More On Robert 'Ghostwolf'
February 21, 1999
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Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 20:29:44 -0800
From: Wes Thomas <email@example.com>
Subject: Ghostwolf's latest scam: fake Miami Circle
Ghostwolf's latest scam: fake Miami Circle
Mystery Miami 'Circle' Is Known Railroad Excavation
By Robert A.M. Stephens <firstname.lastname@example.org>
February 13, 1999
In 1911 The Narrow Gauge Railway Co. operated by Teddy Collins and Sons, known as the Narrow Gauge Starfire Co., originally from the Oak Hill area of Pennsylvania, was contracted in May of 1910 by the operations board for the then fledging Florida East Coast Railway and Navigation Co. to begin dredging in the Miami byway area for an intended spur link from thier interchange 'Y' at mile post 289. In so doing, since the Florida East Coast Railway was standard gauge (4' 8 1/2" as per modern AAR standards) the large road engines and the lighter switcher s, were much too heavy to operate on the required light rails (30 lbs. per yard) that construction trains running on the sand based ground in an around the area were using, resorted to c ontracting a narrow gauge railroad builder and operator to perform the works. Teddy Collins was the outfit. The man himself was a lumberman who fell back on railway co nstruction work to offset the downturn in lumbering that was vexing the nation in the 1906- 13 time frame.
He got the contract to construct the following:
1. A 6 mile long elevated standard gauge RR bed from the FECRwy. junction in western Miami, then curve through downtown Miami proper, crossing the waterway-mud area in question, then terminating with a branch that would come to the ocean side stead.
2. A twin turntable pier structure for a low slung Howe-Truss center span bridge. (the 'Circle' in question).
3. Laid course to be with 100 per yard rail. In 1913 Collins finished construction but the excavation of the waterway nearly broke him. The remnants of native American artifacts in the area is a result of the deep muck removal of material on the site in the attempt to form a more stable road bed. The attempt in this area failed. The FECRwy. abandoned the 6 mile spur in favor of Teamsters moving freight from the FECRwy. railhead to downtown
loca tions. The circle in question was the standard design base at the time of building a Howe-Truss, center bearing bridge traverse.
Thought I would let you know.
References: 'The Railroad in the Sun'. The FECRwy.Co.'
Howell North Books, 1962
John T. Labbe 'Lumbering and Logging in Pennsylvania'
Veron Goe and John Kasler 1970-(out of print--collectors edition) '
The Locomotives that Baldwin built' Coronado Press, 1969
Elgin Meeks 'Rails Through Dixie' Peach Tree Press, 1975
John Vilden and Ennice Kregg 'The Climax Locomotive. A Geared Wonder' Narrow Gauge Pictorial Dann James Historical Publishers, 1980 (Pg. 133. Pict. of locomotive used in the dredging work. Locomotive CN # 190,. Climax Locomotive Works, Corry Penny.)
'Mikado: The Locomot ives of Florida' (a trieste to the 2-8-2 Wheel Arrangement For Fast Freight on Light Ground.' Locomotive Historical Quarterly. DoT Document number 388.55.A (19 89) And lastly, there are far more compelling 'circles' of note that are real, not railroad excavations, at the sound end of the Kennedy Space Center along the Banana River. Wonder why no one is talking about that. Perhaps a little too close to 'Space' based subject matter?
sincerely, Robert A.M. Stephens
NASA Documentation Program Stillwater Mills Contractor- Aerospace
Rita Breune <Rita_B@spamrus.com> wrote:
That makes perfect sense to me. The first time I saw the pic, I figured it was some sort of old construction site or rubble dump. The holes seemed to be just drill holes for steel rebars for a pier base of some sort. Funny how we never get a really good, detailed picture of the thing, isn't it?
Two new newgroups, alt.fan.robert.ghostwolf and alt.fan.robert.franzone, have been formed and are accessible via dejanews.com. I have interviewed some of the victims of Robert Franzone (AKA Robert Parry, Robert Wolf, Robert Wolff, Robert Ghostwolf), who confirm many of the statements below. I have hard copy documentation for some of his identities, including his use of a fraudulent social security number. I have also been in touch with one of the Miami television reporters mentioned below. If anyone has additional information on "Ghostwolf" or any of his other identities, please send it to me.
Here's a post to alt.fan.robert.ghostwolf:
Author: Moldy <Moldy@green.com>
alt.fan.robert.ghostwolf discussion of the huckster robert ghostwolf
Charter and FAQ
1. What the heck is a "Robert Ghostwolf?"
Robert Ghostwolf aka Robert Franzone is a scammer posing as a "Native American." He has no card with the Native Nations and is actually of Italian descent. He poses as a "native American medicine man" for fun and profit$. He is a frequent guest on the Art Bell show, and like most of Art's guests he is a snake oil salesman. There are pages about him all over the net and many usenet articles written by real, card carrying nations people who have condemned his various new age "indian medicine man" $cams. And apparently he is also wanted in a couple of states for fraud.
Never mind all of this, Art sure doesn't mind, since this Miami Circle hoopala started it seems that Art Bell is having the shyster on his show just about every night the past couple of weeks.
2. Why not just ignore him instead of naming a newsgroup after him?
Because he is insulting to an entire race of people. Because he has ripped people off with his frauds and scams. Because Art Bell continues to have this idiot on his show. Because I have a personal problem with $3.99 a minute medicine men.
3. What are the topics to be discussed in this newsgroup?
Any topic that has to do with Mr. Franzone (his real name) and his various aliases and scams. Also other discussion of scamming new agers is welcome as well, but the group's topics should generally be about Ghostwolf.
