Archive for April, 2013

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

Could the identity of an x-rated website’s anonymous owner, and  the person that kidnapped HaLeigh Cummings be one in the same?

A growing number of independent researchers believe an  explosive reality lies behind the true identity of a person that owns and  operates a website called

The increasing suspicions of the public abruptly changed from ‘possibility’ to  likely ‘reality’ after Edward Boyle, a biofuels engineer from Hollywood, Florida  began openly discussing the facts behind an online feud that erupted in the  comment section of the website.

The relatively brief feud in early April of 2013 was not  your ordinary discussion – not by a long shot.

Boyle said he originally went to the website after learning  a photograph of his sister, Maria Burgun, had been published with insults and  vile sexual commentary.

What astonished researchers was not only did Boyle know the  person that attacked his sister on the website – he clearly knew the person very  well and the relationship was tumultuous if not hateful.


And then – as the old saying goes – the devil is in the  details. 

Boyle’s sister, Maria Burgun, is a millionaire from Plantation that operates  a very successful business with her husband, John Burgun.

The sleazy outhouse is the last place you  would typically expect to find an eloquent and refined woman such as Maria  Burgun being slimed. But she is not your average South   Florida socialite.

Maria Burgun said she sat down with the FBI  and turned over  information she believes could lead to the missing child.





H A L E I G H   John and Maria Burgun

She is a witness in the federal investigation of matters  involving the disappearance of the missing child HaLeigh Cummings.

In 2012, Maria Burgun began interacting with law enforcement  after an anonymous caller attempted to extort a very large amount of money from  her – suggesting she might be taken on a trip to the Hoover Dam if she did not  cooperate. She received the bizarre call while out for supper with her family  and immediately called the Plantation Police Department.

The police record is there for all to see.

For reasons mostly known to Maria Burgun and the feds – the  facts surrounding the extortion attempt ultimately resulted in her sitting down  with the FBI to discuss the disappearance of HaLeigh Cummings.

Edward Boyle was also contacted by the police regarding the  extortion attempt. He told police he too had received a threatening telephone  call. He said the caller told him it would take “a thousand stitches” to put  his face back together if he didn’t come up with the money.

A short time later, the yard-man at Boyle’s plant was  non-fatally shot from behind in the dark. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office  (BCSO) investigated the attempted homicide but no arrests were made. The FBI  also visited Boyle at his plant.

It’s all there in the police records for the public to see.

Boyle believed he knew who was behind the shooting and  recalled telling the FBI agent the guilty parties were involved with that  “little girl.” He was referring to HaLeigh Cummings. He said the special agent  responded, “We’re aware of it.”

The connection between Boyle’s biofuels plant and his  sister’s developing relationship with the FBI regarding HaLeigh Cummings takes  on a very significant meaning as one begins to read the hostile exchange that  took place on in April.

The reader will immediately notice Boyle personally knows,  and has likely done business with the anonymous person he is exchanging jabs  with. The animosity appears to involve the biofuels business.

The conversation begins with what appears to be a taunt by  Boyle at the individual that published his sister’s photo.

“Hey Maria – remember, they’re jealous. Always have been.  This has made you strong. They don’t know what their up against. LMFAO. You  were right. You told me so. Soon the whole gang, even daddy, will know what  they have gotten themselves into. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. What a good  laugh we will have. Although I feel bad for their kids. Almost there. Around  the corner to victory.” Boyle wrote using his real name.

Boyle’s mention of sorrow for the children indicates he  personally knows the person he is taunting. His statement “always have been”  indicates they have known each other for some time.

Sixteen minutes later a response is posted by a person using  the name “Anonymous.” The speed at which the responding poster noticed they  were being taunted by Boyle cannot be ignored. At sixteen minutes, the person  would have had to be monitoring the website and perhaps receiving e-mail  notifications when comments are made on the Radionewz Blog.  

The responder is not happy.

“Fucking loser….how’s your plant Ed? Oh shit…you don’t know  cause you’re not allowed on the property, are ya bud? How’s it feel to get  kicked the fuck out of your own business, huh, you fat piece of shit? Go smoke  some more dope and pop some pills with your stripper kid, fat ass. How’s your  Wife’s job at Target, you unemployed pill popper?         You are a L-O-S-E-R. Get lost, fat fuck,” Anonymous said.

Two minutes later a poster logged on as ‘Chicago Mob’ and  wrote: “Edward Boyle got evicted from his own business.”

At this point, you now have a supposed third party, within a  mere two minutes of the first response, joining in on the subject of Boyle’s  biofuels plant.

It is clear the poster(s) talking to Boyle profess to know  details about his life, and are aware of the fact he is involved in a contract  dispute regarding his business.

Three minutes later a poster using the name Sal Ramos logs  on and writes: “Who were the four guys looking for you outside your plant, one  with a gun??? Thanks to me….”

This poster, Sal Ramos, constitutes party number four –  joining in four minutes after party three and talking about Boyle.

The comment by Sal Ramos involving men stalking someone with  a gun is eerily reminiscent of the attempted homicide in 2012 investigated by  the BCSO. The writer appears to be openly admitting, and even bragging, they  sent hit-men to Boyle’s plant (this is something that should be looked into by  law enforcement considering the attempted homicide at the same address).  

One minute later Sal Ramos says, “The guys from Bost[on]  still think your shady….just sayin…”

It is obvious a conversation between Boyle and only one  other person is taking place; the other party is simply logging in under various  names.

Two minutes later a poster logs in as SAL and says, “$30,000  from Mike — $67,000 from Craig — $80,000 from the Boston loan sharks??? That’s $177,000 since  November Fat A$$. Get a job loser. Your pill habits up to 15-20 a day now  buddy. No wonder.”

The poster Sal Ramos professes to know details of Boyle’s  finances to the tune of $177,000.

Boyle explained during interviews “Craig” is a man named  Craig Goldstein. He said he has done some business with Goldstein.

Sixteen minutes later Boyle responds. “Meeting them  tomorrow. Thanks NE and CG. We’ll see things happen for a reason Mikey. Ha Ha  Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.”

Nine minutes later Boyle continues to talk to the person he  has begun calling “Mikey.” He says, “Waiting for your lawsuit there Mikey ol’  boy. Soon enough buddy. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.”

The familiarity between the posters is clear. For instance,  Boyle says, “…you’re done soon and so is daddy.”

At one point Boyle refers to “Thompson and the wife.” Boyle  stated during interviews Thompson is a man named Brian Thompson.

Four minutes later Boyle provides a detail regarding what he  believes are the activities of Mikey. He says, “How’s the pumping going. Not  too good. Ha.”

“Ol sis has your number. No escape now,” Boyle taunts.

The contentious debate fizzles and then continues bright and  early the next morning. “The Boston  loan sharks as you call them, CG will be happy doing business while you’re up duct  taping together what’s left,” Boyle says.

As the heated argument on died out, the  activity and emotion did not. In fact, the most explosive event to take place was  about to occur.

Boyle received a voice message on his answering machine.

According to Boyle, he turned a copy of the recording over  to Douglas H. Reynolds, attorney, Tripp-Scott Law Firm, Fort Lauderdale. Reynolds is the attorney  that represents John and Maria Burgun in their legal matters.

Boyle said Attorney Reynolds was excited to obtain a copy of  the recording. Boyle also said Reynolds recognized the voice on the recording. Boyle  said Reynold’s knows who the person is.

When Boyle’s comments were published in previous articles, Attorney  Reynolds contacted me and stated Boyle’s assertions were “not correct” and  “inaccurate” but did not elaborate.

Reynold’s was asked specifically, but would not confirm or  deny receiving the answering machine message.

Boyle was contacted again and he maintained his statements  were true. He said Reynolds had not contacted him to protest his statements to  the media. Boyle said he believed Reynolds was protecting himself and going  through the “motions.”

Boyle said the recording he gave Reynolds will prove the  identity of the person that posted his sister’s photograph on

Researchers are now concerned.  



A careful study of the Radionewz Blog over the past several  years has revealed it contains a list of witnesses in the HaLeigh Cummings  disappearance. A list of specific individuals – permanently slated for regular  character assassination, defamation, and harassment on the website.

