The Mysterious Murder of Jill & Julie Hansen - Unsolved Mysteries

Twin sisters are murdered and their brother is the prime suspect.

Jill and Julie Hansen

Fire engulfed the Hansen home

CASE DETAILS

Willow Creek, California, is about 250 miles north of San Francisco.  Hans and Betty Hansen moved to this quiet community in 1971, three years after they were married.  Hans operated a logging supply business in a warehouse next to the couple’s mobile home.  The Hansen family grew to include four children, Donny, Becky, and two twin girls, Jill and Julie.  According to Hans, his twin daughters were kind to everyone:

“Jill and Julie were good kids.  They were a little shy.  They would kind of be more friendly to underdog people and they were real popular girls in school.  So if a new person came to school or something, that wasn’t taken in so much by the other people, they would befriend them.”

Donnie became the prime suspect

For Betty and Hans, life was close to perfect, until the night of November 14, 1986.  At around 11 PM, the 16-year-old twins were in their room, preparing for bed.  Their half-brother, Donny, age 21, was visiting from the town of Fortuna, 70 miles away.  He planned to sleep on the living room couch.  Then at around 3:00 AM, Betty Hansen suddenly awoke.  She smelled smoke and woke up Hans.  Their mobile home was on fire.  Hans grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to put out the flames:

“I shot that fire extinguisher down the hall, it burnt right back up.  There was a strip in the middle of that hallway burning. That’s real odd that coming back in a strip like that.  And still no, I got no response from anybody.  I was yelling all three of their names and then exited the house.  As I ran out the door, I kicked the gas can out of the way, not really thinking much of it ‘til I got a few steps away, thinking that gas can shouldn’t have been there. It was empty because I felt how it was empty when I kicked it.”

As Betty ran up the hallway to warn her everyone of the fire, the first person she saw was her son, Donny:

“…he was standing at the end of the couch, where I think he slept that night and he didn’t see me.  And he’s screaming in a horrible voice, he’s screaming get out of here, real loud and running, chasing.  And so right away I was afraid for him, what was happening, who he was chasing out.”

The shotgun and shells belonged to Donnie

Betty ran to the warehouse, where several fire extinguishers were stored.  She was met first by Donny, then by Hans.  Hans searched for a ladder:

“I got a ladder and came to Jill’s room and just shoved that ladder right through the window.  That room was totally in flames, totally engulfed in flames.  And I didn’t get any response or see anybody.”

According to Hans, Betty and Donny continuously returned to the warehouse for fire extinguishers:

“I remember asking Donny as we were chasing back and forth for fire extinguishers, did you see anybody.  And he said no, he didn’t see anything.”

Julie died in the hospital

Fire trucks responded to the scene within 15 minutes.  Minutes later, a neighbor noticed a crumpled figure in a vacant lot across the road.  It was Julie Hansen and she was nearly dead, bleeding from a gaping wound in her stomach.  Hans recalled the terrifying moments that followed:

“I heard somebody yell from across the street, we found one of them or something like that.  Then the next thing, Donny came running up on the deck and he said we found Julie.  Julie’s out, I got her out.  And my first question to him was how bad is she burned.  And he didn’t give me an answer.”

Hans claimed that it was only after Julie was discovered, that Donny took credit for having pulled her from the fire. But according to Betty Hansen, that apparent discrepancy was quickly overshadowed by concern for Julie:

“When I saw Julie, I thought there was no way she could live.  Her stomach was just open, blown open.  And so I ran back across the street and I just went from one fireman to the other one, begging them to please go in and find Jill.  And then I’d run back across the street and to see how Julie was doing.  And each time I went back across the street, I was surprised she was still alive.”

Emergency personnel rushed Julie to the hospital, believing her stomach injury had been caused by some kind of fire-related explosion.  But in surgery, doctors made a shocking discovery.  Julie Hansen had been shot in the abdomen at point blank range with a 12-gauge shotgun. Hans was shocked when he heard the news:

“Well, I about fell off my chair then because that was the first I’d known anything about any shooting at all.  And I still couldn’t figure out… who could’ve hated us this much to make an attack on our house like this.”

