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July 10, 2017

uncanny resemblances

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elsie borden:

elsie borden

http://www.crimearchives.net/1893_borden/images/

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Ella Mundell:

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PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MURDERER (MORMON LDS-LSD ACID TRIP AND 77 SUNSETS TRIP)

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prussic acid

bobbi yogo vortex

the day after yogo

A CONVERSATION WITH JOEY STOCKTON

Filed under: Uncategorized — kswatcher @ 1:23 am

Annie Stockton

i forgot to ask you…………..your dad had a ring with a very large blue sapphire and diamonds on each side of it. it might have belonged to actor alan ladd at one time. it was purchased by harvey from a stolen jewelry fencing operation under mysterious circumstances. did you ever see it?

 

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12/1, 9:42pm

Annie Stockton

look at the dates on this – november 2, 1962 http://www.nndb.com/people/517/000031424/

Alan Ladd

www.nndb.comBorn: 3-Sep-1913Birthplace: Hot Springs, ARDied: 29-Jan-1964Location of death: Palm Springs, CACause of death: Accident – OverdoseRemains: Buried, Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, CA

12/1, 11:51pm

Annie Stockton

these pictures are blurry, but it shows the size of it. i think it had 4 antique mine cut diamonds on each side.

Harvey’s Ring

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Tuesday

12/2, 12:14pm

Annie Stockton

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogo_sapphire ? i really need for you to talk to me about this.

Yogo sapphire – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

en.wikipedia.orgYogo sapphires are a variety of corundum found only in Yogo Gulch, part of the Little Belt Mountains in Judith Basin County, Montana, United States, on land once inhabited by the Piegan Blackfeet people. Yogos are typically cornflower blue, a result of trace amounts of iron and titanium. They have h…

Tuesday

12/2, 6:48pm

Annie Stockton

joe, please tell me – do you remember that ring? was it ever made into something else? do you know what happened to it? it should have been yours to inherit. if it was a yogo sapphire, and there are reasons to think that it was – do you know what it’s monetary value might have been?

12/2, 6:50pm

Annie Stockton

 

 

Western Cowboy Artist Charles Marion Russell from Missouri went to work for the Yogo Sapphire mine in Montana at it’s inception. the picture is blurry, but notice the ring.

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12/2, 6:53pm

Annie Stockton

PATHOLOGIST MICHAEL SCOTT HANDLER MD 12408 RUSSELL ST, OVERLAND PARK, KS

can you tell me why your dad was working 2 jobs? he told me that he was lucky if he got 4 hours of sleep at night before going to his day job.

12/2, 7:22pm

Annie Stockton

your dad was found wearing a prussian blue sweatshirt with a yellow collared shirt underneath it and they claim that a pink charlotte russe shopping bag was secured around his neck with zip ties. a light enhanced closeup of the eye that is partially open in the photograph shows that the iris of the eye is burned and is indistinguishable from the white part of the eye. this cannot be reconciled with post-mortem decay. the first tests on animals using hydrogen cyanide were done by placing drops in the eyes. it was fatal within 1 to 30 minutes. hydrogen cyanide breaks down in the body very quickly and can be difficult to detect.

cyanuric fluorine is made from a pink fluorite crystal. cyanide makes the victim’s skin appear pink and flushed with a similar effect of carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prussian_blue

 

cyanide can be made from a prussia blue pigment

hydrogen cyanide (prussic acid) from prussian blue pigment and sulfuric acid:

1780-90; translation of French acide prussique (equivalent to Prusse Prussia + -ique -ic ); so called because it was first obtained by heating Prussian blue with sulfuric acid.

In 1752, the French chemist Pierre Macquer made the important step of showing that Prussian blue could be converted to iron oxide plus a volatile component and that these could be used to reconstitute it. The new component was what we now know as hydrogen cyanide.

Hydrogen cyanide has been absorbed into a carrier for use as a pesticide. Under IG Farben’s brand name Zyklon B (German >Cyclone B, with the B standing for Blausäure – “Prussic Acid”), it was used in the German concentration camp mass killing during World War II. The same product is currently made in the Czech Republic under the trademark “Uragan D2”. Hydrogen cyanide was also the agent employed in judicial execution in some U.S. states, where it was produced during the execution by the action of sulfuric acid on an egg-sized mass of potassium cyanide.

hydrogen cyanide is known to to make the victim appear very pink and flushed – in much the same way that carbon dioxide has that effect.

russian charlatans:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/charlotte+russe

 

 

Today

7:32am

Joe Stockton

Ya later this week is perfect. I never have seen that ring

11:07am

Annie Stockton

i already found the evidence being communicated that it was a yogo, and that explains why the gemology lab that took the ring to before giving it to your dad – couldn’t confirm if it was genuine sapphire because of it’s lack of inclusions. yogo sapphires are flawless and without inclusions, but they are usually small and a lighter corn flower blue color. this would mean that it was or is probably the largest flawless yogo known to exist and with deep rich coloring. mary ellen, RJ, and michael obviously knew about it, and somebody determined that it was a yogo. there’s so much that you need to tell me about the atmosphere and relationships in that home. i’m guessing that your dad must have had it in a safety deposit box that they didn’t have access to. If i’m correct about what happened, there are some very sick, twisted, and ruthless people involved in this, and your silence won’t protect you – they’ll see it as a weakness and possibly an invitation that might embolden them to ensure your silence.

FYI:

Yogo sapphires do not have inclusions because they come from deep within the earth and undergo extreme heat.

Yogo sapphires are a variety of corundum found only in Yogo Gulch, part of the Little Belt Mountains in Judith Basin County, Montana, United States, on land once inhabited by the Piegan Blackfeet people. (former Franco-Algerian population, see Pieds-noir.)

Yogo sapphires were not initially recognized or valued. Gold was discovered at Yogo Creek in 1866, and though “blue pebbles” were noticed alongside gold in the stream alluvium by 1878, it was not until 1894 that the “blue pebbles” were recognized as sapphires. Sapphire mining began in 1895 after a local rancher named Jake Hoover sent a cigar box of gems he had collected to an assay office, which in turn sent them to Tiffany’s in New York, where an appraiser pronounced them “the finest precious gemstones ever found in the United States”. Hoover then purchased the original mother lode from a sheepherder, later selling it to other investors. This became the highly profitable “English Mine”, which flourished from 1899 until the 1920s. A second operation, the “American Mine”, was owned by a series of investors in the western section of the Yogo dike, but was less profitable and bought out by the syndicate that owned the English Mine. In 1984, a third set of claims, known as the VORTEX mine, opened.

1:16pm

Annie Stockton

these are youtube accounts belonging to a couple of people that i’ve been in contact with and have been watching for almost 5 years. they claim to be from the las vegas area. by the time you look at these accounts, their content might have been changed. somebody seems to be able to see what i look at online. have you ever heard the names Jon Hisey or Robert Peirce? do the pahura’s have friends or contacts in las vegas?

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO1-OHfmt_oDjHVADYEU0Mg

https://www.youtube.com/user/IRIDIUM77TT/featured

I believe that the ring band contained iridium. All other vintage and antique yogo sapphires that i’ve found have been marked as iridium content in the metal.

i can’t prove what has happened – especially when there are people in law enforcement and government in johnson county purposely trying to deny access to evidence, however, the best protection for personal safety is to publish the known information. otherwise, they might feel that they could simply conspire to stage another fake suicide and plan on blocking access to any evidence and proof otherwise – in the same manner as they did with your dad.

do you understand what i’m telling you? i’m not crazy and i’m not exaggerating the situation.

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another account that has been closed was called IAMAVORTEX

 

1:30pm

Annie Stockton

have you ever seen any of these people before? the blonde haired guy is christian moore who moved from las vegas to johnson county, ks within a couple of months after your dad was killed. i’m guessing that the bald guy might be related to snyders. is it a coincidence that one of the guys wearing a suit looks like russel brand? from what i can determine, christian moore is a very wealthy and educated man from an aristocratic family in pennsylvania.

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Christian’s business partner:

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iamavortex – yogo sapphire vortex mining co.

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a double crosser

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H is for Harvey (Stockton)

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Bobbi, that’s not really a very accurate description other than the part about a church sale, is it? what is this about iridium and circa 1890 – 1930?

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Harvey’s ring also belonged to actor alan ladd and western artist charles marion russell?

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a charlotte russe bag places over a victims head, a pathologist on russell street, and prussic acid

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Police Chief Frank Donchez

Filed under: Uncategorized — kswatcher @ 12:42 am

why would any city want to employ this man in the position of police chief?

Most people think that law enforcement employees are hired to protect the public whose money also pays for their salaries in the form of taxes.  Mr. Francis R. Donchez, Esq. seems to think that his primary and only obligation in law enforcement is to protect law enforcement agencies and their employees against complaints and/or prosecution for illegal and violent behavior directed against the people they are hired and sworn to protect.

When I look at the employment history of Mr. Donchez, I can’t help but ask why the City of Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas would have selected him as their police chief.

Resume of Mr. Francis R. Donchez, ESQ.:

http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/724511/donchez-francis-media.pdf

Please take note of the year 1997 for future reference regarding the wrongful death of mr. hirko which cost the taxpayers of Bethlehem, PA about 8 million dollars.

Records claim that Frank Robert Donchez, Jr. also uses the alias name of Frank J. Donchez.

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Let’s begin in 1997 in the town of Bethlehem, PA and 21-year-old John Hirko, Jr.   By coincidence, the mayor of Bethlehem, PA is also a Mr. Robert Donchez, however, I haven’t been able to establish the familial relationship between him and Francis Robert Donchez.  “Bob” also served on the Mayor’s task force for community policing.  

Mayor Bob Donchez is a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church where he serves as a lector, usher and is a member of the Church Finance Committee.

Associate Member of Fraternal Order of Police Star Lodge #20

Member – Bethlehem City Council (1996-2014)

President of Bethlehem City Council (2008-2012 (1998-2002)

Member of Public Safety Committee – Chairman (2012-2014) (2002-2008)

(1996-1998)

Member of Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Community Policing

(2006-2007)

Member of Mayor’s Task Force on Community Policing (2005)

THE WRONGFUL DEATH OF JOHN HIRKO, JR.

http://www.pennsylvania-defense-lawyer.com/pa-police-brutality-history/

“If you’ve never heard of John Hirko, Jr., it’s time you did. He was a young man from Bethlehem. He had no criminal record. He was killed by the Bethlehem SWAT team.

According to a running series from Radley Balko at the Huffington Post, this is only one of countless raids-gone-wrong over the past few decades—raids that demonstrate the growing militaristic police force and the dangers we all face when confronted by them.

The SWAT team were tipped off that Hirko might be selling drugs out of the home he shared with his girlfriend. Rather than substantiating this tip, they set up a raid.

The SWAT team threw a flash-bang grenade through the window, just seconds after knocking. Then, they stormed the house. Hirko, thinking he was being robbed, was found holding a gun in his home. The police opened fire. Officer Joseph Riedy shot him 11 times, nine of which were in the back.

A second grenade was thrown near Hirko, triggering a fire that burned the house down and took any chance of saving Hirko with it. His body was burned “beyond recognition.”

Despite the many problems with this raid, including the fact that Hirko’s girlfriend says there was no evidence of drug distribution found, Hirko’s death was ruled a justifiable homicide by the District Attorney. Officer Riedy was later named “Officer of the Year.”

The Bethlehem SWAT team was a rag-tag bunch. They had no written procedures or guidelines and no standards for joining. If you were a cop and you wanted in, you were accepted. They were headed up by Officer Kirby Williams, someone who senior officials in the department had been warned about—“If the wrong guy gets up there, somebody was going to get injured or killed,” warned one officer.

Hirko was that someone.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/31/raid-of-the-day-john-hirk_n_2589653.html

In April 1997, a SWAT team in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania raided the home of John Hirko, Jr. after an informant claimed to have purchased drugs from him. Within minutes Hirko was dead, and his body consumed by fire.

The police started the raid by tossing a flash grenade through a window, just a few seconds after knocking. When Hirko emerged from a bedroom with a gun, Officer Joseph Riedy shot Hirko 11 times, nine times in the back. One of the SWAT cops then detonated a second flash grenade near Hirko, sparking a fire that destroyed the house and prevented police or paramedics from giving Hirko any medical attention. The fire burned Hirko’s body beyond recognition.

Hirko had no criminal record, but police claimed to have found evidence of drug distribution in the house after the raid. Hirko’s fiancée said they were only recreational users, and that Hirko believed he was being robbed at the time of the raid. The local district attorney determined Hirko’s death was a justifiable homicide. The following year Officer Riedy, the cop who killed Hirko, was named “Officer of the Year.”

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In the lawsuit Hirko’s family filed against the city, expert witnesses for Hirko’s estate testified that the disorienting effects of the grenade and its deployment in such close proximity to the alleged announcement, along with the lack of a clear police insignia on the SWAT team’s black, military-style uniforms would have made it difficult for anyone to determine if they were being apprehended by police or invaded by unlawful intruders. Another witness for Hirko’s family — a police officer from the same department that conducted the raid — testified that five months before the raid, he had warned senior officials in the department not to promote Officer Kirby Williams to head up the SWAT team, cautioning that, ‘’If the wrong guy gets up there, somebody was going to get injured or killed.” Williams was promoted anyway. The SWAT team had no written procedures, and there were no standards or qualifications to join — any officer who volunteered could serve on the team.

