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Toothless Caribbean Court of Justice in chaos. Mounting embarrassment over unending incidents.

Justice Delayed Barbados

“Perhaps most damning is the account from the dismissed acting registrar of the Court, Jamaican Dr Leighton Jackson, who was escorted out of the Court’s Headquarters in May.” 

Ask anyone on the B’town streets and you’ll find that few Bajans realise that the vaunted Caribbean Court of Justice carries no actual power or authority even in Barbados – one of the few countries to sign on with the CCJ. Compliance with Caribbean Court of Justice decisions, you see, is still voluntary.

That’s not what has the CCJ in chaos though – it’s a series of recent incidents that some say threatens the court’s continuance.

News 7 in Belize put forth an excellent summary, but the news articles just keep coming including corrupt conduct by a Justice…

Check out the following:

Trinidad Express: CCJ faces internal battle

Stabroek News: CCJ judge gets $$ to hire driver

Stabroek News: CCJ problems sadden former Chief Justice

Jamaica Gleaner: Former CCJ Employee Says Jamaica should be cautious with Court

Administrative Disquiet at CCJ

from 7NewsBelize.com

The Caribbean Court of Justice is the highest Court in Belize, Barbados and Guyana but right now the court is under pressure at its headquarters in Trinidad. News reports from Port of Spain say that the court is facing internal legal battles resulting from a series of dismissals, resignations and suspensions of senior managers. The Court says it is restructuring after 10 years, but half of the 72 employees have joined a union to lodge grievances against the court – mainly about a change in the salary payment system.

On top of that, the court’s senior managers have hired an attorney who is preparing to file suit against the court according to the Trinidad Sunday Express.

Perhaps most damning is the account from the dismissed acting registrar of the Court, Jamaican Dr Leighton Jackson, who was escorted out of the Court’s Headquarters in May.  Continue reading

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Will Barbados allow this crooked thief to continue as a lawyer?

Therold_Fields Barbados lawyer

Six years ago, foreign national Patricia Simpson complained that her Barbados attorney, Therold Fields, had stolen over half a million dollars from her in a real estate deal. Simpson reported that she gave the money to Fields to pay for real estate and that he simply stole the funds.

This is a common enough scam in Barbados where we have way too many lawyers scrambling for their piece of a very small pie.

Six years ago, and in the typical Bajan legal fashion no conclusion has been reached. Fields is still free to practice law and theft. One would think that good Bajan lawyers would be embarrassed by Mr. Fields’ conduct and moreso by the total lack of progress in righting the wrong.

One would think.

Will Barbados allow this crooked thief to continue as a lawyer?

The odds and past history say “Yes”.

Nation: Lawyer’s fate up to court

BFP: Crooked Barbados Lawyers: Only one arrested, many others allowed to walk free… Why?

Photo of crooked lawyer Therold Fields courtesy of The Nation

 

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Caribbean Governments must remove laws criminalizing homosexuallity

“Public health academia has known for decades that to effectively curb the global crisis of HIV/AIDS we have to remove institutionalized oppression that re-enforces homophobia. It is not a panacea but it is a major part of the solution…

Twelve of the fifteen CARICOM member states still criminalize homosexuality…

Harassment, silence, intimidation and homophobic laws are a major hindrance on the efficacy of HIV outreach and prevention. It compromises the fight against HIV and AIDS.”

by Sean Macleish for Barbados Free Press

The Caribbean is second in the world to Sub-Saharan Africa in the rate of HIV infection. The primary mode of transmission in the region is heterosexual intercourse with high risk groups to include men who have sex with men (MSM) and there is intersection between the two.

Public health academia has known for decades that to effectively curb the global crisis of HIV/AIDS we have to remove institutionalized oppression that re-enforces homophobia. It is not a panacea but it is a major part of the solution.

