Lansing State Journal from Lansing, Michigan on December 18, 1977 · Page 22
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B-IP TIIE STATE JOURNAL Sun.. Dee. 18. 1977 State sex ring probe Mcculloch im-vm 30 Fugitive Ann Arbor millionaire and gay business agent missing deepens TRAVERSE CITY (AP) - Adam Starchild says he has never met fugitive Ann Arbor millionaire Francis Shelden. But the Kearney, New Jersey man's name keeps popping up in connection with the financial affairs of the 49-year-old Shelden, who has been missing since last December, just after warrants were issued charging him with criminal sexual conduct involving young boys. THE TRAVERSE City Record Eagle, in a copyrighted series last week, established that a man calling himself Adam Starchild acted as Shelden's agent in the sale of the fugitive's private airplane in Denver. Shelden had used that plane to get to North Fox Island, his privately owned hideaway in Grand Traverse Bay off Lake Michigan. Police suspect the island was used as an illegal child pornography center. They are seeking Shelden and 36-year-old Dyer Grossman of New York on warrants charging the men with two counts each of criminal sexual conduct involving boys aged 10 to 14. Both men vanished shortly after the warrants were issued just over one year ago. State and federal agents have been searching for them ever since. SOURCES QUOTED Friday by the Record-Eagle say Starchild represented Shelden in transfering the Ann Arbor millionaire's "considerable stock holdings" from a New York brokerage house to a West Indies trust company. Those same sources say Starchild is acting as an agent handling these funds. A spokesman for the New York firm, Horn-blower & Weeks, was unable to confirm or deny the reports."When an account has been inactive for. more than six months, the account name is culled from the computer." SHELDEN'S BIRMINGHAM attorney, L. Bennett Young, did confirm to the newspaper that the sale of the plane and the transfer of the securities were not handled through his office. "I was not involved in those matters," he said. He added he could not answer questions concerning business matters. It is known, however, that Starchild is linked to at least one Jamaican trust company. The Trust Co. of West Indies Ltd. was incorporated by Star-child and a New Jersey attorney, Ralph Fucetola Starchild is reported to be "traveling extensively" and attempts by the Record-Eagle to reach him were unsuccessful. Fucetola, however, talked openly with the paper about his connection with Starchild, the trust company and several other organizations now suspected by police of being fronts for child pornography operations. THOSE ORGANIZATIONS have been identified as the Church of the New Revelation, Brother Paul's Children's Mission, Ocean Living Institute, and the Educational Foundation for Youth. Shelden and Grossman have been linked to all four tax-exempt groups. Fucetola said he would be "very surprised" if The Trust Co. of West Indies Ltd. and the West Indies trust company handling Shelden's stocks are one and the same. Fucetola said his only connection with the al leged front organizations was in his former capacity as Starchud's attorney, and as someone who ' leased Starchild space in an office at North Arlington, N.J. FUCETOLA SAID he no longer represents Starchild and has not seen him for more than a year. In a Record-Eagle telephone interview last April, Starchild denied allegations that the four organizations were set up as tax dodges or fronts for child pornography. He said, however, that Grossman may have used them as such. "There is no church. It's just a referral agency which distributes pornography around the country." Tennessee investigator. STARCHILD ALSO said he was actively engaged in church activities and oceanography pursuits. But in a later letter to the newspaper, Star-child claiming his involvement with the suspect organizations was "solely" to lend his name as an incorporator. Tennessee authorities, however, say Star-child's name and the Church of the New Revelation turned up in their investigation into an illicit sex ring operating as the Tennessee Boys' Farm. "There is no church," said Pete Boldin, an investigator with the Tennessee attorney general's office. "It's just a referral agency which distributes pornography around the country. THE DIRECTOR of the Tennessee farm, the Rev. Claudius I. "Bud" Vermilye Jr., has since been sentenced to 25 years to 40 years in prison following his conviction on 