Billy Ray Waldon

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Billy Ray Waldon
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Waldon in 2007
Born (1952-01-03) January 3, 1952 (age 69)
Conviction(s)First-degree murder (3 counts)
Criminal penaltyDeath (February 28, 1992)
Imprisoned atSan Quentin State Prison

Billy Ray Waldon (born January 3, 1952),[1] also known as Billy Joe Waldon or Nvwtohiyada Idehesdi Sequoyah, is a convicted rapist and murderer. Born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, he is on death row in California for a crime spree which claimed three lives.[2] On May 16, 1986, he became the 399th fugitive listed by the FBI on the Ten Most Wanted List. He was arrested June 16, 1986, in San Diego, California, after local police attempted to pull him over for a routine traffic citation.[3] His deadly crime spree was featured in the book "Murders in Paradise" by Rose G. Handelberg.[4]

Efforts to overturn the conviction[edit]

Since 1992, the organization "Friends of Sequoyah, Team Research Switzerland" have been trying to overturn the conviction, claiming that "...Devoid of both motive and forensic evidence, the prosecution case rested on stolen property found in a car belonging to NIS, questionable eye-witness testimony, and a proficiency in outmaneuvering an unskilled and inadequately prepared defense, unable to attach substance to its claims of political subterfuge targeting American Indian activists..."[5]


Poliespo (Polisinteza Esperanto, Polisinteza Esperanto, "Polysynthetic Esperanto", also Po), is an international auxiliary language created by Waldon.[6][5][2] The principle of creation of Poliespo was Nvwtohiyada's belief that certain languages contain words that made communication quicker, which he referred to as "lightning bolts" or "lightning words", and the goal was to combine as many of these as possible into one language.[citation needed] The language was originally referred to as Anagalisgi, the romanized form of Cherokee word for lightning. Most of Poliespo comes from Cherokee, English, Esperanto, and Spanish, the languages that Nvwtohiyada could speak.[citation needed] The language structure is more similar to Ido than to Esperanto, since radicals are inflected; therefore, the language is not perfectly agglutinative. Unlike Ido, it has only one prefix in addition to those of Esperanto: pe-, which is used to indicate the "neutral" gender. Besides the accusative, there is also a subject suffix, as in Korean and Japanese.[citation needed] In Poliespo, there are two forms of oral speech. If one does not understand what you say in Poliespo, referred to as Idpo, one should repeat themselves in Esperanto, referred to as Zaespo.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wanted by FBI Billy Ray Waldon FBI Wanted Poster". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Archived from the original on April 25, 2021. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "SAN DIEGO : Billy Ray Waldon Gets Death Sentence". Los Angeles Times. February 29, 1992. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
  3. ^ Federal Bureau of Investigation (2000). FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives Program: 50th Anniversary 1950-2000. K&D Limited, Inc.
  4. ^ Handelberg, Rose G. (1994). Murders In Paradise. Kensington Publishing Corporation. ISBN 9780786000371.
  5. ^ a b Sapsford, Philip; Marinucci, Claudio (Winter 2003–2004). "The Death Penalty: Can Delay Render Execution Unlawful?" (PDF). Human Rights Advocates. Vol. 42. Berkeley, CA. pp. 9–11.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  6. ^ Wallace, Amy (June 30, 1991). "Making a Case for Providing Own Defense". Los Angeles Times.

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