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>> she was frightened enough to not go home. >> she had fear something would happen to her. >> it did. how did love go so wrong? it would take not one, but two trials to discover the truth. >> all of a sudden, he wasn't convicted of killing my sister anymore. >> fatal attraction a little later, but first chris hanson takes a walk on the wild side. >> tonight we're back with our hidden cameras in the crazy world of the online classified. >> we're investigating those websites with offers and posts for just about everything. >> sounds like it is a scam. >> i don't think scam a good word for us. >> need help with your mortgage?
>> you are currently under indictment. >> you texted, i hope you die and your kid. do you think that's appropriate? >> it is in my book. >> how about a break in show biz? what's up with this cast of characters? >> help. >> why are you yelling for help? >> what's really going on online? you won't believe what's going on behind our hidden cameras. we're back in the online classified were people offer services on sigtes like craig's list and ebay. with a few clicks, you can find some strange things.
this woman arrives to do some cleaning. if she happens to look familiar, it is because we first met her earlier this year across the country in ft. worth, texas. a lovely young woman said she was looking for love from an older man at least in his 70s. >> i want to enjoy life a little. >> she said her name was jessica and sent sam these pictures. she said she was a 35-year-old single mom and that she needed money to be able to visit him. >> i have savings. >> sam told jessica he had a nephew. a dateline producer that happened to be in texas and would hand deliver the money. i came along as his friend.
instead of this woman showing up, this woman arrived saying she was jessica. >> how are you? >> good. >> jessica, really? >> this is the post right here. you'll see this is the picture that you posted. that's not really you, is it? >> no, that's me when i was in high school. >> in high school. >> yeah. >> everybody changes over the years. i'm not being disrespectful, but i don't think that's you. it was time to let jessica know we were on to her. you came here to get money. you have no id to prove who you are. you put a fake photo on craig's list. >> nice to meet you. >> nice to meet you too. after she left, we found on
uncle who lived nearby. what about the woman in those pictures? we tracked her down. her name is cara. jessica's former high school classmate. >> do you feel violated? >> i feel absolutely violated. >> and now we have found someone else who says he too feels violated. >> she was everything i would want. >> he says jessica has always been a nice person, but two years into their relationship she changed and took off for texas. that's when brandon, who lives with muscular dystrophy, began hounding him for money. >> it was times where it was
send me a thousand dollars. >> even brandon's grandmother says she was a victim of jessica. >> brandon says by the time she was done, jessica ripped off his family to the tune of thousands. >> wow. gone. >> gone. >> that was set aside for you college education. >> yeah. looking back i obviously -- >> got taken. >> got taken on that one. >> his heart was broken. his bank account was wiped out. he says he confronted jessica, but instead of getting an apology, jessica rubbed it in. >> hey, brandon. it's me jessica. i just wanted to let you know that the money we took from you it was a scam. it was all a scam. all we wanted was your money. thanks for the money.
>> that's hard for you to listen to even today. >> that 23 second message changes everything. >> brandon and his family have filed a police report regarding jessica and now we had a whole new reason to track her down and once again we found her on craig's list. not in texas, but in maine, offering to clean houses. i am a single mom looking to get some extra work. we knew she was not a single mom, but we didn't know if this was a scam or not. then we set up an appointment for jessica to do some house cleaning. here she comes now along with her sister. >> hey, how you doing? >> i greet her as the homeowner. >> looks like there's a bit of a mess here. >> jessica doesn't recognize me
from our first meeting in texas. >> do you want me to unload the dishwasher too? >> that would be good. >> she's a little taken aback when i begin to play that voice mail she left for brandon. >> hey, brandon. it's me jessica. >> there's something you have to know. i am chris hanson with dateline nbc. we had a conversation before, didn't we? >> yes. >> just like the first time we met her, she wasn't interested in hanging around. in her rush to leave, jessica left her cleaning supplies and cell phone behind. she was back a few minutes later. >> jessica, your ex-boyfriend brandon says you took -- >> [ bleep ]. >> you took it under false pretenses. i interviewed brandon. >> brandon [ bleep ].
>> what did he lie about? >> brandon gave her that money up front. >> i didn't take that money. brandon gave it to me. >> brandon says he got this text from her apologizing for taking his money saying, i'm sorry. i just made a mistake. as for brandon, he is still struggling to understand it all. >> you never saw it coming. >> never saw it coming. we were supposed to be married. whoever thought we'd be here. coming up, a minister offering some help with the mortgage. >> we ask for that financial relief. preying upon us? this is your mug shot right here. instantly on a big mac.
