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Attorney General Hunter Announces Plea Agreement in Case against Richard and Ryan Tate

I was one of those victims. A great number of people lost 1000’s of dollars given to Tate to publish their manuscripts. Both my manuscripts, A Child is Missing: A True Story, and A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice were initially published by Tate. (The second book took 6 years of my life to research, interview, and write.) We trusted them. They have caused financial hardship and emotional distress to many of us.

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December 19, 2018

Attorney General Hunter Announces Plea Agreement in Case against Richard and Ryan Tate

 Defendants to pay more than $820,000 to victims

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced the state has reached a plea agreement with Richard and Ryan Tate, who will spend the next two decades on probation in order to pay more than $820,000 in restitution to victims.

As part of the plea, the former executives of Tate Publishing and Tate Music Group were charged with 38 felonies and six misdemeanors related to their fraudulent business practices that swindled more than 2,200 individuals out of their property and money they paid to have their music or books published or produced through the companies.

Attorney General Hunter said his office has set up a restitution account and is working on a system to begin paying victims back as expeditiously as possible.

“Today, the Tates have finally accepted responsibility for defrauding thousands of individuals,” Attorney General Hunter said. “My office will be closely monitoring the Tates throughout the course of their sentence to ensure every dollar is accounted for and they are complying with the terms of the plea agreement. I want the victims to know that my office is committed to doing all we can to guarantee they are repaid. While we establish this process to return victims’ money, we appreciate their patience and hope they know we are working every day with their best interests in mind.

“The successful outcome in this case wouldn’t have been possible without the diligent effort by the attorneys and agents in the Consumer Protection Unit. I commend their efforts and ongoing dedication to protecting Oklahomans.”

Terms of Agreement 

As part of the plea, and upon the filing of the agreement in Canadian County, the defendants made an initial payment of $109,000 to the Tate Victim Restitution Account. On the first day of every month beginning in February, the defendants will make a monthly restitution payment to the account in the amount of $3,000.

The total amount of the restitution owed may increase as more victims come forward with credible claims. Victims have until July 1, 2019 to file complaints and supporting documentation with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit.

The defendants are required to make additional lump sum payments each month their combined income exceeds $8,333. The lump sum payment will be equal to 50 percent of the amount of their combined monthly gross income for the previous month.

Each month, the defendants must provide the Attorney General’s Office with all pay stubs and all bank account information. Annually, the defendants must provide copies of W-2s, 1099s and tax returns for themselves and their spouses.

The defendants agree that any and all contractual agreements between authors and artists and the companies have been terminated. Additionally, they will immediately release all computers and computer servers in their possession to the Attorney General’s Office.

If the defendants violate any of the terms listed within the agreement, they risk probation revocation, which could result in prison time.  

To see the plea agreement, click here: https://bit.ly/2SbC1Oa.

Today’s outcome is the result of Attorney General Hunter filing the charges in May, 2017. To read the original release on the charges being filed, click here: https://bit.ly/2AbQbY6.


Unfortunately, the Attorney General’s Office cannot provide assurances to the quality of the files returned by the defendants. The files on the website were received by the Attorney General’s Office from the defendants. Some of the files received were incomplete, corrupt and possibly irretrievable. The defendants claim they are incapable of returning all authors’ and artists’ files as some files were stored in the Philippines and have not been recovered.

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I Still Miss Her

Kathy Lynn Gloddy

Another November 21st rolls around and it will never mean anything more to me but that my sister, Kathy, was found murdered on that day. At the age of 13, her life was snuffed out by a monster. A person, that in my opinion, is not a human being. 

In 1971, Kathy was raped, brutally beaten, strangled, and left naked in the woods three miles from our home. The only piece of clothing left on her that cold November night was a pair of knee-high socks pulled down to her ankles. If that wasn’t horrific enough, she was run over by a car multiple times to make sure she was dead. Her murder was brutal, and it sent our family down a path of grieving like I’d never seen before. Tormented by her death, each of us just barely hung on to life.

Forty-seven years later, I still miss her, I still grieve the loss of her, and I still want her back. I can’t remember her voice, or her laugh, and it makes me sad. I wish I had the time to know her better, I was barely fifteen when it happened. We were never given the chance to have a future together, to watch each other grow, to see each other’s children, or enjoy nephews and nieces. 

Her case is unsolved. It’s been forty-seven years of waiting for answers, anticipating an arrest, and hoping that someone would pay for what they did to her. In the meantime, I work to present the reality of unsolved cases to law enforcement and criminal justice students. I want them to understand that many of us never give up wanting justice for our loved one. I do it to honor Kathy.

I will always miss her, I still grieve her at times, and shed some tears, and that’s okay. I love her, and when you love someone that you miss, it’s normal, and don’t let anyone tell you different. I have learned to live in the new life forced upon me, but I also have learned that it’s okay to remember.

I love you, Kathy, I always will.

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Tucson Arizona Cold Case Unit

I had a productive meeting yesterday with Arizona’s Cold Case Unit in Tucson. I want to thank Detective Maria Cheek, and Sargent Marco Borboa for allowing me to speak with them. I understand how valuable their time is. I left encouraged. There are some wonderful opportunities to volunteer, and present Unsolved but Not Forgotten to law enforcement, and university students. Kathy continues to impact people everywhere.

 

Kathy
Kathy Lynn Gloddy
New Hampshire Cold Case
November 21, 1971

 

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Happy 60th Birthday Kathy

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Today, would have been Kathy’s 60th birthday. My family, has not had the privilege to celebrate birthdays with her for over forty years. At 13, Kathy, was brutally murdered on November 21, 1971 in a small New Hampshire town. Her case is still unsolved, but I’ve not given up on the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit to still make an arrest, and convict, the last living suspect before he dies.