The expert witness for the city — a longtime officer with the LAPD SWAT team — testified that SWAT officers should not have insignia on their uniforms to make them easily identifiable as police officers, because doing so “would make them a target.” He also testified that Hirko should not have been confronted outside his home, and that police were correct to storm the house to take Hirko by surprise. In short, he testified that there was nothing problematic about a raid that left a house destroyed, a man shot nine times in the back, and a charred corpse.

The federal jury disagreed, finding in 2004 that the SWAT team had violated Hirko’s civil rights. Soon after the verdict, the city of Bethlehem settled with Hirko’s estate for $8 million, nearly a fourth of the city’s annual budget.

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/investigations/mc-bethlehem-hirko-tax-20151124-story.html

What happened to the Hirko tax in Bethlehem?

Bethlehem officials last month unceremoniously cut the final $876,960 check to pay off a debt rooted in a tragedy.

The city was found liable in 2004 for a botched drug raid in which police fatally shot John Hirko Jr. and, rather than let that same jury decide an award some feared could bankrupt Bethlehem, officials negotiated a settlement that put taxpayers on the hook for $7.39 million.

“It’s a chapter in Bethlehem history that has now closed,” said Mayor Robert Donchez, who was on City Council at the time of the trial. “We are moving forward and hopefully will never see that type of case again.”

But while the last payment perhaps represents a cathartic moment, the practicality of the debt being repaid will change city finances very little, and the 0.5-mill tax levied to pay it off — the so-called Hirko tax — will stay on the books.

Though Bethlehem has deleted the description of the tax as the “Hirko settlement debt” in the budget proposed for next year, that tax money instead will be dedicated to pay off other borrowing.

Hirko deal: $8 million, reforms

So in some ways like the state’s century-old Johnstown Flood levy, the cost of the Hirko tax doesn’t just go away with the debt’s retirement.

Since the city floated a bond to pay for the Hirko settlement, the city has taken on tens of millions of new debt to pay for capital improvements and — in 2011 — another $16 million to erase a deficit. So, as some bonds get paid off — including the Hirko bond — new debt financed by new bonds takes their place.

The goal is to create overall debt bills that don’t fluctuate much year to year.

In place of the Hirko bond next year, more of the previous borrowings will be paid — debt service will creep up $170,000 to $5.6 million in the general fund.

Donchez said the city has nowhere to cut to cover that debt expense.

He said the city is already at 610 employees — the lowest in recent history — and is dealing with rising health and pension costs. The city has posted small surpluses in recent years and Donchez is proposing a property tax increase of 0.49 mills for Northampton County and 0.15 mills for Lehigh County.

Councilman Michael Recchiuti, who questioned the administration on the Hirko tax, said he does not object to the use of the tax money, but thought the change should have been better explained.

“I just wish there was a little more transparency in the budget process here,” Recchiuti said.

The Hirko tax amounts to 0.5 mills for Northampton County sections of the city. That tax, by resolution of council, was dedicated to pay off the Hirko borrowing. The net property tax increase proposed for next year is 0.49 mills, which coupled with the 0.5-mill tax that had been dedicated to the Hirko expenses that no longer exist, means the tax hit is essentially 0.99 mills for Northampton. Lehigh County would face a similar increase.

John Callahan, who negotiated the settlement weeks after being sworn in as mayor in 2004, said he had no preconceived idea about whether the Hirko tax would be eliminated at the conclusion of paying off the debt because it is hard to predict a city’s future needs.

But, he said, recent history now shows that the settlement was in the best interest of the city.

“We were able to put in place a payment system that allowed us to balance budgets, lower the overall debt service and also make critical investments in our future,” Callahan said. ” … Once we were able to put a plan in place, the cloud of uncertainty cleared and, as a consequence, we saw a lot of investment in the city of Bethlehem.”

The settlement stems from a 1997 South Side raid in which police shot to death 21-year-old Hirko, a suspected drug dealer, and accidentally set fire to his home.

A civil rights lawsuit, filed by Hirko’s family, fiancee and landlord, went to trial 11 years ago. Not all the jurors agreed on the verdict, and Callahan decided to accept a verdict that was not unanimous, thinking the city came off well at the trial. But the majority of the jury sided with the plaintiffs.

The city at the time had just $500,000 insurance coverage, and taxpayers had to foot the rest of the bill of the settlement that was then negotiated.

Funding the tax rate had been a tumultuous debate on council. Callahan proposed to start with small Hirko payments and increase them over the years as the city paid off other debt.

But City Council objected, eventually leading council members to override Callahan’s veto so that the debt service payments would be equal.

Since then, City Council passed a law requiring the city to have at least $10 million in insurance coverage. The city currently is insured for $11 million. The police department, per the Hirko settlement, has also been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Officer Riedy taken off SWAT team, and the Bethlehem police union objects, saying that he was wrongly punished for the Hirko Lawsuit verdict.

http://articles.mcall.com/2004-05-01/news/3541995_1_police-union-police-force-excessive-force

Joseph Riedy, the Bethlehem police officer who shot John Hirko Jr. to death, has been removed from the squad that raided Hirko’s home because of concerns that Riedy’s participation would make the city vulnerable in future lawsuits.

City and police union officials confirmed Friday that Riedy was taken off the emergency response team after a federal jury found he used excessive force by shooting Hirko at least 10 times. Riedy also was removed as a police force instructor in the use of force and firearms.

The move prompted the police union to file a grievance objecting to the city’s action. The union claims the action violates the union contract, hurts police morale and wrongly punishes Riedy.

“It has devastated the morale of the Police Department,” said lawyer George Kounoupis, representing the union. “It has devastated Officer Riedy.”

But Police Commissioner Francis Donchez Jr. said the action was not meant to punish Riedy. “There’s no better trainer than Joe Riedy,” Donchez said.

Instead, Donchez said he removed Riedy at the direction of city solicitor John Spirk Jr. If the police are sued again for allegedly using excessive force, even the “worst lawyer” would raise questions about why Riedy continued to serve on the emergency response team and as a firearms instructor, Donchez said.

“Any plaintiff’s attorney worth his salt would make an issue of it,” Donchez said. “Why give a future litigator any ammunition you don’t have to give him?”

Mayor John Callahan said that while he has thought about what’s best for Riedy, it’s more important to think about the best interests of the city and the police force. “I can’t necessarily think about one officer,” the mayor said.

The action will not affect Riedy’s full-time status as a patrol sergeant. His role as an instructor and a leader of the emergency response team earned him extra pay.

A federal jury concluded March 4 that Riedy and the city violated the civil rights of Hirko, his fiancee and his landlord during a 1997 drug raid that left Hirko dead from gunshot wounds and his body burned beyond recognition. In addition to shooting Hirko, Riedy accidentally set his rental house on fire with a flash-bang distraction device.

Facing a potential damages verdict, the city agreed two weeks later to pay nearly $8 million to settle the case and agreed to specific police reforms.

The city’s business administrator, Dennis Reichard, is supposed to rule on the union grievance. If he rules against the union, the next step would be for the union to ask for an arbitrator to make a decision that would be binding, Kounoupis said.

As a result, Riedy’s removal has hurt his morale, Kounoupis said in a memo supporting the grievance.

“This grievance is not just about titles or money,” Kounoupis wrote. “It is about pride, dignity and the soul-searching that every one of us does when we wake up each morning and ask ourselves what our life’s career and work has meant.

“You need to know, and you should know,” Kounoupis wrote to city officials, “that you are taking something other than just title and money away if you do this to Sgt. Riedy.”

Riedy was instrumental in forming the SWAT team, according to Kounoupis. Riedy encouraged the police force to create the team and helped organize it.

But the decision goes beyond Riedy’s morale, Kounoupis said. “Any imaginary gain in some future litigation is greatly outweighed by, in essence, telling the police officers that this type of unfair, second-guessing can occur at the end of their career.”

Riedy, 38, who declined to comment for this story, hopes to teach the use of firearms and SWAT techniques after retiring. By removing him from the team, his marketability in that role will be hurt, Kounoupis wrote.

“Briefly stated,” said Kounoupis, “this action has potentially devastating consequences to Sgt. Riedy’s future career prospects and plans.”

In the memo, the union lawyer also argued that a judge presiding in any future excessive force trial would have to prohibit testimony about Riedy’s role in the Hirko raid. The raid happened too long ago to be legally relevant because Riedy has had an unblemished record since then, according to Kounoupis.

In his own letter to the city, union President Steven Marshall noted that Riedy had a patrolman’s rank during the raid — that there were three supervisors present that night.

“The only options open to Officer Riedy that evening were to go home or do his sworn duty to the best of his ability,” Marshall wrote. “He chose to stay and risk his life to perform his duty.”

2002 LAWSUIT NAMING OFFICER FRANK DONCHEZ AS A DEFENDANT:

https://www.paed.uscourts.gov/documents/opinions/00D0340P.pdf

Plaintiff Christopher Altieri is a resident of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Plaintiff Pet World, Inc. (“Pet World” and, together with Altieri, “plaintiffs”) is a Pennsylvania corporation, operated by Altieri, with a principal place of business in Hellertown, Pennsylvania.

  1. Altieri’s work as a confidential informant

In the Spring of 1994, while working as a confidential informant for the Bethlehem police, Altieri witnessed police misconduct, including the singling out of black and Hispanic males and the use of excessive force by Bethlehem police officers. Altieri was critical of these practices in conversations with Officer Edward Hughes and other Bethlehem police officers, and subsequently stopped working for the Bethlehem police.

1At all times relevant to this suit, Frank Donchez was a sergeant on the Bethlehem police force; he has since been promoted to lieutenant.

On March 21, 1995, Altieri met with Palenchar, Officer Hughes, Sergeant Donchez, and Agent Terry to discuss work as a confidential informant for the DEA. At that meeting, Agent Terry proposed paying Altieri and Palenchar for their work with money skimmed off the top of any cash seizure. Agent Terry asked Altieri and Palenchar to sign “confidential individual” forms and to have their pictures taken in what Agent Terry described as a preliminary step if they decided to work with the DEA.

At the meeting, Altieri said he was unsure about working as a confidential informant for the DEA, but he signed the cooperating individual form that Agent Terry provided with the explicit understanding that its contents would never be disclosed. The next day, Altieri spoke with Palenchar and an unnamed Bethlehem police officer, and told them that he did not want to participate in the DEA investigation because it involved illegal activities.

  1. Alleged retaliation against plaintiffs

On March 30, 1995, Palenchar met with Agent Terry and Officer Hughes at the Bethlehem police station. At that meeting, the three men expressed their anger with Altieri for his criticism of the Bethlehem police and for refusing to participate in the DEA investigation, and agreed to use their respective positions to harass Altieri.

In August or September, 1995, Palenchar asked Altieri a series of strange questions, such as, “Do you think someone could buy drugs down in Florida?”; “How much could someone make from selling drugs?”; and, “How could someone transport drugs from

Florida to Pennsylvania?” As Palenchar’s questions continued, Altieri began to challenge Palenchar’s motives.

Over the next four months, the Bethlehem police and Agent Terry investigated Altieri. As part of this investigation, Altieri’s mail was monitored, he was followed on his vacation, and people he knew and with whom he did business were subjected to interviews and were told that Altieri was a “drug kingpin.” In addition, Pet World and its customers were placed under police surveillance.

In July, 1997, Altieri complained to the Bureau of Professional Responsibility– which performs oversight of DEA agents–about Agent Terry. In November, 1997, Officer Hughes told Palenchar that he and Agent Terry had been cleared of any wrongdoing, and that Altieri would “get his” for having them investigated.

  1. Altieri’s application to the Pennsylvania State Police

In August, 1994, Altieri took the entrance examination for the Pennsylvania State Police. On June 27, 1996, the state police informed Altieri that he had successfully completed the written examination, oral interview, physical examination, and the strength and agility test as part of his application for employment. All that remained, according to the state police, was for Altieri to complete a background investigation. In August, 1996, Altieri was interviewed by Trooper Egan, along with another state police trooper, Trooper Candidas.

Around the same time as Altieri’s interview with Trooper Egan, Officer Hughes arranged a meeting between Trooper Egan and Corporal Ronald Garza of the state police, Sergeant Donchez of the Bethlehem police, and Palenchar to discuss ways to keep Altieri out of the state police. In that connection, Officer Hughes suggested to Trooper Egan that he contact Agent Terry of the DEA.

On November 2, 1996, Altieri received a letter from the PSP informing him that the Background Investigation Screening Board (“screening board”) had not reached a decision on his application, and that he would have a decision by the date of the screening board’s next meeting. Altieri heard nothing until March 17, 1997, when Trooper Egan asked him to meet to answer some more questions. When Altieri arrived, Trooper Egan, accompanied by Corporal Garza, told Altieri that there were two questions holding up Altieri’s application.

