UPDATED: How Montana Sheriffs Helped David Barsotti Get Away With Murder

Assassination Plots, Stolen Valor and Domestic Terrorism in Mineral County, Montana

When Angela Mastrovito relocated to Missoula to search for her missing daughter, she never expected an assassin would come to her and confess to a contract on her life. Nor did she expect the hit man to concede that her execution had been ordered by her son-in-law, David Michael Barsotti. It would prove the first of many unwelcome surprises for a grieving mother to endure along the journey of finding her missing daughter. But most surprising of all was law enforcement’s indifference to evidence of domestic violence, stolen valor, domestic terrorism, cyberstalking, witness tampering, aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit arson, and conspiracy to commit murder.

Angela was babysitting grandchildren at her Virginia home on Tuesday 20 July 2021 when she got the text from her son-in-law, David Barsotti, about her daughter’s disappearance: “Hey mom. Police have come over. They say Rebekah’s missing and tell me an old fling allegedly made the 911 call.”

According to authorities, 33 year-old Rebekah Grace Barsotti and her dog, Cerberus were last seen on 20 July 2021 at 2:15 PM after a visit to the Town Pump gas station in Superior, Montana. Angela was told that Rebekah’s vehicle, a Silver 2014 Volkswagen Passat, had been recovered from an Interstate 90 rest stop, that Rebekah’s license and personal effects had been recovered from the nearby shoreline of the Clark Fork River, and that Rebekah herself was last seen wearing shorts and a blue tank top. Authorities alleged they were alerted to the scene following a 911 call that was placed by an “Oregon family” passing through Montana.

Angela and Gerry Mastrovito

Angela and her husband Gerry sprung into action and relocated to Missoula to search for Rebekah. They knew that Rebekah had been trying to escape her abusive marriage and was soon due to appear in court to press charges of domestic violence against her estranged husband. They knew that she’d left her marital home in Superior and relocated to a Missoula area rental to turn over a new leaf. They also knew that Rebekah feared for her safety because of the long-established history of violent behavior by her husband, including an incident where David purportedly shot her television with a firearm during an argument in 2016. The Mastrovitos were also aware that David had threatened to shoot his wife’s hands off, prompting a domestic violence arrest just weeks prior to Rebekah’s sudden disappearance.

What they didn’t know was the extent to which local area law enforcement would go to cover for, and obstruct investigation into, David’s criminal activity. Based on security footage they still won’t release, following a 911 call they still won’t let anyone listen to, during ongoing domestic violence litigation they’ve always refused to acknowledge, authorities claimed Rebekah Barsotti was last seen at the Superior Town Pump, and insist she drowned in the Clark Fork River soon thereafter. But anomalies abound around every detail of the official story spun by law enforcement. Among those anomalies, how David Barsotti slipped through the cracks time and time again when the probable cause to investigate him seemed overwhelming. The evidence makes it clear that this situation wouldn’t be as extraordinary as it is without David Barsotti’s cozy relationships with local law enforcement, who refused to ever consider him a possible suspect.

Rebekah and her dog Cerberus

Rebekah Grace Rose was born on 28 December 1987 in Fredericksburg, VA and raised in Partlow, VA. After moving to Montana in 2007, she married David Barsotti in September of 2015. The marriage was apparently rocky from the start, according to family members. The couple separated in 2016 after David shot her television, but reunited a short time later. Rebekah frequently told family members that the marriage seemed to be on the verge of ending, but would soon thereafter say they were “going to try to work it out.” This cycle repeated several times, and often included Rebekah being kicked out of the marital home for periods of time, sleeping in hotel rooms on a regular basis.

Rebekah and David Barsotti

On the morning of 09 March 2021, just two months before Rebekah disappeared, she called the 911 dispatch in Superior, Montana. Dispatcher Anna May with the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, received the call at about 12:30 AM and asked, “911. What is your emergency?”

Rebekah replied, “Hi. My husband is threatening my well-being if I do not leave the house that I own. … He has threatened to shoot my hands so I can’t call you the next time he threatens me.” She further tells the dispatcher that David had been drinking and popping pills, that there were weapons in the house and that she feared for her safety.

Mineral County Sheriff Deputy Patrick Nobles was dispatched to the Barsotti’s marital home at 63 Bucko Lane, but before he could get there Rebekah called 911 again to report that David had gone into the house. Upon arrival at the scene, deputy Nobles found Rebekah Barsotti waiting for him outside the residence and got her take of events. Deputy Nobles then entered the home. In the body cam footage of the incident Deputy Nobles can be heard calling out to David, and David calling back to him from the bedroom. Nobles finds David in his room, in bed, “under his blankets, fully clothed, with an empty holster on his hip, handcuffs in his pocket, and weapons in his bedroom,” according to Mineral County prosecutors. After Nobles asked David to get out of bed, Barsotti admitted that a verbal argument had taken place between him and his wife, but when asked about whether he had threatened to shoot Rebekah’s’ hands off, denied it outright.

Deputy Patrick Nobles

Nobles asked him, “So did you intend to shoot her hands off?”

David responded. “No! What the hell? Did she say that?”

Nobles said, “Yeah.”

David continued, “Dude, no. Alright. So maybe…dude, no. No. I never. I have no recollection of that at all.”

Nobles asked, “You have no memory of that?”

David said, “None. None.”

Deputy Patrick Nobles ultimately did the right thing, and made the decision to detain David Barsotti in the Mineral County Jail, where he stayed for three nights on charges of Partner/Family Member Assault (PFMA). When breathalyzer was administered at booking, David Barsotti blew a whopping 0.365 BAC. A Standing Order Of No Contact between David and Rebekah also went into motion from this incident.

The next day, on 10 March 2021, Rebekah recorded 2 videos that have since sent chills up the spines of the internet sleuthing community. From Rebekah’s iPhone we see her park her car, chamber a round in her pistol, step out from the car and unlock her front door before entering and clearing her house room by room. She can be heard clearly saying, “If Carlos is here, he’s here to kill me.” She also finds a pistol in the sheets of their bed. Recorded less than 24 hours after the documented domestic violence arrest, this video evidence illustrates how scared Rebekah was to return home.

The day after that, on 11 March 2021, Rebekah was hired in Missoula as a server at a cocktail lounge called PLONK MISSOULA. A month later she’d completed her move into a Missoula area rental. After years of telling her family she was ready to flee this abusive marriage, David’s arrest prompted Rebekah to finally take the leap. As the probability of divorce seemed more likely, so grew the specter of asset division and the sale of their marital home in Superior.

Then the death threats began.

On 04 June 2021 Rebekah sent a text to her mother at 9:40 PM that’s since been made public on the Find Rebekah Barsotti facebook page. Rebekah writes, “For the record, he has threatened to beat me, shoot me, kill my dog, burn the house down, drive my truck into the river….There is zero reason for me to be compliant.” Both Mineral and Missoula County Sheriff’s Departments were made aware of these conversations.

Then on 02 July 2021, something happened on the western edge of the Missoula valley that has since baffled investigators. It seems Rebekah was walking her Belgian Malinois, Cerberus, at Council Groves State Park when some kind of assault took place that involved rocks being thrown at her. Upon returning to her vehicle she discovered the windshield had been smashed. Rebekah’s iPhone recorded pictures of a van near the Clark Fork River and also snapped shots of the vehicle’s license plates and VIN. She wrote an angry note on a sheet of cardboard accusing the van’s occupants of throwing rocks at her and her dog and affixed it to the vehicle. Though law enforcement would ignore this evidence, the Mastrovito’s private detectives ran the plates and tracked down owner of the van. One of David’s truck windows was also coincidentally broken on this particular Friday.

Two weeks later, the last known communications from Rebekah’s phone were logged. In a text conversation made on Friday 16 July 2021, Rebekah conversed with a woman called Bevin Adams to schedule a time to swap the last of the marital property. Bevin Harkins Adams Cook is David Barsotti’s VA caregiver. She is also known to be fanatically loyal to David. Because of the standing No Contact Order, David and Rebekah were prohibited by law from making the exchange directly. Bevin Adams was asked to make the exchange on David’s behalf, and was in touch with Rebekah on this particular Friday about scheduling that exchange.

Text exchanges between Rebekah and a coworker on Monday 19 July 2021 confirm that Rebekah joined her co-workers at another downtown Missoula watering hole called Al’s & Vic’s after work on Sunday 18 July 2021 from approximately midnight to 12:30 AM. Though they didn’t know it at the time, this shifter would be her fellow employees’ final earthly interaction with Rebekah. Throughout that weekend Rebekah’s closest friends expressed grave concern with regards to her situation.

Then on Tuesday, all hell broke loose.

Rebekah had apparently agreed to meet with Bevin Adams on Tuesday 20 July 2021, at a Town Pump in Superior, MT to exchange marital property that included a bong and some cannabis (up to a pound-and-a-half of cannabis according to one source, which law enforcement are alleged to have burned) among other things, inside of a rubber tote.

To reiterate, Rebekah and her husband were still prohibited from meeting in person, necessitating a third party to make the exchange. If the meeting indeed took place as authorities insist it did, this third party was the last person to see Rebekah alive. And since Rebekah is said to have told the caregiver about her plan to visit the Alberton Rocks, Bevin was on a very short list of people who knew where she could be found that afternoon.

Authorities claim that the surveillance footage from Town Pump that day positively confirms Rebekah’s presence there at 2:15 PM, but they won’t disclose the footage, nor have they presented any convincing evidence of this claim to family members. What they have presented to family members does not constitute proof of anything, since the grainy still images from surveillance cameras appear too blurry to confirm much of anything for sure. Nevertheless, law enforcement have always insisted that Rebekah can be seen in the footage, despite the family being unable to identify her from the same images. What’s more, the family’s requests to enhance the images were declined by the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities won’t disclose the images to a wider audience and only seized recordings from 2 of the available 12 cameras at Town Pump.

David’s former VA caregiver, Brandy Walker, was initially tasked with making the exchange. At the last minute Brandy was pulled by David who handed the responsibility over to Bevin Adams, his current caregiver. This point cannot be confirmed through witness testimony, however, because Bevin Adams refuses to speak with investigators. She’s not talking about what happened that day with anyone, except maybe David Barsotti.

Recently disclosed surveillance camera footage from David Barsotti’s next-door neighbor in Superior reveals that one of David’s trucks left David’s driveway at 2:09 PM, six minutes prior to the nearby exchange at Town Pump. Though it’s difficult to tell who is driving the vehicle in this footage, it’s very existence calls into question David’s alibi for that day: that he spent the entire day at home.

In the hours following the alleged Town Pump meeting, Mineral County dispatch received a 911 call from an “Oregon family” passing through Montana. What was the emergency? The tourists apparently told dispatch they had found personal effects on the shoreline of the Clark Fork River near Alberton. It’s impossible to know for sure what was said on this alleged 911 call because authorities continue to withhold it to this day.

Depending on which media outlets we choose to believe, the items left on the beach may include Rebekah’s car keys, eyeglasses, sunglasses, flip flops, shirt, cap, dog leash, e-collar remote, lanyard, smart phone, driver’s license and credit card, all folded neatly in an organized pile with the ID and credit card placed in a row on top. These items were found on the east side of the Alberton Climbing Rock. We’ve learned since that her phone was in her vehicle, which had been parked for days. Also found in the vehicle was Rebekah’s purse, lending to a curiosity about why any of her cards and belongings were laid out on the beach to begin with. It’s also important to note that the personal items retrieved from the riverbank were not those exchanged during the alleged Town Pump meeting.

Why anyone would call 911 after merely stumbling across some belongings on a shoreline remains an important question. To this day, nobody but law enforcement has heard the recording of this 911 call or knows exactly when it occurred, leading some to believe that it might not exist at all. But according to the Mineral County Law Round Up from the 28 July 2021 issue of Valley Press, a Deputy responded to “suspicious activity” at Mile Marker 72 on I-90 on the 20th of July 2021. This entry appears next to another “suspicious activity” entry from the same afternoon, just three miles up the road at Mile Marker 75, where again we don’t know much beyond, “Deputy responded”.

Among law enforcement’s response on scene at the beach was Mineral County Sheriff Mike Toth, who declared the crime scene “compromised,” perhaps due to the existence of footprints crisscrossing all around where Rebekah’s belongings were found. Also on scene were Missoula Sheriff Captain Bill Burt and Missoula County Chaplain Lowell Hochhalter. In addition to “serving” Missoula as Chaplain, Hochhalter is also the President and CEO of an organization called the LifeGuard Group that purports to lead the fight against human trafficking, and receives money from Town Pump for doing so.

Rebekah’s car was identified, prompting a massive search that included ground and water teams as well as air support. Even Mike Johnson from Montana River Outfitters joined Rebekah’s brother Antonio for a 40 mile search of the Clark Fork. Search efforts were focused between the town of Alberton and the Alberton Gorge.

