Ed Burke Deems Ransom Levied By Lesley Collier Sound Despite Inability to Identify Victim

Note that this was first published to KeeneCopBlock.org on August 07, 2013

Edward Burke says that I owe the “City of Keene” 15FNRs or else.

This, despite the fact that no victim could be pointed to by Keene police employee Lesley Collier, who back in March left a ransom note on my Tahoe.

Nor could Collier point to any property damage that I had caused or even a single complainant.

To be clear, the ransom Burke says I owe is demanded simply because I disobeyed a decree that I never signed, which was written by some strangers I never met.

Thanks to Ian Freeman of FreeKeene.com, ShireSociety.com, FreeTalkLive.com, LRN.FM and KeeneCopBlock.org for filming this August 06, 2013 venture in legaland.

Legaland is necessarily arbitrary as it says that a certain group of people have the right and knowledge to create and then interpret legislation conflated to be law.

I don’t need to be verse in legaland jargon or go to school for three years to know that no victim means no crime. That’s enough for me.




Some Background:


On May 05, 2013 I posted to to KeeneCopBlock.org Why A Ransom from Lesley Collier Won’t be Paid


On that post I noted:

On March 23rd, 2013, after hanging with some friends at the Keene Activist Center, I decided to roll out.

Unbeknownst to me, about 100′ feet away Lesley Collier, an employee of Keene police department, was at that time placing a ransom note on my Tahoe.

And for what? Collier’s ransom note said that I disobeyed an alleged ban on parking on public streets overnight during the winter. I certainly don’t grant authority to Collier and the rules he cites simply because its claimed. The removal of snow wasn’t an issue on the night in question. There was no victim despite Jean Kilham communicating otherwise in her response to my motion to dismiss. . .

As we each conclude that we shouldn’t apologize for actions that harmed no one, that we don’t owe a debt to make some fictitious entity whole, the sooner we live free of individuals claiming the right to initiate force.

We’ll see what happens. If the threat levied isn’t dropped I expect to sit half a day or a day in a cage. Hopefully it gets some folks to think. At least I know I’m being true to my conscience.


On July 30, 2013 I posted to KeeneCopBlock.org Will David Lauren Acknowledge There Was No Victim and Thus No Right to Demand Payment?


I wrote:

On March 23, 2013 I found a ransom note left on my Tahoe by Lesley Collier, who wears badge #198 of the Keene Police Department. Collier claims that I owe the “City of Keene” 15FRNs, which I dispute.

Most-important: I did not harm anyone.

Collier and David Lauren, who is now pursing this in legaland, have yet to identify a victim. If there’s no victim there’s no crime, thus I don’t have an obligation to make anyone whole.

I also included contact info for those involved



Lesley Collier – Keene Police employee who levied ransom- (603) 357-9813
David Lauren – assistant Cheshire County attorney who argued to Edward Burke on August 07, 2013 that I owed the “City of Keene” coin – (603) 352-0056
Ed Burke – the man wearing black robe in legaland – (855) 212-1234
Jean Kilham – assistant Cheshire County attorney who initially was slated to argue that I owed the “City of Keene” coin – (603) 357.9813  x7050
Jim Cemorelis
– Keene police employee and prosecutor – (603) 357-9813
Pete Eyre – Tahoe owner who has been told to pay the “City of Keene” 15FRNs or else


…and screenshots that showed that there was no precip in Keene that day or the previous couple days


…as well as video that shows the street is void of snow when Keene police employee Lesley Collier places on my Tahoe a ransom note ostensibly related to snow removal…




…and the 25-page discovery supplied to me by David Laurens, who works for the Cheshire County attorney outfit.


A day later, on July 31, 2013 I added to that post a copy of the text I’d shared with David Laurens, which began:

ATTN: David Lauren

Re: “State of N.H. vs. Peter Eyre, No. 499-2013-CR-00803″ and the statement communicated to me on July 25, 2013 by Jean Hawkins Kilham, seeking “reciprocal discovery for any evidence” related to the ransom note left on my vehicle on March 23, 2013 by Lesley Collier, please see the post:




On August 05, 2013 I posted to KeeneCopBlock.org David Lauren, Cheshire County assistant attorney, indicates his plan to object to Pete Eyre’s discovery


David Lauren, the person pursuing the ransom against me on behalf of the “City of Keene”, plans to, tomorrow, Tuesday, August 06, 2013, in Keene District Court, object to the content I shared with him as part of my discovery.

Specifically – video from the night Lesley Collier, Keene police employee, left the ransom note on my Tahoe, and three screenshots from wunderground.com that showed that there was no precipitation that night, nor the previous two nights.



Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.