Monday, July 5, 2010

Former OPME Affiliate President & Tea Party Activist Thayne Michael Ormsby Charged In Triple Homicide

Thayne Michael Ormsby, 20, of Orient, Maine was arrested in Dover, New Hampshire on Friday, July 2, 2010 on a felony fugitive from justice charge. Mr. Ormsby was interviewed at Dover Police Headquarters and probable cause was developed for his involvement in the murders of 55-year-old Jeffrey Ryan, his 10-year-old son Jesse, and 30-year-old Jason Dehahn, a neighbor. All three victims were stabbed to death and their bodies were found in or near Ryan's mobile home on U.S. 1 in Amity, Maine. It has been reported that Thayne Michael Ormsby was dating Mariah Ryan, Jeffrey Ryan's 16-year-old daughter.

In 2008, Thayne Michael Ormsby lived as a live-in-campaign-aide to John Frary, a Republican Party candidate for Congress in the 2nd Congressional Distirct (Maine). He also attended a number of Tea Party rallies and sought to speak at them. In addition, from July 2, 2009 until January 7, 2010, Thayne Michael Ormsby served as President of the Objectivist Party of Maine. He resigned his membership in the Objectivist Party on January 7, 2010.

Dr. Tom Stevens, Objectivist Party Chair, commented on Thayne's involvement in the party as follows:

Thayne Michael Ormsby contacted the Objectivist Party and sought to become a member. He was very committed to a pro-liberty agenda and was seeking to develop his personal, professional and political skills. Mr. Ormsby appeared to be a very charismatic and intelligent individual with great potential. I offered to help him in any way I could and the Governing Board of the Objectivist Party appointed him to serve as President of the Objectivist Party of Maine on July 2, 2009. Over the following months, Mr. Ormsby was often distracted by illegal drugs, alcohol and a particular woman he sought to marry and start a family with. His commitment to going back to school to get an education and to developing his skills waned and in time, no option remained except for him to resign.

It appears that Thayne Michael Ormsby has confessed to the murders even though a realistic motive for these horrific crimes has yet to be reported. There is no excuse for the actions he took and I fully expect Mr. Ormsby will spend most of the rest of his life in prison. It is a great tragedy when emotions and irrationality cause someone to take actions that will negatively affect the rest of their life. Had Mr. Ormsby remained an Objectivist Party member committed to a purposeful life based on reason and logic, he may have been able to avoid his current predicament. I was prepared to provide Mr. Ormsby advice and guidance but he was not at a point in his life when he was willing to accept it. Instead he chose to act on impulse without regard to future consequences. That is not the Objectivist way.

Thayne Michael Ormsby is being held without bail and will face an extradition hearing in Dover, New Hampshire on July 16, 2010. More details about these murders are contained in the Affidavit of Detective Joshua Haines, which you can read at:

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