Angela Mastrovito was informed that Rebekah’s car was found parked at the St. John’s Fishing Access Recreation Area along the Clark Fork River near Mile Marker 71 in the Interstate 90 corridor, and that Rebekah was now officially considered a missing person. Flashing to her last conversations with Rebekah earlier that month Angela remembered the care package she’d mailed to her daughter full of Christmas ornaments, socks, and dog toys. Overwhelmed with anxiety, Angela wasted no time packing her life up into a suitcase and setting out west for Montana to find her daughter.

On Wednesday 21 July 2021 Rebekah’s brother, Antonio Aletori, filed the official missing person report. Then on Friday 23 July 2021, Angela arrived in Montana with her husband Gerry. That same day, Mineral County Sheriff Mike Toth inexplicably changed Rebekah’s category from “missing person” to “river accident”. Sheriff Toth has cited video evidence recovered from Rebekah’s iPhone as reason for this alteration. The video in question shows Rebekah training Cerberus on the beach, and the time stamps designated the video was recorded on 20 July 2021 at at 3:15 PM, an hour after the alleged Town Pump meeting took place. Rebekah’s associates say this is likely an older video with altered time stamps. Authorities contend that Rebekah dived into the Clark Fork in an attempt to save her floundering dog, who they say, got caught up in the undertow. Officials cling to this narrative despite the absence of any witnesses whatsoever to corroborate any part of it, or the many logical plot holes that researchers have sussed out since.

Possible scenarios other than a potential river accident have yet to be investigated by authorities, despite the fact that a bloody tank top was recovered near this beach, on the land above the Clark Fork River. The article was designated by law enforcement as nothing but a “handkerchief” and quickly locked into evidence where it’s been forgotten ever since. Though Rebekah’s empty vehicle and personal effects prompted a massive search of the river, law enforcement refused to allocate resources to the search of land, which would appear less suspect if it weren’t for the bloody clothing that got swept under the proverbial rug.

The following Monday, on 26 July 2021, the lifeless body of Rebekah’s dog Cerberus was recovered near the town of Tarkio along the northern bank of the Clark Fork River. He was found a whopping ten miles west downriver from where Rebekah’s personal effects were recovered, meaning his body apparently traveled through two Class IV rapids named “Tumbleweed” and “Boat Eater,” as well as a series of twists and turns before making it as far downriver as he did. Based on the mother’s intuition of Angela Mastrovito, the search team entered the river from the Tarkio Fishing Access at Mile Marker 69 and traveled east one mile where they found Cerberus on the riverbank, half submerged. Authorities declared it a drowning despite the fact that an official necropsy to determine the cause of death was never performed. Instead, Rebekah’s parents were told that Cerberus was too badly decomposed for analysis to yield useful information, meaning the dog’s cause of death remains officially unknown.

Why, then, did Mineral County Sheriff Mike Toth publicly announce that a necropsy had been performed, when there is no evidence that medical notes of any kind were ever recorded by anyone? In fact, an x-ray of the dog’s neck seems to be the only record of any kind ever taken of Cerberus’ remains prior to cremation.

Nevertheless, Sheriff Toth called Angela to tell her Cerberus had been sickly and in ill health at the time of his death. Angela knew this wasn’t true, so she asked Toth if he had confirmed this claim with veterinary records. He told her he didn’t need to because, “I trust the person who told me.”

“Well who told you?” Angela asked.

Toth answered, “I don’t need to disclose that.”

“Well you and I both know that there’s only one other person who knew that dog as well as Rebekah,” Angela said. “And that was Rebekah’s husband.” It was at this moment that Angela realized there seemed to be a pre-existing relationship between and Sheriff Toth and his buddy “Dave”.

Because Cerberus’ remains were frozen after recovery, the dog’s collar had become rigidly frozen to the animal’s bloated flesh and impossible to remove, making further analysis even more difficult. But that shouldn’t have deterred authorities from doing their job and treating the body as evidence in an ongoing investigation, instead of nudging Angela toward the possibility of cremation as they did. Even detectives in Missoula County failed to inform the family that the dog’s body might constitute evidence.

A week later, on Wednesday 04 August 2021, the Mastrovitos had another meeting with Sheriff Toth, Undersheriff Cashman and Sergeant Ryan Funke. At this meeting Sergeant Funke admitted to being friends with David.

That same Wednesday, 04 August 2021, David Barsotti had this to say about his wife in a social media conversation with person “X” that was captured via screenshot:

DAVID: “There are things that would make my wife come back from the grave… none are right. And authorities as well as law enforcement have been notified. People will honor her regardless of a raving lunatic mother. And a woman, Melissa, who in 10 years has never heard her name.

X: “So they do know she’s passed over? Why is her mom looking? IDK who Melissa is.”

DAVID: “Yeah … they are positive! But died happy trying to save her dog. Her mother was never a mother to her and is trying to make up for it. Bekah truly despised her…and this shit…this is next level twisted.”

X: “Then why haven’t they told the public they found her? How do you know that she died saving her dog? I thought she’s just missing.”

DAVID: “No foul play nothing but sweetheart letting her dog cool off and she had no idea how to read the water. I was informed on the 21st that it wasn’t a rescue any longer.

X: “But with no body, we can only hope she’s alive.”

DAVID: “It’s been 14 days without food, shelter, or clean water…her dog drowned in that same current and Bekah couldn’t swim to save her life. All of you please stop. The river will release her when it’s damned good and ready.”

David’s disparaging mention of “a raving lunatic mother. And a woman, Melissa” as dark forces clouding over his ability to properly honor his wife seem misplaced given that these are the two individuals privy to some of the most damning aspects of this situation. The cruel reference to Angela’s grieving mother as a “raving lunatic” raises even greater suspicion.

Sheriff Toth continued stonewalling the requests to bring in outside resources, so Rebekah’s family began gathering funds to privately contract Search And Rescue (SAR) firms Wings of Hope and Northstar K9 to search the river with Cadaver dogs, drones and sonar. Contracting with the family instead of the authorities also allowed for the public disclosure of evidence, which likely would have remained sealed otherwise. Missoula Sheriff Captain Bill Burt also blocked independent search requests made by the family whenever he could.

On Tuesday, 10 August 2021, sonar imaging of the Clark Fork River was submitted to the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office. The family would later learn that dogs alerted on a specific area of the river prompting the deployment of divers. Sonar images further revealed an image of something five-feet-five-inches long, the exact height of Rebekah Barsotti. Missoula Sheriff Captain Bill Burt declared the mass nothing more than a “pile of rocks” because “technology doesn’t lie” leading him to immediately abort the search on 23 August 2021. We later learned that SAR teams were never provided with a photograph of Rebekah, one of the most fundamental elements of a rescue and recovery mission.

The following day, on Tuesday 24 August 2021, deputy Patrick Nobles’ body cam footage was disclosed in legal discovery. On Sunday 12 September 2021, NBC Montana’s Cynthia Koures provided updates on the river search and announced the upcoming vigil. The following Monday, 13 September 2021, Dateline NBC’s Andrea Cavallier did the same.

On Monday 20 September 2021, Rebekah’s parents held a vigil in Missoula at McCormick Park as a platform to discuss domestic violence. Though Missoula and Mineral County officials continue to deny that Rebekah’s disappearance had anything to do whatsoever with domestic violence, it remains a stubborn truth that David Barsotti was arrested for threatening to shoot her hands off in the weeks prior. David Barsotti’s attorney, Paul Ryan, acknowledged that he was aware of the fact that Rebekah was missing.

On the same day, 20 September 2021, the veteran’s insurance group USAA called Angela to notify her that Rebekah’s policy had been canceled. The news confused Angela, as she had herself paid to extend Rebekah’s coverage through the end of September. “And when I called to inquire they told me that it had been reported to them that she was deceased,” Angela said. She learned that David Barsotti, who was the primary sponsor of the policy, had called USAA to cancel Rebekah’s coverage on the basis that she was now “declared to be deceased.” Angela couldn’t understand how David could know Rebekah was deceased or why he would cancel a policy he wasn’t paying for.

On Wednesday 29 September 2021, Missoula County Sheriffs Office called Rebekah’s parents in for a meeting to notify them that Missoula had decided to transfer Rebekah’s case, requests, and reports all back to Mineral County. Prior to the meeting, Rebekah’s mother reached out to the Director of the Missing Persons Clearing House for Montana to invite him to the meeting, but Missoula’s Undersheriff also called and told him not to come. At that joint meeting, Sheriff Toth also admitted that, “We didn’t know what we had,” yet he remained committed to his “river accident” theory nevertheless.

Mike Toth

The following day, 30 September 2021, Sheriff Toth announced that extensive land searches had been performed when they had not. Angela contested the semantics of Toth’s verbiage, asserting that riverbank searches do not constitute land searches.

On Tuesday, 05 October 2021, The Mastrovitos attended a county meeting in Missoula. Sheriff TJ McDermott and Sergeant Ryan Prather told them that Rebekah’s personal effects were on their way back to Mineral County. While attending that meeting, they were E-mailed by Sheriff Toth, and learned that David wanted Rebekah’s guns.

The first recorded death threats against Rebekah’s parents occurred later that month on Halloween, 31 October 2021. An anonymous call was placed informing them of the high combustibility of their trailer, cynically encouraging them to move out for their own safety. The Mastrovitos contacted Missoula area authorities and filed a report with the Missoula City Police Department, only to watch Missoula officials punt the death threat case to the local Sheriff, who punted it over to Mineral County.

In an E-mail sent at 10:36 PM on 04 November 2021, Sergeant Ryan Prather of the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office told the family that this separate case had been handed off to Mineral County Attorney Ellen Donohue. The Mastrovitos couldn’t get a response from Donohue, and later learned that she was dating Sheriff Mike Toth. The threat led them to contact several other organizations, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the National Threat Operation Center in Washington DC (NTOC) and the US Marshals Office.

CrimeStoppers officially accepted Rebekah’s case on 08 November 2021, in no small part because of the efforts of a DOJ missing person specialist called Brian Frost.

On Tuesday 16 November 2021, Angela’s sister, Laura Williams, submitted a FOIA request for the 911 call placed on 20 July 2021. After getting the run around, Laura was told she needed to submit an additional application. It was denied some time later, citing “confidential criminal justice information and a pending investigation.” But how can there be interference with a pending criminal investigation if no criminal investigation is ongoing? This seemingly obvious contradiction was fueled by conjecture and speculation. They don’t know what happened, but assume she accidentally drowned without evidence or witnesses. The Montana FOIA attorney admitted to Laura that she would have “to file suit to obtain a copy” of the 911 call, stating further that such a suit would cost “somewhere in the neighborhood of 8-10k.”

Ten grand to hear a phone call? But according to Montana law, 911 calls are supposed to be “public criminal justice information” as articulated by Article II, Part II, Section 9, of the Montana Constitution, which states:

“No person shall be deprived of the right to examine documents or to observe the deliberations of all public bodies or agencies of state government and its subdivisions, except in cases in which the demand of individual privacy clearly exceeds the merits of public disclosure.”

At the Mineral County Commissioner’s hearing on Friday 26 November 2021, Sheriff Toth confirmed that he would not disclose who made the 911 call, but that, “The witness that found it says they picked up the driver’s license.”


Someone in the audience asked, “What witness?” to which Toth replied, “We’re not going to tell you, because if you reach out to him, now you’re harassing a witness. We know who he is. We know who the family is. We’re in contact.”

Mineral County Sheriff Deputy Ryan Funke also told family members, point blank, that a young man from Oregon placed the 911 call. Highway Patrol responded to this call but never filled out a report of any kind before passing the bill off to the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office. And every law enforcement agency seemed to be punting to the other. Highway Patrol punted to Mineral County, Mineral punted to Missoula, Missoula punted back to Mineral, and each provided contradictory information.

There is nothing in the law that grants greater protection to 911 recordings. According to a legal opinion penned by the Attorney General, such recordings may be withheld only “when the demand for individual privacy clearly exceeds the merit of public disclosure,” as is the case with other public documents. Confidential information may be blacked out, but an edited report should be public, including the time, date and location of the call, as well as content.

Until this 911 call is disclosed, we really can’t understand how finding someone’s belongings unattended on a beach constitutes an emergency worth dialing 911 for. It doesn’t make any sense, and insults our intelligence. There’s garbage strewn all along the Clark Fork around Missoula, and nobody bothers making a call to anyone to even complain about the litter. And in a true emergency, one would expect the belongings to be scattered, not folded. So how does a pile of stuff folded neatly on the beach constitute an emergency of any kind? We’ll never know until we hear the 911 call.

As Angela articulated at the County Commissioner’s meeting:

“This scenario is: ‘girl rescues dog’. You are not going to take the time to take your driver’s license and your credit card out of your pocket. You’re not going to take the time – she wore sunglasses all day long, because of a nevus on the cornea of her eye. So she wore sunglasses all day long. So law enforcement looks at the sunglasses and the hat, discarded, as: ‘She threw them off’.”

