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THE "JEKYLL-HYDE" COLONEL
OF CARLISLE BARRACKS
CHURCH WITH THE KIDS ON SUNDAY
BUT A "BACKHAND" TO THE WIFE AT HOME
NEIGHBORS TELL OF FREQUENT FIGHTS
AND NOISES IN THE NIGHT
The lieutenant colonel charged with the murder of his wife at Carlisle Barracks earlier this month, led a "double-life," informed sources tell MilitaryCorruption.com.
Every Sunday, LTC David P. Bartlett Jr. and his wife Suzanne, took little Carrie, 9; John, 5; and Anne, age three, to Lutheran church services in the lovely town of Carlisle, Pa. But when they got home, and on many an evening, the sounds of frequent arguments were heard.
Neighbors on Carlisle Barracks report "shouting and an occasional scream" could be heard coming from the duplex quarters where the field-grade officer and chief of the Center for Strategic Leadership (Collins Hall) lived.
In our EXCLUSIVE report here, we can reveal that on the morning of March 20, 2002, neighbors of the family came to the home to offer their help in searching for the "missing" Suzanne Bartlett.
Their efforts to get LTC Bartlett to come to
the door were in vain, but the sound of a washer-machine running could be heard.
that was a futile attempt by the colonel to remove blood from garments and destroy "evidence."
A BOTCHED ATTEMPT TO CONCEAL THE BODY
Insiders say Mrs. Bartlett was fatally beaten
and strangled after an argument Tuesday night and the body dragged or carried
some 700 feet across
the grass and into the creek that runs under a bridge near the bowling alley.
A clumsy attempt at concealment, it almost worked.
It was a "quick-thinking" major - who knew the family - who discovered Suzanne's
floating body just out of sight, and not the military police. In fact, the MPs
and CID almost bungled the case at the start when no one remembered to cancel
trash pickup for Wednesday morning. Key evidence, such as a "blunt instrument" could have been disposed of when the dumpster was emptied by
the unsuspecting pick-up crew.
The discovery of the victim's body at approximately 1130 hours on Wednesday, shot down Bartlett's "story" that his wife had gone out "jogging" the night before and hadn't returned.
Not only did the LTC lie to cover his own tracks, the implications could have caused the close-knit Carlisle Barracks community to be thrown in to a panic, as families on post might have feared some "criminal predator" had sneaked on the quiet Pennsylvania Army installation.
PRIME-SUSPECT FROM THE START
As investigators tried to solidify their case, it was evident from the beginning that Bartlett was the prime suspect.
His story of the late-night jog didn't "hold water," and other behavior - which we will not get into here - also drew suspicion to him as the prime suspect. Bartlett was kept for the bulk of the time at the Pratt Hall guest house, but the 23- year Army veteran and "underachiever" - he had over seven years time-in-grade - was under heavy guard. There was no way he could escape from the building without being seen. Actually, a major concern was if the suspected killer might attempt suicide. But sufficient precautions were taken.
The colonel even went for a jog on the track prior to his being charged with the murder of his wife. But that little "jaunt" was not without another officer at his side, and MPs carefully watching Bartlett's every move.
THE LAST DAY
The highly-emotional memorial service for the well-liked Suzanne Bartlett was held Monday morning, March 25. Not far away on post, was the victim's husband who chose not to attend the tribute to his slain wife (he had not yet been charged with any crime). By that time, word had filtered out among the Barracks community that LTC Bartlett was the "prime suspect" in the slaying, and his presence in the chapel - under any circumstances - would not have been welcome.
Transferred to Washington Hall, Bartlett saw his children that afternoon. In the presence, and under the watchful eye of an Army psychologist, the officer said "good-bye" to the three little ones. They will go to live with their mother's sister in Rochester, New York.
Within hours, Bartlett was officially charged with the murder of his wife and transported in handcuffs by car to the Marine brig at Quantico, Va. MilitaryCorruption.com has earlier reported that the court-martial will be held at Fort Meade, Md.
