I have written about the involvement of "Lady Elizabeth Wistar"in this nasty business earlier, and once the trial of Mr. Sullivan is over I will be free to reveal their names. These individuals are not themselves charged in any of this extortion business, though having paid to put my name on that particular site, along with the insidious information and photograph that they themselves provided to Mr. Sullivan, does put them in a rather unfortunate light. Doing business with an extortionist, whether knowingly or not, didn't show very good judgement or character on their part.
If you wish to read about all of this you can access the appropriate Tattler article by clicking here.
Recently I received a letter, along with some very informative literature, from the FBI Victim Specialist assigned to my case. Here is the introduction from her letter:
As a Victim Specialist within the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Portland Division, I am contacting you because we have identified you as a possible victim of a Federal crime. A Federal crime victim is entitled to receive information about public and private programs that provide medical and social services, counseling, treatment, and other support. Please contact me if you would like information or referrals for service. For further details, please refer to the enclosed brochure and/or Title 42.
The letter than goes on to assist me in accessing the U.S. Department of Justice "Victim Notification System" websites where I can follow the progress of Cy Sullivan's woeful journey through the legal system and right up to the trial itself. Things that I sadly cannot share with you here. As Sullivan is being held on $1 million dollars bail, there is little chance that he will be let out of his box before his face time time with the judge. No date has been set yet for the trial.
There are various FBI victim aid programs tailored to the kinds of crimes that they investigate. These include child pornography victim assistance, children affected by crime, coping after terrorism for injured survivors, criminal aviation investigations, financial crime, victims of bank robbery, victims of crime, and victims of human trafficking.
The category my situation falls into is "victims of crime." Here is how my rights are explained in the FBI's "Help for Victims of Crime" paperwork:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is responsible for investigating a wide range of federal crimes. Part of the FBI’s work involves providing information and assistance to victims of those crimes. Crime can have a devastating effect on victims and their families who may need help coping with the impact of victimization. FBI Victim Specialists are highly trained professionals who can assist you and coordinate with other agencies in providing you with the support, information, and resources that can effectively meet your needs. Victim Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
A federal investigation can be both complex and lengthy. It may involve several agencies, some federal and some local. This brochure provides information to help you deal with the needs and questions that often arise during an investigation. It describes your rights under federal law and the types of services that may be available to you. Please contact your FBI Victim Specialist if you have any questions.
As a Crime Victim, You Have the Following Rights under 18 United States Code, Section 3771:
- The right to be reasonably protected from the accused;
- The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused;
-The right not to be excluded from any such public court proceeding, unless the court, after reviewing clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding;
- The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving the release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding;
- The right to confer with the attorney for the government in the case;
- The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law;
- The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay;
- The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy.
We will make our best efforts to ensure you are afforded the rights described. Most of these rights pertain to events occurring after the indictment of an individual for the crime, and it will be the responsibility of the prosecuting United States Attorney’s Office to ensure you are afforded those rights.
You may also seek the advice of a private attorney with respect to these rights.
Additionally, should I feel in any way threatened by those involved in the crime in question, there is also this:
Your safety is paramount. If anyone threatens you or you feel that you are being harassed because of your cooperation with this investigation, there are available remedies. If you are in immediate danger, contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. Also, you should contact your Victim Specialist or the Case Agent and inform them of the situation. There are penalties for harassment and other threats; therefore, it is important that you report any incident as soon as possible.
It really is nice knowing that such powerful law enforcement is looking out for those who have been victimized by criminal behavior. I sincerely doubt this kind of protection will be necessary in my case
since it appears that Cyrus Sullivan acted alone and, as he is being held in prison in lieu of $1 million dollars bail, the only threat he presents to anyone is himself. But you never know.
Finally, there are various support services available to me as the victim of extortion, which is a Federal crime.
All states have crime victims compensation programs that help cover some expenses resulting from violent crimes. Your state program may pay for medical and mental health care costs, lost wages and support, and funeral and burial expenses not covered by insurance or other benefits. Your FBI Victim Specialist may be able to help intercede on your behalf with employers and creditors, when appropriate. In addition, your Victim Specialist can refer you to other types of programs and services, such as emergency housing, counseling, support groups, and credit counseling. If the offender is convicted or pleads guilty, the court may order payment by the offender, called restitution, which may help cover expenses and losses caused by your victimization.
So what is the purpose of all this? The one thing the Department of Justice and the FBI need more than anything else to help put criminals in prison is motivated trial witnesses. And over the decades they have discovered that if they take really good care of the victims of such crimes, when the time comes to put the crooks in jail they will have happier, more secure and confident, witnesses.
Just so you are aware, I personally had a series of e-mail exchanges with Mr. Sullivan a year or so ago. I had no idea what his name was at the time, or even what country he resided in, but my requests that the slanderous material be removed from his site were met with a demand for money. In other words, in order to have the material supplied to him by "Lady Elizabeth Wistar" removed from a very public website that he maintained, I would have to fork over a considerable amount of cash. This was, of course, extortion. Abetted and in part financed by people living right here in Sierra Madre.
I saved all of those e-mails and turned them over to the FBI earlier this year. It is very probable that should this case go to trial, and not be settled by a plea bargain, I would be a key witness.
Something I will be more than happy to do.