On Monday, 29 November 2021, the second documented death threat against the Mastrovitos was called in to their lawyer, who was informed that their Virginia home would be burned to the ground. As the death threats continued to mount, Angela noticed some of the harassing calls were being dialed from a Texas area code. After incessantly calling the number back over and over, again and again, a man finally answered. What this man may not have realized at the time he answered his phone was his activation of Face Time, allowing for a glimpse of his likeness.

Angela snapped a few screenshots before informing this man that his identity could now be ascertained and that he would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Then he had a stroke of conscience, admitting that David Barsotti had contracted him to kill Angela and her husband.

The assassin-for-hire revealed himself to be Nathan Jacobsen, who claimed to be David’s former best friend. But after David asked him to burn a house in Virginia and a trailer in Montana, Jacobsen felt as though he was being positioned to take the fall for something awful. So he began recording their phone conversations. Those recordings make it crystal clear that David Barsotti contracted Nathan Jacobsen for the arson of Angela and Gerry Mastrovito’s Virginia home, as well as their late daughter’s Montana rental trailer, with the intention of killing them, or at least intimidating them into flight.

Lauren Matthias of Hidden True Crime interviews Nathan Jacobsen

The Mastrovito’s first Private Investigator, John Baker of East Valley Investigative Services, encouraged Jacobsen to record as many of these conversations as he could, and Nathan has since collected 92 such recordings. The audio files provided to the media since confirm David Barsotti’s malicious intent to use incendiary explosives, namely thermite and tannerite, to carry out the assassination of his parents-in-law, and “make it look like an accident.” We also know from the recordings that David provided Nathan with specific orders for executing the dog with a pistol, saying he didn’t want it to perish of smoke inhalation while the parents were suffocating in the next room.

Nathan then received a Christmas present from David, and upon opening the gift was appalled to find Rebekah’s para-cord bracelet (the one she’s wearing from the picture allegedly taken the day she went missing) along with other items he says were obviously sentimental to Rebekah. Nathan again felt the jaws of a trap.

At this point, the Mastrovitos thought they had all the evidence they needed to implicate David as a suspect. But even when evidence surfaced that David Barsotti hired Nathan Jacobsen to assassinate the family and burn down their home, law enforcement still refused to question him or investigate. Even Jacobsen’s text message confession wasn’t enough to elicit law enforcement support: “I was hired as a hit man to kill you and your dog, mercifully like they killed Cerb.”

Nathan Jacobsen’s wounds

After Nathan had accumulated his 92 audio files, he appeared on the Williston Trending Topics radio show to publicly acknowledge their existence for the first time on 26 May 2022. Several hours after calling in to give this interview, Nathan Jacobsen was wounded in a gunshot incident. Someone evidently sneaked up behind him at a car wash and fired several shots in his direction, one of which hit him in the right thigh. He was subsequently hospitalized and questioned by law enforcement. Jacobsen says that he’s remained on the move in his car because he fears the repercussions from David, who he says is “capable of anything.”

To make matters worse, Sheriff Toth refused to listen to any of the said audio files, protesting that, “We don’t know that’s David on the tape!” Toth prioritized the artificial need to “verify” the voices as opposed to reviewing the content, further obstructing the family’s efforts to the decided benefit of his buddy, David Barsotti.

On 08 December 2021, Monte Turner of the Mineral Independent announced the Mastrovito’s had increased the reward to $12,000 for information leading directly to Rebekah’s whereabouts.

On Tuesday, 01 February 2022, Gonzo Journalist Travis Mateer of Zoom Town Chronicles located the offices of the Lifeguard Group on the 4th floor of Missoula’s Florence Building. Joe Danzer answered the door expressing familiarity with the Barsotti case. Danzer claimed to have participated in the search for Rebekah, though he could not recall when he apparently searched. He distinguished that his efforts were not affiliated with his official role as LifeGuard’s “search coordinator” because they lacked the resources to conduct official searches. Angela Mastrovito confirmed that LifeGuard never provided any assistance whatsoever. It seemed strangely coincidental for Town Pump – the company owning the station where Rebekah was allegedly last seen alive – to provide LifeGuard with a donation in the amount of $30,000 while all of this was going on.

On Friday, 25 February 2022, Rebekah’s parents held a vigil for their daughter at the Missoula County Courthouse. Angela received harassing calls from David during the vigil demanding access to Rebekah’s storage unit, which apparently contained furniture belonging to him.

Dissatisfied with law enforcement’s termination of the search, the Mastrovitos circumvented the Sheriff’s Office and privately hired Wings of Hope and Northstar K9 search and rescue teams at their own expense. And for the entire month of March 2022, Brad Smith of Wings of Hope, alongside Northstar, searched the Clark Fork River from Alberton Rock to Thompson Falls, Montana. Thirty-one days of combing that river revealed nothing. Angela was told that if Northstar doesn’t find Rebekah, “she’s not in the river.”

The following Wednesday, 02 March 2022, another person close to David Barsotti suddenly died in inexplicable circumstances. Christina Frances Adams died at the age of 28 in Superior, Montana of a mysterious illness. Christina was the daughter of Brandy Walker, David Barsotti’s former VA caregiver and believed by some to have been intimate with David Barsotti, though Brandy Walker denies such a relationship existed. Christina’s funeral service was held on Tuesday, 08 March 2022. Mineral County officials failed to perform an autopsy, and all remaining forensic evidence was thoroughly destroyed upon the subsequent embalming of her body. In another seemingly bizarre twist, Christina’s remains were buried in the back yard of the person she was caring for in Superior.

On Monday, 14 March 2022, Sheriff Toth witnessed David Barsotti tearing Rebekah’s “missing” poster down from light posts around Superior. Toth approached Barsotti and reprimanded him for tearing the posters down. That same day, Toth officially withdrew from the upcoming Sheriff race.

The following day, 15 March 2022, Sheriff Toth placed a call to the Mastrovito’s second private detective, James Terry of Gulfcoast Investigations, about the posters and the reprimand. Toth mentioned that several other people also saw David angrily ripping those posters down. It seems puzzling why a bereaved husband would deliberately tear down posters of his missing wife, until we consider the fact that David’s domestic violence hearing was, at this point, a mere ten days away.

On Friday, 25 March 2022, David Barsotti appeared in Mineral County Court on charges of domestic violence for the incident that occurred 1 year prior, on 09 March 2021. Attendees of that hearing learned many things, among them that David Barsotti had been physically violent and mentally abusive in his previous marriage, which ended in divorce. His previous wife still fears for her life.

It also came out that David Barsotti was never actually in the Marine Corps, the cornerstone of his self-made reputation.

The County Attorney representing Rebekah requested David’s DD214 to authenticate his claims of PTSD and a Traumatic Brain Injury as justification for his behavior that night. But the documents revealed that David never successfully completed basic training and therefore is not a military veteran. According to the County Attorney:

The defendant claims to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a Traumatic Brain Injury which caused him to trigger from her touch. Yet the evidence will show he did not complete his military service, serving only four months, eleven days in boot camp until receiving a stress fracture in his shoulder lifting weights. He then received an Entry Level Separation from the military. Yet on this evening the defendant told deputy Nobles his trigger was due to his extensive military career.

Deputy Patrick Nobles was one of two witnesses called to the stand to describe his interaction with David Barsotti the night of David’s arrest and incarceration (Nobles was also fired weeks after making this arrest on “unrelated” adultery accusations). The other was the 911 dispatcher who was asked by David’s defense team about Rebekah’s calm presentation as “proof” that she could not possibly have been in distress, even though she called 911, which is itself a clear sign of distress. David chose to plead the fifth and did not take the stand.

It goes without saying that no one had heard from or seen Rebekah for nearly a year, as she had officially been missing for more than eight months at the time of this hearing. It should also go without saying that it was not possible for Rebekah to legally defend herself. Yet unbelievably, this fact was not allowed to be spoken in court, and the judge refused to acknowledge her missing status. Rebekah’s attorney was explicitly disallowed from saying anything about her official status as a missing person.

On the other hand, David’s attorney, Paul Ryan, was allowed to belittle Rebekah, who “didn’t even bother showing up to her own hearing” – something she couldn’t possibly have done because she was dead. But that didn’t stop David’s defense team from incessantly declaring that, “She’s not even here to share her side!” The only rebuttal allowed to Rebekah’s team was to passively acknowledge that yes, it was true that Rebekah failed to show. Shouldn’t a court of law seem a tad more concerned that a key witness in a domestic abuse case failed to appear because she had gone missing?

How convenient for David Barsotti.

In the end, a jury of seven peers found David “not guilty” and his charges were dismissed. The state failed to push harder, and Deputy County Attorney Debra Jackson called neither of her two available witnesses. One of those witnesses was an ex-girlfriend of David’s that could testify to his abusive treatment and the fact that she still fears him. The other could have testified to the fact that David Barsotti admitted to her that he watched his wife, Rebekah, drown in the river. Both witnesses remained conspicuously absent from the stand, perhaps because their testimony could violate the court’s standing order to keep Rebekah’s missing status on the hush-hush.

STOLEN VALOR

David Barsotti presents as Marine Corps Special Ops, wears an eye patch, walks with a limp, tells war stories and receives VA benefits. He also claims to have lost 27 men under his command as a Marine Corps Sergeant and to have worked as a private military contractor for Blackwater Worldwide, the world’s largest mercenary army. He further attests that his companies, Black Thorn Enterprises and Erebus, were his means of doing business in that world.

Jason Maxwell’s letter board points to David Barsotti’s house

But his eye patch switches between the left and right eye and often ends up on his forehead during social occasions, illustrating that David has both eyes despite stories he’s told about a “pit” in his skull. His characteristic limp is likewise demonstrably fabricated, as it comes and goes and switches legs depending on where he is and who is observing him. According to DD214’s released in Mineral County Court, David Barsotti only served 4 months and 11 days, and never completed basic training. So how he ever became eligible for VA benefits remains a question.

Barsotti’s next-door neighbor, retired Marine veteran Jason Maxwell, was among those in attendance at the domestic violence hearing. When he learned that David was a case of stolen valor, Maxwell made some calls to get David’s DV plates revoked, and is now in contact with the VA Division of Criminal Investigation.

David currently enjoys a pension, a VA Home Loan, two Disabled Veterans license plates, and his third paid VA caregiver. The first was his wife Rebekah Barsotti; the second was Brandy Walker; the third was Bevin Adams of Florence, Montana. Friends and acquaintances were keen to note David’s change in referring to Rebekah as his caregiver rather than as his wife after she accepted the position. Rebekah became David’s caregiver sometime during 2019 and sincerely believed he was a disabled Marine, as we can see in a 2018 picture from her Instagram account captioned “My Marine” of David Barsotti on a truck in an oil field.

Eligibility for paid VA caregivers is determined by a veteran’s inability to drive, or dress, or feed them self. Recently uploaded TikTok videos show Barsotti vigorously training his dogs with attack commands while wearing a bite suit, as well as driving and parking his truck in a handicap spot. Maxwell says, “I’ve never seen him once need help with anything,” citing a wedding where David stayed up all night with his friend Carlos roasting a pig. Maxwell further states that any “disabilities” David might have were sustained from civilian work and recreational activities.

David Barsotti in the center at the Bootlegger’s Bar Thanksgiving Dinner, 2020

A man that once worked for David Barsotti when he owned Treadstone Construction Company has confirmed the estranged husband provides different versions of his military lies, describing him as a pathological liar and a narcissistic sociopath.

Stolen valor isn’t just a dishonorable practice, it’s also a criminal offense. Given the magnitude of skulduggery emanating from 63 Bucko Lane, it seems ever more curious that law enforcement neglected to investigate David Barsotti.

Mineral County Sheriff Mike Toth

FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES

Sheriff Mike Toth has personally informed the Mastrovitos that David Barsotti is not a person of interest, and “would never be a person of interest,” let alone a suspect, because he has an alibi for 20 July. Toth further informed the family that he had no intentions to search for their daughter because she was, “not the President of the United States.” He stated further, “I wasn’t even going to look for your daughter but my deputy insisted.”

Rebekah’s case was never treated as a criminal investigation, yet authorities impounded her car and confiscated her laptop on the grounds that it “could be” an impending criminal investigation. Despite glaring evidence of foul play, Sheriff Mike Toth labeled Rebekah’s disappearance an “accidental drowning in a river accident” before ever finding any evidence to fit that conclusion. They stated from day one that Rebekah drowned trying to save her dog after Cerberus got caught up in the current. It seems strange, then, that officers would withhold property as “evidence” if no criminal investigation was ever declared.

How Rebekah’s disappearance came to be viewed as an accidental drowning defies logic, since David repeatedly threatened to drown her and the dog. That authorities were able to immediately dismiss even the possibility of foul play seems fantastic given that David clearly violated the restraining order by making death threats against his wife, who went missing soon thereafter. It seems suspicious that David was never considered a suspect or even a “person of interest”.

