Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas,Tommy Fate
McIntoshbegan selling marijuana at the age of 16. At 23, Tommy was arrested while trafficking 4.5 pounds of cocaine from California to Little Rock. Prosecuted as a major kingpin, Tommy was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison and fined $250,000.
After serving 4 years and 2 months, on January 21, 1993, one day after Arkansas Governor William Jefferson Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States, Tommy McIntosh walked out of Tucker Maximum Security Prison a free man. He was granted a controversial and unprecedented clemency!
His controversial release has set legal precedents, changed policies, and created new laws. How did this happen? Why did it happen? Who knew? Who was
involved? And most important, who ordered it?
12 years ago, Tommy McIntosh embarked upon the monumental task of writing his life story and hired me as ghostwriter.
“Only God knows where this story ends for me. But I know where it began.”
On Monday, January 17, 2005, his wife shot and killed him.
“I don’t want to die without my children knowing who I am and what I stand for.”
Now, almost 12 years after his death, Deborah still works to complete Tommy’s book.
“You’ve got to die to live.”
This is Tommy McIntosh’s life story.
When Tommy was killed, I was asked by his mother to speak at his funeral. I graciously accepted. I knew Tommy and if there were one thing he would want to do – it would be to speak at his own funeral. So I let him with this Tribute that was played at the funeral.
CHAPTER 6 EXCERPT – FREE AT LAST!
How did this happen? Why did it happen? Who knew? Who was involved? And most important, who ordered it? These were the questions being asked all over the state by the prosecuting attorney, as Dr. Jewell said, “Bless him”, by lawmakers and by John Q Public.
My answers have always been the same. God did it! Why? He was recognizing my many pleas for freedom. He was acknowledging my petitions for a second chance. He was answering my prayers for forgiveness. He was rewarding my sacrifices for my Islamic faith. What seems amazing is the disbelief that my God could or would carry out such a monumental task. My question to those in doubt is “Why do you think man can carry out what you doubt God can conceive?” The answer is and has always been very simple. God did it… for me!
But God uses people. We’re instruments for carrying out His will here on earth. Now, when you change the question, you get a different answer. The real question begging disclosure is “Who did God use to set me free?” The paper trail runs from my father’s house…to the drug house… to the white house. It was a calculated game of chess. There were five players: all with years of experience manipulating the lives of others. The king? President William Jefferson Clinton. The queen? Governor Jim Guy Tucker. There was a bishop; Senator Jerry Jewell, a castle; State Representative Bill Walker and a knight, my dad, Robert “Say” McIntosh, Sr. On second thought, I guess there were 6 players; I was the pawn. Funny this game of chess. Many players make the mistake of being concerned with how many men they’re losing. But the seasoned players know the only thing that really matters is protecting the king – at all costs. To win, the king must remain standing.
You’re saying, “We suspect what you’re saying is true. But no one has proven it. What proof do you have? Where’s the smoking gun?” It’s in the moves of the game. Who did what when where and how. Nothing happens without a trace. The smoking gun is in the paper trail. Let’s follow it.
CHAPTER 9 EXCERPT – I AM MY FATHER’S SON
I can’t deny whose child I am. I am reminded daily, in my own being, that “I am the son of Robert ‘Say’ McIntosh, Sr.” Whatever I was looking for, I found it in every other man, except my biological father. My very existence yearned for his provision, his protection, his direction, his discipline, his guidance, and his friendship. My very existence yearned for his love. I needed to be connected in a meaningful way to the man who gave me life. I desperately sought for affirmation that I am my father’s son.
As I grew older, affirmation came in my very own existence. It’s in my ways, mannerisms, walk, dialect, every quirk he has, I have. Whatever he did, good or bad, I did… magnified times the infinity. I’ve been blessed by his goodness and cursed by his sins. It seems my father’s iniquities are visiting our family generations to come. Am I doomed to be messed up all of my life? Am I fighting a losing battle? It seems… But I am determined to assure that my children will never have to write this book. I am resolved to break the generational curse handed down to even my father.