First, Trooper Egan asked Altieri if he was a confidential informant for the DEA. Altieri responded that he went to a meeting and discussed the possibility of working for the DEA, but had declined to do so. Second, Trooper Egan asked whether Altieri knew that he had been the subject of a criminal investigation. Altieri said that he did not, but recalled for Trooper Egan the odd conversation that Altieri had with Palenchar about drug dealing. Altieri also told Trooper Egan and Corporal Garza that he thought the investigations into his activities and background and the accusations made about him were retaliatory for his refusal to get involved with improper activities of the Bethlehem police and DEA.

On May 8, 1997, the PSP Bureau of Personnel informed Altieri that the screening board had disqualified him for appointment to the state police. The decision stated that Altieri was disqualified for lying during the interview process–specifically for stating that he had not signed any paperwork for the DEA. Moreover, the decision noted that Altieri had not volunteered information about his contact with the DEA, offering it only after Trooper Egan confronted him with it. Altieri appealed the hiring decision through the PSP’s internal appeal process.

On June 30, 1997, a hearing was held before a Background Investigation Hearing Board (“hearing board”) on Altieri’s appeal of the screening board’s decision. On April 13, 1998, the state police personnel bureau informed Altieri that the hearing board had upheld the decision of the screening board despite acknowledging that Altieri had never done any work for the DEA, that he had never been paid by the DEA, and that an official DEA document disclosed that he had no official status, implied or otherwise, as an agent or employee of the DEA. Altieri filed an appeal of this decision to the PSP’s Background Investigation Appeal Board (“appeal board”). On May 22, 1998, the state police personnel bureau wrote to Altieri, informing him that the appeal board had upheld the decision of the hearing board.

  1. Plaintiffs’ problems in Hellertown

In late Autumn, 1997, Robert Balum (“Chief Balum”), the Chief of the Hellertown Police Force (“Hellertown police”), and Steve Doncevic (“Officer Doncevic”), a Hellertown Zoning Officer, called a state official to block Altieri’s effort to obtain an unspecified permit for Pet World. Chief Balum and Officer Doncevic told this state official that they had a large file on Altieri, that they did not want him in Hellertown, and that they were going to make things very difficult for Altieri. Earlier, Chief Balum, Officer Doncevic, and James Sigworth, the Hellertown Borough Manager, along with two unknown Hellertown police officers, John Doe and John Doe II (collectively, the “Hellertown defendants”), detained Altieri for over an hour at Pet World, without probable cause or any other legitimate ground. Chief Balum, Borough

Manager Sigworth, and Officer Doncevic also engaged in a series of searches of Altieri and Pet World.

CITY OF BETHLEHEM 2004 ARCHIVED MEETING MINUTES:

http://www.bethlehem-pa.gov/citycouncil/meetings/archive/2004/minutes/2004-03-23.html

  1. OLD BUSINESS

Hirko Case – Settlement

Mr. Donchez, with reference to an article in the Morning Call edition of March 23, 2004, noted it states that Attorney Karoly may pursue civil action in Federal court. In addition, Mr. Donchez related that news was also the story on television Channel 69 this evening. Noting that he received an e-mail of the television news story, Mr. Donchez read the e-mail from WFMZ Channel 69 for the record, as follows: “The attorney in the John Hirko wrongful death trial is now asking the United States Attorney to look into filing criminal charges. John Karoly wants murder and criminal conspiracy charges to be brought against police involved in the shooting death of Hirko back in 1997. Karoly said he wants a more independent entity to look over the handling of the raid on Hirko’s home. Pennsylvania’s Attorney General has already found no criminal wrongdoing by Bethlehem officers.” Mr. Donchez, expressing he believed that City Council was told Sunday night that this settlement was over, said his question is based on the story and the e-mail did the plaintiffs execute a release to the City that there would be no further civil or criminal action to be brought against the City and was that part of a written agreement.

John Spirk, City Solicitor, replied he does not think one can release criminal action. Attorney Spirk continued on to communicate there was a release of all civil action, and the end of all litigation related to this case in terms of lawsuits. Attorney Spirk, in response to Mr. Donchez’s question about whether it was written, advised there was a written agreement between Attorney Ledva who is representing the City and Attorney Karoly and they drafted and executed appropriate releases. Attorney Spirk stated that covers lawsuits and is different from criminal investigations.

Mr. Donchez asked, if Attorney Karoly is going to file, where does that leave the City. Mr. Donchez further queried, if criminal actions were to be taken, who provides the legal aid to the Police Officers. Mr. Donchez remarked he was shocked when he heard this was on the television news at 5:00 PM today. Mr. Donchez inquired how does such a filing affect the City.

Attorney Spirk, explaining that anyone can ask law enforcement to investigate, exemplified that the City asked law enforcement in the northern part of the State to investigate timber theft, and added that the City did not file anything but rather made a request. Attorney Spirk commented that, from what Mr. Donchez read, Attorney Karoly is asking people to investigate a criminal matter which is different from lawsuits, from things that get filed, and from things that get released at the end of litigation.

Mr. Donchez expressed his understanding was that he “thought this was over meaning over, and now I read this that he’s asking the U.S. Attorney to review this, and is that going to end up for more litigation for the City if it were to go that far…[W]ho will provide the legal defense…”.

Attorney Spirk, responding it is up to the U.S. Attorney, recounted that already the State Police have looked at it, and the Attorney General has looked at it. Attorney Spirk communicated he would be very surprised if the U.S. Attorney would look at it more than to determine that the Attorney General and the City have already looked at it. Attorney Spirk restated that is not litigation and is more like asking somebody to investigate. Attorney Spirk continued on to say, under the City’s collective bargaining agreement, the City is obligated to provide counsel when someone is sued for something they did in the line of duty.

Mr. Donchez observed that, under the worst case scenario, if the U.S. Attorney’s office feels this is justified, even though the State’s Attorney General’s office said no after the event, the City will provide legal counsel.

Attorney Spirk replied yes to Mr. Donchez’s observation, and added that under the collective bargaining the City is obligated to provide a defense.

Mr. Donchez asked if there was a written agreement that there would be no more civil action.

Attorney Spirk said that is right. Attorney Spirk continued on to say he thinks, legally, a person cannot be stopped from filing a criminal action as part of a civil case. He said anybody can go complain about a criminal case.

Mr. Donchez asked if Christopher Spadoni, City Council Solicitor, would like to make any additional comments.

Attorney Spadoni stated this is appropriate for the Administration to report to Council as to the status of the matter that was just brought to his attention this evening, and it is something that should be looked into.

Mr. Leeson stated, when he heard the news report today about Mr. Karoly referring this case to the Federal authorities for murder charges, the question that came to his mind is “did you make a request to the plaintiffs in exchange for payment of close to $8 million to not do this.”

Attorney Spirk replied no.

Mr. Leeson asked why not.

Attorney Spirk responded “because within the context of civil litigation we asked for a release of all suits, claims, or anything as a result of this investigation. I don’t know that I can bind the United States Attorney appointed by the President of the United States from investigating criminal wrongdoing. I don’t think there was criminal wrongdoing here. I think the Attorney General was right but I don’t believe it’s within my power as a City official to bind the United States Attorney appointed by the President of the United States.”

Mr. Leeson said his question is “did you not seek to ask the plaintiffs. I’m not asking if you made a request to bind the Attorney General. I’m asking you why didn’t you make this request to the plaintiffs seeing as how we’re spending so much money on this and we wanted to conclude everything.”

Attorney Spirk replied “because I was in the courtroom where we were in civil litigation involving lawsuits for money damages, and within the context of the authority of the court in civil litigation it was my desire to end the civil litigation. I don’t believe I can stop anybody legally from reporting what they think is a crime. Mr. Karoly can’t bring criminal charges. No one on his side of the case can. The only one who can bring criminal charges is the United States Attorney in this case.”

Mr. Leeson said, “in reviewing the stipulation which is the agreement that the parties made, which I’ve had a chance to receive yesterday, and looked at today, it appears that the findings of the jury and the judgment of the jury were not vacated in the context of the settlement, but rather the City allowed a judgment to be entered against all of the defendants, to be entered on the docket of the court. And, I have to tell you I am concerned about this latest development with [Attorney] Karoly’s statement today because the entry of a judgment means there is a binding judicial finding of the jury that has not been vacated, and will be examined by the U. S. Attorney as a binding judicial finding. Did this occur to you before you made this agreement?”

Attorney Spirk commented “as you know, there is a different burden of proof in a civil lawsuit criminal prosecution. This jury found, painful and unfortunate as it was, that the City and a particular [police] officer by a preponderance of the evidence used excessive force. The definition of preponderance of the evidence is that if one were to take the scales of justice and pile up all the evidence favoring the plaintiff’s side, all the evidence favoring the defense side, the scales need tip ever so slightly and once they do the plaintiff wins…The criminal matter, on the other hand, the State must prove someone guilty of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, a tremendously higher burden, as it should be, when the State seeks to take someone’s life or liberty. So, therefore, the jury finding that by a preponderance of the evidence the police used excessive force compared to what would have to be proven to show that the police committed a crime beyond a reasonable doubt is a significantly different standard. So, if there were ever to be, despite the rulings of the local [District Attorney], despite the rulings of the Attorney General, that there [were] ever to be criminal charges brought, the finding by this jury would not by any stretch of the imagination result in automatic criminal liability for these officers.”

Mr. Leeson, commenting he does not think it is any secret that he has expressed his dissatisfaction with the outcome, said he needs to reiterate it and express dissatisfaction that this case is not concluded.

Ms. Szabo said she, too, was quite shocked when she read the remarks in the newspaper that the case may be investigated because she left the meeting on Sunday evening with the information that she heard from both the Mayor and Attorney Spirk, and the Judge, that there has been an agreement between all parties that this would be the end of the case. Ms. Szabo continued on to say “well this is not the end of the case…”. Ms. Szabo stressed “what’s being reactivated is exactly what [the City] was charged with at the very beginning, and the remarks, the accusations that there was a conspiracy between the State Police and the State Attorney General to cover up what happened, that’s continuing the case. And, what happened to the agreement between all parties that we’re finished, forever.”

Mrs. Belinski, remarking that Attorney Spirk skirted around Mr. Leeson’s question, said the fact is “wouldn’t you think you would have anticipated, in view of what happened in the Rodney King trial in Los Angeles…that this is exactly what happened there what we are going to now experience with Mr. Karoly, these criminal charges. Wouldn’t you have anticipated that this might have happened and put something in the agreement…to indemnify us against something like this happening before we gave him $8 million…”.

Attorney Spirk responded there are not criminal charges here. Attorney Spirk said Attorney Karoly cannot bring criminal charges here, only the United States Attorney can. Attorney Spirk commented he cannot make anybody do anything to stop Attorney Karoly if he wants to. Attorney Spirk thought after the District Attorney and the Attorney General did not, the chances of the U.S. Attorney somehow saying that the local District Attorney John Morganelli and the Attorney General of Pennsylvania somehow missed it seems very unlikely, but he could not stop the U.S. Attorney if he wanted to do it.

Mrs. Belinski stressed but he could stop Mr. Karoly by including that in the agreement.

Attorney Spirk restated he cannot preclude criminal charges.

Ms. Szabo said “we were told that the case was over, that the whole case is over, and this was all behind us. Well, that certainly sounds like there was an agreement to not continue the case.”

Attorney Spirk commented “there was no agreement not to write a letter. The man has written a letter to the United States Attorney, and the case is over. His ability to write letters isn’t…The litigation after seven long years is over…”.

FRANK DONCHEZ LEAVES BETHLEHEM, PA AND BECOMES AN ATTORNEY.  IN 2008, HE ACCEPTS A POSITION AS THE POLICE CHIEF IN DAVENPORT, IA

2013 VIOLENT BEATING OF A FEMALE SHOPLIFTER IN DAVENPORT, IA:

CHICAGO

Quad Cities Police Officer Caught Beating Female Shoplifter In Shocking Leaked Video

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/07/quad-cities-police-office_n_3720974.html

 

BRANDIE REDELL SAYS THAT HER VISION IS STILL 70% IMPAIRED AS A RESULT OF HER INJURIES

The footage – originating from a department store security camera and forwarded to the BGA by a source – shows the much larger officer pummeling the 34-year-old woman in front of her infant daughter. After knocking the woman to the floor, the officer rains numerous blows to her face and head, according to the video, which was authenticated by authorities.

“I was crying and begging him to get off me,” Brandie Redell, the woman who was beaten, says in a recent interview with the BGA. Her right eye was injured in the incident, and she says her vision is still impaired.

The incident occurred Feb. 18, 2013, in an interview room inside the Von Maur department store in Davenport, Iowa, one of five Mississippi River towns along the Illinois-Iowa border that collectively are known as the Quad Cities.

Police were called after Von Maur employees observed Redell attempting to steal $388 worth of women’s clothing, including three tops, one skirt and one dress, according to interviews and public records.

Davenport Police Officer Scott Crow, seen on the video punching Redell, was disciplined for using excessive force, says Police Chief Frank Donchez. He declined to specify the punishment or say if this was Crow’s first offense.

Crow was not criminally charged and remains in his $65,580-a-year job. He did not return phone calls from the BGA.

Redell didn’t appear to physically provoke or attack Crow during the police interview gone awry. The video shows Redell seated in a chair while being questioned by police, apparently crying and talking on a cell phone when Crow moves toward her.

