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Thursday, September 5, 2013

NAKANO’S WW II NINJA: Looking at the Rikugun Nakano Gakko curriculum



During Japan’s Warring States era the practices of ninjutsu became clearly defined. The ninja were the most active and a distinct force alongside troops in the field. Each Feudal lord retained a unit of 40 to 50 ninja, though in some cases there were as many as 200. According to the task or mission at hand, the required number of men would be called up and sent out before battle to infiltrate behind enemy lines to gather intelligence. When fighting broke out the ninja took to guerrilla warfare. On these missions the ninja worked mostly in groups executing dangerous missions which we would associate today with elite Special Forces units.

Training in ninjutsu, guerrilla warfare and spy craft, was part of the curriculum at the Rikugun Nakano Gakko, a secret training facility for military intelligence operatives run by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. The school was established to train soldiers to serve behind enemy lines. The Imperial Japanese Army placed a high priority on the use of unconventional warfare much of the training was either very similar to ninjutsu techniques, or derived directly from them. Shadow warfare, ninja style was the thing, but adapted to the modern world.

About 2,300 graduates were trained to serve behind the lines in the Nakano School, one of several Japanese schools for behind-the-lines spies and operators. (The Navy and the Kempei Tai military police operated the other schools, from which no documents are thought to have survived).

In total Nakano graduates earned 1290 credits.  Classes included bacteriology, pharmacology, practical bomb techniques, military science--including foreign militaries, topography and weapons, foreign languages (Russian, English and Chinese), photography, intelligence techniques, martial arts and ninjutsu. The reports do not describe the specific ninjutsu skills that were taught, although they do show that the initial plan to teach one ninjutsu credit was expanded to three.
http://japandailypress.com/wwii-ninjas-secret-spy-school-taught-ninjutsu-skills-to-soldiers-214830/

According to Hiro Onoda’s book “My Thirty Year War”, Onoda gave a description of his time and training at Nakano. As a Nakano trainee he spent 4 hours of training in the morning and four in the afternoon.  The classes lasted two hours each, two classes in the morning and two classes in the afternoon with fifteen minute breaks in the mid morning and mind afternoon.

A semester system divides the academic year into two terms, which are usually 14–20 weeks each. A semester credit hour, credit hour or credit (SCH) is 15-16 contact hours per semester (a contact hour is actual physical class time spent in front of an instructor). Most courses are 3 Semester Credit Hours SCH or 45-48 contact hours, so a one hour class would typically meet for three hours per week over a 15 week semester. For example, the ninjutsu curriculum at Nakano was a one credit course (SCH) this could mean 15-16 contact hours. If the course was expanded to three credits (SCH) which could have been 45-48 or more contact hours.

However looking at Prof. Taketoshi Yamamoto’s discovery of the Nakano Curriculum, and taking into account that the classes at Rikugun Nakano Gakko were TWO HOUR sessions, the interpretation is that the training was rather extensive. According to Onoda in his book training was four, two hour classes a day, two classes in the morning and two in the afternoon. Using the Ninjutsu course as the example, a one credit course could have been 30-32 contact hours or more and that a three credit course could have been 90-96 or more contact hours of training.

Also, according to, Stephen C. Mercado’s book, The Shadow Warriors of Nakano: A History of The Imperial Japanese Army’s Elite Intelligence School, the training at Nakano was a yearlong endeavor. This could very well indicate that the semesters may have been 20-25 weeks long each. This would also add to the amount of contact hours or actual time the Nakano’s neo ninja spent training.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

NAKANO'S NEO NINJA AND THEIR FIGHTING METHODS



In 1937 focusing principally on the threat from the Soviet Union the Imperial Japanese Army began to develop the tools and techniques of shadow warfare. A year later, it was decided to formalize training in a spy school, Rikigun Nakano Gakko (Army Nakano School), The Nakano Japanese Military Intelligence School.

The Trainees at Nakano were on a one year course and were trained in a variety of subject matters related to counterintelligence, military intelligence, covert operations, sabotage, along with unconventional military techniques in general, such as guerrilla warfare. The Imperial Japanese Army placed a high priority on the use of unconventional warfare much of the training was either very similar to ninjutsu techniques, or derived directly from them. Shadow warfare, ninja style was the thing, but adapted to the modern world.

