Traveling Sales Crews
The Silent Killer
Of Teens And Young Adults
Letters To The Publishers
The letters that you are about to read were written to and hand delivered to the Magazine Publishers of America
(MPA) : www.magazine.org : MPA on April 5, 2004.
The MPA represents more than 240 domestic publishing companies with approximately 1,400 titles, more
than 80 international companies and more than 100 associate members.
The Magazine Publishers of America is located at 810 Seventh Avenue, 24th Floor, New York, NT 10019.
The main phone number to the MPA is (212) 872-3700. The President of the MPA is Nina Link.
On April 5, 2004 Phil Ellenbecker the director of the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group (DMPG) :
www.dedicatedmemorial.org : DMPG and Pam Christman met with
Michael Pashby former Executive Vice President/General Manager of the Magazine Publishers of America.
At the time of this meeting the National Field Selling Association (NFSA) : www.nfsa.com :
NFSA was listed on the MPA website as a member of the MPA.
Also, the NFSA website listed being a member of the MPA. The NFSA is a trade group that represents
the traveling door to door magazine and cleaner sales companies.
Phil Ellenbecker and Pam Christman along with five other families lost their children in one of the most
devastating vehicular accidents recorded in the history of the state of Wisconsin.
The Accident occurred on March 25, 1999 near Janesville Wisconsin:
Janesville Wisconsin Van Rollover March 25, 1999 and
Jeremy Holmes an unlicensed "car handler/driver/recruiter" tried to switch seats with a front seat passenger
while traveling at 81 mph. Mr. Holmes lost control of the van and it flipped over multiple
times ejecting all but 2 of the 14 passengers.
In the end seven kids lost their lives and five were
permanently maimed for life. They were all selling magazines door to door. They were working for
Youth Employment Services a traveling magazine sales crew operated by Choan lane. YES was
owned by a magazine sales company by the name of Subscriptions Plus out of Oklahoma owned and
operated by Karleen Hillery. Subscriptions Plus and Karleen Hillery were listed on the
NFSA website as being members. The magazine subscriptions were cleared through two magazine
clearing houses: National Magazine Exchange aka Special Data Processing Corporation: http://specialdata.com :
National Magazine Exchange
and Publishers Consulting Corporation http://www.mag-full.com : Publishers Consulting Corporation
The meeting with Mr. Pashby lasted for two hours. During that time the letters displayed below were
hand delivered to Mr. Pashby. Our concerns as parents who have lost children while selling magazines
were brought to the attention of Mr. Pashby.
Mr. Pashby assured us that our concerns would be shared with the MPA members and with Nina Link the
president of the MPA. It was our original goal to meet with Nina Link but she was unavailable for the meeting.
Along with the letters we also hand delivered Dedicated Memorial Parents Group posters and asked Mr.
Pashby if he would be able to put our posters into some of the teen magazines so that both kids and
parents could be alerted to the many dangers involved when employed by a traveling magazine sales crew.
We also delivered information on other accidents that have killed magazine sales agents and articles
documenting the hideous crimes that continue to plague the door to door sales industry.
We also asked Mr. Pashby if he and the MPA could find some way to stop the distribution of their
magazines through the clearinghouses to the itinerant traveling magazine sales companies and crews
that continue to exploit and abuse children and young adults.
Over the past three years since our meeting on April 5, 2004 with Mr. Pashby the Dedicated Memorial Parents
Group has continued to supply the MPA with information on sales agent deaths, van accidents,
and crimes against homeowners. The mechanism of this communications has for the most part been
through emails sent to the MPA.
We have also phoned Mr. Pashby and the MPA general counsel Chris Nolan regarding some of the
more severe murder cases, rapes, and van accidents.
As of the date of this web post (02/19/07) we the parents of the Janesville Wisconsin van rollover
have never received a response from Nina Link or the MPA regarding the letters hand delivered to
Mr. Pashby on April 5, 2004.
As of the date of this web post (02/19/07) the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group has never
received any positive communications from the MPA regarding our continued requests for the
MPA to alert kids and parents of the dangers involved while employed by a traveling magazine sales company.
As of the date of this web post (02/19/07) the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group has never received
any positive feedback from the MPA regarding our continued requests to find some way to stop
distribution of their magazines through the clearinghouses to the itinerant traveling magazine
sales companies and crews that continue to exploit and abuse children and young adults.
As of the date of our meeting with Mr. Pashby on April 5, 2004 the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group
has continued to forward information to the MPA regarding van rollovers, van accidents, murdered sales
agents, murdered homeowners, raped homeowners and sexually assaulted homeowners with the sincere hope
that the MPA would step forward and finally do something to stop the continued loss of life and
violence that is now embracing the underbelly of their industry.
On February 17, 2007 Blair Jennifer Dimmick, age 22, a traveling magazine saleswoman was found dead
in Marshall, Texas.
On February 10, 2007 Steven Talley ,age 27, a traveling magazine salesman working for Urban
Development Solutions was found murdered in the streets of Austin, Texas.
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.
In the past two months the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group has documented two
alleged rapes against homeowners and one alleged statutory rape against a minor.
In all three cases traveling magazine salesmen were arrested.
