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The 203-page book, "Case For A Pardon", the Pete O'Neal Story costs $25 when purchased in person and $28 when purchased over the internet at www.caseforapardon.com. The book starts with a foreword written by Pete O'Neal's third cousin, Congressman Rev. Emanuel Cleaver.

Cleaver details the small town atmosphere in Texas where both their ancestors were born and raised.

The book begins with O'Neal as a teen incarcerated in a Stockton, Calif. jail for receiving stolen property. He makes his way to the laundry room, where he breaks a window then shimmies to the ground before climbing an 18 foot fence then runs to freedom. He eventually finds transportation in the form of a freight train that makes its way to San Francisco. Eventually, he finds his way back home to Kansas City.

Kansas City Police find him inside his mother's home and he is arrested and returned to California, where he completes his prison term. What remains is a felony charge that would hang over his head in the years to come.

Angry over a public slight by the wife of a Kansas City police officer and disillusioned over the plight of African Americans in Kansas City, he begins his mini-revolution. He starts the Kansas City Chapter of the Black Panthers and declares himself the chairman. The book weaves through several public demonstrations held under his leadership including taking on a racist church located in the black community. The book also explores a Black Panther-Kansas City Mafia connection and examines the relationship or lack of a relationship between O'Neal's number one nemesis Kansas City Police Chief Clarence Kelley. The book explores the charges lodged against O'Neal for gun possession and illegal transportation of a weapon across state lines. That childhood felony from the past come back to haunt him. He is prohibited from being in possession of the weapon that he is accused of transporting. The biography explores he and his wife's subsequent flight abroad. The work also looks at the relationship between he and Eldridge Cleaver, both leaders of the international section of the Panthers.

In exile, O'Neal changes. Meanwhile the FBI files are opened. They reveal an agency paranoid over the Kansas City Panthers positive grip on the media and the people of Kansas City. In exile, O'Neal befriends Geronimo Pratt, the former leader of the Los Angeles chapter who was exonerated after spending 27 years in prison. He dies in Tanzania.

O'Neal eventually adopts 23 Tanzanian children and starts his own Children's Home. He raises them as if they were his own. Efforts to allow him to come back to America continue in the courts, but the government seems just as determined to put O'Neal behind bars in 2013 as they were back in 1970. Until someone like Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama, men steeped in the law embrace O'Neal's "case for a pardon," he'll remain an exiled Black Panther in Africa.