Murder of a Black Muralist

I was going to Oakland until I found a news article about the murder of my friend. Then I read about the death of a muralist.


Tale of Four Murals

OAKLAND — A 20-year-old reputed street gang associate exploded in profanity during his arraignment on capital murder charges in an Oakland courtroom, where one of his supporters left chanting “wartime” and another shattered a glass display case with her fist.”

I’m supposed to be in Oakland right now. A black man was going to drive me around and show me some murals. One of them was the one began by Antonio Ramos. I was going to see a film about the first black people of Oakland. A couple of friends had bad feelings about my trip. I was going there dressed like this. If I stood before Ramos’ mural, I would have made a great target. I’m sure Holloway’s gang is lurking about the mural,

I really shook up Sleepy Hollow when I practiced augury before the Ken Kesey mural, and when I filmed Belle at Kesey Square. For doing this, I was harassed, mentally tortured, and my life threatened. No one came to my defense. However, the murderer of a Peace Muralist had at least one supporter who smashed a glass case outside the courtroom, even though he had previously robbed film makers. Is Holloway a beloved Black Anarchist of Oakland? My article about the smashed glass at the Eugene Weekly – got me in a new wave of trouble with the Wiccans of Eugene. Stephanie Kesey unfriended me after I made connections to Erin Sullivan’s lost mural. Then there are the lost Golden West Murals.

I am an artist who is kin to the most famous family of muralists in American history! Garth Benton did murals in the homes of America’s most famous people. Thomas Hart Benton was a very famous muralist. His grandfather was the proponent of The Oregon Trail. Nancy and I lived with the Zorthian sisters in a commune in San Francisco. Their father was inspired by Benton, and his forty two murals, that are now being located and documented. We honor Antonio Ramos and his work.

Someday, other people’s history will be important in the Emerald Valley. It’s all about the Homeless and Ken Kesey. Holloway gave the message to the artists and people of Oakland that he and his thugs run the show. Their needs come first, because life is unfair to them. Artists and Film Makers were taking away from his limelight, the murderous news. He wanted to force everyone to never forget……….THIS IS WAR!

Holloway robbed the news people at this station of their video equipment valued at $60,000 dollars. I own a newspaper. I am the only reporter, and photographer for Royal Rosamond Press. I have posted numerous videos on this blog. Members of SLEEPS launched an attempt to destroy me and my newspaper. I appealed to city officials for help. They chose to believe I was a stalker and degenerate lest Crazy Alley break into their place of work, or, camp on their front lawn. SLEEPS declared war on me. They lost!

Democrats refuse to admit the truth as to why we lost the election. There are swing voters who were alienated by the rioting and the rise of Black Live’s Matter. The battle for the cities in the Northern States has put many artists and muralists on the front line. They are being mowed down! Where is the riot over the death of Ramos?

After Alley Valkyrie got kicked out of Whoville she was looking for a way to keep her cause in the news. I was chosen to help her people – against my will – on First Friday Artwalk! If they had been wearing their bandanas, I would have been leery. Only Emily Semple had OCCUPY on her hat. Kesey’s statue was constantly being defaced by people who had other hidden agendas! The meaning the artist intended, was altered.

Those SLEEPS CREEPS were not in the square for Art. They gathered in a clandestine manner in order to lure suckers in, and hit them up for money. What they did not foresee, was a real radical artist coming in their midst. In my video I took with my camera, you can see their radical attorney, Jean Stacey, checking me out. Stacey encouraged Belle Burch, and eleven others, to get arrested in the City Manager’s office. They had their camera guy recording the whole illegal event. Laws don’t apply to them!

I met with Belle for two hours and she agreed to model for me. I gave her a bicycle in exchange for being my muse. I wanted her to be my reporter and co-author of my biography about my creative family. She offered to be my editor, for a fee. She said nothing about her loyalty to her extended family, her street gang. When I discovered the truth, I reported on it. Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Expression is what I was practicing. Belle and her bunch were into Gang Power! They were into Bullying!

