Information that I am providing in the investigation of the unsolved murder of former Sarasota Mayor Harry L Higel that took place on the north end of Siesta Key Fl on Friday January 7th, 1921 sometime between the hours of 8:10 am and 8:30 am when Mr Higel was found bleeding profusely from his head at the corner of Siesta Dr and Higel Ave is true and factual without embellishment. REPORTS have been obtained from written interviews of Mr Higel's brothers George Higel and Frank Jr Higel taken by crime beat reporters who were on the ground in Siesta Key on the day he was murdered and in the days following. The crime beat reporters were from well known and established newspapers like The St Pete Times, The Tampa Daily Times, the Tampa Tribune and the Miami Herald. All of the newspapers were published daily with morning and evening editions and provided updated information on the Higel murder case and the process of arrest, incarceration and Manatee Grand Jury investigation of the only true suspect in Mr Higel's murder, newspaperman Rube Allyn.
photo credit screenshot Stephanie Roberts ABC7 Suncoast view.
OPEN LETTER TO: ABC7 News Sarasota Suncoast View Co-Host Stephanie Roberts & 100-year-old Unsolved Mystery with Compass Rose History. On Thursday morn Oct 29th, 2020, ABC7 Suncoast View with Co-Host Stephanie Roberts had on her show Andrea Knies and Mimi Cirbusova Co-Owners and Co-Founders of Compass Rose History Experiences putting their spin on the 100 Year Old Unsolved Murder of Harry Higel on Siesta Key Fl with a long laundry list of misinformation! I cannot feel that the program was targeting me concerning my year long investigation of the 100 year old unsolved cold case of former Sarasota mayor Harry Higel by Rube Allyn that began in Nov 2019 after I was made aware of a 1920's era Colt revolver with a broken grip that had been buried on Siesta Key near the Higel murder scene. The 1920's era Colt revolver with the broken grip very possibly was used to pistol whip Harry Higel and led to his death on Jan 7th, 1921. At the end of the segment Suncoast View Co-Host Stephanie Roberts asked 'Nancy Drew' PI gals Andrea Knies and Mimi Cirbusova about all the articles posted online indicating Rube Allyn was a violent man and had multiple arrests that involved violence. The 'Nancy Drew' PI gals Andrea Knies and Mimi Cirbusova replied, no.
UPDATE...Dec 19, 2020, Low rated ABC 7 WWSB-TV Sarasota Fl dropped by Frontier Communications and replaced by ABC Action News Tampa, good fit. Far left liberal news machine shut down in Sarasota Fl, see more at LINK CLICK HERELarge newspapers in Tampa and St Pete had daily editions and often had morning and evening editions. The Sarasota Times was a weekly newspaper published only on Thursdays. When a big story broke over the AP newswires in New York City, like Harry Higel's murder on January 7th, 1921 (see above), an extra edition was printed that day Friday Jan 7th 1921 by the Tampa Daily Times and delivered to your house and to the corner newsstands. Sarasota Herald Tribune historian Jeff LaHurd in a Trib article dated Sept 27th this year verified that Harry Higel was killed on Friday January 7th, 1921, "Higel did not live long enough to see the transformation of Siesta Key. On January 7, 1921, his body was discovered in the middle of the road, his head and face too badly battered that he was unrecognizable—identified through his signet ring".
The Nancy Drew PI's Andrea Knies & Mimi Cirbusova claim they were unable to find any stories about Rube Allyn in any archived news stories that indicated he was a bad guy, OH REALLY WHAT IS THAT ARTICLE SEEN ABOVE? Directly disputing all the news article I located about this violent unhinged man, Rube Allyn. ABC7 Suncoast View with Co-Host Stephanie Roberts with Andrea Knies and Mimi Cirbusova Co-Owners and Co-Founders of Compass Rose History Experiences were in essence putting out fake news. The nonsensical pair of Andrea Knies and Mimi Cirbusova claim murder suspect Rube Allyn was the wrong guy. Nancy Drew PI's Andrea Knies and Mimi Cirbusova went into great detail on how poor Rube Allyn was targeted for the brutal murder of former Sarasota Mayor Harry Higel on Friday Jan 7th 1921 on Siesta Key just because he was the new guy in town, what the hell? Newsflash for for Nancy Drew PI's Andrea Knies & Mimi Cirbusova, Rube Allyn first came to the the Sarasota - Siesta Key area in 1911, he set up his Sarasota Sun newspaper in 1913, it folded in 1916 due to Allyn's excessive drinking and violent temper. Rube Allyn ran against Harry Higel for mayor of Sarasota Fl three times between 1913 and 1917, he lost all three times, he hated Harry Higel. Harry Higel was Mayor of Sarasota Fl from 1911-1914 and then again in 1917. Rube Allyn was not new to the Sarasota - Siesta Key area in 1921 when Higel was murdered, far freakin far from it. No one from ABC7 News in Sarasota contacted me to verify where I had obtained all my information and archived news articles on Rube Allyn. No one from ABC7 News contacted me as to where I obtained the rusted 1920's Colt revolver found buried on Siesta Key near the crime scene of murdered Harry Higel. No one from ABC7 called the Sarasota County Sheriff Dept (to my knowledge) to verify if a rusted 1920's era Colt revolver with a broken grip that contained 6 live bullets was turned over to the Sarasota County Sheriff Dept on November 26th 2019 case number is 19-95201, and if a cold case detective was assigned to the case. Just more FAKE NEWS from an ABC TV affiliate in Sarasota Fl.
