On Saturday 6/23/12 when Darren Rainey was murdered, I was housed in Wing J3-101.  On Tuesday 6/26/12 I was moved from Wing J3-101 to Wing J1-117.  On Wednesday 6/27/12 Dade C.I. Major McCarter called me out to speak in one of the offices in Wing J1.  Several security staff were present to watch the Major question me.  

How I deemed the foregoing was the major was trying to intimidate me to not say anything that could hurt staff.  This caused me to do my best to get out of the office with him as quick as possible.  The longer I was in the office with the Major, the more security staff would think the chance existed that I slipped and said something I wasn’t supposed to say about the Darren Rainey murder or something else in the Dade C.I. TCU.  I was in and out of the office in approximately four minutes.  

From approximately thirteen years of incarceration and legal studies, I knew the Major to some degree shared liability and my experience told me to not tell FDC (the Major) that FDC (the Major’s staff) killed an inmate and I was a witness that was going to talk and tell everything, until I first told people in society what happened.  That way, if I was killed or mysteriously found dead, my family and people in society would know why.  I thought I did good with my answers to the Major.  The last question the Major asked me was if I had anything I wanted to say on anything.  I told him “yes, isn’t the only important thing that they did their thirty-minute security checks?”  

The Major responded, “yes – did they do their security checks?”

I responded, “yes.  Officer Thompson found Rainey dead approximately twenty or twenty-five minutes after the last officers were in the wing.”

The Major said “ok Hempstead.”

When shift changed at 4:00pm, I knew it was in my best interest to tell Ofcs. Clarke and Thompson as quick as possible about the Major questioning me.  By doing such, they’d think I didn’t have anything to hide.  The 4:00 pm till 12:00 am shift started with officers Clarke and Thompson counting.  Ofc. Clarke went by my cell too quick.  I wasn’t able to stop him.  I was able to stop Ofc. Thompson.  When I told Ofc. Thompson the questions Major McCarter asked me and my answers etc. to the Major, he said “you told the Major I found Rainey dead?”  I responded “yes.  Why?”  

Ofc. Thompson then yelled over to Ofc. Clarke and asked him to come over to where we were.  When Ofc. Clarke got to where we were at, Ofc. Thompson asked me to tell Ofc. Clarke everything I just told him (Ofc. Thompson.)  When I got done repeating everything, Ofc. Thompson said “you shouldn’t have told the Major I found Rainey.  If anybody else ask, tell them Ofc. Clarke found Rainey dead.”  Ofc. Clarke then said “yea.  Tell them I found him.”  

I responded, “why would you want me to say that?  The cameras can prove that didn’t happen.  There wasn’t a thirty-minute period between the time Ofc. Thompson found him and the time you came to the shower after Ofc. Thompson, and Rainey was reported dead.  Security Checks are every thirty minutes.  You won’t be able to say your check on Rainey was a Security Check.”  

Ofc. Clarke then stated again, “if anybody else ask tell them I found Rainey dead.”  

I responded, “I understand.”

To me. it was clear I was being told to lie and that there was a strong possibility these Ofcs. put on their Incident Reports that Ofc. Clarke found Rainey dead and not the truth which was that Ofc. Thompson actually found Rainey dead.  In 2012 and 2013, I mailed the Dade County, Florida State Attorney’s Office, Miami-Dade Police Department and Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office several letters wherein I explained the foregoing to them.  From January 2013 till around the middle of 2015 I filed several Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) Inmate Grievances explaining how these Ofcs. were directing me to lie if anybody else questioned me on who found Darren Rainey dead in the shower.  

In my letters and grievances I explained how Ofc. Thompson actually found Rainey dead, that he left Rainey dead on the shower floor for approximately eight minutes to return to the officer station and tell his co-workers Rainey was dead, and then Ofc. Clarke came back and acted like he just found Rainey dead.  Despite me consistently stating in my letters and grievances this issue since 2012, the Dade County State Attorney in her 3/17/17 written decision to not prosecute Rainey’s killers, decided to believe the lies of these two Ofcs. instead of the truth which the mounted security cameras in Wing J3 supported.  

