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 Memorials

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.

Fact:
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.

Fact:
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.

Fact:
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.

Fact:
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.

Fact:
On February 17, 2007 Blair Jennifer Dimmick, age 22, a traveling magazine saleswoman was found dead in Marshall, Texas.

Fact:
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.

Fact:
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.

Fact:
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


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Malinda's Memorial

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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
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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.
Dedicated Memorial

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.
Introduction


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

Child Abuse
Abandonment
Drugs
Rape
Traffic Deaths
Murder

The dirty business of sales by exploitation
without legal entanglement.

Forever Young






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
Parent Watch is a clearinghouse for information
on child and youth labor abuse
in the door-to-door-sales industry.
Parent Watch

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
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.
MagCrew

Dedicated Memorial
Memorials dedicated to all of those who have suffered
or perished because of the door to door sales industry.
Dedicated Memorial

Cagey Consumer
Consumer Advocacy.
Youth Field Sales Alert

State of Wisconsin
Department of Justice

Division of Criminal Investigation
White Collar Crimes Bureau.
Traveling Sales Crews

SafeSpaces
For Expert Information On Safety in the Workplace.
safespaces.com




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