Friday, February 27, 2015

The McStay Murders: What Is Your Theory?

While we await the presentation of evidence by the state at the April hearing, let's explore different theories of what we believe happened. Was Chase Merritt framed? If he did this, would he bury the bodies so close to home? What evidence was found in the graves? Did he have help? What was the motive? Has the state made conflicting statements about evidence, motive and suspects? Who knows, someone may be lucky. There is a great deal of information in my book about Chase and all the surrounding players.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chase Merritt's KABC Interview: What Did You Think?

ABC 7 LA interviewed Chase tonight where he proclaimed his innocence. What you did you think of the interview.

I bet Mike and Patrick McStay are just a bit unsettled about now.

If you missed it, see it HERE

Mike McStay Still Seeking Donations?

This is lifted from the Lightening Their Way website HERE

“My family is overwhelmed by the love and support that friends and strangers have shown us from around the world, including the donations made on the family’s website. If anyone has a question about the donations I feel like because of the generosity of the public, I would be remiss if I didn’t give full disclosure for the donations received, in total $4483.02. McStay Family and Friends would never even consider prospering during this tragedy. All donations are going toward our operating expenses, such as flyers, private investigative work, a potential reward fund, and any other expenses that arise. All donations are monitored by a third party not related to the family for integrity. Questions or concerns can be emailed to him directly: nick@mcstayfamily.comPlease feel free to stop by the website and show your support for the family if you are unable to attend the Memorial.

Do WS And Other Crime Board Members Hurt Cases?

"WS 'investigators,' many of whom are nothing more than trolls, all with torches and pitchforks with their tiny little troll legs and arms and pointy hats, who all leave their hundreds of cats at home, with the only purpose of taking down anyone who does not fit their agenda. They have never seen any case file and have never talked to law enforcement, yet profess to be experts."

Do You Like This? Some People Do


If you are in traffic, and slowly pass by this accident, do you look it over real good? Do you look for blood, bodies?

Or, do you turn away, drive by and continue on your way, maybe saying a prayer for who may have been inside?

I know, it is hard not to look. But do you dwell on it, almost enjoy it?

Whenever I see something like this, it leaves a very bad and sad impression in my mind. Hard to stop picturing it for some time. I feel blessed it wasn't me.

It's the same with those hate-filled blogs and other sites that have popped up all over the Internet. They are the equivalent of this car wreck. Nothing to see but blood, and hard to get the images out of your mind once you see them.

If you just stop looking, they will go away eventually. You will be happier, you will feel healthier and certainly more wholesome. Don't soil yourself by even looking at those blogs. You know the kind of people who run them, and they are not like us. Feel blessed you are not like them.

Let's get back on the McStay and Laspisa cases and stop looking at the car wrecks. Nothing good comes from it.

The Right Way To Seek Donations and Offer Rewards

There is a right way and a wrong way to seek donations or offer rewards for a missing family member. Here is the right way. Had the McStay and Laspisa families used this guideline for their donation program, I would have had nothing to write about.

It's hard to assess the true value of a reward in recovering a missing child. The offer of a reward might renew media interest in reporting on a missing child, or it might be the thing that motivates a person living on the fringe of society to call in a lead.

Although rewards do not always produce the right leads or have the anticipated results, the use of a reward may be worth considering. This chapter discusses some important issues for you to think about before setting up a reward. It explains how to manage reward or donation funds correctly and where to go for help or advice.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Today's Exercise: Encouraging Comments


Here is a challenge for you for today: Every comment you post on every page or forum, will be a positive one. You will not condemn, criticize, rebuke, demean, or belittle anyone with any post or comment. All will be encouraging and uplifting. See if you can do this. Bet you can't. (Oops, did I just break my own rules?)

WS, JQ and Blink: The Breeding Grounds For Anonymous Defamation

Someone asked in a comment on my blog if I really wanted to take on the giant Websleuths and other crime boards like JusticeQuest and Blink in Crime. "With their thousands of members this is a fight you cannot win," they wrote. They are probably correct, but I fight nonetheless.

The Internet has become a platform for anonymous defamation. It is breeding subhumans the likes of River Selah, Jerrie Dean and others.