In the Dade County Florida State Attorney’s 3/17/17 decision to not prosecute Rainey’s killers, the State Attorney has her timeline of several things she alleged happened in Wing J3 on the night Rainey was killed.  This timeline contends that at 9:13:32  Ofc. Thompson left from checking on Rainey in the shower and walked downstairs past my cell, and at 9:25:41 Ofc. Clarke entered Wing J3 to check on Rainey in the shower.  By this timeline there was a time period of twelve minutes nine seconds between Ofc. Thompson’s visit to the shower when he found Rainey dead, and when Ofc. Clarke came back to the shower to act like he found Rainey dead.  Ofc. Clarke said he found Rainey dead while doing a security check.  Security checks are done in FDC every thirty minutes, not every twelve to fifteen minutes.  Ofc. Clarke by FDC Rules had no reason to allegedly do a security check twelve minutes, nine seconds after Ofc. Thompson.  The only reason he had to go back to the shower Rainey was in, twelve minutes after Ofc. Thompson checked on Rainey in the shower, was because Ofc. Thompson told Ofc. Clark and his other co-workers Rainey was dead in the shower.  

The Dade County State Attorney in her 3/17/17 decision to not prosecute Rainey’s killers chose to believe the lies of these Ofcs. and say that what I said was incorrect because these Ofcs. said something different from what I said.  She said this even though:

(1)  she knew since 2012 that these Ofcs. tried to get me to lie and say Ofc. Clarke found Rainey dead and not Ofc. Thompson;

(2)  She knew that security checks in FDC were done every thirty minutes;

(3)  The Wing J3 cameras showed Ofc. Clarke returning to the shower twelve minutes after Ofc. Thompson, which means it wasn’t a security check that caused him to return to the shower Rainey was already dead in.  

Just like I refused to lie for Ofcs. Clarke and Thompson in 2012 (and since), I will not switch from the truth and tell a lie now.  Those who killed Rainey will have to answer to God for killing Rainey, and their lies.  The Dade County State Attorney and Medical Examiner and MDPD detectives assigned to the Rainey case will have to answer to God for not prosecuting Rainey’s killers and trying to cover up Rainey’s murder.  Life is short.  We’re born, we live, we die.  As long as I’m living by the Grace of God, I’ll strive to manifest my love to the Lord by keeping his commandments (John 14:15).     

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On 6/23/12 Darren Rainey was brutally killed in a shower that reached temperatures in excess of 160 degrees Fahrenheit in the Dade C.I. Transitional Care Unit (TCU).  The Miami Dade Police Department was assigned to investigate the Rainey murder that same night, but they didn’t actually start investigating said murder till June 2014.  What caused them to start their investigation in June 2014?  The Miami Herald newspaper published weeks of articles on how the police were refusing to investigate said murder.  

In June 2014, when police started their investigation I was one of the inmate-witnesses they interviewed in June 2014 about the Rainey murder.  Following the Dade County Florida State Attorney’s 3/17/17 decision not to prosecute in the Rainey case, the Miami Herald Newspaper ordered all the public records in the Rainey case which included audio copies of all the interviews the police conducted.  As of 4/19/17 I’ve been told by a Miami Herald representative that the Dade County State Attorney turned over audio copies of all the interviews the police conducted with everybody but me.  Also, I was told that the Dade County State Attorney said the alleged reason why her office didn’t provide an audio copy of my interview with the police was because they didn’t have it, and the MDPD was still in possession of it.  Now tell me this doesn’t sound like more foul play.  Why would the MDPD provide the audio recordings they conducted with everybody but me to the State Attorney?  Does the Dade County State Attorney have the audio recording of my interview, and they just don’t want to turn it over to the Herald because the State Attorney knows she lied several times on me in her 3/17/17 memorandum and to the media about things she alleged I told the police?  Does the Miami-Dade Police Department still have the audio recording of my interview and they don’t want to turn it over to the Dade County State Attorney, because the police told the Dade County State Attorney I told them things that I didn’t say?  Are the Dade County Florida State Attorney and/or MDPD refusing to provide an audio copy of my June 2014 interview with the police until one or both of these agencies can add or subtract things from my interview to suit their lies?  These are questions that I have about matters that I’d like to know.  There are several things that concern my June 2014 interview with the police that I don’t need to ask any questions on.  I know I didn’t say several things in my police interview that the Dade County State Attorney alleged I said since 3/17/17.  I know when the police were interviewing me they were doing their best to limit my answers and evidence I was trying to provide to the degree that I said something about it more than once.  I know that MDPD detective Sanchez told me prior to the interview that the Miami Herald had published several articles on the Rainey murder in the weeks prior to them interviewing me in June 2014, and later on I found out that the majority of those articles were on how the MDPD was refusing to do their job and investigate the Rainey murder.  I know these news articles got the police in some trouble and got them mad.  Other than all of the foregoing that I do know, I know one more thing which is: there’s no logical reason why the audio interview I had with the police wasn’t turned over to the media with all the other audio interviews but for foul play with the MDPD and Dade County Florida State Attorney.  

