March 25, 1999 seven young kids were killed and five more were maimed for life
in a vehicular homicide van rollover near
Janesville, Wisconsin: http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/janesville_van_crash.html My only
daughter Malinda died that night from a cracked skull and a ripped open liver.
She bled to death on a cold cement highway without anyone to comfort or hold
her as she lay dying. Malinda was only 18-years-old.
Six other young kids also died that night: Peter Christman, Cory Hanson, Amber Marie Lettman, Crystal Faith McDaniel, Marshall Lee Roberts and Joseph Wild. Five young kids were maimed for life: Monica Forgues, Shawn Kelly, Nicole McDougal, Craig Fechter, Kaila Gillock. Craig Fechter’s face was ripped apart, Shawn Kelly had multiple life threatening injuries and now has a metal plate in his head, Nicole McDougal has permenant brain damage, and Monica Forgues (our poster child) was paralyzed from the neck down. The Interstate highway was closed down for over 5 hours. Five med-flight helicopters were dispatched and there were over a dozen EMS and rescue teams called in to aid the victims. It was and still is the most horrific vehicular homicide in the state of Wisconsin.
We are going to tell you a story about the exploitation and the crime.
And the story is going to BLOW YOUR MIND !!!!
We will start with the cold hard facts:
Between 1999 and 2006, 17 magazine sales agents working in crews around the country were killed in traffic accidents, in some cases resulting in convictions of vehicular homicide and manslaughter, as well as careless driving and homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.In the first seven months of 2008, 23 agents or managers — some of whom were previous offenders — have been charged with the following:
• Second degree murder
• Second degree attempted murder
• Sexual battery by restraint
• Assault and battery on a police officer
• Attempted rape
• False imprisonment
• Possession and delivery of a controlled substance
• Identity theft
• Child labor law violations
• Breaking and entering
• Simple assault
• Sales fraud
• Vehicle theft
• Felony trespass
No discussion of this industry is complete without mentioning the work of Phil Ellenbecker, whose 18-year-old daughter was killed in the 1999 Wisconsin van wreck. Quite simply, Ellenbecker, who lives in Wisconsin, believes the industry murdered his daughter.
Ellenbecker founded the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group and runs its Web site, www.travelingsalescrews.info. He has demanded tighter regulations from legislators, the National Field Selling Association, the Magazine Publishers Association and company owners themselves. His Web site contains information relating to more than 300 felony cases within the industry since the 1980s. It is a catalog of grief — so much so that NFSA President Vinnie Pitts has said, "It's so negative, I don't like to look at it."
Ellenbecker's vitriol toward the industry sometimes gets the best of him. In 2006, he called Nina Link, president of the Magazine Publishers Association, at her home, to tell her about the latest death of a sales agent. When Link hung up on him, he fired an e-mail to Chris Nolan, the MPA's general counsel, which read in part, "Next time I call, tell her to listen to what I have to say! Tell her from me not to hang up. I have been very patient with all of you. Don't over extend your expectations of what will happen next." Ellenbecker received a visit by FBI agents shortly thereafter.
Somewhat scary outbursts aside, Ellenbecker's coverage of the industry is invaluable, and this story could not have been done without the help of his research.
By Craig Malisow
Houston Press: What Mainstream Publishers Don't Want You to Know About Door-to-Door Magazine Sales
That kid at your door with a magazine order form will tell you a story --
part sad, part hopeful. The truth will be infinitely worse than you can imagine.
What Mainstream Publishers Don't Want You to Know About Door-to-Door Magazine Sales
By Craig Malisow
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Judge sentences Kenneth Roop to life in prison
Police: 4 magazine salesmen arrested, accused in carjacking, stabbing
Traveling salesman arrested for groping woman
That Magazine Peddler at Your Door Was Part of a $2 Million Scam by a Dallas Company
Door-to-door violence, Dover Twp. slaying not first tied to sales company
Rodger Eric Broadway a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman employed by American Community Services rapes and murders Eskalene DeBorde, a 66-year-old grandmother.
Business that goes door to door selling magazines sued by state of Missouri
Utah company cited for violations of sales crew law faces $55,000 fine
Jury selection begins in 'salesman' rape
Job Seekers Beware: Magazine Sales Crews Trafficking Teens?
Magazine sales exec gets prison for fraud
Judge Issues Permanent Injunction Against Magazine Sales Companies
FUGITIVE OF JUSTICE, Kevin Eugene Davis Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company: Lrumar Publications
Grandmother survives beating, kidnapping Dec. 16: Sandy Vinge, a 75-year-old grandmother, talks to TODAY’s Matt Lauer about being held captive by three teenagers who are now charged with torture and kidnapping.