The website is a new-age gun – used to silence witnesses.

The names of the people being taken out comprise a hit-list  that is focused strictly on HaLeigh Cummings case witnesses and designed to  completely ruin their reputations.

Every witness is deemed mentally unstable.

Why does the publisher do that?   

Who is the owner of the website?

Why does the owner of want to silence  witnesses in a missing child case?

Boyle hopes the answering machine message will break the  case wide open.

Seized property returned to author

On December 14, 2012 four armed police officers wearing bullet proof vests stormed the home-office of Timothy Charles Holmseth with a Search and Seizure Warrant.

The volume of work product and personal property seized was incalculable because a very large hard drive that was 98% full was seized.

On April 26, 2013 all the property was returned by Order of the Court.

The evidence stickers on the bags and wrappers read Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, St. Paul, Minnesota.

No illegal files or contraband was found in any of the work product, phones, discs, or computer drives. No charges were filed and all legal aggression suddenly stopped.

On April 21  we reported Edward Boyle, the brother of Maria Burgun, became aware his sister’s  lawyer, Douglas Reynolds, Tripp-Scott law firm, was planning to issue a letter  to the owner of – a legal  first step in a developing situation.             


Burgun is an  emerging figure in the HaLeigh Cummings investigation that sat down with the  FBI and provided information.

Attorney Reynolds  contacted us and said Boyle’s statements are “not correct” – but did not elaborate.

Boyle was  contacted for comment and he re-iterated that everything he said was true.  

The online event  that caused the stir was triggered by a photograph of Burgun that was published  by, a vicious online argument  that ensued, and a message left on Boyle’s answering machine.

Boyle said Reynolds  requested a copy of the message and he in fact turned it over.

Boyle said  there is a high volume of sensitive legal activity occurring at this time, and  suggested Reynolds is simply going through “the motions.”

Boyle said big things are going on involving many differnt figures, and people are getting “scared.”

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

The owner, administrator, and contributing associates of the  anonymously operated cyber-stalker website may soon be  identified.

Edward Boyle, a South Florida  biofuels engineer, is a witness to several pending legal issues involving his  sister and brother-in-law, John and Maria Burgun.

According to Boyle, the Fort Lauderdale based law office of Tripp-Scott  is set to contact the Site’s owner and acquire his/her insurance information –  the first legal step required.

Edward Boyle

The legal action was sparked by an online attack against an  entire family, and extended family, followed up by a telephone message, which  Boyle received on his answering machine. “Doug Reynolds is very interested in  that message,” Boyle said.


The recent online attack occurred amongst a cluster of legal  activity involving Burgun and Boyle.

Boyle said the caller on the answering machine is known to Attorney  Reynolds, and that Reynolds pondered if the caller owned

Maria Burgun has been criminally targeted many times. She met with the FBI in South   Florida in 2012 after receiving a death threat over the telephone.  She subsequently provided the FBI information regarding the disappearance of the  missing child HaLeigh Cummings.

Boyle said he recently spoke with William Staubs, a South Florida bail bondsman, best known for his ill-fated  involvement in the HaLeigh Cummings missing child case. Boyle said he learned  Attorney Doug Roberts, another Fort Lauderdale attorney, is also assessing the website for a subpoena in a pending  lawsuit filed by Staubs against another Party associated to the missing child  case.

The website’s legal issues appear to include on-line visits from  the FBI and DHS. The publisher(s) appear fascinated with topics involving  missing children and rape. Publishers on the Site reportedly cyber-stalked and  brutally harassed a minor child from Steubenville,   Ohio. The stalkers accused the  minor of being a rapist.

The mindset and mental health of the website’s authors  concern many, as it purports to be a staunch advocate for rape victims; a  sentiment many find disingenuous; and possibly a dark fantasy.

On one occasion the Site published a video that showcased a  monkey raping a smaller animal – and then attributed names of real people to  the animals.

Concerns increase regarding sexual fascination of cyber-stalkers operating the website radionewz. The Site places a strong focus on kidnapping and rape.

Amber Alert pimp

On March 11, 2009 a Web troll and Amber Alert pimp named Art Harris published an article entitled “HaLeigh Cummings’ mom wants custody!”

The lede (first sentence) read:

‘In what could set a legal precedent for missing children, The Bald Truth has learned exclusively that the mother of five year old Haleigh Cummings aims to fight for legal custody of a daughter abducted a month ago from her father’s home while he was at work and his 17 year old girlfriend slept nearby.’

‘In what could set a legal precedent…’

For those of you not familiar with Associated Press writing style and rules, I will explain the significance of the lede (the first sentence). It is the most important line in the entire body of writing and should present the message in its most basic form.

The litmus test of a good lede is to assess it, and be sure, that if the reader only reads the lede, and no more, they would still have received the intended information and mesage in its entirety.

Look at it again – ‘In what could set a legal precedent…’

Interesting priorities.

So what came in second to setting legal precedent? The answer is – ‘sympathy.’

On March 11, 2009 the sleazy Harris was announcing that history might be made.


Within a few days, a website accepting donations featuring the plight of little HaLeigh would be erected. The website would feature a photograph that had been manufactured using photo editing equipment to create the fals appearance Crystal Sheffield posed lovingly with HaLeigh.

In the article, Harris wrote:

‘[Crystal Sheffield] has postponed her plans to marry an electrician named Chad [Griffis], but will keep paying for the wedding dress she has on layaway.

“With Haleigh missing, getting married is the last thing on my mind. I can’t sleep. I lay down at night, but I don’t sleep. I try to rest, but I can’t. It’s bad when your baby is gone.”’


Oh…isn’t that special? Her baby is missing, she can’t sleep and she’s putting off her wedding?

The photo shown above reveals the truth about Crystal Sheffield’s so-called engagement and relationship with Chad Griffis. Sheffield is holding hands with Jeremiah Regan – he is the self-proclaimed ‘events planner’ who claims he didn’t know Sheffield until her baby vanished and felt compelled to help out when he saw the story in the news.

According to Wayanne Kruger, Sheffield’s advocate – the Regan men were liars. She said Jeremiah Regan and his father, John Regan, suspiciously appeared and wanted to help. John Regan told a host of different people he was an undercover FBI agent. He told Kruger he goes undercover as a pedophile to catch child perverts.

But the truth is yet a little deeper than that.

Kruger told me Sheffield would bawl and wail uncontrollably when Jeremiah Regan would leave her for short periods (Kruger said Sheffield would not cry like that about her missing daughter).

Kruger told me that Sheffield and Jeremiah Regan would kiss and hug and heavily pet each other obnoxiously in public, and to the point they had to be pulled apart, because they were disrupting other peoples schedule with whom Jeremiah Regan was car-sharing.

Harris mentions Kruger in his article:

‘Victim’s advocate Wayanne Kruger, an author who’s daughter pressed charges against a godfather who’d molested her as a child, flew in from California to volunteer, and donated proceeds from a book signing to help Crystal stay afloat.’

Stay afloat, eh?

According to Kruger, the book sale money she gave Sheffield was squandered on cell phone minutes and drugs. Kruger said Sheffield would linger around the table where she was signing books, and as soon as a sale was made, Sheffield would grab the cash and take off with it.

The scale of pre-meditated deception required to create Harris’ article is so extensive it is beyond the scope of this piece. It is rivaled only by the scale of pre-mediated deception required to stage the kidnapping of HaLeigh Cummings.

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

Many have seen Anderson Cooper’s nose seemingly disappear  for a moment during an interview with yet another ‘Sandy Hook parent’ of  Newtown fame –  the apparent result of the green screen technology they were using.

No big secret…CNN has a history of producing fake news using production sets.

During the 1990’s the network was caught red-handed  after a staffer leaked footage the public was never supposed to see. The  footage showcased how these little clowns used sound effects to emulate rockets  and explosions – at one point they frantically pulled on gas-masks.

While one views the antics of these little fools, it is hard to not sense they they enjoy the idea they are fooling people. The very thought processes  behind such behavior is consistent with criminal thinking.

