Image of Dan Harmon Dan Harmon, who was the Seventh Judicial District Prosecutor from 1991 to 1996, is one of this story's most predominant characters. Harmon was appointed by Circuit Judge John Cole to head up the county grand jury investigation of the "train deaths," yet recent information has surfaced that at least three witnesses, one who passed an FBI polygraph test, place Harmon on the tracks with Kevin and Don the night they were murdered. However, the subject of Harmon is as much about the public officials who have supported and protected him as it is about Harmon himself.

Harmon, a democrat, was well-publicized as a wife-beater, a drug distributor, and a tax-dodger, yet Attorney Ray Baxter, a democratic party leader, told reporters Harmon's troubles are "none of the party's business." Harmon was jailed for refusing to submit to drug testing as a condition of release at his arraignment hearing on federal tax charges, yet the district's State Senator Charlie Cole Chaffin cheered and praised him for his "Constitutional" stance. Arkansas's Committee on Professional Conduct suspended Harmon's license to practice law, yet a long list of public officials, including State Attorney General Winston Bryant, convinced the committee to nullify the order. Harmon went on a crime spree of kidnapping, assault and battery and was charged with six felonies, yet Special Prosecutor Paul Boson reduced the six felonies to two misdemeanors, and Special Judge Hamilton Singleton slapped Harmon on the wrist. A federal grand jury heard enough evidence to unanimously indict Harmon on various drug-related crimes, yet U.S. Attorney Chuck Banks sent the jury panel home and held a press conference clearing Harmon of all allegations.



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