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Beverly confessing to the murder of officer Daniel Faulkner
4.03 MBs, 5:03
OF ARNOLD BEVERLY
I, ARNOLD R.
BEVERLY, state that the following facts are true and correct:
I was present
when police officer Daniel Faulkner was shot and killed in the early
morning hours of December 9, 1981 near the corner of Locust and
13th Streets. I have personal knowledge that Mumia Abu-Jamal did
not shoot police officer Faulkner.
I was hired,
along with another guy, and paid to shoot and kill Faulkner. I had
heard that Faulkner was a problem for the mob and corrupt policemen
because he interfered with the graft and payoffs made to allow illegal
activity including prostitution, gambling, drugs without prosecution
in the center city area.
shot in the back and then in the thee before Jamal came on the scene.
Jamal had nothing to do with the shooting.
Before the shooting,
I was shown a picture of Faulkner and told that Faulkner was supposed
to check something at Johnny Os (at 13th and Locust) sometime in
the early morning hours of December 9.
Two of us were
hired for the shooting so that either of us could take the opportunity
to make the hit, get the job done, and leave. The other guy gave
me a .38 caliber policeman's special and I was also carrying my
own .22 caliber revolver.
I waited at
the speedline entrance at the north east of corner of Locust and
13th at the parking lot, I was wearing a green (camouflage) army
jacket. The other guy waited on the south side of Locust street
east of 13th Street towards Camac Street.
While I was
waiting at the speedline entrance for Faulkner to arrive at the
location, I saw police officers in the area. Two undercover policemen
were standing on the west side of 13th north of Locust. Also a uniformed
police officer was sitting in a car in the corner of the parking
lot, They were there while the shooting of Faulkner took place.
I was not worried about the police, being there since I believed
that since I was hired by the mob to shoot and kill Faulkner, any
police Officers on the scene would be there to
After a while
I saw Faulkner get out of a small police car parked behind a VW
parked on Locust Street, east of 13th. Faulkner was alone. He got
out of the police car end went up to the VW, I heard a shot ring
out coming from east on Locust Street, Faulkner fell on his knee
on the sidewalk next to the VW, I heard another shot and it must
have grazed my left shoulder. I felt something hard on my left shoulder.
I grabbed at my shoulder and got blood on my hand.
I ran across
Locust Street and stood over Faulkner, who had fallen backwards
on the sidewalk, I shot Faulkner in the face at close range. Jamal
was shot shortly after that by a uniformed police officer who arrived
on the scene.
Cop Cars came
from all directions. Foot patrol also arrived. I saw a white shirt
getting out of a car in the middle of the 13th & Locust intersection
just as I was going down to the speedline Steps.
I left the area
underground through the speedline system and by pro-arrangement
met a police officer who assisted me, exited the speedline underground
about three blocks away. A car was waiting for me and I left the
center city area.
is stated subject to the penalties of 15 Pa.C.S. Section 4904 relating
to unsworn falsification to authorities.
ARNOLD E. BEVERLY
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