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we're under cover inside this house near atlanta, georgia where this elderly man, really a dateline volunteer, is waiting for a visitor. the man headed up the walk claims he is a man of god. is he? we found him through his online post. child out of control? let us in christ get it done. here's another. deliverance from drugs. we have the testimonies to prove it. upside down on your mortgage? we may be able to help. in christ, we have done it for many. we replied to that add and told him we have an elderly grandfather who was worried about foreclosure, needs financial advice, and could use a caretaker. he agrees to come meet him in return for a $500 fee.
he thinks our producer is alan's grandson. >> don't get up, please. how do you do? >> he tells our grandfather a little bit about himself as we watch it all from our control room. >> i minister the gospel. i have been a minister for over 30 years. my ministry is to bring people back to life. >> right off the bat, he treats our grandfather like family. >> if you had to order one dinner that you would like to have tomorrow night, what's your favorite? >> fried chicken. >> you're going to have that tomorrow night. how about some corn bread? >> yes. >> he made it clear his $3,500 fee was to help take care of alan, not give him financial advice. >> payments are 2, $240 a month. >> that's too much.
i would like to help you, if i can, get a lower payment. >> he says he knows people in the underwriting business who will refinance the house with much better terms. >> the way to refy is house is not to just give somebody an application and hope. i call up the underwriter of the company. >> before going any further, he asked for a moment to bow their heads. >> can we pray together first? >> oh, that would be nice. >> okay. father god, i pray for alan. we ask for that financial relief, father god, that we have helped so many people to have. >> as earnest as he seems, there is something you should know. >> they say he ripped off customers to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. >> he was under indictment
charged with scamming 25 people, most of them elderly in a mortgage fraud scheme. >> a georgia prosecutor's office is crammed with boxes containing what he says is evidence of his crimes. >> did he perform any legitimate services for any of those 25 people who paid him in excess of $100,000? >> zero. he did nothing. >> one of his alleged victims, who prosecutors say lost $1,200 is this woman. >> did you pray together? >> yes, we prayed together. >> was that important to you? >> yes, it kind of gained my trust. >> we invited her to watch from her control room as he made his pitch to our volunteer. and now it was my turn to ask him some questions.
>> what's going on, brother? >> he thinks i'm a nephew. i start by askingalan. >> how many times have you helped people in the past? >> over the years, a lot of times. >> he denied the consultation fee has anything to do with the financial advice. >> that would be to come over and take care of him. >> the financial counseling is free. >> absolutely. >> it is time to let him know i know more about him than he thinks. >> the reason why i'm asking all the questions is because i know a lot about your background. your criminal history. you are currently under indictment for a mortgage scam. here's the indictment right here
that charges with you for taking money fraudulently from people promising to help them with mortgages. this is your mug shot right here, right? >> yeah. >> that wasn't your first arr t arrest. >> you're making false accusatio accusations. >> i'm not making false accusations. let me read you something -- a judge said of you you are a threat to society. defendant is not a good candidate for rehabilitative is supervision. that's when he gets angry. >> who are you working for? >> i'm chris hanson of dateline nbc.
>> perhaps you recognize ms. taylor back here. what did he promise you? >> mortgage modification. >> i would have to look at her file. i don't remember her file. >> he sees our cameras and decides it's time to go. we never paid him that $3,500. >> you'll be hearing from my lawyers. >> we didn't wait to hear from his lawyer. we called him. >> cut your cameras off. >> still hasn't learned his lesson. we need to bring him to trial quickly, hold him accountable, so we can stop him from preying on our most vulnerable citizens. >> he will stand trial later this year. coming up -- >> it looks spectacular. >> -- looking for day care
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settle scores. we found one such battle on craig's list. what we couldn't believe was who got caught in the crossfire. this adorable 2-year-old boy. according to the post, you're looking into the eyes of a mena menace. we thought it was worth the risk of meeting him. his name is ryan and he's 2 years old. maggie is ryan's mom. >> how did you react when you first saw this? >> i was sick as any parent would be if they saw their child on the internet. >> it all started with something close to the hearts of parents, child care. the woman who posted the picture of this 2-year-old for all the world to see runs the day care center where ryan spends eight hours a day. initially his mother thought
tiny tots day care was just right for her kid. >> it looked spectacular. it was extremely clean when i walked into the home. >> she also liked the owners. a mother and daughter team. she was so happy with them, she also enrolled ryan's 5-year-old brother. >> your 5-year-old complained of not getting enough food. did that worry you? >> it did. >> maggie complained and never expected what happened next. >> she dismissed your children from her day care. >> she did. >> what reason did she give? >> she stated my 2-year-old bit another child. >> that's when the online battle began. maggie was so angry, she posted her own online listing warning
parents to stay away from tiny tots. the other woman posted the photo of ryan. your kid is a dog and he keeps biting. >> this is an abomination. nobody has the right to do that to a child. >> she runs an early childhood center in new jersey and is on the board for the education of young children. >> young children bite and you deal with it. >> she's like, you need to come pick him up immediately. >> michelle thomas, also se alsr kids to tiny tots. when she saw-- posted a complaint online, the center
posted i hope you die. >> we checked out tiny tots with the state of arizona and found there's been no complaints filed against them. they don't have a license, but they don't need one if there are no more than four kids at a time. we saw at least ten kids being dropped off. this mother says she saw even more causing her to remove her son from their care. >> i visited about two weeks ago. when i went in, i counted 22 children. every seat in the dining room was covered. every spot on the couch and the floor, and there was five kids by the gate. >> what did they have to say about all this? we decide to pay her visit. almost immediately she figures out who i am. there's something you need to know. i'm chris hanson with dateline.
