Prescott community mourns passing of William Rodgers
by Friends of the Catalyst Thursday December 22, 2005 at 03:08 PM

This is a great loss for our community. We love you, Bill.

Statement from the Friends of the Catalyst

We mourn the passing of our dear friend and community member, Bill
Rodgers, who worked tirelessly for the causes of social justice and
environmental sustainability. We ask that he be remembered as the gentle,
kind, and compassionate person we all knew and loved here in Prescott. We
remain committed to continuing the work of community building and
ecological awareness, through the Catalyst Infoshop, as part of the legacy
Bill helped to create. We wish our friend the peace and serenity that he
strived so hard to create in this world. This is a great loss for our
community. We love you, Bill.


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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- An Arizona bookstore owner charged with ecosabotage in Washington state and suspected of arson in Colorado was found dead in a Flagstaff, Ariz., jail cell Thursday.

The Coconio County Sheriff's Office said that William Rodgers, 40, of Prescott, committed suicide. The county medical examiner determined that Rodgers suffocated after placing a plastic bag over his head while he was being held in a one-person cell.

Rodgers was one of six people arrested this month in connection with eco-terrorist attacks in Oregon and Washington State in recent years. He was charged in the firebombing of a government wildlife lab in Washington state.

In an affidavit filed in federal court last week, an FBI agent said Rodgers attended a meeting of Earth Liberation Front members in western Colorado where the arson of the Vail Ski Resort was planned.

Rodgers and Chelsea Gerlach, 28, of Portland, Ore., were the first people to be named as suspects in the 1998 Vail Mountain fires, which did $12 million in damage. No indictments have been returned in that case.