Photo: “Man in scuba mask (?) with a camera (Terry Norman), other people stand and walk nearby,” Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

MAY 4 1970

Terrence Brooks Norman (born April 30, 1949) was a Kent State University student allegedly involved in the Kent State shootings.

Norman was a junior at the University when soldiers from the Ohio National Guard killed four students and wounded others during a May 4, 1970 protest. Norman was present at the protest and was photographing the demonstrators for both the campus police and the FBI, a fact that was initially denied by both agencies but later confirmed.

After the shooting, Sylvester Del Corso, the Ohio National Guard’s top general, released a public statement claiming that Norman had admitted firing four shots at the demonstrators in self-defense. He later backed off from that statement.

There were several reasons why Norman was suspected of starting the tragedy:

  • Norman was the only person on campus other than a Guardsman known to have been armed with a weapon;
  • The Guard continued to insist that a single shot of unknown origin preceded the 13-second volley of gunfire; and
  • There had been a previous and never-fully-explained incident on Blanket Hill in which Norman drew his gun and pointed it at students. Norman had scuffled with some fellow students and reportedly drawn his gun before being chased by several men across the campus to the campus police and National Guard. One of his pursuers, graduate student Harold Reid, yelled, “Stop that man! He has a gun.”


A Special Agent of the FBI interacted with Terry Norman on May 3, 1970 and May 4, 1970.
* See page 9,10 of Section 1 FBI document.

The gun in Terry Norman’s possession on May 4, 1970 was purchased by the Akron Police Department. It was allegedly sold to Norman by a police officer.
* See page 36, 37 of Section 38 FBI document.

Terrence B. Norman currently resides at 389 Cascade Trail, Pisgah Forest, NC 28769. Recent attempts to communicate with him regarding his role in the assassination of four Kent State students have been unsuccessful.

MAY 4 2016

Michael Kuzma, a local lawyer, filed a federal court lawsuit seeking the release of FBI documents related to the Kent State shooting and the people, known and unknown, behind it.

The suit, filed on the anniversary of the bloodshed, seeks documents related to former FBI informant Terry Norman, the Kent State student who was carrying a pistol that day.

The FBI has already released a significant amount of documents regarding the campus shooting, but Kuzma insists there may be more that needs to be unearthed. He thinks Norman, whom the FBI has acknowledged was an informant, is the key to filling in the gaps.

“Why did he have a gun?” Kuzma asked. “We want to know to what extent the FBI controlled his actions that day.”

The FBI, citing privacy concerns, refused Kuzma’s initial request for more documents, and Kuzma followed up by filing his civil suit. Buffalo lawyer Daire Brian Irwin is representing Kuzma.

[ SOURCE: Buffalo News Article, “Trigger of Kent State shootings is at heart of lawsuit seeking FBI documents”, by Phil Fairbanks. ]

Photo: “Terry Norman with camera surrounded by National Guard personnel,” Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.


FBI Files Concerning Terrence B. Norman & Kent State

Litigation Letter

Pages: 3
File Size: 152K


Section 1

Pages: 20
File Size: 938K

Bulky 847

Pages: 7
File Size: 303K

Section 38

Pages: 110
File Size: 6MB


Pages: 34
File Size: 1MB

USA -v- Terrence B. Norman

Pages: 348 (FULL DOC)
File Size: 14MB

Flight Risk

Pages: 47-51 (EXCERPT)
File Size: 433K

Presentence Report Redacted

Pages: 301-303 (EXCERPT)
File Size: 303K

Terry Norman Embezzles more than $675K

Associated Press | Nov 24, 1994

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two former Anacomp, Inc., employees pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of mail fraud and money laundering stemming from the embezzlement of more than $675,000 in company funds.

Terrence B. Norman, 43, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, two counts of mail fraud and two counts of money laundering.

Judge John Tinder then sentenced Norman to 50 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervision, and ordered him to pay Anacomp $300,000 in restitution.

Norman’s wife, Kathleen B. Norman — also a former Anacomp employee — pleaded guilty to three counts of money laundering and received a sentence of 15 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervision. She also was ordered to pay $147,414 in restitution to Anacomp.

Terrence Norman, who was in charge of Anacomp’s telecommunications system, has admitted orchestrating the creation of two fictitious businesses that submitted fake invoices to Anacomp, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. The invoices were then approved for payment.

A third defendant, Kingdon B. Blabon, of San Diego, Calif., has also been charged with conspiracy in the case and is expected to plead guilty next January, said assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon M. Jackson.


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