Countries that criminalize homosexuality marginalize MSM which pushes them underground and helps to fuel the HIV epidemic. Treating people with dignity and respect facilitates effective HIV education and prevention. It reduces the discrimination many Caribbean Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender experience when accessing health services. Studies and the resulting data have consistently demonstrated that homophobia contributes to higher HIV infection rates and that internalized homophobia also increases your risk of HIV infection.

People who place a high discount rate on their lives tend to participate in higher risk behaviours. The decriminalization of homosexuality to reduce the global crisis of HIV/AIDS is a policy endorsed by the United Nations, World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, and many non-governmental organizations. This is the consensual public health approach. Twelve of the fifteen CARICOM member states still criminalize homosexuality as of date.

SVG Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves gets it wrong…   Continue reading

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Harlequin house of cards continues to fall

Dave Ames Harlequin Ponzi

David Ames – Harlequin CEO and Ponzi Scheme King!

Where does one start when considering the sad tale of ‘investors’ who trusted their life savings with the predators working to sell never-to-be-constructed resort units for Harlequin?

These predators (called ‘financial advisors’) received 9 percent of the sale price off the top – and that came from the client’s 30 percent deposit! The clients were not told that about a third of their deposit was going as a sales commission, because that would have been an instant indication to most folks that something was terribly wrong.

Harlequin bastards. Most of the ‘financial advisors’ were unregulated, uninsured and totally unqualified. The ‘investment vehicles’ were different corporations in different countries – obviously created for the sake of confusion, hiding money and avoiding liabilities. Often Harlequin sold units on land that it did not own.

The scams could only have been pulled off with the cooperation of elected and appointed government officials in the different countries.

Harlequin’s ‘business model’ (I use the term with a rising anger) was totally unsustainable and is proof that the whole Harlequin scheme was an intended scam from the start. Like any Ponzi scheme, Harlequin collapsed because payments to previous investors relied upon finding sufficient new suckers to swindle. Once the cracks start to appear and new investors shy away, these types of frauds unravel very quickly.

And so it was, and is, with Harlequin…

UK Financial Ombudsman Service sides with Harlequin victims

The recent Financial Times Advisor article ‘Financial Ombudsman Service – FOS decision on Harlequin must be tip of iceberg‘ tells the story of the next chapter well. One of the profiting scam artists, Harris Knights, has been ordered to compensate a ripped off couple in full…

“… the ombudsman has ordered Harris Knights to take ownership of the Harlequin investment and compensate the couple in full.”

Thailand Court sides with Harlequin Victims   
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Barbados vote buying: cash, iPods, cell phones and backroom deals all part of sophisticated corruption sanctioned by both DLP & BLP

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submitted by Mahogany CoConut

The Mahogany Coconut Group submits that the real vote buying is in the upper echelons of our society. What we witnessed on Election Day was some voters getting cash, cell phones, iPods and a bill paid here and there. The real votes were bought by those shadows- black and white, – who Dr. Don Blackman referred to a few decades ago! Of course Dr. Blackman talked only about white shadows but the corporate landscape has dramatically changed over the years – we now have shadows of all colors and ethnicities.

While we shout from the roof tops about what took place on elections day, we bury our heads in the proverbial sand, by refusing to ask one simple question:

“How did the two political parties, both claiming to be rather financially impoverished, raise a conservative estimate of over twenty million dollars to pour into a three week campaign?”

We ask Dale Marshall (BLP) to tell us about the successful “cake sales and car washes” that raised their money. We ask Ronald Jones (DLP) to tell us more about the “$500 here and there” that was given to his party by well wishers. Let’s face it; elections are now big business and the corporate shadows are well entrenched in both the Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party.

Anybody who believes that car washes, cake sales and a five hundred dollar donation here and there, can raise this large amount of money, needs to seriously wake up from his/her slumber! Continue reading

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Request for assistance in solving murder of Father Charles Brown

BFP:

Where is murder suspect Rohan Deacon?

To the wonderful law abiding citizens of Jamaica… We the family members of the late Father Charles Brown would like to thank you for the kindness bestowed on us throughout our ordeal.

