Marc Racicot and the Troubling Case of Barry Beach
Since 1984, Barry Beach has been serving a 100 year sentence in prison after being convicted in the death of 17-year-old Kim Nees on the Fort Peck Reservation.
Over the years, evidence has been accumulating that Kim Nees was killed by several female assailants (Maude Kirn (maiden name Greyhawk), Sissy Atkinson, Joanne Jackson, and Jordis Ferguson) who lured her to the Poplar riverbank park during the early morning hours of June 16, 1979. A a result of jealousy harbored over Nees’ romantic relationship with Sissy Atkinson’s baby daddy, the accumulated evidence points clearly at the truth- that these females beat Kim Nees to death. One of the girls, Maude Greyhawk, is the daughter of Officer Steve Greyhawk, a tribal police officer on duty the night of Kim Nees’ murder who admitted to breaking into the evidence room following the collection of evidence from the Kim Nees’ murder scene. If that isn’t enough to cast serious doubt over the conviction of Barry Beach, there is also NO evidence whatsoever tying him to this crime. In addition, forensic evidence- evidence that Marc Racicot refused to acknowledge- either completely exonerates Beach or at the very least suggests he had significant assistance in the death of Nees. Also worth noting was at the time of the killing, Sissy Atkinson’s brother was acting police chief. Numerous family members, spouses, friends, and co-workers have provided sworn testimony that several of the girls allegedly involved in the murder admitted their roles. Investigators also found several differing footprints, including a set of bare footprints. The most significant clue found at the crime scene was a bloody palm print on the passenger side of the pickup above the door handle.
One of the FBI crime scene investigators stated that the person who left the palm print on the door panel undoubtedly was responsible for the murder. Later analysis of this palm print determined that the print was not left by Kim Nees nor was it left by Barry Beach.
From Serving History:
Racicot stood accused on the NBC Dateline program of misconduct in the case of Barry Beach and in taking part of an apparent coverup.
Racicot prosecuted Barry Beach of a murder in Poplar, Montana under circumstances that are questionable. Racicot was on Dateline on record as stating that bloody handprints found at the scene of the murder were of, “no probative value.” The case against Beach relied entirely on a taped confession that was later erased, as well as stating that evidence existed in open court that did not exist, such as a pubic hair that supposedly belonged to Barry Beach that was ruled inadmissible because a definite match could not be made and the hair could not even be found in the evidence locker. The general lack of evidence against Barry Beach has lead some to conclude that a wrongful conviction was obtained and a coverup had taken place that Racicot had taken part in, as well as that he had knowingly made false statements and perjured himself in open court. No investigation of prosecutorial misconduct has yet taken place and Barry Beach remains in prison serving his 100 year sentence without the possibility of parole.
Next: Part III
All documents regarding this case can be found in PDF form here.
The special 2-hour Dateline, ‘The Killing at Poplar River,’ aired on NBC April 4, 2008. It is a MUST SEE to fully appreciate the travesty of this case.