Susan Isabella Sheehan

SANTA CLARA, United States

I am a self-taught and universally inspired artist. My writings, art, and photography reflect life and love, even the disappointments and...

Thinking About Life

While talking with Tom, someone I met on the beach today, I thought about my brother, who met death in a horrid way. This is a brief telling of it. I love you Danny, and hold you deep within my heart.

Terrorists In The Home Land

My brother was the victim of an unspeakable murder over seven years ago. Danny was temporarily employed as a taxi cab driver in the small town of Casa Grande, Arizona while he was attending school. He worked the night shift for the taxi company. On the evening of June 8th, 2007, Danny received a call from dispatch to pick up a fare and drive them to the Harrah’s Casino which is located on the Tohono Odham Indian reservation. He never made it there.

Danny was abducted and taken into the desert. I imagine that he must have been attacked from behind, since Danny was 6’3” tall and weighed 180 pounds. In other words, he could hold his own in a fight. During the course of the trial, Dale Kisto, an accomplice to the murder, admitted that he had helped Michael Anita bludgeon Danny over the head with a weapon until Danny’s head came off, then they unceremoniously dumped his body to rot on the floor of the hot desert. Both of the murderers were sentenced to life in prison, one in a Federal Penitentiary in Arizona, the other in a Federal Penitentiary in California. The one in Arizona is still alive, as far as I know. The one in California died in July 2003, murdered by fellow inmates. Following are articles from immediately after my brother was abducted to the article citing the murderers just and timely demise.

6/12/00 Suspect apprehended in missing cab driver case
On Thursday, June 8 at 10 : 47 pm, J & M cab driver, Daniel Patrick Sheehan, answered a dispatch pertaining to a fare. The fare wanted to be picked up at a pay telephone on the corner of Fourth and Marshall, taken to Stanfield and finally to Harrah’s Ak Chin Casino. He acknowledged the dispatch and have not been heard from since.

Daniel Patrick Sheehan – 49-years-old Sheehan, who is driving a cab until he graduates from the American Institute of Technology as a truck driver, was in a Blue 1989 Chevrolet Caprice Classic, Arizona license number 574 BJZ. There are 24-inch white letters on the sides of the doors with the J&M logo, and Unit # 711 on the front quarter panels. On June 9th at approximately 2 : 00 am, some property that belongs to Sheehan was found on a person in Casa Grande. It is still undetermined if Sheehan has met with foul play.

Two Native Americans and one Hispanic man were arrested in relation to an investigation that the Casa Grande Police Department was undertaking. According to CGPD, they were tracking Sheehan’s cell phone when it was discovered that the three men had it in their vehicle.

May 17, 2002, MICHAEL EDWARD ANITA, 12/9/72, of Casa Grande, Arizona, was
found guilty of 18 USC §2119(3), Theft of a Motor Vehicle with Intent to Cause Death or Serious Bodily Harm, by a federal jury at Tucson, Arizona. The evidence at trial showed that on June 8, 2000, Dale Kisto and Michael Anita abducted and murdered a taxi cab driver (Daniel Sheehan) in Casa Grande, Arizona. They then concealed his body on the Tohono O’Odham reservation in a cotton field. The victim’s cab was found on June 13, 2000 on the Reservation 5 miles from the Mexican border near the village of Choulic. The victim’s blood was located inside the trunk of the cab and on the exterior of the cab. The victim’s blood was also located on the clothing of the defendant and co-defendant Dale Kisto. Mr. Sheehan’s skull was located in the cotton field near Stanfield, Arizona 4 months later on October 11, 2000. The defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury for the carjacking/murder of Daniel Sheehan on September 27, 2000 in Tucson, Arizona. On October 18, 2001, Dale Kisto pled guilty to the indictment
and was sentenced to 16 years in prison consecutive to a 4 year state prison term.
On May 13, 2002, defendant Mike Anita proceeded to trial before the Honorable Frank R. Zapata in United States District Court. On May 17, 2002, after two hours of deliberation, the jury convicted the defendant of the carjacking and murder of the defendant. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Zapata on July 8, 2002 at 9:30am. He faces up to life in prison.
The investigation leading to the guilty verdict was conducted by FBI agents, Tohono O’odham Police Department, and Casa Grande Police Department. The government was represented by Assistant United States Attorneys Sean C. Chapman and Jesse J.
Figueroa, District of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