Purists within the ninja community argue that the Nakano Graduates were not actually ninjas. However upon closer study of what was taught at Nakano it appears nothing could be further from the truth.  According to Fujita Seiko's autobiography he modified and taught his koga ryu ninjutsu at Nakano. Fujita also went on to say that Nakano's tasks were originally about assassination and sabotage. 


In order to become modern ninja, however, extensive teaching and training was high on the agenda at Nakano. Spiritual refinement, strategy, espionage, unconventional warfare, disguise and impersonation, escape, concealment, geography and meteorology were all part of training.

Historical documents on training in ninjutsu such as the Shoninki, Bansenshukai, and others reveal these very same areas of knowledge. So in comparison  when you breakdown the skills, knowledge and tactics learned at Nakano, there is enough in common with the  training of a ninja during feudal Japan to call the 2500 Nakano graduates modern ninja. The Shadow Warriors of Nakano had to fulfill their missions and could not expect to be honored for it. Such was the same for the ninja of old.

In 2012, The Japan Daily Press reported that Professor Taketoshi Yamamoto at Waseda University recently discovered a set of World War II documents which revealed that the secret military spy school taught ninjutsu, martial arts techniques used by ninjas, as part of its curriculum.



Unarmed combat was also included in the Nakano curriculum, Aikido, various styles of Karate such as Shotokan, Goju, wado ryu and Kenpo. Every close combat system was carefully scrutinized. Numerous karate styles failed the tests. One of the original instructors was Morihei Uyeshiba (of Aikido). Uyeshiba himself was good but when the students tried to apply the techniques they really couldn't make them work under real conditions. It was decided that Aikido had too much "technique" for the limited one year of training. Goju-ryu, with its heavy stress on sanchin training, did not seem to have the practical application necessary, and Wado-ryu technique seemed too "light". Shotokan concentrated on two techniques a front kick and a straight punch, with kicks mostly delivered to the shins.

The NEO- ninja of Nakano needed a more realistic and practical and efficient style of unarmed combat to complete their missions. "Fighting" rather than sparring or kata was stressed at Nakano. The training was realistic, violent and led to considerable injuries.  One had to continue fighting no matter whether injured or defeated. It is quite possible that the instructors at Nakano also used this kind of training, though brutal, for checking the effectiveness of techniques under realistic conditions.

The soldiers of the Japanese Army were trained in Karate and Judo or at least the basics, however, the Japanese command was dead set on developing on shortest terms a system of Killing Techniques, a close quarter combat system that would put the enemy out of commission quickly and efficiently.

Seiko Fujita (Wada-Ha Koga Ryu Ninjutsu, Nanban Sato Ryu Kenpo), replaced Uyeshiba Morihei, as the Martial Arts instructor and taught Kenpo/Kempo and ninjutsu at the Nakano Japanese Imperial Military Intelligence School. Toward the end of WW II Seiko was ordered, according to his autobiography, by the Imperial Japanese Government and was tasked to come up with such a system for the Imperial Japanese Army.

The unarmed/minimally armed close combat art he taught was  “Nanban Satto Ryu Kenpo” (“Foreign Killing Fist Method”, ”南蛮殺到流拳法”)Texts of Fujita’s Kenpo (“Kenpo Gokui Atemi Sakkatsuho Meikai” & “Kenpo Gokui Sakkatsuho Zukai” – “Illustrated Secret Kenpo Killing Strikes”) show that Fujita’s style was indeed a method for fighting and killing an opponent concentrating on the vital areas of the human body and at what precise angle a blow should be delivered. A sniper’s manual of Kenpo striking techniques so to speak.  Fujita Seiko’s Nakano school kenpo curriculum may indeed have a surviving variation thru Nakano graduate Naraki Hara.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

EXPOSING A SEXUAL OFFENDER

Ron Collins of Beckley, West Virginia was convicted and served time for trying to have sex with a 13 year old girl. The only thing that stopped was the fact that the attempted rape was interrupted and stopped before he could have his way with her. Collins is a very disturbed individual was for years has been attempting to pass himself off as a martial arts instructor, combat veteran and martial arts black belt.

Collins was caught with the 13 year old girl who was naked and passed out in a bed from drugs and alcohol that was given to her by Ron Collins. He had removed the girls clothes and was taking off his pants when someone came in and stopped it.