Now of course – if the foolishness remained limited to using  props for scenery, bogus sound effects, and faking geographic location to look  like an efficient news network, that would be one thing – but of course, it’s  always just a matter of time before some predator has to exploit a child.

And that brings us to a creepy little goblin named Art  Harris.

Art Harris was once employed by CNN but was reportedly fired  after being kicked out of Iraq  for irresponsibly jeopardizing the lives of American troops. Apparently the  disgust of the American military toward Harris was enough to prompt a rare  event of good decision making at CNN.

So – did he learn his lesson?

Apparently not – because in 2009 he decided to get cute  again – this time with a little girl named HaLeigh Ann-Marie Cummings.

Apparently you can get Art Harris out of CNN – but you can’t  CNN out of Art Harris.

I’ll explain why.

HaLeigh Cummings, 5, was reported missing on February 10, 2009.  Her father, Ronald Cummings had sole physical custody of HaLeigh and her little  brother.

The police report described the mysterious disappearance as  ‘domestically involved’ and law enforcement told the media it was “no stranger  abduction.”

Custody and in-fighting had been a problem for the family in  the past; local law enforcement had a pretty good idea about what was going on.

But of course – out of all the family abductions and custody  grabs that occur around the United States on a regular basis, Art Harris’  friend, Nancy Grace at HLN (CNN associate) focused on the little girl from  Satsuma, Florida.

For a month the mystery raged – and then…

On March 11, 2009 a story entitled “HaLeigh Cummings’ mom  wants custody!” was published by Art Harris on his website.

First of all – you will search the world over – but you will  never in a million years find a reputable journalist or reporter that publishes  a headline that says something like that.

Which makes sense, because…

Harris was the media consultant for Crystal Sheffield, HaLeigh’s mother. 

He wasn’t a reporter anymore than Nancy Grace is a news  program.

It’s almost surprising the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office  didn’t take this whispering little ghoul in for questioning the moment he  started hanging around the case. He didn’t belong in Satsuma anymore than he  did in Iraq  when he got his ass kicked out of a jeep by a pissed of military leader.

Providing private publishing services for a missing child’s  mother easily pushed him out from underneath the safe umbrella of First  Amendment protections.

One month after HaLeigh Cummings is reported missing – Art  Harris emerges out of nowhere to announce the mother of the kidnapped child  wants custody (of her missing child). 

And of course – why would a Judge know which household to  place the child in anyway – no, America  needs Art Harris to help us understand the best interest of a child.

A cursory examination of Crystal Sheffield is all that is  required to understand why she did not have physical custody of her two  children in the first place.

  • Habitual       drug user / addict
  • Did       not know what time her daughter HaLeigh got out of school
  • Neglected       to take HaLeigh, who suffers from Turner’s syndrome, to over a dozen       consecutive doctor visits
  • Rolled       over and went back to sleep when she the received the telephone call       HaLeigh was missing
  • Used       Photoshop to create the appearance she posed with her daughter because she       had no such photos     

So – what does the child protection expert Art Harris do  when he first arrives in Satsuma, Florida  in March of 2009?

He rendezvous with a South Florida  bail bondman, William Staubs – a.k.a. ‘Cobra the Bounty Hunter’ – – – Staubs  pays Harris $4,700 in cash (which Staubs says he borrowed from a reformed drug  dealer).

Harris now begins to follow Staubs around – films him and  write about the kidnapping case. Before it is all over, Staubs will be arrested  for felony false imprisonment – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Now – who does Cobra Staubs work for? Why is he there  anyway?

Well – he, works for Crystal Sheffield, too. 

However, when the mainstream media pinned Staubs down about  who his client was, he told them he was working for Rev. Richard Grund.

Rev. Grund is an online minister – former Satan worshipper  turned Christian (that is what he told me) that battles demons in the  supernatural realm – he hails from the Orlando  area.

Okay – fair enough…I guess…

So – you have Staubs and Harris in a contractual  relationship involving thousands of dollars – is there any relevance to Staubs  claiming he is working for Grund?


Both Grund and Staubs have been working closely with Crystal  Sheffield’s victim’s advocate, Wayanne Kruger.

Kruger produced (to me) email communications between herself  and (1) Grund, (2) Staubs, (3) Harris, and many others.

They were all working together – coordinating – Grund  actually appeared to be in charge – giving marching orders.

In one email, Rev. Grund tells Kruger that Cobra his on his  way and she is supposed to wait for him. Grund then asks Kruger where she is  going to “hide” them.

Did you catch that folks?



There are a couple of men Kruger has been spending time  with. They are a father and son named John and Jeremiah Regan from local Hastings, Florida.

Kruger said John Regan bragged about knowing the location of  an “intake house” for young prostitutes. She said he told her the local police  and local leaders were all running a sex trafficking operation.

Kruger said she tried to go to the police to tell them what  she knew about HaLeigh, but was stopped by the Regans. She said John Regan  dressed as a pastor and claimed he worked undercover for the FBI as a pedophile  to catch other pedophiles. He told her the FBI already had HaLeigh but wanted  it kept secret for the time being.

Do John and Jeremiah Regan know the rest of the gang?

Oh yes.

A photo shows Crystal Sheffield with Kruger and the Regans. Sheffield and Jeremiah Regan are intimately holding  hands.

Staubs told me John Regan was a preacher and undercover  agent connected to the Jacksonville FBI (I somehow doubt the FBI is going to  confirm that).

Rev. Grund told me John Regan bragged that he used a  chaplain’s badge to trick a person into thinking he was a cop.

Mainstream news reports capture Jeremiah Regan and Art  Harris together as they track down and harass a local accused pedophile they  ‘suspect’ may have took HaLeigh.

Daniel Snodgrass, Joseph Overstreet, Misty Croslin, Ronald Cummings, were among the list of individuals targeted for televised ‘suspicion’ brought to you courtsey of Art Harris and Nancy Grace.

Yep – Art Harris is hot on the case, running around with the  son of the Undercover Pervert – fighting crime and filming Cobra the Bounty Hunter.

I could literally go on for pages upon pages with the  behavior and antics of the group that was trying to help ‘HaLeigh Cummings mom  get custody.’

I won’t – but let me share how bad this gets.

Wayanne Kruger said she was worried that Rev. Grund may have  accidentally killed HaLeigh during an exorcism. She said Rev. Grund didn’t  believe HaLeigh was 100 percent human because she had no reproductive abilities  as a result of her Turner’s syndrome. Kruger said Rev. Grund believed HaLeigh  may have a demon in her.

Kruger told me she hoped they didn’t accidentally kill  HaLeigh. She expressed she wanted to protect HaLeigh, but feared the little  girl may have been trafficked into something run by pedophiles and weirdoes and  baby-brokers.

You see – CNN – everything is freakin’ funny until you  exploit a child.

The Photoshopped Picture

Shortly after HaLeigh Cummings mysteriously vanished, a website was published, which solicited donations. Scrolling amongst the photos was a photoshopped picture that created the false appearance Crystal Sheffield posed lovingly with her children. I (Timothy Charles Holmseth) obtained the original emails that were sent the web developer with the photo attached. It had passed through the email account of Donna Wagoner, Xentel, Inc. Wagoner was working on Crystal Sheffield’s team. Wagoner called the police on me when I asked her a question about the photo. The FBI later visited Wagoner’s place of employment. Here is the truth about Xentel:

State Sues Professional Fundraiser — Xentel, Inc.

Consumer fraud suit alleges telemarketers trick Iowans into believing the callers are fire fighters, that donations will support local fire fighters, and that most of donated money helps fire fighters.

DES MOINES. Attorney General Tom Miller filed a consumer fraud lawsuit today alleging that a Florida-based professional fundraiser company uses misleading telemarketing pitches designed to exploit the public’s support for fire fighters in order to line its own pockets.

“Our suit alleges that Xentel telemarketers trick Iowans into believing that the callers are themselves fire fighters, when they are not,” Miller said. “We allege they trick Iowans into believing that donations will support local fire fighters, when that is not the case. And we allege they trick Iowans into believing that most or all of the money donated goes to help fire fighters, when that is not the case.”