It was no little irony, that as Bartlett left the Barracks for the last time, not long before, relatives of the late Suzanne (Tassone) Bartlett had themselves departed through the main gate.
The command allowed the family to go to the crime scene (house) and load a U-Haul trailer with the three children's clothes and toys. The kids were unaware that their father had been arrested and was - at that moment - on his way to pre-trial confinement.
GREAT COMPASSION AND OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP
Called in to "clean up" the mess left behind by the "Hero" of Grenada and "Pathetic Bobby," the Army's selection of Maj. Gen. Robert Ivany as Commandant of Carlisle Barracks has proven to be a brilliant choice.
From the moment this tragedy unfolded, Gen. Ivany was "on top" of the situation. He knew that calming the fears of the families on post was essential, so - without endangering the "case" against Bartlett - the commandant went on closed-circuit television to assure Army residents that they had no reason to fear further acts of violence.
His compassionate handling of the surviving family members, his sensitivity to the plight of the innocent little children - the general quickly set up a memorial trust fund in memory of Mrs.Bartlett - showed that when LEADERSHIP was needed - the Commandant provided it. And then some!
We feel Gen. Ivany is well-deserving of a "third star," just as much as a retired lieutenant general we know is undeserving of his! If "justice" were to prevail, that general should be brought back on active duty - as was Gen. David Hale - court-martialed and stripped of his three-star rank. Then, he should be made to "pin" that star on a REAL general's shoulders - at Carlisle Barracks, in front of the entire command!
Yes, we know. That is highly unlikely as long as Clinton-appointee Gen. Eric Shinseki (of the black beret fiasco) is still in power. But we can dream, can't we?
There were others, these past traumatic weeks, who distinguished themselves at the Barracks and we would like to commend them. All are held in high esteem by those on the installation who recognize and appreciate their fine efforts.
Deputy Commandant COL Craig Madden; Chief of Staff COL Tim Harrod, COL David Cammons of the Army War College, and LTC Thomas "Ty" Smith, the garrison commander, all performed admirably. There are so many others who deserve a "salute" and "well-done," we apologize here for leaving out any people who should be recognized. You know who you are.
A NECESSARY WARNING
We wish we could hand out "kudos" to MAJ James Peterson, the PMO, and LTC "Jim" MacNeil - known on post by the "moniker" we gave him as the "bumbling PAO" - but we cannot.
Disturbing reports have reached our ears that an effort in being made to "hunt down" our CI's (confidential informants) at Carlisle Barracks and "identify them" for punishment. THAT type of "witch hunt" - surely not sanctioned by Gen. Ivany - would be VERY counter-productive and will NOT be tolerated.
Gone are the days when a PMO - known as THE THUG - allowed an MP-CID "tag team" - MAD DOG and THE NERD - to violate rights and terrorize with impunity. THAT former PMO found out the hard way, "brutalizing" and "threatening" a field-grade officer, who also was an FBI undercover intelligence asset investigating military corruption at Carlisle Barracks, can come back to "bite" you. Especially if that asset is equipped with a concealed, voice-activated, mini-cassette tape recorder. THE THUG had to put away his "chicken wings" and retire as an LTC. He's lucky he didn't go to jail instead.
So we hope Peterson, unlike a "nutcase" predecessor of his who got in trouble with his "big mouth" and was shipped off to a ROTC "backwater," will heed our words.
DON'T waste time and energy harassing civilian and military personnel at Carlisle Barracks. Leave them alone! At no time did MilitaryCorruption.com impede the investigation. We held back lots of information we might have used. We practiced responsibility and restraint in our reporting. All we are "guilty" of, is getting a couple noses "out of joint." And to that, we say: TOUGH!
Consider this FAIR WARNING. If the CID and MPs try any "bully-boy" tactics at Carlisle Barracks, we might have to run a series of embarrassing revelations. Like the time - under a previous commandant - three MPs were caught in the barracks in broad daylight "partaking" of each other. Two were male and one female. The female was - how can we say this delicately? - "in the middle." They got off with a "slap on the wrist." That type of behavior would not be allowed today under Gen. Robert Ivany.
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