Sidney Blumenthal became a Clinton intimate, very likely a trusted Clinton operative
- The Tax Crisis - 1997 and ongoing
- The Divorce
- The Time Line
- Supplemental Declaration – Exhibits as used in legal actions
- Morgan - Barteaux - Gell
- Franklins, Craig, Scott et al.
- Green Hills Software, Inc.
- The NeoCons
- Koch Documents
- Hughes - Durland & Cohort
- Rayelan and Rumor Mill News
- Rayelan Allan and RMN
- Other Co-Conspirators
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Sidney and Max Blumenthal correspond via email.
Date: 1/16/2003 1:54:19 AM Eastern Standard Time
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here's another idea. if only someone could pick up on
these as fast as i can come up with them and research
them. did you see the full page ad in the times
yesterday in support of people's mojahedin of iraq by
a bi-partisan commission of congressmen? PMOI is a
terrorist group based in eastern iraq financed by
hussein and condemned by amnesty international for
bombings in tehran that killed civilians and storming
the u.n. in 1992 with knives. among the supporters of
the group is ilean ros-lehtinen, who with jeb bush's
assistance, arranged for orlando bosch's pardon. and
tom tancredo's there too. seth waxman, who i think was
clinton's solicitor general, denied PMOI's petition to
be removed from a gov. list of terror groups.
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I don't know if Grandpa has gone to the rehab institute. He was supposed to. I'll let you know.
GOod idea on the war and good analogy to West Bank. I would write to email@example.com and see if that works. You can write Joan Walsh, too, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell her you want to get in touch with Ed and why.
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Date: 1/13/2003 5:05:47 PM Eastern Standard Time
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Date: 1/13/2003 4:57:55 PM Eastern Standard Time
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bush is selling the cut on the idea of assymetrical
warfare, which doesn't require massive troop buildups
or manuevers. everything i've read by columnists
opposed to bush is either exploiting nostalgia about
past american wars as a national sacrifice or they're
trying to direct everyone's attention to north korea.
i think the best issue to hit on is that a u.s.
occupation of an arab country, like the one that's
inevitable in iraq, will be a collosal disaster and
that point needs to be exploited more, with parallels
drawn to israel's naivete after the 67 war going into
the west bank.
i'm trying to find ed lempinen's number to propose the
maria suarez story today since i'm not feeling sure
about rolling stone and i think i can pump out a story
marcia called me and told me to call grandpa direct
but he's not in the room anymore. is he in rehab now?
--- Sbwhoeop@aol.com wrote:
> January 13, 2003
> Washington Outlook
> Bush Breaks With 140 Years of History in Plan for
> Wartime Tax Cut
> Old question: What did you do in the war, Daddy?
> New answer: I pocketed a large tax cut, honey.
> And then I passed the bill for the war onto you.
> That, essentially, is the generational transaction
> established by the
> sweeping tax cut President Bush proposed last week.
> The proposal commits Bush
> to a goal unprecedented in U.S. history: cutting
> taxes in wartime.
> Forget guns and butter: Bush is now offering bombs
> and caviar.
> That's an odd combination, as Bush demonstrated last
> week when he announced
> his plan. First he emphasized the threat that
> international terrorism poses
> to U.S. security and somberly declared that this is
> a "time of war."
> Then he proposed a good-time economic plan that
> would shower Americans with
> $674 billion in tax breaks over the next decade --
> at a time when the federal
> budget has fallen back into deficit and faces
> irresistible demands for more
> spending on defense and homeland security. The
> unavoidable result will be
> bigger federal deficits and a larger national debt,
> which amounts to shifting
> the cost of defending the nation onto our children.
> With this push to slash taxes during wartime, Bush
> broke from 140 years of
> history under presidents of both parties. In every
> major conflict the United
> States has fought since the Civil War (and some
> minor ones), Washington has
> raised taxes to pay for the war.
> Americans are never particularly happy about tax
> increases. But we have
> always accepted heavier burdens as the price those
> at home pay to support
> those under fire on the front. One World War I-era
> economist wrote:
> "Patriotism can often be translated into dollars and
> cents -- in fact, the
> material side of patriotism is often quite as
> important as the spiritual
> The income tax and the inheritance tax (which Bush
> is trying to eliminate)
> were signed into law by Abraham Lincoln, the first
> Republican president, to
> help pay for the Civil War. As journalist Steven R.
> Weisman recounts in his
> engaging recent book, "The Great Tax Wars," by the
> time the war ended,
> Congress had imposed a top income tax rate of 10% on
> all incomes over $5,000.
> The inheritance tax, he writes, "passed Congress
> with little debate because
> of the widespread demand in the North for sacrifice,
> especially from the
> After the war, both taxes were eventually allowed to
> lapse. But to pay for
> the Spanish-American War, President McKinley -- also
> a Republican -- signed
> into law an excise tax on petroleum and sugar
> companies and reinstated the
> inheritance tax.
> To fund the country's entry into World War I,
> President Wilson -- a Democrat
> -- massively increased the number of Americans
> subject to the income tax and
> raised the top rate from 7% to 77%.
> Congress cut taxes during the 1920s. But when the
> nation fought World War II,
> Americans reached into their pockets again. Once
> more, the number of
> Americans subject to the income tax soared (from 4
> million to nearly 43
> million) and the top rate rose to 91%.
> Taxes increased again to fund the Korean War; even
> in the Vietnam War,
> President Johnson belatedly imposed a war surtax on
> The war against terrorism or a possible return match
> against Iraq won't
> demand nearly as many resources as World Wars I or
> II, or even Vietnam and
> Korea. But these tests will still impose significant
> burdens on the
> By 2005, Bush wants to spend at least $100 billion a
> year more on defense
> than President Clinton proposed in his final budget;
> a war in Iraq would add
> to that bill. Bush has also proposed to spend $38
> billion on homeland
> security this year. And even those commitments, the
> administration concluded
> in a homeland security plan last summer, "must be
> viewed as down payments to
> cover the most immediate security vulnerabilities."
> As Weisman writes, when Wilson urged higher taxes in
> World War I, he stressed
> the nation's obligation to avoid burdening future
> generations with the war's
> cost through excessive borrowing: "The industry of
> this generation should pay
> the bills of this generation," he said. Bush seems
> to be ignoring that
> By proposing large new tax cuts when Washington is
> already in deficit and
> facing growing costs for defense, Bush is
> threatening an explosive growth in
> the national debt. When Bush took office, the
> nonpartisan Congressional
> Budget Office said Washington would eliminate the
> publicly held national debt
> by 2008 -- as long as the government fulfilled the
> pledge Bush and Al Gore
> each made in the 2000 presidential campaign to apply
> the surplus temporarily
> accumulating in Social Security toward paying down
> that debt.
> But Bush abandoned that promise under the pressure
> of recession, the war on
> terrorism and the cost of his $1.35-trillion,
> 10-year tax cut of 2001. Even
> before Bush's new proposals, the CBO had estimated
> that Washington would need
> to divert more than $2 trillion from the Social
> Security surplus to operate
> the rest of government through 2012. With that money
> no longer available for
> debt reduction, CBO projected the debt would rise to
> $3.8 trillion by 2008.
> The further tax cuts Bush proposed last week will
> only deepen that hole.
> Because the operating side of the federal budget is
> already deeply in
> deficit, every penny of Bush's new tax cut would
> have to come from taxes
> raised for Social Security or by increasing the
> national debt. The Democratic
> staff on the Senate Budget Committee has estimated
> that if the new Bush tax
> cut plan passes, as well as the prescription drug
> plan for senior citizens he
> has endorsed, the national debt will balloon to $4.8
> trillion in 2008.
> More debt means higher interest costs for the
> government, which means higher
> taxes on future generations. It all amounts to
> Americans voting themselves a
> tax cut and letting their children pay for defending
> the country through a
> larger national debt. Surely Woodrow Wilson better
> captured the nation's
> spirit when he said, as the bullets flew in World
> War I, that Americans "know
> ... the war must be paid for and that it is they who
> must pay for it, and if
> the burden is justly distributed ... they will carry
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haven't heard anything from anyone on my proposals
yet. i guess i'll have to wait until tuesday. i'm
going to try to find connie rice's contact because i'm
sure the la weekly will run that if salon won't.
i did that late friday. i've been looking for connie
rice but to no avail. i'll have to wait until tuesday
to find a contact number. i saw the movie the quiet
american with michael caine. you'd like it although
it's showing has been suppressed in the u.s. so it
might not be out in d.c. have fun sleeping with the
fishes in antigua.
--- Sbwhoeop@aol.com wrote:
> Send emails out for everyone has them on Monday
> saying you're eager to hear from them on your
> proposals. Those emails will be waiting for them
> first thing Monday morning. They WILL get back to
> you. The Connie Rice idea is a good one, especially
> Yr mother and I are in Antigua, It's very restful,
> and we're going to the beach soon. Keep up with me
> by email.
> Yr Father
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Thursday, November 5, 2015
After the Deposition
Around February 23, 2001 Morgan filed bankruptcy in Santa Barbara to clear the issue of the coerced promissory note from Craig and other debts she could not pay.
On May 23, 2001 Craig filed a COMPLAINT to stop her from clearing the issue of the coerced promissory note. In the motion he mentions more money he gave Morgan.
