|Scott P. Roeder|
"He said that I never was a member and I never contributed any money," Roeder said. "Well, my gosh, I've got probably a thousand dollars worth of receipts, at least, from the money I've donated to him."
Newman sort of denied taking Roeder's money, claiming he can't find Roeder's name in his database of more than 50,000 donors.
Roeder also wrote Newman a letter from jail.
"I told him, 'You better get your story straight because my lawyer said it'd be good for me to show that I was supporting a pro-life organization.'"
But Thomas' story doesn't address one big piece of the Roeder-Operation Rescue story. Why did he have the phone number of Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue's senior policy adviser, in his car on the day that he allegedly shot Tiller in the head and killed him?
Maybe Thomas asked Roeder. Maybe she didn't. But it'd have been interesting to hear Roeder's explanation.
The day after the shooting, Sullenger, who was convicted of
conspiring to bomb a California abortion clinic in 1988 and has since
renounced violence, told The Pitch that she hadn't spoken with
Roeder "recently." Sullenger said she'd seen him around and maybe he'd
found her name and phone number on the Internet.
"He probably has lots of people's phone numbers," she said.
Later, Sullenger told the Star that she helped Roeder track Tiller's court dates.
would call and say, 'When does court start? When's the next hearing?' "
Sullenger said. "I was polite enough to give him the information. I had
no reason not to. Who knew? Who knew, you know what I mean?"
On Saturday, The New York Times also ran a huge story on Tiller and the Wichita abortion wars on Saturday.
A lot more to come tomorrow.