The spirit of the late Larry Grathwohl still haunts Bill Ayers

Canada Free Press – by Judi McLeod

The spirit of courageous FBI-informant Larry Grathwohl--who spent a lifetime challenging unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers—haunts him still.

It was Grathwohl who awakened America to the inherent dangers of Barack Obama in the run up to the 2008 presidential election when he described a meeting he attended where Bill Ayers and Weather Underground members talked openly about how they would have to murder an estimated 25 million people following the revolution they were then attempting to foment.  

The clock moves ahead to Tuesday when Ayers, at the University of Illinois-Chicago promoting his latest book, “Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident”, urged those in attendance to be “good citizens” and “moral people”.

A Fox News story about the event, cited the heroic Grathwohl but neglected to mention he is dead.

Grathwohl, who infiltrated theWeather Underground for the FBI, and later penned the 1976 book, “Bringing Down America”, died on July 18, 2013.

“Larry Grathwohl, the FBI informant who infiltrated the terrorist group and later wrote the 1976 book “Bringing Down America,” said Ayers, told him personally that fellow Weather Underground member Bernadine Dohrn, now his wife, set the bomb that killed San Francisco Park Police Sgt. Brian McDonnell i n 1970. (Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News, Oct. 16, 2013).Grathwohl, who infiltrated theWeather Underground for the FBI, and later penned the 1976 book, “Bringing Down America”, died on July 18, 2013.

“Bill Ayers told me in Buffalo that we weren’t doing enough bombings and strategic sabotages,” Grathwohl told  “He complained that it was a sad situation when (Dohrn) had to plan and place the bomb at the San Francisco Park Police station.”

Ayers claims to have been “amazed” when he saw himself described on television as allegedly having close ties to Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election and says he felt that he was “cast as some kind of public enemy”.

If Ayers is trying to purge his conscience in his latest book, it has no impact on the very much alive John Murtagh, who blames the Weather Underground for setting three gasoline-filled firebombs outside his boy-side home while the family slept, in retribution for his father presiding over the trial of the Black Panther Party.

Thanks to botched bombing only the family car and a snowman the 9-year-old boy had built a few days earlier were damaged, but the little boy who grew up to be a successfulattorney, stands firm in the belief that the Weather Underground’s intentions were to kill, whether they succeeded or not.

In spite of the distance Ayers is trying to put between himself and Obama, some think he was the ghostwriter of Obama’s book “Dreams from My Father”.  He first came into the public spotlight when he co-founded the Weather Underground, a self-described communist group that was responsible for numerous bombings, including at the Capitol Building and the Pentagon.  The attacks, which also included numerous police stations, were in response to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

Grathwohl spent a lifetime traveling on his own time and money to seminars where Ayers and Dohrn were scheduled to speak, patiently waiting his turn to challenge them about their participation in terrorism and murder.  Ayers and Dohrn often slipped out the back door before Grathwohl could confront them, but that never stopped him from turning up at the next seminar. (PJ Media).

It’s got to be poetic justice in its purest form, that when Ayers got to lecture book fans to be “good citizens” and “moral” people”, Grathwohl was there in spirit.


Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh,, Drudge Report,, and Glenn Beck.

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