Since we know that Craig routinely hands over about $5,000 a month to women who he wants to be available to him sexually it struck Morgan and small minded, given how hard she had tried to eliminate Arthur and kill off her mother.
Morgan believed the money was payment for services rendered.
Craig never gives away money without expecting to get something of value to him. Destroying Melinda and securing all of the marital assets was of enormous value to him so it seems petty that he would also insist on getting sex. But Craig is a psychopath and so this was a natural move for him.
Morgan was part of the conspiracy which Morgan admits to in the response below. This is an example of what happens when psychopaths collide instead of cooperating.
On August 27, 2001 Morgan responded to a RESPONSE filed by Franklin to stop her from declaring bankruptcy on the promissory note she had signed under duress.
This document is well worth reading for the shock value. The document names Dan O'Dowd, Michael (Emerling) Cloud as co-conspirators with Craig. The document was produced by We The People, a legal service in Santa Barbara at the time, using statements from Morgan. The document is signed by Morgan, the Debtor and Defendant.
January 15, 2003 - Franklin Complaint Dismissal
Very brief. Too bad the judge and those reading the documents did not comment for posterity.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Melody Gillespie, R. N.
xxxxxx Road xxx
Strathmore, California 93267
I have been acquainted
with Melinda Pillsbury-Foster and her son, Arthur E. Foster, since the spring
of 2006. At the time we met Melinda had been living at the cabin full time for
about a year, from her statements and by my observations. Except for visits to
friends and relatives on occasion she lived at the cabin full time.
It was clear Melinda was very short of funds and she could not afford to travel
to any extent. On occasion she asked me to bring her food, as her car was not
working or she was without money. In addition, I know she did all of the work
needed to maintain her cabin herself . This included clearing in the spring and
stacking firewood for winter. On occasion my husband and I provided this for
her and let her use our truck to transport it.
I learned over the years that she was very worried about what would happen to
Arthur if she died or became completely incapacitated.
In October of 2011 she called me to say she was strongly considering going to
Ohio for a while because she had been made an offer to partner in a corporation
which could finally make it possible for her to put money away for Arthur.
I was disappointed to see her go but agreed to keep an eye on the cabin as much
On October 26, 2011 Melinda and Arthur met me at the Pierpoint Restaurant about
five miles below her cabin and fifteen miles from my home in Porterville to
have dinner. It was her birthday.
During the meal she told me more about the offer from a woman named Raye who
owned a website called Rumor Mill News for whom Melinda had started working
doing advertising. Raye, she said, had decided she wanted Melinda to redesign
the website as well as doing the advertising work but needed her to come to
Ohio for this. Melinda said Raye had promised to make sure she could come back
for a while in the springtime to take care of the cabin.
As she had said previously the offer was for a partnership and she had checked
with an associate named Jason Rines to see if the site could be made profitable
enough to make it possible for her to put money away after paying her debts on
what she could earn.
Melinda seemed excited but also nervous. I knew from our past conversations
this was because of her vision, which was not good. But she seemed to feel she
had no choice since was the only way offered which allowed her to provide for
Although I did not say anything to her about this I was worried about her
driving so far when I knew she never drove farther than Los Angeles and even
that had seemed to make her nervous.
Signed, March 28, 2015
Melody Gillespie, R. N.
It was clear Melinda was very short of funds and she could not afford to travel to any extent. On occasion she asked me to bring her food, as her car was not working or she was without money. In addition, I know she did all of the work needed to maintain her cabin herself . This included clearing in the spring and stacking firewood for winter. On occasion my husband and I provided this for her and let her use our truck to transport it.
I learned over the years that she was very worried about what would happen to Arthur if she died or became completely incapacitated.
In October of 2011 she called me to say she was strongly considering going to Ohio for a while because she had been made an offer to partner in a corporation which could finally make it possible for her to put money away for Arthur.
I was disappointed to see her go but agreed to keep an eye on the cabin as much as possible.
On October 26, 2011 Melinda and Arthur met me at the Pierpoint Restaurant about five miles below her cabin and fifteen miles from my home in Porterville to have dinner. It was her birthday.
During the meal she told me more about the offer from a woman named Raye who owned a website called Rumor Mill News for whom Melinda had started working doing advertising. Raye, she said, had decided she wanted Melinda to redesign the website as well as doing the advertising work but needed her to come to Ohio for this. Melinda said Raye had promised to make sure she could come back for a while in the springtime to take care of the cabin.
As she had said previously the offer was for a partnership and she had checked with an associate named Jason Rines to see if the site could be made profitable enough to make it possible for her to put money away after paying her debts on what she could earn.
Melinda seemed excited but also nervous. I knew from our past conversations this was because of her vision, which was not good. But she seemed to feel she had no choice since was the only way offered which allowed her to provide for her son.
Although I did not say anything to her about this I was worried about her driving so far when I knew she never drove farther than Los Angeles and even that had seemed to make her nervous.
Signed, March 28, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
IN THE COMMON PLEAS COURT ASHTABULA COUNTY, OHIO
) Case No.: 15CVF00096
) Magistrate: David Sheldon
IN THE MATTER OF RECUSAL )
REGARDING MAGISTRATE DAVID )
SHELDON, ASHTABULA COUNTY, OH )
AND EXTENSION OF TIME )
) Melinda Pillsbury-Foster
) 525 Bunker Hill Road
) Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
) Phone: 805-xxx-7600 Fax: 805-xxx-6428
) E-mail: email@example.com
) Pro Se Litigant __________________________________________)
MOTION FOR RECUSAL, MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT AND REQUEST FOR NEW DATE OF HEARING
Now comes Melinda Pillsbury-Foster, Defendant in Case No. 15CVF00096 , acting in Pro Se, to hereby move that Magistrate David Sheldon recuse himself forthwith from any involvement whatsoever in all proceedings regarding the matter laid out in the aforenamed case and take the appropriate and necessary steps through the Ohio Supreme Court for the appointment of a successor judge to stand in his place and stead to hear and decide matters pertaining to the civil action now being heard and possible criminal charges stemming from the facts therein outlined. The grounds supporting this Motion are set forth on the Memorandum below.
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT
- Background Facts
The relevant events leading up to the above Motion came to the attention of Defendant on January 16, 2015. Defendant learned Plaintiff in the aforementioned case, Ms. Raye Smith, had posted a letter on Rumor Mill News, a website owned and controlled by Ms. Raye A. Smith. Ms. Smith is the Plaintiff in the case cited above, an eviction which she is pursuing to evade contractual obligations to Defendant.
Defendant is a senior citizen and disabled. Additionally, she is the sole caretaker for an adult disabled son who is entirely blind in one eye and 70% blind in the other eye. He survived two major brain injuries, has limited mobility, and needs care 24/7. Therefore Defendant's ability to work is severely constrained and limited. She and her son are dependent on disability and social security payments.
To quote the relevant part of the Posting noted above, which appeared publicly on the Rumor Mill News Website on January 5, 2015, “ I do not know how long it will take my lawyer, my landlord and his lawyer to get her out of the house. I have been told by someone who knows her that she has been evicted 13 times before. This means she knows every trick in the book and probably knows more than all of the lawyers involved in this eviction. In today’s society most criminals know their legal rights better than their lawyers.” This was the first indication Defendant had that Plaintiff, Robert Brobst, and two attorneys were cooperating in what has the appearance of an abuse of process and conspiracy. The posting is libelous, the charges being false to fact. (See Exhibit 13 – Libelous Post, January 5, 2015)
Defendant had contacted Brobst regarding renting the house herself because she had learned from a call to Aqua, the water company, when the water was turned off due to lack of payment by Smith, and that Smith was moving. Smith has been claiming to be in the process of moving since May of 2014 and has been extracting donations from her online Readers now amounting to between $20,000 and $30,000.
Calls to the other utilities confirmed that Smith had informed them she was moving and had cut off her service at the end of business that day, December 30, 2014. After ensuring the services would not be interrupted and moving them into her name so service would continue Defendant left a message for Brobst at his office. Her call was not returned.
Defendant learned indirectly by receiving a final bill from Dominion, the gas company, Brobst had called the utility companies, at the behest of Ms. Smith, to demand these be returned to her. Brobst and Ms. Smith had also arranged for the bills to be returned to Defendant's name on February 2, 2015. Defendant tried again to call Brobst. Her call was not returned. The utility companies refused to discuss what had taken place with her, saying this was confidential. Defendant assumed Smith was going to move as her service, she was able to confirm, ended on January 30, 2015. Smith had still not moved as of February 26, 2015.
Brobst had visited the house and handed the Defendant a copy of a NOTICE TO LEAVE PREMISES BEFORE SUIT naming Ms Smith, with a note including 'other occupants.' He refused to talk to her saying he did not need to know what had happened in any way.
