Colt .45 Model P (Peacemaker)

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If you know enough about Mark Fuhrman, Michal "Spencer" McClinton, the March, 1994 murder of Robert C. Hurd and the path that led O.J. Simpson to prison in December, 2008, you will see something familiar in McClinton’s voluntary testimony about his gun. You will see a direct connection to McClinton’s .45 caliber Ruger P 345 in three consecutive pages in Fuhrman’s Murder in Brentwood involving his comments on the power of symbolism, his single action Colt .45 and his investigation of Hurd’s murder. Then look at what McClinton said about his .45 in symbolic, rather than literal terms. You’ll see allusions to “The Hammer” and “The Gun” episodes of Dragnet 1967), a symbolic representation of the hammer that Hurd was beaten to death with in his Las Vegas home and who did it.

Let’s start with the portion of Thomas Riccio’s recording inside of his Palace Station Hotel room where McClinton makes a specific reference to the gun in his hand and using it to “crack” Riccio in his head.  

We don’t know that Hurd’s killer cracked him in the head with the hammer but it’s a safe assumption. We do know that the man who butchered Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson cracked her in the head before he used his blade with something that matched the hammer-like heel of a German Stiletto.  Before Solitairea1 found Hurd’s name, all we knew about the Las Vegas victim was what Fuhrman said about him on page 126 and 127 of Murder in Brentwood. That book, his first, has the fewest style and content editing in any of his books. It therefore gives you the purest representation of how Fuhrman, rather than his publisher and a team of editors, chose what to say and how to say it.

Now consider this paragraph from Fuhrman’s Murder in Brentwood  (1997), page 125.

The defense claimed that because I had some German war memorabilia I was therefore supposedly a Nazi. That’s like saying because I collect late 19th century American cavalry items, I approve of the slaughter of Indians. When I could still own weapons, I also collected old Winchesters and single action Colts. Does this mean I’m an outlaw? I’m not obsessed, only extremely intrigued by holding a piece of history, no matter what period it might come from.”

This paragraph alone tells you that symbolism was very important to Fuhrman but he goes much farther. He repeats this use of symbolism throughout the book so often that his methodology can be reduced to a formula: Never represent one important thing literally if it can also be used to represent one or more related things symbolically. It’s as simple as that.

A movie producer is the movie industry equivalent of a book publisher.  The Murder in Greenwich movie that Fuhrman co-wrote and produced follows the Murder in Brentwood symbolism pattern in words and images. A relevant example is in the scene where Fuhrman throws a copy of the Greenwich Bulletin Newspaper with the headline “DISGRACED COP TO WRITE BOOK ON MOXLEY MURDER” into a barrel of burning leaves.

The headline is big. The picture of Fuhrman holding his hand to his mouth is a classic example of a “tell” – a subconscious indicator that the person doing it is telling a lie that he is ashamed of. The picture of O.J. trying on the killer’s glove is evocative of Fuhrman’s greatest discovery in the case sabotaged in the eyes of many by his lie. The burning newspaper is equally obvious as symbolism. It represents Fuhrman’s attitude toward the hostility he expected to encounter from the Greenwich locals as “the man who see O.J. free.” If you keep your eye on the bird between “Greenwich” and “Bulletin,” it’s easy to see a visual metaphor of Fuhrman as the Phoenix bird. You can see him burning figuratively on the witness stand after his words on the McKinney tapes became public. You can also see him rising majestically out of the ashes with his brilliant work on the 22-year-old Martha Moxley case.

Michal "Spencer" McClinton’s testimony about chambering a round in his Ruger P345 duel mode single action/double action .45 gives you a new way to look at Christopher Meloni as Mark Fuhrman and the Murder in Greenwich  fire in the barrel. You can see it better when you look at the barrel as the barrel of a gun, bearing in mind that Fuhrman invented the name of the paper for that scene. Dropping the “in” from Bulletin gives you “bullet.” Separating the "in" gives you "bullet in." The name Spencer gives you another magazine-fed gun, another Christopher and a cavalry link to Fuhrman. Christopher Spencer, once worked for Christopher Colt and manufactured the magazine-fed lever action Spencer rifle for the U.S. Army Cavalry from the last half of the Civil War to the early 1870s

Guns Magazine,  July, 2003  by John Taffin regarding the Colt Model P.

In 1877, the Colt Model P was chambered in .44-40 as a companion piece to the Winchester Model 1873 levergun. About this same time the first Colt Single Action Army with a 43/4-inch barrel was offered. The three standard barrel lengths are known as the Cavalry Model (7 1/2 inch), Artillery Model (5 1/2 inch), and Civilian Model (4 3/4 inch).

