. From there, she made her way to the toll booth entrance to the Thousand Islands Bridge. Not long after that, her body was found off the side of the road in the St. Lawrence River by, of all people, Trooper Hennigan. Later inquiries indicated her neck was broken from a blow to the back of her head at the base of her skull (brain stem) from a large metal flashlight which takes 5 D cell batteries, like what State Troopers carried in the 1960’s.
By all appearances the killing was done in a fit of rage. As state police began their investigation they picked up several problems with Trooper Hennigan's story. For one thing, his uniform was stained with Ms. Izak's blood. He said he got it on him when he raised her head to check for vital signs, an action that goes against police protocol. In addition, the toll booth operator said Ms. Izak was extremely distressed during their encounter, during which Trooper Hennigan passed by in his unmarked cruiser. And the fact that he was able to spot her body with such ease, despite the pitch-black conditions, puzzled investigators. "There's so many ingredients here,". Trooper Hennigan was ultimately taken in for questioning, but his wife showed up and dragged him out. His role as a potential suspect effectively ended there. "We would hear her father say in Ukrainian, 'They covered up for one of their own,'".
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Irene Izak was 25 years old when she was murdered, she was 5′ 0″ tall and 110 lbs, she had at least 3 skull fractures and her face was pushed 2 to 3 inches in to the mud. Information from a Binghamton North High student with direct links to very specific Police Intel concerning the murder of North High French teacher Irene J. Izak by a New York State Trooper. “Dear Bill, I read your post on FB about the murder of Ms. Izak with great interest. I went to Binghamton North in 1966 to 1968. My brother went there from 1964 to 1967. We both had Ms. Izak for a French teacher. Ms. Izak came to our home and tutored my brother in French. We lived very near the high school. So, we knew her better than one would usually know a teacher. After she died, the police came to our house and questioned us about our connection to Ms. Izak. They concluded we had nothing to do with it, which, of course, we didn’t. My uncle was a Binghamton police officer, a detective on the Binghamton police force at the time.
Here’s the interesting part. I never knew until now that this was an “unsolved” case! My uncle told us the trooper “went nuts” and killed her and he was “being treated”. They KNEW the trooper did it! It was covered up. Of course, my uncle isn’t the one who covered it up, but he knew about it and told us very matter of fact that the trooper did it. So, I never realized that it was considered unsolved. My uncle passed away twenty years ago. I remember that even when the newspaper account first came out, it sounded like the trooper did it, but then they “clarified” that he had pulled her over and later “found” her. They did say it was rocks, but, of course, it was the flashlight.”
WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES, 12/17/2010…”The body of Irene J. Izak, a 25-year-old French teacher from Scranton, Pa., was found in a ditch near the grounds of DeWolf Point State Park on Wellesley Island early on June 10, 1968. She had been savagely bludgeoned about the head, although a revived investigation 12 years ago revealed a blow to the back of her neck was likely what killed her. The murder was reported by a state trooper, David N. Hennigan, who had stopped her car about an hour and 20 minutes earlier on Interstate 81 near Watertown. No arrest was ever made. Late in 1998, the victim’s remains were exhumed at a cemetery outside Scranton for examination by Dr. Michael Baden, chief forensic pathologist for the state police. He made the determination about a blow to her neck from a round cylinder item, like a large flashlight.
April 23, 1968, Columbia University New York City, New York SDS chapter in New York held a rally to protest the University’s relation to the Institute for Defense Analyses. The rally soon turned chaotic as students invaded and took control of several buildings. During the fiasco, SDS managed to ransack the office of the university’s president, and control five different buildings. The confrontation lasted six days, when more than one thousand police officers cleared the buildings, in a what was a violent, confusing encounter. In the confrontation, 711 students were arrested, 148 were injured, and there were 120 charges of police brutality filed. While there were some embarrassing moments of defeat for the student activists, the SDS considered the Columbia University in NYC take-over to be a success. 12 NYPD police officers were injured, while over 700 protesters were arrested. Violence continued into the following day with students armed with sticks battling with officers. Frank Gucciardi, a 34-year-old NYPD police officer, was permanently disabled when a student jumped onto him from a second story window, breaking his back. New York State police would have been on high alert for anything suspicious on the Interstate especially students heading to Canada.
In the confrontation, 711 students were arrested, 148 were injured, and there were 120 charges of police brutality filed. While there were some embarrassing moments of defeat for the student activists, the SDS considered the Columbia University in NYC take-over to be a success. 12 NYPD police officers were injured, while over 700 protesters were arrested. Violence continued into the following day with students armed with sticks battling with officers. Frank Gucciardi, a 34-year-old NYPD police officer, was permanently disabled when a student jumped onto him from a second story window, breaking his back. New York State police would have been on high alert for anything suspicious on the Interstate especially students heading to Canada.
SDS, forerunner of violent Weather Underground, held it’s National organization June 18, 1968 in Chicago, all law enforcement agencies would have been notified of such. June 1968 convention, the SDS elected three new national secretaries: Bernardine Dohrn (terrorist), Michael Klonsky, and Jeff Gordon (terrorist). At the June 1968 convention, the PLP faction outnumbered the more revolutionary National Office faction, but the National Office found its apparent salvation in the outspoken leadership of Dohrn, and Mark Rudd, an SDS member who led the Columbia uprising who would be elected a national secretary in 1969. Under the leadership of these two radicals after the ’68 convention, civil disobedience and active. resistance-much of it violent-became a more frequent means of SDS-sponsored activism. SDS leaders wanted to transform the organization from a student movement into a movement that would appeal to a broader constituency.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota SEX, CRIME CHEATERS & TERRORISM at http://www.wbipi.com
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