In Crow’s version, he rushed Redell because her “hands were clenched” and she appeared “willing to fight,” according to a copy of the case report obtained by the BGA under Iowa’s open records law.

Crow also states that once on the ground Redell bit his finger and would not let up, the reason he started punching her head, according to the report. (Redell admitted to the BGA that she indeed did bite Crow after he tackled her. But the video also shows Crow striking Redell with both fists, so his finger wasn’t always between clenched teeth.)

Another officer also is seen in the video scuffling with Redell but doesn’t appear to strike her with his fists. That second officer was not disciplined.

In Chicago, allegations of police misconduct have been front and center for at least a decade, mainly the result of revelations that former Area 2 Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his underlings used torture to elicit false confessions.

While those cases continue to garner heavy media attention, many other excessive force complaints are handled quietly and without fanfare. Video of Redell’s beating hasn’t been publicly disclosed until now, so far as the BGA could determine.

Days after the incident Redell filed a complaint with Davenport police, alleging Crow used excessive force. Donchez says the department reviewed the allegation and in a letter, dated April 3, 2013, told Redell her complaint was “sustained.” The department didn’t specify how Crow was disciplined, but the video apparently played a large role in the decision-making.

Scott County, Iowa, prosecutor Michael Walton reviewed a video of the beating but decided not to press charges against Crow, citing a lack of evidence. “I don’t think the video disputes” Crow’s claim that he hit Redell because she bit him, Walton says.

Public safety expert David Bradford disagrees.

“At some point his hand is free [from her mouth] and he continued to pummel her,” says Bradford, executive director of Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, who was shown the video. “He went overboard.”

Redell was charged with two misdemeanors: Assault causing injury to a peace officer and shoplifting. She pled guilty to shoplifting, and the assault charge was dropped, according to interviews and public records.

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VIDEO OF INCIDENT IN WHICH FRANK DONCHEZ CLAIMS THERE WAS NO WRONGDOING OR EXCESSIVE FORCE USED BY THE OFFICERS THAT HE IS IN CHARGE OF.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlvC-RPYlz0

http://personalliberty.com/predator-cop-gets-state-sanction-for-beating-a-woman/

Pin a badge on a liar and a thug and what do you get? A liar and a thug with the ability to pummel a woman senseless with impunity. In other words, a Davenport, Iowa, LEO (legally entitled to oppress).

A surveillance video from a Davenport department store has surfaced that shows officers holding down and beating a woman suspected of shoplifting. Brandie Rendell was attacked by the officer while sitting in a chair in a store office. She said the attack came while she spoke on the telephone with her child’s father. When the officer realized who she was speaking to, he said: “Oh, you’re associated with him. This is about to get really ugly really quick.”

Of course, the officer blamed Rendell for the altercation, claiming he pummeled her because she bit his finger. She admits she bit him, but said she did so after the assault began and her screams for help went unanswered.

And as is typical in cases of police brutality, Rendell was charged with assault causing injury to a peace officer and shoplifting.

Though the assault against a peace officer charge was later dropped, it’s always amazing how sensitive so-called “peace officers” can be. Sideways glances often cause the “brave” oppressors all manner of discomfort and injury. In his official report, LEO Scott Crow, who delivered the beating, claimed Rendell had “clenched fists” and appeared “willing to fight.” After she hit the ground, Rendell began biting his finger and “would not let up,” Crow claimed. How he landed blows with both fists while she was biting his finger wasn’t explained.

Iowa Police Chief Frank Donchez, who came to Iowa from Bethlehem, Pa., after that department was hit with a large Federal lawsuit for allegations of excessive force by his police officers, claims Crow was disciplined; but he declined to tell a reporter the nature of the discipline. Crow’s accomplice was not disciplined. Scott County Prosecutor Michael Walton gave State sanction to Crow’s brutality by refusing to prosecute the officer. “I don’t think the video disputes Crow’s claim that he hit Redell because she bit him,” he said.

Of course not. Meanwhile, Crow is back from his “discipline” and free to pummel other helpless women at his pleasure while drawing a $65,000-plus annual salary.

Davenport paying up to $45K to settle case of cop striking woman

http://www.qconline.com/news/crime/davenport-paying-up-to-k-to-settle-case-of-cop/article_5e345f73-c7f5-536f-afaf-8ccae508e717.html

Future OP police chief strikes woman in wheelchair with vehicle in Iowa

http://www.kctv5.com/story/26617765/future-op-police-chief-strikes-woman-in-wheelchair-with-vehicle-in-iowa

DAVENPORT, IA (KCTV) -The man who was named Overland Park’s newest police chief was involved in an accident where he hit a woman in a wheelchair Tuesday in Iowa.

Last week the Overland Park Police Department announced that Francis “Frank” Donchez Jr. would become the city’s fifth police chief in their 54-year history.

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating Tuesday’s crash. They say a city vehicle driven by Davenport Police Chief Donchez was driving in downtown when he stopped at an intersection and then turned into it and hit Murvine M. Meyer, who was crossing using a wheelchair and accompanied by a guide dog.

The vehicle knocked over the wheelchair. Meyer, 63, was taken to a hospital, where she was treated for injuries to her forearm and released.

The guide dog wasn’t injured. No citations have been issued, and the state patrol is investigating as part of the Davenport Police Department’s protocol for such incidents.

http://www.qconline.com/news/crime/donchez-hits-wheelchair-bound-pedestrian-sun-cited-as-cause/article_9ad805a9-d959-55d7-b3d2-5ed19ffdc338.html

Davenport Police Chief Frank Donchez is being investigated after authorities say he hit a wheelchair-bound woman with his car while on duty Tuesday.

At 7:29 a.m., Chief Donchez, 54, stopped his squad car at the intersection of West 5th Street and Harrison Street. As he turned south onto Harrison, he hit the manually-powered wheelchair of Murvine M. Meyer, 63, who was crossing Harrison with a guide dog, police said.

Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jose Varela said the impact knocked over Ms. Meyer’s wheelchair and left her with minor injuries, primarily “scrapes and cuts to her arm from the concrete.” She was treated and released from Genesis East Medical Center; her wheelchair was replaced by Davenport Risk Management.

“She had the replacement chair before she left the emergency room,” Sgt. Varela said.

Police said Ms. Meyer told them she lives in downtown Davenport and was headed to class at a nearby community college.

Sgt. Varela said the accident appeared to have been caused by morning sunlight blocking Chief Donchez’s vision. The squad car — a 2009 Chevrolet Impala — was unscathed, except for a bent license plate, he said.

Traffic citations were not expected to be filed, Sgt. Varela said, though the final decision will be made by the county attorney’s office.

I’M NOT SURE WHAT THESE COMPLAINTS ARE ALLEGING ONLINE HARASSMENT (INCLUDING YOUTUBE ACCOUNTS) BY DAVENPORT, IA POLICE

http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/davenport-police-department/davenport-iowa-52801/davenport-police-departmentnbsp-cityofdavenportiowacomdepartmentfdd22-0226-52801g-1114081#comment_7

July 9, 2017

MORMON MAFIA MURDER

Filed under: Uncategorized — kswatcher @ 11:38 pm

Mr. Donchez, can you explain why Mrs. Mary Ellen Pahura-Stockton would identify herself as Mary Ellen Pace when reporting her husband’s death?  Can you explain why a photograph of my brother emailed to me by Frontier Forensics (Which is the only physical evidence pertaining to my brother’s death that I have been provided) contained an embedded executable file in it?  It’s been almost 7 years since my brother was murdered, and I’m still waiting for evidence and police reports to be released and provided to me.

woody death certificate

 

Dear Mr. Donchez,

My name is Annette Stockton. I’m hoping that you’ll take the time to read this, because I don’t feel confident that I will obtain any further information from the Overland Park Investigations Dept.

In November of 2010 I found out that my brother, Forrest M. Stockton, had died from a friend that noticed a brief obituary in the Kansas City Star. Nobody in my family had been notified of this by his wife, and he was immediately cremated. There are many discrepancies and unexplained peculiarities in the very vague information that i was able to obtain from the detective in charge of this case. My attorney’s requests for information pertaining to the evidence were ignored. I haven’t made any further attempts to obtain this information until now, because I didn’t want to inadvertently cause emotional trauma to my brothers son who was a minor at that time.

I recently obtained the death certificate, and the information doesn’t coincide with what I was told by the detective in your investigations department. The death was deemed to be suicide with death by asphyxiation with a plastic bag. This is what I was told by the investigating officer in charge:

I was told that his wife, Mary Ellen Stockton, found his lifeless body in a vehicle in the garage of their home which was one side of a duplex at 8658 Riggs Street, Overland Park, KS and that she went to the police station and gave a report. The detective told me that he was found in the vehicle with an empty bottle of chloroform lying on the seat next to his face. He said that my brother had a very early appointment for a tuxedo fitting that he needed for his step son’s wedding in Chicago that weekend, but instead, purchased various items with a credit card that would be items typical for committing suicide by asphyxiation from carbon monoxide from the car’s exhaust – however, he said that those items weren’t used. He said that those items along with the sales receipt and a suicide note were found inside of the vehicle. He wouldn’t tell me exactly what those items were or where they were purchased, and didn’t see a need to look for surveillance camera video images to confirm that it was my brother that purchased those items.

What formal wear shops are open at 7:00 or 8:00 in the morning?

Because chloroform has been a highly controlled substance since the 1970’s and sold only licensed labs and universities, I requested information about the source of the chloroform. The detective finally told me that they had been told that it had been lying around the house for many years.

He would not give me a copy of the suicide note, nor would he read it to me. He said that the note gave apologies to his wife and stepson, RJ Pahura, for possibly causing problems or delays in RJ’s wedding plans, and said that he loved them very much. The note didn’t mention my brother’s biological son, Joseph Stockton, from a previous marriage – who lived with him 50% of the time, nor any other family members. The

detective said that they were unaware that my brother had a biological son. Then he asked me if I could tell him who RJ was.

I asked if the handwriting on the suicide note had been compared with known handwriting samples from my brother. His reply was that the handwriting was very sloppy and barely readable, and therefore had to be a man’s handwriting. My brother didn’t have sloppy handwriting, and after working in an automobile dealership service department for over 20 years and having to fill out service request forms in very neat and legible print, I seriously doubt if he would have written a note in cursive writing.

I asked the detective if they had checked to see if my brother had obtained any recent life insurance policies. I know that life insurance was something he felt was important. I also asked this question because Mary Ellen is or was an executive for Assurant Employee Benefits. She was also a widow when she married my brother. My brother’s ex wife, Karen K. Hermann-Stockton, whom told me that my brother died of a heart attack when I questioned her, was assistant vice president for Individual Assurance Company. The man that she married after divorcing my brother died under very implausible circumstances if her story is to be believed. (more on that later). The detective told me that they didn’t see any reason to look into that.

FYI, My brother’s first wife was Vickie Stines, whom divorced my brother to marry another man, and she also died at a fairly young age.

During my last conversation with the detective in charge, he said we are positive that it was a suicide based on what a friend of your brother said, who is an overland park police officer. He said that there was an occasion when Mary Ellen called the police station saying that she was very worried about my brother’s mental state because he seemed depressed. The detective confirmed that this was not a domestic disturbance call. That officer reported that my brother had complained of back and joint pain, and said that he might be worth more dead than alive.

The wedding of RJ Pahura at the Chicago Sears Tower (or Willis Tower) did take place 3 or 4 days later.

Karen K. Hermann divorced my brother in 2000 or 2001 in order to marry a Daniel J. Sullivan. I later found out that danny died, and this is the story that karen told people:

She said that they had been hearing strange “critter” noises in the attic of their home. In July of 2005 the temperature was very hot. Karen said that she went out of town to a class reunion in another state. While she was gone, Danny was found dead on the front lawn of their home. It looked like Danny probably went up into the attic to investigate the critter noises. He must been overwhelmed by the heat and lost his balance, thereby accidentally stepping off of a rafter – crashed through the first floor ceiling on to a twin bed in her son’s room below – then bounced off of the bed, and crashed through the window of that room on to the front lawn.

Kansas City Star, The (MO) – July 26, 2005
Deceased Name: DANIEL “DANNY” JOSEPH SULLIVAN

Danny Sullivan, age 47, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2005, at his home in Prairie Village, KS. He was born September 5, 1957 in Kansas City, MO to John and Lucia Sullivan. Danny was an Electrician and a proud 30-year member of Local Union 124 IBEW. A rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2005 at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee with a visitation following until 9 p.m. Family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Joe Stockton Education Fund at Metcalf Bank. Danny is survived by his wife, Karen of the home; stepson, Joe of the home; parents Lucia and John Sullivan of Shawnee, KS; sisters, Terri Freedman and husband Rick, LuAnne Freund and husband Ed, Mary Daly and husband Dave, Kelly Hill and husband Brock; four nieces and five.

I have found some mysterious alias names and/or directory anomalies concerning the families of both Mary Ellen, Karen, and Danny Sullivan. I have attached photographic screen shot images.

Another thing to note: my sister and her spouse were both attorneys in southern California in 2010. When they did a records search on my brothers name and social security number, somebody was using his name and social security number in New Mexico after the date of his death, but before the death was recorded in the Social Security Index.