It is indeed unfortunate to read about some form of sexual abuse in the martial arts, (and disturbing to write about it), whether it be a teacher’s sexual misconduct with a student, or sexual misconduct in his or her private life outside the dojo. LIke the case of Ronald Collins Of Beckely West Virginia who has NUMEROUS arrests for charges such as possession of child pornography, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, stalking and assault, etc, show a disturbing and potentially dangerous pattern of behavior.

Quite frankly, in the case of a sexual offender, where there is smoke, there is fire.  The sad truth is that many sexual offenders LIKE COLLINS have numerous arrests and few convictions. Sexual offenders commit their acts for years before finally being exposed. It is quite possible for it to take years before someone reports a sexual offender to even start a process of conviction. Since most sexual assaults or stalking activities are one on one, these cases can be difficult to prosecute. Most sexual offenders know this and take advantage of it thru a variety of forms of manipulation, intimidation and subterfuge. The mindset of a sexual offender is of great importance in recognizing their capacity and hopefully exposing them for who they really are.

The Sexual offender typically thinks he is unique. They believe they are more intelligent and superior to others. They literally feel that they do not have to follow the same rules everyone else does. Instead of accepting responsibility for his actions, the sexual offender tries to justify his behavior. For example, he may claim he was molested as a child or that he was drunk when he did it or he may say “When she said no, she really meant yes."


The sexual offender will duck responsibility for his actions by trying to make them seem  unimportant. For example: "It was no big deal" or "She wanted it anyway." They shift responsibility for their actions from themselves to others, blaming the other person or persons for "causing" his behavior.

For example, and again in the case of Ron Collins he cintinued to slander berate and victimize two 13 year old girls online. This is quite typical of the sexual offender. He may say that, (in Collins case he did say that the two 13 year old girls were acting provocatively) she was acting provocatively or that his victim was dressed slutty.

He will berate the victim, referring to her as a “whore” a "tease," a "slut," a “bitch” etc. He may organize others to shun or criticize her for daring to "accuse" him of rape or sexual assault. Sexual Offenders often will run a smear campaign against their victims, their victim’s family, friends and those who support the victim.

In a variation on the tactic of blaming, the sexual offender will attempt to redefine the situation so that the problem lies not with him but with the outside world in general. For example, "It is society's fault, “or he may claim that it is a conspiracy against him, or that the police have singled him out and are persecuting him.

He also believes he would be extremely successful if only people were not holding him back, that others somehow stop him from being successful. The Sexual Offender will again claim this as some sort of “conspiracy” against him. He then uses this belief to justify his actions by making claims that his detractors are somehow all part of “the conspiracy” against him. He also puts other people and their achievements down verbally in order to make himself feel superior.

The sexual offender combines tactics to manipulate others causing chaos and confusion to misdirect attention from his deviant behavior. The tactics include lying, upsetting the other person or persons just to watch his or her reactions, and encouraging fights between or among others. Waging a psychological warfare, so to speak, on the ones he considers his detractors and his victims as well.

For the instructor or martial artist who is the sexual offender, he may also try to charm the person or persons he wants to manipulate, pretending a lot of interest or concern for that person in order to get on her or his good side. He may also show a lot of concern about his community and the people in it. He will try to show and convince others that he is a stand up guy that he will fight the battles others refuse to fight. Make a stand that others will not. He will brag on his prowess as a fighter and exaggerate his fighting ability and skill when in reality he may have none.

The sexual offender believes he is more intelligent than his detractors or the ones he perceives as his victims and adversaries. He uses lies to control, and manipulate the information available and therefore to control the situation. The sexual offender also may use lying to keep other people the ones he perceives as his adversaries, including his victim, off-balance psychologically. For example, He may continue to stalk his victim, or seek a confrontation to keep them fearful. He may even claim police corruption or that he was “set up” by crooked cops, attorneys and judges.  He tries to appear truthful when he's lying, he tries to look deceitful even when he's telling the truth, and sometimes he reveals himself in that process.

As mentioned earlier, a sexual offender generally believes he is better than other people and so does not have to follow the rules that ordinary people do. This attitude is typical of convicted criminals, too. Each inmate in a jail typically believes that while all the other inmates are criminals, he himself is not. Even when confronted with undeniable irrefutable evidence the sexual offender more often than not believes he isn’t doing anything wrong or even committed a crime by his own accord, almost always the fault lies somewhere else.

Occasionally, he will pretend to be helpless or will act persecuted in order to manipulate. Here, the offender thinks that if he does not get what he wants, he is the victim; and he uses the disguise of victim to attack or make fools of others.