Upon examining the Notice Defendant noticed it had been faxed to the recipient, presumably Robert Brobst, from the fax number 440-964-7710. Defendant ascertained this was the fax for David Sheldon, Esq., by googling the number on the Internet. Defendant was not named on the notice. (See - Exhibit 17 - Brobst Notice to Leave Premises )
Smith had previously used notices in her attempts to force Defendant to vacate the premises without settlement. To each of these Defendant had responded and made attempts to settle. Ms. Smith had not proceeded with a motion for eviction. (See Exhibits 14 & 15, Brobst Letters)
Because the utilities were to be returned to her name Defendant assumed Brobst had decided he was willing to rent to her. Defendant sent a fax to Brobst on January 22, 2015, with attachments, informing him she was seeking other housing because she had discovered what appeared to her to be a violation of ethics by him, Smith, David Sheldon and thttp://justtheevidence.blogspot.com/2015/03/exhibit-15-brobst-letter-february-2.htmlhe other unnamed attorney.
Defendant stated this in the letter sent to Brobst. In the same letter she informed him she hoped to have alternative housing and be out by February 13th. Unfortunately, the unit was rented to another applicant. (See Letters to Brobst, January 22 & Exhibits, February 2)
Defendant learned during a visit to the Ashtabula Municipal website on Thursday, February 12, 2015, that Smith had filed a motion the previous day, February 11, 2015, Case No. 15CVF00096, a Complaint in Forcible Entry and Detainer to have Defendant evicted, continuing her attempts to evade her contractual obligations from employment and agreements with Defendant. Defendant's countersuit to the motion was filed with the court February 26, 2015, to be heard on Monday, March 2, 2015 in Ashtabula Municipal Court at 3PM. (See Exhibit 24 - Response to Complaint in Forcible Entry and Detainer and Counterclaim)
Defendant asked the Clerk of the Court who would be hearing the case and was told the case would be heard by David Sheldon, acting as Magistrate.
Defendant believes this violates the First Canon of the Code of Ethics for Ohio, this being, “ A judge shall uphold and promote the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.” Defendant had pointed out her discovery in the letter faxed to Brobst on February 2, 2015.
If Attorney Sheldon prepared a NOTICE TO LEAVE PREMISES BEFORE SUIT form for Brobst, when the actual intent was to evict Defendant, ignoring her contractual claims and in collusion with another attorney, Brobst, and Smith then this an ethical violation in at least two ways.
First, it is an abuse of process, using a form of eviction to evade a civil suit for fraud and violations of contract which applies to renters. Second, it is being carried out covertly between multiple parties, which appears to be conspiracy, which under the law pertaining to 2923.32 - Engaging in pattern of corrupt activity, subsections (1) and (2).
Ms. Smith is attempting to collect from Defendant an unlawful debt, namely rent for housing which was supplied to Defendant as corporate housing as an employee. Presumably, the cost of corporate housing would have been deducted as a legitimate business expense. In so doing Smith is attempting to evade payment of money Smith owes Defendant. Smith is being aided in this by three parties, Brobst, Sheldon, and another unnamed attorney. Defendant believes it is likely Brobst has rented Smith the house to which she is moving.
Without question this incident constitutes a serious breach of the rules establishing proper Court conduct; rules requiring the avoidance of even the appearance of impropriety. It ignores the claims of Defendant, her persistent attempts to achieve a settlement despite the many threats, slanders, libels, and harm caused her by Plaintiff. It also places two disabled individuals at risk of homelessness.
Law and Argument
The Code of Judicial Conduct
The rules governing the conduct of the judiciary in Ohio are set forth in the Code of Judicial Conduct. In part, the Code states as follows:
A judge shall uphold and promote the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety…
 Public confidence in the judiciary is eroded by improper conduct and conduct that creates the appearance of impropriety. This principle applies to both the professional and personal conduct of a judge.
 A judge should expect to be the subject of public scrutiny that might be viewed as burdensome if applied to other citizens, and must accept the restrictions imposed by the code.
 Conduct that compromises or appears to compromise the independence, integrity, and impartiality of a judge undermines public confidence in the judiciary. Because it is not practicable to list all such conduct, the rule is necessarily cast in general terms.
 Judges should participate in activities that promote ethical conduct among judges and lawyers, support professionalism within the judiciary and the legal profession, and promote access to justice for all.
 Actual improprieties include violations of law, court rules, or provisions of this code. The test for appearance of impropriety is an objective standard that focuses on whether the conduct would create, in reasonable minds, a perception that the judge violated this code, engaged in conduct that is prejudicial to public confidence in the judiciary, or engaged in other conduct that reflects adversely on the judge’s honesty, impartiality, temperament, or fitness to serve as a judge.
A Judge shall perform the duties of judicial office impartially, competently, and diligently.
RULE 2.2 Impartiality and Fairness
A judge shall uphold and apply the law, and shall perform all duties of judicial office fairly and impartially.
RULE 2.11 Disqualification
A judge shall disqualify himself or herself in any proceeding in which the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned, including but not limited to the following circumstances:
The judge has a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party or a party’s lawyer, or personal knowledge of facts that are in dispute in the proceeding.
 A judge is responsible for his or her own conduct and for the conduct of others when those persons are acting at the judge’s direction or control. A judge may not direct court personnel to engage in conduct on the judge’s behalf or as the judge’s representative when such conduct would violate the code if undertaken by the judge.
 Public confidence in the judicial system depends upon timely justice. To promote the efficient administration of justice, a judge with supervisory authority must take the steps needed to ensure that judges under his or her supervision administer their workloads promptly.”
An Appearance Of Impropriety Exists
Without doubt, the heart and soul of the Code of Judicial Conduct is set forth in Canon 1, which mandates that a judge must avoid even the appearance of impropriety. Comment 5 to the Canon makes it clear that the test determining whether the appearance of impropriety exists is objective, and focuses on whether the conduct would create, in reasonable minds, a perception that the judge’s actions may constitute a violation of the Code’s provisions. In other words, the test is extremely broad, and obviously advocates that judges err on the side of caution when considering how their actions may appear to the general public.
By reasonable measure, an appearance of impropriety is present in these proceedings. The language of the Code of Judicial Conduct, argue that the integrity of these proceedings cannot be reasonably questioned. With due respect, presiding Magistrate Sheldon must recuse himself and make proper arrangements with the Ohio Supreme Court for a successor judge.
Litigant, Pro Se
525 Bunker Hill Road
Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
REQUEST FOR A HEARING
Movant respectfully requests this Court to hear, consider and determine this Motion on a date prior to any hearing on the matter when all interested parties and counsel will be in Court. She therefore asked the hearing scheduled for Monday, March 2, 2015 at 3:00pm be rescheduled so the recusal can be heard.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Melody Gillespie, R. N.
xxxxxx Road xxxx
xxxxxxxxxxx, California 93267
I have known Melinda Pillsbury-Foster and her son, Arthur, since 2006. We have worked together on projects related to politics and also guested on each others radio shows. In addition, we have seen each other with our families socially and spent time together at the cabin and at my home in Porterville.
I know her to be honest, reliable, kind, and hardworking. She has been supportive of me when I needed it and through the years we have kept in touch and continued to work together on projects.
Melinda is an excellent cook and I have enjoyed sitting down at her dining room table at the cabin to various kinds of meals. She has also helped me prepare meals at the home I share with my husband in Porterville.
We share many friends in common and in each instance I know Melinda is respected for her work and for the care she gives to her son, Arthur.
Signed, March 28, 2015
Melody Gillespie, R. N.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Exhibit 54 – Character Reference – Marian Replogle
I met Melinda while attending Santa Monica College. We were involved in the karate club there and attended Young Republican meetings together.
Melinda introduced me to her parents, younger brother and baby daughter Carolyn (who has since changed her name to Morgan). Melinda was always talking about Carolyn, bragging about how smart she was and the baby milestones she had achieved. Carolyn slept in a crib in Melinda’s room while Melinda was living with her parents in West Los Angeles. One particular event that sticks in my mind was when Melinda and I took Carolyn Trick or Treating. It was a perfect October evening, not too cool, and the leaves had fallen on the sidewalks in the neighborhood. Carolyn was 2 or 3, and she had a lot of fun that night collecting candy as well as kicking the leaves as we walked.
Melinda and I took a square dance class and then joined a single young adult square dance club. We had a lot of fun with that group. I also joined her occasionally when she attended a local church, and it was at this church that she later married her boyfriend Ron whom she had met at Santa Monica College.
Former resident of West Los Angeles
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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Sunday, March 15, 2015
I can see it is very possible to finish this chronology with what I have from other websites and so an going to do this over the next few weeks, putting up the material on the Throw Mama From the Train time on and including all the nasty ugly things I have until right now. It should be interesting.
1983 - I become pregnant by Craig because he had sex with me without my consent. Ron and I agree to put off the legal divorce so he can be with me during the birth.
1977 - Labor Day Weekend - National Libertarian Convention in at the Sheraton Palace Hotel, San Francisco, California.
I first met Craig on the cruise through the harbor which took place on one of the evenings before the banquet. The next day he serenaded me outside the convention hall.
1978 - The children are enrolled in First Lutheran of Northridge, the school from which both Ayn and Dawn will eventually graduate junior high school. Arthur and Justin will also attend there. Having the kids in a good school was a priority that came before anything for myself, always.
1979 - Labor Day Weekend - National Libertarian Convention in Los Angeles at the Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California. Saw Craig at a cocktail party. We talked briefly. He invited me to attend a concert he was giving. I later went to see him perform, since he had asked me to. I left before the event was over. There was something else going on, I think a dance, and I wanted to attend that instead.
