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July 9, 2017

MORMON MAFIA MURDER

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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.

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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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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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Ms Stockton,
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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to: “coroner@frontierforensics.com” <coroner@frontierforensics.com> Subject: Re: photographs of Forrest Stockton

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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Ms. Stockton,

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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Mark Kessler Mike Imber Justin Reeder Ms. Stockton,

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.

Frank Donchez
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Mark Kessler Mike Imber Justin Reeder
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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To
Donchez, Frank
CC
Mark Kessler Mike Imber Justin Reeder
BCC
cassie-bentley@hotmail.com
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.

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“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

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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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