Is it too much to ask that the law be followed in the Rainey case?  Is it too much to expect Dade County officials to do their jobs that they swore oaths to do?

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Harold Hempstead, a.k.a. ‘Caged Crusader,’  Tennessee D.C., April 2017


Since Darren Rainey’s murder, I thought one of the strongest pieces of evidence that proved Rainey’s murder was the condition of his body after he was found dead in the shower.  I wasn’t the only person that seen Rainey’s body after he was killed.  The Dade County State Attorney’s 3/17/17 memorandum shows that several other inmates and state officials also seen his body.  A review of their statements will show they seen the same thing I seen.  Rainey’s body looked burned with his skin slipping off him.

I never thought Dr Lew with the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office would refuse to make a ruling on how Rainey died until she could somehow find a way to say Rainey died from something other than a medical problem that was brought about as a result of the extreme heat and steam in the  shower, caused by the water that, according to Dade C.I. Cpt. Dixon, tested at 160°F.

Causation is very important in law.  If the heat and steam in the shower that was caused by how hot the shower water was, caused Rainey to have a medical problem that killed him, then those who placed Rainey in the shower are liable of murder, if they placed Rainey in the shower with the intent to punish him.  In other words if the Dade C.I. staff made the water in the shower hot as a way to punish Rainey.

Since it was contended from the beginning that Dade C.I. staff used the shower to punish the mentally disabled, Dr Lew had to find a way to attack the steam and heat in the shower (the causation in the case.)

It took Dr Lew from June 24, 2012 till January 20, 2016 (or later) to come up with a way to explain away the above.  Dr Lew knew Rainey had the mental condition schizophrenia and that he was prescribed Haloperidol, so she started her research with the foregoing.  During her research on the foregoing she possibly found something that motivated her to contend Rainey had an undiagnosed medical condition, to wit “Atherosclerotic Heart Disease.”  Now obviously nothing existed to support Rainey having this type of heart disease other than Dr Lew’s statement.  Also, if Rainey actually had undiagnosed “Atherosclerotic Heart Disease” the foregoing was obviously not bad enough to cause Rainey any medical problems while he was alive.

After years of looking and Dr Lew coming up with the foregoing, it allowed Dr Lew to say the following.  You’ll be surprised at the outrageousness of what she said.  Starting at the last paragraph on pg.52 of the Dade County, Florida, State Attorney’s 3/17/17 memorandum, it states:

“Dr Lew notes two important aspects and correlations regarding Rainey’s mental and medical conditions and his prescribed medication.  The first is that ‘schizophrenic patients have an increased mortality rate over the general population!’  Further, Dr Lew advised that ‘schizophrenic patients may have a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system which could increase the risk of cardio-vascular events.’  As previously described, Dr Lew found evidence during the autopsy of atherosclerotic heart disease and made it one of her autopsy findings.  Second, with respect to psychotropic medications, Dr Lew noted that certain types of anti-psychotic medications, including Haloperidol, have been known to ‘impair’ thermoregulation (48) and contribute to hyperthermia (49).  In addition Dr Lew noted that people with schizophrenia have a ‘dysregulation of body temperature (50) including an impaired ability to compensate to heat-stress.’  Therefore, placing Rainey in the shower atmosphere for a prolonged period of time with his mental condition (schizophrenia) could have created an impaired ability to deal with heat stress.  In that same vein, the medication Haloperidol could cause a physiological event which could create a pre-disposition to sudden cardiac death.”