1981 - August 26 - 30 - National Libertarian Convention at The Denver Hilton, Denver Colorado. I saw Craig on the convention floor. He was running for vice-chairman of the LP. I listened to his pitch (he was handing out rainbow ribbons as his campaign buttons and asking people to wear them.) I took one but voted for the other candidate.
My then husband, Ron Foster (Ne Kellett) agree to get a divorce and he agrees to finish the room addition which was funded by my parents so we can refinance the house and pay them off. Ron spends all of his spare time playing Dungeons and Dungeons and barely sees the children. We agree to start seeing other people.
1982 - Late summer. Talked to Craig when he called the office I was running and funding on Westwood Blvd. Craig had moved to Los Angeles and was living in the Pasadena area. He was working for a guy who ran a small computer company out of his house. He was not really working full time. Consequently, he had lots of time to volunteer, which is how I became better acquainted with him.
I kept the office open after the election and Craig continued to volunteer time. We became romantically involved after the LPC gave me a Roast at the BreaMar Country Club in the San Fernando Valley. He asked me out to dinner and a movie. That was when he actually broke up with Naudeen, the woman he had been living with in North Carolina.
1983 - I become pregnant by Craig because he had sex with me without my consent. Ron and I agree to put off the legal divorce so he can be with me during the birth.
February - President’s Day Weekend - Libertarian Party of California Convention in San Francisco area. I was upset about being pregnant. It was not what I wanted or planned. Craig wrote me a check for child support. The amount was $300.00.
March - National Committee Meeting at the Villa Hotel in the San Francisco area. I sent up with some friends, mostly to see Craig. We had sex. I met Dean Ahmad and his wife, Francis Eddy.
Craig continued to call me almost every day. We agreed that he would be the baby’s acknowledged father for social purposes only. We agreed to send out pre-birth anouncements to our friends.
I saw Craig several times that year. I was very unwell with morning sickness and barely able to cope with everything that needed to be done. He came down to see me and we always had sex. Once we made love in the park. Craig had never done that before. I was very pregnant by then.
October 26 - My birthday. Craig forgot about it, although I had told him and sent him a present on his birthday on July 1st. Craig called me at a friends house where I was having a birthday party. He insisted on telling me about having sent flowers to Fenton, an old girl friend for her birthday a few days before.
By this time I had arrangedto give birth at home with an MD for backup in the hospital.
November 18 - Contractions start. On the 18th my physician wanted me in the hospital for a CAT-scan. Tom Lisjac, a friend of mine, spent the night with me there, talking. I was very uncomfortable physically. The next morning Tom drove me home. I was home and walking around trying to bring on contractions when Craig arrived from San Francisco. Around early evening my midwife said I must go to the hospital. I was bleeding slightly. I had an emergency C-section. Ron went with me.
Craig was there the next day holding Justin all day. He was there continuously, leaving to sleep at night.
November 20 - Hospital Baby Dinner I had both Ron and Craig to share the baby dinner the hospital offered to new parents. I went home the next day.
December - Early in month - Craig called and asked me to pick Scott up at the LAX. I was not yet driving so refused, although he tried to insist. He told me he wanted to spend time with Jennifier Doman. I refused. Later that week the support check he sent bounced.
At Christmas Craig arrived with Scott for the holiday. He spent the days with us. He insisted that I have sex with him although he knew that I was still bleeding and healing from the C-section. I refused.
1984 - January - Craig tells me that he will send on the check to cover the hospital bills that are now due.
February - Craig again tells me he will send on the check. Then, he tells me that he lent the money to two women instead. I deal with dunning calls and damage to my credit rating for months. Eventually, he sends the money. He tells me that he lied intentionally and was justified because of my unwillingness to ‘service’ him sexually at Xmas. He continues to come down more and more often.
Late in the year - Craig gives me a wedding ring. I assume this means we are married. He is visiting very regularly now. He has changed his employment and has arranged with his employer, Microtech, to have an account paid with pre-tax dollars to cover his phone calls and travel to see me. As far as I am concerned we are married. Soon after this he buys me and the kids from Ron, who remains in the house to finish the room addition.
1986 -Craig suggests that he move down to Los Angeles and that we get legally married. He says he will change jobs to be able to marry me.
July - Craig tells me he needs a new house. He does not want our marriage to start in the house I have shared with Ron. He tells me, which he will do over and over again, that his needs must be met and it is my responsibility to meet them.
I agree to buy another house to make him happy. Craig and I find a house in North Hills. We cannot afford the house. Craig negotiates my divorce settlement with Ron so that he assumes the liabilities for the kids and we receive $60,000 (half the value of the house on Chimineas) to put down on the new house in North Hills. I receive nothing else. We arrange financing with a second trust deed from Ken Hausman, who was found for us by our real estate agent. I borrow money from friends. ($7,500 from Tom Lisjac, $5,000 from my father, we use the kids savings accounts. Craig borrows $500 from one friend and $500 for another.) I throw my back out getting the house on Chimineas ready to finance. I will be unable to walk without pain for three years.
I have committed myself to the deal.
I have committed myself to the deal.
August - I drive up north to move Craig down. I had tried to do this once before but my back was so bad I couldn’t walk. I take the kids and we all help load. I drive Craig’s stuff back to the Valley. I do most of the heavy lifting while Craig lounges in bed. Craig takes the job with Green Hills and tells me he will be making much more than the basic draw in six months. In fact, his basic draw is not enough to pay for the mortgage and utilities.
It will be three years before he earns enough from his job for us to make ends meet.
Mid- September - Craig takes me out alone to lunch at the Good Earth. There he initiates, for the first time, a prenuptial contract. The agreement is this:
1. I will agree to have plastic surgery when we are out of debt. (Craig’s demand)
2. He will be able to adopt the children legally and change Justin’s name to Franklin (Craig’s demand) This will take place when we are out of debt (My demand).
3. He will bring his taxes up to date and keep them current. (My demand)
I felt stuned, shocked and hurt. He had never mentioned previously that he did not find me physically attractive. I feel trapped. Craig tells me again that it is my responsibility to make him happy.
October 1 - We move into the house in North Hills. I do all of the work myself to prepare. Craig, although there, is unwilling to help with the heavy lifting. He disappears into the bedroom as soon as it is set up. Portent of things to come.
1987 - January - Morgan moves in with us. My parents, who legally adopted her, send us money for her room and board. She starts Pierce College, they buy her a car. She starts working at Contempo and going to college at Pierce.
May 2 - I write a check to Doug Thorburn who had taken care of making out Craig’s back taxes. The check is No. 1939 for $270.00 (Taken from check register)
June 21 - Craig and I are legally married. I am angry that this has not happened earlier. Craig is sullen and angry because he decided he wanted to wait until he can have his dream wedding, although we had agreed to marry the previous summer and my agreement to fund the house and allow him to negotiate my divorce settlement hinged on that expectation.
July - I find out that my mother is dying of inoperable cancer. Craig tells me not to make such a big deal of it when I cry.
Labor Day Weekend - Craig insists we attend the LP National Convention in Seattle. I want to skip it but Craig insists we go, “because I promised him.” Craig becomes very threatening when he doesn’t get what he wants.
September 15 - My mother dies of cancer. I arrange the funeral. Craig never comforts me.
Late Autumn - We pay off Hausman loan on the houses and transfer Chimineas house to Ron.
1988 - We go ever deeper into debt. Craig is doing consulting work on the side to make ends meet. I am driving 6 hours a day, Craig to work, the kids to schools. Craig tells me over and over again that our financial troubles are my fault. He screams at me and threatens me. My back has not yet recovered from the attempt to get the house on Chimineas ready to finance and from the move. Every time I stand up I am in pain. Craig strikes me for the first time over a disagreement about archologies and their usefulness in San Luis Obispo.
That spring I make his appointment with the tax accountant and he refuses to go. He comes home and screams at me that I have lost his W2 form and it is irreplacable and he cannot file the taxes. He berates me, following me all over the house, threatening me. He forces me to look for it for a week. I start to have panic attacks and shake uncontrollably.
September - Scott moves in with us because he is unmanagable. He has been violent with his mother and run away from home. He is violent with the kids. He strikes Ed and is inappropriate with the girls. We get no child support from Elaine. His braces need to be restarted and he cannot share a room with anyone because of his violence.
I am concerned about Scott's tendencies for several reasons. When we were staying at my parent’s cabin I heard him telling the girls, who were then 11 & 12, about his first sexual experience, which was a gang rape of a girl by Scott and three of his friends. The girls and Arthur were shocked and disgusted, as was I. I told Craig about it and was very disturbed that he didn’t seem to think it was serious.
Craig tells Ed that he, Craig, owns the house and will determine where everyone will sleep. Scott, who has been inappropriate and violent, smirks at me.
Craig suggests to me that the girls should be sexually available to Scott. Scott does not know about this. It is Craig’s idea. He tells me he would have liked to experiment when he was Scott’s age. I am outraged and afraid.
I come home and find Craig with the kids in the family room. He is talking to them about me and when I sit down he tells me to leave and gets angry. I late rfind out that he had been telling the kids that I am crazy and they should not trust or rely on me. He wants them to rely on him instead. I refuse to leave and he threatens and then strikes me, knocking me out.