>> she and her mother admit sometimes they watch more children than they should. did little ryan bite anyone? they say yes. >> we were curious about this. what's the story here? >> she likes biting kids. >> how could she justify making an online example of a 2-years-old? >> people need to be aware of this kid. he bites. >> you texted michelle, quote, i hope you die and your kid. >> yeah, i did because she's [ bleep ]. >> is that any way for a day care operator to speak to a parent? i hope you die and your kid? >> that's not very nice. >> what about the photo that brought us here? she said she hadn't done anything wrong by posting it. >> i had to warn other day care
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for charity? these people raising money night and day on the vegas strip say there is. they say they're collecting for the homeless. they were recruited from this online post. homeless and jobless, you must be both. includes room and board with cash paid weekly. your job, fund raising. the group is called the u.s. missionary corps. now when we donate, most of us would like believe the bulk of our money is going to the people who need it. is that what's really happening here? this woman's uniform along with her badge that says volunteer, makes her seem legitimate. she admits she isn't really a volunteer at all. this is her job. >> it's hard work. $7 a day.
>> she's one of the homeless people who answered the craig's list post has been hired to collect cash. where do all those dollar bills go? there's somebody else involved, the woman who runs the u.s. missionary corps. we wanted to know more about this boss and if the money being collected on the strip is really going to the homeless. to find out our producer replied to the group's post and was told to show up on the strip to await further orders. >> i would shake your hand, but my hands are filthy. >> our producer was led to this rundown van. the van picked up other u.s.
missionary corps fundraisers. we ended up at this house. that's where we saw the same workers who collected the cash out on the vegas strip counting it themselves. it looks like several hundred dollars. this is also where we found out something very interesting about the u.s. missionary corps. these workers get 20% of what they collect. some of them told us they make between 40 to $60 a day. they're given room and board. we're told up to 18 people stay in this four-bedroom home. what's the problem? >> it's not doing what it says it's doing. it's deceiving the public. >> would you call it a scam? >> absolutely. >> why? >> who is it helping? how is it helping homeless people in any meaningful way?
>> the u.s. missionary corps actually exploits them. >> these people are getting minuscule amounts of money and it is fair less than minimum wage. >> i went out on the strip wearing a disguise. i asked this homeless person how much he ended up with. >> they only give you 10%. >> sounds like they're using you. >> i think they might be. >> where's the lion's share of the money going? >> to the woman who runs the shelter. >> that lady is this woman, the president of the u.s. missionary corps. this turns out this isn't the first homeless organization she's been involved with. years ago, she worked with an identical group with called the
u.s. chaplains corps in texas. that group was closed down. why? >> even though they looked and sounded legit, your money was going right back into their pockets. >> i just want to know where the money goes. what about carol? how much money does she keep? we tried twice to meet with carol. she didn't talk to us either time. wouldn't even roll down her car windows. >> i just want the talk to you for one minute. can't i just talk to you for one minute? just pull over for one second and talk to us. >> why are you bothering me? >> she insists the money that she collects does help the homeless.
she told us in a letter that the money the u.s. missionary corps gives to its volunteers is a gift. u.s. missionary corps does have permits from the city of las vegas to make collections. shortly after our visit, the las vegas zoning board said carol was violating city laws by having too many people living in a residential house and her so-called shelter was shutdown. it is still recruiting and still collecting cash on the vegas strip. >> what would you stay to anybody walking down the vegas strip who sees a u.s. missionary corps volunteer? >> i would say don't give them a dime. >> research it and make sure
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for madonna tickets at madison square garden in new york. a dateline producer and i set up a meeting to buy two of them. the seller tells us his name is eric. he suggested we meet at a train station in new jersey. >> how much? >> 350 each. >> eric gives us two computer generated tickets that look real to us. we tell him we need to get some more cash to pay him. >> i'm going to run to the atm. and our producer takes the tickets with her. in the meantime, i chat up our seller. >> how do you get the tickets? >> i bought them. >> where did you buy them from? >> ticket master. >> the online ticket merchant for thousands of events. our producer hasn't really gone to an atm. she's actually on the phone with
ticket master. they agreed in advance to tell us whether the tickets are real or fake. of course, while the seller and i wait, he sticks to his story. >> so we won't have any problem using those. >> no. they scan the bar code and you go right through. >> they're legit. you see a lot of things on craig's list where people are selling all kinds of different tickets. >> [ bleep ]. the things people come up with nowadays. >> finally our producer gets confirmation from ticket master and calls me. eric is still wondering about the cash. i assure him he'll soon be getting everything he deserves. >> she's on her way. she has the money. >> i was worried. >> ticket master confirmed the tickets were fake.
if you look closely, it wasn't that hard to tell. remember the date on the ticket is monday, november 1st. slight problem. november 1st actually fell on a thursday. and as for madonna performing that night, she was actually in st. louis that night. now it's time to settle our deal. >> good to go. awesome. the reason why i know this is a fake ticket is because on november 1st madonna will be playing in st. louis. not at madison square garden. why don't you tell me where you got this? >> what do you mean. >> we just talked to ticket master and they told us this was a fake ticket. here's one other thing you have to know. i'm chris hanson with dateline nbc. >> what?
