Some may say speaking ill of the dead is in poor taste, but hiding behind those who have passed on and claiming some kind of good manners as carte-blanche to say anything surely is the greater of miss steps. With that in mind, and with all due respect to the family... Liberty Dispatch is mindful of the very limited report on the passing of a man shrouded in almost nothing but mystery to the average person around Liberty County.
This past week the infamous “Outsiders” reported the loss of a “Founding Contributor” to their "Work". Skipping right over the duplicitous term “Founding Contributor” and whatever post morten credit they are attributing to Cliff “Fuddy” Harold William, the few locals that know about his recently reported death from cancer are also left with some of the very first admissions of any involvement with William in local political activities at all. The press releases by his friends seem to be restricted in their distribution, bountiful in their lack of specificity, and purposefully wrapped in the flag.
Still lacking a real picture of Mr. William, the vague information provided tells us he was a war hero three decades ago and he allegedly served in some law enforcement capacity. Then his co-workers in the effort to re-elect Henry Patterson sheriff and in defending convicted felons like Harry Kelley and Eddie Shauberger, praise the great progress William made in helping Liberty County begin to obtain justice. Whoa!
What can these people possibly be trying to attach to the obituary of their fallen friend? Patterson was drummed out of office in the worst defeat of an incumbent sheriff in the whole history of Liberty County. Kelley served time in a federal pen in Kansas and Shauberger is busy wheeling and dealing in an attempt to whitewash his own alleged criminal behavior- with the very people in the District Attorney’s office William claimed were the evil core that has perpetuated the good ole boy system in this county.
The way William’s compares’ have reported his death have left the details of what sounds like an honorable service in Vietnam out of their report and decided to try and use their friend’s earlier life to justify what is still very puzzling, if not unknown activity in Liberty County. It may be that his survivors in the group appropriately self named the “Outsiders” are saving a reprint of a detailed enumeration of the people in this county they have accused of wrongdoing for the future in hopes that it sounds like something heroic they can add to their friends farewell as they hope to wrap themselves up in his former glory of years ago.
It is a sad day when enablers prepare fairy tales to justify their own behavior as they bury a man (born in 1956) who, according to their information, has a military record either in the late 1960’s or early 1970's(?). William’s claimed war hero status cannot be tarnished by the Outsider’s perverted agenda but it seems like they made quite an effort anyway. They undoubtedly expect nothing to be said because speaking ill of the dead is thought to be bad manners, but it is they who have exhibited bad manners. If the public is to believe otherwise then a picture of Cliff William and a list of the great progress the Outsiders recently brought to Liberty County should be forthcoming.