Do We Have The Right To Ask Where Donated Funds For The Missing Go? You Bet We Do!

That's a good question that I thought I had answered, but apparently not with much clarity, so I will here.

My posts about the Laspisa case are mainly a series of questions. Some of these posts then suppose the logical outcome based on the possible answers to those questions. That is it. Very simple really.

Why then do these questions make so many angry?

I am accused of being rude to the family, attacking the family, being insensitive to the family because they are victims, (when the real victim is the one who is missing) and just trying to stir up trouble by asking these questions.

I contend, that if the family of a missing person seeks the help of the public by asking for volunteers, or financial donations, they have then made themselves accountable to the public, which has the right to ask these questions.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Email: "Something fishy is going on with the Laspisa family"

The following email was written by someone involved with the case from early on. I have redacted names and other revealing info to protect the author's identity. The underlined sentences are mine for emphasis. They all confirm what I have alleged on other threads here. For example, on Bryce's FB page, Brian, Bryce's uncle posted this at the top of the page:


What Happened To Bryce Laspisa? My Theory

In the past ten days or so, I have had many emails, callers and unpublished comments asking me for my take on what happened to Bryce. I have spoken to close to twenty people in that timeframe, who possess detailed, inside knowledge of the case. Even though I have not been on this case very long, it doesn't take a whiz bang detective to formulate a theory on what happened to Bryce Laspisa. Here you go:

By all accounts, Bryce’s stepfather, Mike Laspisa, is a volatile man and his relationship with Bryce was, at times, a difficult one.

There is no doubt that Mike loves his stepson very much and that Bryce loves him. There is also no doubt that Bryce was a handful. Just like many 18-year-olds, Bryce dabbled in things that should be avoided. This causes more than heartburn for a loving father.

It's No Fun Asking Hard Questions About Bryce Laspisa Case

Here's what we know:

• A Southern California teenager mysteriously disappeared in August of 2013, leaving behind all his personal property.

• His disappearance is ruled a voluntary one and law enforcement is no longer actively pursuing this case.

• A website is published by the family, asking for donations to help find Bryce.

Rick Baker: McStay's Grave Shameful


Today was Joseph Mateo's birthday. He would have been eight years old.

An individual who has followed this case for years and whose heart is still broken over the deaths of Joey, Summer, Gianni and Joseph Mateo, especially those two little boys, went to the McStay family gravesite this afternoon.

She just wanted to talk to Chubba, to wish him a "Happy 8th Birthday." She wanted to make sure he was ok and for him to know that people care about him, miss him.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Why Was Anthony Brooklier At Chase's Hearing?

A very famous criminal defense lawyer who just happens to be the son the onetime powerful boss of La Cosa Nostra in Los Angeles, was at Chase's hearing yesterday.

Why was Anthony Brooklier, who has represented members of the mob, cartels and hitmen, sitting in on Chase's hearing?

Could he be considering taking Chase's case pro bono?

Is there more to this case than Chase?

Read about The Godfather's Son HERE

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Is Mike Laspisa Guilty of Felony Fraud?


Okay, someone has to ask the question, so why not me, your humble defender of the missing.

Is Mike Laspisa guilty of felony fraud? He is, if...

• he (or Karen) did in fact talk to his son at any time after the accident.

• he (or Karen) knows his son was safe after the accident.

• he (or Karen) took cash donations to help find his son when he knew he was safe after the accident.

Chase Gets A Private Investigator

  • By SHEA JOHNSON
    STAFF WRITER 

    Posted Feb. 18, 2015 @ 10:37 am 


    SAN BERNARDINO — Accused McStay family killer Charles Merritt has been appointed a private investigator, one of a few resources at his disposal after he declared intentions late last month to represent himself in the quadruple-murder case, court records show.
    San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith granted Merritt’s request for an investigator Tuesday, appointing David F. Farrell to aid in his defense.
    The court OK’d fees in the amount of $35 per hour not to exceed a total of $1,000 without further court approval, records show.

    Continue reading 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Why Did Bryce's Father Destroy Evidence?

Bryce left his iPhone and computer in the car, which was on it's side at the accident scene. 

Why did he do this?