This coming July 24th will be one year since he was brutally taken away from doing the good work of helping the poor, downtrodden, the church and most of all his relatives.

We are asking if you could assist the diligent police officers who have been working relentlessly to locate the person of interest Rohan Deacon to no avail.

If anyone knows his whereabouts please contact Hunts Bay CIB 9237111, 9013121, 119 or Crime Stop at 311.

Thanks again for your outpouring of love and support have a bless day.

Originally posted on Barbados Free Press:

Father Charles Brown Jamaica MurderDear People of Jamaica

We are the family of Father Charles Brown, lovingly known to many as ‘Uncle Charles’.

On the 24th July the senseless murder and loss of our beloved brother, uncle and servant of God, Father Charles Brown has sent ripples of pain and heartache across oceans and continents.

To us ‘Uncle Charles’ was a vibrant and funny man, he really loved a good joke, very understanding and adored animals, he devoted his life to the service of others, often sacrificing his own needs.

Uncle Charles was known to go without food or sleep in order to provide support and comfort to families in grief, to be a character witness for those facing the courts or to joyfully perform the baptism of a baby, welcoming them into the world with his kindness and warm smile.

He spent his life giving from his heart and we have had him…

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Barbados Health Minister says Happy Canada Day!

BFP:

A little late, but Happy Canada Day to our friends in the land of snow (brrrrrrr!). Here’s a past Canada Day greeting from then Health Minister Donville Inniss. The HONOURABLE Minister Inniss is now in charge of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development.

Minister Inniss has lots of experience in business development as it was Inniss and his Fiesta Catering International Inc. that profited from a worldwide net of online porn businesses, including Orgasm.com porn brand that he trademarked in Canada.

So Happy Canada Day! from our Minister of Porn – who has never answered a single question about his porn profits.

Originally posted on Barbados Free Press:

Want to know more about the profitable Barbados Online Porn Industry?

I guess we have the answer to that question we asked about a year ago: “Has Barbados Health Minister Donville Inniss truly left the porn industry behind?”

The answer is…

June 27, 2011 -Barbados Health Minister Donville Inniss: King of Pregnant Women Porn?

May 21, 2011 – MP Lashley – Sex and homosexuality on TV: bad. Fellow government Minister’s internet porn business: No Problem!

January 15, 2011 – Barbados Health Minister Donville Inniss changes position on prostitution, morality – or does he?

August 26, 2010 – Has Barbados Health Minister Donville Inniss truly left the porn industry behind?

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Bizzy Williams wants to ban private support to political parties

"Campaign Donation" deposited to Prime Minister Owen Arthur's personal bank account. Barbados political elites break laws without fear.

“Campaign Donation” deposited to Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s personal bank account. Barbados political elites break laws without fear.

Bizzy Williams probably tired of being shaken down every election

by James M.

First off, who knows what Bizzy really told The Nation? I don’t trust Barbados journalists to deliver the truth any more than I trust anyone. Whatever Bizzy said about political campaign funding has been reduced to four paragraphs with no video as proof.

“I’m not in favour of Bizzy’s solutions, but he’s right about one thing: Bajan politics is a corrupt, unregulated mess that has to be cleaned up.”

If Bizzy wants to put his ideas forward about cleaning up politics, enhancing governance and reforming the election process, it would be better if he wrote an article or recorded a video and posted it on the internet instead of relying upon reporters and news organisations that have proven histories of misreporting and censoring news and ideas to fulfill agenda-driven journalism. I’m sure BFP or Barbados Underground would print Bizzy’s article.

Former Prime Minister Thompson money-laundered $3 million + dollars for pal Leroy Parris

Former Prime Minister Thompson money-laundered $3 million + dollars for pal Leroy Parris

Nevermind that though, I’ll comment upon what Bizzy Williams is reported to have said.   Continue reading

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Barbados Government ignores another court order to pay.

Court Justice Scales

Shanique Myrie, Al Barrack and now George Edghill – each owed money by the Government of Barbados and each ignored for months or years, nevermind having a court order.