The information that I have compiled concerning the murder of Harry Higel and the actions, statements and arrest records of Rube Allyn spans a 60 year period from 1887 when 22 year old Rube Allyn was in New York City to 1947 when 81 year old Rube Allyn died penniless and alone in Ruskin Fl. I have chronicled multiple newspaper accounts of the time that show Rube Allyn as exhibiting sociopath tendencies, an extremely violent person, a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, an imposter, a con man's con man and a falling down drunk. Sarasota's Rube Allyn Sr appears to have been the poster boy for someone with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). Rube Allyn Sr was a hot tempered, erratic, hard drinking Irishman whose eccentrics were condemned in Sarasota where he was well known. Rube Allyn was known for fierce outbursts of temper. Rube was venomously bitter when confronted or disagreed with and frequently drunk in Sarasota. Rube had been in bitter disagreements with Harry Higel for years, ever since 1911 when Rube shows up in Sarasota, everybody knew Rube Allyn in Sarasota for at least 10 years before the Higel murder.A Minneapolis Journal newspaper columnist wrote a piece about Rube Allyn on September 10th, 1906 after viewing one of his "shows", Rube was in his 40's now. It appears Rube Allyn had a bizarre way of doing things in his supposed comedy routine. He would tell very sad depressing stories to the audience and then hit them with the "jokes". It appears that sometimes members of the audience would heckle and cat call Rube during his "show" and it was Rube's response to go down from the stage and beat the hell out of the heckler no matter how big he may be, supposedly the audience loved the show. Rube Allyn was a big strong man at over 6' 2" tall, with long arms and big fists. Rube was farm tough, supposedly he did work on a farm during the summer months. Harry Higel would have been no match in a street fight with an experienced bar-room brawler like Rube Allyn who was bigger and stronger in what appears to have occurred at the cor of Mangove Ave and Higel Ave on Friday morn Jan 7, 1921. photo credit screenshot Tampa times newspaper.
The footprints, tracks in the sand near the body of Harry Higel at the cor of Mangrove and Higel Ave on Friday morn Jan 7th 1921 leading in the direction of Rube Allyn's house are very significant as Rube Allyn wore a size 13 shoe. Rube Allyn was a big man at 6' 2" tall with long arms and wore a size 13 shoe, he was much larger that Harry Higel who stood about 5' 7" tall and would have worn a size 9 shoe. Very few people lived on Siesta Key in 1921, at most 40 people lived there full time, there were only 2,100 people in the 1920 census in the City of Sarasota Fl. So how many of the 40 people who lived full time on Siesta Key wore a very big size 13 shoe when at least half of the 40 people were women.
Rube Allyn hated Germans so much that he tried to join the Army in 1917 when the USA entered WWI. Rube wanted to go to France and kill "Prussian Savages". Rube was too old at age 48 for the Army so Rube Allyn left his large family on Siesta Key in Nov 1917 and traveled to Philadelphia to work at the Hog Island shipyard building docks at .75 cents an hour to assemble Merchant Marine ships for the war. Rube's testimony before a US Senate Committee in Feb. 1918 revealed a racist, bigoted man who hated Jews and German speaking people. READ IT HERE.
Rube Allyn acted violently and impulsively and was arrested for Attempted Murder during the commission of a Hate Crime in Philadelphia in 1918. Someone with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) could destroy property, react way out of proportion to things that happen and could attack or kill another person. Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) involves repeated, sudden episodes of impulsive, aggressive, violent behavior or angry verbal outbursts in which the affected person reacts grossly out of proportion to the situation (Rube Allyn Sr.). It is my opinion based on all the evidence that I have compiled and the discovery of the 1920's era Colt revolver with the broken grip found buried on Siesta Key, that Rube Allyn killed Harry Higel on Friday Jan 7th, 1921 during a pistol whipping near the edge of the shell pit at the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave on Siesta Key Fl. MUCH MORE AT LINK https://murderofharryhigelsiestakey.blogspot.com/2020/05/siesta-beach-cold-case-murder-of-mayor.htmlI know for a fact that ABC7 show hosts go over the details of the stories their guests bring to the show, it is somewhat rehearsed. Suncoast View Co-Host Stephanie Roberts knew exactly what questions to ask Andrea Knies and Mimi Cirbusova Co-Owners of Compass Rose History to get a negative response as to Rube Allyn being a violent man with a history of arrests for attempted murder. It appears to me that Stephanie Roberts and Andrea Knies and Mimi Cirbusova conspired before the show aired last Thursday to actually provide Fake News about Rube Allyn's criminal history that has been well documented historically. This is a stab in the back to the Higel family in Venice and Sarasota Fl by ABC7 News. George and Frank Higel Jr. the brothers of murdered Harry Higel were both very vocal about Rube Allyn killing their brother on Jan 7th, 1921, they knew. According to Frank Higel Jr, Harry's brother, he surmised that "Rube Allyn left the scene of the crime on the corner of Mangrove Ave (Siesta Dr) and Higel Ave at about 8:25 am and waded across Bayou Louise to his house at very north end of Siesta Key on what is now Gulfmead Dr washing out the blood stains on his canvas sneakers and trousers".
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