Quite possibly it was because his parents had already tracked him by his iPhone's GPS twice that day, and he was tired of being watched and controlled by them.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Never Say Goodbye...


February 4th marked the five-year anniversary of the disappearance of Joey, Summer, Gianni and Joseph Mateo McStay.

I wrote a book about the family, looked for them in lots of places, believed they were alive.

I was wrong. Very wrong. In fact, my suppositions could not have been more wrong.

The remains of Joseph and his family were discovered in November of 2013.

Did Joey Get Involved In "The Dark Web" With Dan Kavanaugh?



Lots of talk about the "Dark Web" these days. Some are trying to put DK and maybe Joey in the mix. I don't know that much about it and if you are like me, HERE is a link that will get you up to speed on what it is. 

You will remember from my conversations with DK, that the title to one of his chapters was "Web of Deceit." Some claim this involves the Dark Web. Here are some illustrations that explain the Dark Web:

Mike McStay To Hold Barbecue For Detectives

"We're probably gonna do something on the annual, like a, on January 4, like we did the paddle out, this time we're probably do something bring the detectives down and throw some Carne Asada on the grill, come down!"

Watch the video HERE.  (Statement is made at the 10:10 point in the 13:43 video)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Susan Becker McGuire Awards Rick Baker FB Merit Badge

From the Find Bryce Facebook page, I have been awarded a Merit Badge from Mrs. Becker. I proudly display it here. Click the Read More to view it.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Did Chase Owe Joey $100,000? View The Documents Here

In the recent CNN special, my friend Gina Watson, alleged that Chase Merritt owed Joey close to $100,000 in chargebacks and crappy work he had done for EIP and that this might have been motive to kill the family.

I had never heard this figure so it was news to me. I talked to Gina this afternoon and we went through Joey's job ledger again where she arrived at this number. The ledger is hard to understand and without talking to Joey, we will probably never know what these numbers mean. But, I can see where Gina got this number.



Your Thoughts About The McStay CNN Special

I had a chance to watch the show this afternoon, and as I expected there was nothing new, other than a claim by Gina Watson that Chase might have owed Joey up to $100,000 in chargebacks for crappy work. 

I spoke to Gina today and we looked at Joey's ledger together and I now see how she came up with that number. CNN made it a point, as they always do, to make themselves look good and their guests, not so good. 

I have posted the ledgers and other emails in a separate thread on my blog so you can see the numbers as well. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Why Was Joseph Calling 'Slate In Design' in Calgary? (Updated 2-10)

One of our investigators has been looking into Joseph's cell phone records; who he called, how many times, why he would call them, etc. Here is the first report on the 19 calls he made to Slate In Design in Calgary, Canada.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Let's Feature Joey's Fountains!

Today, one of our readers went to see one of Joey's fountains, one that was listed on his financial ledger that he had installed. She said it is beautiful.

Here is her comment:

I checked out Lillibridge health care facilities/real estate. As one example on spreadsheet. The fountain in front of the building on the website is amazing!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Can You Caption This Photo?

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Write the caption that you believe best describes this picture.




Here's What Mike Did To Joey's House and Stuff

Hey Rick,

We just got off the phone and the only call from Dugal was yesterday on our way out the door to meet you and Becky. I haven't and am not returning the call. I'll wait and see when and if he calls again?

To rehash a little of yesterday so you have it in writing...

Who Got Joey's Belize Properties?

Someone got the $50,000 left in Joey's bank accounts. Who got his Belize Property?

From: josephmcstay69@hotmail.com
To: southwind@btl.net; mju-cpa@btl.net; palmbayholdings@yahoo.com
Subject: Re. Palm Bay Club & Palmero Point
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 17:58:14 -0700

Saudi Fountain Order

From: Patrick McStay pmcstay@sbcglobal.net
Subject: Saudi Arabia
Date: August 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM
To: Rick Baker rglennbaker@mac.com


Thought I would send you a copy of one of the orders Joey had from Saudi Arabia, this is the one I told you about.


Joey's & Summer's House Sales Report...Interesting

So, I have an entire flash full of McStay pics, spreadsheets, emails and other docs that I had't looked it in a couple years. Am going through it now. Here is the sales report for Joey and Summer's house that I find Interesting.