Scott calls the police are they arrest him. I convince them to let him go. I have double vision for several weeks and bruises over by back and breasts and right arm and on my thighs. This took place, according to Ayn, on night before the shuttle landed that year. She and Dawn have written up their memories of the evening.
The money from Green Hills starts to come in just before the wedding. Craig is finally selling.
June 24 - Craig and I have the big wedding that he wanted so much. I have done all of the work. I have sewed the dresses, made the hats, arranged for all catering, performed by a friend of mine at cost, and the flowers and made part of the food. I have made the arrangments for the honeymoon and booked us into a bed and breakfast for the wedding night. I arranged to have a basket of goodies in the room along with champagne. A friend came with his friends to play the music. Another friend of mine does the photography. Craig does not give me a gift of any kind or arrange for anything to make the wedding special to me. But he does complain about the toast I gave him. It wasn’t appropriate, he says. That is what he will talk about for years. I wrote a booklet for the wedding with a picture of Craig’s parents and an article about my parents wedding on the same date over fifty years before. We go to Italy for the honeymoon.
The Scott Incident - Craig and I almost break up on our vacation. Scott threatened Morgan and then attacked her because she insisted he clean up after his cat. Scott ends up threatening all of the kids and running away from home to see his aunt in Virginia. He had been angry for some weeks because he wanted to visit her but Craig’s agreement with Elaine is that she will pay for visits to her relatives. She will not pay for Scott’s place fare.
I refuse to have him living with us again. Craig again batters me while I’ m driving him to work. I am pregnant. He shoves me into the door, mashing my abdomen.
Craig insists we go to counseling with Nathaniel Branden. After discovering Craig’s personal habits Brandon says, “that is disgusting. How could anyone love someone who does that?” Craig stops going to counseling.
We start looking for a house in Santa Barbara because Green Hills is moving up there.
December 20 - The baby dies and I almost die of a hemmorage having it removed. It was almost 8 months along. I am devestated. Craig goes back to work in Santa Barbara leaving me alone with the kids. He never comforts me. He tells me I failed. I cannot walk.
1990 - Money is better. I am paying off the debts we accumulated during the time Craig was not selling.
January - June Craig and I take my father, who has moved in with my sister in Santa Barbara, to Springville for the Lions Ham Dinner. Craig decides, on the spur of the moment, to buy a cabin as a present for me. I am hesitant because we are not yet out of debt. I ask how much the payment will be. I am told they will be under $500 a month. I will discover that they are actually two payments, one for $450 and the other for $1,250. We cannot afford to make the payments and begin slipping back into debt. I am frozen with anxiety. Craig begins giving Justin $100 bills and telling me I cost too much.
1991- November - Arthur moves in with Ron because I cannot deal with him. Craig has never spent time with him or been a father to him.
July - I arrange for Craig to give a performance so he can film a video of his songs being performed. I find a group, make programs, sew the dresses, arrange for a camera on loan, persuade my daughters and a friend of theirs to sing, schedule the event and pay for it with money from the household budget. Craig will later tell me that he did a favor for a group of my friends. I did not know the group. They were not friends of mine, particularly.
September - Craig has arranged to take a singer to the National LP Convention to sing his songs at a televised portion of the general session. Icaution him that the convention committee is notorious for rescinding such arrangements. He ignores me. We arrive and he is told they have cancelled his performance. He will ba allowed to perform at the cocktail party. We were not to be reimbersed for the trip, at any rate. I am paying for it out of the household budget. I point out that he can have time at the televised session if he runs for president or vice-president. he is delighted. I write his literature, a nominating speech, find supporters and deliver the nominating speech. He is delighted. It is a high point in his life. But he is not grateful.
I drive up to Santa Barbara at 10:00pm at night to take Craig his medicine. He is sick with the flu. I drive back immediately. I am getting maybe four hours sleep a night and am in constant pain with a root canal I cannot afford to have done.
Scott is spending sumemrs in Santa Barbara working for Craig. Craig is giving him 100 dollar bills, when he is giving him money at all. Scott later tells me that he always had a sheaf of money. Craig is also giving 100’s to Justin. Justin is six years old. Craig is not giving me enough money to pay the bills. When he gives mea check that is not large enough to pay the mortgage he tells me it is my fault.
1992 - April - My father dies. I mourn alone again, but I am getting used to doing that alone. I conduct my father’s funeral. I am forced to put all of the $40,000 I inherit from Father into keeping us afloat. Craig will not tell me why there is no money.
Craig begins ‘investing’ money in puts on the stock market. He tells me they will pay off, but none ever do. He screams at me and batters me three times because I object to buying puts when we can’t pay the bills.
September, Dawn goes off to college in Massachusetts.
1993 - September, Ayn goes off to College at Hillsdale, Michigan. Dawn comes home and starts college at Santa Barbara City College. I pack up the house in North Hills alone and move to Santa Barbara. Craig is in Japan. We are moved in entirely in less that two weeks. In three days you could not tell a move had taken place. I leave three boxes of Craig’s stuff in the garage. They will sit in the same spot for a whole year until Craig takes them to Green Hills.
At Halloween I give a party for our friends and, mostly, Craig’s associates from Green Hills.
1994 - January - Northridge Earthquake. Our home, just on the market, suffers major damage. Morgan is unjured in the Quake. I drive down alone on the 18th to help do what clean up can be done. It will take up 18 months to get a contractor. I had arranged for quake insurance so we will have some help rebuilding.
Craig screams at me and tells me the earthquake is my fault.
February - My sister, Anne Gripp, has a heart attack in Japan. I fly over there to be with her and stay for two weeks. I return. Craig makes me go back to Japan with him a few weeks later because, “I promised to go.” I am forced to leave my sister to die without me. I conduct a funeral for Anne at the Congregationalist Church.
Craig gets pneumonia. I make him go to the hospital and care for him. He thanks me for saving his life.
1995 - Craig invests his entire 401K in Green Chip. He is enthusiastic. He is still investing in puts. I have no say in what he does because it is his money, he says.
More Puts. I cannot understand why Craig is spending so much money that never shows a return but when I try to talk about it he threats me, shoving me into the edge of a door and bruising my skull.
November - I put on a convention at the Radisson. I host 25 speakers from all over the country. Anne Stone attends and says it is better that the Dark Ages Weekend.
December - I have an emergency D & C. I drive myself to the hospital and Morgan drives me home. I do not see Craig, who is at work.
1996 - We are finally climbing out of debt. But in June Craig tells me he will get no pay check. He starts selling more bonds. He borrows money from Green Hills. I will find out that his wages were levied for $150,000 by the IRS. But I will also find that that is just the tip of the ice berg. The Titanic is sinking and I didn’t know we were on a ship.
December 1, 1996 “Franklin Pay Stubs.”
Craig tells me he is having some trouble with the tax people, but has hired a firm of attorneys. Brown & Associates, to handle it. He gives them $6,000 eventually, but they never manage to help because he refuses to give them the records. I ask if I should cut back, cancel trips but am told by Craig that it will be taken care of in just a few days or by the next pay period. But that never happens. Craig screams at me and tells me I am too stupid to know what to do. He pushes me with his forearms.
1997 - January - Craig batters me. He knocks me out, shoving me into the wall just outside our bedroom. We argued because I am worried about money and having enough to pay the mortgages, which are late after Craig told me he was taking care of his tax problems. I am worried I will not have money to pay for Ayn’s senior semester in college.
Craig comes down with adult-onset diabetes. I go into work to get his papers together so the attorneys can take care of the tax crisis. I still do not know what can have caused it. I find the tax returns, unmailed, from 1986.
Craig and I have a talk and he admits he has lied to me and failed to keep his promises in every particular. I agree to handle it. He agrees to fund my non-profits, give me any money I can get back and let me handle the finances. I spend three months, 18 hour days, sorting, begging pleading, saving first the money from the house in LA and then our house in Santa Barbara. I get credit from our accountant, our therapist, file a letter with the IRS citing the Americans with Disabilities Act. I have a heart attack and find myself, unconscious on the floor. I can’t go to the hospital because I must finish saving the money from the LA house. I am afraid I will die. I have an eye infection. I work through it, my eyes dry and painful. Craig calls me up, he is away on business, and yells at me, ordering me to go, but I can’t. I need the money to save the house.
April 16, 1997 - “Letter from Dr. Marquart,”
May 14, 1997 - “IRS Correspondence,''
At the same time I am helping Morgan, as Craig promised to do. I continue to send money to Scott, as Craig promised to do while we were sinking steadily into debt the previous autumn.
I will find out in July of 1998 that Craig told Justin that I was crazy - because I thought I could get money back from the IRS and State Franchise Tax Bureau. He told Justin that I am mentally disordered and not to be trusted.
Morgan has stayed in the house in LA to oversee the repairs. We agreed to pay for her apartment and repay her loan to us. I buy her furniture to repay loan of $5,000. I pay for her move and expenses. It is very tight financially. She says she is still trying to make it in the film industry and Craig offered to help her. I thought his offer too indulgent but went along along, as always. I never felt as if I had any control or say in the matter.
