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2005

Posted: March 12, 2005
MEDIA COVERAGE DOOR-TO-DOOR TRAVELING SALES CREWS
1964-1987 Newspaper And TV
Media Coverage 1964 - 1987


March 10, 2005
MAGAZINE SALES JOBS CALLED SLAVERY
TEENS REPORT TOILING 60 HOURS A WEEK FOR $7 A DAY IN PAY
June 21, 1992
By George Weige
The Patroit News
Credit: NEWHOUSE NEWS SERVICE
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2004

December 30, 2004
ABUSES BY DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES OUTFITS ALLEGED
DateLine: Washington
Media General News Service
By Steve Goldberg
April 7, 1987
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1992
Slaves to the sale
Nancy Stancill


Read these 'award winning' articles by Nancy Stancill.

The 'Slaves to the sales series' reveal a shocking glimpse into the dark and murky past of the ‘traveling door to door sales’ industry and provides an excellent history of an unregulated and immoral enterprise that continues to exploit young adults for profit.


Slaves to the sale

Permission To Post By Nancy Stancill August 5, 2004


May 18, 2004
Prosecutors weigh penalty in murder case
Rapid City Journal
By Kara Christensen, Journal Staff Writer
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April 29, 2004
Neighbors wary after murder
Rapid City Journal
By Kevin Woster, Journal Staff Writer
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April 29, 2004
Mother wants son to quit selling magazines
Rapid City Journal
By Kevin Woster, Journal Staff Writer
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April 28, 2004
Man faces charges in murder
Rapid City Journal
By Kevin Woster and Kara Christensen,
Journal Staff Writers
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April 27, 2004
Man charged with murder in magazine saleswoman's death
Rapid City Journal
By Kevin Woster, Journal Staff Writer
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April 27, 2004
Autopsy results due today
Rapid City Journal
By Kevin Woster, Journal Staff Writer
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April 27, 2004
Suspect comes forward in murder case
KEVN.com
FOX 7
Story by: Ryan Cummings
Rapid City, SD.
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April 26, 2004
Possible homicide still under investigation
KEVN.com
FOX 7
Story by: Ryan Cummings
Rapid City, SD.
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April 25, 2004
Autopsy may yield answers
Body of young woman found near Hermosa.
Rapid City Journal
By Deb Holland, Journal Staff Writer
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April 24, 2004
Woman found dead in field outside Hermosa, SD
KEVN.com
FOX 7
Story by: Jennifer Dowling
Rapid City, SD.
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January 23, 2004
Magazine solicitor nabbed in sex case
BY RICHARD COLE
Palo Alto DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
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January 22, 2004
Third solicitor crime reported
BY RICHARD COLE
Palo Alto DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
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January 18, 2004
Parolle allegedly burgles home
BY RICHARD COLE
Palo Alto DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
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2003
September 14, 2003 - Magazine sales work ends in tale of terror - By Fred Lucas - THE NEWS-TIMES

June 19, 2003 - Janesville Crash Lessons Help Madison Women - Channel 3000 - Madison, WI.

June 12, 2003 - Help slam the door on sales crew abuses - Wisconsin State Journal

June 12, 2003 - Paralyzed Teen: Accident 'Blessing In Disguise' - Channel 3000

May 30, 2003 - Bogus Sales Crews Could Mean Trouble - Channel 3000

May 30 2003 - This is one tough girl - Rob Zaleski; Capital Times

May 28, 2003 - Magazine sellers advised to leave; Complaint leads to two arrests - The Patriot Ledger

May 17, 2003 - Victim's family calls for death penalty; 21-year-old suspect arrested

May 17, 2003 - Police say murder victim struggles with attacker

May 17, 2003 - Felon murder case goes to grand jury

May 17, 2003 - Stabbing death promtps resolution

May 17, 2003 - Tighter door-to-door sales law sought

May 17, 2003 - Victims family files $20 million lawsuit against alleged killer's employer

May 17, 2003 - Slay suspect backs out of plea bargain

May 17, 2003 - Judge allows delay in capital murder trial

May 17, 2003 - Killer gets life without parole

March 24, 2003 - Families remember victims of van crash - Gazette Xtra

Febuary 28, 2003 - Van flips, driver charged with DUI - Standard Staff

Febuary 26, 2003 - Magazine sellers facing charges - Standard Staff

2002
December 7, 2002 - MAN IS CONVICTED OF VECHICULAR HOMICIDE - WSJ

December 5, 2002 - Jury finds Baker guilty - Daily Register

December 4, 2002 - Baker's trial heads into final day of testimony - Daily Register

September 22, 2002 - Careless driving kills two people in Shiprock rollover - The Daily Times

August 31, 2002 - MAN ACCUSED IN SLAYING WAS ON PROBATION - The Charlotte Observer

August 22, 2002 - Ask for direct sellers permit, says police chief - Milton Courier - Wisconsin