The latter is perhaps the most finely balanced six gun in existence. In trained hands and from a properly designed holster, it cannot be beaten for that all-important first shot. It is at the top of the list of gunfighter's weapons offered by Colt, Remington, and S&W during the second half of the 19th-century.

Over the next half-century the Colt Single Action Army would be carried by such famous and infamous men as Jesse James, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Bill Tilghman, Heck Thomas, Chris Madsen, John Wesley Hardin, and even Theodore Roosevelt during his ranching days in the Dakota Territory.

This Dell Comic Book cover from the 1957-1960 TV series Colt .45 shows actor Wade Preston (who died on February 6, 2002 in Lovelock, Nevada) as Christopher Colt holding the famous single action revolver. Note the hammer in the cocked position. It means that a bullet in the chamber aligned with the barrel is "locked and loaded" And that means the gun is ready to fire.

 

 

In the November 14, 2007 preliminary hearing, Michael "Spencer" McClinton volunteered two pieces of information about his .22 and his .45 that defy rational explanation in that context. Walter Alexander had previously misidentified the .45 in a photo as the .22. When McClinton testified about the guns he went way beyond making the correction. He referred to the Beretta only as a Beretta or “the .22” but gave the Ruger name and the P345 model number of his .45. He also said that he chambered a round in his .45. -- but he did it in a way that led the prosecutor David Roger to ask the question and he later demonstrated the way he held his .45 in the hotel room.

 

Roger: You say that you gave Alexander the Beretta .22.

 

McClinton: Yes.

 

Roger: Was it loaded?

 

McClinton: Yes, the gun was loaded -- not chambered -- but loaded.

 

Roger: (long pause) The gun was not chambered -- a round was not chambered.

 

McClinton: No, no. No round was in the chamber. It was just (makes a pantomime motion with his hands of slapping a magazine in a pistol grip) a full clip [a "clip" is a slang term for a magazine].

 

Roger: Now what firearm did you take.

 

McClinton: I took a Ruger P345.

 

Roger: What caliber?

 

McClinton: .45

 

Roger: Was that firearm loaded?

 

McClinton: Yes, it was.

 

Roger: Was there any round chambered?

 

McClinton: (nods his head) It was chambered.

 

 

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Chambering a round in a magazine-fed firearm (a weapon that holds the bullets in a spring-loaded metal container) means performing a simple operation that puts a bullet in position to fire when the trigger is pulled and the hammer comes down. The “action” of a firearm is the mechanical function of the parts that aligns one bullet in a chamber of a revolver (one chamber per bullet) or feeds the bullet in a magazine fed pistol into a fixed chamber. Single action pistols like the Colts Fuhrman equated to outlaws, requires the hammer to be cocked manually before you can fire a bullet with a squeeze of the trigger. Double action pistols cock the hammer automatically so that a round is fired with each squeeze of the trigger. Identifying the weapon by the P series model number was unnecessary and the only practical purpose for McClinton introducing the idea of a chambered a round was to call attention to the hammer.

 

The fact that Robert Hurd was beaten to death with a hammer should have nothing to do with Fuhrman’s reference to his role in that case starting on page 126 of Murder in Brentwood, his “single action” Colt reference on page 125 and McClinton’s gun story.   Call it a “coincidence” if you like but here are the essential facts:

 

Fuhrman left enough spoken, written and visual documentation of his thoughts and actions to compile a list of distinctive patterns that fall into two basic categories, bell ringers and formulas. MM (as in Martha Moxley and Michael McClinton) is on the short list of initials in the bell ringer category. Pomona is on the short list of bell ringer cities. The short numbers list includes 22. It does not include 3, 4, 34 or 345 as standalone numbers but the simple formula that emerges from tracking the fixed bell ringer numbers gives you different numbers that are applicable only to a specific context.

 

You can’t make these numbers up or move them around to make them fit. Either they exist in a consecutive order according to a fixed pattern or they don’t. In the case of Michael McClinton and Robert C. Hurd, they do. The MM and the P need no further explanation. The numbers 3 (the month of March when Hurd was killed, the number of murder suspect Fuhrman mentioned in his book, Fuhrman's # 3 athlete and Hurd’s last three address) and 45 (the weapon with the hammer that McClinton held in his hand) go directly to Robert C. Hurd. His last three address in reverse order were: 4963 Smoke Ranch Road in Las Vegas where he was killed, 1745 Rockwell in Las Vegas and 2259 Larchmont in Pomona, California.

 

The first two digits in Hurd's Pomona address, don't follow the back to front pattern for the gun in McClinton's hand, so they don't count. The P in Pomona does follow the pattern. You need the right letter for the victim's address to correspond to the gun. P is the right letter. It's the right letter for Pistol, for Peacemaker and for Presidents. 

 

–Jasper