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21 US MI: Recalling RainbowTue, 07 Sep 2004
Source:South Bend Tribune (IN) Author:Romig, Jeff Area:Michigan Lines:117 Added:09/08/2004

CASSOPOLIS -- The downpour didn't matter.

Neither did their soaked-through clothing or the smeared writing on their signs.

The dozen or so people who met outside the old Cass County Courthouse on Monday afternoon to remember their friends, Tom Crosslin and Rollie Rohm, couldn't have cared less that the skies had opened up to drench their outing.

"It's very important to remember," said Jacob Karr who came to Cassopolis from outside Traverse City, Mich., for the memorial vigil. "We can't forget; otherwise, they could do it again."

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22 US MI: Family Files Lawsuit in Rainbow DeathWed, 03 Dec 2003
Source:South Bend Tribune (IN) Author:Jackson, Adam Area:Michigan Lines:111 Added:12/03/2003

Rohm's Shooting Called 'Hate Crime'

Authorities say 28-year-old Rolland Rohm signed his own death warrant when he pointed a gun at an armored vehicle full of police officers. Rohm's family says the authorities are blatantly lying.

And this week, the family of the slain pro-marijuana activist filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit alleging that Rohm, known as Rollie to his friends, was wrongfully killed during a police standoff at the Rainbow Farm Campground during Labor Day weekend 2001 -- and that investigators conspired to cover it up.

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23 US MI: Transcript: Dean Kuipers Discusses the Deadly Standoff at Rainbow FarmSat, 20 Sep 2003
Source:National Public Radio (US)          Area:Michigan Lines:205 Added:09/20/2003

Scott Simon, Host:

Tom Crosslin wanted to build a utopia for alternative recreation in rural southwestern Michigan. He called it Rainbow Farm, and it was a campground for people who just didn't fit in at traditional campground of America sites. They smoked marijuana or were gay or just wanted to be left alone. Tom Crosslin and his partner, Rollie Rohm, fit all of these descriptions, and two years ago, they were shot dead by government sharpshooters after a four-day standoff with local, state and federal authorities. The story of what happened to Tom Crosslin and Rollie Rohm is told by reporter Dean Kuipers in the October issue of Playboy magazine. Mr. Kuipers joins us from our studios at NPR West.

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24 US MI: 'We Will Not Forget,' Vow Rainbow Farm SupportersTue, 02 Sep 2003
Source:Dowagiac Daily News (MI) Author:Eby, John Area:Michigan Lines:171 Added:09/02/2003

CASSOPOLIS -- A downpour didn't deter friends of Rainbow Farm from gathering outside the old Cass County courthouse at 5:30 p. m. Monday on the second anniversary of the Labor Day weekend 2001 deaths of Tom Crosslin and Rollie Rohm.

"A couple of people laughed, but there's been a positive reaction from most people," said a young man who identified himself only as Jacob and said he came from Mesick.

"People around here just seem really scared," he said. "There aren't a lot of people standing out here from this area. A lot of these people are from other areas of Michigan."

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25 US MI: Friends Remember Rainbow FarmTue, 02 Sep 2003
Source:South Bend Tribune (IN) Author:Jackson, Adam Area:Michigan Lines:89 Added:09/02/2003

Two Years Later, Supporters Rally, Look for Meaning in Deaths of Men.

Cassopolis -- There's something to be said for having friends.

They're there to provide support when it's needed. They don't point fingers and judge. And, as a group of friends of the late Grover "Tom" Crosslin and Rolland "Rollie" Rohm proved Monday, they'll stand on the sidewalk in a driving rain to make sure people don't forget.

More than 20 supporters of the former owners of the Rainbow Farm Campground braved the soggy afternoon to stand outside the Cass County Courthouse, hoisting placards and waving tie-dyed flags in observance of the second anniversary of a lethal standoff at the Vandalia campground that left both Rohm, 28, and Crosslin, 46, dead of police-inflicted gunshot wounds.