“The truth is that the callers are professional telemarketers, not fire fighters,” Miller said. “Little or no support typically goes to a donor’s local fire department, and about 75% of the money donated is kept by Xentel and never supports any fire fighters.”

Xentel, Inc., has headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The company solicits donations from Iowans under a contract between Xentel and the Iowa Professional Fire Fighters Association. The Consumer Protection Division filed the lawsuit today in Polk County District Court. The suit asks the court to prohibit the alleged deceptive and misleading practices, order restitution, and assess civil penalties up to $40,000 for each violation of the Iowa Consumer Fraud Act.


The suit states that Xentel solicits charitable donations in the name of the Iowa Professional Fire Fighters Association (IPFF), pays IPFF $12,000 monthly, and keeps all donations over that amount. (IPFF is not named a defendant in the lawsuit.) Financial disclosure forms show that Xentel collected more than $591,811 in 2002 in donations on behalf of IPFF, and thus Xentel received $447,811, or 76% of the money donated by Iowans.

Rick Roe, Chief of the Clive Fire Department in suburban Des Moines, and head of the Polk County Fire Chiefs’ Association, appeared with Miller at a news conference announcing the suit. Roe himself received a Xentel/IPFF fundraising call in which the telemarketer falsely claimed that donated funds would go to the local fire department. Other chiefs and individuals reported similar calls.

The suit also cites evidence gathered when Xentel telemarketers called an “undercover line” that rings into the state Consumer Protection Division. (The line originated when an elderly West Des Moines woman changed her phone number to protect her from fraudulent telemarketing calls – and her former phone number was then assigned to the Consumer Protection Division.)

Three different Xentel telemarketers made calls to the line since last fall. “All three of the taped telemarketers sought to create the misleading impression that the call was actually placed by fire fighters,” the suit alleges.

All three callers “sought to create the impression that donations would directly benefit local fire fighters in West Des Moines” (the supposed location of the woman.) In fact, neither the West Des Moines Fire Department nor any individual WDM fire fighters are members of IPFF.

And “all three callers sought to create the false impression that most or all of the money donated went to fire fighters or programs supporting fire fighters,” the suit says.

Miller said: “In sum, we allege that Xentel uses carefully crafted deceptions and the justifiably positive public image of fire fighters to divert charitable dollars to its own benefit – dollars that might otherwise go to far more worthy recipients, including local fire departments.”

The suit also asks the court to assess additional civil penalties up to $5,000 each for violations committed against older Iowans, and additional penalties for alleged intentional violations of a consumer fraud injunction entered in Polk County District Court against the Gehl Group, Inc. in 1997. That injunction, part of a 1997 consent judgment signed by Joseph E. Gehl for the Gehl Group, prohibited that company and its successors from misrepresenting how proceeds would be used or the caller’s affiliation. Xentel acquired the Gehl Group in 1999, and Joseph Gehl has served as Xentel’s president.

“Donor Beware!” Tips for making the most of your donations:

Miller encouraged Iowans to continue to give generously to charities of all kinds – but to protect the value of their donations by following tips such as giving to reputable local charities, asking questions about how donations will be used, asking telephone solicitors to send information in writing, and not giving credit card or checking account numbers over the phone. For more information see the “Consumer Advisory” bulletin titled “Donor Beware!” at (click on “Protecting Consumers” and “consumer advisories.”)

HaLeigh Cummings was reported missing on February 10, 2009. The public generally believes there was only one call made to the police about HaLeigh – a call at 3:27 a.m. However – the truth is the police received a call about HaLeigh at 2:13 a.m. Whoever made the 2:13 a.m. call was involved in the kidnapping hoax.

Does a violent video commissioned by Crystal Sheffield provide clues to the truth about HaLeigh Cummings? 

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

On February 10, 2009 a 911 call to report HaLeigh Cummings missing led to the official statement by law enforcement that the child’s disappearance was “no stranger abduction” and “all the world” was a suspect.

For the month that followed HaLeigh remained missing.

In March of 2009, Crystal Sheffield, HaLeigh’s mother, met with a bail bondsman, tabloid Web reporter, events planner, marketing specialist, and Web trolls.

What was discussed at the meeting?

This was discussed – having the bondsman arrest a local man who was free on bond and awaiting trial for charges of sexually battering a child.

The man, Daniel Everett Snodgrass, had already been cleared by law enforcement and removed from the suspect list.

The plan included the bond revocation being filmed, and the bogus story being published by the Web reporter online and on Nancy Grace for the world to see. The video would be issued with a story that would present the accused child molester as a man that was interested in HaLeigh, and a viable suspect in her disappearance.

The publication dynamic of the plan included the tentative use of a former newspaper reporter from Minnesota who would be provided nightmare scenarios regarding the accused child molester.

The former reporter was me. I was contacted and told many stories by several of Sheffield’s team members.

I was told about a shack that was used by Daniel Snodgrass, which was allegedly covered wall to wall in blood – it was suggested to me Snodgrass butchered HaLeigh Cummings there.

I was told Snodgrass was a chemical weapons specialist in the military, and he poisoned all his ex’s to drive them insane. I was told about him sitting in the back of his limousine, head to toe in blood, dismembering children.

The efforts put forth to implicate Snodgrass were considerable.

I was given documents that detailed scenes of human body parts strewn about, as one would find in a plane crash. It was presented to me as some kind of horror scene created by the child-butchering Snodgrass.

The bondsman, William ‘Cobra’ Staubs, told me he had HaLeigh’s killer in his vehicle and they made him release him.

I never published any of it – I had already been told HaLeigh was alive and being hidden.

The ill-fated bond revocation resulted in the arrest of William Staubs on charges of felony false imprisonment. The charges were eventually dropped to Misdemeanor Battery and the event faded from view.

In March of 2013 Staubs filed a civil lawsuit in Palm Beach County, Florida against the insurance company that secured Snodgrass’ bond.

Staubs claims he suffered damages in excess of $15,000 because the general agent told police investigators he did not give Staubs permission to take Daniel Snodgrass into custody; which buttressed an arrest warrant being issued.

I recently spoke with Cyril Parish, the general agent that refused to go along with the Snodgrass hoax, and he made a very compelling statement regarding the entire matter. “[William Staubs] could probably be re-arrested if he planned all this and tried to make [Daniel Snodgrass] out to be a murderer when he wasn’t,” Parish said.

Indeed – if the bond revocation was a criminal conspiracy between Crystal Sheffield and a cluster of Florida corporations, that colluded to constructively frame a man already charged with a heinous crime against a child, the legal implications would be tremendous.

Here are the facts – you decide if law enforcement should investigate this matter.

Basic Facts

William Eugene Staubs – a.k.a. ‘Cobra the Bounty Hunter’ is a licensed bail bondsman and licensed private investigator from Broward County, Florida. Staubs is the owner of Lighting Strike Force, Inc., and Case Closed, Inc.

In April of 2009 he proactively contacted a reporter from Minnesota named Timothy Charles Holmseth (me).

Staubs told me he was in Putnam County, Florida in February of 2009. He said he was looking for the child, but was ‘run off’ by law enforcement. He said while he was on his way back to Broward County, he heard something on the radio about a memorial for Caylee Anthony in Orlando.

Because of what he heard on the radio about the memorial in Orlando, he decided to go to there, where he then met an online minister named Richard Grund who was handling the service being held in a park. He said this was the first time he had ever met Rev. Grund.

Staubs said he and Rev. Grund then discussed the missing child HaLeigh Cummings (reported missing that very day of February 10, 2009).

Crystal Sheffield’s victim’s advocate, Wayanne Kruger, Arizona (now of California) told me during interviews she was (also) in Orlando on February 10, 2009 at the memorial Rev. Grund conducted at the park.

Kruger publically appeared with Crystal Sheffield, HaLeigh’s mother, on the news in mid March, 2009 when it was announced Kruger had just arrived from Arizona to serve as an advocate for Sheffield. .

However – interviews I conducted with Kruger show she admits she was in Florida when HaLeigh disappeared; and she was working with Staubs and Grund.