But the contradictions don’t end there.

Sheriff Toth complained about the limitations of his department’s resources to be able to conduct searches but then actively swatted down all the additional help that the family were attempting to bring in. MCSO alleged that they’d depleted their resources on the water search and did not have the resources to conduct land searches for evidence on the surrounding riverbanks and forests.

“Despite law enforcement’s confidence that Barsotti drowned, Sheriff Toth says his department still follows every credible lead they receive, but he noted it’s a big county, and finding Rebekah is just one of their many responsibilities. “We have a county that stretches 77 miles on the interstate all the way to the state line. I have six road deputies and then myself and the Undersheriff to handle calls, and you know, we’re stretched thin,” Sheriff Toth noted.”

As of the 2020 census, the population of Superior was recorded at 897. It is true that Mineral County has neither detectives nor investigators, and were forced to temporarily close their jail in 2019 due to lack of personnel and funding. Since jurisdiction of this case belongs to the Sheriff’s Office, and since all additional help must be invited in by the Sheriff, it’s their prerogative whether or not to allow additional search and rescue resources in. So then if Sheriff Toth was stretched as thin as he complained he was, why not invite in additional agencies like FBI or DCI, as he repeatedly pledged at the County Commissioner’s hearing? And why didn’t he invite in nonprofit SAR groups when they’d already been hired and paid for on the family’s dime? Many nonprofit groups offered to help but were not invited, despite the fact that doing so would have cost Toth’s department nothing. It seems further perplexing that Mike Toth was willing to work with other Sheriffs and even psychics in the past during his time as a PI, but refuses to work with either as Sheriff.

Rebekah’s case remained inactive but open for months; inactive, due to the lack of leads, but open, thus allowing for the continued withholding of evidence. According to Mineral County Undersheriff Wayne Cashmans circular logic, they couldn’t disclose any of the available evidence due to the potential of a pending criminal investigation, which they wouldn’t open, because they didn’t have probable cause, due to a lack of evidence. They can’t release the evidence because they don’t have it? In legal circles we call this “Schrödinger’s exhibit 22”; a vial of evidence is sealed in an investigation with a potential murder victim, who both is and isn’t dead. And while it would seem that Mineral County would have to be corrupt to keep from opening an investigation where evidence of criminal activity exists, by their logic, refusing to disclose evidence in order to protect the integrity of a potential investigation itself constitutes evidence that County authorities are not corrupt.

Then there’s the case of the magical, disappearing/reappearing affidavit of probable cause from Rebekah’s 09 March 2021 domestic violence 911 call. Copies of the PFMA and No Contact Order were conveniently misfiled, making them impossible to obtain for 6 months. When the Mastrovitos requested copies of public documents on 16 August 2021, they were informed that none were available. It was only after a savvy reporter finally located them that they were published in the media on 22 September 2021, whereupon the public were able to finally learn that David told Rebekah he would “shoot her hands off.” Of course, the body mechanics of holding a person down by their wrist with one hand while shooting their immobilized digits off with a pistol held in the other, seems like something difficult to accomplish alone. Then we learned that David had a pair of Peerless handcuffs in his pocket when deputy Patrick Nobles entered the marital home.

Nathan Jacobsen confirms David Barsotti’s close personal friendship to Sheriff Mike Toth:

“They talk, hang out. The sheriff coaches him on what to say. … They’re protecting him since day one, and they’ll continue protecting him. He’s in good. I’ve got audio files of him chumming it up with them. … And he’s always talked about how they would watch his back. They always inform him before they do the parents, and they always coach him on what he should say or do, or not say or do.”

It starts to make sense why law enforcement might refuse to question this man about what happened to his missing wife, even though he should be considered, by procedural norm, the prime suspect.

Mike Toth ran for Sheriff several years ago and lost. In the summer of 2020, then-Sheriff Mike Boone announced his retirement, necessitating a new election, per Montana law. But Mineral County bureaucrats encouraged Boone to stay on so they could appoint Mike Toth instead. According to an article written in the Valley Tribune by Monte Turner from July 2020, “Toth owns a security guard company and is a licensed private investigator in Montana.” But isn’t it a conflict of interest to run a security company and work as a licensed private investigator on the side while also serving as Sheriff? Isn’t it a “fundamental conflict” when that same non-elected Sheriff also serves as the County Coroner? How about when that same Sheriff also happens to be dating the County Attorney, Ellen Donohue?

Does any of this seem problematic when the same Sheriff is known to be close friends with David Barsotti? Sheriff Mike Toth himself admitted to James Terry that he advised David Barsotti against searching for his wife.

“Yes,” said Toth. “I told David not to search for his wife, because if he found her it wouldn’t look good.” And David Barsotti had boasted on many occasions that he was friends with “the department,” and also seemed close to Mineral County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Funk, a man with connections to a poaching group known as Coyote Club. Angela Mastrovito has since described her first encounter with deputy Funke as being characterized by the phrase, “There’s nothing to see here.”

Mineral County Sheriff Deputy Ryan Funke

David Barsotti’s primary alibi that he was at home on the afternoon of 20 July 2021 was backed up by local jailer and “human trafficking police officer” Chris Kemp, a military veteran known around Superior as Sheriff Toth’s right-hand-man, who fetches the Sheriff’s lunch on a daily basis. His wife, Lynette Kemp, corroborates David’s primary alibi.

David Barsotti now finds himself the proud owner of at least two conflicting alibis. The first, recorded by law enforcement, states David was having a barbecue at home with the Kemps and several others on 20 July 2021. But he has informed at least two individuals of his extraordinary distress after “watching his wife drown in the river.” Due to the consequences inherent in violating the restraining order, he apparently had a friend make the 911 call. David spilled this alternative alibi to both a budtender at the St. Regis Starbuds, and a tobacconist at Missoula’s Bell Pipe Shop. The innocent do not change their stories, so the existence of an alternative alibi seems as disturbing as the content itself. As of this writing, David Barsotti has vomited up least two additional documented alibis that also conflict with the two just outlined.

Rebekah’s family asked for the search of the marital residence and property and were told there was no probable cause to do that. The Barsotti’s marital home sits on the banks of the Clark Fork riverfront, downriver from and to the west of the beach where Cerberus was found, as well as the beach where Rebekah’s belongings were recovered. Nathan Jacobsen avows that this Clark Fork riverfront property constitutes the primary motivation for all the nefarious behavior.

According to Barsotti’s next-door neighbor Jason Maxwell, Rebekah had talked about initiating divorce proceedings for years. The couple had never signed a prenuptial agreement, meaning said proceedings would inevitably lead to estate asset division. That meant selling the marital home, or one partner paying out the other to keep it. In any event, she was ready to leave and wanted half of everything, including the house with her name on it. She was legally entitled to that, but David didn’t want to give it up. He demanded Rebekah sign a Quit Claim Deed and relinquish the mortgage equity over to him, but she wasn’t giving up her share of 50% either.

Following the 25 March 2022 domestic violence hearing, the Mastrovito’s finally got clearance to search Rebekah’s impounded Volkswagen with privately hired cadaver dog teams. They found things that even the Sheriffs missed, including her pistol in the driver’s side door. This was the family’s last chance to search Rebekah’s vehicle, as law enforcement returned the Volkswagen over to David Barsotti on Monday 04 April 2022.

Then on 28 March 2022 Angela’s second private investigator, James Terry, appeared on the Williston Trending Topics radio show for the first time to discuss Rebekah’s case, saying “It’s not just a missing person case – it will make your hair stand on end!” During this interview, Mr. Terry disclosed the fact that Mr. Barsotti’s alibi had become suspect after David told several individuals that he “watched his wife drown in the Clark Fork River.” Following this recorded radio interview, the witnesses whom David had told his alternative alibi to began receiving calls and voice messages from David on their private numbers, which they had not provided to David. The tobacconist’s 8-minute sworn testimony had already been recorded by attorney Spencer Bradford. And though Deputy Ryan Funke attempted to discredit these witnesses, their stories haven’t changed one bit, unlike Mr. Barsotti’s.

On Sunday 08 May 2022 sonar images were published online. The frames in question recorded a 5’5” mass that law enforcement described as a “pile of rocks.”

A week later, on Tuesday 17 May 2022, Sergeant Ryan Funke informed the Mastrovitos that a body had been recovered after it was located by a 26 year-old fisherman named “Nate,” but could not yet positively identify it as their daughter. Nate the fisherman happens to be the son of Tina Alexander, the Realtor who sold David Barsotti his Clark Fork riverfront home. The parents were not allowed to identify the body until David Barsotti had done so, and the Montana Crime Lab told family members they could view the body at the funeral home later.

Sergeant Ryan Funke also let it slip that the body had been “placed” on the banks of the Clark Fork, where it was located just 5 miles from the Barsotti’s marital home. It was noted that the body found was in extremely good condition, “like it had been frozen,” having undergone far less decomposition than the dog that was recovered ten months prior. The dog was covered in insects and bugs upon recovery, but Rebekah was recovered bug-free nearly a year later. It was reported that a segment of Rebekah’s index finger had become “skeletonized” up to the second knuckle but that her body was otherwise intact.

Sheriff Toth appeared on a radio show soon thereafter to tell the world that Rebekah’s “body was not stabbed and not shot.” Toth further stated, “Everything’s matching that she probably drowned,” but conceded that the official manner and cause of death could not be publicly released.

CONNECTIONS TO DOMESTIC TERRORISTS

Angela and Gerry vacated Rebekah’s trailer by 01 April 2022 following a court order secured by David Barsotti to seize what furniture remained, including Rebekah’s mattress. They moved out, and when David showed up at the trailer to haul the load, investigators had the property under surveillance. They observed David’s limp magically disappear as he and another man made trips gathering the furniture. They also ascertained the identity of David’s help as one, Steven Barry.

Barry on the left, Barsotti on the right

Sergeant First Class Steven M. Barry was an instructor at the US Army’s Special Warfare Center before he became the editor of a “political warfare journal” called The Resister following the FBI’s murder of Randy Weaver’s family in 1992.

“When McVeigh was arrested earlier in 1995, a few days after the Oklahoma City bombing, police had found a photocopy of The Resister in his car. The copy, it turned out, was one of about 900 sent out free by Soldier of Fortune as part of a promotional package. Like the rest of the free Resisters, McVeigh’s copy carried a fax signature — a number that the FBI easily traced to a Colorado convenience store used by Pate to fax documents to Soldier of Fortune. FBI officials followed the trail to the store, then to Pate and finally to Barry.”

The feds were investigating Barry in 1996 but allowed his operation to continue because it helped them identify other extremists via The Resister’s subscribers. They even placed a DELTA soldier known to be sympathetic to Barry under surveillance and purposely leaked classified information to him in hopes it would lead to Barry, which it did. He was stripped of his security clearance on 06 March 1996 and his commanding officer at 3rd Special Forces Group, Colonel Mark Boyatt, condemned Barry, for his distribution of “operationally sensitive” classified materials:

“Your apparent disregard for the protection of sensitive information which could be used to cause the injury or death of your fellow soldiers is reprehensible,” Boyatt wrote. “[Y]our distribution of [The Resister] … causes me to question your loyalty and future value to the United States Army.”

Steven Barry was recently observed entering Grant Bailey’s antique shop in Stevensville, Montana. The owner of this antique’s shop, Grant “Jay” Bailey, also owns a Pawn Shop in Superior, where he lives with his wife Amy Bailey, who owns a gun store in the same town.

Grant Bailey is also the informant “witness” who told James Terry a fantastic story about fishing on the Clark Fork River last summer, during the afternoon of 20 July 2021. He says that at “about lunchtime” he remembers seeing seeing a black dog matching Cerberus’ description running along the bank in pursuit of a raft making its way down the river. In this raft, Jay says, were two men and another figure who was laying down between them.

Grant Bailey was also a witness to a Polson murder in 2017, where his testimony came into question due to the fact that he was and is, legally blind. When Grant told this story to Angela Mastrovito, she asked him, “With all due respect, if you’re legally blind, how did you see this?”

He replied, “Well, I’m 99% sure.”

So the one and only witness of the “dog chases raft” theory is a legally blind man who runs guns with his wife and has affiliations with the propagandist upon whom Timothy McVeigh relied to carry out his actions. Yet it seems unlikely that a legally blind man could provide credible witness testimony of sightings. MCSO doesn’t take him seriously either.

ANALYSIS

Given the available evidence, every aspect of the official story presented by authorities insults our intelligence. By their version of events, Bevin Adams was the last person to see Rebekah alive. But unless Bevin is willing to testify that she actually saw Rebekah that day, investigators will continue chasing a figment of someone else’s imagination.

It seems likely that Rebekah went missing prior to the twentieth of July for many reasons. Among them, the likelihood that a trinket exchange spiraled into a missing person declaration within a matter of just two hours seems relatively slim. But since the official story revolves around that date there’s a time hole obfuscating the available evidence.