The Hidden Faces Of Modern-Day Slavery - 02/28/12, National Public Radio JOHN DONVAN, HOST
Magazine salesman gets 6 months in prison for Westport burglary
Magazine sellers steal elderly Medina resident’s wallet
Davis Police Identify Door-to-Door Solicitor Suspected of Altering Checks
Cape Coral salesman murder trial underway
Door-to-door book salesmen accused of posing danger to children
Fake salesman assaults Gordon County woman
Police seek information on house break-in
People touched by tragedy warn about sales crews
Salesman accused of sex abuse
Don’t open your door!
BCSO arrests door-to-door salesman
No charges for man accused of pulling gun on salesman
Vacuum cleaner salesman pleads guilty to failure to pay taxes
Candy salesman sexually assaulted by boss, police say
Farwell man accused of pointing gun at door-to-door salesman
Door-To-Door Deterrent: Elk Grove Rule Hits Unwanted Solicitors With Jail Time, Fine
Door-to-door energy salesman charged with sex assault in Lowell
Peddling Rings, Sales Crews, and Begging Rings
“These schemes are nothing short of theft of the labor and the wages of hundreds, if not thousands, of young people.” – Robert Abrams, former Attorney General of New York.
Door-to-door salesmen take Pacific Grove man for $212
Van Rollover Kills One DMPG Posted 05/21/13 Magazine Sales Compamy: Fit For Life
Fla. magazine salesman charged for sexual assault in Hubbard
Police seek man suspected of sexual assault
Salesman denies sex assaults in Carlisle
Intoxicated salesman consuming own wares
Fraudulent magazine, book subscriptions lead to arrests
Medford duo accused in magazine subscription scam, using funds to pay rent, other expenses
Door-to-door salesman arrested in Geneva on felony warrant
Door-to-door security salesman sentenced to life in prison for rape, beating
Kids selling door-to-door leads to investigation of organized fraud
Cops: Men selling magazines suspect in theft
Arrest of Amway India CEO a big blow: IDSA
Police: Austell man chases salesman with kitchen knife
Florida man arrested for Westport burglary
AGL Fined $1.5 Million For Using Dodgy Door-To-Door Salesmen
Door-to-door salesman charged with theft in Guelph
Victim testifies in rape trial for Tampa door-to-door security salesman
Wellesley police log: two door-to-door solicitors arrested
Phone missing after magazine sales call
Bond For Amway Salesman Charged With Molesting 2 Girls Kept at $1M
Police: Some Door-To-Door Sales People Forced Into Human Trafficking
Don’t Answer Door-to-Door Solicitors, Senior Lead Officer Says
Senate bill cracks down on door-to-door solicitors
Council passes Green River Ordinance amendments
Aransas Pass Police Looking for Suspicious Door-to-Door 'Salesman'
Deerfield bans door-to-door soliciting in attempt to prevent crime
Hanover Police: Woman claiming to sell magazines may have stolen money
Burglary Suspect Allegedly Force Fondles Teen Boy
City bans door-to-door sales, canvassing
Two men arrested in Pee Dee door-to-door sales scam
End is near for door-to-door salesmen
Wyoming Human Trafficking Ban To Become Law Next Week
West LA sex assault suspect poses as magazine salesman
Potential customer turns in fugitive salesman
UCLA-Adjacent Sex Attack; Suspect 'Selling Magazines'
I-Team: Background check reveals door-to-door salesman's startling past
College of Charleston students warned about thieves possibly posing as magazine salesmen
Crime: Knock, Knock: Boise Door-to-Door Salesman Threatened at Gunpoint
Scammer targets elderly woman
Deputies Arrest Suspicious Magazine Solicitors in La Canada Flintridge
Thieves posing as sales people are stealing jewelry
Hendersonville robbery suspect poses as magazine salesman
Burglary Suspect Allegedly Force Fondles Teen Boy
More charges for men accused of door-to-door sales scam
Tulsa Teen Says Magazine Salesmen Tried To Kidnap, Recruit Him
WANTED: Magazine Salesman: Sexual Assault
Traveling door-to-door magazine saleman mastrabates in front of female homeowner
Peddler who assaulted woman found selling magazines again
Magazine Sales Crew Stabbin' its Way Through Dallas; Is Houston Next?
Have Sex with me and do drugs or buy a magazine subscription
Unsolved aggravated assault, attempted murder.