The government says they paid Myrie last Friday after ignoring her for nine months. Maybe they did pay her, probably did, but it was only because of the public pressure. The government does what it wants to when it wants to and says ‘piss on the court.’

Are there any others out there who have an unpaid judgment against the Government of Barbados?

Let’s hear about it!

Nation News: George Edghill “Pay me too”

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Bizzy Williams SHOCKED that people don’t pay invoices, taxes!

Bizzy Williams Barbados Development

In the Nation, Ralph “Bizzy” Williams is shocked, SHOCKED I TELL YOU, that some businesses and people order products and services from his businesses and then fail to pay. He’s also shocked that people don’t pay the government either. (Nation: Pay shame)

Welcome to reality, Bizzy.

Maybe folks were only following your example…

Maybe people were afraid to not pay you before because you and your brother carry a lot of weight ’bout this place. Maybe they were afraid that you could make a phone call and the police would pay some ‘special attention’ to your reports.

It could be though that people have developed a culture of law-breaking here in Barbados. This is learned behaviour. After watching the government, political and business classes break the law for years, after seeing the government ruin people and businesses by not paying debts, court judgements or VAT refunds, ordinary people are emulating the behaviour of our leaders, including Bizzy and COW Williams.   Continue reading

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British hero soldier Brian Mulligan stabbed to death in Barbados

No arrests reported

Brian-Mulligan-Barbados-MurderBrian Mulligan has been worth only a paragraph or two if that in the local news media since his stabbing death early Sunday morning at the tourist-popular St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church. Today the British papers are full of his photos in Barbados and holding his new-born. (London Evening Standard: London father-of-two stabbed to death in Barbados)

At this point, who knows what happened? Mr. Mulligan was mostly deaf after having both ears ruptured by a grenade in Iraq. He had been here for a few weeks working for Lime Telecom.

One thing we do know though: this island does not feel the way it felt even five years ago, and ignoring the problem is no solution.

Today the world’s newspapers are full of Brian Mulligan’s death in Barbados, but once again a foreign national has died at a Bajan tourist area and we see nothing in our own news media. No words from the PM or the Tourism Minister. No press conference by the police to communicate that Barbados is horrified and doing everything it can to find the culprits.

Nope. None of that… while the world’s news media goes big on the story. Just like what happened when Canadian tourist Terry Schwarzfeld was murdered.

How long until our leaders recognize that you can’t hide stuff like this anymore?

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Barbados ignores court orders to pay Shanique Myrie, Al Barrack

Al Barrack reduced to this to try and have the government obey the court.

Al Barrack reduced to this to try and have the government obey the court.

What if you sue the Government of Barbados and the court orders Barbados to pay you? What then?

For contractor Al Barrack, it has been eight years since the court ordered the Government to pay up $34 million. The government’s response was to thumb its nose at the court and attempt to destroy Al Barrack as his world crumbled around him. And that’s what they have been doing to Al Barrack since 2006.

And why shouldn’t the government thumb its nose at the court? Everybody on this rock knows how cosy things are between the political elites and the courts. If a judge isn’t married or cousin to a political elite, it’s a surprise ’bout hey. Even our last Chief Justice was himself a politician. In small island nations you can’t get away from this incest. It’s just the way things are.

But once the court orders payment, you’d figure there would be compliance, right? Ha! What do you know?

The government is broke – so payment of court settlements and orders are no priority at all. If the government doesn’t just do what it wants and send in the military, it will ignore you like Shanique Myrie, Al Barrack and others who usually fade away and give up.

Shanique Myrie though is high profile and poisoning Jamaican-Bajan relations so she’ll probably be paid. The AG says Miss Myrie will be paid this week, but Myrie probably won’t believe him until the money is actually in her bank account.

And Al Barrack? The government says it will pay him next month. Wuhloss! That’s the same thing PM Stuart said two years ago!

