The wife of a long-time associate of Lyndon LaRouche who committed suicide in April 2007 last week filed a major lawsuit in the Eastern District of Virginia federal court.
It charges LaRouche with libel and “maliciously, and with conscious disregard of her rights” following her husband’s suicide, and with publishing “knowingly false statements” about her, constituting unlawful “harassment of a federal witness.”
Marielle “Molly” Kronberg, a former LaRouche loyalist who lives in Leesburg and works in Vienna, is being represented by attorney John Markham, the former Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted LaRouche in 1988, which led to a conviction and sentence to what turned out to be five years of prison time for LaRouche.
This Tuesday, the LaRouche organization responded to news of the lawsuit with a statement posted on the Internet calling Molly Kronberg a “stooge” and part of an elaborate international effort to frame LaRouche, and it called the lawsuit a “publicity stunt.”
LaRouche and his organization have generated marginal media attention in recent weeks for their participation in the disruption of town meetings on health care by displaying posters and fliers with the image of President Obama defaced to appear like Hitler.
Mollie Kronberg’s husband of 34 years, Kenneth Kronberg, fell to his death from a highway overpass in Leesburg in April 2007 in what police investigated and ruled as a suicide.
At that time, the Falls Church News-Press was the first news organization to identify the suicide victim’s long-time association with LaRouche, which led to a flurry of media attention.
The News-Press report included reference to an incendiary internal document circulated just the day before the suicide within the tight-knit LaRouche organization intimating on behalf of LaRouche that suicide might be considered as an alternative for members, including members of the organization’s printing arm, the financially-strapped PMR led by Ken Kronberg, who failed to perform to LaRouche’s standards.
But in August 2007, according to Mollie Kronberg’s complaint filed in court last week, LaRouche suggested in another internal memo to his organization that “Bush-League Molly” was responsible for the suicide, instead.
In August 2008, according to the court papers, LaRouche caused to be published and placed on the Internet the claim that Ken Kronberg “had committed suicide because his wife was on the other side, and he (Ken) thought the situation was hopeless.”
The “other side” was a reference to the fact that Mollie Kronberg had been subpoenaed as a witness in the 1988 trial of LaRouche and was compelled to testify under oath. That fact is related to the charge in last week’s filing that LaRouche has engaged in the illegal activity of “harassing a federal witness.”
Then, this April of 2009, an internal LaRouche document circulated on the Internet and to all LaRouche followers again alleged that Mollie Kronberg drove her husband to suicide.
It stated, among other things, “He (Ken Kronberg) kills himself because he was living with that witch, who’s been evil all along. Her behavior had never been good. She’s never been honest. And then, he commits suicide, and these bums try to blame me for it. He was driven – there was no reason for the suicide, there was no excuse for it. But there’s an understanding of the oppression that he felt by being married to that bitch.”