Change starts with this statement… I am my father’s son. Such a simple statement. In many times of my life, the hardest words I’ve had to utter. It’s not just saying them, it’s coming to the realization of what they really mean. Now comes personal responsibility… for my own actions, my own transgressions… my own sins.
CHAPTER 11 EXCERPT -AL-NISA (THE WOMAN)
The women in my life were caught up in the fame and fortune of the drug life. My money gave them a sense of security. It’s natural for me to do for women. But, I don’t just do it for them. I like to please women. It makes me happy. The money on the other hand, didn’t mean anything to me. I exchanged it for love… the thing I needed most.
I know it’s not between me and the women in my past; it’s between me and God. So, I’ll re-live the pain of my life for healing sake. God can’t heal what I won’t reveal. I’ve got to remember the good times, the bad times, the ups, the downs, the joys, and the pains… I’ve got to reveal them and let them go. I long for a spiritual connection with a woman. I’ve been trying to get to God all my life, and they say a woman can help you get there.
Tommy came to me to ghost write and publish his book. It was urgent. So urgent, that he came to Nashville and stayed in my home so that we could expedite the book writing process. During the time he was there, I interviewed him, gathered important information, and we went through the emotional issues of his life. So many things were brought up for him that he felt he needed to return to Little Rock to take care of some business and work things out with his wife. I remember driving him back to Little Rock. We talked almost weekly about him getting back to Nashville to finish his book. Meanwhile, he divorced. And married someone else. I got a call on a Friday from Tommy. We talked for almost 3 hours about him returning to Nashville to finish the book. He said he had decided and would be there as soon as he could. That Monday, I got a call that his wife had shot and killed him. This song, Ring the Alarm, tells Tommy’s story perfectly. More to come in the book!
Son Of Community Activist Killed
Monday January 17, 2005
Little Rock police said they arrested 34-year-old Laffany Laffe Sullivan-McIntosh Monday in the shooting death of her husband, Say McIntosh’s 41-year-old son Tommy Fate McIntosh.
Police said Sullivan-McIntosh told police that she accidently shot her husband as she was talking to him about her possibly moving back to Nashville, Tennessee. According to police, she called them after the gun went off and police say she met them on the front porch of the house.
Tommy McIntosh was found lying face down in a hallway of the couple’s Little Rock home. Officers found a 38 caliber revolver lying on the floor next to him. He was taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Sullivan-McIntosh was taken to jail.
In 1987, Tommy McIntosh was convicted of transporting four point four pounds of cocaine through Crawford County and sentenced to 50 years in prison, plus fined 250 thousand dollars.
He was granted clemency in 1993 by then-state Sen. Jerry Jewell while Jewell was acting governor when Jim Guy Tucker left the state’s top office vacant by attending Bill Clinton’s inauguration as president.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
McIntosh Murder Trial Verdict
Friday, September 29, 2006 12:00am
Little Rock – Laffany Sullivan was convicted Thursday afternoon and sentenced to six months behind bars. She was given a lesser charge in the death of her husband. Jurors heard testimony in the case of Sullivan who stood accused of murdering her husband, Tommy McIntosh. Thursday the jury handed down their verdict and sentence.
After 2 hours of deliberations, the jury came back with a guilty verdict on a lesser charge of manslaughter, reduced from first degree murder. Sullivan must pay a 10 thousand dollar fine and spend 6 months in prison.
(Bill James, Defense)”We’re happy with that I think a fine and 6 months is sufficient to make sure that people don’t think it’s a good idea someone in Laffany’s situation, its fair.”
The 7 women and 5 men jury returned the first decision just after noon Thursday. The punishment came more than an hour later. On the charge of manslaughter, Sullivan must pay a fine. On the charge of using a firearm as a means to commit manslaughter, Sullivan must serve 6 months in prison.
However, depending on the availability of bed space her prison time may not start immediately. The McIntosh family says both families are hurting.
(Robert McIntosh, victim’s brother)”We just want somebody to get time…to make people stop and think about what they dare doing to each other. It’s unfortunate for both families.”
Police say they found Tommy McIntosh face down in his home, shot in the chest in January 2005.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)