August 13, 2002 - Sales crews law doesn't protect children By Phil Ellenbecker /WSJ

August 7, 2002 - EVERY FAMILY SHOULD SHUT OUT SALES CREWS - WSJ

August 6, 2002 - Senate OKs new rules on magazine sales crews - WSJ

August 3, 2002 - New law to watch traveling sales crews - By Stan Milam/Special to the Gazette

August 2, 2002 - SENATE APPROVES KOHL'S BILL TO PROTECT TRAVELING SALES CREWS

July 30, 2002 - Cooper's Family Wants Traveling Sales Industry To Check Workers' Backgrounds
                    By Heidi Webb /Fulton Daily News

July 29, 2002 - Magazine Sales Company Settles With Murder Victim's Family For $1 Million - Fulton Daily News

July 29, 2002 - Magazine Sales Company Settles With Murder Victim's Family For $1 Million - Fulton Daily News - 072902

July 24, 2002 - Bullhead Point Not Only Changes Proposed In Soliciting Amendments- Fulton Daily News

July 18 2002 - Magazine scam suspect faces tax debt By Thomas Geyer / QUAD-CITY TIMES

July 1 2002 - Sales Job Ends by Side of Road By Jodie Tillman - Valley News

June 26, 2002 - Door To Door Salesman Acused Of Rape - ThePittsburghChannel.com

June 17 2002 - CLOSE THE DOOR ON SALES CREWS - Wisconsin State Journal; Madison, Wis.

May 24, 2002 - Door to door magazine sellers arrested - Wi. Dept. of Consumer Protection

May 16 2002 - Magazine company sued in Illinois By Thomas Geyer/ QUAD-CITY TIMES

April 23, 2002 - Magazine sales crews continue - Beloit Daily News

April 11, 2002 - Violent felons and door-to-door sales - Tennessee House of Representatives

March 25, 2002 - Dedicated Memorial Parents Group Cover Letter

March 15, 2002 - Driver in fatal car crash to return for preliminary hearing - Daily Register

February 17, 2002 - Youthful salesman's long regret By Laura Emerson and Karen Balsley The Journal Gazette

February 17, 2002 - Magazine sales: No fun in sun By Karen Balsley and Laura Emerson The Journal Gazette

February 1, 2002 - Driver in fatal crash appears in court - Daily Register

January 30, 2002 - Driver could face charges - Daily Register

2001
September 25, 2001 Lawsuit settled against company involved in van crash - By Sid Schwartz/Gazette Staff

September 9, 2001 - Murder Of Fulton Woman Spawns Peddling Law - Fulton Daily News

September 8, 2001 - City peddling law strengthened after murder of local woman - The Valley News

May 25, 2001 - Cooper's Family Not Satisfied With Killer's Answers - Fulton Daily News

May 18, 2001 - Crew leader serving time for van crash wants shorter sentence - By Carrie Michael/Gazette Staff

April 28, 2001 - Wisconsin Rock County AFL-CIO Petition

March 26, 2001 - Pain endures two years after van crash tragedy - By Gazette Xtra

March 25, 2001 - A Very Personal Crusade - Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI)

March 24, 2001 - Van crash hasn't halted traveling sales crews by WJS

March 10, 2001 - Sentencing begins healing for Diana Cooper’s family - The Valley News

March 09, 2001 - Diana Cooper's Family Sad, Angry, Determined To Keep Matthew Maxson In Prison - Fulton Daily News - 030901

March 09, 2001 - April Searor's Victim Impact Statement - Fulton Daily News

March 08, 2001 - Killer Sentenced To 15 Years To Life Families Begin To Move On With Their Lives - Fulton Daily News

March 3, 2001 - Sentencing begins healing for Diana Cooper’s family - The Valley News

February 23, 2001 - Man charged with attempted sexual assault sentenced - The Independent

January 29, 2001 - Maxson Pleads Guilty To Murder Of Diana Cooper - Fulton Daily News

January 25, 2001 - Man pleads guilty to reduced charge, sentenced to prison - The Independent

2000
December 7, 2000 - Judge dismisses several defendants in federal lawsuit over van crash - By Gazette Xtra

November 3, 2000 - Inmates knock hole in ceiling, attempt escape - The Independent

November 3, 2000 - Magazine business owner linked to van crash will go to prison for OWI By Kay Luna/CLINTON BUREAU

September 27, 2000 - Attorneys Argue Motions In Case Of Fulton Murder Suspect Matt Maxson - Fulton Daily News

September 14, 2000 - Judge Denies Request For Murder Suspect's Blood Sample For DNA Tests - Fulton Daily News

September 7, 2000 - Two men bound over to district court for parking lot robbery - The Independent

August 29, 2000 - For Murder Suspect - Fulton Daily News

August 11, 2000 - Three men arrested for robbery at local credit union; two charged - The Independent