Sure, sure: Barrack will be paid. And the tooth fairy is real.

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Barbados Attorney Philip Vernon Nicholls arrested for Money Laundering, Theft of $675,000 from client real estate deal

BFP:

The last anyone saw of this case in the Bajan news outlets was when Lawyer Philip Vernon Nicholls was freed on bail for Money Laundering and Theft of $675,000 from a client. Nicholls was due back in court on February 25, 2014, but the news media didn’t cover that appearance. Can anyone advise what happened?

Or… is this yet another case of charges being dropped for no reason?

Here’s BFP’s original November 2, 2013 article when he was released on bail…

Originally posted on Barbados Free Press:

Philip vernon nicholls attorney

Prominent Barbados attorney-at-law Philip Vernon Nicholls is free on $200,000 bail and will return to court on February 25, 2014 to face charges of money laundering and theft of $674,172.

The offenses are said to involve a foreign real estate client – a method of stealing money that seems all too prevalent amongst Bajan lawyers. (Check out some of BFP’s past stories on this topic: here, here, here, here, here, here and here – get the picture?)

In the past many Bajan lawyers bought their way out of similar theft charges. Until recently most of these complaints were dealt with internally by the Barbados Bar Association until the volume of thieving lawyers walking free so undermined the reputation of Bajan lawyers that the association and the police were forced to really do something. Still though, most lawyers end up buying their way out in a…

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Headlines: Mottley says ‘no rampant crime’. British national stabbed to death at Gap tourist area. Pregnant mother shot.

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On Saturday night, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley told a Brooklyn, New York town hall meeting that although there have been publicised isolated incidents, crime is not running rampant in Barbados.

Folks in Grape Hall might have a different opinion because you can’t leave a shirt hanging out to dry without keeping an eye out for it, and it’s not wise to walk in the evening unless you are in a group or sure of yourself. Five years ago things were different. Tell me if I’m wrong! While a few Brit tourists have said very public goodbyes to Bim, most don’t write letters when they make that decision.

Looking at some of the headlines from the 24 hours after Mia’s message, and knowing how things are – you have to ask yourself if Mia and some of her fellow political class really believe what they say publicly. Or, do they think they can ‘solve’ the crime problem by denial?

Nation News: Mottley: No rampant crime.

Telegraph UK: Briton fatally stabbed in Barbados

Nation News: Guns Ablaze

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CL Financial Directors tell Afra Raymond (and you) “Don’t worry. Relax. Have a rum.”

Leroy Parris and good friend Finance Minister Chris Sinckler share champagne

Leroy Parris and good friend Finance Minister Chris Sinckler share champagne

The contempt of the elites for the rule of law continues in the CL Financial scandal.

‘We’ the people sometimes forget the primary rules of island life:

  1. In any large scale fraud upon the public, initial Profits are privately owned by the elites who did the fraud. Later Losses are publicly owned.
  2. There will be zero accountability or transparency by the elites charged with “getting to the bottom of things”.
  3. No elite is ever charged with any crime, except if it is really necessary. In that event, the police are given marching orders and not enough time and resources to complete the task. The accused will be found ‘not guilty’ in a fair trial before a carefully selected judge.

“I’m sure there’s some good legal reason why High Court Justice Kaye Goodridge ordered the Barbados Police to put the CLICO criminal charges on hold. Always is some good legal reason for doing what is done.

It’s just that we predicted this months ago. Futures destroyed, pensions gone, lifetimes of work and savings stolen… and nobody will ever pay.

Nothing changes ’bout hey. Nothing. Ever. Changes.”

… from BFP’s Barbados court orders CLICO criminal charges stayed against Terrence Thornhill, Leroy Parris

And like we’ve said at BFP before, it’s a good thing that Prime Minister Thompson died before the public knew of his role in money laundering millions of CLICO dollars for his close friend Leroy Parris.

But still, there are those good citizens who keep pounding away at a corrupt system ruled by corrupt elites…

Afra Raymond is one of those good citizens looking for justice for us all.