Your help in getting some explanations about the lack of investigation and release of information concerning my brother’s death would be very much appreciated. I do not have the financial means to hire a private investigator or legal council to assist me.

Sincerely,
Annette Stockton

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Ms Stockton,

I have received your request and have asked my staff to prepare a briefing more me. I will be in touch early next week.

Frank Donchez

Chief of Police
Police Department

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Ms. Stockton,

Dr. Michael Handler has authorized the release of this photo of your brother taken at the time of his exam in November of 2010.

Thank you,

Laura Fredrickson
Investigator
Frontier Forensics
40 S 18th ST
Kansas City, KS 66102 913-299-1533 O 913-912-1388 F coroner@frontierforensics.com

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Sent: Saturday, November 01, 2014 1:13 PM
To: “coroner@frontierforensics.com” <coroner@frontierforensics.com> Subject: Re: photo of Forrest Stockton

This is Forrest Stockton, however, I still have many questions that seem to defy explanation. The abrasions on his face look like fingernail marks that would occur during a struggle to try to pull something away from the face. I am attaching an example. I would also like to see a photographic image of his neck, and I need to read the full autopsy report.

I would like to know what type of plastic bag was found on him. Was it something like a plastic trash bag? Was anything such as skin cells or plastic found under his fingernails? Bonine would have been purchased because chloroform usually induces nausea, but you said that although it was purchased, it wasn’t used and/or wasn’t found in his body. You said that no trace of chloroform was found in his body. I would think that it would be very difficult to commit suicide using a plastic bag without the aid of a very strong barbiturate or some type of asphyxiating gas or chemical, because there would be a strong instinct to want to breathe which would result in an almost involuntary reflex action. Was the towel inside of the bag tested for traces of chloroform? If chloroform and Bonine weren’t used, why were they in the vehicle?

How was it determined that the empty bottle in the car had contained chloroform? Was there a label on the bottle, and if so, what information was on the label? If there was a label indicating origin and source, how did he obtain it?

A prior suicide attempt was considered in the ruling that this was a suicide. How was this information obtained? Was he hospitalized or treated as a result of a prior suicide

attempt or was this information given by the spouse, a friend, or some other family member?

Sincerely,
Annette Stockton
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I apologize for needing to get off the phone with you so quickly today. There are a couple of other things I noted in the police photos that I thought you would like to know.

1. It appears two black plastic garbage bags were placed over the seat back and seat cushion. I presume this was done by Mr. Stockton in an attempt to protect the seat material in case of him voiding or vomiting. In my experience, people staging a suicide would be very unlikely to do this.

2. The seat back is partially reclined. It seems unlikely this would be his natural driving position.
3. His legs are crossed at the ankles in the floor board.
4. The garage he was located in has very little space on either side of the vehicle. If he was approached by someone in the house and assaulted there, it would be extremely difficult for people to place him in the car.

5. There is a set of four zip ties strung together in the passenger floorboard near the bottle of chloroform. It appears he was practicing putting the zip ties together in order to get the right combination of ties needed to fit around his neck & the towel. This again does not seem consistent with a staged suicide.
6. There are items located in the passenger seat that would indicate another person had not sat there.

I share these things to help you know the things that investigators observed in making there judgments.
Best regards,

Chris Berry Frontier Forensics

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Thank you for the additional information. With regard to the plastic trash bags, that doesn’t hold very much weight as evidence of suicide, especially if there was somebody else that desired to either retain the use of the vehicle or its sale value after my brother’s death.

My father-in-law is a heavy set man that is partially paralyzed and wheel chair bound. We place a plastic bag on the car seat when transferring him from a wheel chair to the car because it helps to slide his body on to the car seat and position him.

I’m not sure what the significance is pertaining to your thoughts about someone else sitting in the car next to him. I’m somewhat puzzled as to why he would choose to do this in the car if carbon monoxide from the gas exhaust wasn’t in the plan. The confined enclosure of a vehicle would, however, provide effective protection from gas and vapors for somebody else if another more hazardous chemical – possibly in addition to chloroform were used. It would have the effectiveness of a make shift gas chamber.

You said that the towel was partially inside of the bag with some of it hanging out – presumably hanging over the neck and/or chest area? How large was the towel? Was it a bath towel, a hand towel, a kitchen towel or a wash cloth? Were there other similar towels in the house? Were there other trash bags in the home that were the same size, brand, and lot number? Were any finger prints obtained from any of the pertinent items found?

It seems to me that having the towel partially hanging out of the plastic bag might interfere with obtaining an air tight seal. If you think that my brother needed to “practice” or make multiple attempts in putting the correct number of zip ties together for the purpose of fitting them around his neck, isn’t it likely that somebody else might also have needed to do the same thing?

I really must see additional photographic images of his neck, chest, arms, wrists, and hands – and I would like to see the extent of the rather pronounced pink coloration of his skin.

Sincerely,

Annette Stockton

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I want to reiterate some things in my conversation with Mr. Berry whom said that you asked him to call me and try to “lay some of my questions to rest”.

Concerning the chloroform: he told me that it was doubtful that my brother’s body or the towel found inside of the bag would have been tested for chloroform. He said that it is rare that it is tested for because there generally isn’t a reason to test for it. He told me that detecting chloroform was probably difficult and uncertain depending on the length exposure time. In this case, the exposure time would have been lengthy if the towel had been soaked with chloroform underneath a plastic bag and death occurred in the early morning hours, but his body wasn’t discovered until much later in the day when Mary Ellen found him.

Chloroform has been detected in stored blood and tissue sample months after an autopsy was performed.

He also told me that the bottle had a Humco label on it and identifying numbers, but he was having difficulty in reading those numbers. He assumes that the bottle is still in a police evidence locker. He told me that Humco stopped selling chloroform years ago.

This website indicates that Humco, based in Texarkana, TX, does sell chloroform and other various mixtures containing chloroform

http://www.molbase.com/en/67-66-3_supplier-6891_product-1298284.html

Mr. Berry told me that no effort was made to find how, when, and by whom the chloroform was purchased.

Mr. Handler told me that neither Bonine anti nausea medication or Chloroform was found in my brother’s toxicology tests, which implies that they were tested for. He told me that chloroform wasn’t mentioned as a cause of death, because he had no indication that chloroform contributed to the death.

Mr. Berry told me that there wouldn’t be a reason to test for Bonine. If an empty bottle of chloroform was found in close proximity to the body, what is required to see a need to test for the presence of it – in or on the victims body and surroundings?

Somebody planning to commit suicide with chloroform would purchase Bonine because chloroform makes most people nauseous and often induces vomiting. If the Bonine was not ingested, that would probably be an indication that Forrest Stockton did not intend to commit suicide with chloroform. It would also be very difficult for an assailant to force the ingestion of pills. If the Bonine pills were not ingested, why was the box empty, and why were they purchased?

Mr. Berry told me that Bonine, a package of zip ties, and a pack of marlboro cigarettes were purchased at the Hi Vee grocery store on 91st street early that morning. He said that the receipt indicated that a check might have been written for $15.00 for the purchases that totaled $11.95 with $3.00 in change received. He told me that no effort was made to obtain the cancelled check from the bank or to try to verify who actually

wrote it. I have to think that this type of receipt could have also reflected a purchase with a bank debit card. Many grocery stores and department stores such as Walmart automatically convert a debit purchase to the equivalent of a bank check. He told me that no effort was made to check for store camera surveillance video to confirm that it was my brother that made the purchase. Making a purchase and requesting $3.00 in return cash seems peculiar to me.

Mr. Berry didn’t have any information indicating that an appointment for a formalwear fitting had been confirmed or what time that appointment was scheduled for. In 2010, Mr. Justin Reed told me that it was a very early morning appointment.

Concerning the claim that a prior suicide attempt by my brother 8 months prior to his death being an important factor in the determination that his death was the result of suicide, Mr. Berry had no information concerning a 911 call, transport to medical facility, or any type of medical or psychological treatment resulting from this attempt. It was his belief and understanding that the information was provided by his wife, Mary Ellen.

Mr. Berry did not have any police records pertaining to the incident when Mary Ellen called the Overland Park Police Department and said that my brother was acting depressed, and then asked for somebody to come and talk to him. It was during this visit by officers from the Police Department that an officer, claiming to be a close and long time personal friend of my brother, said that my brother made the comment “I might be worth more dead than alive”. Mr. Berry told me that I would have to request those records, if they exist, from the Overland Park Police records department.

Mr. Berry told me that he did not receive my attachment showing typical abrasions caused by the victims own fingernails, and how they occur during a homicidal strangulation or suffocation. He told me that he didn’t think that finger nail scrapings were obtained during the autopsy and said that this was not usually done. He also said that he didn’t see a reason why scrapings from underneath the fingernails should have been done.

Mr. Berry told me that he didn’t have any information indicating that known handwriting samples from my brother had been obtained and compared with the handwriting on the suicide note. He also didn’t think that it was unusual that my brother didn’t mention his own biological son in that letter. In 2010, Mr. Justin Reeder told me that the suicide note was found inside of the car. Mr. Berry told me that it was found inside of the house – lying on a pillow on the bed in the master bedroom.

Mr. Berry told me that the plastic bag found on my brother’s head was a plastic shopping bag from the Charlotte Russe Women’s Clothing Store.

Thus far, I have only seen a facial photograph. The skin tone is quite noticeably pink in coloration, even though it was presumably taken quite a few hours after death.

It seems unlikely that my brother would have been able to procure a bottle of chloroform from Humco Holdings, Inc.

Chloroform is not as fast acting as many people believe. Is there a possibility that a mixture of both Chloroform and something such as Hydro-cyanic acid was used? This might account for the persistent pink skin coloration that can be caused by either carbon monoxide or liquid Hydrogen Cyanide (prussic acid). This combination was seen in the accidental death of Dr. Joseph Toynbee in 1866.

I can’t help but think about a pink plastic Charlotte “Russe” shopping bag in combination with the pink coloration of the skin, and Prussic Acid. As for the tell tale odor of cyanide, it is believed that 40 to 50 percent of people do not have the perceptive olfactory senses and ability to detect the odor of cyanide.

http://www.medicalantiques.com/civilwar/Medical_Authors_Faculty/

Toynbee_Joseph.htm

I am requesting additional photographs showing the areas on the body pertaining the neck, chest, wrists, and arms.

I am requesting that an attempt be made to identify the purchase date and identity of purchaser of the chloroform from Humco.

I am requesting that a copy of the cancelled check for the purchases at Hi Vee be obtained – if it was a purchase made by a handwritten check.

I want to know if information pertaining to life insurance policies on my brother’s life was searched for and examined, and who benefited from such life insurance policies if they existed.

It puzzles me that there were so many things that were not deemed as being important enough to verify, but according to Mr. Berry, telephone records were obtained to verify that Mary Ellen had attempted to call my brother at home from her place of employment – 4 times between the hours of approximately 11.:00 am and 2:30 pm thus providing an effective alibi.

Sincerely, Annette Stockton

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That second attachment titled woody blisters didn’t go through as a .jpg from what i see on the sent email. The photograph shows blistering on the nose. Why does the previously sent photograph that I sent say that it is a unix application downloaded from the internet? That certainly isn’t coming from me. I am attaching another saved version.

Do you have photographs of his eyes held open?

My first impression about the moist wet look of his skin was that it might be from condensation inside of the plastic bag, however, on closer inspection there appears to be blistering. Is the wet look actually from skin weeping? I realize that there are many chemical agents that can cause blistering, however, hydrogen cyanide is a chemical agent that causes both pink skin coloration and blistering. (see attached photos)

Some of the first experiments on animals such as rabbits using hydrocyanic acid were done by placing one or two drops into an eye. The effect was always immediate, and some of them died within seconds while others remained in a comatose-like state exhibiting rapid breathing and heart rate – and actual death took up to approximately 30 minutes.

“Differences between symptoms of hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide poisoning are subtle and difficult to characterize. Hydrogen cyanide inhalation will result in difficulty breathing, the person gasping for air even when he/she is brought out to fresh air whereas in the case of carbon monoxide poisoning he/she may simply feel sleepy but breath normally. A bright, red color of venous blood is a symptom of acute cyanide poisoning because of inability of tissue cells to utilize oxygen. Blood depleted in oxygen content will appear bluish or purple. Bright red or pink skin and the absence of cyanosis (bluish or purple skin) have been described in patients with cyanide poisoning. Caution is indicated because cherry red skin may also be seen in some severe carbon monoxide poisoning cases [reference: Myers et al, “Cutaneous Blisters and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Ann. Emerg. Med. 14(6), 1985, pages 603-6]. Also, a firefighter may experience both hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide poisoning.

The eye pupils may be normal or slightly dilated in cyanide poisoning. There may be diaphoresis (excessive sweating).

Hydrogen cyanide is commonly listed amongst chemical warfare agents that cause general poisoning and skin blisters”

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We do not have photographs of the eyes held open. That is a photograph we generally only take if something abnormal was observed. Dr. Handler remarks in his final report: “The irides are blue. The pupils are bilaterally equal at 0.5cm. The cornea are

translucent. The sclerae and conjunctivae are unremarkable.” This description indicates no visually observable abnormalities of the eyes at the time of the autopsy.