>> yeah. we're doing a story on all the different things that go on on craig's list. >> oh [ bleep ]. >> we just caught you selling phony tickets to madonna. why don't you fess up and tell us what really happened? >> i don't know anything about this. >> come on. >> he has one last question for me. >> when is this going to be on tv? >> if you're thinking of going to a summer show, verify the tickets you buy are real before handing over your money. coming up, it's my big break. reading for a julia roberts movie, but our auditions are about to go way off script. >> help. >> why are you yelling for help? >> police.
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looking for a part in that commercial. we wait hours, but eventually our dateline staffers get their shot at stardom one by one. this man richard gives each of our producers a script to read for the camera. >> one, two, three, go. >> we found other casting calls online from actor's aid. even for movies. i replied to a listing for a role in a julia robert's film. i finally got into meet the head of the company. i read the lines she had given me, though i have no idea what the role is.
would i get the part in that julia robert's movie and would our staffers be cast in that sprite commercial? we wondering if there was even a sprite commercial to begin with. richard said he was taping our auditions to send to the casting director for sprite. only one problem. the button he's pressing isn't the record button. all he seems interested in is selling publicity shots and head shots of ourselves. that woman seemed awfully interested in selling us those head shots.
are they just a bait and switch? is the real reason for getting us here to sell us head shots? this woman wondered the same thing. she says she drove all the way from pennsylvania to audition. he says the man at actor's aid just tried to sell her photos. >> he keeps pressuring me to buy head shots. >> to find out more, we decided to play along and come back for the photo shoot. here's the forever now. >> nice to meet you, man. >> hold that pose. >> we ask him, who says he's a casting director, about that sprite commercial. >> what's the deal with the sprite commercial? >> you're not really submitted yet until i submit your pictures. >> soon he spots our hidden camera.
>> i'm going to go. >> and that's when the drama really begins. >> you have something in your bag. you're recording me and that's not leaving this building until i have it. >> sir, i'm going to go. i'm going to go. >> he refuses to let our producer exit the building. >> you're not leaving. >> so there's a little bit of a problem. i would like to leave the problem and you're not letting me. >> you [ bleep ] played me, son. >> listen, man, i'm not a private eye. >> who sent you? >> we have no idea who jimmy is and he definitely didn't send us. he finally lets our producer leave. that's when his imagination gets the best of him.
he decided to call the cops. >> i'm going to tell them you had a bomb in your bag. >> that's crazy. >> help. >> why are you yelling for help? >> police. >> eventually, he stopped following our producer. a few days later, it is time for me to have a chat with him. turns out he too is an aspiring actor and is working on a low budget movie in queens new york. >> we talked to the parent company, coca-cola. they told us that nowhere on the entire globe is there a sprite commercial being filmed. >> i need to speak to -- >> actor's aid has not been hired to do casting for any one of the listings we saw. >> why would you say there's a sprite commercial and cast for it when we know there is no sprite commercial.
>> he says all he does is pass on leads for acting jobs for people who come in with competitions. >> i supply people with leads. do i have to check their lead? >> do you have to take their money? >> i don't take their money. >> you're taking head shots and actor's aid is taking money from people and not placing them in any job. >> that's true. >> what does he say about that supposed sprite commercial? >> i submitted about four photos. i e-mailed them to the casting. >> turns out he sent them nowhere, just across the hall to his own half sister. the same woman i auditioned for. we wanted to talk to her so we went back to the casting office to find her. that day, actor's aid was holding auditions for a red lobster commercial. i had to tell these aspiring actors some bad news.
>> what if i were to tell you we talked to red lobster and there's no commercial being made for that company? >> i knew it. >> she wasn't there, but she agreed to an on camera interview the next day. when we met, she didn't recognize me from my audition. >> i sat there. >> yeah. >> across from you. >> from me? >> from you. >> i asked her why instead of holding real auditions, they were being sold head shots? >> he's no longer with the company. >> she told us she recently fired her half brother. she insists her company provides a legitimate service. the people who wait here for
hou hours don't seem to know most of her lisings can be found elsewhere for free. >> it sounds like a scam for a commercial isn't being shot. >> i don't think scam is a good word, chris. >> john advance is the commissioner for new york city's department of affairs. >> this is deceptive advertising. you walk in and rather than them getting you a job, they're trying to get into that you are wallet. they say what actor's aid is doing is illegal. >> we will shut their agency down. >> you're going the pull the plug on them? >> we're going to pull the plug, but we have to be frank on this. we pulled the plug before. >> remember richard? he's her partner. he didn't have much to say to us. >> he was fined $718,000 in new
york for running the same kind of bait and switch. what's the lesson? >> trust your gut and watch your wallet. you have to say to yourself the minute this guy asks me for money, i'm out of here. >> another reason to be careful to be out there on the wild, wild web. here's our next hour of dateline. i felt like it was my fault that she was gone. >> a new twist in a story of new love in one of the most romantic places on earth. he seemed to have everything she wanted in a money. looks, money, and he was crazy about her. >> that first day, he said i'm going the marry you. >> what she saw was not what she got. >> she was frightened enough to not go home. >> she had fear something would happen to her. >> when it did -- >> i didn't see it coming.