In April the levies stop. The taxes are filed. Money starts to come back. I start paying off the bills that have accumulated.
May - Ayn graduates from Hillsdale and we all go to the graduation. As always, Morgan is bitchy and unpleasant. She refused to use frequent flyer miles, necessitating our purchase of tickets to accommodate her.
I stay behind when the others leave to do research on a book and then come home and take the kids to Hawaii. My treat to myself. I use frequent flyer miles and we stay at a cheap B & B. Outside shower and few amenities. We have a great time, the only vacation I have ever had.
September 27 - Arthur has a major motorcycle accident. I spend the next five weeks with him every day. He recovers, something the doctors did not expect. But he had a brain injury that will be with him always. But he is alive. Craig goes to the hospital only once. He complains about our sex life. He insists on telling me about his fantasies about other women. He tells me about a fantasy he has had about Ayn Rand.
December - We decide to celebrate by taking the family to Hawaii. We have a great Xmas. Few presents but lots of hugs and good times.
By January we will be entirely out of debt for the first time in our marriage. In November I tell Craig I am ready to schedule the plastic surgery I had promised to have. In December I talk to Craig about having a baby together. I am worried about Craig, I think he is working too hard. He tells me over and over how much the trip to Hawaii helped him relax. I have asked the girls if they want to be adopted. Arthur is reluctant. He still feels that Ron is his father emotionally. The girls are willing. Craig has always said that Dawn is the child, of the six, who is most like him. Justin is strongly unwilling to be adopted or change his name. He is not speaking to Craig because Craig beat him. Justin has written up his memories on this. Craig bribes Justin for hugs.
In December I was forced to find a program for Justin because he had barricaded hmself in his room and refused to go to school. I send him to a three week program at the School for Urban and Wilderness Survival in Idaho. I intend to send him to boarding school, although it grieves me, and begin looking for an appropriate school. While I am doing this Craig evidently had his attorney in the house going through my records. He is trying to prove we have never been married.
7239 12/28/97 Barbara Moore - $110.00 Food in Hawaii
7239 12/28/97 Henry Venning - $280.00 - Kyaking for family
December 30 - Craig becomes agitated in Hawaii over the kids, Ayn, being on my computer in the livingroom. He orders me to stop her from talking to her friends on line. I go out to ask her to stop and he storms out and wrenches the computer off the desk and pushes me into a wall. I will have bruises for two weeks.
December 31 - I am upset with Craig. I was shocked by his behavior. I drive him to the airport.
January 1 - Craig visits his attorney in Santa Barbara, I later learn. He will deposit $27,500 in my account which is half of his pay check. He will try to claim this was a payment of support, my separate property, and not money he gave me to pay household bills.
7246 1/3/98 Anaith Phillips - $350.00 - family massage, Melinda, Dawn & Ed
ATM - 1/3/98 cash, for food Hawaii
7242 1/1/98 Ayn Pillsbury - $100.00 reimbursed for cosmetics for Melinda
7246 1/3/98 Anaith Phillips - $350.00 - massage for Melinda and family.
January 7 - We return from Hawaii
7250 1/9/98 Chase Manhattan - $250.00 - Household items and gifts
7251 1/7/98 Cox Cable - $50.00 - Utility for household
7252 1/7/98 Orthopedic Surgical Group - $27.50 - Medical for Ed.
7254 1/7/98 Dr. Sandin - $17.86 - Ed, Medical
7255 1/7/98 Dr. Magneson - $127.45 - Ed, dental
7256 1/7/98 Pueblo Radiology Medical Group - $13.00 - Ed medical
7257 1/7/98 Pueblo Radiology Medical Group - $1,824.48 - Ed, medical
7258 1/7/98 RMS - $220.00 - gardener
7260 1/7/98 Editors & Publishers - $65.00 - subscription, requested by Craig.
7259 1/7/98 Orthopedic - $181.49 - Ed, Medical
7261 1/7/98 Wall St. Journal - $299.00 - subscription, requested by Craig.
7262 1/7/98 SUWS - $720 - Justin, educational evaluation from December.
7263 1/7/98 City of Santa Barbara - $240 - Water and Power
7264 1/7/98 Dr. Jones - $340 - Ed, Medical
7265 1/8/98 Cat & Bird Clinic - $232 - vet bill
7266 1/8/98 Vons - $80.00 - groceries
7267 1/8/98 Citibank - $1,300 - Craig’s credit card
7268 1/8/98 News Press - $133.35 - subscription
7269 1/8/98 Vons - $45.00 - Groceries
7270 1/9/98 Dr. Marquart - $140.00 - therapy, Justin
7271 1/9/98 Party World - $57.82 - Ed’s birthday party (Craig attended)
7272 1/9/98 Trader Joe’s - $20.28 - Groceries
7273 1/9/98 AT&T cell phone - $325.00 - Melinda’s cell phone
7275 1/9/98 Roshannah - $115.00 - cleaning house
7276 1/9/98 Vons - $20.00 - groceries
7277 1/9/98 Martinizing - $38.38 - Craig’s drycleaning for Europe
7278 1/9/98 Anesthesia Association Med. Group - $780.80 - Ed, medical
7280 1/9/98 Air Touch Cellular - $101.63 - old cell phone
a true and exact copy of the original that is in my possession, which was written by Ruth Fisher, Esq., Bar No. 93769 for Dan O'Dowd, President of Green Hills Software and signed January 18, 1998 by O'Dowd, Hightower, and Franklin. Agreement grants stock options in amount of 600,000 to Franklin.
January 10 - I pack Craig’s bag for Europe, call him to remind him about the time, put the bag in the car and wait with engine running to take him to the airport. This is our usual routine. I do not know he will come to the house from his attorney’s office. We made love earlier in the day after he came home from work and San Jose.
7281 1/10/98 AT&T - $700 - house phone bill
7283 1/11/98 American Express - $16,070.00 - Hawaiian Trip
7284 1/11/98 Ayn Pillsbury - $400 - Xmas present
7285 - 1/11/98 - Wells Fargo - $460.00 - Credit card
7287 - 1/11/98 - Northridge emergency - $80.80 - Ed, service used December 1st.
7286 - 1/11/98 - S.B. Pulmonary Critical Care - $460.00 - Ed, for service in November
7288 - 1/12/98 - Ben Ray - $178.00 - cabin repair for plumbing
7289 - 1/12/98 - American Spectator - $54.95 - subscription for Craig
7290 - 1/13/98 - American Express Corporate Card, ACP - $2200 - for non-profits
7291 - 1/13/98 - Dawn Pillsbury - $2,000 School tuition, spring term
7292 - Susan Lundgren - $130.00 - Yoga
7293 - 1/14/98 - Vons - $220 - groceries
7294 - 1/14/98 - Prudential Insurance - $939.00 - Household insurance
7295 - 1/14/98 - Robinson’s - $62.00 - towels
7298 - 1/15/98 - Randolph Mayted - $50.00 - Arthur, household care
7300 - 1/16/98 - Dr. Marquart - $140.00 - Justin therapy
7301 - 1/17/98 - Cathedral Oaks Club - $1,135.00 - Family membership, tennis $300 extra for Craig.
7302 - 1/17/98 - Pac Bell - $101.00 - cabin phone
7303 - 1/17/98 - Gas Company - $100.00 - Anacapa
7304 - 1/17/98 - Popular Science - $17.94 (2 years) - for Ed, Xmas present
7305 - 1/18/98 - Natural Wonders - $76.45 - Xmas gifts
7306 - 1/18/98 - Dennesia Guerrero - $90.00 - house cleaner
7307 - 1/18/98 - Mobile Oil - $70.00 - gasoline
7308 - 1/18/98 - Citibank - $50.00 - Melinda’s credit card
January 18, 1998 - “Substitute Stock Option Agreement, January 1998,” written by Ruth Fisher, Esq., Bar No. 93769 for Dan O'Dowd, President of Green Hills Software and signed January 18, 1998 by O'Dowd, Hightower, and Franklin. Agreement grants stock options in amount of 600,000 to Franklin.
January 18 - Arthur’s birthday. We take him out to the movies at the Granada theatre. Craig and I hold hands in the dark. Later we all take Ed to Mimosa for his birthday dinner. Craig goes back to work.
7309 - 1/19/98 - GTE - $200 - House phone
7310 - 1/19/98 - Penney’s - $20.00
7311 - 1/19/98 - Honda - $150.00 - Ayn’s car, graduation gift from last May
January 19 - Craig tells me he will be very busy all week with the Japanese coming in. He has finally signed the stock options with Green Hills. I tell him that is great, we have to celebrate. We have been waiting for this for many years. He said it will be our retirement, to replace the money he lost and then some.
Wednesday, January 21nd - Craig called while we were fixing dinner to tell me he was going out with his group from Green Hills and then bowling. I was surprised because this was very uncraigish behavior. He said he would call back later to tell me how the day’s meetings had gone. He later comes home and rummages through the refrigerator looking for left overs. He complains there is nothing to eat.
7313 - 1/21/98 - Susan Lundgren - $130.00 - Yoga
7314 - 1/21/98 - Vons - $100.00 - groceries, household.
