Do you wonder about the mind-set of the four people who are the last ones still occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge? Check out these videos that have been posted on YouTube in recent days.
The three men and one woman are now at the refuge headquarters complex, hemmed in by a heavily armed contingent of law enforcement. These videos give an intimate glimpse of the lives of the four – identified by Oregon Public Broadcasting as David Fry of Blanchester, Ohio; Sean and Sandy Anderson of Riggins, Idaho; and Jeff Banta of Elko, Nev.
The videos offer such scenes as a mournful “last dance” by the Andersons, a phone conversation with an outside negotiator and a tour of the bunkhouse left in a mess by others who fled the refuge in a big hurry earlier in the week.
All four of the holdouts say they want to leave. But they also are making demands, including the dropping of a felony charge that Sean Anderson now faces.
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In the final few minutes of a video more than 29 minutes long, posted Saturday afternoon, Anderson – a stocky man in a green coat and hat — offers some chilling moments as he contemplates what to do: Leave the refuge to face the felony charge from a “tyrannical government,” or stay put.
“Sometimes you need blood on the tree from patriots and tyrants; it’s a sad thing, but if that’s what it takes to get it back,” Anderson tells his wife.
He declares that not necessary, but he also appears to be contemplating that it might be a possibility.