Station Nightclub Fire Lessons by Pravda
Mr. Michael Dimascolo
Office of the RI State Fire Marshal
118 Parade St.
Providence, RI 02909
It has come to my attention, from several sources, that during a recent class you were giving for Deputy Fire Marshals, you had the audacity to make the statement that Fire Marshall Denis Larocque, of West Warwick, “did everything by the book”, pertaining to the Station Nightclub fire. I am writing to tell you that this statement is not only outrageous it is a complete and utter lie.
Your pal, Mr. Larocque, did nothing by the book. He lied to the State Police. Then, he told a different set of lies to the Grand Jury. He lied to the public when he told them it was safe to enter the Station Nightclub. He broke his oath of office when he used voodoo numbers to award “waiting area” status to every square foot of that club. That lie was so egregious that he didn’t even want to post the room capacity number for fear of being caught in his duplicitous actions and illicit decisions.
As for you Mr. Demoscola, I am also told that you went on to say that you were denied the job of Chief Fire Marshal due to the Station Nightclub fire. This statement I am pleased to say, is true. Your illegal actions in deleting the real names of the Fire Marshals who investigated and submitted the final report on the Station fire and replacing them with your own and that of Chief Fire Marshal Owens, showed not only disregard for the law and justice for the victims but was nothing less than a blatant attempt to control access to that report and manipulate the truth.
I am sure that the public knowledge of this scurrilous conspiracy by you and Mr. Owens, along with my one on one meetings with the Governor to lobby against your appointment, went a long way to disqualify you from even being considered for the position you covet so highly. In my opinion, an obstruction of justice charge should have been brought against both of you.
In closing, I want you to be very clear on my purpose in writing this letter. Your insistence on re-writing history, your attempt to act as a Station Nightclub fire revisionist and your lies about the actions of those responsible for both the fire and the injustice that followed are totally unacceptable. Every statement you make that attempts to ‘remold’ the truth is another infliction of emotional vandalism on the Station Nightclub victims and their families.
For these words and the many others you have spoken since this horrible event, you should not just be ashamed, you should have the decency to stop. Keep your mouth shut. You are insulting every victim living or dead with your self serving, lying propaganda.
I don’t know you. We have never met. And even though I wouldn’t trust you or your pals Owens and Larocque to come to my house to put out a camp fire, I am demanding that you do the right thing. Stop lying about the circumstances that led to my son’s death and the protection he and all the other victims were denied by your friend, Denis Larocque.
Father of Nicholas O’Neill, 18
Youngest victim of the Station Nightclub fire