It appears that connected people in high places became concerned about exposure and termination of certain money pipelines. The assault, and a civil suit that resulted from it, and also Mr. Gehrke talking to law enforcement, produced a potential that major public corruption and criminality could be exposed.
Amongst Bud’s personal papers, we found a card with his hand written notation of the name and home phone number of a public corruption investigator. Unknown to Bud, that investigator reported to higher-ups with knowledge and/or involvement in the crooked contracting. Within a year of the confrontation and assault on a job site, Clarence and Brian Gehrke were dead.
In fact, the civil case deposition of the owner of the paving company was scheduled for October 20, 1975. Ten days before that, the murders occurred, and the civil case was stalled and later dismissed because all involved – the victim’s family and the attorneys – were afraid that there could be more hits. The opening for further exposure was sealed, and some of the records were destroyed. (Not as completely as they thought, fortunately).
There are people alive today with personal knowledge that is highly relevant. We recently interviewed the victims’ across the street neighbor, found in late 2020, who provided an important new piece of information he got directly from Bud Gehrke shortly before the murders. While spending a weekend together renovating an old house in north Florida, Clarence Gehrke told his neighbor that his life had been threatened by the foreman on a jobsite he had inspected. The neighbor has always remembered that comment, made just weeks before the murders, and he related it to us in a recorded interview.
Steve Holland, who was the owner’s son and foreman of Holland Paving Company, who assaulted Bud Gehrke, is alive and may want to cooperate with further investigation. His high school friend Chris Kunde, who obtained confidential information from authorities and others following the murders, is also alive and may be helpful. Sergeant Robert Potter, City of Miami Police Department public corruption investigator, is retired and still with us also. There are family ties, professional ties, and connections to underworld figures. Even after 45 years, others on all sides of the case are alive including several of Bud’s co-workers and a former city official. We have been in contact with these people and we remain available to everyone who wants to be helpful and cooperative.
Many more new investigation findings have been assembled that cannot yet be released. This case, like others on our radar, involves an intersection of private tragedy, public corruption, cold case murder, and organized crime. Working with Detectives and the victims’ close relatives, we have confirmed surprising links and connections and the investigation continues, re-invigorated.
Bonnie (Gehrke) Mayer – daughter of Clarence Gehrke and sister of Brian Gehrke – and her husband, legendary broadcast journalist Bob Mayer, have been amazingly patient and persistent in their search for the answers they deserve and to the greatest extent possible, the justice that is so long overdue. Discovery of the facts and exposure of the truth is what they seek. Join us in the process of finding the remaining details; visit the Contact page on this web site.