He usually thinks of himself as strong, superior, independent, self-sufficient, a survivor, and very masculine, when in fact, physically, his personal appearance might be exactly opposite, he may not be strong, he may be diminutive in stature as well as other aspects of his being where he just doesn’t quite, dare I say, measure up. His idea of the ideal man often is the cowboy, or a fighter, it might even be some type of warrior (a NINJA for example), or an adventurer type, that he perceives himself as. Any action or perceived attitude of another person that does not conform to his GLORIFIED self-image is seen as a personal attack.

Since the writing of this article Ron Collins has been arrested yet again. This time it was for making death threats against the very Police officer that arrested him for attempting to rape the 13 year old girl.











Friday, July 26, 2013

Ron Collins Self proclaimed Ninja master, Stalking, assault (an attempted rape?), child pornography and Contempt of court.

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7/25/13-BECKLEY, WEST VIRGINIA - A Raleigh County man is found not guilty in court for allegedly attempting to rape a young woman and for harassing her during the course of several years.

Ronald Collins, Jr., 33, originally of MacArthur, took the stand Thursday in Day Two of his trial. Collins had faced two misdemeanor charges of assault and stalking.

Judge Hutchison found him in contempt of court, so he was sentenced to ten days in Southern Regional Jail. Collins is under indictments for child pornography in a separate court case, according to the Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Last year Ron Collins was arrested on Thursday 4/12/12 on two counts of possession of material visually portraying a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the West Virginia State Police. Collins was charged with two counts of child pornography http://www.register-herald.com/local/x733696226/Local-news

Mr. Collins has been convicted of Contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a 13 year old female. http://www.register-herald.com/policecourts/x519093650/Man-gets-one-year-in-jail

Mr. Collins has been arrested several times for a variety of other offenses. His ARREST RECORD is as follows:

6/28/98 - driving under the influence

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10/12/05 - contributing to the delinquency of a minor (13 Year old female)
11/12/05 - contributing to the delinquency of a minor (13 year old female)
3/23/06 - battery to police officer
4/20/06 - harassing phone calls
4/20/06 - assault
6/4/09 - unlawful/malicious wounding
12/15/10 - assault
12/15/10 - stalking
2/9/11 - stalking
2/19/11 - obstructing an officer
8/24/11 - destruction of property
8/24/11 - obstructing an officer
April 2012: CHILD PORNOGRAPHY


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 FAKE MILITARY CLAIMS

Ron Collins has repeatedly lied and purposefully misleads people when it comes to his Military service claims. Collins previously claimed to have served in the USMC for two years, joining at the age of 17 with parental permission.  He has said he joined the US Army in 2001, served a three-year term of enlistment in Korea as an infrantryman (where he claims he taught his proprietary martial arts system to fellow soldiers) before being “stop-lossed” for 18 months to deploy to Iraq. He further claims to have been an MP in the Army Reserves.

FOIA documentation indicates that Ron first served for only two months (FOIA documents claim this service was in the Army, while Ron claims to have documentation proving it was the USMC) and Ron has since admitted to lying about being “Force Recon” in the Marines.  After first insisting that he served in the Marines for two years, he subsequently admitted that he did not complete boot camp.  FOIA documentation does say that Ron served in South Korea in what was apparently a non-combat capacity. No indication of service in the Reserves, as an MP, or of having been “stop-lossed” to deploy to Iraq is indicated on this documentation.

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Ron Collins lied for several years about serving as “Force Recon” in the Marines. He subsequently lied about having spent two years in the USMC, when in fact he now admits he did not complete boot camp.

There is no indication on FOIA documentation that he was an MP. There is no indication on FOIA documentation that he deployed to Iraq or that he served in combat. There is no indication on FOIA documentation that Ron Collins was in the Army Reserves.

What is a DD Form 214?

So for people who don’t know what a DD Form 214 is. DD Form 214’s are discharge papers and separation documents. A Report of Separation a DD Form 214 is issued when a service member performs active duty or at least 90 consecutive days of active duty training. The Report of Separation (DD Form 214) contains information normally needed to verify military service for benefits, retirement, employment and membership in veterans' organizations.

 Information shown on the Report of Separation includes the service member's date and place of entry into active duty, date and place of release from active duty, home address after separation , the person’s last duty assignment and rank, their military job specialty, military education, along with a list  of ALL decorations, medals, badges, citations and campaign awards  the service member received during his time in the Military.

