A peek into the mind of a very troubled man: We have Ashton’s criminal complaint

Nowdy without looking for specifics I know we were copied on some of the poison missives that Ashton sent that were cited in FBI agent’s Chris DiMenna’s affidavit.  Besides not being a lawyer I am also not a shrink but Ashton’s last email reminded me of my buddy who finally flamed out after not sleeping for several days. This is symptomatic of mania that is associated with Bipolar disorder:

Mania is generally characterized by a distinct period of an elevated, expansive, or irritable mood state. People commonly experience an increase in energy and a decreased need for sleep. A person’s speech may be pressured, with thoughts experienced as racing. Attention span is low and a person in a manic state may be easily distracted. Judgment may become impaired; sufferers may go on spending sprees or engage in behavior that is quite abnormal for them. They may indulge in substance abuse, particularly alcohol or other depressants, cocaine or other stimulants, or sleeping pills. Their behavior may become aggressive, intolerant or intrusive. People may feel out of control or unstoppable. People may feel they have been “chosen,” are “on a special mission,” or other grandiose or delusional ideas. Sexual drive may increase. At more extreme phases of bipolar I, a person in a manic state can begin to experience psychosis, or a break with reality, where thinking is affected along with mood. Many people in a manic state experience severe anxiety and are very irritable (to the point of rage), while others are euphoric and grandiose.

I’m not making excuses for Ashton nor am I casting stones at the judges as I know first hand exactly how difficult and unreasonable a person in a manic state can be. Those wanting to see some of the behind the scenes O’Dwyer missives to which we have been privy can click here to see the criminal complaint. It was the email that got him arrested that confirmed my long held suspicion that Ashton had problems with bipolar disorder:

Also convey to Judge Brown a reminder that I have been totally without money since the weekend of January 8, 9 and 10, and that I have been without my anti-depressant medication, for which I have sought leave to pay Walgreen’s from my most recent Social Security check, since last weekend. I could not sleep last night, which I attribute to the effects of abruptly stopping my medication on Sunday….

It continues to be our hope something positive emerges from this mess.  While Ashton had a talent for giving people hell, I rather suspect his life has been a living hell.


12 thoughts on “A peek into the mind of a very troubled man: We have Ashton’s criminal complaint”

  1. So one day a person feels fine the next he’s Rambo. What others call hell he calls home. Bi polar like Bruce Banner & the Hulk, Doctor Jackel & Mr. Hyde. All victims of a life of hell. In real life it’s as bad. Remembering your home before Katrina and dealing with the aftermath to a bunch of corruption there seems a lot of bi polar activity like, there’s hell and then there’s hillbilly hell.

  2. Mental illness or not, the guy is just a typical uptown New Orleans tool and he got what he deserved.

  3. Knowing that this city was destroyed by apparent malfeasence since the law governing local flood control projects was never followed or enforced and no one caring drove a man to that point.

    Try reading 33 CFR 208.10 which is on the web and determine for yourself who harmed who and knowing the citizens were not being represented properly or this law not even being mentioned in any litigation concerning Katrina might do the same to anyone harmed by these acts.

    These apparent violations have been going on since 1970 and probably going on as of this writing!

  4. Wayne if you should hear from Ashton please tell him he is in our prayers and beyond his legal problem we wish him a speedy recovery.

    He killed Nowdy’s desire to blog on this. I won’t speak for her but now that he is not sending her hate mail daily perhaps she’ll compose that post.

    If you know where he is being kept shoot us an email. Steve has offered to contact Brother Lee on Ashton’s behalf should he want to talk with someone.


  5. Cell phone gone, e-mail unanswered & other phone no answer. These were my only contacts. I do not know his family and would not call them.

    However, if you know how to contact them you may get an answer.

  6. Wayne, the current holdup on posting information about 33 CFR 208.10 is finding the time needed to complete research and the even larger amount of time it will take to review all the information I have and compile all into an understandable document.

    Be assured, I have not forgotten or crossed it off the list of posts I intend to write as time permits.

  7. This document along with so much more peels away the hidden lies of all involved in the construction, operation and maintenance of this project.

    The project consisted of three Units, but the only one subject to court action was the Chalmette Unit as they imply the MRGO caused the problem, not the improper operation and maintenance of the levees & pumps in that unit.

    There is nothing said concerning the pumps in the New Oleans East Unit or its operation & maintenance of them or levees, floodwalls and drainage channels there.

    Then the New Orleans West Unit covering the area of Jefferson Parish and Orlean up to the IHNC was again said not to matter since immunity was granted due to levee failure. However, we have documented proof that as a minimum the 17th St. Outfall canal was dredged for removal of rainwater, not flood waters, and that the COE wrote them in 1988 to monitor the canal on a minimum of an annual basis for erosion/sloughing that could/would affect the stability of the bank and levee/floodway system. This is all spelled out in 33 CFR 208.10 and non-compliance appears to be malfeasence on both parties. This is documented by the fact that the OLD or the COE never followed up on that criteria and there is no record of the required annual surveys or any maintenance performed. This same type of monitoring is required on all major inflow and outflow portions of the LP&VHPP. Further the pump stations were not in compliance as well.

    Knowing this and trying to get this information to the public through radio, TV, Senators, FBI, AG, the COE [local, Division & HQ] as well as others never got anywhere but to be filed by some and ignored by most probably drove Ashton to where he is today.

    This information is available to all on various Federal Government websites. I have it available to anyone interested in emailing me for a copy.

  8. Wayne, Title 33 is specific to “Navigation and Navigable Waters”.

    However, the fact that a particular body of water can be navigated does not make it subject to the regulations at 33CFR.


    Using the search function, I found 120 sections of CFR that are specific to the Corps of Engineers.

    Not saying you are incorrect in your assessment, only that the regulations at 33CFR208.10 do not stand alone.

  9. As I have said so many times go read what the Sec of the Army says concerning 33 CFR 208.10, EM 1110-2-1413, ER 1110-2-401, EM 1110-2-3102, ER 1130-2-530 and others covering Flood Control Projects, levees and floodwalls, and pump station requirements and tell me that things were done correctly within law and regulations and manuals. Was the letter of the 1998 letter from Fred Chatry [COE] were ever followed.

    All of this and more cover the construction, operation and maintenance of a local flood control project!!!

    If the requirements of that one letter and 33 CFR 208.10 were followed, the Katrina event would not have been very much. The final blow was when the Barrier Plan was abandoned for the High Level Plan that allowed the surge into the Lake ans destroy the twin spans and north shore as well as overloading the pumps that were not in compliance with the above and of course the additional loads allowed on levees/floodwalls with eroded banks that caused them to fail.

    I could give you so much documentation it goes to the proponderance of evidence as lawyers & judges like to talk about, it would change the mind of reasonable individuals. But smoke & mirrors work to the advantage of those who do not want the truth!! Seems like a great line from a very good movie!!! “You can’t handle the truth!”

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