22. The Don Bolles Story
On June 2, 1976, Don Bolles was permanently "censored" as
an investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic when his car exploded
in the parking lot of the Hotel Chardon in Phoenix. As he had been for
more than ten years, Bolles was investigating a new lead dealing with
massive land frauds, political payoffs, the underworld, and corporate
crime. While Bolles was silenced, the story he was working on was not.
A group of 36 reporter and editor volunteers, called the Investigation
Reporters and Editors, Inc., spent six months investigating land fraud,
gambling, prostitutions, illegal labor activities, and other subjects
following the bombing murder of Bolles. The IRE started publishing their
findings through United Press International in March, 1977. The Bolles'
story is being nominated as one of the "best censored stories"
of 1976 since it is a classic example of a form of violent censorship
which still takes place in the United States.