12 counts of crimes against nature and abetting others in such crimes. Among the items seized in the raid on the farm were photographs and films depicting homosexual acts between youths at the farm as well as a list of more than 270 "active", sponsors, many of whom allegedly visited the farm and also allegedly engaged in homosexual acts with the boys. Shelden's name was listed among the sponsors. THE NEW Jersey man also took issue with the Record Eagle's report that the name Adam Star-child was an alias. However, an investigation by the newspaper revealed Starchild was born Malcolm McConahy. That investigation also appears to refute Star-child's claims that he has "never been involved in the kinds of immoral and illegal behavior reported in your article." Malcolm McConahy was convicted in 1968 in Milwaukee federal court of mail fraud. He was sentenced Jan, 9, 1969 to one year and one day on three counts of mail fraud, the sentences to be served concurrently. McConahy failed to appear April 21, 1969 for sentence to be carried out. His bond was revoked and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest one week later. THE RECORD-EAGLE reported McConahy went to England, where he was arrested by Scotland Yard on forgery charges. Convicted of forging certificates of deposit on an English bank, McConahy served four years in a London prison. U.S. marshals arrested McConahy on Feb. 8, 1974, as he stepped off the plane in New York. Charged with unlawful flight and bail jumping, McConahy was extradited to Wisconsin, where he was convicted on the second charge and sentenced to an additional one year and one day. In May, 1974, McConahy was sent to Sandstone prison in Minnesota to begin serving his concurrent sentences. He was released from federal prison in July, 1974. IN SEPTEMBER of that year, the 27-year-old McConahy turned up in U.S. District Court in Trenton, N.J., asking to be declared indigent so he could subpoena records of the city of London without the mandated prepayment of service fees, according to the Bergen County Record, a New Jersey newspaper. McConahy was attempting to retrieve three Panamamian charters for offshore mutual funds which Scotland Yard seized when it arrested him for forgery. Loss of those documents, he claimed, cost him $855,000, the New Jersey paper reported. During the same time period, Adam Starchild was setting up the Church of the New Revelation and other tax exempt organizations that police suspect of being "fronts" for the child pornography industry. IN FEBRUARY 1976, a photograph since identified by a New Jersey source as the man known as Malcolm McConahy appeared in a gay newspaper, the Advocate, with the name of Adam Starchild, the Record Eagle reported. The Advocate article identified Starchild as "an openly gay business consultant ... vice president of West Hudson business service, Kearny, N.J.." On March 4, 1976, this obituary appeared in a New Jersey weekly newspaper: "Malcolm McConahy, of 325 Maple St., was killed in an auto accident in Minneapolis, Minn., while visiting relatives. McConahy was the sales manager for the West Hudson business service and recently opened his own consulting firm, McConahy Associates. He is survived by a brother in Tennessee." BUT IN May 1976, McConahy reappeared in Bergen County Courthouse, where he sought dismissal of a lawsuit which he had filed a year earlier against his mother. Another suit, this one against Commercial and Farmers Bank of California, was dismissed in Bergen County and refiled in California June 16, 1976, courthouse records showed. In that suit, McConahy claimed he had sold the Trust Co. of Jamaica to a John Schlmeir for $50,000 but after all documents were transferred to the bank, the "fellow didn't pay and engaged in fraudulent transaction which made the firm worthless." That trust company may have been the forerunner of the Trust Co. of the West Indies Ltd., the Record Eagle said. AN IDEAL XMAS GIFT mmw m mm u m aanraa Mm mmm MANY SPECIALS Ray L Mdfogh Co. 514 Erie 485-0633 vAnen'e I TIRE SALES g "Snows A Hheeft for. m cveryinmgi g) 3322 N. East St. (U.S. 27) 487-3580 CONCRETE STEPS AND PORCHES MARTIN CONCRETE i PRODUCTS 15765 S. Chandler Rd. 641-6966 or 349-0575 Sell your ear with a low-cost Classified ad. Call 487-4711. CORRECTION The 110 lb. Barbell Dumbell set advertised in San. "Final Week to save" Tabloid is not available due to a delay in shipping. Delivery is expected before Christmas.. 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