See his email exchange showing how the caretaker CL Financial Directors duck, dodge and slide…

Afra Raymond: Compliance of CL Financial Directors with the Integrity in Public Life Act

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Murder assassination of Special Prosecutor Dana Seetahal terrible – but no surprise

Dana Seetahal murdered

Dana Seetahal murdered Sunday May 4, 2014

Courts and legal disputes are dangerous business in the Caribbean

submitted by Gary M. Further editing by Robert.

Folks who have lived all their lives in the UK or the USA do not understand what it means to be involved in a legal dispute or criminal trial in any Caribbean, Central or South American country. The reality is this: involvement with the courts can be dangerous business. Even minor disputes can produce threats, beatings or worse. That is generally not the way it is in the USA and UK, but in small island nations it is not unheard of for legal arguments to be put forward through cricket bats or Molotov cocktails in the dark of night.

And just because a person is in a legal dispute with the government is no guarantee of safety. Some say with good reason Sue de guvment. Trouble for you!

Where does this disrespect for law and the courts come from in the Caribbean?   
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St. Vincent & The Grenadines tables a Bill to make corruption legal!

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“All  actions by the Passport Officer in relation to the issuing of a passport and the charging and collecting of fees which were validated by subsections (1) and (2) respectively are validated and declared to have been lawful and the Passport Officer and every person acting on behalf of the Passport Officer are freed, acquitted, discharged and indemnified as well against the Queen’s Most Gracious Majesty, Her Heirs and Successors as against all other persons from all proceedings of any kind in respect of or consequent on any such actions.”

… all selling of citizenships and passports in the past is forgiven! (Amendments to law before Parliament on Monday June 2, 2014)

Passports and Citizenships for Sale – Get ‘em while they are hot!

by Peter Binose

Has someone done something wrong that the ULP government want to bum rush this disgusting piece of legislation through Parliament? Whose arse are they trying to save? Is this an Act to make corruption legal?

What it say’s is that the passports issued in New York and elsewhere for inflated sums of money, those involved will now be reciprocally pardoned from any crime or wrong doing. Yes its an act to make past mal practice legal and non-actionable.

The question I ask, was any family member of the ruling party government involved in past passport renewal? New York, Washington? What happened?

Here ya go!

SAINT  VINCENT  AND THE GRENADINES BILL
FOR  ACT NO                                OF  2014
ASSENT

AN ACT to amend the Passport Act, Chapter 115.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the House of Assembly of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and by the authority of the same, as follows: Continue reading

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Secret Harlequin Resort legal documents ‘found on London train’ – here they are!

Harlequin Fraud Office

Dear Barbados Free Press,

We were just coming of a train just outside London and we found a box of documents relating to “Due Diligence” of a company or companies called Harlequin, they appear to be developing resorts in the Caribbean so we feel this is probably a good place to show what we found, especially for anyone out there who might be interested in investing in Harlequin.

There are many files to upload so please bear with us.

This is a 70 page redacted interim intelligence report from Regulatory Legal Solicitors, it makes for pretty grim reading, we did not redact it, the documents are exactly as we found them on the train.

This is an interesting witness statement from Jim Baker contained in the due diligence documents apparently left on the train, by a guy who resembled Simon Terry, but it was dark so we could not be sure.

Seems to be a lot of people suing Dave and Carol Ames in the Courts in the UK, wonder why this was in the Due Diligence, Seems like Jim is saying that Harlequin are worth nothing.

Yours very truly,

Anonymous!

Editor’s Note

Okay, okay… we’re a little behind on things. Might have had a couple of lost nights in the tradition of Dick Van Dyke. (Loved him in Mary Poppins, nevermind the worst phony cockney accent in film history!) The “found on London train” comments and documents were all sent using one of those anonymous proxies, so we really have no way to tell who sent them to us or from what country.

We’ll upload the documents when we can below. We’ll do a few now and get to the rest in the morning right here…

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