The Bizarre Tale of Sam Lone Wolf, the "Spiritual Elder" in the Case of the White Buffalo
His real name, in fact, was Joseph Angel Molano. Leach found Lone Wolf's father in Puerto Rico, who told him he hadn't seen his son since he was charged on suspicion of assault with intent to rape in San Juan when he was roughly 14 years old. He said a judge sent him away to a reform school in Washington, D.C. (according to FBI records, he was incarcerated for two years). Leach obtained Lone Wolf's FBI rap sheet and a National Crime Information Center teletype containing all criminal charges linked to his fingerprints, and forming something of a map of Lone Wolf's peripatetic tendencies.
When he was sentenced to one year in the penitentiary for two counts of grand larceny in Fairfax County, Virginia, in 1987, he went by Charles Thunderhawk. He used the same name when he was sent up again for attempted robbery and the use of a firearm shortly thereafter, according to documents released by the Hunt County Sheriff's Office. At other times he was known as Joe Quinones, Sean Beauchamp, Joseph Lee and John Haggerty.
His rap sheet puts him, at one time or another, in Baton Rouge, San Diego, the Seminole Reservation in Florida and Denver. Needless to say, when Leach filed his affidavit, the prosecution abandoned him as a witness. The murder charge against Catch the Bear was later dropped too.
I doubt Arby Little Soldier knew any of this when he sought the man out for advice. One piece of it Little Soldier says he received was an admonition not to touch the white buffalo before its first birthday. That means no vaccinations. The investigators' best guess, based on what evidence was left, was that both the white buffalo, its mother, and several other buffalo on the ranch died of blackleg, a fatal bacterial infection that is commonly averted in both cattle and buffalo by a vaccine.
Little Soldier said Lone Wolf told him the white buffalo needed a year to assume its power. Without that vaccine, it didn't see its first birthday.