There are multiple things that can cause pink livor mortis. The list does include cyanide, but that would be the most rare. The other things that cause pink livor mortis are cold refrigeration, embalming, decomposition and carbon monoxide poisoning. The photograph you have was taken just after his body was removed from refrigeration and the scene photographs do not reveal pink discoloration in the face. This would lead me to believe that the pink you are seeing is due to his body being refrigerated prior to the autopsy.

I agree with your first instinct that the moisture you are seeing is likely from condensation inside the body bag. Dr. Handler does note superficial skin excoriations and skin slipage that you and I also discussed, so it is possible some of the moisture is weeping from those lesions.

Chris

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Mr. Berry said that Forrest Stockton was sitting upright in the seat of the car with a plastic bag covering his entire head and sealed with zip ties. I’m guessing that his was probably bent slightly forward. I don’t know if it was tilted right or left.

In death by hanging, the head is usually tilted forward, but there usually isn’t any pronounced dark lividity coloration on the face – the blood drains downward in the body with gravity.

In the photographs, we can see one of his ears. That ear and side of his face shows more of the dull bluish coloration of the skin that might be expected post mortem. Near the eye on the other side is lighter colored area indicating compression by something that prevented the skin from being affected by the chemical. this is also seen in carbon monoxide deaths in areas underneath tight clothing garments.

Chloroform was used for many years as an anesthetic, and it was used by applying a cloth over the nose and mouth and supplying a continuous drip on to the cloth. Chloroform evaporates very quickly. Skin irritation and minor chemical burns have been reported from surgical procedures using chloroform, however, they were usually attributed to the procedures length of time or a lack of skill in the person administering the chloroform. If a high percentage of surgical patients sustained chemical burns from Chloroform vapor, it wouldn’t have been used.

If somebody were committing suicide with a towel soaked in Chloroform, is it likely that they would place that towel over their entire face – including their eyes?

After losing consciousness, the head would probably tip forward and/or to one side, and the towel would fall downward inside of the plastic bag, but the fumes or vapors would still be present throughout the plastic bag.

It is probably true that prolonged skin contact with liquid chloroform could cause burns that look like skin burn lesions, but the symmetrical pattern near the mouth, that would correspond with fingers when trying to pull something away from the mouth area, is suspect. upon close inspection, the lesions also appear to be slightly concave and indented.

I can’t help but notice that with the exception of his ear that is visible and adjacent areas, his entire face looks somewhat pink and wet and similar to a live burn victim that sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns to the face. (see attachment)

Again, I am requesting additional autopsy photographs.

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Was an autopsy actually done on him? Was he even undressed before sending him to the crematory? He had a ligature around his neck. Shouldn’t photographs have been taken of the eyes to show whether or not there were petechiae?

He wasn’t embalmed. You’re telling me that refrigeration causes a cadaver to turn pink? In the photograph, it looks like he is still wearing the clothing that he was found in. Both Mr. Handler and Mr. Berry indicated that there were similar skin abnormalities on the neck area. Mr. Berry said that there was a mark on his neck that could have been caused by either the zip ties or possibly the towel. Is there a photograph of that? He appears to be wearing a yellow polo type shirt buttoned at the neck with a heavy sweat shirt over that. Mr. berry stated that a towel was partially hanging out of the plastic bag. That’s a lot of layers of cloth between the zip ties and/or chemical and his skin.

There is blistering around his eyes. That would mean that the towel – wet and soaked with chloroform would had to have covered those regions on the face. Mr. Berry said that he was found in the drivers seat sitting in an upright position with the seat only slightly inclined, and that it looked like it was probably a normal driving position for him. Wouldn’t the towel slip down, especially after he lost consciousness. I placed a moistened light weight kitchen towel on my face (including the eyes), and I couldn’t keep

it on my face without either holding it there or tilting my head backwards in what would be similar to a substantially reclined position.

Can you tell me how big the towel was?

I am requesting whatever photographs that you have, and a copy of Mr. Handler’s report, and the results of any toxicology tests that were performed. Were any blood, fluid, or tissue samples retained?

Sincerely,
Annette Stockton

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Now that I think about it, Mr. Handler described skin slippage on the lower portion of his face and his neck. Skin slippage and blistering from decomposition and the resulting gases takes a considerable amount of time, does it not?

Is that a body bag that he’s lying on? If it is, and if the photograph was taken right after he was pulled out of refrigeration, I’m assuming that he was inside of a body bag in the refrigeration unit.
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I’m assuming that the garage probably wasn’t heated.

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I want to add that according the Mary Ellen’s statement about a prior unsuccessful attempt of suicide by carbon monoxide in the garage, she said that it wasn’t successful because the garage door had numerous holes in it and that the garage was very drafty.

How is skin slippage and/or blistering accounted for as a result of decomposition? I’m reading that skin slippage and blistering from decomposition takes approximately a week or 60 to 70 hours? Excessive environmental heat temperature on that day cannot account for speeding up the rate of decomposition. If Mr. Handler is correct in his terminology describing skin slippage, when did he actually die?

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Attention Chris Berry,

Do you think that Mary Ellen replaced her garage door between November 2010 and August 2011? It looks the same to me, and I don’t see any holes in the door, (as she described being the cause of failure to achieve death in a prior suicide attempt by carbon monoxide), or even a missing door seal that would make the garage “drafty”.

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Another question: what was the size of the chloroform bottle? How many ml or ounces could it have contained?

 

I am also requesting any and all identifying numbers and information on that bottle.
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I have reviewed the case of Forrest Stockton’s suicide. First, let me express my condolences for your loss. Losing a loved one is always difficult and in this case even more distressing because those left behind feel a sense of helplessness. Please understand, however, it is impossible for rational people to understand irrational acts. Suicide by most standards is an irrational act.

The facts of this case, however, do not point to anything other than the conclusion reached. The Overland Park Police Department has a documented suicide attempt by Forrest on January 30, 2009. Not only was a note left, but a subsequent interview with Forrest confirmed his intention to commit suicide.

On November 2, 2010 we again responded to his home and unfortunately he was deceased by way of suicide. In this case a note was left and that handwriting was compared with Forrest’s job application at HyVee and confirmed as his writing. In addition, through video footage and employee interviews (employees who were coworkers and knew Forrest personally) we confirmed that it was in fact Forrest purchasing the zip ties in HyVee at 0753 hours, the same zip ties found on his body later that day.

Again, I am sorry for your loss, however, the Overland Park Police Department has closed this case as a suicide, and no factual evidence exists to lead us to any other conclusion.

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Thank you for obtaining this information for me. This does not explain all of the conflicting information given by Justin Reeder in 2010, Dr. Handler, and Chris Berry, or why they refused to be forthright with this information. Your response does not address the numerous inconsistencies and conflicting information that I have received, and you have not responded to my request for copies of evidence reports and any other photographs that exist.

Mr. Reeder told us that they were confident that it was a suicide because of what was told to them by a member of the Overland Park Police Force – that was a long time personal friend of my brother, and present on an occasion when Mary Ellen called the department saying that my brother was acting depressed. He confirmed that this was not a domestic disturbance call. Whomever this policer was, he probably would have also been a personal friend of Mary Ellen Stockton’s. My brother was kept isolated from my family and friends that he had prior to his marriage to Mary Ellen with our phone calls and letters being intercepted. I spoke to my brother on several occasions in which he confirmed that he did not receive phone messages at the home or mailed letters – not even when we tried to notify him that his biological mother was dying in a hospice. At that time, his cell phone was disconnected.

I would like to know who this personal friend in the police department was, and receive copies of reports pertaining to a prior suicide attempt, the testimony of witnesses at Hi Vee, and the name of the investigating officer that made those inquiries. Did the Overland Park Police Department retain the suicide note in 2009 or was this only in a report written by the Police Officer that responded to that call about an attempted suicide? Was that same officer at the scene when my brother died? Who made the handwriting comparison? Did my brother receive any type of treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning, or any type of psychological counseling as a result of the prior suicide attempt, or did this information come from his wife and/or the Police Officer that was claimed to be his long time personal friend?

If a toxicology test was done to confirm whether or not Bonine was found in his body, and if it was found, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Dr. Handler said that neither Bonine or Chloroform was found – implying that they were not found by toxicology tests. That was his reason for him not mentioning chloroform as even a contributing cause of death. If toxicology tests were performed, how do explain Bonine being purchased and the empty box found inside of the car?

I want to reiterate the inconsistencies that I have documented during conversations with your investigating officers and Frontier Forensics:

When I found out that my brother had died, I didn’t know where or how. I had to begin by calling the Police Department in the jurisdiction where he lived. I was told by the Overland Park Police Department that they didn’t have any records pertaining to Forrest Stockton on that date or the following week. I left several telephone messages at the number listed as the Johnson County Coroner’s Office, but did not get a reply. I

contacted the Overland Park Police Dept. again asking how I might find out how, when, and where my brother died. The woman that I talked to put me on hold and said that she would check for information some where else. She then came back and gave me the number to reach Mr. Justin Reeder.

During the following several weeks, my sister and I had several conversations with Mr. Reeder, and it was difficult to get the small amount of sketchy information that we obtained from him. He told us that he couldn’t provide us with any specifics or detailed information because technically the case was still open and therefore under investigation, but also added that because they were certain that it was a suicide, it wasn’t being investigated. He told us about Mary Ellen calling the Overland Park Police Dept. on a prior occasion because she thought my brother was acting depressed, and told us that because one of the responding officers was a close and long time personal friend of my brother, that based on what he said, they were confident that it was a suicide. He did not mention a prior suicide attempt or any other suicide note. He told us that the officer, whom was a “friend” of the deceased, reported that my brother complained of overall body joint pain and stomach pains, and made a remark saying “I might be worth more dead than alive.”

Did anyone think to ask why my brother might have been suffering from these symptoms? They are indicative of long term poisoning by something such as insecticide. Did my brother seek medical attention for these health issues, and was he being medically treated for these symptoms by a doctor?

He said that certain items were found inside of the car with a receipt, and that they were items that would typically be used for suicide by carbon monoxide, but then said that they had not been used. He said that the items were purchased with my brother’s credit card during the early morning hours on 11-2-2010. We asked him if anything had been done to confirm that it was my brother that made the purchases with the credit card, and he replied no, and said they had not seen a reason or need to do that. We asked if any handwriting comparisons had been done with the suicide note. He said that because it was “messy” and barely readable handwriting that it was obviously a man’s handwriting – implying that it therefore had to be my brother who wrote it, and said that they had not seen any need to compare it with other known handwriting samples. Mr. Reeder said that the suicide note was found inside of the car. Mr. Berry said that it was found on a bed inside of the house.

Mr. Reeder said that my brother was found inside of the car with an empty bottle of Chloroform lying next to his face. He didn’t mention a plastic bag. He wouldn’t give us any information pertaining to the source of the chloroform or tell us whether or not it had a label on it. When we pressed for copies of evidence reports and a copy of the suicide note, we were told that we would have to have an attorney request that evidence in writing. My sister and her husband were both attorneys, and her husband was an active attorney in the state of california at that time. A certified letter was sent to Mr. Reeder requesting evidentiary information, but was ignored.

Mr. Reeder assured us that blood and tissue samples had been obtained during an autopsy and sent to a lab for processing, but told us that it might be 6 weeks to several months before they received the results of those tests.

Mr. Chris Berry told me that it was very unlikely that toxicology tests were performed to determine the presence of chloroform or Bonine because testing for those substances was very rarely done. He said this was because there usually wasn’t any indication or reason to test for those substances. If an empty box of Bonine and an empty bottle of chloroform hadn’t been found in close proximity to the deceased, he would be correct in saying that. How could Dr. Handler make a ruling of death by suffocation from a plastic bag without knowing to what degree, if any, those drugs contributed to or were the actual cause of death?

Mr. Berry told me about the prior suicide attempt with carbon monoxide. He didn’t mention a suicide note on that occasion. He couldn’t tell me what the source of that information was. He said that he believed it was given by Mary Ellen. He said that it was reported that the suicide attempt with carbon monoxide was unsuccessful due to holes in the garage door that made the garage “drafty”.

Mr. Berry told me that there were similar abrasions and evidence of “skin slippage” on my brother’s neck. I asked him if there were any ligature marks, and he said that there was a mark on the neck that could have been caused by either the zip ties or the towel.

Mr. Donchez, you said that video footage at Hi Vee was looked at, and that Hi Vee employees were interviewed. You confirmed that zip ties were purchased. I’m assuming that you simply forgot to include Bonine in that purchase. If a toxicology test was performed and Bonine was not found, that would be the most important factor in determining whether or not this was a suicide. Again, which officer made this inquiry? Why did Mr. Reeder tell us that this had not been done? I would like to have a copy of the report.

Mr. Donchez, I have sent you a great deal of information pointing to anomalies in the single photograph that I’ve been provided with – showing my brothers face – such as the skin coloration, blistering that was described as “skin slippage”, and symmetrically aligned lesions that would correspond to marks made by fingernails. Mr. Handler described the eyes as being normal without any clinical signs of injury. When taking into consideration the skin blistering in close proximity to the eye that is partially open in the photograph, I find that claim to be suspect. A definitive determination cannot be made from the photograph that was provided to me. I realize that the white area of the eye usually begins to turn dark at about 7 to 8 hours post-mortem, however, the iris of the eye is usually distinguishable from the darkened areas caused by normal decomposition. I have attached a close up view of the eye with enhancement pertaining to light.