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26 US MI: Siege At Rainbow FarmWed, 01 Oct 2003
Source:Playboy Magazine (US) Author:Kuipers, Dean Area:Michigan Lines:679 Added:08/29/2003

In 2001 a Hippie Campground Famous for Peace, Love and Weed Erupted in Violence and Death. Was It Another Ruby Ridge or the Collapse of a Failed Utopia?

On the day that he purchased Rainbow Farm, Tom Crosslin said destiny had led him to the place. By the late 1990s the farm would become a well-known stop on the hippie trail, a scenic overlook for the migratory flocks of travelers and Phish fans who crisscrossed the country. For thousands of blue-collar pilgrims who stopped there looking for a few days of fun and freedom in Michigan's vacation lands, it was a benevolent little campground. And on any other Labor Day they would have been there: thousands of happy stoners setting up tents for Crosslin's annual marijuana-legalization fest, a party he'd named Roach Roast. But on Friday morning, August 31, 2001, he was storming around, telling the last of the local kids to leave.

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27 US MI: Rallying Once MoreWed, 13 Nov 2002
Source:South Bend Tribune (IN) Author:Jackson, Adam Area:Michigan Lines:105 Added:11/15/2002

Supporters Remember Rainbow Farm Shooting Victims Crosslin, Rohm

VANDALIA -- A chilly wind from a leaden sky buffeted the small group of people Tuesday afternoon as they waved signs at passing traffic along Michigan 60.

But Mother Nature's cold breezes couldn't extinguish the enthusiasm of the group's members, or divert them from their goal -- honoring the memory of Grover "Tom" Crosslin and Rolland Rohm, who were killed in a standoff with police over the course of Labor Day weekend in September 2001.

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28 US MI: Answers Still Sought In Deadly Campground SiegeWed, 04 Sep 2002
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI)          Area:Michigan Lines:78 Added:09/05/2002

Law Officers Killed Pair, But Kin Question Action

VANDALIA -- A year after a deadly standoff near this southwestern Michigan community, the families of two men shot dead by law- enforcement officers are still seeking answers.

The irony of the violent deaths of marijuana-rights activists Grover (Tom) Crosslin and Rolland Rohm at Crosslin's Rainbow Farm Campground, where peace was the reigning theme, has not been lost on their supporters.

Crosslin, 46, was killed Sept. 3, 2001, when he allegedly raised a rifle to fire at an FBI agent and was shot in the head by the agent.

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29 US MI: Marijuana Demonstrators Show Support For Crosslin, RohmWed, 04 Sep 2002
Source:South Bend Tribune (IN) Author:Noga, Cari Area:Michigan Lines:77 Added:09/05/2002

Rainbow Farm Revisted

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Bob Marley anthem thumping on the boombox said it all for the handful of marijuana rights activists paying sidewalk tribute to their friends Grover "Tom" Crosslin and Rolland "Rollie" Rohm on Tuesday night.

"Get up, stand up. Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up. Don't give up the fight."

This northern Michigan resort town is more than 200 miles from Rainbow Farm Campground near Vandalia.

Mentioning either the place or the September 2001 deaths of Crosslin and Rohm a year ago to locals would result in a quizzical look at best.

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30US MI: Families Seek Answers To DeathsWed, 04 Sep 2002
Source:Detroit News (MI)          Area:Michigan Lines:Excerpt Added:09/05/2002

Two Men Were Slain Following Confrontation With Peace Officers

VANDALIA -- A year after a deadly standoff near this southwestern Michigan community, the families of two men shot dead by law- enforcement officers are still seeking answers.

The irony of the violent deaths of marijuana-rights activists Grover "Tom" Crosslin and Rolland Rohm at Crosslin's Rainbow Farm Campground has not been lost on their supporters.

Crosslin, 46, was killed Sept. 3, 2001, when he allegedly raised a rifle to fire at an FBI agent who shot and killed him.