Over the past year Rebekah’s family have traveled thousands of miles, spent a fortune, and endured unspeakable despair in the pursuit of finding their missing loved one. As if death threats and litigation weren’t enough to add to an already stressful load, Angela was accused of making a career from, and profiting off of, her daughter, because of the existence of Go Fund Me accounts. She was accosted at a Mineral County Courthouse vigil and told by one particularly angry individual that Rebekah’s flier had no place near the local hotel, and its shredded remains were shaken angrily in her face before they were crumpled into a ball and cast at Angela’s feet. In the face of all this adversity, Angela has only become more determined to reject the ridiculous version of events presented by authorities who are demonstrably compromised.

With regards to Rebekah’s estranged husband, the evidence to justify probable cause in this case seems overwhelming. The PFMA. The arson hit on Rebekah’s parents. The assassin’s confession. The 92 taped conversations. David’s repeated threats to drown Rebekah and her dog. The “missing” posters he tore down. His duplicitous alibis. The bloody tank top recovered from near the beach where Rebekah’s belongings were found. The demonstrable witness tampering of active cases. The subsequent death of potential witnesses.

Then there’s this November 2018 article from Wisconsin’s Tomah Journal entitled “Man Accused of Pointing Pistol in Buckley Park” which describes a man named David Barsotti accosted a couple in a park after his German Shepherd ran at their dogs:

The couple told police that Barsotti then lifted his shirt, pulled a gun from a holster, and drew the slide back. The woman said Barsotti pointed the gun at her, which made her fear for her life. She placed a call to 911 which she said Barsotti made no attempt to stop. The report said that the two other people witnessed Barsotti point the pistol.”

David likes his guns, and was facing a domestic violence conviction following his March ninth arrest, which would have permanently revoked all of his firearm rights. The Jacobsen recordings make it clear that David seemed more upset that his firearms were confiscated than he was about his missing wife. It also appears that David has dabbled in the business of gun running as well, saying with regards to his confiscated firearms, “I’ve got those deals going on all the time.” Would protecting those guns –and more broadly, David’s legal access to firearms– be motive enough to kill for?

James Terry offered David Barsotti $15,000 if he could pass a ten-question polygraph test. All three of David’s lawyers were offered the same deal, and all four of them complained to Sheriff Toth that James was harassing them. Since polygraphs are not admissible in court, David would have nothing to lose by taking one. Then again, David Barsotti hasn’t made much of an effort to prove his innocence. From day one he’s insisted that Rebekah was dead instead of missing, and even got a memorial tattoo penned into his flesh months prior to the discovery of her body.

Jason Maxwell also believes “the whole river accident is just a decoy” and that Rebekah’s body was stored in a chest freezer, perhaps in the “secret room” of David’s basement. In an interview with Lauren Matthias of Hidden True Crime, Maxwell says, “I haven’t seen pictures of the state of Rebekah, but from what I understand, there wasn’t the decomposition or damage we’d expect from 26 miles in the river over a 10 month period. So I think she could have been in freezer or somewhere cool. And once that high water starts coming up in the spring, that water is fast. So now instead of being in Mineral County, they’re going to be finding a body down in Flathead, which is quite a ways – two rivers over. And he was under the impression that, ‘Hey! If I can throw her over the bridge here, nobody’s going to find her until she ends up in Flathead County.’ Well that river dropped pretty suddenly because of the lack of rain, so that water level dropped. The fisherman wound up finding her in some bushes, 300 yards down from the bridge.”

Triple Bridges area of the Alberton Gorge

Nathan Jacobsen likewise alluded to the possibility that Rebekah’s body had been frozen. When asked point blank by James Terry, “You believe, unequivocally, that he killed her?” Jacobsen responded: “He did it. There’s no doubt in my mind.” Nathan said he first suspected foul play when David told him, “She crossed that line. And it’s a line you should never cross, and she’ll never cross it again.”

Jacobsen believes the primary motive driving foul play lies with the marital property, and describes Barsotti as paranoid to leave the house for fear of its seizure or destruction. “Everything comes down to the house,” he says. “I’m telling you. Look, Bekah wanted to take the house. And he killed her. It comes down to the house and the property. That man will die for that fucking property.”

Researchers of domestic violence are keen to note that the most dangerous moment for a survivor is the period of time following the filing of a no contact order against their former abuser. In the weeks leading up to her disappearance, David continued making threats through text conversations that involved drowning Rebekah and her dog. It seems positively flabbergasting that documented evidence of egregious abuse and death threats led to an arrest that went to trial, and when the victim went missing, Montana’s intrepid law enforcement officers immediately ruled it an “accidental drowning”.

A common thread among those who’ve studied this case is the unanimous agreement that law enforcement did not handle it properly, mishandling the case from the very beginning. Illustrating the stark contrast between Rebekah’s case and a similar case that occurred during the same year, a woman reported missing on December 31, 2021 got DCI help after twelve days and was found after twenty.

Conversely, when it came to Rebekah’s disappearance, law enforcement didn’t secure the scene, take forensics, or task dogs with a search. They refused to release information vital to the investigation, failed to respond to known data points, and obstructed justice at every turn. And whether deliberate negligence or pitiful incompetence, the conspicuous obstruction by law enforcement seems the most destructive and heinous facet of this entire situation.

Two missing cases, but only one of them handled promptly and honestly.

If an assassin can confess to the targets he was hired to neutralize that he was summoned by their son-in-law to kill them, and law enforcement not only refuses to investigate, but outright stonewalls the investigation with truly egregious levels of obstruction, one can’t help but wonder, “Who do you call when no one cares?” And as Nathan Jacobsen says: “Country boys protect their own.”

Angela picketing in Superior, MT

But Angela Mastrovito has come to a different conclusion through all of this. In a recent interview with MTN News, Angela said, with tears welling up in her eyes, “I used to think that if I had to stand alone, I could stand alone and do it. This has taught me that we’re not supposed to stand alone.”

Angela’s resolve to continue fighting in the face of overwhelming grief and insurmountable odds has inspired an underground wellspring of support. People from all over the world have been touched by her story, and more are joining the fight every day to help secure justice for Rebekah. And though Angela will never meet them, she should know that there are countless people who have cried with her, mourned with her, and committed themselves to helping her in whatever capacity they can. This growing community understands that a “threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” and that threats to justice should never be tolerated. While the truth can never bring Rebekah back, it may help to prevent her tragic story from repeating.

John Engen’s Terminal Diagnosis: Clever Ploy or Karmic Consequence?

It pays to be suspicious when powerful people tell you that a certain subject is “off limits”. Our first line of defense against abuses of power is dissent, but entrenched systems have a way of turning seemingly innocuous movements and ideologies to their advantage. Missoula’s latest goodwill coup d’état involves the concerted effort of all local mainstream media, who assert in various ways that criticism of Mayor John Engen is off the table due to his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. The circumstances, we are told, necessitate an easing of pressure upon the almighty five-term Mayor from dissenters, political opponents and the activist community.

Once again we the people are presented with an emotional argument aimed to distract us into feeling sorry for Mr. John Engen, a man responsible for such a vast amount of human misery it boggles the mind to comprehend. We’re supposed to focus again on feelings instead of facts. Quite ironically, facts that represent heinous crimes of incomprehensible betrayal that have caused terribly hurt feelings across the board for Missoula’s poor and working class.

For those who might think it tasteless to kick a man while he’s down, remember that the Mayor and his cronies have a well-established history of kicking Missoula’s citizens while they’re down. As a matter of routine, low-income residents are rendered homeless by Engen’s real estate parasites, and when outrage inevitably boils over, City officials then patronize the citizenry with condescending accusations of ignorance, i.e. the public just doesn’t understand the policies.

Since Engen took office in 2006 Missoula has become the “next San Francisco.” Under John Engen’s leadership, Missoula’s wealth disparity grew to the 33rd highest in the United States. Rents and property taxes in the Garden City have continuously exploded to the point of displacing thousands of locals. And the people who have become rich from those price hikes are all friendly enough with our mayor to donate to his campaign again and again.

John Engen is the mayor of Missoula who drank on the job for months, then later admitted to his extensive benders after he got the taxpayers to cover his alcohol treatment following an incident that got him kicked off an airplane. John Engen is the mayor who got the taxpayers to pay for his $23,000 gastric bypass surgery, which in the long-haul, accomplished absolutely nothing for his health.

John Engen’s administrative blundering resulted in such egregious abuses of power that Jon Krakauer felt prompted to write a book called Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. Enrollment at Missoula’s university never recovered. But John Engen’s bumbling has also cost Missoulians millions in astronomical lawyer fees to wrest control of our water system away from corporate influences, only to see our rates increase dramatically under local management. John Engen’s failed 10-Year-Plan-To-End-Homelessness has ended in such utter failure that his administration defaulted to hiring private goons with loaded guns to patrol the city.

Our bureaucrats speak as though the catastrophic harm done to our neighbors and our communities can somehow be construed as justifiable in any way. They hypnotically chant phrases like “affordable housing” and words like “density” in their Jedi-mind-trick to convince locals that “these are not the taxes you’re looking for.” One needs only to observe the measurable harm done to Missoula over the past decade to acknowledge that the ends will predictably always justify the means for Engen’s donors, sycophants and followers.

So this monster finally gets sick and we’re all supposed to turn on the sympathy waterworks? What about all the displaced families whose lives were ruined by Engen’s real estate buddies? Did any of them ever get sick with a terminal illness?

But Missoula’s liberal voters don’t seem to care as much for those people’s feelings, therefore that brand of suffering doesn’t really exist. In fact, the poor bastards should love what’s happening, especially with the City’s abuse of tax money through TIF, because it’s making so much profit for the people whose feelings do matter. People like Bill Coffee of Stockman Bank, who profits hand-over-fist every time the City passes a new TIF project (or pays interest on the money Stockman laundered through the bureaucracy). Or people like Peter Lambros, who got the City to cough up $8.6 million in taxpayer money to spruce up Southgate Mall, only to stiff Missoulians by flipping the Mall to Washington Prime for $58 million. Or people like Andy Holloran, who earned his TIF money demolishing historic structures to build luxury hotels. All of these players donate money to Engen Inc.

Isn’t it amazing that our beloved Eggman Engen can now run his government smoke-screen show from behind the curtain? He doesn’t even have to come into the office anymore because ostensibly everyone in the area-code feels sorry for him. This arrangement certainly gives new meaning to the term “sitting mayor,” if one does not actually have to sit upon the throne to wield its power. Ordinarily a shadowy puppet master requires a figurehead to actually sit upon the throne while he wields inscrutable power from behind it, but in yet another perversion of the natural order, John has arranged things so he can rule from the shadows without the bother of putting anybody in his place to absorb the criticism of a restless populace. Maximize sympathy. Minimize criticism. Discredit heretics. Perhaps his campaign donors are doing everything they can to continue propping ol’ John up. After all, they’ve all become quite comfortable with the slices of pie this administration has been able to provide to them over the years at the expense of the taxpayers.

Engen maintains power in part by ruthlessly destroying the reputations of his opponents. Jacob Elder became the most recent example of what happens when someone gets in the way of Engen’s political steamroller. Prior to Elder, Engen’s machine tore Lisa Triepke apart on the basis of her divorce. Meanwhile, John was allowed to cheat on his wife while parading around his mistress at public functions, and Missoula saw fit to reward his hypocrisy with media silence and repeated reelections.

John Engen’s government has ruined the lives of countless locals and made a significant contribution to Montana’s role as the Suicide Capital of America. Suicides caused by Engen’s judges filling the jails with petty offenders. Suicides caused by skyrocketing property taxes that displaced families from homes our forefathers built with their bare hands. And the suicides that continue today in the gentrified nightmare that is the community formerly known as Missoula. It’s nothing personal. It’s just business. The “new normal” in Engen’s Missoula.

It is surely a coincidence that all the newspapers John wrote for are still in business, while all the independent media that ever dared to express criticism of John’s policies were systematically eliminated. Engen’s political machine razes anything that gets in its way, transforming purple mountains majesty into mountains of garbage, collateral wreckage and wasted lives. John Engen has helped his big business buddies railroad the community under a for-profit banner before then mercilessly patronizing anyone left willing to vocalize their outrage about Missoula’s new predatory direction. He actually shut off a citizen’s microphone during public comment time on the basis of “untrue information,” in-turn violating the first amendment of our constitution (which John, a longtime journo himself, should himself be aware of). Apparently John’s policies are so perfect they needn’t be articulated, and the blasphemies of critics are wrong by default of opposing a sacrosanct deity.