Mr. Donchez, you might have great confidence in the integrity and forensic investigative skills of the officers in your investigation department and in Frontier Forensics LLC, but,

because of their refusal to provide information and evidence, and the inconsistencies in the information that they have provided, I can’t share in your trust and confidence.

Please tell me what I must do in order to obtain copies of their reports, any other applicable police records, copies of suicide notes, information on the chloroform bottle label, and whatever photographs were taken of my brother and the scene where he died?

The chloroform from Humco was obviously obtained illegally from someone, and yet, no attempt has been made to contact Humco to find out when and by whom it was purchased?

In order to avoid any further misunderstandings, and spare both myself and other members of my family from further emotional distress caused by not being able to reconcile these questions and inconsistencies, your prompt response pertaining to the release of all records, reports, documents, and photographs would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Annette Stockton

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Mr. Donchez, I have another question. Which Hi Vee store was the verification of purchases made at? Was it this store at 6801 W. 91st Street that’s shown as being closed, or the store on 95th street?

When Justin Reeder told us that no effort had been made to verify the identity of the purchaser through video surveillance or possible witnesses, so much time had already passed since 11-2-2010 that it seemed unlikely that video footage could be obtained.

Who was assigned as manager of this investigation?

http://www.yelp.com/biz/hy-vee-food-and-drug-stores-overland-park-7

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note: after an initial inquiry with Hi Vee headquarters in Iowa telling me that they would try to verify the investigation by overland park police concerning video footage, handwriting samples, and employee interviews, one week later they refuse to take my phone calls. Mr. Donchez just happens to have been fired from his last job in Iowa.

————————————————————————- Mr. Donchez, you said:

“In this case a note was left and that handwriting was compared with Forrest’s job application at HyVee and confirmed as his writing. In addition, through video footage and employee interviews (employees who were coworkers and knew Forrest personally) we confirmed that it was in fact Forrest purchasing the zip ties in HyVee at 0753 hours, the same zip ties found on his body later that day.”

If this is your basis for reaching the conclusion of suicide, I feel that I must request a copy of this report, the name of the officer that made this inquiry, and the name of the handwriting expert that compared the handwriting, and also their credentials or qualifications for handwriting analysis.

Taking into consideration all of the discrepancies in information provided by your police officers and pathology sub contractor, and their refusal to provide answers to many of my questions – without seeing a copy of that report, and verifying that the inquiry was made, it doesn’t carry any weight or alleviate my concerns.

I also want to know which officer claimed to be a “long time personal friend” of my brother. Mr. Reeder indicated that this was an important factor in making the determination that my brother’s death was by suicide in 2010. Quite frankly, It didn’t seem like my brother had retained any friends that weren’t introduced to him by Mary Ellen, and approved by Mary Ellen.

Sincerely,

Annette Stockton

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To

frank.donchez@opkansas.org

BCC

cassie-bentley@hotmail.com

Dear Mr. Donchez,

Your response to my inquiries was insufficient and unsatisfactory, and you have not responded to my recent phone call in which I spoke to the Deputy Chief of Police and left a message asking for you to please call me.

I am not going to accept your response by email dated 11-5-2014 and just go away. Job titles, law degrees, and medical degrees donʼt impress me very much, because they are not a guarantee that people are skilled and diligent in their work, nor do they guarantee that theyʼre honest.

The attending pathologist at Frontier Forensics, llc told me that no traces of Bonine (meclizine hydrochloride) or chloroform were found from the toxicology tests performed on my brotherʼs body. Mr. Reeder assured me in 2010 that samples were obtained for toxicology analysis and were sent to a laboratory. Now Chris Berry, who is listed as the CEO of that company, claims that toxicology tests were probably not performed.

Mr. Reeder told me that no inquiries were made concerning the items purchased by my brother on the morning of 11-2-2010, and told me that no comparison of handwriting samples had been done. He further indicated that the Overland Park Police Investigation Department didnʼt see any reason to make those inquiries. He wouldnʼt even tell me what was purchased, but said that the items would be typical of items used to commit suicide by carbon monoxide. He also said that they werenʼt used, and yet, now Iʼm am being told that the box of Bonine tablets in the car was empty, and that zip ties were used as either a ligature or to secure a plastic bag around my brother’s neck.

Regardless of whether or not my brother purchased Bonine and zip ties, I might remind you that the family was planning to travel to Chicago that weekend to attend the wedding of Mary Ellenʼs son, RJ Pahura. Bonine is a medication sold as a remedy for motion sickness – especially when traveling. Zip ties are commonly used to secure luggage, luggage tags, and garment identification tags. If my brother had an early morning appointment for a tuxedo fitting, they were obviously planning to travel to Chicago with formalwear rented in the Kansas City area.

Until I am provided with the actual toxicology lab reports and the the police investigation report concerning video film footage, employee interviews, and handwriting samples obtained from Hi Vee Grocery store (and can verify the information in that report), I have to suspect that a refusal to provide me with copies of those documents is because they do not exist.

I will do whatever is required or necessary to obtain those documents.

Sincerely,
Annette Stockton

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Subject: records request
To: “gary.mason@opkansas.org” <gary.mason@opkansas.org>

Dear Mr. Mason,

You are listed as the public information officer. I need to obtain copies of the following records, but I cannot find appropriate forms that are applicable to the incident. I have requested these records in email correspondence with Police Chief Frank Donchez and employees of Frontier Forensics: Dr. Michael Handler and CEO Chris Berry, (and also Mr. Justin Reeder in 2010), but have not gotten any responses to those requests.

1. a copy of a police report on January 30, 2009 concerning a suicide attempt by my brother, Forrest M. Stockton, residing at 8658 Riggs Street, Overland Park, Kansas. This would also include the statements made in a report by his spouse, Mary Ellen Stockton, also residing at 8658 Riggs Street, Overland Park, Kansas.

2. a copy of a police report and photographs taken on November 2, 2010 pertaining to the death of my brother Forrest M. Stockton residing at 8658 Riggs Street, Overland Park, Kansas. This would also include the statements made in a report by his spouse, Mary Ellen Stockton, also residing at 8658 Riggs Street, Overland Park, Kansas – and the photographs taken at the scene of death before the removal of his body.

3. a copy of the autopsy and/or examination report signed by Dr. Michael Handler, and copies of any toxicology tests performed and photographs taken of the deceased.

4. a copy of a subsequent investigation report regarding purchases made by Forrest M. Stockton at his former place of employment at an Overland Park Hi Vee Grocery store on the morning of November 2, 2010. I was told that surveillance video footage had been examined, that employees that knew my brother had been interviewed, and that handwriting samples were obtained from his records of employment to compare to a suicide note.

5. a copy of a suicide note allegedly written by Forrest M. Stockton and found on November 2, 2010.

6. a copy of a suicide note allegedly written by Forrest M. Stockton on January 30, 2009

7. a copy of the information on the label of an empty bottle of chloroform from Humco found in a vehicle and in close proximity to the body of Forrest M. Stockton on November 2. 2010.

8. any other documentation and investigation reports pertaining to the prior suicide attempt in 2009 and the death of Forrest M. Stockton on November 2, 2010.

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Knoll, John Nov 10
To
me

CC
Frank Donchez Gary Mason
Ms. Stockton, this will acknowledge receipt of your record requests to Chief Donchez and Gary Mason. Your requests have been referred to me for response.

Death investigations are considered criminal investigation records under the Kansas Open Records Act. As such, they generally are not released in the absence of a subpoena or court order. See K.S.A. 2013 Supp. 45-221(a)(10) and Seck v. City of Overland Park, 29 Kan.App.2d 256, 27 P.3d 919 (2000). Therefore, your request is denied. Please advise if you have any questions.

John J. Knoll
Assistant City Attorney, Sr Law Department

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To
Knoll, John
CC
Frank Donchez Gary Mason BCC cassie-bentley@hotmail.com

The KORA case law that you referenced indicates that the court didn’t believe that the plaintiff had legal jurisdiction and standing to request the records by making the following statements:

After viewing the records in camera and hearing the arguments of the parties, the district court concluded that the plaintiff had failed to establish a public interest requiring the disclosure of the records

The plaintiff alleged that Braun’s death involved a public interest due to her position as a former Johnson County Commissioner and due to the amount of press coverage her death received.

The district court responded that nothing in the records would assist the plaintiff in addressing his question regarding Braun’s death and that the only other public interest involved was mere curiosity.

I am a sibling of the deceased, and not merely the public at large, and I am not requesting this information in the interest of the public at large, a public right to know, or to satisfy public curiosity due to a large amount of press coverage pertaining to his death.

Within Seck v. City of Overland Park, Burroughs v. Thomas is referenced with regard to a coroner’s investigative records. See http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ks-court-of-appeals/ 1485051.html

In its memorandum and decision, the district court found that Dr. Thomas’ investigative records were public records subject to disclosure under the KORA and that no statutory exemptions applied. However, the district court also entered a protective order, allowing only Leo Burroughs to access to the records.

I am going to refer you to a case in Detroit whereby Michelle Romain had to file a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act in order to obtain records concerning the death of her mother, JoAnn Matouk-Romain that was ruled as a suicide, and access to evidence and records was initially denied.

http://cbsdetroit.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/joann-matouk-romain-murderinvestigation-complaint.pdf

excerpt:

58. Defendants are liable to Plaintiff pursuant to 42 USC §1983, because their actions were committed under the color of law and pursuant to the customs, policies and/or practices of County of Wayne, all of which subjected the Plaintiff to deprivation of the rights, privileges and immunities secured and afforded to her by the United State Constitution.

59. Defendant John Doe murdered JoAnn.
60. Plaintiff has the right to sue John Doe in court for the murder.

61. Due to Defendants intentionally falsifying police reports, hiding evidence that incriminates John Doe, and actively engaging in covering up JoAnnʼs murder and calling it a suicide, Defendants, under color of law, blocked Plaintiffʼs access to courts to proceed with an action against John Doe.

67. Defendants committed an affirmative act by which they created such a risk that the Plaintiff would be exposed to an act of violence by a third party.

68. Defendants created a special danger to the Plaintiff wherein the Defendantsʼ actions placed the Plaintiff specifically at risk.

69. Defendants knew that itsʼ actions specifically endangered the Plaintiff.

70. The individually named Defendants, acting in concert with each other, acted purposely with the intent of creating a danger to JoAnn by making it known to John Doe that they would immediately cover up the murder and rule it a suicide.

72. Plaintiff requested police reports and records from Defendants. Defendants denied Plaintiffʼs request, which required Plaintiff to sue in Ingham County Circuit Court.

73. The Court ruled in favor of Plaintiff and ordered Defendants to turn over some of the requested records, and required Defendants to pay Plaintiffʼs attorneys fees.

74. Defendantsʼ failure to turn over the documents is a violation of FOIA and Plaintiff is seeking damages suffered through those violations.

$100M Lawsuit Claims Detroit-Area Police Departments Intentionally Covered Up

Murder

I have many questions, Mr. Knoll. My first questions concern the motive for refusing to provide my family with copies of these records, and why there are such large discrepancies in information that has been provided thus far by various individuals within the Overland Park Police Department and Frontier Forensics.

Please advise if you have any questions pertaining to why your denial of my request for records does not apply on the basis of the reasons and case law that you provided.

Sincerely,
Annette Stockton

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To
Knoll, John
CC
Frank Donchez Gary Mason BCC cassie-bentley@hotmail.com

Mr Knoll, who is the Chief Prosecutor for the City of Overland Park? After completing some additional research, I find that there seems to be both familial and business relationships between parties involved in this case that go beyond mere coincidence.

Sincerely,
Annette Stockton —————————————————————

From: “Knoll, John” <john.knoll@opkansas.org>
To: ANNETTE STOCKTON <annettestockton@yahoo.com>

Cc: Frank Donchez <frank.donchez@opkansas.org>; Gary Mason <gary.mason@opkansas.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 12:07 PM
Subject: Re: Your Records Request

We do not have a position known as “Chief Prosecutor.” Laine Barnard is the administrative prosecutor and she has day-to-day supervision over the prosecutor’s office. She reports to me, and I report to the City Attorney.

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https://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-j-knoll/18/779/9b5

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To
Knoll, John

Mr. knoll, what about your relationships with the Pahura-Cooper and Snyder families? ———————————————————————–

rom: “Knoll, John” <john.knoll@opkansas.org>
To: ANNETTE STOCKTON <annettestockton@yahoo.com> Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2014 9:01 AM
Subject: Re: Your Records Request

Ms. Stockton, although I am a certified barbecue judge and sometimes Kansas City Barbecue Society contest competitor in my free time, I have no known relationship with with the Pahura-Cooper and Snyder families.

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To
Knoll, John
I just want to clarify what you said about no known relationships, Mr. Knoll. Does this include Sarah Snyder of Snyder Law, LLC in Topeka and Officer Don Snyder of the Overland Park Police Department? I guess if you’ve seen one Snyder-Cooper, you’ve seen them all. hmmm?