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time i saw someone laying on the ground. >> he was looking at a crime scene. >> i told my partner we had somebody down inside. >> he kicked down the door and a body was on the floor, a woman stabbed to death. he had never seen anything like it and was hit by a wave of fierce emotions. >> from shock, to awe, then the police training kicked. >> with weapons drawn, we proceed to clear the house. >> it was all clear, but horrifying. there are signs of a struggle. blood in a bedroom and in the living room by the body. the officer radioed in. >> i made the comments, just get here.
>> it was his first homicide, but if he was a stranger to homicide, so was nantucket. there hasn't been a murder on the island for two decades. >> it doesn't happen here. it can't happen here. that's the way it was until that day. >> her name was elizabeth lochtefeld, but everyone called her beth. she was an unlikely victim. she was 44 years old. the successful businessman from new york who sold her company for profit and moved to nantucket. beth's brother, tom lochtefeld. >> i would be with her. we would go into the store to run an erranranerrand. she would be chatting up the store clerk. >> what tom remembers most is her way with people. >> it sounds like your sister madehe other person feel
better, bigger, more loved. it's a gift. >> she would make everybody feel special. >> she was raised in new york, about 50 miles north of new york city. >> my mom stayed home and cared for us. my dad was home at 5:30 for dinner at 6:00. >> she was game for everything. >> leslie costello met beth more than three decades ago. >> the last time she was in the california, we were going to go out surfing. she had never surfed before. she had boogie boarded. she said, i want to go for it. i want to learn to surf.
she was always willing and wanting to embrace a new experience. >> in this video, she talked about those early days. >> hard work. you work your fingers to the bone. your nose to the grindstone. >> she chose a tough gig. >> that seems like the kind of business for a tough, savvy, hard edged type women. it doesn't sound like the woman you're describing. >> she was successful because she was hard working and people trusted her. >> it sounds like there was one part of her life that was missing. just love. finding someone to spend her life with. did she talk about that? >> she did want a family. >> she was thinking this could
be the guy, absolutely. >> it was labor day weekend. a sunny day in nantucket. >> i said, hi. i said, you know what? i think i'm looking at your future husband right now. she said really? and i said yeah. i'll be right over. >> she told me had been successful in every part of her life except for love. >> it was a connection. it was electric. the minute she walked in it was like, whoa. >> beth had finally met mr. right, but people aren't always what they seem to be or pretend to be. >> there was a lot to like about beth's new beau, but there was also something a little troubling, especially after he
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not to get too excited for her. >> at 37, tom toolan was a walking talking smooth machine. beth had a lot in common with him. >> he liked literature. he liked music. he came from a catholic family whose parents were still married. >> she saw someone who was like minded, i guess. >> in many ways, yes. >> bernadette knew tom since he was a toddler. they group up in the same apartment building in brooklyn new york. >> he was the same age as my brother. he always felt like a little brother to me. i can't tell you how close we were. >> tom went to private school and then columbia university. he landed a job as a broker at
barney. he seemed to have it all with charm to spare. >> she called me on some corner of manhattan. i have to say thank you. we're having so much fun. >> tom was smitten too from day one. >> he said she's an amazing gal. >> they started seeing each other regularly. beth at 44 was eager for marriage and a family. very soon there was talk of rings. although beth's brother says it was mainly tom doing the talking. >> it's my understanding that first day he said i'm going to marry you and she was like, yeah right. >> beth may have hesitated as she learned more about her new man. he told her he had had drinking problems. tom's drinking hardly seemed like a deal breaker.
>> i knew he had a drinking problem. i know a million people with drinking problems. >> other friends had misgivinmi. she said i met somebody. i said, that's great. but she smokes and drinks. that doesn't sound good for you. well, he's crazy. i'm a little crazy too. >> she said she felt good in his arms. she was so protective. >> besides, beth was a fixer. >> when she would date guys, a lot of times she would say to herself, well, he'd be really great except for this, but i think we can work on that. >> no surprise that beth decided
to work on his drinking problem with him. >> two weeks after they met, beth and tom flew to california together. tom had meetings there and beth decided to tag along. it was their first extended trip together. for beth, it was an eye-opener. now she saw things that she could not dismiss. >> she said he was a mess. he couldn't get on the plane. i said what do you mean? she said i stood back and watched him and he was walking in circles smoking a pack and was just a mess. >> beth wanted to introduce tom to her friends on the west coast. leslie lives in san diego and she was eager to meet beth's new beau. >> i didn't understand him.