Kruger produced to me an email she received from Rev. Grund. In the email, Grund advises Kruger to try to be patient about the justice she is seeking for HaLeigh. He tells her something very dark is going on. He tells Kruger “Cobra” is on his way up there and she is to wait for him. Grund then asks Kruger “where” she is going to “hide” them.

Kruger also told me she spoke with Sheffield the night HaLeigh was reported missing.

Statements and documents show both Kruger and Staubs were in the area HaLeigh disappeared from in February of 2009 – they were working together with Grund as a unit.

On March 11, 2009 Staubs billed himself as ‘Cobra the Bounty Hunter’ as he again traveled to Satsuma, Florida where he announced he was going to investigate the disappearance of HaLeigh Cummings.

Rev. Grund told me he originally planned to travel with Staubs but did not because he was ill with flu symptoms.

Staubs told local news reporters upon his March arrival that he was working for a minister named Richard Grund. When reporters asked Staubs how he was funding his search, he said he was being funded by a reformed drug dealer from Miami.

Staubs repeatedly told the media he was working for a “man of God.” He said when a “man of God” asks you to do something you have to do it.

During interviews with Rev. Grund he told me he is a former Satanist (devil worshipper) turned Christian online minister and supernatural guru that fights demons.

Staubs consistently reminded news reporters that Rev. Grund was the father of Casey Anthony’s ex-boyfriend, Jesse Grund, and on the witness list for the Casey Anthony trial. 

Staubs told me that when he arrived in Satsuma, the first thing he did was telephone Donna Jaquith, A-1 Bail Bonds, Palatka. He said he asked Jaquith for the names of sex predators. Jaquith advised Staubs that a man named Daniel Everett Snodgrass was free on bond and awaiting trial for charges of capital sexual battery on a child under the age 12.

The agency that posted Snodgrass’ bond was Chucks Bail Bonds, Palatka – a small local agency working under C.E. Parish, General Agency, Inc., Bushnell, Florida.

Daniel Snodgrass was not a person of interest to the local Sheriff’s Office. He had been cleared of any involvement. Snodgrass was fitted with an ankle bracelet that monitored his movements, which showed he was nowhere near the missing child’s residence the night she was reported missing. 

For the next several days, Staubs says he staked out Snodgrass’ home. Donald Knop, staff member, Crystal Sheffield’s media team, said Staubs was shining spotlights on Snodgrass’ house at night (harassing him). Knop said Staubs told curious neighbors he was a federal agent. 

During this time period, Crystal Sheffield’s personal media consultant and private publisher, Art Harris, along with a unemployed drifter turned Administrator of a missing child foundation (soliciting donations), Jeremiah Regan, was traveling around with Staubs. 

Staubs, Regan, and Harris provided information to news reporters about Snodgrass. Staubs repeatedly mentioned to reporters that at some point he may have to go to Snodgrass’ residence and “throw him on the ground.” Regan is captured on tape mischievously giggling about how they are going to ‘take down this Snodgrass guy’.

Recordings captured in the field reveal Staubs repeatedly talked to reporters about throwing Snodgrass on the ground. This will become very relevant because it is ultimately what Staubs did.

Staubs telephoned Cyril Parish in Bushnell regarding the Snodgrass file. Parish says he told Staubs he could talk to Snodgrass but he was not to arrest him.

Staubs went to Chuck’s Bail Bonds with Art Harris, Jeremiah Regan, and Donald Knop. Staubs acquired a copy of Snodgrass’ file.

A dinner meeting was held with Crystal Sheffield and plans for the revocation of Snodgrass’ bond were made. Staubs possessed the Snodgrass file, which, because Staubs had Power of Attorney with the Continental Heritage, theoretically gave him authority to revoke Snodgrass’ bond.

During the meeting Staubs was so excited he could not stay sitting down. He walked around holding the papers boasting he had the authority to go take Snodgrass into custody.

However – a variety of issues hindered Staubs’ desire to justifiably revoke Snodgrass’ bond. Snodgrass had not violated the terms of his bond. Further, Parish had advised Staubs he could only talk to Snodgrass; but nothing more. 

Harris was present at the pre-revocation meeting with his lap-top computer, writing. During the meeting, Sheffield (whose daughter is missing) was happy and laughing.

On March 20, 2009, William Staubs, Harris, and Matthew Staubs went to Snodgrass’ home. Footage published later by Harris shows William Staubs telling a Putnam County deputy that he only intended to talk to Snodgrass.

William Staubs telephoned 911 and advised he heard a gun being loaded inside Snodgrass’ home (an assertion that was never confirmed). Snodgrass eventually came out and told William Staubs to get off his property. Snodgrass had already been warned that William Staubs may be coming out to harass him. Snodgrass told William Staubs he knew Staubs had been “fired” by the “insurance company.”

William Staubs placed Snodgrass in handcuffs. While he was walking Snodgrass toward his vehicle, he suddenly kicked Snodgrass’ feet out from under him, causing his head to slam against the earth so hard dust rose up into the air.

He threw him on the ground.

Harris was filming.

After William Staubs had shackled Snodgrass in his vehicle, he telephoned Parish and told him he had taken Snodgrass into custody. He proceeded to tell Parish that Snodgrass was a flight risk and was selling off property.

Parish immediately told William Staubs he had to let Snodgrass go. He obeyed Parish and returned Snodgrass to his home and un-cuffed him from his shackles.

Information was published about Daniel Snodgrass on the Nancy Grace Show that night. Harris was Nancy Grace’s investigative reporter (he was actually working for Crystal Sheffield) for the HaLeigh Cummings case, which was a colossal fraud on its face.

Snodgrass subsequently went to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and demanded to file a complaint against William Staubs.

Cyril Parish subsequently told law enforcement investigators William Staubs did not have permission to arrest Snodgrass. In May of 2009, William Staubs was arrested and charged with felony false imprisonment.

During depositions, an industry expert in bail bonds law testified that Staubs had acted within the law when he violated Snodgrass’ bond because he had been given the file.

During depositions, a State’s Attorney asked Snodgrass if William Staubs had asked him anything about HaLeigh Cummings while he had him in custody; Snodgrass said he had not.

Whether or not William Staubs intended to question Snodgrass about HaLeigh is not known because Parish immediately told him to let Snodgrass go when he found out what he had done.

In 2010 a plea bargain was reached and William Staubs pled guilty to misdemeanor touch/strike battery.

In March of 2013 William Staubs filed a civil lawsuit against Cyril Parish, Continental Heritage Insurance Company, alleging Parish breached his fiduciary duties to support his arrest of Snodgrass. He also alleges Parish intentionally entrapped him.

In the Summons drafted by Attorney Douglas J. Roberts, Esq., Stearns, Roberts, Guttentag and Zelmer, Staubs implies he had reasonable suspicion to suspect Daniel Snodgrass back in 2009, noting the physical proximity between Snodgrass’ home to the trailer the child disappeared from.

Parish told me he received a telephone call from Harris “out of the blue.” He said Harris was offering to provide him information that could be used against William Staubs. He said Harris was afraid of William Staubs.

Harris’ statements to Parish regarding evidence he had against William Staubs was confirmed to me, ironically, through William Staubs himself. He told me Harris refused to give him video, which he claimed belonged to Case Closed, Inc. He said Harris told him the video could get him “put in prison.”

William Staubs told me some of the video consisted of interviews conducted with Crystal Sheffield, behind locked doors in a motel conference room. He said the video would be helpful to investigators in the HaLeigh Cummings case.

William Staubs told me the HaLeigh Bug Foundation was intended to be promoted as an international child recovery firm. He said he was supposed to be the chief investigator. He said there were ten cases, “just like this one”, waiting for him.

Investigation Required?

Evidence and video exists that Crystal Sheffield and others were carefully exploiting the mysterious disappearance of her daughter, HaLeigh Cummings.

Evidence and documents exists to prove William Staubs’ purpose for revoking the bond of Daniel Snodgrass was directly related to the missing child HaLeigh Cummings.

Evidence exists that shows Crystal Sheffield, conspired and worked closely with a cluster of corporations to arrest Daniel Snodgrass, cameras rolling, for purposes of wide-spread publication.

Evidence and documents exist that prove Crystal Sheffield’s team was disseminating information to the media to nurture suspicion, and generate outrage from the public against Daniel Snodgrass.