In the meantime, I press on with the work I feel is important. A work that honors her in every way I can. When I speak to criminal justice students at universities, and law enforcement officers during training sessions about Kathy’s cold case, it makes an impact on them. Law enforcement officers are encouraged by her story, and students, who will one day be a part of the judicial system, get excited to change the world and make it a better place to live in. I am encouraged by this, and the fact that so many people all over this world know who Kathy is.

Happy 60th birthday Kathy! I love you with all my heart. XOXO

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A Child is Missing: A True Story Second Edition Releases on Kathy’s Anniversary

Lynda Cheldelin Fell
November 21 at 10:17am
Today it is with great honor that AlyBlue Media releases the book, A Child is Missing: A True Story, on the 46th anniversary of the murder of 13-year-old Kathy Lynn Gloddy.

The sister of my dear friend Karen Beaudin, Kathy was raped, beaten, run over and murdered in a sleepy New Hampshire town two days before Thanksgiving in 1971.

Her killer was never found.

Karen recounts the horrifying details of her younger sister’s unsolved murder and her family’s journey through the devastating aftermath because of its value as a teaching tool for law enforcement, training seminars, and university criminal justice programs.

Karen has been featured on ABC’s 20/20 and other notable news programs, received awards for her service on behalf of crime victims, and her family was influential in establishing New Hampshire’s first Cold Case Unit.

Karen originally published both books a number of years ago through a publisher who went out of business. This gave us the opportunity to partner with Karen to bring both books back into circulation so others can continue to learn from Kathy’s case.

As we move through Thanksgiving weekend, my list of thanks is very long, and my friendship with Karen is at the top of that list. As much as Thanksgiving will always be a painful reminder of her family’s shocking story, it also brought Karen and I together—something I will always be grateful for. She is a lovely soul who is full of grace, kindness, compassion, and determination to make a difference as her family continues to search for truth and justice in the aftermath of every family’s nightmare.

I love you, Karen Beaudin. Sending hugs and kisses to Kathy in heaven, and hugs and prayers to you. Today and always. XOXO

 

It was a cold November night in 1971 when 13-year-old Kathy Lynn Gloddy went missing, only to have her beaten, bruised body found the next day on the cold ground. Enter into the tragedy as Karen Beaudin vividly recounts the horrifying details of her younger sister’s death in A Child is Missing—the shocking true story of a small New Hampshire town stunned by the revelation of such a brutal crime, and a family devastated by the loss of a beloved daughter and sister. As Karen and her family search for justice, their faith will be tested in the battle against guilt, fear, and devastating grief that comes when they realize every family’s worst nightmare.

Available on Amazon

A Child is missing second editon

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10 Tips to Surviving Holiday Grief by Lynda Cheldelin Fell

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Lynda Cheldelin Fell, started the Grief Diaries Series after her precious Aly passed away from a horrific car accident. The Series covers all kinds of grief, and is written by those that understand, and have been through that particular sorrow. Don’t lose hope, there are people that care. Reach out if you’re struggling this holiday season. Today, 46 years ago, my sister Kathy, was murdered. I still miss her, and grieve for her. It is not like the unbearable grief I felt years ago. Grieving changes with time, thank God. I will always miss Kathy. I’ll continue to have days when I laugh with her, and days when I’ll cry with her, because she will forever live in my heart. ❤️

10 TIPS TO SURVIVING HOLIDAY GRIEF
Lynda Cheldelin Fell

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Release of 2nd Edition Searching for Justice

New Cover Book 2

Alyblue Media released the second edition of A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice today. A few aesthetic changes were made. A daisy, Kathy’s favorite flower, was placed on top of each page. Some of my favorite quotes about hope are placed on the blank pages. Kathy’s poems are place throughout the book instead of at the end. The front and back covers have been tweaked a little.  Alyblue Media lowered the price, which I’m thankful for.

I worked with author and creator of the Grief Diary series, Lynda Cheldelin Fell to have the second edition released. Currently, the first book, A Child is Missing: A True Story is in the process of a second edition release.

Why second editions? Tate Publishing, the publishers for the first editions, is no longer in business. Richard and Ryan Tate have been arrested on numerous felony charges. Some include, embezzlement, attempted extortion, and racketeering. They embezzled millions of dollars from clients that paid THEM to have their works published. This includes authors and musicians. Also, employees from all over the world were not paid.

When I began these projects, it was never about the money. My husband Mike, and me knew publishing would be costly, but felt the books were important for the public, victims’ advocates, criminal justice students, and law enforcement to read and learn from. Not only that, Kathy deserved to have her story told in a very public way. The books have been read in the US, Canada, Japan, and the UK.

The past 10 years of my life have consisted of research, interviews, writing, and promoting both books. When I heard about Tate Publishing, it was heartbreaking. After six years working on the sequel, Searching For Justice, it was no longer available on the market and it was just released on May 31, 2016. Working with Tate on the second book was brutal. It was obvious they were not the same company.

Lynda took loving care to get Searching For Justice back on the market. I expect nothing less with the current work being done on A Child Is Missing: A True Story.  I don’t think I could have gone through this again without the graciousness of Lynda, and Alyblue Media.

You can order the second edition of A Child is Missing: Searching For Justice on Amazon.

First editions of A Child is Missing: A True Story, and the sequel, A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice will be signed, and available through me while supplies last.

Thank you for your support in this journey that never ends.

Kathy, kisses and hugs.  I miss you.