Lies and spin are all locals can ever depend on, be it the silly rationalizations for chopping down all the trees on the County Court House lawn (including the Blue Spruce planted to honor 9/11’s fallen, dubbed the “911 Memorial Tree” to help Missoulians “never forget”), or the reasons for employing mercenaries to patrol the city with live ammunition, or the truth about the demonstrable harms of Tax Increment Financing. And with Missoula’s vanishing tax base unable to cover the basic costs of road maintenance and schools, they’ve proposed a “local option” sales tax. Perhaps none of this seems surprising given that Engen’s very first campaign manager, John Talbott, came to Missoula after retiring from the CIA to work for Lee Enterprises, parent company of The Missoulian and the same company that bought the Missoula Independent just to shut it down. The duplicity never ends.

Given that Missoula’s donor class requires Engen’s policies remain in place, the post-election hand-off of the mayoral coattails to Council President Gwen Jones might be more premeditated than many are willing to admit. Having proven herself an uncompromising Engen loyalist, Gwen can help Missoula’s donor class feel secure in the guarantee of a continuity of government. Engen steps aside. Jones steps up. The monopolies remain intact. The donors remain happy. The underclass continues to suffer, toil and die. The business train remains on track and on schedule. It seems like nothing—not even a terminal illness—can stop John’s monstrous mayoral machine.

Perhaps John’s tumor (if it’s real) stands as the harbinger of a harsher reality relating to Missoula’s increasing hypertoxicity. It seems incontrovertible to assert that Missoula has become a hyper-toxic environment, and our Great Leader’s sickness could be a warning for the rest of us to get out while we still can. Maybe spending another minute engaged with this leviathan can only further ensnare one’s spirit and deteriorate one’s health. Because Missoula’s toxicity isn’t limited only to its political swamp of eternal stench; it’s now also literally toxic, again due to Engen’s duplicitous leadership.

For example, Engen’s Parks and Rec department indiscriminately sprays carcinogenic RoundUp all over our schools, parks, trails and riverbeds. This thoughtless activity pollutes Missoula’s aquifer, and in-turn, Missoula’s source of drinking water, with a deadly carcinogen. Under Engen’s lead, Parks ‘n Wreck also chopped most of the trees down along the Clark Fork River and viola! A plethora of unlawful homeless encampments are revealed for a different kind of roundup to occur, this time leading homeless individuals into the fenced-walls of Missoula’s Clark Fork Lane Concentration Camp. Said camp sits along the shoreline of the Clark Fork River, which is now so full of the lead, arsenic and chromium from upriver mines (like Butte’s mile-wide, mile-deep superfund site known as the Berkeley Pit) that Missoulians can no longer safely eat the fish angled from its shores. Add to this the atmospheric inversion that results in some of the worst air quality in the region, made worse by the radioactive coal shipped through from a not-so-distant sacrifice zone on its way to a Chinese power plant, and you’ve got a recipe for manifesting a multitude of illnesses.

Functioning as the administrator for so much of this corporate pillaging, John Engen has also finally succumbed to the same force that he has allowed himself to become in his community. As above, so below, and John has himself become a metastasizing cancer that daily threatens the health, safety and survival of the people surrounding him. Engen’s tentacles strangle and smother life from every corner of the Garden City until the only thing left are the lifeless condo towers looming over a concrete landfill trampled by tourists, degraded by developers and sold off by politicians. Symptoms of disease.

When Mayor Bill Cregg was diagnosed with a terminal illness, he put a gun to his head and splattered the wall with his brains. When Mayor John Engen was diagnosed with a terminal illness, he hid in the shadows and put the bill for his treatments on the taxpayers. A parasite vying for self preservation. A smug traitor who sold out his neighbors with a condescending smile. No sympathy for the devil.

Missoula’s Concentration Camp: Shitting into the Lungs of the Homeless

The human sense of smell is predicated upon the detection of tiny particles diffusing from their source into the air we breathe, which we experience as aromas and fragrances. So whether you’re detecting bananas or dog doo with your olfactory nerve, what you’re actually sensing is the presence of tiny bits of physical banana (or dog doo) floating into your nose. Keep this fact in mind because we’ll be returning to it presently.

The homelessness catastrophe unfolding in Missoula’s liberal utopia continues plummeting to previously unimaginable depths. As many locals are already aware, our beloved Mayor John Engen leveraged this crisis to score political points in 2012 with his fabulous 10-Year-Plan-To-End-Homelessness. In his 2015 TEDx talk at the University of Montana, Engen declared that, “We in Missoula, Montana are going to end homelessness because we believe that everyone has a right to a safe, decent place to live.”

Ten years into the 10-Year-Plan and things appear to have grown worse. Much worse. As droves of locals are pushed into homelessness by skyrocketing property taxes and increased rents, some decide to live in their cars while others move away. Many more choose suicide. And last summer we witnessed a previously unimaginable extreme of this war waged on working people when literally thousands of Missoula locals were pushed out of their housing simply because giant property management companies realized what a gold mine they all were sitting on. 

The demand for housing in Missoula has exploded beyond available supply to the point that rents doubled and tripled across the board in the summer of 2021. With few protections in place for renters, our homeless population ballooned, and our leaders continue to shrug it off as simply “the market’s will.” We ought to note that Mayor John Engen’s NeoLiberal policies aren’t helping any of this, but his administration continues adding insult to injury by affixing feeble Band-Aids to mortal wounds.

It’s become difficult to keep up with Missoula’s dizzying array of homeless shelters, transitional housing, congregate shelters and outdoor spaces. These include the Poverello Center (Montana’s largest homeless shelter), YWCA Meadowlark, Valor House, Clark Fork Inn Transitional Shelter, Sleepy Inn Congregate Shelter, Johnson Street Shelter (aka the “Snake Pit”) and the Transitional Safe Outdoor Space (TSOS) on South Brooks. There is also the soon-to-be completed Trinity Project, seated strategically near Missoula’s Pre-Release center and Detention Facility to function as another stone in the halfway-house-brick-road for those in need of so-called “supportive housing”. 

Said shelters are increasingly coming under the watchful eye of Rogers International, a shady private security firm hired by the City of Missoula with federal COVID money through Reaching Home under a $670,000 contract. Reaching Home is the organization tasked with enacting Mayor Engen’s failed 10-Year-Plan-To-End-Homelessness by establishing “a strong Coordinated Entry System” that, they say, “makes homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring for people in our community.” It seems obvious to anyone who lives here that these plans have utterly failed, because homelessness is anything but rare, brief or non-recurring in Missoula. And instead of asking why the Garden City now has such a burgeoning homeless population, the companies financing our political leaders have found ways to profit handsomely from the disaster by exacerbating and prolonging its central causes. Good-olde Disaster Capitalism at work.

But Missoula’s leaders have proven incapable of admitting fault or even apologizing for mistakes, exemplified most recently by their conceited reaction to the wave of legitimate criticism regarding the Rogers contract. Proving once again that Missoula’s entrenched bureaucracy will do almost anything to defend the profits of its donors, Emily Armstrong of Reaching Home was caught in a lie last week when she was quoted in the Missoulian as saying that schools and neighbors explicitly asked for armed mercenaries to patrol their neighborhoods as part of Operation Shelter.

Unfortunately for Miss Armstrong, recently published Emails prove that Barbara Frank, the principal of Lowell Elementary—one of the schools primarily affected—was completely unaware of this development. A far cry from Armstrong’s claims that “schools near the shelters have asked for security to just patrol the area.”

But Council President (and soon to be de facto Mayor) Gwen Jones chimed in to further belittle the ignorant concerns of heretics and naysayers, with all-too familiar patronizing condescension, suggesting that freshmen Counsil members “do more research to understand what led to the security contract and why it took its current form.” Because our entrenched bureaucracy will do anything to defend the profits of its donors.

While it remains unproven that such shady deals as private security occupation of our neighborhoods have resulted in direct kickbacks to the likes of John Engen, Rogers International is only one of the many splashbacks soaking Missoula’s hapless bottoms; the inevitable consequence of a load too heavy with corruption; the guaranteed result of an over-indulgence in meals scooped from the eponymous “pork barrel” of pork barrel politics. Garbage in, garbage out.

Alongside this immense shelter infrastructure, Missoula’s Homeless-Industrial-Complex recently opened their latest and greatest human misery experiment, the Clark Fork Lane Concentration Camp. Of course, the “liberal” leaders of Missoula have chosen to couch the abysmal reality of this facility in euphemism with the less offensive, politically correct moniker, “Authorized Campsite.”

If you think “concentration camp” seems a tad hyperbolic, you might be unfamiliar with the conditions on the ground, including the chain link fence and razor wire outlining the perimeter of this facility. You might be unaware of the large cell tower looming over this encampment, exposing the inhabitants to dangerous levels of sustained EMF radiation. You may be oblivious to the armed private security firm that’s now employed to conduct “sweeps” throughout the city to roundup homeless strays back into this corral. And you might not be aware of the occupying “homeless gang” that made headlines following an “axe assault” last month. 

While such ugly headlines represent an unwelcome skid mark in the pristine white shorts of the Garden City, this is the true face of Engen’s Missoula; the other, “other cheek” upon which we could never bring ourselves to turn. A cold dystopia characterized by bleak desperation. An entire working demographic made obsolete by automation, outsourcing, and austerity, left to wander an increasingly hostile city with no purpose or place or meaning. A hopeless nightmare visited on occasion by political tourists who take selfies and pat themselves on the back for exposing themselves to such degradation, before ultimately retiring to their comfortable fantasies and forgetting all about those people, until then next political cycle.

But the devil resides in the details, and the fact that this homeless encampment is surrounded by Missoula’s sewage treatment facility (which includes the Composting Facility site as well as the Poplar tree farm meant to absorb and digest Missoula’s wastewater) may be the most offensive, egregious, and diabolical aspect.

As anyone remotely familiar with the Missoula Valley will tell you, hot summer nights invite an unbearable stench into the homes of those who live anywhere near the sewage treatment facility. Those willing to brave the nearby Super WalMart parking lot on a hot day know this, and motorists routinely roll up their windows when approaching the nearby Reserve Street Bridge. 

It stinks. But that stench is more than just an inconvenience. Since smells represent diffused particles that have become disconnected from their source, as mentioned earlier, Missoula’s “Authorized Camp” situation presents a unique health crisis.

Every poop a Missoulian takes into a porcelain receptacle gets flushed down into the municipal pipes and pushed around on its way to the sewage plant. And on hot summer days the combined fecal offerings of over 70,000 humans lifts into the air around said plant. It is therefore reasonable to assert that the atmosphere surrounding the facility contains the recently excreted poop particles direct from the asses of every housed Missoulian living within the city. Those particles are then continuously breathed in by homeless people who were forcibly relocated to this location from “unlawful encampments” all throughout the valley by armed enforcers.

One might be forgiven for likening the degenerating state of American democracy to a cesspool, however unflattering such a comparison might be to the cesspool. The diligent action of barely-better-than-bacteria private interests constantly breaking down all available resources to feed their own microbial hunger feels very much encouraged by our elected officials and their sprawling bureaucracy. Under optimal circumstances, a cesspool can be a necessary and beneficial amenity. But Missoula’s countless radical adventures in political corruption has brought the cesspool into our City Hall, into our living rooms, and now directly into our very lungs.

The Martin v. City of Boise decision by the 9th Circuit limits a City’s ability to criminalize homelessness, meaning Cities cannot enforce anti-camping ordinances if they do not have enough shelter beds available for their homeless population. Therefore, a municipality does not have carte blanche to raid shantytowns and other homeless encampments with assault rifles and bulldozers in the style of They Live, unless the City has designated a suitable alternative location for society’s underclass.

Then they can. 

As reported by Katie Miller of MTN News

“…  in Missoula, people live in vehicles, tents, and trailers — and they park where they can. But oftentimes, that’s against city ordinance. Missoula City Ordinance 9.34.040 states “it is unlawful for any person to sit, lie or sleep upon any street or alley within the city limits of Missoula.”… when Missoula Police respond to these types of calls, officers will now encourage people to move to the camping site on Clark Fork Lane.”

That’s correct, folks. Yes, they “encourage” people to move, in exactly the same way the Salish tribe was encouraged to relocate to the Flathead Indian Reservation over a century ago. Just as Japanese and Italian Americans were encouraged to relocate to our very own Fort Missoula Alien Detention Center during the Second World War. Also note the careful framing of this newer ordinance that has generated nothing but controversy since its passage in 2013. The more things change the more they remain the same, and the classical cautionary mantra now goes something like, “First they came for the homeless, and I did not speak out, for I was not yet homeless.”

Missoula’s modern authorities seem just as eager to exact military force on the underclasses as the Copper Barons of yesteryear were, as became apparent by the strike teams armed with assault rifles near the Reserve Street Tent City last summer, where reporters were told to “Get back!” and “Keep moving!” It’s nice to see Missoula has graduated from unconstitutionally criminalizing homelessness with zero tolerance bans on sitting, lying or sleeping in public, to simply rounding up homeless individuals and placing them in a euphemistically named “Authorized Camp.” 

This sign appears unironically on the chain link fences of the “Authorized Camp.”