On February 10, 2009 at approximately 3:27 a.m., a seventeen year-old girl named Misty Croslin telephoned 911 in Putnam County, Florida and told the operator she woke up to find her five year-old child missing.

The little girl nobody could find was HaLeigh Cummings, 5.

The Sheriff’s Office found this emergency call to be rather suspicious, because they had already received a call regarding HaLeigh at 2:13 a.m. from somebody else.

The trailer home, which HaLeigh allegedly vanished from, rendered detectives nothing useful. No signs of forced entry; no forensic evidence indicating foul play was found. The Sheriff’s Office would not even refer to the trailer as a ‘crime scene’ per say.

The initial police report deemed the incident ‘domestically involved’ and the Sheriff’s Office told the media it was ‘no stranger abduction’.

All in all – HaLeigh was not at her father’s house and, wherever she was at – nobody was talking.

An Amber Alert was issued, which generated national media attention for the little girl.


As time passed, it became very clear the Sheriff’s Office was not going to provide the public with any specific information – with one exception. The Sheriff’s Office would talk about the girl that called 911 at 3:27 a.m. – Misty Croslin. ‘Misty holds the key” is what spokesmen for the sheriff’s office would tell the media.

Sheriff Jeff Hardy, Maj. Gary Bowling, Capt. Dominick Piscitello, Capt. Dick Schauland, Lt. Johnny Greenwood, and others were all positive the ‘key’ was with Misty.

They were wrong.

The key to HaLeigh’s disappearance is the person who made the 2:13 a.m. call. Misty didn’t make that call.

Whoever called the police at 2:13 a.m. already knew HaLeigh was gone. The caller wanted a deputy to be dispatched to the trailer so it could be found empty, thus proving Misty and HaLeigh were not there. Actual radio transcriptions show that a deputy was dispatched; and the trailer was found empty.

In September of 2009, the Sheriff’s Office finally squeezed a prisoner into making a statement to that effect. Hank (Tommy) Croslin Jr., the brother of Misty Croslin, told law enforcement he rapped on the door of the Cummings trailer around the 10 o’clock hour but nobody was home.

This creates several questions.

Why wouldn’t the Sheriff’s Office simply issue a public statement, explaining how they sent a deputy to the trailer that night after receiving a call at 2:13 a.m. – why not just announce they know that Misty Croslin was not there?

It raises a fair question – the police did receive the first call at 2:13 a.m. That is a fact that came from Lt. John Greenwood (now Major) – the public information officer during an interview with the Gainesville Sun. Why did the Sheriff’s Office feel they needed to squeeze the hell out of Tommy Croslin; and then have it be him to claim Misty wasn’t at the trailer?

It’s clear the Sheriff’s Office wanted the public to know Misty wasn’t home – but why couldn’t tell they just come out and say it themselves? Anybody would rather hear it from a deputy.

So here’s the problem – they are protecting the identity of the 2:13 a.m. caller. The person that called the police at 2:13 a.m. already knew HaLeigh was gone. So, if the police won’t disclose the identity of the 2:13 a.m. caller, they are basically covering for that caller – and they are covering to this very day.


So, why would Misty Croslin lie to police and tell them she was at the trailer that night sleeping beside HaLeigh, only to wake and find her gone – missing – stolen? Why did she feel she needed to say all that? Well, that caller, whose identity is being protected; was attempting to frame Misty – and Misty knew it.

What was Misty being framed for? Why frame her? What was the plan?

Misty Croslin was being framed as an irresponsible teenage babysitter. It was probably not the intention of anyone to frame her for murder – just a patsy to create a plausible explanation for how a stranger could come in and take HaLeigh away. Misty Croslin was going to be set up as the token irresponsible teenage babysitter – it was going to appear that she left HaLeigh alone while she ran around partying and somebody came along and kidnapped HaLeigh.

However, when Misty found out the police were looking for her; she realized what was being done – she knew she was being set up. She high-tailed it to the trailer and claimed she was there all night.

Why make it look like a kidnapping? Why all this framing stuff?

The reason the 2:13 a.m. caller attempted to frame Misty as an irresponsible teenager that neglected the child, and allowed her to be kidnapped by a stranger, is because HaLeigh was already gone. HaLeigh had been taken away from her father by her grandpa.

Why did grandpa take her?

Because – among other things – HaLeigh was being sexually abused.

The frame-up very likely involved Ronald Cumming and his mother, Teresa Neves. They were trying to create a scenario that would explain why HaLeigh was gone, without telling on HaLeigh’s paternal grandpa, Johnny Sheffield.

Why not just tell on Johnny Sheffield?

Because – Johnny Sheffield and Ronald Cummings had secrets between them.


According to a source I interviewed, somebody was murdered shortly before HaLeigh was reported missing. What’s most interesting about the killing is the amount of individuals that appear to be directly, or indirectly, involved. Guns were a regular conversation piece for:

Hank Croslin Sr.

Hank Croslin Jr.

Timothy Croslin

Joseph Overstreet

Ronald Cummings

William Staubs

Johnny Sheffield

In a recorded conversation between Ronald Cummings and a private investigator, Cobra Staubs, the two discuss a pistol that was hidden and washed.


According to Crystal Sheffield’s victim’s abuse advocate, Wayanne Kruger, two men, John and Jeremiah Regan, met Teresa Neves at the home of Ronald Cummings a few days before HaLeigh vanished – Misty Croslin was present.

What did they all do at the Cummings trailer?

Here is what Kruger told me in a recorded interview.

They took naked photographs of HaLeigh in an illegal transaction involving child pornography. The transaction was captured by John Regan, who was dressed as a pastor and wearing a concealed wire. If what Kruger said is true, it explains a lot of things.

Now, before making any critical judgments on Kruger’s credibility, you might want to consider her accomplishments. She authored a book regarding child sex abuse, and her story was featured on the ABC television news magazine 20/20. She has been featured by People magazine. She has intimate knowledge of the ‘underground’.

The crazy world of child sex abuse rescue missions is Kruger’s forte.

A separate witness I interviewed described close-up photographs taken of HaLeigh’s vagina, which was damaged by recent sex abuse. According to Kruger, HaLeigh was being molested and pimped-out in a variety of ways.

There was one other thing Kruger told me. She said the Sheriff’s Office and FBI could not determine if HaLeigh was dead or alive, because she had been recently raped and they didn’t know if she died from the hemorrhaging.

Kruger’s story about HaLeigh possibly being raped and hemorrhaging shortly before she vanished could possibly be disinformation, put out to justify HaLeigh’s disappearance, but the over-arching fact that HaLeigh was being sexually abused is what is most relevant.

So it went like this…

According to Kruger, in a planned operation, blackmail evidence was obtained against Ronald Cummings and Teresa Neves during a child porn shoot. With blackmail evidence as insurance, HaLeigh was taken by her grandpa, and Ronald Cummings didn’t dare tell on him.

So, Ronald Cummings and his mother staged a stranger abduction kidnapping and Misty Croslin was supposed to get blamed for leaving HaLeigh alone and vulnerable.


HaLeigh disappeared on February 10 and had been missing for one month.

In March of 2009, at the invitation of Marie Griffis (HaLeigh’s maternal grandmother) and Crystal Sheffield (HaLeigh’s mother), Wayanne Kruger traveled from Arizona to Florida to assist the family and talk to the press. Well – that was the official story – but it wasn’t true.

Kruger had already been to the area – she was in the area HaLeigh disappeared.

As noted previously, if anybody was paying attention, they would have noticed Kruger is a child sexual abuse advocate that was once featured on ABC’s news magazine 20/20 for a book she wrote about sex abuse of little girls. If anyone had looked a little further, yet, they would have read about Kruger assisting a woman with hiding and transporting her little child to keep her from her abuser.


Kruger was invited to travel to Florida from Arizona by HaLeigh’s family and was given a bed in their home. Despite some flaws and poor judgment in others; Kruger has a real heart and cares about helping victims. So, who was Kruger communicating with before and after she arrived in Florida – besides Marie Griffis and Crystal Sheffield?