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31 US MI: Rainbow Farm Standoff RememberedMon, 02 Sep 2002
Source:Elkhart Truth, The (IN) Author:Dolan, Tom Area:Michigan Lines:220 Added:09/03/2002

Family, Neighbors, Officials Look Back One Year Later

VANDALIA, Mich. - By the end of Labor Day weekend last year, two men were dead and every structure on Rainbow Farm was burned to the ground. By the following week, though, hardly anyone outside their families and immediate circle of friends was thinking of them.

Even a neighbor who liked Grover "Tom" Crosslin and Roland "Rollie" Rohm, who trusted them with her child and described them as ideal neighbors despite their festivals supporting the legalization of marijuana, says her focus changed.

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32 US MI: Rainbow Farm Going Up For AuctionMon, 02 Sep 2002
Source:South Bend Tribune (IN) Author:Jackson, Adam Area:Michigan Lines:99 Added:09/03/2002

Conditions Applied To Land Use; Money To Be Held In Trust For Slain Man's Son

VANDALIA -- Since it opened in the mid-1990s, the owner of Rainbow Farm Campground touted it as a place where visitors could gather, relax and enjoy the peace of rural Cass County.

Last Labor Day weekend, all of that changed.

During a fateful five-day standoff, campground owner Grover "Tom" Crosslin, 46, and Rolland Rohm, 28, were both fatally shot by law- enforcement officers after the two reportedly burned down most of the buildings at the campground and shot at a news helicopter from South Bend's WNDU-TV, Channel 16.

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33 US MI: Effort Pushes Hopes Of Marijuana LegalizationTue, 03 Sep 2002
Source:South Bend Tribune (IN) Author:Mumford, Lou Area:Michigan Lines:84 Added:09/03/2002

CASSOPOLIS -- Rainbow Farm Campground may be gone, but it's not forgotten.

With signs waving and music playing in the background, friends of the late campground owner Grover "Tom" Crosslin and Crosslin's companion, Rolland "Rollie" Rohm, gathered in front of the Cass County Courthouse on Monday night to show their support for the pair's efforts to decriminalize marijuana.

The two died a year ago during a five-day siege with police and the FBI. Crosslin, 46, was killed on Sept. 3, when he allegedly raised a rifle to fire at an FBI agent and instead was shot in the head by the agent.

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34 US MI: Siege Recalled By NeighborTue, 03 Sep 2002
Source:South Bend Tribune (IN) Author:Mumford, Lou Area:Michigan Lines:107 Added:09/03/2002

Family, Friends Gather At Campground

Rainbow Farm Revisited

VANDALIA -- The irony of the violent deaths a year ago of marijuana- rights activists Grover "Tom" Crosslin and Rolland Rohm on the Rainbow Farm Campground where peace was the reigning theme hasn't been lost on supporters of Crosslin and Rohm.

At an impromptu gathering Monday of supporters and family members at the burned-out campground, Three Rivers area resident Robert Blivin recalled the peaceful atmosphere that prevailed at the campground's popular Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend festivals.

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35 US MI: Kin Still Have DoubtsMon, 02 Sep 2002
Source:South Bend Tribune (IN) Author:Mumford, Lou Area:Michigan Lines:182 Added:09/03/2002

Official Reports Leave Them With Questions On Standoff

Rainbow Farm Revisited

NILES -- Ruby Batey's memories return to the night of Aug. 31, 2001.

That was when police permitted her to visit her son, Grover "Tom" Crosslin, at Crosslin's Rainbow Farm Campground at 59896 Pemberton Road, Vandalia.

At the time, Crosslin, 46, and his 28-year-old companion, Rolland Rohm, were nearing the end of the first day of what would turn out to be a five-day standoff with police and the FBI.

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36 US MI: Vandalia Pair's Crusade Continuing In CyberspaceMon, 02 Sep 2002
Source:South Bend Tribune (IN) Author:Carlson, Peter Area:Michigan Lines:112 Added:09/03/2002

Web Site Dedicated To Rainbow Farm Pushes For Legalization Of Marijuana

VANDALIA -- It all began back in the early '90s, when Grover "Tom" Crosslin bought the 34-acre farm and an adjoining 20-acre woods.