Atwater inmate found stabbed to death in his cell
Thursday, July 31, 2003 By Mike De La Cruz
ATWATER – A 30-year-old inmate at the United States Penitentiary, Atwater was possibly stabbed to death early Wednesday in his cell. Michael Edward Anita, 30, was found dead at 5:22 a.m. in the Special Housing Unit (SHU), where he was being housed at the federal facility located at No. 1 Federal Way in Atwater.
Anita was pronounced dead at 6:08 a.m. by emergency medical service personnel. Sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Thurman, supervisor of the Merced County Coroner’s Office, said an autopsy of the victim is scheduled today in Fresno. Jesse W. Gonzalez, executive assistant at the penitentiary, said Anita was sentenced to life for carjacking in Arizona. He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified and is currently conducting an investigation.Karen Ernst, a special agent for the Sacramento FBI, said that the FBI as well as the Federal Bureau of Prisons are involved in the investigation. The FBI was called into the investigation because the penitentiary is a federal institution. Ernst said the investigation is ongoing and that it is too early to release any information. Gonzalez said this is the first homicide since the penitentiary began accepting inmates on Jan. 16, 2002.
Prison inmate’s death is a ‘possible stabbing’
By MIKE CONWAY
BEE STAFF WRITER
ATWATER – Guards Wednesday morning found a prisoner dead in his cell at Atwater Federal Penitentiary, where he had been serving a life sentence for a carjacking. Michael Edward Anita, 30, of Casa Grande, Ariz., was the victim of “a possible stabbing,” said Jesse Gonzales, the prison’s public information officer. It would be the first homicide at the prison since it opened in January 2002. Anita was being held in the special housing unit, a separate set of cells. “It’s for inmates who commit serious violations of the Bureau (of Prisons) rules,” Gonzales said. He would not say what prompted officials to house Anita in the unit. “It’s under investigation,” heaid. The special cells can house two or more inmates. Gonzales would not say how many men were in Anita’s cell, nor would he say what kind of weapon might have been used. Anita and a partner abducted and killed taxi driver Daniel Sheehan on June 8, 2000. Because the crime may have occurred on an American Indian reservation, Anita was charged with the federal crime of theft of a motor vehicle with intent to cause death or serious bodily harm, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Chapman said.
A Tohono O’odhan Indian, Anita lived on and off the reservation for much of his life, Chapman said. “We didn’t now if the murder occurred on the reservation or off,” Chapman said. The only part of Sheehan’s body that was recovered was the top of his skull, found in a cotton field on the reservation. Investigators found the driver’s blood in the cab and on the clothing of Anita and his accomplice. Chapman said prosecutors believed the pair wanted to use the cab to smuggle people into the United States. The Tohono O’odham Nation reservation stretches along the Mexican border west of Tucson.
Anita had been appealing his conviction, Chapman said. He had a violent history, having been convicted at age 18 of shooting a man in the head and killing him following a disagreement. “He’s big, strong and tough, and had lots of arrests for violent conduct that were never prosecuted,” Chapman said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jesse Figueroa added: “This guy would give Mike Tyson all he could handle. “There is an indication he was a member of an Indian prison gang, the Warriors Society. He also was somewhat of a leader, so it’s easy to see how he would be a problem.”. FBI Special Agent Karen Ernst said the Fresno office is handling the investigation into Anita’s death. The Atwater penitentiary is a maximum-security prison for serious criminals and violent offenders. The main prison houses 1,440 maximum-security prisoners, while 127 inmates are in a minimum-security facility nearby.
Bee staff writer Mike Conway
Arizonan in California prison found dead in cell
Associated Press
Jul. 31, 2003 12:20 PM
ATWATER, Calif. – An Atwater Federal Penitentiary prisoner serving a life sentence for carjacking has been found dead in his cell, prison officials said. Michael Edward Anita, 30, of Casa Grande, Ariz., was the victim of a possible stabbing on Wednesday, prison spokesman Jesse Gonzales said.
Anita, who was appealing his conviction, was being held in a special housing unit, a separate set of cells for inmates who commit serious violations under the Bureau of Prisons rules, Gonzales said. Anita was charged with the federal crime of theft of a motor vehicle with intent to cause death or serious bodily harm because the crime may have occurred on an American Indian reservation, federal prosecutors said. Federal officials say Anita and a partner abducted and killed a taxi driver in June 2000 to use the cab to smuggle people into the United States. Anita was a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation. The American Indian reservation west ofTucson stretches along the Mexican border. Federal officials said Anita had a violent history and was an alleged member of a prison gang. At 18, Anita was convicted for fatally shooting a man following a disagreement. There is an indication he was a member of an Indian prison gang, the Warriors Society. He also was somewhat of a leader, so it’s easy to see how he would be a problem,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jesse Figueroa said.
Officials said the homicide is the first at the 1,400-inmate maximum-security prison since it opened in January 2002.

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