July 25, 2000 - Van crash lawsuits combined - By Sid Schwartz/Gazette Staff

July 20, 2000 - Judge Denies Request For Murder Suspect's Blood - Fulton Daily News

July 11, 2000 - Van crash suspect misses court - By Sid Schwartz/Gazette Staff

July 10, 2000 - Murder Charge; High Bail Set - Fulton Daily News - 071000

July 1, 2000 - JUDGE SENTENCES MAN IN KILLING GUNMAN GETS 100-YEAR TERM FOR 1995 SHOOTING - Hartford Courant

June 5, 2000 - Magazine company found guilty of charges in van crash - By Sid Schwartz/Gazette Staff

May 31, 2000 - Maxson Wasn't Licensed To Sell Door-To-Door In City - By Gwen Bixby/Fulton Daily News

May 31, 2000 - Murder Suspect Matthew J. Maxson - Fulton Daily News

May 31, 2000 - On Death Penalty Prosecution In Fulton Killing - Fulton Daily News

May 31, 2000 - Salesman With Murder - Fulton Daily News

May 22, 2000 - Stopping Door-To-Door Outfits a Wisconsin State Journal Editorial

May 19, 2000 - Company tied to van crash could be fined $132,000 - By Gazette Xtra

May 17, 2000 - Van crash survivor seeks vehicle - By Mike DuPre'/Gazette Staff

April 18, 2000 - Van crash defendant free on bond - By Mike DuPre'/Gazette Staff

April 7, 2000 - Three arrested for deceptive sales - Shannon Kelly - The Hub

April 6, 2000 - Surrender expected in van-crash case - By Gazette Xtra

April 4, 2000 - Police still seek van-crash suspect - By Gazette Xtra

March 31, 2000 - State gets tough with traveling crews - By Mike DuPré/Gazette Staff

March 31, 2000 - State warns magazine publishers - By Mike DuPré/Gazette Staff

March 25, 2000 - Van crash's legal wheels still turning - By Sid Schwartz/Gazette Staff

March 25, 2000 - A survivor's story - By Mike DuPre'/Gazette Staff

March 18, 2000 - Sales crews still dying as reform stalls by WJS

March 15, 2000 - U.S. Labor Department fines magazine company - By Gazette Xtra

1999
Septmeber 6, 1999 - KOHL WILL PUSH FOR SALES CREW REFORMS - Madison Capital Times

August 7, 1999 - Blame publishers, not young salespeople by Earlene Williams

August 2, 1999 - TRAFFIC CRASHES TAKE HIGH TOLL - Madison Capital Times

August 1, 1999 - Magazines count on sales door to door by WJS

August 1, 1999 - Crews live and die to sell by WJS

July 31, 1999 - Perilous Journeys by Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

June 11, 1999 - Seven lives, seven years by Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

May 6, 1999 - Toxic chemicals demonstrated orally by young, eager sales force - The Examiner On-Line

April 29, 1999 - Rock ‘n roll’ sales job: Drugs and booze abound - The Examiner On-Line

April 6, 1999 - VAN CRASH NO SHOCK IN INDUSTRY - Madison Capital Times

April 1, 1999 - Milton officer first on fatal accident scene by Milton Courier

March 26, 1999 - Sales Firm Being Investigated - Madison Capital Times

1998

August 13, 1998 - SUSPECT CHARGED IN HOTEL SHOOTING - Hartford Courant
Chauncey Watts (a.k.a. Chauncey Whitehead) was working for Chapel Sales, Inc.
See Court Records on Chauncey Watts.

No Date On Article - Two men guilty in assault on former city councelor - Gazette Times
Assault occured on August 12, 1998 - American Community Services

August 3, 1998 - SUSPECT WANTED IN 1995 SLAYING TURNS HIMSELF IN
POLICE CONNECT HIM TO WEEKEND SHOOTING - Hartford Courant
Chauncey Watts (a.k.a. Chauncey Whitehead) was working for Chapel Sales, Inc.
See Court Records on Chauncey Watts.

November 8, 1998 - In the shadow of violence - Gazette-Times
Assault occured on August 12, 1998 - American Community Services

1996
September 5, 1996 - Traveling salesmen murdered By Howard Appell - Clarion News Staff

March 16, 1996 - Police urge caution after salesman ties up, robs woman
                        Creston Lee Betts was arrested in the robbery of an elderly woman - Tampa Tribune

1993

May 27, 1993 - SOME TRAVELING SALES JOBS ARE A BAD TRIP - Seattle Post - Intelligencer


1992
August 19, 1992 - State Probes Sales Operation Magazine Prices May Be Too High - Morning Call

April 30, 1992 - FTC Charges Company That Sells Magazines With Violating Door-to-Door Sales Rule

1984
June 17, 1984 - Magazine Sales Enmesh Youths In Murky World - Morning Call

1927
January 5-8, 1927 - SALESMAN IS CHARGED WITH SLAYING NEGRO--R.L.GILMORE,33 - Memphis Press Scimitar



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