The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) knew they were hanging their hat on a flimsy hook when they bedded Richard Wade Kendrick as their “star” witness in the RICO lawsuit against Van der linde Recycling.

Kendrick’s long history of legal transgression and punishment was crowned by a December 10, 2009 extortion conviction. The extortee? His former boss, Peter Van der linde, owner of Van der linde Recycling.

In spite of Kendrick’s conviction (which should have been an embarrassment to the RSWA), the Association’s Executive Director, Tom Frederick, and RSWA board member, Charlottesville City Councilor, David Brown, insist they are on solid ground in continuing to pursue the Van der linde persecution.

Is the RSWA’s disgraced star witness worth the gamble of nearly $3 million in taxpayer and ratepayer funds, the estimated eventual public cost of the Authority’s lawsuit?

Here, for the first time publicly, is Richard Wade Kendrick’s rambling $90 thousand blackmail letter to Van der linde. Read the document (below) and draw your own conclusions.

If you’re convinced that the RSWA suit is unfounded:

  1. Sign the Drop the Van der linde lawsuit petition
  2. Call the RSWA and demand they drop the lawsuit: (434) 977-2976
  3. Email Charlottesville City Council:
  4. Email Albemarle County Board of Supervisors:

Tell the powers that be: Not in our name, not on our dime. Drop the Van der linde lawsuit.

Van Der Linde Extortion Letter


  1. “David Brown, insist they are on solid ground in continuing to pursue the Van der linde persecution.”
    Can anyone think of atime that David Brown assessed an issue with clear reasoning or just plain common sense? He’s always a puppet.

  2. From David Brown’s lips to Jonathan Blank’s ears (with apologies to James & Bobby Purify):

    Pull the string and I’ll wink at you, I’m your puppet
    I’ll do funny things if you want me to, I’m your puppet

    I’ll be yours to have and to hold
    Mr. Blank, you’ve got full control of your puppet

    Pull another string and I’ll vote your wish, I’m your puppet
    Snap your finger and I’ll turn you some flips, I’m your puppet

    Your every wish is my command
    All you gotta do is wiggle your little hand
    I’m your puppet, I’m your puppet

    I’m just a toy, just a funny boy
    That makes you laugh when you’re blue
    I’ll be wonderful, do just what I’m told
    I’ll do anything for you
    I’m your puppet, I’m your puppet

    Pull them little strings and I’ll sing you a song, I’m your puppet
    Make me do right or make me do wrong, I’m your puppet

    Treat me good and I’ll do anything
    I’m just a puppet an you hold my string, I’m your puppet
    Yeah, I’m your puppet

    Walking, talking, living, voting puppet
    I’m hanging on a string boy, I’ll do anything now

    I’m a walking, talking, living, voting puppet, and I love you

    I’m a smiling happy face when you want me to
    Even make you happy when you’re feeling blue

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