BY ALEX CONSTANTINE
"Visions of your chestnut mare
shoot through my head ...
You hurt the ones that I love best
and cover up the truth with lies ...
"One day you'll be in the ditch,
flies buzzin' around your eyes ...
"Idiot wind, blowing through the flowers on your tomb,
Blowing through the curtains in your room ..."...
– Bob Dylan,
The newspapers described her simply as Flight 5191 passenger Betty Bond Young, 74 years old, a Lexington native. Ms Young was bound for Atlanta, the first leg of her trip to her Naples, Florida condominium, the winter home she shared with her husband, W. Richard Young. "Mom was a very expressive person," James Butler, her son, told reporters. "She entertained a lot of people. She always treated everybody the same, whether it was the governor or a bank teller," Butler said, unable to restrain his tears. Her pall-bearers included Calvin Grayson, former state transportation secretary, and Lamar Hight, an assistant to Kentucky secretary of state Trey Grayson.267
And that may have been her undoing ...
Tom Butler (in red), son of Comair casualty Betty Bond Young
Tom Butler, another son, is a fledgling politician in Murietta, California, vice chair of the city council's Community Steering Committee. He was born into the Dixie Mafia and has acquired certain trademark CIA-Repulican traits – particularly the art of histrionic public posturing for political gain. Tom Butler has made a name for himself in Murietta demanding a recall of the mayor – who, in response, made the mistake of criticizing the house-cleaning habits of Butler's wife, thereby inciting a flood of tears. On June 23, 2006, the Temecula Valley News reported that the Murrieta City Council voted three-to-one to sanction Mayor Kelly Seyarto:
The struggle began with the "last meeting’s contentious verbal sparring between Seyarto and a few members of Rescue Murrieta, which ended with Seyarto asking one member to leave in an ungracious manner and saying to another, 'Why don’t you just go home and clean your house?'
After a statement from Seyarto, "the council heard from members of the public regarding the matter. “'I’m here because character counts,' said Tom Butler, an attorney and the husband of Deborah Butler, who was involved in the incident. Deborah, who tearfully described herself as a victim, asked the council to render the 'harshest punishment possible,' and to then put the matter of Seyarto’s removal as Mayor on the agenda. Barbara Nugent, a frequent speaker at council meetings, fought back tears when she asked the city council to “do the right thing.” Even Butler’s neighbor, who said she has never been to a council meeting before, cried and denied news accounts that Butler’s house is not well kept. Former planning commissioner Kassen Klein was reduced to tears when he invoked memories of his father and expressed a longing for more civility. 'What are we fighting for?' asked Klein. Emotions ran high. ... "The matter then went before the council. 'I cannot in good faith ask for his resignation,' said Gibbs, 'but I can sanction him.' According to Gibbs, the code has some loopholes in it. Admonishment is a slap on the wrist and censure would almost take a criminal act to impose. ... "Before the final vote, Enochs made a motion to have Seyarto removed as mayor. The motion failed. Imposing a sanction is mostly symbolic."270
In Lexington, Betty lived on a farm with her husband, W. Richard Young, the brother of Royal Crown Cola baron William T. Young – a local horse breeder and core conspirator in the criminal net collectively known as The Bluegrass Conspiracy.
W.T. Young died two years ago. Like his sister-in-law, William Young was a graduate of the University of Kentucky. There was no one in town more "prominent," with the possible exception of William Farish. The library at the University of Kentucky is named after him. Young was a director emeritus of Churchill Downs and a member and former steward of The Jockey Club. One of his greatest successes as a breeder was Storm Cat, a horse who may not have been a classic champion, but went on to become the country's leading sire, commanding a stud fee of $500,000.
His greatest success as an entrepeneur was Jif Peanut Butter. The UK Alumni Association's newsletter notes that Young
There lies the rub. Governor Brown maintained deep-seated Mafia ties. His second-in-command was Betty Young's brother-in-law – at least until a stock scandal forced him to resign. Governor Brown – the Kentucky Fried Chicken magnate, husband of Phyllis George, friend of Dan Lassater, the Clinton crony sentenced for cocaine smuggling – was a focal antagonist in Sally Denton's investigation.
Brown began his meta-checkered career as an attorney in his father's law firm.
