Ayers dedicated the book to many “political prisoners”, most of them are nobodies who never received much national attention. Its mainly a list of left wing suburbanite radicals like Ayers from elite families mixed in with black nationalists.
One of those “political prisoners” did receive a bit of notoriety. Darrell Peatry is listed in Ayer’s book as a “political prisoner”. He was a member of the “De Mau Mau” group. The name is taken from the Kenyan Mau Mau movement that sought to drive British citizens from Kenya in the 50’s. The Mau Mau’s only killed a few dozen British and save most of their savagery for the thousands of native Kenyans they butchered.
Peatry’s De Mau Mau group was a kind of fusion between the Kenyan Mau Mau’s and the Manson family. They claimed to be a movement of disgruntled balck Vietnam veterans, but like most “disgruntled veterans movements” in the 60’s and 70’s, their ranks were full of wannabes, posers, and civilian groupies. De Mau Mau’s objective was to eliminate “white power” by randomly murdering middle class and upper middle class white families.
The scenes evoked grisly memories of the Manson killings. In August, Retired Insurance Broker Paul Corbett, his wife and sister-in-law were found dead, each shot in the back of the head with a .25-cal. gun, in the pantry of Corbett's $100,000 home in the fashionable Chicago suburb of Barrington Hills. A fourth victim, Corbett's stepdaughter, was dead in the blood-spattered kitchen, shot in the chest with a .30-cal. weapon. A month later Machine Designer Stephen Hawtree, his wife and teen-age son were executed in a similar fashion in the basement of their rural home in Monee, Ill. In both instances there was no apparent motive for the slaughter.So here’s to you Mr Ayer’s and all your beloved “political prisoners”, because after all being a good leftist means never having to say you are sorry. Each of those nine trustees who opposed better put the bomb squad on speed dial. Old habits die hard.