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The Rantings of Eugene D. Moore
Part IV: A Shocking Discovery
By Carter O’Brien
By now you’re pretty
familiar with the rantings of Eugene D. Moore, especially if you’ve read all
three installments of his 10-page letter.
Part I, Part II and Part III.
Still a guest of the Minnesota State Correctional Facility in Stillwater, MN http://info.doc.state.mn.us/publicviewer/ Inmate.asp?OID=152264, Eugene had sent this letter to "The Field Museum of the Science Museum" after reading in a news clipping that the Field Museum had purchased the fossilized bones of Sue, a Tyrannosaurus rex.
While I didn’t doubt that Eugene was responsible for the “accidental death” of his wife, I was curious about this passage in his letter:
people in the law in Brainerd they will need to pay me $800 million dollars because of the crime that they themselves in the law have done in my case in 1989 to 1990 in Brainerd MinnesotaAnd this one:
the devil tried to get me to kill myself in court in 1989, and I could prove that I never got a fair trial in 1988 to 1990, because of the “Judge Clinton W. Wyant”, and because of the state public defender Max Ruttger of Brainerd Minnesota in 1988 to 1990 where those people in the law in Brainerd they themselves in the law they should have been put into prison because of their own crime in 1989 to 1990I said to myself, “Self, maybe this Max Ruttger fella has a web site and would have some information and links to news clippings on this story.”
So, I went to favorite search engine Dogpile (the search-engine equivalent of a 400 screen Googolo-plex movie theater) and typed in “Max Ruttger Brainerd.” There I found some shocking news about Max Ruttger, under the Brainerd County Daily Dispatch’s annual top 10 list of news stories. Apparently the DEATH of Max Ruttger was selected as the 6th most incredible news story in Brainerd in 1997. I thought, “Whoa! What’s this?” Then I almost jumped out of my chair as I read on:
The day he drowned Ruttger was disbarred from the practice of law by the Minnesota Supreme Court. His disbarment had been sought as the result of accusations of misappropriation of client funds, fraud and lying under oath. In March, criminal charges were filed against Ruttger, 51, for alleged misappropriation of client funds.Oh my god, I thought, EUGENE GOT OUT AND WHACKED MAX RUTTGER! Maybe this Eugene fellow IS innocent, set up to fail by an unscrupulous defense attorney who had been convicted of stealing funds from his clients!
However, further investigation of the Brainerd Dispatch’s archives found the following stories, which don’t clear Max Ruttger from serious misconduct but also do not implicate our friend Eugene, who I presume is still designing temple architecture plans from his cell.
Below are relevant articles I found via the Brainerd County Daily Dispatch at http://www.brainerddispatch.com. What a wild tale!
Ruttger's Death Follows Legal Problems
Attorney Max Ruttger's death and his surrounding personal legal problems were perhaps as shocking as any event of 1997.
The prominent Brainerd attorney, who had been a finalist for a trial court bench vacancy in 1996, was beset by legal problems when his body was discovered July 17 in the Brainerd High School swimming pool. Students and instructors in a springboard diving class discovered the body in the shallow end of the pool as their class neared completion.
The death was ruled accidental in August and attributed to a rare heart condition discovered after his death, the Crow Wing County coroner ruled. The heart disease was called atypical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which causes an irregular heartbeat. Cardiac tissue had been sent to the Jesse E. Edwards Registry of Cardiovascular Disease at Unity Hospital in St. Paul.
The day he drowned Ruttger was disbarred from the practice of law by the Minnesota Supreme Court. His disbarment had been sought as the result of accusations of misappropriation of client funds, fraud and lying under oath. In March, criminal charges were filed against Ruttger, 51, for alleged misappropriation of client funds.
The attorney pleaded not guilty in June to Crow Wing County charges of temporary theft, theft and two counts of perjury.
Attorney Drowns in Swimming Pool
Ruttger, 51, Found at Brainerd High School
Brainerd police say there is no indication of foul play in the apparent drowning of a rural Nisswa attorney.
The body of 51-year-old Max Ruttger III was found yesterday afternoon in the Brainerd High School swimming pool.
Brainerd Police Chief Frank Ball says Ruttger may have hit his head, but authorities don't know the cause.
Students and instructors in a diving class discovered the body -- clad in swimming trunks -- floating in the shallow end.
Ruttger had received permission to use the high school pool when the Brainerd YMCA pool was closed. Staff reports indicate he continued to use the high school pool on occasion.
Drowned Lawyer Just Disbarred
Decision Handed Down Same Day He Died
A lawyer who was found drowned in a Brainerd swimming pool yesterday was disbarred by the Minnesota Supreme Court the same day. Nonetheless, the Brainerd police chief told Channel 4000 today that there was no evidence of suicide in the death, and authorities are investigating it as an accident.
"It appears to be a drowning right now," said Chief Frank Ball. "Right now, we're handling it as the death of a local attorney in town as he was swimming laps at the high school."
Ruttger may have hit his head in the pool, according to the Associated Press.
Students and instructors in a diving class discovered the body -- clad in swimming trunks -- floating in the shallow end at about 5 p.m.
Ruttger was disbarred as the result of a petition filed last January by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility. It accused the lawyer of stealing client's money, committing fraud, lying under oath and trying to thwart a state investigation. The allegations involved incidents in 1995 and 1996.
According to the Supreme Court opinion filed yesterday, there were three counts against Ruttger.
The first charged that he misappropriated money belonging to a client for whom Ruttger served as legal guardian. Ruttger used the funds to buy a residential property in Baxter, Minn, the court ruling states.
A purchase agreement for the residence was signed by Ruttger, saying his client would obtain financing for the property. But before closing the sale, Ruttger told its owners he had not yet obtained financing and would have to pay cash.
He took cash from his client to pay the debt, the court said, but failed to pay off a Veterans Administration mortgage as required by law. Instead he paid a monthly mortgage on the property under his own name, even though he never transferred the property to himself. No documentation ever was drawn up proving the property was ever sold, the court ruling states.
A second charge held that Ruttger took $29,000 from the same client's money to settle a lawsuit against Ruttger and his wife for outstanding landscaping service fees. He then lied to the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility when it investigated, saying the transfer of funds was "inadvertent" and that his bank was correcting the problem, the court document said.
Third, Ruttger was accused of taking money from the bank account of a second client, in order to deposit funds back into the account of the first bilked client, the court ruled.
"Clearly, Ruttger's admitted behavior constitutes serious misconduct rooted in deceit and dishonesty," the court opinion states. "Ruttger misappropriated client funds for his personal use, then lied to the probate court and the Director's office in an attempt to keep his misconduct from being discovered."
The ruling continues, "Misappropriation of client funds, by its very nature, harms not only the specific client, but also the public at large, the legal profession, and the administration of justice."
Ruttger had permission to use the high school pool when the Brainerd YMCA pool was closed. Staff reports indicate he continued to use the high school pool on occasion.
By the time his body was found yesterday afternoon, Ball said, Ruttger had been in the water between one and two hours.
Police Chief Ball said that an autopsy is being performed by the Crow Wing County coroner's office. A determination on the cause of the lawyer's death will be made when it is completed, Ball said.
Suicide has not been ruled out, the chief said, but so far investigators has found no clues leading to that conclusion.
"There is no indication that it's a suicide at this time," Ball said.
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