7315 - 1/21/98 - Dr. Marquart - $140.00 - Justin’s therapy
7316 - 1/21/98 - Long’s Drug Store - $76.29 - film development from Hawaii
7317 - 1/21/98 - First USA - $1,350.00 - Hawaii trip
7318 - 1/22/98 - Martinizing - $35.72 - Craig’s drycleaning from Europe
7319 - 1/22/98 - DAR - $36.00 - Melinda, lunch
7320 - 1/22/98 - Santa Barbara City College - $42.82 - Ed’s books for school
7321 - 1/22/98 - Dennesia Guerrero - $95.00 - house cleaning
7322 - 1/22/98 - Vons - $90.00 - Groceries to make Craig his special favorites.
Tuesday, January 22nd - “Citation for Conservatorship,” Because Arthur is not capable of handling his own business I ask to be named his conservator. I do not renew it because I realize it is an unnecessary cost. I have become his full time 24/7 caretaker. Issued by the Superior Court of Santa Barbara, Case No. 222783, Judge Thomas R. Adams.
Thursday, January 22rd - Craig called at 11:30pm and began the conversation by telling me about his day’s activities and asking about mine. I told him that Dawn and I had prepared a meat loaf and a tuna fish casserole for him and that they were in the refrigerator. He had come home on Wednesday and grumbled that there was nothing to eat in the refrigerator. I was a little surprised, since he usually eats out with clients during weeks there are meetings, but thought it would be nice to make him his favorite foods.
I told him briefly about what he had done that day. Then he said out of no where, “I’m divorcing you.” I didn’t say anything, being too shocked to speak. He said, “Aren’t you going to say anything?” I said, “I don’t know what to say.” He then said he would be by Saturday. “for the rest of my stuff” and hung up on me without giving me a chance to respond. I tried to call him at Green Hills but he was not answering the phone, assuming he was there.
7330 - 1/26/98 - American Express - $2,910.00 - Hawaii trip
Saturday, January 24th - Craig showed up at the house at 10:30pm with a process server , hereafter referred to as Hired Flunky, who handed me divorce papers. I told him that his ‘stuff’ was in the garage and showed the pile to him. I closed the door and told him not to come back in the house. He removed the pile and came back in the house and started removing more items. I objected to this because I felt unprotected and unable to effectively monitor the process.
While I was blocking the kitchen entrance Craig went aroundto the patio door and went in, pushing Dawn into the table. Justin witnessed this. Craig went upstairs.
I said several times that this should wait until the property dissolution, reiterating that there had been no proper notification. I was ignored by both Craig and his Hired Flucky. He and his Hired Flunky insisted on coming in the house and going through it. In my bedroom Craig insisted on looking though the dresser although I told him all of his clothing and other belongings had been in the pile he put in his car. He made comments about my using this space for my own things. He went through the family room and library and my office. He found his Objectivist Records and I had Justin take them down to his car. He forgot the Objectivist Newsletter, which remains, a blight in the middle of the library. I feel helpless, abandoned and betrayed. But the kids have been wonderful and supportive.
Sunday, January 24 - Woke up at 6am, shivering even though the room was too hot. I took three baths last night, nice long soaky ones, but it didn’t help. I need to seem strong so the kids stay calm. Justin is spending every moment with me. He is still afraid that Craig will come over without warning. He wants a restraining order in no uncertain terms. Dawn wants to have him arrested for assault and battery. It seems weird that he could be charged for assault and battery for just pushing her into the table. Times have changed for the better. The police wouldn’t arrest Craig when he broke my finger and pulled my shoulder out of the socket. Maybe I should have charged him last January when he knocked me out.
Went to church with Dawn. I was going to stay afterwards for the Women’s Wisdom meeting but Justin called on the car phone and asked where I was. I reminded him that we were at church. Seems Craig had called again. So I went home. He needed hugs and just being near me - all day. We played scrabble and went over to talk to Penny Welter. Her daughter, Taylor, held the party last year where Justin was assaulted by Craig. She said she was willing to testify. I need to get the name of the police officer who was there, too. She wasn’t there, but I left a message with Taylor.
Started the diet again. I need to lose weight. I worry about my heart. After this is over I’m make time to go in for a check-up.
Dinner was great. Ed came home and we were all in the kitchen cooking at the same time.. Ed told me that Craig had called down there and told him about the divorce. Also comensorated with Ron about having been married to me. No one wants to eat the meat loaf and the tuna fish casserole. Maybe I should send it over to Green Hills for Craig it was, afterall, prepared for him.
Talked to Ayn. She had been in Cleveland visiting a friend from Hillsdale so didn’t know what had happened. Craig also called her. She said he talked to her for an hour. Never asked how she was doing, just, “How is the weather, I’m divorcing your mother.” Then the balance of the time trying to justify himself and tell her how rotten I am. She told me all about it. Guess he had to tell me over the phone the day before they served papers because I was sure to attack him with the kitchen knives. Ayn asked him is he knew of anyone in the family who had been violent besides himself.
After dinner we went up to my room and Justin and I had Dawn read our Tarot cards. Much better than playing Monopoly with Justin. Playing with Justin is like negotiating with Bill Gates. I’ll be glad when he moves his negotiation practice on to the rest of the world. Yawns and bed.
Monday, January 25th - Called Alison first thing in the morning. I was up early because, again, I hardly slept. Justin was very quiet on the way to school. He forgot to re-sort the chess pieces for Chess Club. He was worried about telling Mr. Winn why he forgot.
Yoga was wonderful. It helped work out some of the crinks in my sense of humor. This is ridiculous. I do know that - somewhere in here. So, talked to Alison and arranged to come over and go out to lunch to talk. But first took Arthur to school. Retrieved dry cleaning. There was one shirt of Craig’s left there. Picked it up. Guess I’ll just keep it for him. I have two more boxes of his books and other stuff I found, too.
Picked up Ed and he and Dawn and I headed out to Montecito to see Alison. Had lunch at Peabody’s. She forgot her money, so I treated. Kind of funny. I can tell this divorce is going to be very repetitive. Same things over and over. One surprise, Craig listed our day of separation as January 1st. I said, Huh? Alison asked me what happened in that period and I told her we had sex and then on the 10th I packed his bag for Europe and had the car waiting in the alley, bag loaded, to take him to the airport. All was pretty normal. He had been in San Jose for a night or two that week. He hardly stayed home, kept going back to work, but that is normal just before a trip. Then when he came back from Europe he took a cab to Green Hills and went to work again. Meetings the next week, all week, he said. Craig did take time to come home and celebrate Ed’s 20th birthday with us. We went to see Hard Rain at the Granada and then out to dinner at Mimosa. Then he went back to work. He told me that day the stock options had been signed and I said we would have to celebrate. Looking back on this conversation it was odd that he didn’t want to talk more. Craig always wants totalk about his successes.
Alison asked what our relations had been like, in the period to time between January 1st and January 23.
Well, I said, When we came home from Hawaii Craig was getting ready to go up to San Jose for meetings. I had known this since we had talked nearly every day on the phone, as usual. When we returned home I had to schedule a meeting with Justin’s educational consultant and get Ed back to rehabilitation. On Friday Justin had an appointment with Dr. Marquart, his therapist. Dr. Marquart thought Justin might be able to make it at home and be able to go back to Goleta Valley Jr. High. So we agreed to a trial. Justin started back to school on the 13th.
Craig called me while he was in Europe and we talked. Very normal. When he came home he dumped his dry cleaning in the bin and I took it along to the cleaners. That Thursday, the 22rd, I had put his newly clean underwear in his dresser just before I went to bed at 11:30. They were still warm when I took them out and stuffed them in a plastic bag at 11:45.
Called Craig at his hotel. Was he surprised. He asked how I found him and I told him that I just called the motel closest to Green Hills. Oh, he said. I just wanted to hear his voice. We didn’t talk about much. He wanted to talk about the divorce but I kept telling him I just needed to feel near him. I told him that he was my best friend and I missed talking. He said he did, too. Stupid. I won’t call again.
Tuesday, January 26th Took Justin to school and after feeding him at McDonalds took him home. He is very depressed and scared and wanted a day to vegetate. I want one too, but it won’t be today. Ed had to be at rehab at 9am. Then came home and called the attorney. Told her a few things I remembered. Picked Ed up from rehab and when I came home Dawn told me we needed to go out to the attorney’s office so she could sign some more papers. We went. I had an idea. Since I can’t seem to get the time to write anything else now why not write the story of this divorce and see if I can sell it. Great study of the effects of abuse and how it can manipulate your thinking. Love the scene where Craig buys me from Ron. Alison liked the idea, so I am doing it. I didn't have title until 4am this morning and then I realized the title is, A Woman’s Primer for Individual and Political Justice . I laughed.
Alison told me I needed to put together an expense statement and demands, so I spent the rest of the day doing that. I hate that kind of paperwork. Did take Ed to school to pick up a paper.
Wednesday, January 28th School for Justin. Class for Ed. Yoga for Dawn and myself. That took care of the morning. Afternoon talking to attornies and faxing papers. What a life. I did take the boys down to get the long-promised bikes. Dawn and Justin drove home and I took Ed and his new bike in the car. Pizza all around for dinner. Crashed early.