Magazine salesman ordered to prison for '08 American Fork assault
Vancouver police need help solving a disturbing rape case
Vancouver police seek suspect in sexual assault by magazine salesman
Hakeem (Akeem) Z. Thomas a traveling door-to-door salesman was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the June 2, 2011 rape of a Idaho Falls woman
A teenage girl living in Bisbee, Arizona was sexually assaulted by a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman
Four young kids working for LTP Inc, a traveling magazine sales crew were killed in a van rollover in Idaho
Idaho Falls police arrested a traveling door-to-door cleaner salesman after police said he raped a woman at her home
Salesman gets 5-year term for stealing from customers
Jail term for sex assault of girl
Ronald E. Kemp a traveling magazine sales agent sexually assaulted a 13 year old girl in Omaha, Nebraska
Patrick M. Schneider, a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman raped a Sycamore, Illinois woman
Arvis Lamon Spain employed by Paragon Sales Inc. aka: Midwest Clearing Inc. raped a Anne Arundel County, Maryland woman
Wesley Williams employed by Sunshine Subscription Agency aka: Palmetto Marketing, Inc. was arrested for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in Bradenton, Florida
Richard Craig McNew, a convicted felon from St. Louis selling magazine subscriptions for Overachiever is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for raping and killing a 90-year-old Lafayette woman in her home in 2005.
A 78 year old woman in Texas is raped and set on fire by Daniel Deshawn Neal a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman working for a Washington, D.C.-based company called U.D. Management
A 24-year-old traveling magazine salesman from Pennsylvania is facing seven to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Robert J. Hines admitted he was one of two men who stomped Daniel Willis, 40, to death Dec. 6 2009.
Magazine salesman arrested on sexual abuse, harassment charges
Magazine salesman gets 30 years for Ore. rape
Traveling salesman admits stomping Tucson man to death
Salesman charged with sex assault
Magazine Salesman, 23, Arrested for Sexual Battery by Sodomy of Teenage Girl, 13
Woman beaten; Magazine salesman arrested, A magazine salesman was arrested for allegedly barging into a woman's home, beating and attempting to rape her.
Victim identified in Saratoga County skull case, Jennifer Hammond was last seen in the latter part of August 2003, soliciting magazines in the Creek and Pines Trailer Park, Ballston Spa, New York. The skull found in Saratoga County has been identified as Hammond.
Magazine seller jailed in Novato sex assault
Door-to-Door Magazine Salesman Rapes 22-year-old Claremont Woman
Peddler gets 18 years for rape, Door-to-door magazine sales was entry to victim's house
Second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense, first-degree kidnapping and sexual battery
On November 26, 2006 Tracy Onawa Jones age 19 a traveling magazine saleswoman, working for Atlantic Circulations, Inc. was found beaten and stabbed to death in Memphis Tennessee.
Traveling Door-to-Door Magazine Salesman Brandon Lee Green Employed by: Gemini Subscriptions, Inc. aka: Sunshine Subscription Agency, Inc. aka: Palmetto Marketing, Inc. Brutally beats and rapes a 50 year-old Menomonie, Wisconsin woman.
Traveling Door-to-Door Magazine Salesman Edward M. Irving
Employed by: Rainbow Sales, aka: American Community Services, Inc.
attacks an 84-Year-old Centennial, Colorado woman in her home.
Irving is charged with Attempted Murder, Burglary Assault.
Azriel Rashad Bridge a traveling magazine salesman working for American Community Services murders 77-year-old Shirley Reuter in her Dover Township home.
Man charged with murder in magazine saleswoman's death
Deaths nothing new for sales crews
Multiple offender Michael Roland Poissant employed by Palmetto Marketing Inc. rapes a 12-year-old Lancaster girl while selling magazines door-to-door.
Magazine salesman convicted of assault
Two young Douglas County Colorado girls ages 12 and 13 are sexually assaulted by traveling magazine salesmen Dwayne Taylor and Maurice Rogers. Taylor and Rogers were employed by American Connunity Services
Five Traveling Door To Door Magazine Salesmen Brutally Beat Brett D. King To Death.
Matthew J. Maxson a traveling magazine salesman employed by Palmetto Marketing Inc. murders 54 year old Diana Cooper in Fulton, New York.
Seven Young Kids Killed And Five Maimed For Life
Salesman, 21, charged in rape of 67-year-old
On March 8, 1978 Donald Eric Armstrong raped and murdered 16 year-old Linda Bright while she was selling magazine subscriptions.
Justices uphold death sentence in rape-murder
Trial Begins In Wisconsin Boy's Slaying
Slaves To The Sale
Van Overturns on I-80 in Iowa; Five People Killed, Six Injured
2 sentences given in rape on north side, A door-to-door magazine salesman who raped and cut the throat of a prospective customer pleaded guilty Friday to charges of attempted capital murder and sexual assault. In exchange for two 50-year prison terms. William Mark LaFranchi, 20, will be allowed to serve the two 50-year sentences concurrently.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Robs Woman in Her Home, Magazine Salesman Forces His Way In, Beats, Gags and Binds Victim
Door-to-Door Sales Criminal Flow Chart