[sixties-l] Rainbow Farm: Fatal Endings Leave Supporters Wondering

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    Fatal Endings Leave Supporters Wondering

    Pubdate: Wed, 05 Sep 2001
    Source: South Bend Tribune (IN)
    Copyright: 2001 South Bend Tribune
    Contact: vop@sbtinfo.com
    Website: http://www.southbendtribune.com/
    Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/621
    Authors: Jennifer Mack and Dee-Ann Durbin, Tribune Staff Writer &
    Associated Press Writer
    Note: Sixth of six related articles in this issue of South Bend Tribune


    It was a time to wonder and remember Tuesday for many friends and neighbors
    of two men killed in a standoff with police.

    Grover T. "Tom" Crosslin, 46, owner of Rainbow Farm Campground, known for
    its advocacy of marijuana, was fatally shot by an FBI agent Monday night
    after a standoff that began Friday. Rolland Rohm, 28, who lived with
    Crosslin, was shot by police Tuesday morning on the Rainbow Farm Campground

    Police said both were shot after pointing weapons at law enforcement officers.

    One man, who identified himself only as Travis, yelled at police late
    Monday night on Black Street, about two miles from Rainbow Farms, the
    34-acre farm on nearby Pemberton Road that Crosslin owned. He and others
    were upset at the news that Crosslin had died, a response that returned
    Tuesday morning with the news that Rohm had met a similar fate.

    Not getting too close to police blocking the road, Travis yelled through a
    bullhorn, calling the police officers murderers.

    Other Crosslin supporters cried and huddled together at the corner of Black
    Street and White Temple Road, where a vigil was set up with tents, a
    bonfire and a small black-and-white television on which they watched news
    reports about the standoff unfolding.

    Together, they remembered their friends.

    Kathy Williams, who lives with Crosslin's brother, Larry Crosslin, in
    Elkhart, described Tom as an "awesome man."

    Last Christmas, Crosslin organized a gift-giving campaign for the children
    of Vandalia. She said some of the money for the gifts came from Tom's own

    "All he asked for was his farm and to have that kid back," Williams said.

    The Michigan Family Independence Agency removed a 13-year-old boy that
    Crosslin helped raise from his home in May. The boy was the biological son
    of Rohm.

    Geary Albright, of Elkhart, who has been dating Crosslin's sister Shirley
    DeWeese, said that Tom Crosslin was a generous man, moving to the Vandalia
    farm to find peace and quiet.

    Albright stayed out of work Tuesday to be as close to Crosslin as he could get.

    Crosslin "was like a brother to me."

    That brotherly embrace was shared at the encampment.

    Buzz Daily, a 44-year-old Cass County farmer, said Tuesday, "I am
    heartbroken. I don't think they went into this trying to hurt anyone."

    Daily and others said they weren't sure what would happen to Rainbow Farm.
    But he urged those who support marijuana legalization to come to the
    funerals for Crosslin and Rohm. Funeral arrangements were pending Tuesday.

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