Here is Belle and Her Bunch being arrested two days before they gathered in Ken Kesey Square, and I came upon them. She is smiling for their photographer who will only have wonderful things to say about them. Stacey says they might have to return with 200 hundred people.

Not all homeless people – are safe! Too many black people in Oakland carry guns, and will do you harm. Here is the account of three homeless thugs who murdered my friend.

To be depicted as an old sex pervert slinking around town looking for young pussy to grab, will forever remain a low-point in the history of Eugene Art. I was politically used. I refused to abandon the muse and inspiration we artists and poets find, here, there, and everywhere…….employing a process that defies description. Antonio refused to surrender his muse – at gun point! Let me suggest these were his last words………


Jon Presco

After Ramos’ murder, numerous people came together to hold vigil – and to complete the mural. Around 200 people also donated $11,438 to an Indiegogo campaign to complete more murals around Oakland. Friends of the Ramos family have also launched a campaign on You Caring to raise funds. So far, the campaign has brought in $38, 607 of the $40,000 goal.

Holloway was also indicted on numerous robbery counts, including one he allegedly committed right before he allegedly shot Ramos, according to the indictment. He is charged with robbing camcorder and other equipment from news and video crews on two separate occasions, once on Oct. 1 and once on Oct 15, according to the indictment.

Here is the threat I received from Alley Valkyrie. I did not know her. Belle did not tell me to stop calling her or write about her until after I received this threat that was carried out.

“I’m going to make this very simple for you. I don’t know if you know who I am, but I sure as hell know who you are, and when you fuck with my friends, you fuck with me. Stop writing about Belle or I am going to make your life very difficult. I mean it. If I see one more word about her on your blog, your FB, or anywhere else, I will make sure that you experience all the fear and discomfort that she is experiencing right now. And no, this isn’t a physical threat, so don’t try to play victim. Frankly, I encourage you to contact EPD, as they already know all about you. I will not do anything illegal, but mark my word you will regret it if you write one more word about her. I will make sure that the entire community knows exactly how much of a sick fuck you are. Your picture, your name, and “samples” of your writing will be posted on every bulletin board in town. There will not be a single person in the Eugene/Springfield area who won’t know that you’re a sick stalker who won’t leave a stalker who won’t leave a young girl alone. Cut it out. Now. This is your first, last, and only warning.”

Holloway had between five and 10 supporters at Tuesday’s arraignment that started off on a tense note when Holloway refused to confirm his name to the judge. After he began screaming and thrashing around, a bailiff raced in to the arraignment cell to subdue him. Judge Syren continued the arraignment to Monday, referred Holloway to the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office, and denied him bail.

Four of his supporters quickly left the courtroom, led by a woman chanting “wartime.” Another woman punched a framed glass, shattering it. A slew of reporters and videographers chased the women to a bank of elevators in a chaotic scene where some of the women were shouting unintelligible remarks. One cameraman said he heard threats to the media.


Tale of Two Murals


There once were two Kesey Murals in Springfield. My friend Nancy described the first one and got one of names of the artists, right, so I was able to restore the lost description of the mural that was painted on the outside wall of the The Creamery that Chuck told me the town leaders hated.

“It was the only mural for a hundred miles around, and, it had to go!” Said the husband of Sue Kesey, and brother-in-law of Ken.

“There was a caldron with marijuana plants!” Nancy, of yogurt fame, added.

“Wasn’t there a Unicorn?” asked I.,666053&hl=en

The unasked question at the unveiling (as far as I know) is………

How did Ken get so big? It’s like ‘The Attack of the Fifty Foot Author’.

Kesey towers over the Springfield Lilliputians, his family, and his friends. He is bigger than life! Why? What was the motive or inspiration of the folks that came up with this concept. He has a name. I captured him on camera. Let’s call him ‘White Rabbit’ for now.

I suspect this gigantism came about when the mayor and her people wondered how they could brand Springfield and put this little town on the map. In the middle of the night Ken was brought over, and staked down. As yet, the Eugenius don’t know what hit them. They thought the had Ken all sewn up and in their back pocket. Now, he is too big to fit there – or go home! The DeFazio Bridge would collapse under his weight. Remember how popular that bridge was when it was built?

