Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Justice for Woody Records
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The records of Justice for Woody document the reaction to Woody's death from late 2001 to 2005. There is little in the collection that documents Woody's life apart from the circumstances that led up to his death. The collection consists primarily of newspaper articles from various New England papers as well as Attorney General Sorrell's Report and an independent analysis of it.
One of the phone calls made by eyewitness Michael Italia reached the answering machine of Keith Carlson and Mary Rives of Amherst, Massachusetts ("Woody Evidence" cassette tape). The first sounds heard on the message are "get out" and "handcuffs," amidst a commotion of several voices, including the shouts and moans of the fallen Woodward. The recording preserves Woodward's final attempt to relay the urgent message which drove him to enter the church in the first place.
A volunteer citizen group created an active website in order to call for justice in his case and to align with other organizations to stop the excessive use of force by police and other abuses of power by American law enforcement. The site includes the JFW interpretation of Woody's case as well as their beliefs about cover-up conspiracies. The site is located at: http://www.justiceforwoody.org/.