posted on Sep, 8 2013 @ 04:16 PM
Because of the placement of the bodies and the damage to them, investigators leaned away from the theory that someone was in the lavatory when the
Department of Justice Attorney Joseph Keenan worked on the case. According to one source, he was actually the target of the bomb:
pg47 of 160
dated Oct 14, 1933 (four days later)
"Mr. Gridley of the UP telephoned to state they had received a dispatch from Oklahoma City saying that the United Airline plane crash was arranged to
'get' Mr Joseph B. Keenan, but that he had gone over the route a couple of days before."
The manifest of a flight on this same plane two days before, on Oct 8, 1933, confirmed Keenan had been a passenger.
A possible motive is indicated from a news headline of the day:
Department of Justice asks Joseph B. Keenen, lawyer from Cleveland, to direct crusade on racketeers
For what it's worth, Adlai E. Stevenson, future Presidential candidate, was on this plane with Keenan, flying from Cleveland to Chicago.
Also, a 'Colonel William Donovan' was the New York lawyer who represented United Airlines in this case. I suspect this was the same William 'Wild
Bill' Donovan who headed up the wartime OSS, aka 'the father of central intelligence
.' He retired from the army after the first world war
with the rank of colonel.