a scene from clover's movie footage
In 1996, a young man named "Clover"
hitchhiked across America in search of his
long-lost father, Jonathan Day McGinnis, a
domestic terrorist who was wanted by the FBI for murder (along with transporting explosives across state lines).
Capturing the cross-country journey with his
camcorder over a period of four weeks,
Clover eventually made his way to
McGinnis's southern Nevada ranch
where he managed to capture the
next murder on tape and kick-off a
chase that ended up foiling a
secret terrorist plot.
McGinnis was the suspected leader in
the plot and a participant in the
Patriot Movement along with other
including his own militia group.
Jonathan Day McGinnis
Jonathan "Jack" Day McGinnis
Calling themselves the Brothers of Jefferson,
this militia group was founded on McGinnis'
Red White & Blue Freedom Manifesto, a
document he wrote from his jail cell while
serving time for blowing up a neighbor's
dam in 1977 in upstate New York.
A few weeks after capturing this story on videotape, the filmmaker revisited the
ranch at dusk to shoot additional footage. After shooting, and as he was returning to town, he was pulled over, handcuffed at gunpoint and investigated by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers and a representative from the department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
After three hours in custody, he was released
on his own recognizance.
Clover eventually turned his footage into a
movie and sent it to the authorities as well as
an investigative reporter in Las Vegas.
Clover's Movie premiered in December 2000 and last screened in Las Vegas in
He has not been seen or heard of since.
His mother is conducting a search for him.
If you discover and provide
the house number, street and city
of clover's last seen whereabouts,
she will be very grateful.
However, do not attempt to or
succeed in harming anyone in the process.
Clover's life was devoted to peace and his
mother would consider it a disgrace
if any harm came to anyone in the
course of the search.
If you discover Clover's address,
please send it in confidence
with your contact information
via e-mail to: