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  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    Well known author, John Pugsley, is the grandfather of Dan Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh transferred money from fiancial accounts belonging to Joseph McStay to his grandfather's PayPal account.


    In this STRticle, I've already pointed out that by offering these 15 points, Pugsley proved he was fully committed to the task of re-forming society by eliminating government; in writing his open letter, he was questioning not the need to do so but just the particular method Harry Browne proposed to use. Do read them in full for yourself, but in short summary, his 15 points are:

    Improve yourself. Don't use government to attack your neighbor.
    Stop subsidizing your enemy. Stop loaning the government money.
    Stop doing business with your enemy. Don't provide products to the government. Don't accept government contracts. Don't do business with government employees. Don't cash government checks—with the possible exception of tax refunds. If you're in business, don't cash them for your customers. Don't take government money. Don't take government subsidies. Don't be a willing, eager beneficiary of political theft.
    Stop doing business with people who support your enemy. Boycott...
    Support private alternatives to government services.
    Create parallel mechanisms to replace government functions.
    Expose the enemy among us.
    Master the issues. Explain and persuade others.
    Have the moral courage to confront others.
    Get involved in campaigns designed to...enrage the public (NUT, FIJA, etc.).
    Engage in civil disobedience if you are prepared for the consequences.
    Find ways to avoid taxes. Make life miserable for a tax collector.
    Pamphleteer. Tell it like it is. Inundate the talk shows.
    Write free-market novels and produce free-market movies.
    Consider becoming an expatriate. Vote with your feet.
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  2. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    John Pugsley

    The Alpha Strategy is considered a standard reference on stocking up on food and household goods as a hedge against inflation. This has made the book popular with survivalists.


    Pugsley was one of the founding members of The Eris Society.[13] In 1997, Pugsley helped to found The Sovereign Society, an international organization dedicated to maintaining the privacy and protecting the wealth and liberty of its members. The society is primarily geared toward expatriate relocation and offshore banking and trusts.[14] Pugsley was the Chairman of the society at the time of his death [14] and wrote a monthly column for their e-newsletter The Sovereign Individual. In 2006, Pugsley founded "The Stealth Investor", a weekly e-letter stock advisory letter.[15] He also wrote for The Daily Reckoning e-newsletter

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  3. TX SMR

    TX SMR Member

    Many years ago it was rumored that he owned it but I don't remember anyone providing any proof of ownership.
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  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

  5. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    The Chairman's Corner: Essays on Liberty from The Sovereign Individual Paperback – 2007

    by John Pugsley (Author), John A. Pugsley (Author)

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  6. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    I'm a bit confused. Where in the above article does it reference Dan Kavanaugh?
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  7. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    My reference to Dan Kavanaugh transferring money was posted prior to the url for Pugsley's plan. According to standard literary procedures, this means the comment about Kavanaugh is not included with information about Pugsley's plan that was included in the same forum post.
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  8. TX SMR

    TX SMR Member

    Do you have verification that Pugsley is in fact Kavanaugh's grandfather?
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  9. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

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  10. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    I wonder how he could afford that? :thinking:
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    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

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  12. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    There are numerous verifications for Dan Kavanaugh's relationship to John Pugsley. Below is John Pugsley's obituary.


    Obituary for John Pugsley...

    He is survived by his sister, Charlene, and Donald Snodgrass; Hollis Pugsley; Tamara Terry; grandchildren; Lake Reason Shiver-Bernet; Daniel Vincent Kavanaugh; Robert Joseph Kavanaugh and Christina Gorman; Nicholas John Stokes; Alan Michael Stokes; Chelsea Deane and Timothy Prather; Madalyn Bernadette Carlson; and great-great granddaughters, Chloe Llyn Kavanaugh, and Amelia May Prather.
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  13. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    In Memory of John "Jack" Pugsley
    Source: The Energy Report (4/14/11)

    On behalf of all of us at The Energy Report, we would like to take a moment to recognize the positive contribution made by longtime contributor and friend John "Jack" Pugsley, who passed away on April 8 after a sudden illness. He was a respected newsletter and book author, investment expert and friend. As far back as the 1970s, he has shared his investment insights through publications as diverse as Common Sense Viewpoint and The Stealth Investor.

    John Allen Pugsley died Friday, April 8, in Escondido, Calif., after suffering a torn aorta. Born Jan. 5, 1934, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to a heritage of adventurers and philosophers, he stayed true to the course. He was the son of Cleota Rae Johnson and Lawrence Eugene Pugsley. His father served in the Flying Tigers during the 2nd World War and moved the family west in 1946, where not finding a place to live, they camped out in a canyon.

    Jack completed high school at Redondo Beach and attended El Camino College and the Univ. of Florida before serving in the U. S. Army, 1955–1956. Stationed in Germany, his duty was Morse-Code Interceptor, a skill he never lost and enjoyed with humor. Returning home, Jack joined his parents on a sailing voyage off the waters of Central America.

    In 1957, he wed Gloria Juanita Terry, a widow with a two-year-old son, Joseph Waymen Shiver. Married for 24 years, they were parents of two daughters, Hollis Xan Pugsley, born in Santa Monica, Calif., and Tamara Lyn Pugsley-Terry, born in Guadalajara, Mexico, where the Pugsleys were on another adventure.

    Jack resumed studies at U.C.L.A. and earned a B.A. in English Literature with the goal of teaching and writing.

    He marketed his father's inventions for 10 years; first Sky-Camp, and then Porta-Shop, a multi-task woodworking tool. Using rare hardwoods and building fine furniture, he demonstrated the use of Porta-Shop for weekly 30-minute television programs.

    After years in business ventures, marketing, and selling investments, Jack began a study of free enterprise economics under Andrew J. Galambos. This life-changing philosophy inspired him to write his own viewpoint and in 1974 he wrote, published and marketed "Common Sense Economics," followed by a monthly Newsletter, "Common Sense Viewpoint." His second book, "The Alpha Strategy," published in1980, was on the bestseller list of the New York Times.

    Finding his voice in newsletters, he wrote "John Pugsley's Journal," commentary covering free-enterprise political and economic topics.

    He was a uniquely qualified interpreter of the Libertarian point of view and investments, making him a popular M.C. and speaker at conferences and seminars worldwide.

    Jack was co-founder of The Sovereign Society in 1997, a national organization committed to ideals of personal and financial freedom. He wrote and published a compilation of monthly essays, "The Chairman's Corner, Essays on Liberty from The Sovereign Individual."

    His last newsletter venture began six years ago, a weekly e-letter stock advisory, "The Stealth Investor," an analysis of investments in light of the current economy.

    He is survived by his sister, Charlene, and Donald Snodgrass; Hollis Pugsley; Tamara Terry; grandchildren; Lake Reason Shiver-Bernet; Daniel Vincent Kavanaugh; Robert Joseph Kavanaugh and Christina Gorman; Nicholas John Stokes; Alan Michael Stokes; Chelsea Deane and Timothy Prather; Madalyn Bernadette Carlson; and great-great granddaughters, Chloe Llyn Kavanaugh, and Amelia May Prather.

    These words Jack often quoted:

    "Be Kind and Be Gentle to those who are old; for Kindness is greater than silver or gold." Jack Pugsley was a kind and gentle man to all who knew him.

    A tribute will be held at the Self Realization Fellowship Temple, 939 2nd St., Encinitas, Ca., Sunday, May 8th, 1:00–2:00 p.m.


    John "Jack" Pugsley (Jan. 5, 1934–April 8, 2011)
  14. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    CBS News8 in San Diego did a very interesting story on Dan Kavanaugh. There is a lot of information here, if you know what to look for.

    http://www.cbs8.com/story/24277118/mcst ... -kavanaugh

    McStay murder mystery: Who is Dan Kavanaugh?
    Within a week of the family's disappearance in 2010, large sums of money started being transferred out of Joseph McStay's business bank account.

    Author: David Gotfredson, Investigative Producer
    Published: 3:09 PM PST December 9, 2014
    Updated: 3:09 PM PST December 9, 2014

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) -- Joseph McStay, 40, his wife Summer McStay, 43, and their two sons, Gianni, 4, and Joey, Jr., 3, went missing from their Fallbrook home in February 2010.

    It would be almost four years before the skeletal remains of the family were discovered in shallow graves near Victorville on November 11.

    Within a week of the family's disappearance in 2010, large sums of money started being transferred out of Joseph McStay's business bank account.

    Where was the money going? Who was transferring it and why?

    CBS News 8 caught up with the employee who admitted to his involvement in some of those transactions.

    At first, Dan Kavanaugh, 32, was reluctant to talk about his former employer, Joseph McStay, when a CBS News 8 camera crew came knocking at his apartment door in Little Italy.

    "No news questions right now bud, sorry, can't do it," said Kavanaugh.

    A web designer by trade, Kavanaugh had been in charge of developing the online presence for Earth Inspired Products, Joseph McStay's custom fountain design and manufacturing business.

    Eventually, Kavanaugh opened up to CBS News 8, denying that he had anything to do with the family's disappearance or murder.

    Kavanaugh said he was in Oahu, Hawaii on a surfing trip at the time the family went missing.

    "I was in Hawaii. You guys know that, right?" said Kavanaugh as he stood in the threshold of his apartment.

    In a subsequent telephone interview, Kavanaugh looked up his online itinerary from the surfing vacation, and claimed he was in Oahu from Jan. 4, 2010 to Feb. 17, 2010, when he returned to San Diego.

    "I have a hundred witnesses that saw me there (in Oahu) and can attest that I was there the whole time," said Kavanaugh.

    Emails sent to Joseph McStay – and later retrieved by family members – confirmed Kavanaugh received thousands of dollars from the Earth Inspired Products business account after the McStays went missing.

    "So, there are some curious withdrawals for business expenses and things around the time of the disappearance; but when you look further, the guy was 2,500 miles away. He has an alibi. And I had no resources to get anything like that done or motive," explained Kavanaugh.

    Kavanaugh said the transferred money was used to keep the fountain business going during Joseph McStay's unexplained absence.

    He said he was working with Joseph's brother, Michael McStay, and Joseph's mother, Susan Blake, at the time the withdrawals were made.

    "I actually transferred it (the money) to myself with Mike's knowledge," he said. "None of that money went to me. That money went to vendors, welders and manufacturers."

    "Mike and I and his mom tried to salvage and run the business that we had built for a long time," Kavanaugh said.

    But without Joseph McStay at the helm, the business would eventually fold.

    In July 2011, Kavanaugh ended up selling McStay's business, Earth Inspired Products, to two individuals named Matthew Schneider and Joaquin Quintero, according to court records.

    The sale of Earth Inspired Products and the subsequent creation of a corporation called Water Feature Supply, Inc. resulted in a lawsuit being filed in February 2012 in San Diego Superior Court (case # 37.2012-00092477).

    The lawsuit detailed ownership disputes between the plaintiffs, Schneider and Quintero, and another party named Patrick Maloy.

    The lawsuit was dismissed in May of 2012 and Maloy retained ownership of the Water Feature Supply domain and business.

    Joseph McStay's original web site domain name associated with Earth Inspired Products currently directs users back to McStayFamily.org.

    Joseph McStay's father, Patrick McStay, told CBS News 8 that Kavanaugh had no right to sell the business to Schneider and Quintero.

    "So, are you going to tell me that Kavanaugh was running the company? He had no authority to run anything. He was a nobody. He was a web guy. He took care of the web and that's it," said Patrick McStay. "I think he wanted to gain access to the business and sell it."

    Kavanaugh saw his role in Earth Inspired Products differently.

    "I didn't just do the web site," he said. "I created all of the traffic to the site. Joe did very little. He just answered the phone. I built the entire business."

    Court records show Kavanaugh had trouble with the law in the years after the McStays disappeared.

    Kavanaugh pleaded guilty in San Diego Superior Court in two, separate domestic violence cases involving altercations with girlfriends, records show.

    In August 2011, Kavanaugh was charged with five misdemeanor counts (in case # M134711DV).

    According to a 2013 probation report obtained by CBS News 8:

    On 8/1/2011 at 2:44 a.m. officers were called to **** Riveria Drive in San Diego. They heard a woman screaming from the second story of the apartment complex… The defendant (Kavanaugh) came downstairs and let officers in. Officers found the defendant's girlfriend, ****** ******* in the bedroom crying. She had abrasions on both knees.

    She said the defendant pulled her out of the car and onto the ground, causing the abrasions to her knees.

    Kavanaugh pleaded guilty to a single, misdemeanor count: battery of a current or former significant other, and received three years probation.

    In July 2013, Kavanaugh was charged with felony domestic violence (in case # SCD249328).

    Probation officers filed a sentencing report that described the incident, which occurred July 5, 2013 at 12:30 a.m.:

    The victim was distraught and her dress was disheveled. She was crying and her makeup was smeared. She came out of the apartment and stood behind one of the officers. She pointed to her balcony where officers found the defendant hanging on a 4th floor ledge. The defendant was attempting to get to another balcony. At gunpoint, they directed the defendant to return to the victim's balcony and he complied.

    The victim stated she was with the defendant, her boyfriend, outside her apartment building. He wanted to come to her apartment but she repeatedly told him she did not want him there. He insisted and walked with her to the elevator. She again told him she did not want him at her apartment.

    The defendant was upset and grabbed her by the wrists and dragged her from the elevator, through the hall, to her apartment. She yelled for help. She said the defendant used her keys to enter the apartment and threw her on the couch. She yelled for help but the defendant covered her mouth and told her to be quiet… She attempted to leave through the front door. He grabbed her and carried her to the bedroom. He threw her on the bed and she started yelling for help. He pinned her down and covered her mouth to keep her from yelling. She was afraid and punched and kicked the defendant. She ran to the kitchen and grabbed a knife and fork. She pointed the knife at the defendant but he grabbed it away from her.

    She had bruising and scratches on her wrists… She also had a scrape on her right elbow. She did not seek medical attention.

    The defendant had scratch marks on his neck and chest and a scrape to the right side of his face.

    The records said Kavanaugh told officers that he and his girlfriend had been drinking and that, "She was rowdy and out of hand."

    He also told arresting officers that the victim "had taken ecstasy" and that she was having "a bad trip," according to the probation report.

    Kavanaugh pleaded guilty in October 2013, in a plea bargain, to felony false imprisonment and was placed on formal probation.

    Defense attorney Isaac Blumberg of San Diego submitted a statement of mitigation to the judge in the case, which included several letters of support from Kavanaugh's business associates, friends, mother and brother.

    "Daniel hasn't got a mean bone in his body," his mother, Tamara Lyn Terry, wrote in her statement to the judge.

    "I have four sons I raised myself… Daniel, the eldest son of mine is and always has been a kind and loving big brother. Kind to me, an overwhelmed single mother, he helped enormously, being supportive, and even helping financially. I need Daniel. Our FAMILY needs Daniel. I swear, on my honor, Daniel is worthy of your consideration and mercy," his mother wrote.

    "I have known Daniel Kavanaugh to be a hardworking, honest and highly intelligent individual," restaurant owner Peter Busalacci wrote the judge.

    "The quality of his work has been exceptional and his personality is always pleasant. These (restaurant) web sites have been improved considerably by his services," wrote Busalacci.

    Kavanaugh remains on active probation and continues to attend court-ordered, domestic violence classes. He has not been named as a suspect by law enforcement in the McStay murders.

    "As far as you asking me if I'm a violent person, the answer is a resounding no. Definitely not," Kavanaugh told CBS News 8.
  15. Freebird

    Freebird Well-Known Member

    And I assume that’s his white truck.
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  17. nak2thenik

    nak2thenik Member

    Yes pugsley was DK grandfather. I found many references too it was widely reported. This may be off relevance to some and never mentioned it before as I'm a newbie. But that knot around JM is bothersome. It's a nautical bowline, or a double bowline knot. Mainly Used on sailing boats. But been a novice here I thatjust thought the defence would have picked up on it. So It was noted & i moved onto the next question. (So many).
    That Apple? far too fresh .
  18. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Unfortunately, I don't have a date for the photograph.

    Dan's sailboat has a Texas registration on the bow. There is no way to determine if the photograph was taken in Texas or San Diego. In 2013, Dan was frequently in Texas to see his family and his younger brother, Nick Stokes, who was receiving care for testicular cancer.

    The pickup that is pulling the sailboat could belong to a marina. The sailboat appears to be on a "dock dolly" that is used to move boats with large centerboards around a marina. I'm not certain that dolly would have been licensed for highway use. The white truck could have belonged to the marina where the sailboat was kept.
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  19. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Administrative Manager Staff Member

    Welcome to CrimeWatchers! Good catch on the knot and I agree as to the apple.
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    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

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