Editor’s Forward: The Funhouse Mirror – Missouri Horror Story

After releasing part two in the series ‘Missouri Horror Story’, a lot of folks said they were confused by what they were reading. As a writer, that is never a good thing. If you have a point to make, make it so people can understand it. Otherwise, it sounds like gibberish in the nonsensical language of politicians.

It was not my intent to confuse or mislead.

Brandon Ellingson entered my life the evening of May 31, 2014. The moment he was first targeted by Tony Piercy while at Coconuts, we became brothers of a fraternity whose numbers are swelling every minute of every day.

When he was pulled over for questionable cause and put into handcuffs, we were shackled by chains of the same criminal racket.

I have been reporting on the corruption at the Lake of the Ozarks since 2012. When I use words like syndicate, cult, illegitimate and criminal to describe the actions of people ‘serving’ in public office and their employees, it is based on a preponderance of the evidence we have uncovered in these investigations.

Since 2013, americanspring2011.com and the community activist group Citizens for a Better Camden County have unearthed more fact and brought forward more stories than any other ‘news outlet’ in our state. Community sourced journalism, neighbors talking to neighbors, is the only vehicle in today’s media environment for the truth.

The majority of media across the state of Missouri is under the direct influence of those committing these crimes. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but very few. Even those who would offer the occasional dissenting view do so carefully, so as not to step too far over the company line. The truth is a rapidly fading notion in today’s media.

If it were up to them, people in the state of Missouri would be led to believe that Brandon Ellingson was a raving, coked-up drunk punk who deserved what he got. The first narrative that was offered up through the pipeline is what we heard.

This is the trickle-down effect of State Controlled Media. The MSHP whispered in the media’s ear. POOF! Jim Bascue appears to paint a sympathetic picture of Piercy as a ‘hero’ who nearly drown himself trying to rescue Brandon. Brandon stood up on the boat and ‘jumped or fell’, they said. And on and on….

The echo chamber repeats itself and largely, still is. The system protects itself and it is the system that mandated Brandon be arrested. Grant money has made sure the industry of private for-profit probation services in the state receives plenty of customers, each new case feeding the bottom line. This business opportunity creates so much dirty money that officials in Missouri government, even political enemies, won’t really challenge the system. Rocky Miller, a Republican, was evidence of that at the second ‘hearing’ into the mergers of the State Highway and Water Patrols. Even when provided the opportunity to take apart the Democrat Governor responsible for the merger, he feigned ignorance. The answer to how the merger has performed financially are online. They have been audited. The handwriting is on the wall. The system protects the system, after all. And there is huge money to be made. That system targeted Brandon long before Piercy himself did.

Targeting Missourians for profit taking by this syndicate is the new norm. It is not simply law enforcement offices, Prosecuting Attorney offices and Courtrooms and lawyers that feed off this system. It is also our schools, their lawyers and the same “good ol boy’s” who run our local governments. They are targeting our children. They all get a piece of the pie.

The Lagares case is the other side of the coin. Where children have been targeted through a different apparatus with the same goal. Their case is a twisted reflection in the same funhouse mirror as Brandon’s.

After investigating these cases, and the dozens of others that are results of the same system, it became impossible to deny the overwhelming evidence. These systems have been twisted beyond recognition. They have become the nightmares of every parent and citizen and evidence of this is all around our state and, for that matter, all around the country.

This picture is one we don’t get to see if we rely on what we are being fed as ‘news’. The reason people have tuned it out? We know bullshit when we hear it.

That’s why we are all here.

This system and the public relations department of our media wants these stories to go away. They don’t want the exposure. Exposure of what is going on might mean people expect true justice. That isn’t good for ‘business’. These “good old boys” understand that it the truth were told and justice weren’t up to their discretion, they would go to prison.

The stories of Brandon, of Kyle and Nicole, are related. So are the stories of David Norman, Theresa Townsend, Jeff Pratt, Stacy Shore, Donnie Erwin and so many, many others. It shows a pattern of behavior across our state, a very clear picture of what has happened around us without our consent.

It is a stark reality.

As a writer, I decided to use satirical “Breaking News” announcements at the beginning of each, although they aren’t as fictional as you think.

I also felt that in order to understand how this has been conducted, we have to understand how it happened. The role of the media is a part of that. They have enabled these criminal activities to go unreported and unpunished.

I have seen the facts. I have had no choice but to come to the inescapable conclusion.

‘Missouri Horror Story’, taken in parts, would almost certainly be confusing. It is when you take it as a whole, that it begins to make sense. We need to look at the bigger picture to understand why there is no justice, for Brandon, Kyle, Nicole and all the rest of us.

I am asking you to go on a walk with me, down the dark path that is our new reality. Take a look at the bigger picture.

Come under the big top of the great and secret show and peer into the funhouse mirror.

Tell us what you see…


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