But with economic uncertainty approaching an all-time high, more and more families have stepped into the shoes of the so-called “vulnerable population”. Prior to the 2020 global shutdown it was already the case that 70% of Americans were just one paycheck away from joining the homeless population, which stood at more than half-a-million strong in the U.S. It is disconcerting to imagine that your neighbor could only be a mistake or two away from ending up fecalboarded in this concentration camp, and that it could all start with an act as innocuous as pinching a loaf of bread to feed the family. The fruitful harvest of late-stage capitalism’s dog-eat-dog game of musical-chair economics.

And as for the location of said Camp, Missoula’s leadership have chosen a parking lot under a cell tower, outlined in chain-link, surrounded by sewage and guarded under the watchful browneye of private security agents armed with guns and live ammunition. The City could have chosen any number of better spots for this space, but instead chose to further embarrass an already disgraced municipality with a situation for which no other phrase but “Concentration Camp” feels adequately honest.

So consider it during your next morning constitutional; consider how such well-meaning endeavors as the United States Constitution and the City of Missoula’s 10-Year-Plan-To-End-Homelessness led us to this moment. Remember that a tiny portion of our bowels’ contribution to the movement could literally end up in the lungs of the destitute; that this is the product delivered in place of the high and beautiful wave of reform we ordered.

So now, just over ten years into the 10-year plan, with your bran muffin soaking up the coffee you downed at breakfast, let the morning sun shine on your face and exposed thighs. And remember that with the right kind of nose you can almost smell the low water mark, the spot where the wave of civic enthusiasm finally broke, and flushed away.

Why is Mayor Engen Replacing Missoula Police with Private Security?

Very little happens in the dead of a frigid winter night in Missoula, Montana. The roads are empty. The stores have closed. The atmosphere is still. The town sleeps. It is not unusual for the peace to broken by dancing shadows which announce the approach of headlights followed soon by the crunching and popping of tires rolling against the icy pathway. But on this early morning, the headlights do herald the approach of something unusual. 

A Jeep Cherokee appears, inching its way down the narrow alley. The creeping vehicle soon reappears on the neighboring street, then passes slowly through the alley again. Though puttering along repeatedly through the same streets and alleys at a half-a-mile-per-hour, this driver is not lost. The suspicious activity continues into the next day and following night, and neighbors begin to take notice. But no one in the neighborhood seems to know who these people are or what they might want.

In December the first pictures of the suspicious vehicle emerge. The pictures shared by area residents show a Jeep with Lithia dealership plates. The vehicle haunting the West side alleys is also identified by small but distinct decals reading, “Rogers International: true risk based security solutions”.

While Missoula’s North side stands as one of the area’s last remaining working-class enclaves, that doesn’t necessarily mean the neighborhoods are the crime-ridden, uninhabitable, no-go zones some might have you believe they are. But that’s exactly how they’re described by David Pritchard, President of security firm Rogers International PLLC, in a recent piece by NBC Montana

“I would say definitely if anyone was to drive by that area and look at it, you know, it’s quite a bit different than it was three to four months ago.” ~David Pritchard

David Pritchard doesn’t live in these neighborhoods, but he is right about the situation being “quite a bit different than it was.” Because upon his company’s contract with the City of Missoula, anonymous vehicles began stalking through the residential alleyways of Missoula’s West side and Franklin-to-the-Fort neighborhoods.

According to their website, Rogers International is a private security company that claims to be based in Missoula, Montana. A quick google search places their offices at 1211 South Reserve in Missoula’s Montgomery Building, but a visit to this address reveals that Rogers’ offices do not exist there, even though that’s how it is currently registered with the Montana Secretary of State. The plot thickens.

According to public records, Rogers International was formed on 18 March 2020 and were contracted by the City in the autumn of 2021 for $670,000 to conduct their patented “risk-based security solutions” at a growing list of Missoula locations, starting with our most prominent homeless facilities. 

According to NBC Montana, “The Rogers contract with Missoula is capped this year at $670,000, the money from federal COVID-19 relief funds.” As the dust of the Corona Crisis hysteria settles, it seems the federal funds allocated for replenishing an economy damaged by lockdowns have been spent on a private police force. But even though Rogers is paid by public institutions with funds from the American Rescue Plan, this arrangement somehow got framed as “privately funded” last month on KGVO:

“KGVO News reached out to Jesse Jeager, Director of Development and Advocacy for the Poverello Center for an update on the two facilities as the weather takes a turn for the worse this week. … Jeager did not comment on the security at the Johnson Street facility due to the fact that security is privately funded by the City of Missoula.” 

A cynical observer could be forgiven for thinking that the City of Missoula and their new private police force have perhaps seen too many superhero movies. It’s almost certainly the case for David Grossman of Killology Research Group, who was recently hired by the City to deliver his crazy-eyed sermons to local cops where he raves about how killing humans on the job invariably results in, “they all say, ‘the best sex I’ve had in months.’ Both partners are very invested in some very intense sex. There’s not a whole lot of perks that come with this job. You find one, relax and enjoy it, ah?”

Grossman goes on to say, “We are at war and you are the front line troops in this war. … So you do this. On your way home tonight, park your vehicle on the overpass for just a minute. Step out of your vehicle for just a minute. Look out on your city. Look at your citizens going about their lives, and know deep in your gut that today, at the risk of your life, you made their world a better place. Whether they know it or not. Then walk up to that bridge rail, put your hands on that rail, look out on your city, and let your cape blow in the wind.”

Since Missoula’s liberal leaders aren’t bashful about bringing Killology’s habit-forming violence fetishes to a police force near us, one must wonder about the intentions of beefing up the local garrison with private gunslingers who are even less accountable than the police. A whole private industry has sprung up right under our noses, where a group of armed vigilantes vow to solve the “risk based” problems of our fair city through means apparently unavailable to the police.

One Rogers International employee said his company was contracted because local police lack the resources to perform the job. “We are more of a deterrent force,” he said. “Because at this point, the homeless population do know that we are here. We are taking steps to prevent criminal activity in certain areas.”

What does it say about Missoula that homeless and low-income people are considered “suspicious” and stigmatized automatically in association with criminal activity? And by patrolling for “the homeless,” does Rogers International mean to imply that lower income neighborhoods are more susceptible to crime? Because that accusation made Councilwoman Heidi West publicly cry bitter tears of resentment two years ago at the 16 December 2019 City Council meeting: 

“I think it’s entirely unfair to say that, people that live in low income neighborhoods, sorry, love where they live less. … It was a very hurtful and classist thing to say. And I think that we all value where we live and some of us have less resources to defend that space.”

It is worth noting that no such accusation was actually made for Councilwoman West to tearfully respond to. Her weepy proclamation that “we all value where we live” was, in fact, made in response to the pleas of hundreds of Missoula’s working people begging the City Council not to gentrify yet another working-class neighborhood. However, the specter of classism was thought to be so persuasive that Councilwoman West fabricated the accusation out of whole cloth in order to distract from the effects of her own votes, which are partially responsible for the homeless crisis the city is now hiring mercenaries to “solve”. 

These kinds of Public-Private Partnerships often result in even less transparency for we the public. Why couldn’t that $670,000 be used to employ more police officers? Is this Missoula’s careful version of “defund the police”? 

Mayor John Engen tells us his reasons for stepping up Missoula’s show of private force:

“We also have armed security here at City Hall now, um, and as much as I regret to say it, it’s kind of the nature of the world these days.”

John must of course forgive the confusion of his citizens who observe that the City Hall building is in fact Missoula’s Police headquarters. Are we meant to understand that the Missoula Police are incapable of managing the security of their own building? Do the police themselves somehow require protection from the citizens they protect and serve? What resources and armaments do City Hall’s private security guards have access to that the police are restricted from employing? Have the causes of the nationwide labor shortage also disgruntled police officers to the point that they just aren’t interested in the work anymore? More to the point: why this rapidly expanding plethora of private security firms?

Rogers International are the third such firm currently employed by Missoula’s paranoid leaders. As Martin “Gomer” Kidston reported for the Missoula Current in November of 2020:

“Missoula County will start by moving from Black Knight Security and Investigation to a new contract with Phoenix Protective Corp. out of Spokane in an effort to tighten access to the downtown courthouse and improve customer service.”

How do Missoula’s police officers feel about this? 

Contacts within Missoula’s Police Department confirm that Rogers International has made itself quite unpopular with law enforcement. According to anonymous police sources, RI security agents follow “suspicious” pedestrians around town in their vehicles and incessantly call MPD whenever said pedestrians sit down somewhere. If a homeless individual wanders too far from the stables, a Rogers Rent-A-Cop will promptly alert law enforcement officers to roundup strays back into the corral. But this boy-who-cried-wolf mentality has annoyed MPD officers and contributed to an atmosphere of professional animosity.

And the occupational hostilities don’t end there. An open letter from the Poverello Center’s Executive Director, Jill Bonny, reveals that the staff at Montana’s largest homeless shelter aren’t too thrilled about this arrangement either. She writes, “Recently, the City of Missoula signed a contract with Roger’s International to provide security to the Cedar St/Hawthorne and Johnson/North Ave neighborhoods. Like you, we have mixed feelings about this. … This is not a company that the Poverello Center has hired, and we do not get to control the contract.”

Speaking of who gets to control the contract, just how much are these companies capable of doing? Exactly what kinds of operations are Rogers presently involved with here in Missoula? 

The “What We Do” tab on Rogers’ site declares that their company believes in presenting their clients with “specifically tailored services” which include private investigations, technical surveillance, camera installation, drone security services, threat assessment, threat mitigation, threat management plans, crime prevention, firearms training, “and much more…” 

What exactly makes them “international” remains to be seen. But RI patrol areas don’t seem limited to shelters or their immediate surroundings because Rogers aren’t guarding the homeless shelters per se. They’re patrolling the neighborhoods surrounding those shelters, and have begun pushing out into the rest of the city, placing an ever widening scope of Missoula’s street grid under the management of this private security firm. Even the Montana Department of Transportation (MDOT) now contracts with Rogers International. The patrol maps recently released in local media show us how a single contract can place a massive area under private patrol.

To ask whether Rogers were contracted with public money to conduct surveillance on private citizens seems redundant since conspicuous surveillance of citizens seems to be the task they were explicitly hired to execute—just as long as said surveillance pertains only to homeless citizens who can’t afford attorneys to defend their rights. Where those operations end and unlawful surveillance begins, on the other hand, could be anyone’s guess. Missoula Mayor John Engen certainly has a well-established reputation for publicly destroying his political opponents and retaliating against his critics. It is surely a coincidence that Rogers personnel began appearing in the neighborhoods and rear-view mirrors of several prominent journalists when these contracted patrol routes officially began in October of 2021.

But suppose there is an incident at the Poverello where a Rogers guard employs the use of lethal force. Who takes legal responsibility in such a scenario? Is the City liable, or is Rogers? It already seems the case that Poverello guests can be murdered with such impunity that grieving family members can’t even get suitable legal representation because there’s no money at that end of that rainbow. Private enforcers are, by definition, less accountable than police and the expanding multitude of different security firms complicates who ultimately accepts responsibility for the liability hot potato.

“It’s only a matter of time before somebody gets shot,” said a Riverside Pawn employee to local activist Travis Mateer. This statement was uttered in response to observing armed Rogers agents on a foot pursuit of a homeless man beneath the Reserve Street Bridge. An advantage of hiring private contractors is that they’re under absolutely no obligation to obey the Constitution, nor are they required to respect your civil rights.

And while Rogers’ employees might be quick to dodge questions pertaining to their use of force, David Pritchard provides an unvarnished truth regarding their lethal capabilities while on patrol: 

“To me it’s more important for me as a business owner at the end of the day that my guys get home safe, um, you know, than the other way around. You can’t put a price tag on somebody’s life.”

Perhaps it is outside the purview of Rogers‘ contract to place a price on human life, but the practice is routine in certain industries, as could be described to you by any insurance adjuster, personal injury lawyer, or as seen in the $39,000 cash incentives related to involuntary intubation of hospital patients throughout 2020. But I digress.

According to KECI, the City’s contract with Rogers stipulates they are not allowed to carry firearms into the Poverello Center. But David Pritchard makes it clear that, in fact, they are allowed to carry firearms into the Poverello—as long as there’s a “reason” for doing so. 

“The Poverello has told us we’re more than welcome to come into the building. If there’s not a direct reason behind it, the firearm is not to come in with us.” David goes on to say, “Then you know, that’s kind of the, get in, do what you need to do, and get out as quick as possible.” 

When it comes to the business of patrolling peaceful neighborhoods, many of Pritchard’s statements smack of an occupying force in a conflict zone. Get in, do what needs to be done, and get my people home safe. If Missoula were to be considered a conflict zone, that might distinguish Rogers International from private security, placing them more definitively as a mercenary outfit, since a mercenary is “an armed civilian paid to perform military operations in a conflict zone.” 