>> the trip ended badly. >> they were in a taxi and he had a temper tantrum. she said let us off here. he turned and really yelled at her. she said it was a little bit scary. >> and he was drinking. >> she said he had eight beers before the time he got to the airport and got on the plane. >> tom asked beth what her friends thought of him. he said something chilling. >> he said what did they say about me? and she said they thought you were really sophisticated and charming and this and that. he said under his breath, boy, i really should have been an actor. that went right into her gut. >> it was at that point perhaps that she began asking who was the real tom toolan.
she told friends and family she was going to give the relationship the four seasons test. it was becoming clear that tom toolan was not inclined to let one season pass, let alone four. coming up, a troubled relationship becomes a terrifying one. >> she was probably in a state of shock. why she didn't leave that next day, i'm not exactly sure. . there may be more you could do for your asthma.
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troubling side ining side of th. >> he would start drinking and get really ugly. you need to decide between alcohol and me. he would apologize and say, you know, i choose you and i want you. i don't want the alcohol. >> that week, beth invited her brother to meet her boyfriend. perhaps she wanted his take on tom. >> first impression when you see him walk in. >> he had longish blond hair combed back and a double breasted blue blazer on. very pompous, very -- i don't know. he seemed fake to me. >> that night over dinner, beth's brother kept asking tom toolan what he did for a living. >> he couldn't really tell me what he did. oh, i'm an investor. what do you invest in? he couldn't really give me an
answer. >> beth's brother said toolan was drinking at dinner, but not in excess. beth said she had seen him drunk and angry, but she never had seen her new boyfriend like this. >> he put her into a headlock and was walking down the street saying, i want to beat your head in. she went back to the apartment to get out of there. i wonder if i shouldn't have left that stuff behind and left another that >> toolan had been aggressive with one other woman. >> becky hammonds dated toolan once. >> that's a nice date.
>> it didn't turn out that way. dinner was pleasant. then came drinks. >> that's when he accused me of being flirty with the bar tender. >> she says toolan tried to grope her. when they reached her street, she didn't wait around. >> i ran across the street. >> beth lochtefeld was in a frightening situation with the same man. instead of grabbing her stuff from toolan's apartment that night, beth stayed. beth told her things went from bad to terrible. >> then he got very violent with her that night. he sexually assaulted her. and i think that beth was probably sort of in a state of -- it's a confusing thing when it is somebody that you're supposedly close to that violates you. she was probably in a state of
shock. why she didn't leave that next day, i'm not exactly sure. >> by friday, october 22, duodays after the dinner with her brother, beth decided to leave new york. friends and family say it was clear that she intended to call it quits with toolan. she left a message with her brother saying she was coming to spend the night. tom toolan was not going to let beth go. >> he would not leave her. he followed her. she said i was standing there in front of this painting and it was incredibly dark and this painting reminds me of tom toolan. >> that's the moment tom toolan picked to propose to her. he chose the most public place
possible, the metropolitan museum of art. >> she didn't feel safe enough to say no. she said to him, i need more time. >> she was like, so upset because she sahe said it's now never. >> she said? >> it has to be never. >> toolan pursued her. >> he was screaming, i'm going to go get drunk with my friends. he hopped in the cab with her and they ended up back at his apartment. beth called her brother. in retrospect he says, she sounded terrified. >> her words were measured. she was talking very slowly and
enunciating very clearly. she kept saying, i'm here with tom in the city and we're trying to work things out. and i didn't even think to ask her are you okay or cough twice if you're in trouble or something like that. >> he had no idea his sister was in danger. >> i was sort of tired. i didn't want to deal with the breaking up making up kind of thing. >> later from family and friends, he would learn the horrifying details of beth's ordeal that night. >> it is my understanding he was holding her at gunpoint. >> he has no proof of that or other details of what went on that night, but he has pieced together stories from various accounts. >> he held her captive. she tried to get away. he was either drunk or tired. he ended up laying on her legs and going to sleep.
>> to prevent her from leaving. >> yeah. >> i understand she didn't even want to use the elevator because she was afraid the ding might wake him up. >> yeah. >> it was around 4:00 a.m. when beth managed to escape from the apartment. >> where was she going to go? >> laguardia to get back to nantucket, her home. >> at 8:00 a.m., beth called her brother. it would be the last time the two spoke. >> she mentioned she had broke up with him and he call ee eed 0 times since then. >> did that raise any alarm bells? >> no, since she had just broken up with him. >> tragedy was too short two days away. coming up, a surprise visitor and a panicked phone call.