I consider myself an Art Historian. Have you seen the show ‘Histories Mysteries’? I and others were investigating the Mysteries of the Priory de Sion, when Dan Brown came along and shrunk us. For a couple of years, about fifty folks got to do James Burke whose show ‘Connections’ was one of my favorite. Burke would show how one minor invention led to a bigger one, and after twenty more seemingly irrelevant connections, one alas arrived at the Great Invention.

In looking to see if I am on the right track, or, something is authentic, I look for Verivicators. I found many, but none was more HUGE than the appearance of Nancy Hamren on the scene. Nancy is the Grande Connector. She is the point of the compass. She sets the radius. She makes the inclusive and exclusive circle – and she may not fully know why and how.

In my sphere of reality, Nancy is the embodiment of my kindred, Jessie Benton, who was the patron of  Brett Harte, and, Gutzon Borglum, who carved Mount Rushmore. Jessie wrote Fremont’s journals about his exploration of Oregon, and accounts of the Native of the Willamette Valley. The Pathfinder is kind of honored in the mural on the Emerald Arts building, two blocks from where Ken stands – like King Kong!

Jessie is the great-aunt of the muralist, Thomas Hart Benton, who was the cousin of the late muralist, Garth Benton, who was married to my late sister, the famous artist, Christine Rosamond Benton, who lived with Nancy in a famous Hippie Commune on Twenty-Second Avenue next to the San Francisco Panhandle. We lived with the Zorthian sisters, whose father was a famous muralist, who was inspired by Thomas Hart Benton. Jirayrl Zorthian is titled ‘The Last Bohemian’. Ken could be titled ‘The Last Hippie’.

Then there is Ralph Stockpole’s ‘Pacifica’. Ralph was a good friend of the muralist, Diego Rivera. I formed a bond with the artists who did a stellar job on the Kesey mural. I will rave about them in my next post.

What I have just done is make Ken’s image – twice as big! It is getting up there with Mount Rushmore. But, this GIANT may have been built on quicksand. Springfield may not have a rightful claim to Ken. Indeed, this may be a case of Creative Kidnapping.

This is where Chuck and Sue comes in, and members of the Odd Fellows who are up in the second floor looking down on us, as we seemingly look up at them. When I talked to Chuck I asked him if he has any old photos of the mural that was painted on the outside of his successful enterprise. He told me he has a dusty cardboard box up in the attic at the new Creamery. He was being facetious, pointing out his brother-in-law was the attention-getter in the family.

Nancy said there is a movie in the works – about Ken! I don’t see it. I see a movie about Chuck, Sue, and Nancy. Not only were they a Hip Anchor for this town, but an anchor for all Hippie Enterprises – all over the world. Millions of people have started tiny Bohemian businesses – that were real adventures!

The Kesey Family owned the Creamery that anchors the new family mural. The key word here is – FAMILY. There are several creative family legacies here, as well as extended families. This unveiling was a Family Event. It was a Harmonic Convergence of Family Ideals. I see a famous Japanese director bowing before Chuck and Sue, begging him to allow this humble director to immortalize them on the silver screen. Why would he want to do that? Because in Japan, Chuck, Sue, and Nancy, would be National Treasures.  The two Kesey murals constitute an indelible cultural contribution that needs to be defined and recorded.

Chuck hires Samurai Warriors to protect the mural of the happy dancing milk cans, that will become famous cartoon characters in Japan. Schoolchildren will wear backpacks that look like happy milk cans with happy feet that dance while they run to school to learn about the honorable path of life – via a family business! Uncle Chuck is on all the talk shows. Giant banners with Nancy’s happy face are carried in massive parades!

I never saw more Winners in one place. As bubbles danced around our head, my childhood friend and I went back in Mr. Peabody’s Way-back Machine to the first Human Be-in at the Polo Grounds. Steve was with us. He was annoyed. I asked Nancy is she recalled us concluding;

“We don’t want leaders? Who asked for leaders?”