Whether Rogers International qualifies as a paramilitary force is currently an open question, but in a truly surreal twist, Pritchard goes on to mention the Fort Hood shooting during his interview with NBC Montana. It is difficult to guess what Pritchard meant to imply by invoking the mass murder of 13 individuals by U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan. Perhaps attempting to reassure the interviewer and their audience about the mental stability of his armed enforcers, his reminder that catastrophic violence can come from the most unexpected sources stands as cold comfort for the citizens of Missoula who see their publicly-funded and accountable police being gradually supplanted by a private occupying force whose training, accountability, and mental stability could be as lacking as their transparency.

NorthWestern Energy Poisoning Homes, Violating Montanans’ Rights

If someone were going to install a cell tower in your living room, wouldn’t you expect them to at least tell you first? What if tens-of-thousands of such transmitters suddenly blanketed your neighborhood in measurable electrosmog? The industry assures us these things are safe, at least in press releases, just as all toxic industries always have done, from tobacco to DDT to Roundup and Zantac and beyond. The industry doesn’t have to prove their products are safe. Instead, the onus lies on the consumer to prove that they’re dangerous. But placing the profit cart before the health horse like this too often results in tragedies that are completely preventable, like various forms of cancer directly linked to EMF exposure. But are we too addicted to the convenience of our toxic tech to hear the familiar warnings from society’s truth tellers?

NorthWestern Energy contractors are making the rounds in a community near you, switching off your power to install harmful technologies onto your home that cannot be switched off. And they’re not even telling residents this change is occurring, instead choosing to gift us with surprise power outs, increasing energy rates, spontaneously burning buildings and EMF radiation. Even if you don’t yet find yourself among the growing population of electrohypersensitive individuals, these technologies are provably toxic to biological life.

These so-called “smart” meters emit a radiation that, when combined with dozens of cell towers and thousands of wifi routers, exposes us to a wide spectrum of radiation responsible for many health problems. It’s not a coincidence that so many young YouTubers receive terminal diagnoses for brain cancer, or that the instances of diabetes increase exponentially with proximity to cell towers. Last year, more than 240 scientists signed the International EMF Scientist Appeal, calling for stronger exposure limits due to known health effects of nonionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF). The appeal makes the following assertions:

“Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.

If you’re concerned about these technologies being slapped onto your home, call this 800 number to get the ball rolling on an uninstall

Article IX, Section 1 of Montana’s Constitution declares, “The state and each person shall maintain and improve a clean and healthful environment in Montana for present and future generations.”

Untested wireless technologies contested as extremely dangerous to human health by countless medical and scientific professionals the world over, installed onto our homes without our knowledge or consent, seems to be a direct violation of Montanan’s rights as specified by Article IX.

If we have a right to a clean and healthful environment then we shouldn’t be guinea-pigged into experiments involving a technology associated with irreversible negative health consequences. It should be studied by independent third parties and we should be able to make informed decisions about our exposure.

The future looks bright for NWE’s shareholders

Maybe NWE shouldn’t be installing this stuff on people’s homes without telling them, or without informing them of the well-documented adverse health effects associated.

These meters aren’t even in the best interests of NWE. Those employed as “meter checkers” will soon find themselves in the unemployment line. Worse still, NorthWestern’s executives could end up facing the same kinds of criminal charges and lawsuits that blackened PG&E’s skies after smart meters began causing houses to catch fire. When these “state of the art” devices are slapped onto buildings with old electrical systems, the fragile wires often catch fire, reducing family homes to smoldering rubble.

https://spectrum.ieee.org/smart-meter-fire-reports

Jeromy Johnson was a technology enthusiast with a masters degree in engineering who worked in Silicon Valley for many years until he eventually developed electrohypersensitivity from his overexposure to EMF radiation fields. The exposure resulted in symptomatic headaches, ringing in the ears, disorientation, insomnia, fatigue and brain fog, in-turn changing his life forever.

In his TED Talk, Johnson eloquently illustrates how we can no longer trust the Industry’s claims regarding the “safety” of their toxic products.

Transcript of Jeromy’s talk:

I’d like to begin by asking a few questions.

Who knows if they have a wireless smart meter on their home? And who has their smartphone in their pocket right now? And who’s read the fine prints in your owner’s manual that says that the smartphone should never be within about an inch of the body?

I’m going to speak to why we can no longer assume that our wireless technology is safe. Technology has allowed us many benefits. It has connected us to people and to places and it has brought us convenience that few could have imagined just 10 years ago. It’s also brought us tremendous economic benefits. If we can look at how technology has increased in our lives in just the last eight years it started with the iPhone, and then tablet computing, ubiquitous Wi-Fi, the smart meter and the smart home and wearable tech, and now the Internet of Things.

If we could imagine how this would look, it would actually look like this — this is an artist’s rendition of what Wi-Fi in our public spaces looks like.

We could actually hear what microwave radiation sounds like with a device like this. So if anybody would like to hear what their smartphone or their smartwatch sounds like, come and see me at the end and I can show you.

But how does this affect our bodies?

That’s the question I want to ask because this exponential rise in microwave radiation can have effects. And that’s what scientists and medical doctors around the world are now saying, especially when it comes to children, because they’re going to be affected by this their entire lives. But today I also want to share a few solutions. I want to give everyone here things that you can do in your own lives in order to reduce this type of exposure.

So I actually got into this topic about five years ago. Before then I was a young technology enthusiast. I always used my smartphone and Wi-Fi. I’ve worked in Silicon Valley and have a master’s degree in engineering.

So if anyone had told me that wireless technology could have health effects I would have thought they’re crazy. So if you’re thinking that right now, I can relate. But this all changed for me over the period of about one week. I started to experience headaches, ringing in the ears, insomnia, and a fatigue and brain fog that I’d never experienced before.

And I shared this with a colleague at work. And she said the exact same thing happened to her husband when a wireless smart meter was installed in their home. So I went home that evening and I checked downstairs. And sure enough, we had a bank of wireless smart meters installed right below our bedroom in San Francisco.

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So this started me on a journey to learn as much about this topic as I possibly could. I now have a website about this and I’m contacted by people all around the world every day who are experiencing the exact same things. It can be when they have a wireless smart meter installed, or a new Wi-Fi router, or even a cell tower placed across the street from their home. These are the common symptoms that people start to experience. This is actually from a published paper on the health effects of wireless smart meters.

Just here in the Bay Area, I’m in touch with dozens of people who’ve had their lives changed by this: medical doctors, high school principals, teachers and students, IT professionals, and even entrepreneurs. These are people who had a normal life and then over a short period of time went to where they could no longer work; where they could no longer go to an office. Some of them actually have had to move out of their homes because they can’t be in an environment which is normal now for most people. I’ve been in touch with people around the world who’ve become homeless because of this. There are many people that’s actually happened to.

And unfortunately, I know of people who’ve actually taken their lives because there’s essentially no place they can go. And this is something that society does not yet recognize.

My own life has been tremendously changed by this. After that first exposure to wireless smart meters, now I can no longer be in an environment with strong Wi-Fi for very long. So I can’t go to my work the way I used to be able to. Most environments are now essentially toxic to me. So even finding a safe place to live has become very difficult. Imagine not being able to live in an apartment building where everyone has Wi-Fi, or to be able to live next to a cell tower.

This is actually a proposed cell tower here in Berkeley. The residents have actually stopped it for now, but most churches and most schools now have cell towers on them. And so it exposes the people around them and of course the students who go to those schools.

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This is a cell tower in San Francisco: that brown thimble on top of the telephone pole is a cell tower. And these are being placed every couple of blocks. So you could have an amazing home, and then one week a company can come and put a cell tower right outside your window.

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So this is something that’s happening throughout the Bay Area and it’s going to be happening throughout the United States. So it makes it so that people like myself have a hard time finding a place to live, but it also is ratcheting up the exposure of the entire population.

So you might be asking, ‘perhaps some people are being injured by this, but if you’re not feeling it, it’s probably not that big of a deal’. And I think that’s a very common experience.

But it’s not as simple as saying that just a few unfortunate people are being affected by this. Because what the science shows is that we’re all affected on some level whether we can feel it or not. And the reason is because essentially, our bodies are electric. Every cell in our body communicates using tiny electric signals. It’s how our nervous system operates. So to think that we could put an exponential amount of microwave radiation into our environment and not feel effects is simply false.

To illustrate this I actually had many friends come to me when I started to experience this and they would say, “Jeromy, are you sure you aren’t making this up in your head?” And I thought this too myself. At the beginning.

But then, a year or two later, they would come to me and they’d say, “You won’t believe it, but now I’m feeling pain in my arm when I use my cell phone,” or “when I put it to the head,” or “when a new Wi-Fi router is installed.” So this is something where when people have more of an exposure, more people are being affected. And it’s not just headaches and insomnia. It’s much more serious things such as infertility, DNA damage, and eventually cancer. This is what the research is starting to show.

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Isn’t this regulated? And this is one of the most interesting things I’ve found. The Federal Communications Commission is who is supposed to be regulating wireless technology, but if you look at the regulations they’re almost 20 years old. So that means our most advanced technology is using science that’s at least 20 years old.

But not only that, they’re based on a concept which is nearly 50 years old which says “if microwave radiation does not heat us, then it can’t possibly hurt us”. But there are now hundreds of studies that show that this is false.

So how is it that we have a regulatory body that’s not protecting the public? Like many public health issues in our country you end up having industry influencing the regulatory body. And that’s what’s happening here. So you have a revolving door between the wireless lobby and the FCC Commission. That’s what’s happening.

Plus, the science is heavily influenced by industry funding. This is a study by Dr. Henry Lai. He looked at 326 studies based on the biological effects of cell phone radiation. He found that about half of the studies showed effects and half didn’t. That’s pretty normal for this type of research. But what he found that was interesting was that if you looked at who funded the studies, 70% of the independent studies showed effects, and only 32% of the industry-funded studies showed effects.

So you see that there’s an influence in money on this topic, just like many other topics. Tobacco is another one where essentially the industry funded science that was going to show their products were safe. So, that’s the bad news.

Now I want to share some good news, and that is that there are solutions for this. We are going to have to have the industry start to create safer products, but there are ways that we can both protect ourselves and move industry forward. So one of the primary things we can do is to move towards fiber optics because this is a way that we can make our homes safer; our businesses and our schools. Fiber optics are safe, they’re secure, and they’re one of the fastest things we can use.

Another way we can go is to design products which are safer. So currently we have product designers and engineers working together, but we could bring in biophysicists and biologists to work together to create products that don’t just emit right underneath the FCC regulations, but emit the least amount of any type of electromagnetic fields as possible.

If smart meters had been designed to use either fiber optics or to emit just once or twice a day rather than the 10,000 times they do emit, then I wouldn’t be standing here today, and thousands upon thousands of people around the world would not have been injured by smart meters.

So what are some things that all of us can do? This is one of the most important things because everyone wants to know how to essentially protect themselves and their families. The first thing is to make sure we use our cell phones wisely. I mentioned that you don’t want to put the cell phone within about an inch of the body. The industry is telling us this now. So make sure you use speakerphone, get an air-tube headset; and when it’s on the body, make sure that you put it on airplane mode when it’s either in the pocket or sometimes in the bra. And when it comes to kids, we don’t want to have kids use cell phones. But if they must, then please teach them how use these wisely.

We can wire our homes. Most people don’t need Wi-Fi in their home. So move towards Ethernet; move towards fiber optics. And if you must have Wi-Fi, make sure you turn it off at night. You can get a simple timer so you don’t even have to think about it.

When it comes to kids, we want to reduce their exposures as much as possible. So if they use an iPad, put all of the data on the iPad and then turn the Wi-Fi off. In schools, I simply do not think we need to have Wi-Fi in schools because we’re filling those classroom with microwave radiation. We can have amazing technology, but it can be wired. And this is where I think we’re going to have to go.

When it comes to the smart meter and the smart home I recommend you to opt out. I’ve had wealthy early-adopting families contact me who went all-in on the smart home, and they ended up getting sick within a few months. So this is something that affects families. And I just recommend that you don’t go down this path because it’s a technology we do not need.

And one of the last solutions I want to get today is to create a safe place to sleep. Because this is one of the most important things. Because this is when your body rejuvenates. And it’s when you can make sure that everything’s off. So turn off all your wireless devices; unplug things. If you have a baby monitor I actually recommend that you turn that off, especially at night. I just do not recommend those for kids. And if you do these things, I know many people who’ve ended up sleeping better. They are much clearer during the day and their fatigue is much less. So this is something which I recommend everyone can do.

So in conclusion I want to say that this is a problem that we can solve. There’s tremendous people around the world working on this right now. And I believe we’re coming to a tipping point where enough people realize that this is an important topic and that there are solutions. So I recommend that you share this with the people who are closest to you. Because if enough people wake up to this issue then industry will start creating safe technology. And once they do that our entire society can move towards a healthier future.

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