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-secret-sauce https://lawyers.justia.com/lawyer/sarah-snyder-1496797

http://defender.west-point.org/service/display.mhtml?u=25752&i=40634

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/duane-snyder/19/639/545?trk=pub-pbmap http://www.linkedin.com/pub/matt-snyder/4/180/93b http://www.criminalrecords.com/records/donald-snyder-in-kansas

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chris berry said that the suicide note said “iʼll probably never see mama and papa again.”

http://www.savills-studley.com/bios/mae-papa

“Topic. “Mormonism.” The Rev. Joseph S. Donchez, minister. Charged In Deaths Of Wife, Children Robert M. Zanders, Summit Hill, has been ordered held on three charges of involuntary manslaughter by a Mahoning Township”

The Plain Speaker from Hazleton, Pennsylvania · Page 3

http://www.ventureconnects.biz/members/

Studley aquires Gravitas Real Estate:

http://www.savills-studley.com/88f6e852-a945-4321-9846-f1c3c93cf100/about-press-in- the-news-detail.htm

Mark Sullivan – Savills Studley – Professional

these web pages might disappear, but i’ve taken screen images of them if they do. gravitas is an architectural firm in boise, idaho, a real estate company in florida, and some type of investment firm.

 

Lipson at savills studley is related to michael handler handler lipson)

David Lipson – Savills Studley – Professional

http://www.gravitaslc.com/AboutGravitas.html

http://www.savills-studley.com/bios/mark-sullivan

 

(see attachment on estelle

gravitas florida home magazine – click on this and wait for it to load. you’ll see the salvador dali art connection i told you about – referenced to communicate insider trading pertaining to the dollar. it was also connected to and used the same way in the black dahlia murder case.

Florida Homes Magazine – Gravitas Fall14Meet the VC Team | Venture Connects http://www.gravitas.co/ http://www.gravitas.co/content/co-sourcing-new-operating-model

The alternative investment industry faces a challenge of trying to create alpha while investments seem overvalued and volatility is low. Given the existence of these challenges, fund managers would prefer to manage this issue versus rising infrastructure and operational expenses. Over the last two years, the industry has seen increased demands from investors and regulators, which is adding pressure on both the fund and their administrator. Whilst dealing with these challenges, the industry is also facing fee compression which puts pressure on investments for the future.

As funds look for new ways to deal with these demands, a “thin layered” approach seems to be gaining traction. Funds will want to shadow the administrators but also have a flexible data structure that they can control. We are seeing more involvement from fund boards and, therefore, they are asking for more assurances on the official

NAV calculations even if the majority of that work is outsourced. As a result, the need to shadow middle office functions has become a standard operating model.
As CFOs and COOs try and meet the internal reporting demands of their portfolio managers, the need to own their own data has become paramount. The ability to have a scalable, redundant infrastructure where the fund has complete control of its data is the direction Gravitas sees the alternative industry moving towards. We see a model of having an administrator for the official books and records augmented with middle office support performing checks to the administrator plus providing value add to their portfolio managers.

Through our Alameda platform and Co-Sourcing® model, Gravitas allows for such a partnership between the fund and their administrator. Our platform has the ability to provide pre-trade compliance, position tracking and third party reconciliations. We can offer a “follow the sun” model whereby critical tasks can be performed overnight and handed off to the thin layer sitting at the fund for final approval.

http://floridahomesmag.uberflip.com/i/403858/76 http://www.ventureconnects.com/about/team/

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May 31, 2017

fuck you

stolen yogo sapphire

August 12, 2014

the death of forrest marlin laughlin-stockton

Filed under: Uncategorized — kswatcher @ 3:49 am

my brother (at least vital statistics records say that he’s my brother)  was married three times, and had a son with his second wife.   both his first wife and his third wife kept him completely isolated from his own family, and pretty much isolated from any friends and acquaintances that he had before those marriages –   however, we enjoyed a close family relationship as siblings during those brief periods of time while he was in between marriages.

i rarely had an opportunity to speak with my brother during his 3rd marriage.  if i called an left a message on their home answering machine, his wife would delete the message before he got it.  if i sent a note or letter by mail, she intercepted it.  to my knowledge, he wasn’t allowed access to a personal home computer.

when our biological mother was dying, i tried to call him on his cell phone.  i left a message.  when i tried to call that number a couple of days later, it had been disconnected or changed.  i left a message on their home answering machine, and i sent a letter to their home.  several months later, one of our relatives (our half brother) did reach my brother by phone at his place of employment, and he claimed that he hadn’t received any phone messages or a letter about the death of our mother.

in november of 2010, a childhood friend of mine called and told me that there had been an announcement of my brother’s death in a kansas city star newspaper obituary section.  it was no more that the standard name, age, city, and date of death that the kansas city star automatically publishes without a request.  my friend’s elderly mother had a habit of regularly reading the obituaries in the printed version of the star newspaper, and if she hadn’t, i might still be completely unaware that my brother died.

i tried calling the county coroners office, but they never answer the phone or return calls.  i found out later that it is policy that they do not accept calls from public constituents – tax payers that pay for their salaries.  i then tried to call the local police department where my brother lived.  the first time that i called, they said that they had no information about the death of somebody with that name.  during a second phone call, i asked them what i was supposed to do to find out what might have happened to my brother.  i could only give them his address and his wife’s name.  the clerk that i spoke to put me on hold for a few minutes, and then said that she did have some information.  she told me that my brother’s wife had come into the police station to file a report of his death sometime in the very early morning hours of november 2.  she then gave me the name of a homicide detective within the local police department that i could call for more details.

the detective told me that my brother had committed suicide.  getting any further information beyond that was met with a great deal of resistance.  he attempted to tell me that he couldn’t discuss the details because “technically” the case wasn’t closed and the death was, therefore, considered to be under investigation, but he also added that they didn’t see any reason to investigate the death.

i asked if an autopsy was done or if any toxicology tests were done.  he thought there might have been some blood samples taken for testing of things such as drugs, but wasn’t sure.  he said that my brother was cremated within a couple of days after death.

after having my sister and her spouse (who were attorneys in another state) call the detective, i received the following information:

1.  at some time during the preceding months, the police department received a call from his wife asking for assistance.   it wasn’t a 911 call, and it wasn’t a domestic disturbance call.  she asked for officers to come to their house and talk to him, because she thought that he was acting depressed.  one of those officers that responded to her call just happened to be a close personal friend of my brother.  certainly i had never heard his name before, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.  the report said that my brother had been suffering from chronic back pain, and after losing his job a year or two before the time of call, hadn’t not been able to find employment in the same type of job and industry.  the report stated that he made a comment saying “i’m probably worth more dead than alive”.   this was the only reason that i was given for why weren’t going to investigate his death.

2.  they said that very early in the morning – his wife found him in the garage in their duplex home, and in one of their vehicles – obviously dead and not breathing.   she told them that he had an 8:00 am appointment on tuesday, november 2 for a tuxedo fitting – a tuxedo that he would be wearing to her adult son’s wedding that friday or saturday at the sears (bruce willis?) tower in chicago.

3.  inside of the vehicle they found a sack of miscellaneous items and receipts for things that the detective would only say would be used to direct carbon monoxide from the exhaust into the vehicle, however, those items weren’t used.  he wouldn’t tell me what the items were or where they were purchased, but stated that they were purchased that morning using my brother’s credit card.  i asked him if they checked for a signature match or if they checked to see if the store had cameras so that a positive identification could be made concerning who purchased those items.  the detective said that they didn’t see any reason to do that.

4. when i asked what the cause of death was, the detective told me that it was from chloroform, and that an empty bottle of chloroform was laying on the seat next to his face.  the detective refused to give me further information about the bottle of chloroform –  a source of origin, brand or company name, etc.   chloroform has been a highly controlled substance since the 1970’s.  chloroform can only be purchased by licensed medical and research laboratories.  when purchasing chloroform, a license number must be provided, and it can only be delivered to a licensed facility.  during another telephone conversation, when i reminded the detective that it was a very controlled substance, he told me that it was their understanding that the bottle of chloroform had just been laying around the house for many years.  who’s house?  they certainly hadn’t lived in that duplex for many years nor had they been married for “many years”.  who could have told them this other than my brother’s wife?

chloroform evaporates rapidly, and it would have to be a very tightly sealed container to keep it for a long period of time.  during long term storage, it also slowly converts to phosgene.

5.  the detective told me that there was a suicide letter.  i wasn’t permitted to see that letter, but he tried to summarize the contents for me.  he said that the letter was an apology to his wife and “RJ” for ending his life only days before RJ’s wedding – and possibly interrupting those plans or causing inconvenience –  and it said that he loved them very much.  only his wife and her son “RJ” were mentioned.  when i told the detective that it seemed very strange that he didn’t even mention his own biological son, the detective told me they didn’t know that he had a biological son.  then he asked me if i knew who RJ was.

i asked the detective if they had obtained handwriting sample to compare with the handwriting in the letter.  he said that the letter was in very sloppy and difficult to read handwriting, and therefore it was obviously a man’s handwriting – and it had to be my brother’s handwriting because there were no other men residing in their home?  my brother didn’t have sloppy handwriting, and he wouldn’t have written the letter in cursive writing after having to fill out forms in very neat and readable print –  as was required from working many years in car dealership service departments for the past 20 plus years.

i asked the detective if they had checked to see if my brother had obtained any recent life insurance policies.  he told me that they hadn’t because they didn’t see any reason to do that.

according to kansas state law, evidence held during a homicide investigation must be released to family members if requested in writing by an attorney representing them.  my sister’s spouse, who was a licensed and practicing attorney, sent that request – but it was ignored.

i know that my brother wouldn’t have even thought about committing suicide by carbon monoxide in the garage, because he would have known that there would be the potential for asphyxiating whomever lived in the other half of the duplex, and also his wife whom he claimed to love very much in the suicide letter.  anybody who knew my brother would say that if he were going to commit suicide, he most likely would have taken a gun and gone for a long drive out in the country – and simply shot himself in the head.  he would know that methods such as drugs, chloroform or carbon monoxide would be risky – the risk of being found while still alive – or worse, the risk of being found alive but permanently and severely brain damaged or comatose.

what is chloroform used for?

from wikipedia:

“chloroform is used in laboratories as a solvent because it is relatively unreactive, miscible with most organic liquids, not flammable and conveniently volatile.  it is used in producing dyes and pesticides.  chloroform is an effective solvent for alkaloids in their base form and thus plant material is commonly extracted with chloroform in pharmaceutical processing.  for example, it is used to extract morphine from poppies and scopolamine from datura plants.”

“chloroform was once a widely used anesthetic.  its vapor depresses the central nervous system of a patient, allowing a doctor to perform otherwise very painful procedures.  chloroform has been reputed to be used by criminals to knock out, daze, or even murder their victims.”

my brother’s third wife was a widow with two sons when he married her.  his second wife left him in order to marry another man.  that man’s name was danny.  i never knew his last name, and i still don’t.  he is listed in various directories as having the same last name as my brother.  i have to assume that my brother’s ex wife kept my brother’s name because of their son, and that her new husband also changed his name to my brother’s last name?  i’m not sure how many years she was married after she divorced my brother, but he apparently also died – and from a very tragic accidental death.  the story of that death was related to me as follows:

they had been hearing strange rustling noises in the attic – the kind of noises that small vermin and critters might make.  it was summer time, and the temperature was very hot.  my brother’s ex wife went to her home town in another state for a class reunion, and apparently took their son with her.  while she was out of town, danny must have gone up into the attic to search for the critters or source of strange noises.  he was found dead outside on their lawn. from the physical evidence, the police guessed that danny had stepped off of a rafter and fallen through the floor in the attic –  onto a bed in the room below, and then bounced off of the bed and through a glass window –  on to the lawn where they found him.

did i mention that it was my understanding that both wives had worked in the insurance industry?  i heard that his first wife died of cancer.

from what my brother told me on numerous occasions, his second wife and third wife were enemies and didn’t like each other.  for instance, he indicated that there were problems when his son played in school sports and both of them wanted to attend.

when i contacted wife number 2 after hearing about my brother’s death – because i couldn’t find or reach wife number 3,  wife number 2 told me that she wanted to notify me about what happened – and attempted to do that at the request of wife number 3, but she couldn’t find a telephone number listing –  because i live in very small suburban town that doesn’t have listings in the greater kansas city metropolitan directory.  i googled my name and found quite a few sources that my telephone number could have obtained from considering the circumstances.  suddenly wife number 2 and wife number 3 seemed to be on very good speaking terms –  almost chummy.  wife number 2 told me that my brother had a heart attack.  i’ve still haven’t spoken to wife number 3.

i recently searched the internet for the names of my brother and all three of his wives.  the slight changes in the names while still showing the same family member connections were too numerous to be clerical errors.  there is a sort of pattern to them that is more than suspicious.

i finally obtained a death certificate.  in the reporting of my brother’s death, my brother’s widow used a last name that i have not been able to find any records that associate her with that name.  i did however, find an obituary claiming that her alleged previous deceased spouse was married to somebody else when he died, and that her children whom my brother treated as if they were his own were the progeny of that other woman.

 

 

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