Robert Franzone History
Author: twohorse <email@example.com>
Robert Franzone: Thief, liar, abuser of women and children, con man, etc., etc., etc.
Here's a timeline:
Sometime prior to the late 70s, Robert Franzone assumes the name of Robert Parry, who he confides later to a girlfriend is a dead person. This name change is due to some action on Robert's part which probably does not carry a statute of limitations. Fear not, though, justice is served: in a 1986 New York Supreme Court case in Nassau County, NY, Robert's name and his alias are linked in court documents; Robert and his mother, Frances, are sued by a law firm for contractual breach and Robert is listed on the filing as "Robert Franzone A/K/A Robert Parry."
The "Parry" identity is linked to Robert's fraudulent claim of Indianness as "Ghost Wolf" by the Washington state bail documents on which "Wolf Lodge," Robert's current scam, is listed.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves:
Late 80s: Robert takes $38,000 from a woman in Santa Clara County, California, to remodel her house and leaves town. Robert is later arressted in Barstow, California, and is returned to San Jose, stands trial and is convicted of a felony. He serves six months, and is required to pay restitution, which he fails to do.
However, while in Barstow, he has been involved in a real estate scam with his friend John Bowen; after abandoning the house involved in the scam, Robert cleans the house out, removing even the appliances.
Robert becomes involved with a plumbing contractor from LA named Nello Olivo, convincing Nello to become involved in a currency commodities plan with another bad actor named Stafford Mew, currently serving time in Washington for the $250,000 ripoff that results. Robert lives with Olivo and his wife, Danica, for a time, even moving with them to Lake Tahoe. As the currency conspiracy nears its end, Robert begins to realize that he is
going to take the heat for it and forges documents linking him to Olivo's company, documents that allow him to obtain a $30,000 loan for a new pickup truck from First Interstate Bank and to obtain a corporate American Express card on Olivo's corporate account. He never makes a single payment on the truck; he then splits for Yelm, Washington.
Once in Yelm, Robert begins to associate with a group called the"Thunder Family," a group of Wanabis that help set him on his way into the "Wolf Lodge" scam. Even this group of knuckleheads realizes that he's a bad apple, and he's sent scurrying off to Spokane to seek the protection of another woman...
...oh, by the way, did I mention? Robert believes that he draws his power from women, needing approximately twelve of them more or less in service to him at a time. His treatment of them is something else, though...
He's introduced to an Indian woman in Spokane, who he winds up living with until she brings the Marshals back to her house to remove him after he beats her.
>From Spokane, he latches on to another woman, this time on Orcas Island, Washington, where the "Wolf Lodge" scam begins to run full tilt. I should mention that this is where I first met Robert; curious about what I had heard about his scam, I showed up at one of his little medicine shows with two other Indian people. When we asked Bob some pointed questions about his background, we were asked to leave...I guess we didn't have the right kind of energy.
At any rate, while Robert is with the woman on Orcas, he is arrested on the California and Nevada warrants and is extradited back to Santa Clara County to face the music for not paying the restitution. He spends another six months in the slammer, and then is extradited to Nevada. However, the Nevada charge falls apart because his lawyer successfully argues that the fraud occurred in California, not Nevada...so much for justice.
Robert's legal troubles continue, however: he is extradited to Barstow to face charges of grand larceny...remember the house-cleaning in Barstow. However, the evidence is circumstantial, and he gets out of this one as well.
Needless to say, all these legal troubles cost somebody some money, right? Right you are...his girlfriend on Orcas winds up paying out about $75,000 to end Robert's legal problems. They remain together for a bit longer, but she has had some problems of her own with Bob: Robert has beaten her and both of her teenaged daughters repeatedly during his tenure with them. She has had enough, and gives Bob the heave-ho.
Bob, true to form, cleans out two of her bank accounts, runs up $20,000 on her credit cards, vandalizes the house they share, and splits (again) for Spokane, where he immediately takes up with Laura Lee Mistycah (does the name "Mistyc House" ring any bells?) and brings the "Wolf Lodge" scam online there. That's his present base of operations.
In the time since he's been in Spokane, I've received e-mail and other communications from Indian people who have been treated in exactly the same way as I and my friends were on Orcas: when he's questioned by skins, the skins get shown the door. He's also pulled another heinous trick: by visiting Arvol Looking Horse at Cheyenne River, he's associated himself with Mr. Looking Horse. In the material he now sends out, he uses
Looking Horse's name freely to grant himself authority.
Josh says he doesn't care about Robert Franzone's past, only his present?
Fine: Josh, Robert Franzone-Parry-"Ghost Wolf" in the present tense is the same scheming, lying thief he's been from the time he began his scamming. Such a person has no business whatever near a sacred site, nor has he any business with Indian people (except perhaps to apologize profusely for his scamming carried out in our names).
He is in the present what he's been in the past, and that's the reason he should be run out of Miami on a rail. He's not doing good, he's doing for himself, as he always has.
I have court records, bail records, taped interviews, and other material to back up everything I've said above. On that note, I should also add that I'm in contact with the New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and Nassau County District Attorneys to establish what bad act prompted the initial name change and to help them to build the connection between the names necessary to bring this criminal to justice.
You also might like to know that there are Miami television reporters looking into his criminal record.
One more note: Robert's mother, Frances, and his brother, Ron, both live in Florida near Miami. Robert is persona non grata with them, for reasons which I can only guess (educatedly, however) at, and he has not been in contact with them. Considering Robert's record, I can imagine that the estrangement is due to something on his part; as discussed above, there was a lawsuit in New York in which his mom was named as a co-defendant, so I would guess that she had to pay for something he pulled. Not the way I'd treat my parents. If you still think Bob
Mike Two Horses
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