On stage appeared Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Michael McClure. We had no leaders, no one to guide us and make rules for us. We were a Family of Equals. We were counting noses. We thought we would live forever. Seeing Nancy again is a highlight of my life. We carry matching pictures that go back to when we were twelve, when one first leave the natal family circle, and form another circle, with your beloved friends. Yesterday, Ken was with his friends, his beloved family – and his fellow Pioneers!

To be continued…….

Jon Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press


A 20-year-old Oakland man was arraigned in court Tuesday on charges that he killed 27-year-old Antonio Ramos while he was painting a community mural.

Marquise R. Holloway has been charged with murder and multiple counts of robbery in connection with the Sept. 27 slaying, according to the Oakland Police Department. U.S. marshals arrested Holloway in Stockton on Nov. 20, but his name was not released until today.

Holloway admitted to police that he shot Ramos, but said it was not intentional, according to court documents.

“Holloway admitted to shooting at the victim on 29 Sept 15 but stated it was an accident,” according to court documents. “Holloway denied any involvement in the robbery.”

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The slaying of Ramos, a 2006 Berkeley High graduate who also attended Berkeley City College, shocked the Bay Area as he was peacefully painting a community mural on West Street in Oakland underneath Interstate 580 when he was gunned down. There were other people working on the 4,000-square-foot mural at the time – although they were a few hundred feet away – and none of them heard a loud altercation or saw a fight. Other witnesses, however, said they saw Ramos arguing with another man. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Ramos was taking photos of the mural when Holloway walked by and eyed the camera. They may have had a fight over that, according to the paper. 

After Ramos' slaying, Oakland police released this photo of "a person of interest," who turned out to be Marquise Holloway .
After Ramos’ slaying, Oakland police released this photo of “a person of interest,” who turned out to be Marquise Holloway.

Shortly after the shooting, Oakland police released a surveillance video of someone who had been seen by the mural. The person in the video is Holloway, according to NBC.

Ramos, who lived in Emeryville, had been painting a picture of a purple Victorian at the time of his death, part of a mural project organized by Attitudinal Healing Connection. The Oakland group had worked with local school children to come up with designs for six murals throughout Oakland. The murals were intended to promote peace and understanding, as well as reduce blight. It was called the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project.

Ramos learned how to draw murals when he enrolled in a 10th-grade art class taught by Eric Norberg, according to Mark Coplan, a spokesman for the Berkeley Unified School District. Norberg is an accomplished muralist, he said.

Ramos was skateboarding by a mural commissioned by the Attitudinal Healing Connection and stopped to talk to David Burke, the art director for the Superheroes Mural Project run by the group, according to KALW News.

“He rolled up on his skateboard and was really excited about what we were doing,” Burke told KALW. “He was a really talented artist and also he brought smiles to everybody’s face. He painted on anything he could get his hands on. He was a musician, he was a designer, he skated. He’s from the neighborhood, went to Berkeley High School, went to Berkeley City College. We really really miss him.”

After Ramos’ murder, numerous people came together to hold vigil – and to complete the mural. Around 200 people also donated $11,438 to an Indiegogo campaign to complete more murals around Oakland. Friends of the Ramos family have also launched a campaign on You Caring to raise funds. So far, the campaign has brought in $38, 607 of the $40,000 goal.

Holloway was also indicted on numerous robbery counts, including one he allegedly committed right before he allegedly shot Ramos, according to the indictment. He is charged with robbing camcorder and other equipment from news and video crews on two separate occasions, once on Oct. 1 and once on Oct 15, according to the indictment.

Holloway was previously found responsible for a robbery he committed while he was a juvenile, according to the court documents.

According to a tweet posted by Malaika Fraley, a reporter for the Bay Area News Group, Holloway lost his temper at the arraignment.