Thursday, January 29th Justin told me that he had a nightmare about Craig. He it was horrible - and it was. I told him to discuss it with his therapist on Friday. Arthur missed therapy. He forgot about the change of location. But the therapist was glad because he now understand how important it is to use his daytimer. Justin took the bus home from school, which saved me some driving. Talked to Alison and Ron about the documents I sent yesterday. I made chili for dinner and Dawn baked the corn bread. The kids and I played Scrabble and went to be around 9pm.
Friday, January 30th Justin did not go to school today because I expected to be on our way to Yosemite. But that cannot happen because of my eyes and the condition of the car. Worries me, the sound from the brakes. So we slept in a little and went out to breakfast at Cajun Kitchen on de la Vina. Then I took Ed to school and then to Rehab. He is going to walk home. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Ed went to spend the week-end with Ron in L.A.. Justin, Dawn and I sent to see Deep Rising, a stinker of a movie if there ever was one. Then we went to Borders to use the certificates Craig gave out to all at Xmas. I let Justin use mine.
Saturday, January 31 Just the three of us home today. I started cleaning out the closet in the library and couldn’t find the material for Kathy’s dresses. I am sure that Craig took the bolt and patterns. I called Scott and told him to find out for sure. I felt very down. Justin is spending a lot of time with Peridot. He sure loves that cat.
Sunday, February 1 Dawn and I went to church today and then to the Women’s discussion meeting. It was an interesting experience. The people are very nice but it is strange to know that they are all liberals. We went home and picked Justin up and went to lunch at China City in Goleta. Justin had Arby’s. Then we went to Blockbuster and rented a video. When we arrived home Scott called and told me that he had talked to Craig and ascertained that he had indeed taken the material and that he does not want me at the wedding. He also does not want me to make the dresses for Kathy. Scott said he was upset. Craig also said he could not send him the money for rent because he had, “spent it on himself and his attorney.” He was upset also that Craig cut him off after the requisite 3 minutes. I told him I would try to find some money for him and send it tomorrow. I know this is hard on him, feeling as if he is in the middle - and he is, much more than Justin in some ways.
I did send him money to find out he was siding with Craig but milking me for as much as he could get. I then demanded he return it. A few weeks later he did return it.
Later, I talked to Ayn who said Craig had called her and wanted to talk. He had told her that I was going for more than 50% but he didn’t know if that was me or my attorney. He asked how I was. Teflon Ayn told him I was writing again, when I don’t have migraines, and doing well. Dawn and I worked on our belly dancing outfits a little and then played hearts with the boys until bedtime. It is raining like the dickens.
Monday, February 8 - I have pressure and pain in my chest and up into my neck and back and down my left arm. I go to the emergency room at Cottage Hospital and an admitted to the cardiac unit. I call the Morgan, Scott, Ayn and Craig. Craig hangs up on me. I cry.
Tuesday, February 9 - Justin refused to go to school. although there was no one to take him, anyway since Dawn can not drive. He comes to the hospital and sits my my bed until I am discharged. I feel terrible, like I have been run over by a truck. I am still having the symptoms on and off. I am frightened. I do not want to die and leave my children. I write a will when I arrive home. I need to have the attorney do something about a will.
I decide I need a change. I will go to the Libertarian Convention in L.A. I call and make reservations. I call Jack and we talk about what is happening. It is like old times.
Wednesday, February 11 - I receive a call from the convention organizer telling me I am not welcome at the convention. This has never happened in the history of the LP. I call and am told that she has been told I am violent. Ic all Jack. Twenty minutes later the disinvitation is rescinded by Mark Hinkle, the state Chairman. He was told that I would, “cause a scene at the banquet, and am violent.” He was told this by Michael Emerling Cloud.
I am furious. I served as a state officer in California for this organization for six terms. I was county Chairman in LA for two terms. I ran 24 campaigns, ran for office, State Senate, funded and ran two offices, raised thousands of dollars, held ever lower office that exists, planned and carried out protests and wrote press releases. Craig has never held an office in the organization. He was there as my come-along.
Thursday, February 12 - I take magazines and mail over to Craig at El Prado. He refuses to thank me, saying that I have nothing better to do anyway. He is angry that I am going to the convention. I tell him that he has no right to try to prevent me from going and he says he does, that Michael should be able to keep me away.
Saturday, February 14 - Dawn and I go to the convention in Los Angeles. I see old friends and have a great time. I have made appointments to see Dolores White and Armand Santomayor, both friends from the Republican Party. Armand is thinking of running for city council. I promise to send him information about enterprise zones and other info of interest. I make a note to contact Poole at Reason and get him on their lists. Dolores has decided not to run for State Senate this time. At the banquet Craig will pay $1,000 to get up and play a song. He does a terrible job, out of breathe and out of practice.
Tuesday, February 16 - I cut my finger unloading the dishwasher. Another trip to the emergency room. They sew it up but it will not heal, it will become infected. This will be a problem for a week or more. I will go to Dr. Danson for treatment and receive antibiotics. I cancel Craig’s reservation to the Reason Weekend. He had said he didn’t really want to go, anyway. Reason, and supporting it, has always been my thing, anyway.
Inappropriate sexual conduct and abuse towards children
In 1988 I had shocked and appalled by Craig’s suggestion that it would be appropriate for my daughters to be “sexually available’ to his son, Scott. Craig and I had had a very angry argument, duringwhich he had threatened me. But I told him, in no uncertain words, that the mere suggestion was completely sick and he dropped the subject. But over the years I noticed the following behavior which troubled me.
Craig would generally keep at least his underwear on in our bedroom. He did not parade around the house unless he put on a robe. But when the girls became older and especially after we were living in Santa Barbara and Ayn was in college and Morgan was visiting, he would remove all of his clothes and walk around our bedroom with the door open. The behavior took place most frequently while they were home. I asked him to please remain clothed since I know it upset the girls, who had to pass by our room on the way downstairs, but he told me that family nudity was normal. I responded by telling him that in that case the family would engage in the practice and not just one member. None of us ever ran around the house even half dressed.
During the same period of time Craig’s behavior towards my son, Justin, changed. Justin had become very interested in playing chess. Craig wanted to play with him but would insist Justin come up to our room so that Craig could play while sitting naked on the floor with the door open. No one else was ever unclothed. I actually typically dress in the bathroom myself.
Craig’s behavior towards Justin was both manipulative and violent. He battered Justin several times but earlier the more troublesome thing was his tendency to try to manipulate Justin into attaching himself to him in strange ways.
Justin later told me that Craig would tell him that he had to completely discount everything I said and trust him instead. I thought this was bizarre, but later realized it was the same behavior he had shown in 1988 with his meeting in the family room.
It didn’t work. Justin started avoiding him. I include Justin’s statement on some of the incidents that took place before I sent Justin away to a treatment program. I should have sent Craig, instead.
I started talking to Morgan again this week. She told me that her relationship with Craig had become increasingly strange. She said that Craig told her that he had been having sexual fantasies about both her and Ayn for a long time. He asserted to her that this was normal.
Craig had forced her to convert the money he had given her into a loan, also forcing her to sign a document saying that she had not had intercourse with him. Since when this happened I had not considered this as a possibility I was surprised at the timing when Morgan told me about it.
She then told me that he had insisted that the good by hugs she give him increase in length.
Morgan lived in a two bedroom apartment in Los Angeles and Craig would visit her there and use the bed in the second room. In late 1998 he came down to visit and came into her bedroom after she was in bed. He laid down on the bed with her saying that his belly was too heavy for him to stand up while he talked. She got up and put on her robe and left the room.
Not long afterwards she got rid of the bed in the second room so he could not visit overnight any more.
September 17th - Outraged he is unable to finance the buy out of Green Hills Software, Inc., Glenn Hightower files a law suit claiming he has been intentionally thwarted. He was. Perhaps he deserved it.
[a.] Glenn Hightowervs. Daniel O'Dowd, Case No. BS 053127, Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles, September 17, 1998, DECLARATION OF WAYNE B. WEISMAN FILED BY APPLICANT GLENN HIGHTOWER IN SUPPORT OF APPLICATION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION”
[b.] “Glenn Hightowervs. Daniel O'Dowd, Case No. BS 053127, Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles, HIGHTOWER'S OPPOSITION TO O'DOWD'S MOTION FOR ORDER DISSOLVING PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION, December 15, 1999, Filing Date September 2, 1998; [c.] Glenn Hightower vs. Daniel O'Dowd, Case No. BS 053127, Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles, RESPONSE TO OBJECTION TO (PROPOSED FIRST MODIFIED INJUNCTION, December 15, 1999; September 17, 1998
[d.] “Glenn Hightowervs. Daniel O'Dowd, Case No. BS 053127, In the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District, REMITITUR,” Copy of original order, opinion or decision entered in the above-entitled cause of July 1, 1999 and that this order, opinion or decision has now become final, signed by Joseph A. Lane, Clerk, September 3, 1999. Opinion Hightower is likely to prevail if there is proof of unlawful action by O'Dowd.
[e.]AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION No. 72Y 180 0960 98,” a true and exact copy of the originals that are in my possession, which is a series of documents generated by the law suit filed by Hightower against Dan O'Dowd over O'Dowd's exercise of their sudden death partnership agreement on January, 1998. Decision that unlawful action is not proved.