The Henryetta Historical Society has published in the society’s “Exchange” newsletter a article that has been determined to be libel and used for fraudulent purposes. The article was published in the November 2017 edition.
The article titled: “Historical Society explains recent problems with Territorial Museum website” had
Mike Doak, Historicaal Society President
Mike Doak, Historicaal Society President
concluded with “Sincerely, The Executive Board of the Henryetta Historical Society.” The article is in reference to Thomas Hudson who became known as The Walking Veteran with The Walk Across America (www.WalkingVeteran.com).
The team of lawyers from across the United States have reviewed the article and all have concluded that the article is libel and because of the deceit thereof and actions used to gain funding can conclude to include fraud.
Business leaders from several businesses in Henryetta, OK have stated that Mike Doak, President of the Henryetta
The Historical Society, has been directly hand delivering the newsletter to local business. The witness continues to state that Mr. Doak, during conversation, has pointed to the article while soliciting $12,000 in donations to repair the museum. Please note that in the spring of 2017 that he submitted a bid to the society’s board of $5,000 for museum repair. The act of knowing using false and libel publication in the attempts to gain monetary advantage is fraud.
Thomas Hudson, Th Walking Veteran and founder of VeteransMarch.org
Thomas Hudson, The Walking Veteran
We have met with Thomas Hudson and had lengthy discussions for the purpose of our investigation. We have verified his information and have concluded that the actions thereof taken by the Henryetta Historical Society Executive Board is appalling and very alarming for the community and those who have support the museum. In the article several statements were made that is libel and misleading with the intended purpose to gain public sentiment and donations
ARTICLE STATEMENT: “Our president, Mike Doak, had paid for some of this individual’s motel stay when that person visited Henryetta earlier. Then Mr. Doak, a generous man, allowed this visitor to stay in his home, after the motel cost became prohibitive.”
HUDSON: “Upon returning to Henryetta for the induction ceremony of The Walking Veteran Wagon into the Territorial Museum Mr. Doak did pay for one-week motel stay as a sponsor by Woodmen Life. I was supposed to leave after the ceremony to return to Houston for a medical workup. This was delayed because Mr. Doak had asked me to design a new website for the museum. Then Mr. Doak had invited me to stay at his home while work was done for the museum. I spent several thousand dollars of personal money for the museum.”
CONCLUSION OF FACT: Mr Doak’s statement is very misleading to the public because he wants those reading the article to believe that Mr. Hudson was homeless and because of Mr Doak’s alleged generosity gave Mr. Hudson shelter that one may assumed that he would may not had.
ARTICLE STATEMENT: “A few weeks ago, the museum website and intellectual property therein was the victim of a hostile takeover by this same person.”
HUDSON: “That statement is totally false. The museum owns the domain name “TerritorialMuseum.net” which is registered under the museum’s account with GoDaddy. There website was on GoDaddy’s servers and was very unprofessional and did not have functional inter-reaction capabilities. Therefore, Mr. Doak had asked Mr Hudson to design a new website which Mr. Hudson had donated all cost thereof including the server space owned by VeteranHost. Mr. Hudson had registered the domain name of “HenryettaMusuem.com” for the new website and donate space on a new server to include greater capabilities. Once the new website was operational the domain name of “TerritorialMuseum.net” was redirected to “HenryettaMuseum.com.” I had pleaded with Mr. Doak and members of the board to sit down with me to learn how to operate the website portal and to take over ownership of “HenryettaMuseum.com.” This was never done leaving the actual ownership of “HenryettaMuseum.com” with me. I eventually allowed the museum preservation committee to operate the website for their purpose. Mr. Doak knows how to contact me by phone and email but has never done so. All Mr. Doak has to do is to log into their GoDaddy account and redirect the “TerritorialMuseum.net” and create a new website. In regards to using their intellectual property Mr. Daok seems to have no clue as to the laws pursuant to the use. Without payment, it is not up to me to removed anything that they had previously authorized.”
CONCLUSION OF FACT: Mr Hudson’s statements have been verified and therefore concluded that the article statement is libel.
ARTICLE STATEMENT: “We learned about background problems from former acquaintances who had documentation.”
HUDSON: “Mr. Doak had known in 2016 that there is a online group that created a fake article about me using fake documents. Mr. Doak has seen, along with many others, my real DD214 (military discharge). The matter had been discussed with Mr. Doak long before I left Washington DC to allow The Walking Veteran Wagon to be house in the Henryetta Territorial Museum.”
ARTICLE STAEMENT: “This same person went on to change the website page and used them to discredit the board members after being asked to leave Mr. Doak’s house.”
HUDSON: “Again this is another lie. The page did not belong to the museum but was created under mine Facebook account. The admins are members of this committee and have every right to publish factual and reportable mis-conduct and mis-management by the Henryetta Historical Society.”
CONCLUSION OF FACT: This was investigated and the ownership of the page was created with Mr. Hudson’s account.
ARTICLE STATEMENT: “This individual eventually dismantled the website after this person or someone directed it to an “adult” website for a period of time.”
HUDSON: “This is not true. In August of 2017 I had went to Houston, Texas to enter a hospital. While there the hospital had to be evacuated due to hurricane Harvey. After a week there I had returned to Oklahoma where I had been taken to a emergency room. Thereafter, I was transferred to a VA hospital. After two weeks I was flown to the VA hospital in Denver, Colorado for two weeks and then back to Oklahoma for another two weeks stay. While in Denver a former board member and a friend had informed me of the website redirection. Due to restraints of not having a computer with me I immediate contacted the server company to make the necessary changes. It was discovered that over a several months period that someone had hacked into the website and place malware three times. The IP numbers associated with the hacking was traced back to the Henryetta area.”
CONCLUSION OF FACT: Mr Hudson’s statement was collaborated with the company “SiteLock” who had cleaned the malware and restored the website.