Russell Andrew “Roc” Doza was born in Munich, Germany on January 16th, 1961. He was named for his godfather, Russell Andrew Hall. His father was a career soldier and his father and his mother were often separated.
When Russell Doza was about two, he asked his mother, Leona, for a glass of Kool Aid. His mother, seeing the boy’s brightness, possibly in hopes that he might someday become famous, insisted that Russell repeat an advertising slogan that went, “Kool Aid! Kool Aid tastes great! Wish I had some! Can’t wait!” The baby refused. So his mother beat him. His four brothers and sisters watched. Russell Doza never said a word and eventually his mother stopped when her arm grew tired.
After his father divorced his mother three of his siblings went with his father. So he lost half of his family. Russell and his brother Francis moved to Phillipsburg , Missouri with his mother. She refused to allow the boys contact with their father and she eventually married a man named Leonard Decker, who is remembered to have had a temper. He beat and abused both boys.
Running After Dreams
Like the lowly private, Russell Doza endured. He managed to graduate from high school in Girard, Kansas. Last month, a classmate said “I will always remember his great smile and wonderful laugh and the kindness he always showed to me.”
After high school Russell Doza ran off to join the circus. After Russell’s brother left home Leonard Decker beat Russell’s mother into a coma with a baseball bat. No one seems to remember why. But she recovered and she also endured until she died on January 1st, 2005 in Lebanon, Missouri.
Little by little, Russell Doza made the most he could of the hand life dealt him. He lived with his brother until they fell out. He became an oil pipeline worker and a part time mechanic. He found and joined a family in the Rogues Motorcycle Club.
After he joined the Rogues, Doza lost about 90 percent of his hearing in an explosion. He wore hearing aids and he learned to read lips. He was arrested and spent a year in prison until his conviction was overturned. He had a dog who loved him. And, he was murdered by a Swat Team as he awakened on the morning of April 9th.
Who Swat Killed
As of today, Friday, May 21st, 2010 the murder of Russell Doza is still officially unsolved. Oklahoma is one of the few remaining states without a Freedom of Information or Open Records law. An investigation into his death has been reported to be underway, but the records of that investigation are all secret. Both the Tulsa Police Department and the Tulsa Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been rocked by corruption scandals in the last six months. And official statements about his murder are contradicted by accounts from knowledgeable sources. There appears, as yet, to be no federal or state grand jury investigating his death. If a grand jury has been convened, as of yesterday afternoon it had not yet begun to actually investigate.
When judged solely by the content of his character Doza was among the most kind, generous and honorable of men. He was sleeping in the Rogues clubhouse when he died because he had come there to work on the clubhouse roof. An evil man is one without a single woman to cry when he dies. At least a half dozen women cried when Roc Doza died.
Also among his mourners was an Oklahoma District Court Judge named Bruce David Gambill and Tulsa Police and ATF Agents harassed them all. Men, women and children who attended his funeral were stopped, questioned and photographed.
After his death, when asked to comment, his sister Charlotte replied: “Your question should be, how did Russell survive his life? As a member of the Rogues. The club gave him order in his life. The clubhouse was an inn…his stay was shamefully shortened…his soul will ride the wind.”
Another of the women who cried at his funeral wanted people who never knew him to understand that, “Your lives would have been so much richer for knowing him. Losing him covers my world in black, burnt, bleeding filled with ashes. It is a wound nothing can heal.”
Russell Andrew “Roc” Doza was 49-years-old. He never knew what hit him.
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