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lochtefeld managed to escape and get home to nantucket. she called her friend leslie the morning she got back. >> she did say he has a gun and i'm afraid he might use it. i'm not going to stay here tonight. i'm going to go stay at my brother's house. >> beth stopped by the nantucket police department to ask about filing a restraining order. >> for her to get to the point of stopping at the police department, that tells you all you need to know about what was going on inside of her. >> yeah. i think she had very well-founded fears, especially after the incident in new york where he held her captive. >> beth did not file the paper work. she spent the night and the next at her brother peter's home. >> she had fear that something would happen to her. >> on monday, october 25th, beth
returned to her cottage in the morning, collected tom toolan's clothes, parcelled them up, and returned them to him. >> she came in the yard and we were talking in the driveway. she was going to work on her computer. we were going to meet again around 1:00. >> beth went inside the cottage to work. >> that's the last i saw of beth. >> barbara continueed to garden. a short time later, she was filling a wheel barrel when she heard a voice behind per. >> the voice said is anyone there in that house? it was a man. >> the man dressed in a hat and long overcoat was inquiring about beth lochtefeld's cottage. >> i said i don't know. >> something about him bothered her. >> i knew beth has been seeing someone and she more or less
told me i think it's over. i guess this is the boyfriend that's come back. >> he moved toward the cottage front door. she was uneasy. >> it was an intuition. >> barbara says she called beth's brother peter but couldn't reach him. she called beth's parents, but couldn't reach them either. beth's car did not move. then she noticed the shades in beth's bedroom windows has been drawn. >> i had a bad feeling. had a bad feeling. >> she called peter lochtefeld again and this time she reached him. >> i told him there was someone in the yard and i said, i think it's beth's boyfriend. he said barbara, lock your door. don't come out. call the police. >> it was then the nantucket
police arrived at the cottage and made the discovery. beth lochtefeld's body on the living room floor. it was just weeks after she thought she found the love of her life and dreamed of a new beginning. for the lochtefeld family, life would never be the same. >> what did you lose on that day? >> i would have to say i lost probably my best friend and my confidant aside from my wife. she was my closest sibling in terms of -- i worked with her in her business, helped her run her business for three years. we always had a lot in common. we had the city in common. we had -- just we always got along really well. >> leslie costello got a call that same day. >> when you heard the news, how was it told to you? >> he killed her. and i remember just being in shock.
i didn't see it coming. i didn't know it was coming. i was -- it was shocking. >> you knew exactly who the he was. >> oh, yeah. i did. >> bernadette, the friend who played match maker, got the news from her husband. at first, she couldn't take it in. >> there was this big buzz going around that this woman in her 40s boyfriend flew in from new york and killed her. i'm screaming, what? >> tom toolan was arrested hours within the murder with bottles of beer and vodka with him. the rhode island state police videotaped his arrest and recorded his voice in the cruiser. >> toolan was held without bail
and arraigned a month later. bernadette could barely contain herself. >> it was the reality hitting me, sitting there, that this happened. this really happened. he walked in and it was like they were bringing in king congrekong, like a monster. i felt like it was my fault and she's gone. >> toolan was charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. he pleaded not guilty. ahead, lay a trail and explosive revelations about a man stripped bare of all pretense. coming up, what seemed like an open and shut case was anything but. >> it's like the perfect storm. you have all of these swirling together inside this man's head
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in june 2007 while tourists wandered through old nantucket town, tom toolan went on trial for the murder of beth lochtefeld in a courthouse in the center of town. he pleaded not guilty. the defendant was as smartly turned out as ever. looking like the successful executive he always wanted to be. the defense would argue that toolan's polished exterior was nothing more than a facade. they would argue he shouldn't go
to prison for killing beth. toolan's attorney began by hinting at the turmoil that lurked within tom toolan. >> he looked good. certainly someone that doesn't look crazy to me. >> the master of the universe act was just that, an act. tom toolan was plagued by drug addiction too. >> his drink of choice would be a fifth of vodka a day. >> when beth broke up with him, reddington told the court that toolan snapped. >> the evidence will show that thomas toolan was suffering from
a mental disease or defect at the time of this incident. he was well within the legal definition of insane. >> who better to tell the defendant about his problems than the defendant's mother. she cited the sorry facts of her son's life. >> was it apparent to you that he had an alcohol problem? >> yes, when he was 16, 17. >> battle with drugs. >> he got some prescriptions from the internet. >> she told the court that she and her husband tried to straighten him out sending him to rehab several times beginning in 1999. >> did you at some point receive a phone call from your son? >> yes. >> she described a conversation
with her son two days before the murder. she was inconsolable over the breakup with beth. >> he said, she's gone. she's gone. she's taken all her stuff. she just -- he said i was asleep and she just left. >> the next day, sunday, the toolan's went to manhattan to see their son. he was in terrible shape. >> his whole body exuded the smell of alcohol. >> the defense believed that established toolan's state in the days before the murder. now for the day itself. when toolan was picked up in rhode island, he has been drinking. sobriety test put him at twice the legal limit.
