Monday, January 20, 2014

Request For Holiday Inn Memorial

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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

That letter has to be a fake from a GCSD teacher.

Any Canadian would know the proper salutation isn't Mr Bill Reilich.

SCATS said...

To 8:33PM ~~ Sorry to disappoint you, but the letter is from a Greece resident (former).

Anonymous said...

We should have memorials for every fire that has claimed a life. No tragedy is worse or less important that another.

SCATS said...

To 7:21AM ~~ I'm not sure that I agree with that. In the case of the Holiday Inn, there were many lives lost in a horrific arson and now a restaurant has been built atop the location. This is a large piece of Greece's darker history ...

Anonymous said...

Well, what do you think the cut off should be for how many people have to die before you think the town should honor them?

How many lives need to be lost before people should care?

SCATS said...

To 3:19PM ~~ As I said, this fire is a part of this town's history. Not all fires are and I'm not sure the number of dead is the sole determinate. This is also our most infamous "cold case."

Anonymous said...

I wonder if BP would attend a memorial dedication?

Anonymous said...

People die every day in Greece due to one form or another, Natural causes , disease and accidents .Fires fall into the accident category. Are we to believe that anyone who dies as a result of an accident should be memorialized by Town government ? Why restrict it only to fire victims because that's what I'm reading here. That's the exclusive right reserved by family members of a loved one who is buried and a head stone becomes a memorial.

It is true that 10 lives were tragically lost in the Holiday Inn fire that night. Just because two town officials conspired to call it an arson, does not make it so. Example; a cat is a cat by definition and appearance. Now, because two officials decides the cat us really a dog, does that make it so. I think not. Such is the classification of the fire as arson inspite of the lack of any physical evidence to support that designation.

Scats you are correct when you call it an infamous cold case in fact it's so cold it is frozen in time and Hell will freeze before it is solved as there is nothing to solve, Even the lack of circumstantial evidence is obvious as the DA would have presented to a Grand Jury long ago in an effort to indict a suspect.

SCATS said...

To 3:55PM ~~ Accident?? REALLY??? I've yet to hear this case framed as such! TY for chiming in, Bud ;)

10 deaths makes it the largest single event to take lives in this Town to date, does it not?? That makes it historic, noteworthy and worthy of a memorial, period.

Anonymous said...

Why do comments about this event always get blamed on Bud? Do you really think that there are not others of us in this town who feel the same as I do about this fire? I assure you My name is not Bud, Buddy etc. Before you cast your broad web in response, I am not a firefighter nor have I ever been. Just a resident who remembers the discussions that took place at the time of the fire.
I suggest that you consider the obvious in your flawed beliefs.

As I recall, Bud Phillips was considered a suspect right from the get go. So if the cops believed so based on circumstances and interrogation of Bud, why not make an arrest. Request that he take a polygraph test to clear his name. If he refuses and requested a lawyer and stopped cooperating, now it would be fair to say he was hiding something. If he took the test and passed , now move on to develope another suspect . As. I recall none of this was done and no attempt was made by the cops to look elsewhere.

As for the monuments necessity, I still remain indifferent. If you feel that strongly , why not petition the town by way of this site and bring it to the attention of the town. The letter itself has zero chance of getting it done.

SCATS said...

To 10:41AM ~~ The letter has the backing of a large contingent from the Facebook group Anthony referenced. It's not one person's campaign, but backed by many.

As for Bud Phillips, the cops are still chasing him this many years later, so I'm guessing there must be a pretty good reason. If he wants to vindicate himself, let him step forward and OFFER TO TAKE THAT LIE DETECTOR TEST. As far as I'm aware, he hasn't.

Also, whenever the topic of this fire comes up, BP seems more worried about how his career gets described in the media than about how great the loss was in this fire. I've read numerous archived articles from the time of the fire and have seen NO COMMENTS made by him that show any sympathy at all. Perhaps that's the most damning evidence of all.

Anonymous said...

I would suspect that when he realized he was
a suspect at that time, he no doubt sought legal advise. Any attorney worth his salt would have advised him not to talk or issue any statements with regards to the fire.This would include volunteering to take a polygraph unless requested by law enforcement officials.

Your characterization of his lack of remorse as damning evidence, just doesn't fly. I'm sure he expressed feelings of sympathy when he was questioned by the cops for almost 12 straight hours shortly after the fire was extinguished.Besides, remorse is usually expressed by someone guilty of causing the injury or death of another person. Personal feelings of sorrow and sympathy sometimes go unheard and not said publicly depending on the persons who hold those feelings.

SCATS said...

To 12:41PM ~~ I'm sorry but your "suspicions" don't trump my actual observations about his behaviors following the fire, and even now, many decades later! In fact, you are CONFUSED by the meaning of the word "sympathy" which I used. You respond by talking about "remorse" which is an entirely different fish.

Upon consulting a dictionary, synonyms for remorse include shame, regret and guilt. Synonyms for sympathy include compassion and commiseration.

Methinks YOU might be having some remorseful feelings these days, Bud ;)