Letters to the MPA and the Magazine Publishers
Murphy Letter To Nina Link Febuary 2007
Christman Letter To The MPA April 2004
Ellenbecker Letter To The MPA April 2004
Hanson Letter To The MPA April 2004
Lettman Letter To The MPA April 2004
McDaniel Letter To The MPA April 2004
Noffsinger Letter To The MPA April 2004
Roberts Letter To The MPA April 2004
Wisconsin Department of Justice Attorney General Jim Doyle Letter to the MPA 2000
Wisconsin Department of Justice Letter to the MPA
To research the traveling door to door sales industry crime wave
click on the links below:
Door To Door Sales Crimes - Criminal Profiler
DMPG Compiled Article Criminal Chronology
July 2005 - December 2006
Chronology 2005 - 2006
DMPG Compiled Article Criminal Chronology
1982 - 2005
Chronology 1982 - 2005
Unsolved Rapes and Murders : Wanted Page
Blame publishers, not young salespeople
Slaves to the sale - By Nancy Stancill
Read these 'award winning' articles by Nancy Stancill.
The 'Slaves to the sales series' reveals 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
DMPG Featured Article
New York NY
A Grim Tour on Magazine Crews
Febuary 21, 2007
By IAN URBINA
New York Times
Read This Story
New York Times:
Life on a Magazine Crew
View This Video
|The dirty business of child exploitation is alive and well in the door to door sales industry.
Children and young adults across this country are at risk of being falsely lured into this brutal and immoral business.
Our research also shows an alarming increase of violence against anyone unfortunate enough to open their door to a traveling sales crew agent.
A lack of background checks combined with our own government’s inability to pass meaningful legislation to regulate the direct sales industry is responsible for the violence and death that has
plagued this industry for well over two decades.
But the real villains of this national tragedy are the clearing houses and publishers that on a daily basis continue the dirty business of sales by exploitation without legal entanglement.
Children and young adults across this country are being abandoned, mutilated and killed in traffic accidents, raped, and murdered. They are being exploited by people who sit back in their easy chairs
inside of luxurious offices collecting hundreds of millions of dollars a year in profits. Profits that are collected through a chain of business relationships based on direct sales and the door to
door sales industry.
This industry is a multi-billion dollar a year conglomerate that feeds on the wanderlust, inexperience and innocence of children and young adults.
As of this editorial the door to door sales industry is directly responsible for the deaths of fifty human lives that we are aware of. This industry is also responsible for countless
abandonment’s, traffic mutilations, and life long psychological injuries. The facts presented here speak for themselves. One only needs to look at the staggering amounts of media coverage
collected on our web sites to realize how very severe and devastating this problem really is.
Children and young adults are not the only victims of this soulless blood sucking industry.
Our research has uncovered an alarming trend in violent crimes being carried out against anyone unfortunate enough to open their door to a traveling sales crew member.
Many of the individuals hired by the unscrupulous fly-by-night sales crew recruiters have criminal backgrounds. Our records show that these individuals have committed some of the most heinous crimes
imaginable. Crimes that have destroyed lives and devastated families across this country.
Excerpt Taken From The February 2003 Dedicated Memorial Parents Group Press Release
Click Here To Read This Press Release
You have reached the Traveling Sales Crews Information Web Site:
Traveling Sales Crews Home Page
This web site is sponsored by the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group
and as such is dedicated to presenting
the violent, destructive and greedy acts that have turned
the Traveling Sales Industry and the Door To Door Sales Industry
into a National Tragedy.
To understand why we have created these web sites please take a moment
to review our introduction. It will give you a brief but very good
overview of why all parents and kids must become aware of this extremely
dangerous and deadly industry and why all states and the federal government
must pass powerful legislation to stop the child exploitation,
abandonment, rape and murder that has continued to plague
this destructive industry, for decades.
No one deserves to die or suffer
or be abandoned or abused
because they are selling magazines
or cleaner products or candies door to door,
BUT THEY ARE !
The Silent Killer of Teens and Young Adults
Traveling Sales Crews
A National Tragedy
Facts Manipulated - The Truth Hidden
The dirty business of sales by exploitation
without legal entanglement.
Web Site Dedication
This website is dedicated to all of the children and families
who have suffered at the hands of "traveling sales crews"
throughout this country.
The purpose of this site is to honor their memories
and to aid in the transmission and discovery of recent events, media coverage, legislation and information related
to this silent killer of young adults.
It is also dedicated to justice and truth with the sincere hope
that these virtues will one day overwhelm the illegal and immoral practices that many of the traveling sales crews and door to door companies have engaged in.
The Traveling Sales Crews Information site was created to be used as a tool by legislators, law enforcement agencies at all levels, attorneys, and the media for purposes of researching and
monitoring the door to door sales industry.
Information on this site is also intended to be made available to the general public in an effort to warn parents, children and young adults of the many dangers involved when working for many of the
door to door sales companies.
~ Important Links ~
Parent Watch is a clearinghouse for information
on child and youth labor abuse
in the door-to-door-sales industry.
Traveling Sales Crews Information
A database site that archives news articles, tracks all known
illegal activities of the sales crews, and logs criminal
complaints and convictions.
Traveling Sales Crews Info
Magcrew is dedicated to helping individuals who have
or are currently selling magazines/soap for traveling crews.
It is meant to share stories (good or bad) and hopefully help
those who feel they were abused by the companies
who hired them.
It is also intended to help those who are currently selling
to get home if they want to.
Memorials dedicated to all of those who have suffered
or perished because of the door to door sales industry.
Youth Field Sales Alert
State of Wisconsin
Department of Justice
Division of Criminal Investigation
White Collar Crimes Bureau.
Traveling Sales Crews
For Expert Information On Safety in the Workplace.