"I don't like some of the things John Y. done to me," Sanders later complained to the Washington Post, though he refused to discuss specifics ...
"He overpersuaded me to get out."
Dan Chandler, who suffered a fatal heart attack death, natural or induced, three months after the death of W.T. Young, was the uncle of Congressman Ben Chandler (D-Ky.) a principal in House hearings on the Flight 5191 crash, according to syndicated political columnist James Carroll:
Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler...
(Ben Chandler a liberal line but often votes like a Republican. On October 15, 2006, the Bluegrass Report lamented that Chandler voted in favor of H.R.-6166, "the Military Commissions Act of 2006, otherwise known as the Detainee bill. This is the one that allows coerced confessions and hearsay evidence. It prohibits the use of habeas corpus ad subjiciendum which gives someone the right to claim that the grounds on which they are being held in custody are contrary to the U.S. Constitution. All these things run contrary to the foundational laws of this country and the basic tenet that everyone deserves a fair trial, no matter what their crime."274 He has also promoted the full-blown legalization of casino gambling in Kentucky.275
Brown's partner in the KYC buyout, Dan Chandler, died in 2004:
'He knew all the high rollers'
April 28, 2004
"Dan Chandler, described by friends as a great ambassador for Kentucky and a legend in the casino gambling industry, was found dead yesterday at his home in Versailles, apparently of complications from congestive heart failure. He was 70 ....
"He had a book full of telephone numbers to choke a horse," A.B. Chandler Jr. said. "He knew all the high rollers. That's one thing that kept him employed, because he knew all of them. ... Later, an in-law got into trouble, and 'that gave Dan a few pages in the book called The Bluegrass Conspiracy,' his brother said. The book [is] subtitled An Inside Story of Power, Greed, Drugs and Murder .... Mr. Chandler also was referred to as the 'wayward son' of Happy Chandler. ... "276
Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler, Sr. was governor of Kentucky, 1935-39, and again, 1955-59. He was also a U.S. senator and commissioner of baseball (1945-51). George Wallace considered his for his running mate in the 1968 presidential election, but finally settled on General Curtis LeMay.277
Two years after persuading Colonel Sanders to sell out, John Y. took Kentucky Fried chicken public at $15 dollars a share and made his first millions. So did his 31 partners. It was at this time that a gambling compulsion took hold and Brown took up with Mafia figures in Las Vegas. He became close to the owners of Ceasar's, Cliff and Stu Perlman. "Through them he met other big players, such as Lee and Jimmy Chagra." After running KFC for seven years, he grew bored with it and sold Kentucky Fried Chicken to Heublein, Inc. for $288 million worth of stock in Heublein.
When he ran for governor, gambling and organized crime connections were an issue. Denton: "The basis for much of the controversy swirling around John Y.'s gambling associations began with Gil Beckley. When Beckley had been arrested in 1967 in Miami on illegal bookmaking charges, FBI agents raided his plush home and seized a little black book that read like a Who's Who of sports figures, entertainers and gamlbers. John Y. Brown's name surfaced along with celebrities such as Bob hope, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Hoffa, Paul Hornung, Rocky Marciano, Barren Hilton, and Jules Stein."279
As governor, Brown's most trusted aide was W.T. Young, whose sister-in-law died on Flight 5191.
268.) Betty Young obit., Kentucky Herald-Leader, Aug. 28, 2006.
269.) Betty Young obit, Naples News, Septebember 1, 2006.
270.) Nancy Fay, "Murrieta mayor targeted by conflicted council," Temecula Valley News, June 23, 2006.
271.) William T. Young obit.
272.) Sally Denton, "The Bluegrass Conspiracy," Lincoln, Nebraska: Authors Guild Backinprint.com, 1998, pp. 161-62.
273.) James R. Carroll's Notes from Washington, "First Comair hearings will begin this week," Louisville Courier-Journal, September 17, 2006.
275.) Wes Irvin, Gov. Fletcher's office press release, "Chandler Signals Strong Support for Full-Blown Casinos," mirrored at Bluegrass Report, November 1, 2003.
276.) Jennifer Hewlett, "Son of former governor dies at Versailles home," Kentucky Herald-Leader, April 28, 2004.
277.) "Happy Chandler," Wikipedia.