FOIAed DD Form 214 documentation indicates that Ron first served for only two months in the army. After first insisting that he served in the Marines for two years, he subsequently admitted that he did lie about his stint in the Marine Corps but has since made other claims concerning his military back ground.  FOIA documentation does say that Ron served in South Korea in what was a NON-COMBAT capacity. No indication of service in the Reserves, as an MP, or of having been “stop-lossed” to deploy to Iraq was indicated.

FRAUDULENT MARTIAL ART CLAIMS

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Collins claimed to have began training in Shotokan Karate at the age of 4 years old (he would later revise this, in 2005, to say he started at the age of 2 under his mother). By the age of 6 he was studying Judo and Jujitsu. By the age of 8 he claimed he held a Shodan (black belt) in Shotokan, Judo, and Jujitsu.

At the age of 8 he began training in Goju-Ryu Karate and “American Kickboxing.” However according to him he quit these almost immediately and began training in Muay Thai.

At the age of 10 he quit Muay Thai and began studying Tae Kwon Do and he claimed he had earned a Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Goju-Ryu which he claimed he quit at the age of 8.

He claimed he studied but quickly quit Aikido. At the age of 10 or 11, he again studied Tae Kwon Do and “Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu.” He claims he earned a Shodan in Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu after less than a year and began training in a secret family style of Koga Ryu Ninjutsu, which he would later identify as the “Omoto Ryu.”

While living briefly in North Carolina, he claims he “hung around” a street gang called the “Golden Dragons,” which he described as “primarily oriental.”

After moving back to West Virginia, the young Ron Collins studied Jeet Kune Do before graduating high school and claimed that after the death of his first Koga Ryu instructor, he was “handed over” to a Shihan Omoto, earning the rank of “Shihan” (also known as Godan, a fifth degree black belt). Collins has even claimed that he was a "pit fighter" who engaged in no-holds-barred duels with homeless people for money.

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Mr. Collins has been for several years portraying himself as an martial arts instructor and an authority on martial arts, counter terrorism, and covert military type operations and has authored a few books on these subjects despite the lack of any real credentials in ANY these areas. Collins has never offered any evidence or presented any certificates to substantiate any off his martial arts claims or background.

HAND TO HAND COMBAT INSTRUCTOR CLAIMS

Collins has also claimed to be a H2H Combat Instructor in the United States Army and to have trained fellow soldiers. Ron Collins has had NO formal training as a H2H combat instructor. His H2H Combat instructor Claims are false as well. There are four levels training within the Army Combatives Program in The United States Army and level 3 and 4 are "train the trainer courses". To go thru these course one has at least have the rank of E-5 or above.

According to Ron Collins DD Form 214 he has no such award or citation for being a instructor of ANY type and he didn’t make rank of E-5 at the time of his separation from service. This means that Collins wasnt even high enough in rank to receive the necessary level 3 or 4 training to qualify him to instruct.

Ron Collins doesn’t want people to pay attention to his DD Form 214 release from Military service document. Why? Because the DD Form 214 tells the truth about Ron really did and awards he really received WHILE IN THE MILITARY.  How important is this DD Form 214? Well if you apply for any type of city, county or state Government job or a security job and put down in your application that you served in the military. They want to see a copy of your DD Form 214. It indicates what you did in the Military and type of discharge.

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There are 6 types of Discharges from the Army. There is Honorable, General (under Honorable Conditions), Other Than Honorable, Bad Conduct Discharge, a Dishonorable Discharge and an Entry Level Discharge. Most people that attempt to cover up what they really did in the military or lie about what they did fit into two categories. Either they didn’t serve at all or they were LESS THAN HONORABLY discharged.  Briefly any less than honorable discharge can be given for a number of reasons, drug and alcohol abuse, failure to conform, physical issues, mental health issues or others.

UPDATE: 9/3/2013
Collins arrested again, charged with making terroristic threats: VIDEO INCLUDED


BECKLEY - A Raleigh County man who was found not guilty of assault and stalking charges in July is back in jail after authorities said he made terroristic threats against a state trooper and other officials on his blog and other social media sites.

According to a criminal complaint, Ronald Collins, Jr., 33, originally of MacArthur, was accused of threatening Sgt. Greg Duckworth, along with other state troopers, the Beckley Police Department, Raleigh County Judicial System, and Prosecuting Attorney's Office.  The complaint said that Collins was convinced that there was a large conspiracy against him.

