Birdie later supported Ramona's account of
police gunfire when he testified that the children and remaining adults
tried several times to escape the burning house, but were driven back by
police gunfire, before he and Ramona successfully dodged gunfire and
Despite official police statements denying the shooting, The MOVE Commission confirmed Ramona and Birdie's accounts, concluding that "police gunfire prevented some occupants of6221 Osage Ave. from escaping from the burning house to the rear alley."
For our investigation of May 13, 1985 and the validity of the murder charges being sought by MOVE today, we have cited evidence and testimony from a variety of published sources:
--"Attention, MOVE! This Is America," by Margot Harry, Banner Press, Chicago (1987).
--Let The Bunker Burn: The Final Battle With MOVE, by Charles W. Bowser, Camino Books, Philadelphia (1989).
--"Let It Burn!" The Philadelphia Tragedy, by Michael Boyette with Randi Boyette, Contemporary Books, Chicago, (1989).
--Final Report of the Philadelphia Special Investigation Commission, aka The MOVE Commission (1986), reprinted in full in "Let It Burn!" by Michael Boyette with Randi Boyette, pgs. 269-294.
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