The above says in simple terms that Rainey’s schizophrenia, heart disease and medication he was taking caused him to overheat, have a heart attack and die in the shower.  According to this report, if you know anybody with schizophrenia taking anti-psychotic medication, they probably could have heart problems and overheat like a car.  To me this is absolutely crazy.  For Dr Lew to say such a far-fetched, outrageous thing instead of just stating what the evidence shows as to why Rainey’s body was hot before and after his death, shows us the extent that people will go through to try and cover up another brutal killing of an African American.  It is obvious that the reason Rainey’s body was hot before and after his death was because Rainey was in a shower that, according to Cpt. Dixon, had water that tested 160°F.

Have you ever heard the saying the more outrageous the story is, the higher the chance is that it’s not true?  What is more logical?

Option One:

Rainey’s body was hot before and after his death because he had undiagnosed atherosclerotic heart disease, schizophrenia, and was prescribed a common mental health medicine and these things caused him to overheat.

Option Two:

Rainey’s body was hot before and after his death because he was in a shower that had a water temperature of 160°F, according to Cpt. Dixon.

The answer is obvious, the most logical answer is Option 2.

Why would Dr Lew do the foregoing?  I’m not sure, but I can think of one very reasonable answer.  The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office has been working closely with the Miami-Dade Police Department and Dade County State Attorney’s Office for a very, very long time.  These three agencies have obvious developed a relationship with each other.  I don’t believe anybody from the Miami-Dade Police Department or Dade County State Attorney’s Office told Dr Lew to find some way to say Rainey’s body was hot before and after he died, other than because the water in the shower Rainey was killed in was hot, because they didn’t want to prosecute Rainey’s killers for whatever reason.  I believe somebody from the Miami-Dade Police Department and/or Dade County State Attorney’s Office encouraged Dr Lew from 2012 till 2016 to find a way to say Rainey’s body was hot before and after he died, for any reason other than the water in the shower being hot, because the shower wasn’t hot.  Those who told Dr Lew the foregoing knew they were lying because the evidence shows the water was hot.  This caused Dr Lew to know that those involved with the investigation and prosecution of the case didn’t want to prosecute a murder case, so Dr Lew looked and looked and looked until she created the far-fetched story listed above.

Why did those involved with the investigation and prosecution not want to prosecute Rainey’s killers?  Those who killed Rainey were and still are law enforcement officials.  Rainey was a poor, black, mentally disabled, Muslim prisoner who was in prison for a small amount of crack cocaine.  To them Rainey was a scum-bag nobody and his life didn’t matter.  How they seen it was why would they waste their time, money and resources to prosecute law enforcement officials for killing Rainey when Rainey’s life didn’t matter.  How many times have we seen African Americans get killed by law enforcement officials in our nation and excuses are made as to why the killers are not prosecuted?  When is this going to stop?  We must all join together in love and unity and take a stand for the value of life.  God made us all equal and we have to stop saying that certain people’s lives don’t matter like the babies that are aborted, African Americans, the mentally disabled and Muslims.  We as a nation have laws and they should be followed.  If we continue to degrade the value of lives of certain classes of people, one day we all can be placed in a class by others who believe our lives don’t matter.  I pray that we all join hands together in love and unity and do all that we can in accordance with the law to take a stand for the value of life and to show that


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48)  Thermoregulation is the ability to maintain a fairly steady body temperature even under a variety of external conditions.

49)  Hyperthermia is an elevated body temperature due to failed thermoregulation that occurs when a body produces or absorbs more heat than it dissipates.  Hyperthermia can become a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment to prevent disability or death.

50)  “Dysregulation of body-temperature” refers to an impaired ability to automatically self-regulate ones’ own body temperature vis-à-vis outside stressors and conditions.