I’ll tell you.


Kruger was telephoning, texting, and coordinating her activities with a private investigator named William Staubs – a.k.a. ‘Cobra the Bounty Hunter’. He was in negotiations with Discovery Channel and Spike TV for a reality show. Kruger and Staubs were also communicating with Rev. Richard Grund – a potential prosecution witness in the Casey Anthony trial.

Kruger and Staubs were also in communication with a sleazy washed-up tabloid blogger named Art Harris. This guy is a true degenerate – an Amber Alert pimp working for Nancy Disgrace.

If you ever had any anger and disgust – Art Harris and Nancy Grace are worthy of utter contempt from the American public. Harris, a sleazy wannabe media writer, accepted drug money as payment from Staubs to publish cooked up bull-shit on his website. Harris developed articles that made innocent people look guilty and re-directed focus from those who were actually responsible for HaLeigh’s disappearance.

According to a former colleague, Harris was fired by CNN during the first Gulf War after jeopardizing the lives of U.S. troops – a pissed off sergeant drove him away from the troop encampment and kicked him out of the jeep. Harris tells people he won two Emmy awards so people think he is honest – according to his former colleague he is a liar – CNN won the awards, not him.

Additionally, Kruger was working alongside a father and son team, John and Jeremiah Regan.

Kruger, Cobra, Harris, Grund, John, and Jeremiah Regan were all in contact and communication with Marie Griffis and Crystal Sheffield. Also present was staff members Jerri Green, Donna Wagoner, and Donald Knop. Most of them shared a motel block.

Kruger says she attempted to go to the police and tell the truth about HaLeigh. She says John and Jeremiah Regan prevented her from doing so. She said John Regan told her he was an “undercover pervert” working for the FBI – pretending to be a pedophile to catch pedophiles.

Shortly after Kruger attempted to spill the beans, she was poisoned in a motel room and almost died. She says Staubs pulled a gun on her and Jeremiah Regan pricked her with a needle that caused her to develop a metallic taste in her mouth and feel as if she was going under anesthesia – she said a doctor later determined she had a mild heart attack – when it happened nobody would call 911.

Yeah – those were the consequences of trying to go to the police. Kruger exited a few days after she was poisoned – essentially escaping with her life.

Kruger is believed to have video of HaLeigh Cummings, which she shot with her I-Phone.

For the next couple of months the charlatans wrought havoc on the area. Sleazy Harris pretended to be a journalist and wrote cheesy articles promoting Cobra. Staubs and Harris targeted specific drug addicts and local pedophiles for sensationalized stories that would cast suspicion on them; and away from Crystal Sheffield and the rest.

Kruger would later reveal in recorded interviews that John Regan was part of a baby-brokering human-trafficking operation in South Florida. The details of what Kruger described will make you physically ill. Jeremiah Regan started soliciting donations from businesses, seeking a rental property, and the group quickly had a building they called the HaLeigh Bug Center. Simultaneously, they erected a website called and a foundation called HaLeigh Bug.

The web domain was in the name of Jeremiah Regan.

Staubs told the Jacksonville Times-Union that HaLeigh Bug was supposed to be grown into an international search firm that hunted down missing children. Staubs was going to be the chief investigator.

By mid-summer of 2009, a great many plans appeared to be in ruin.

Kruger had exited in March, but remained in contact with the members by phone and text. Harris was gone. He only appeared on obscure basement productions of Web radio programs to an audiences of 10-20 people. He can no longer operate a business that features his name.

Staubs was free on bond after being arrested by the Sheriff’s Office and charged with felony false imprisonment. The group had dismantled with letters of disassociation flying back back and forth.

But, did anything happen before the gang was gone that could lend any clues to the truth about HaLeigh’s whereabouts and fate.

Yes, it did.

It happened on April 26-27 between Brunson, South Carolina and Satsuma, Florida.


On April 26, 2009 at approximately 6:30 p.m., a woman and her husband believed they witnessed the missing child HaLeigh Cummings at the Tiger Express gas station in Brunson, South Carolina. The witnesses reported to law enforcement what they had seen. They called it in to America’s Most Wanted. They also sent the information to Florida Attorney Mark Nejame (which provided a publicly available document of the event).

The couple reported seeing HaLeigh Cummings in the custody of a man and a woman. When the man noticed HaLeigh had been recognized, he made the child lay down on the floor boards of the car. The vehicle exited the gas station, turned, and continued in the direction of Florida.


A few hours later…

On April 27, 2009 at 12:47 a.m., a 911 call was made. Assistance was being requested at a commercial facility in Satsuma, Florida called the HaLeigh Bug Center. The caller was Sara Sheffield – she was requesting medical assistance for her sister, Crystal Sheffield, HaLeigh’s mother. Sara Sheffield reported to responding deputies that a man dressed in black had been lurking around outside the HaLeigh Bug Center. She told the officer her sister fell down and hit her head and was having a seizure.

I interviewed the Sheffield family’s private investigator, William Staubs regarding this event. In fact, I interviewed most every professional working around Crystal Sheffield at the time. Each person provided me riveting details of a very dramatic event. Every person I interviewed described a chaotic bloody scene. One rendition of events included several men being present, (multiple) babies crying, adults screaming and arguing, family members arriving and leaving, paramedics interacting with licensed professionals, and sheriff’s deputies questioning witnesses.

All of my interviews regarding that matter were recorded on audio. I possess audio proof of all the statements by each witness. For purposes of this article, I am going to focus on what Staubs told me.


William Staubs told me he was present and spoke face to face with a police officer. Others I interviewed also claimed to have spoken with paramedics and police officers. Others even claimed to have ‘witnessed’ Staubs speaking to a police officer.

The alleged interaction between witnesses, and, police officers and paramedics, will become very relevant as you will see (because the Police Report says the opposite).

William Staubs told me the Sheffield girls had a baby in the building and he discussed how they handled that situation.

William Staubs: “…and then there was a concern as I recall as to where this little child would end up going too – they had a cute looking baby – so they decided to give it to somebody else yadda yadda yadda I can’t – the story is kind of sketchy there as far as what I remember, but they turned the kid over to somebody else”

Timothy Holmseth: What kid?

William Staubs: “The baby. Some baby. They were babysitting some baby or something They had to get rid of this baby, and I think it was the new kid that, if memory serves me correct it was the new child that Crystal and her boyfriend have there. I can’t remember what his name is off the top of my head but I said well is it – and I gave – I’m not watching the kid – I’m not sitting here watching the kid so they called and somebody else came and picked up the child and then Crystal was transported to the hospital…”

The audio you listened to contains a complete, consecutive, un-edited statement from Staubs (with the exception of a redacted name) regarding the April 27, 2009 event at the HaLeigh Bug Center.

Staubs describes arriving at the same time as another vehicle, which itself contains several occupants. They then found Crystal Sheffield bleeding profusely. He says approximately five minutes passed, and then he heard the sirens approaching. Five minutes – make note of that – FIVE MINUTES.

Staubs talks about getting a towel for Crystal Sheffield who is still bleeding. He also describes Sara Sheffield walking him through what she claimed happened. He examines a hatchet he finds. The group then confers about what to do with a baby that is present at the scene. It is decided a relative should be called to come and pick the child up, which is then done. But remember, he heard the sirens approaching within five minutes.

There is a problem with what Staubs is saying. The problem is in the police report and there is no escaping it. The police report only reports Sara and Crystal Sheffield as being present (Crystal was erroneously referred to as Crystal Cummings in the report). Other than police officers, the only other witness listed is the neighbor man.

Not only that – there’s NO BABY. The police report says there were NO MINOR children present.


What does this mean?

If you take the police report at face value, William Staubs was not present when the police arrived, nor was any of the other people that told me they were present.

They had all split the scene – with the baby.

Staubs said they decided to have a cousin come and pick the child up. In a separate interview he told me he personally put the child in a car in front of the HaLeigh Bug Center.

Staubs said he spoke with Crystal Sheffield’s mother, Marie Griffis, to make sure it was okay to send the child away in a vehicle. Staubs said he heard the sirens five minutes after his arrival. So, when did all this telephone activity regarding the ‘baby’ take place? What Staubs describes is ‘calling’ someone well after midnight (presumably waking them up) and asking them to come and pick up a baby. He then has the entire task being accomplished before the approaching the sirens arrive.