>> the .30 where does that fit in? >> the next level of confusion and the stupor phase. >> add how much did drugs play tom toolan's life? >> he would take whatever drugs he would get his hands on? >> such as. >> paxil, zoe loft. >> final the defense was ready for its knockout punch. a neuropsychologist. >> my opinion is that he has profound frontal executive dysfunction. >> he testified years of substance abuse brought about that mental defect.
because of it, toolan could not control his impulses, so the defense said he could not be held responsible for the murder. >> it's like the perfect storm. you have all of these swirling together inside this man's head. >> the prosecutors job was to blow that argument away, to argue that tom toolan knew exactly what he was doing when he murdered beth lochtefeld, that he was so enraged by the breakup that planned and carried out a cold calculated killing. >> i will present to you a timeline. >> as evidence of premeditation, security guards stopped toolan from boarding a plane to nantucket because he was
carrying a ten-inch knife. when asked about the knife, he offered a series of stories. >> he said he forgot it was in there. >> he was having lunch with his sister in nantucket and she wanted him to bring a knife. >> the prosecutors presented evidence that toolan boarded another plane this time without a knife, but after landing, he went shopping for a knife. the prosecutor called witnesses who would testify that toolan didn't seem drunk. that's what the clerk who sold him the knives testify. >> i would say he was sober. >> and the rental car agent at the nantucket airport. >> was he intoxicated to you at that time? >> no. >> the prosecutor played a surveillance tape from the
airport in massachusetts. toolan flew into the airport after the murder arriving at about 1:15. jurors could see him renting a car, walking out to get it, and driving away in a gray chevy impala. >> you're able to see how he's walking. he's not falling or stumbling. >> there was audio of toolan in the back of the cruiser after he was arrested in rhode island. >> you want to tell me what's going on? >> the prosecutor argued toolan was coherent. he was capable of thinking clearly and of distinguishing right from wrong despite the alcohol. and the prosecution also had a forens
forens forensic psychiatrist whom they thought would deliver their own knockout punch. >> on that date, he did not have a mental disease or defect. >> so the prosecutor told the jury, tom toolan was criminally responsible when he stabbed beth lochtefeld to death. the testimony took nine days in all. as the summer arrived on nantucket, the surf and sea beguiling visitors, the stores be beckoning shoppers, the jury in toolan's murder trial got the case. coming up, the end of the trial, but not the end of the story. beth lochtefeld didn't get a second chance. tom toolan will. coming up next friday on dateline, a mystery, a marriage, a double murder. >> i was shocked.
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>> do you get butterflies every time? >> yes, you do. >> as family members and jurors return to their seats, the courtroom seemed too small for the big drama. >> you could hear a pin drop. >> high stakes with subtle hints. >> you figure things aren't going that well. >> is the defendant guilty or not guilty? >> guilty. >> guilty of first-degree murder and guilt of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
a stoic tom toolan. >> we are relieved that this man can never harm another person. >> he was sentenced to life in prison and that's where things stood for four years. >> in august of 2011, everything changed. the massachusetts supreme court overturned tom toolan's conviction. they said there were flaws in the jury selection process. the new trial got underway in june. for the lochtefeld family going through it a second time was deeply disappointing and worrying. >> all of a sudden, she wasn't convicted of killing my sister anymore and he was, as far as i was concerned. >> for tom toolan, it was an incredible second chance. this time the defendant looked
thinner than he had in the first trial and this time a new defense attorney argued the case. >> this is a why case. >> robert opened with an admission that the first defense team never made explicitly, that toolan did kill beth lochtefeld. what the jury had to decide was why. >> it's a difficult issue to look into somebody's mind and figure out what was going on in that mind. was he a common control or was he not? that's the issue. >> it was the insanity defense all over again dressed up a little differently. >> the real question is anyone willing to let somebody who's done something this horrific quote/unquote, off the hook. the problem with their drug
abuse, alcohol abuse, and underlying mental issues. >> in 52 days, 52 days from the time elizabeth lochtefeld met thomas toolan until he stabbed her 22 time ps. >> the prosecutor said tom toolan knew exactly what he was doing the day he killed beth lochtefeld. >> this time the trial was considerably shorter. >> is he not guilty or is he guilty of murder? >> the jury has found him guilty. >> guilty of what please? >> first-degree murder.
>> guilty again on all counts. beth's sister kathy read a statement in court. >> this verdict cannot bring beth back, but it does bring a measure of justice. >> for tom lochtefeld, it was satisfying even though the first conviction was the one that mattered. >> on that day we took a walk to beth's grave site after the conviction and i just remember feeling that was a beautiful june day and it felt like, wow, this is finally -- i'm finally not upset to be here anymore. it was good again. >> for those who were close to beth lochtefeld, there is a real sense of closure this time. the trial behind him, beth's father is back to work at nantucket.
in his studio is the book he and beth worked on together. he illustrated her words and dedicated the book to beth and her dreams. the dreams she lived and those that died too soon with her. that's all for this edition of dateline. we'll be back again next friday at 9:00, 8:00 central. i'm lester holt. at 9:00, 8:00 central. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc relationship is communication; you need to talk. how about mimi's? nah, i don't really feel like mimi's. well, i'm hungry. let's just pick a place and go. oh, you know where we should go? cynthia's. you love that place-- remember what a great time we had the last time we were there? we did? yeah, yeah. we had that crazy waiter (french accent): who kept going, "you two should get married! you two should get married!"