Collins was previously found in contempt of court and is involved in a pending case on child pornography charges before his arrest Friday on the most recent offense. 

He's currently in Southern Regional Jail on $250,000 bond.

UPDATE: 9/5/2013


 Beckley man arrested after allegedly threatening officials, police

September 5, 2013

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By Wendy Holdren Register-Herald Reporter
BECKLEY — A Beckley man was arrested Friday after allegedly making terrorist threats against a state trooper and other officials on his blog and social media sites.

Ronald Collins, 33, is being held at Southern Regional Jail on $250,000 bond and further court proceedings have not yet been scheduled.

Collins has become “fixated” specifically on First Sgt. G.A. Duckworth with the Oak Hill Detachment of West Virginia State Police, according to complainant Sgt. M.S. Haynes with the Princeton Detachment.

Duckworth arrested Collins on previous unrelated charges and Collins has been making threats for several years, but the recent occurrence was much more serious, according to Haynes.

Trooper M.S. Efrid with the Beckley Detachment conducted a previous investigation on the threats and when Collins’ computers were obtained through a search warrant, the police report states that child pornography was found on the device.

 The child pornography case is still pending, but since then, Collins allegedly has specifically targeted Duckworth with his threats.

Haynes’ complaint says, “The accused appears convinced that there is a large conspiracy in Raleigh County against him.”

Collins has also made threats against the Beckley Detachment of the State Police, Beckley Police Department, Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Raleigh County judicial system and Trooper Efrid.

In Collins’ “blackdragonninjitsu” Blogspot Aug. 16 post, Haynes reported, “he rants about martial arts but later speaks of the second search warrant issued that he could not get a copy of. He then states that all charges against him will be dropped and his property will be returned.”

Collins allegedly goes on to say that if not, “I can go Christopher Dorner and I don’t need to own a gun (I can stick a sharp stick or stone knife into some cops throat & take his).”

Dorner was the ex-Los Angeles police officer who went on a killing spree this summer.

He says that he can resist arrest because he has circumstantial evidence showing the whole Raleigh County judicial system is involved in criminal activity under the color of law, according to the complaint.

On his blog, he also posted a Google Maps aerial photo of Sgt. Duckworth’s residence. In the post he said that before Duckworth threatens his family, for Duckworth to remember that he knows where he lives.

“The accused has always known where to find him and at any time during the last eight years the accused could have slipped through a window and slit First Sgt. Duckworth’s throat with his wife lying next to him,” Haynes’ complaint stated. “Or the accused could have been waiting on him at the residence and shot him in half when he returned home.”

Collins said on his blog that he didn’t want to do any harm to Duckworth, but he wanted his named cleared, and just because he didn’t want to do any harm didn’t mean that he wouldn’t.

“I’m nothing but a little guppy but I have power because no one will do anything about it. That’s the power of fear,” Collins allegedly wrote in an Aug. 22 blog post.

He makes a reference to Bad Elk vs. U.S. which he allegedly states allows anyone to resist a false arrest to the point of killing a police officer.

Police also believe that Collins has made threats to Duckworth on Facebook and Topix.

This news article and others are available through any search of the Beckley Register Herald











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Trial held for Raleigh County man to determine if fit to continue in court

Posted: Mar 27, 2014 5:55 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 10, 2014 5:55 PM EDT


BECKLEY - A Raleigh County man charged with making terroristic threats to police and government officials was in court for a competency hearing Thursday, March 27.
Prosecuting Attorney Kristin Keller asked the court to send Ronald Collins, 32, to a mental facility for six months until he can be restored to a healthy mental state and would be fit to stand trial.
Dr. Bobby Miller testified that Collins suffers from bipolar disorder and is not fit at this time to continue in the judicial system.
Defendant Ronald Collins testified before the court against the wishes of his attorney Thursday.
He said he does feel competent to continue with his court proceedings.

Trooper R.A. Marsh testified that a cell-mate of Collins' in Southern Regional Jail had conversations with Collins in which he made threats toward several people in Raleigh County including judges, magistrates, police officers and attorneys.

Marsh said they equipped the inmate with a recording device and transcribed the threats for the judge to review.

Dr. Miller testified that in the past few months, Collins' condition has gotten worse and he be lives Collins' medication needs to be fixed before he can continue with his criminal proceedings.


Judge Burnside said he will make a ruling in the case of his competency on April 9th.