Remember, he heard the sirens approaching within five minutes of his own arrival.

The police report stated no minor children were at the scene.

Now – what really went on there, you wonder.

Well – Staubs was staking the place out (the man dressed in black – peeking in the windows). When HaLeigh arrived from Georgia (having passed through Brunson, South Carolina where she was seen at the gas station) Cobra Staubs kicked the door in on the HaLeigh Bug Center (he told me he kicked the door in) and took HaLeigh away from her mother and gave her to her gandpa.

Now – hold on to your socks, because I am going to tell you what happened when I first tried to get a copy of that police report.

In the fall of 2010, I telephoned the Records department in Putnam County to request all available documentation on the event that took place per the 911 call on April 27, 2009.

Guess what?

The computer system contained no record whatsoever of the event. According to the computer system where all the records are kept – the whole thing NEVER HAPPENED.



I had to fight it out with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and involve the FBI before they suddenly ‘found’ it.


HaLeigh’s disappearance has been classified as both a kidnapping and homicide. The press releases by the Sheriff’s Office are confusing to most, because although homicide is discussed, HaLeigh’s has an Amber Alert that classifies her as Missing and Endangered.

To help you understand this seeming discrepancy, we will go through the finer details and developments of the case, to explain why the case has appeared to toggle between these two classifications.

Approximately two weeks after HaLeigh’s disappearance, a quasi anomaly appeared in the investigation when cadaver dogs hit on a dumpster near HaLeigh’s home; but nothing was found. The dumpster hit was perplexing – if a body had been in the dumpster, where did it go? Why wasn’t the dumpster hit on immediately the night HaLeigh was reported missing?

I will get back to that dumpster, but first, let’s look at some other searches that followed.

Law enforcement conducted several different searches – focusing primarily on bodies of water. In June, 2009 law enforcement searched property in Baker County, Florida on the property of HaLeigh’s maternal grandmother, Marie Griffis. In September, 2009 a pond was drained after receiving a tip.

It was never clear exactly what law enforcement was searching for during these targeted events.

By early 2010, several persons of interest in HaLeigh’s disappearance were in the custody of the PCSO on un-related drug charges. Misty Croslin and her brother, Hank Croslin Jr., were talking to police. While the Croslins were discussing various details about an alleged murder of the little girl, they did not confess to murdering HaLeigh. Rather, they provided statements implicating a family cousin from Tennessee named Joe Overstreet.

Law enforcement had long since interviewed Overstreet and cleared him. Polygraph tests administered on Misty Croslin did not confirm the new story she was giving law enforcement.

In April of 2010, based upon information emerging from the jail, an extensive search of the St. John’s River was conducted by multiple agencies and counties including Putnam, Clay, Marion, as well as the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Amidst this River search, the PCSO announced the missing person case had been converted into a homicide investigation.

It is at this point you might begin to consider and ponder the idea that a person may have been killed around the time HaLeigh vanished; a person that was NOT HaLeigh Cummings.

Major Gary Bowling, director of law enforcement, PCSO, was asked by the Gainesville Sun how officers reached the decision that the case was now a homicide. Bowling said, “It’s a lot of information over the last few weeks. None of us believe we are looking for an alive child anymore.”

Fair enough.

Now – what Major Bowling said was very significant – because according to the director, the classification of the case affected the Amber Alert status. “You lose the Amber Alert out of that, but that’s the only significant difference between any tool or investigative strategy that changes or diminishes,” Bowling told the Palatka Daily News.

The Amber Alert was cancelled by the classification change Major Bowling said so.

HaLeigh’s new status will also keep the investigation on the path to her killer rather than the person that abducted her, Bowling said.

Director Bowling’s additional ditty may have been a message to those hiding HaLeigh that they were going to be treated as child murderers from that point on – the gloves were coming off.

The idea that HaLeigh was dead was to be an idea short-lived.

The PCSO was about to discover something from me (Timothy Charles Holmseth), that would jump start the entire investigation, and will certainly change what you think about HaLeigh’s welfare status. Likewise, it will illuminate what law enforcement continues to refer to as a homicide investigation.

Let’s re-cap the events of April 26-27, 2009 – you will soon be amazed because that event, in conjunction with my request for the police report regarding the event, resulted in HaLeigh’s Amber Alert being re-instated.

On April 27, 2009 Putnam County Emergency Management (PCEM) dispatched an ambulance to a facility called the HaLeigh Bug Center in Satsuma, Florida after receiving a 911 emergency call from Sarah Sheffield – the sister of Crystal Sheffield (HaLeigh’s mother).

Now – remember – HaLeigh had been sighted at approximately 6:30 p.m., April 26 at the Tiger Express gas station in Brunson, South Carolina in the company of a man and woman traveling in the direction of Florida. The man would later be picked out of a group of pictures by the witness, who said she recognized him to be the man shown in a photo of Jeremiah Regan, administrator, HaLeigh Bug Center.

During multiple interviews I conducted, I learned about the late night incident at the HaLeigh Bug Center that resulted in a 911 call, and understood its shocking implications.

In the fall of 2010 I contacted Major (then Lieutenant) Johnny Greenwood, public information officer, PCSO, and asked him for the police report generated by the April 27, 2010 law enforcement activity at the HaLeigh Bug Center. Major Greenwood advised me there was no record of any such event – he said no police were at any such scene.

Of course, I knew better, because I had conducted so many interviews with so many people present at the scene, it was a no-brainer. It was even covered by the mainstream media at the time; including a news piece by T.J. Hart, news director, WSKY. I decided to contact the department that handles records and emergency management dispatches in Putnam County, Florida. I called and I was told the computer system did not contain any records of any emergency management personnel being dispatched to that location.


The records had all disappeared from the computer.

I contacted Major Greenwood again. I told him I had conducted extensive recorded interviews that would prove what occurred at the HaLeigh Bug Center that night. I included the Jacksonville FBI in the email exchange. I became very forward with my request.

Major Greenwood then found the police report. He said it had not originally appeared because the right words were not being used in the search.

Major Greenwood’s explanation did not reasonably account for an entire event disappearing from the mainframe computer system; but that’s for another time.

The narrative of the police report did not, in any way, shape, or form match what I had been told about the events of that night. I had been told of multiple people – crying and arguing – cars coming and going, small children being placed in automobiles and quickly taken away. Blood everywhere – fighting, screaming, arguing, phone calls, and wailing babies.


Shortly thereafter, HaLeigh’s cancelled Amber Alert was re-instated (the first time in American history that a cancelled Amber Alert was re-instated).

In this same time-window, Peggy Cone, the former lead detective of the HaLeigh Task Force (quietly) retired from the PCSO. It is very clear – somebody took measures to hide the entire paper trail regarding the April 26-27, 2009 event. The subsequent administerial activities by the Sheriff’s Office regarding Detective Cone provide a pretty good idea of where one might want to place their focus on that matter.

Major Bowling advised me of Cone’s departure, and noted a new detective had been assigned to the case and it was very active.


When law enforcement re-instated HaLeigh’s Amber Alert – the message and reality was loud and clear – HaLeigh was not dead. Obviously, this creates questions about the on-going “criminal investigation” being conducted by the PCSO, which they called a “homicide investigation” shortly before I exposed the HaLeigh Bug Center incident and hidden records.

Okay – now we will now jump back to the bizarre event that took place in February of 2010, when several German Shepherd cadaver dogs hit on a dumpster near HaLeigh’s home – but no body was found inside the dumpster.

I learned during an interview with a witness, who I am not going to name (but have named to PCSO) that a man was allegedly murdered in the home of Ronald Cummings shortly before HaLeigh was reported missing.

The homicide involved a gun and considerable activity took place with disposing of the body.

I have provided the names of the individuals that were allegedly present during the violent murder to the PCSO and FBI. As you can see, the disappearance of HaLeigh Cummings can be classified as either a kidnapping investigation, homicide investigation, or criminal investigation.

It’s all of them.