Washington DC February 19, 2018.
An appeal to the Judges ruling was filed in December of 2017. So far there has been no response.
Washington DC November 24, 2017
James Benish, a retired police detective, author and editor of newly created web news site Alpha News claims that pursuant to 28 US Code Chapter 16, 9th Circuit Chief Judge Sidney Thomas refused to investigate his claims that Hawaii Chief Federal Judge Michael Seabright not only squashed Benish’s request for a Grand Jury, but said that Benish’s allegations that Seabright violated the Code of Conduct for United States Judges and committed several violations of Federal Criminal Statutes contained no evidence.
Benish said that he retired from his position as a Detective with the Thornton Colorado Police Department suddenly due to an injury. “I was right in the middle of investigating the cold case murder of 7 yr old Tracey Neef when I had to get out.” He said. Benish said that his prior work on the Neef case resulted in identifying several suspects in the Neef murder. Two of them were Todd Schonlau and his younger brother Aaron. Not only was he interested in these two
young men in the Neef case because there were indications in police files that Aaron Schonlau had committed a sexual assault on anther child when he was about 10 yrs old. He said that in 1993 just before he left he was notified that Aaron Schonlau had been arrested for murdering a 4yr old child, Lacey Woolsey Ruff in Hawaii a few weeks prior. Benish said that Detective Asher of the Kauai Police department told him on the phone that Aaron had been arrested for the Hawaii murder based on statements made by Aaron’s older brother Todd Schonlau. Benish said that he interviewed Todd Shonlau just weeks before he was forced to retire.
“I couldn’t get that case out of my mind.” He said. Several years later he wrote a book about his investigation, “Closed Eyes.” Available on Amazon and most book stores.
“After I wrote the book, the issue was kind of buried as far as I was concerned until 2012 when I received a telephone call from Val Soto who lived in Oregon.” Ms. Soto told Benish that her friend, Tiffany Kaneko had been dating Todd Schonlau and one night they had been drinking and Todd told her that it was he that murdered 4 yr old Lacy Ruff not his brother as he had told the police. “I telephoned the Kauai Police and they were not interested in looking into the matter. I called the Hawaii Attorney General and received the same response. Believe it or not I couldn’t even get the FBI interested in this case.”
Lacy Woolsey Ruff