Crosslin grew up in Elkhart.

When he got out of high school, he became a truck driver, got married in his teens and divorced a couple of years later. He started a successful business installing flagpoles and then began buying run- down properties in Elkhart, fixing them up and selling or renting them. He did good work, winning an award from Elkhart's Historical and Cultural Preservation Commission in 1995.

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37 US MI: Rainbow RevisitedSun, 01 Sep 2002
Source:South Bend Tribune (IN) Author:Jackson, Adam Area:Michigan Lines:467 Added:09/02/2002

Rainbow Farm Resembles Graveyard Year After Two Lives Lost.

VANDALIA -- Rainbow Farm Campground today resembles nothing so much as a graveyard.

Overgrown weeds choke fields that were once neatly mowed. Charred remnants of buildings and signs provide a haunting background to the rusting hulk of a late-model Volkswagen Beetle slowly decaying in a parking lot. And near the property's entrance at 59896 Pemberton Road, a spray-painted sign provides a simple epitaph: TOM AND ROLLIE ARE FREE.

That sign, painted on weathered plywood, begs some compelling questions about the lives of campground owner Grover "Tom" Crosslin, 46, and his friend Roland "Rollie" Rohm, 28, who died Labor Day weekend last year during a five-day standoff with authorities.

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38 US IL: PUB LTE: Justice Department Priorities SkewedThu, 06 Jun 2002
Source:Zephyr, The (IL) Author:Plylar, Mike Area:Illinois Lines:82 Added:06/10/2002

Editor:

Tim May is right on the money in "September 11th attack warnings" (letter, May 28).

The whole idea that Bush knew, the FBI knew, or any other red-blooded American could have known that the attack on September 11, 2001 would take place and ignored it, is ludicrous? Such questions inhibit our ability to ascertain why the FBI didn't know about such a serious threat to the homeland, in the first place. Maybe the Justice Department's focus was elsewhere, and if the FBI's attention had been directed toward actual threats against our freedoms, instead of playing Rambo with a couple of local potheads in southeastern Michigan, about 500 miles from Minneapolis, the disaster that occurred on September 11, 2001, may never have happened in the first place.

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39US MI: Column: Was Rainbow Farm 'Our Own Little Waco'?Mon, 04 Feb 2002
Source:Kalamazoo Gazette (MI) Author:Carlson, Peter Area:Michigan Lines:Excerpt Added:02/04/2002

VANDALIA -- At the entrance to Rainbow Farm, a strand of yellow police tape flaps in the cold wind and a dead brown bouquet sits beside a sign that reads, "In Loving Memory of Tom & Rollie."

At the base of a flagpole a few yards up the driveway, there's another sign left by supporters of Tom Crosslin and Rollie Rohm: "Wake Up -- Who's Next? You?"

"After Tom and Rollie were killed, we found a Rainbow Farm flag on the ground here and it looked like there was a bullet through it," says Trena Moss, a local plumber and friend of Crosslin and Rohm. "We put up an American flag, upside down."

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40 US MI: Was Rainbow Farm Another Waco?Sun, 27 Jan 2002
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Carlson, Peter Area:Michigan Lines:574 Added:01/27/2002

Marijuana Advocates Tom Crosslin and Rollie Rohm Sensed the Government Was Out To Get Them. And Then They Were Dead. Was Rainbow Farm Another Waco?

At the entrance to Rainbow Farm, a strand of yellow police tape flaps in the cold Michigan wind and a dead brown bouquet sits beside a sign that reads, "In Loving Memory of Tom & Rollie."

At the base of a flagpole a few yards up the driveway, there's another sign left by supporters of Tom Crosslin and Rollie Rohm: "Wake Up -- Who's Next? You?"

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