January 14, 1967: The Human Be-In, aka “Gathering of the Tribes”, Golden Gate Park

Announced on the cover of the first edition of the counter-culture magazine San Francisco Oracle, the “Gathering of the Tribes” or “Human Be-In” as it came to be known, was the prototype of all 1960s counter culture celebrations.  The Human Be-In precipitated the legendary Summer of Love, and made San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury the epicenter of the burgeoning hippie movement.  The Be-In featured all the luminaries of psychedelic counter-culture, including Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), Dick Gregory, Lenore Kandel, and Jerry Ruben.  Many of the Haight’s best musical acts also performed, including the Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service.  It was at the Human Be-In that Timothy Leary coined his famous phrase, “Tune in, Turn on, Drop Out”.  LSD was provided en mass by the legendary chemist Stanley “Bear” Owsley, who was also the sound operator for the Grateful Dead and is the namesake behind the famous Grateful Dead dancing bears.  The Diggers provided free food to the crowds, which were estimated in excess of 30,000.  It was this huge number of spontaneously gathered celebrants that attracted national media attention to the psychedelic Haight-Ashbury community, and made everyone involved realize that a profound new movement in American culture was being born.  The ethos of this new movement was a fundamental questioning of authority, a focus on individuality, decentralization, ecological awareness, and consciousness expansion through cultural openness and the use of psychedelic drugs.  These ideas transfixed mainstream culture, and the phenomenon of the “hippie” burst full force into the public consciousness, transforming a generation.

James Burke (born 22 December 1936) is a British broadcaster, science historian, author, and television producer, who is known, among other things, for his documentary television series Connections (1978), and for its more philosophically oriented companion series, The Day the Universe Changed (1985), which is about the history of science and technology. The Washington Post called him “one of the most intriguing minds in the Western world“.[2]

Burke established his reputation as a reporter on the BBC science series Tomorrow’s World. He was BBC television’s science anchorman and chief reporter for the Project Apollo missions, as the main presenter of the BBC’s coverage of the first moon landing in 1969. In collaboration with Mick Jackson, he produced the ten-part documentary series Connections (1978), which was first broadcast on the BBC, and subsequently on PBS in the United States. Connections traced the historical relationships between invention and discovery: each episode chronicled a particular path of technological development. Connections was the most-watched PBS television series to that time.

First-generation American artist Gutzon Borglum emerged onto the national scene when he carved into history the heads of four U.S. presidents on Mt. Rushmore, deep in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Although his earlier paintings and sculptures would be overshadowed by the mountainside known as the Shrine to Democracy, many of his works were crafted in Los Angeles and the town where he lived, Sierra Madre.

Like Mt. Rushmore itself, Borglum was a larger-than-life figure who demanded attention. Amid a career that spanned more than half a century, he carried on a romance with the California landscape, painting hundreds of seascapes, landscapes, crumbling mission exteriors, championship horses and a portrait of Gen. John C. Fremont, as well as sculpting a bust of Fremont’s wife, Jessie Benton Fremont, and the Los Angeles Times’ bronze eagle.

Jessie Ann Benton Frémont (May 31, 1824 – December 27, 1902) was an American writer and political activist.

Frémont’s initial notability came from her family: she was the daughter of Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton and the wife of military officer, explorer and politician, John C. Frémont. She wrote many stories that were printed in popular magazines of the time as well as several books of historical value. Her writings, which helped support her family during times of financial difficulty, were memoirs of her husband’s, and her own, time in the American West—back when the West was an exotic frontier.

A great supporter of her husband, who was one of the first two Senators of the new U.S. state of California and a Governor of the Territory of Arizona, she was outspoken on political issues and a determined opponent of slavery, which was excluded from the formation of California. By maintaining a high level of political involvement during a period that was extremely unfavorable for women, Jessie Benton Frémont proved herself to be years ahead of her time.

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1 Response to Murder of a Black Muralist

  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    Jeff Holiday threatened me last night. He said he was very mad at me, and wanted to come see me and give me a scolding. He does not get it. I offered Belle – the world – not to get into her pants, but, she qualiffies to be in a Great Story. It is my age that freaks him out. He thinks this old man is trying to put his old penis in a young woman, and he is compelled to prevent this – and wipe out all my vivacious thoughts in some kind of Public Shaming. He does not own a badge.

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