Daylight brought still more unbearable news.  Jill’s body was found in the ruins.  An autopsy later confirmed that Jill had also been wounded by shotgun fire.  Unable to flee, she had perished in the flames.  Authorities recovered three shotgun shells and another five-gallon gas can from the ashes.

Jill died in the fire

The Hansen’s warehouse was untouched by the fire and investigators examined every square inch for clues.  Behind some boxes they found a 12-gauge shotgun.  Ballistics tests later proved it was the weapon used to shoot Jill and Julie Hansen.

The entire Hansen property was cordoned off and kept under round-the-clock surveillance.  Two days after the fire, in the early morning, the officer on duty caught a prowler outside the warehouse.  It was Donny.  Detective George Gatto of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene.  Donny told Detective Gatto that he had come to feed the family dog:

“He knew the dog had been taken to a neighbor’s… He knew the dog was not there.  And that’s when we figured that the reason he was there, he was there to get the shotgun, because he didn’t know we had found it yet.”

Three days before the fire, Donny had borrowed the shotgun from a friend and kept it in his car.  Unspent shells found in the car matched those used in the attack.  Donny had purchased the ammunition the very evening Jill and Julie were shot.  Also, a credit card statement verified that two days before the fire, Donny had purchased five gallons of gas at a local station.  Witnesses confirmed that the container Donny filled was identical to one of those found at the scene.

There was only one person who could confirm the growing suspicions—Julie Hansen.  Approximately two weeks after the fire, she had recovered enough to tell her parents what had happened.  According to Hans, Julie recalled being shot, but not seeing anyone:

“She said she crawled over her sister… so her sister was still asleep in the bed beside her… and stepped out of her bedroom door and bang… she saw the flash and she thought a bomb went off.  And she said she reached down and felt her belly.  It was like a bowl of jelly.”

As Hans and Betty asked more questions, Julie had a chilling flashback. She claimed to have seen Donny’s face before being shot.  Two weeks after the fire, Donny Hansen voluntarily met with Detective Gatto for further questioning:

“He kept saying he was innocent.  He failed the polygraph twice and when I interviewed him he kept denying everything.  Because every time it was a different story with him.”

The interrogation lasted two hours.  When Donny emerged, he was in handcuffs, facing trial on charges of arson and murder.  Betty Hansen was stunned:

“That was a pretty low point in my life to see my son arrested for the murder of my daughter.  It was just unbelievable.  And I kept thinking, when am I going to wake up.  When’s this going to end?”

But the nightmare was far from over.  On December 19, 1987, Julie suddenly died in a freak medical accident.  An air bubble entered her bloodstream through an intravenous tube and stopped her heart.  Julie’s death was another devastating blow to her grieving parents.  It was also a major setback to the prosecutors.  Julie’s eyewitness statements would now be inadmissible as evidence, since she could not be cross-examined by defense attorneys.

In April of 1988, Donny Hansen went on trial for the murders of his half-sisters, Jill and Julie.  Terry R. Farmer, the Humboldt County District Attorney, was confident enough to ask for the death penalty:

“The defendant, Donald Hansen, brought the gun that was the murder weapon to the scene.  He brought the shotgun shells that killed those two girls.  He hid the murder weapon and he lied about all of those things.  That was strong evidence.”

However, Donny’s lawyer introduced testimony from the Hansen’s’ neighbors.  They claimed to have seen two unidentified men near the trailer while it was on fire.  Their sighting became the cornerstone of a defense theory designed to show that Donny Hansen was innocent.  William Bragg was Donny’s attorney:

“There were a tremendous number of unanswered facts and occurrences that happened that night that the prosecution couldn’t explain and which were not consistent with Donny having been involved.  I was able to come up with at least a suggested scenario that tied the majority of the unanswered factual questions together.”

Bragg claimed that around 3:00 AM, two intruders approached the Hansen’s trailer:

“The person had found Donny’s shotgun outside and for whatever reason decided to bring it inside with some shells.  Picked the lock.  Came through the sliding glass door.   They just spread the gasoline around the living room area at the front of the trailer, the kitchen.  At some point during the activities of the perpetrator, Julie was awakened… and walks in on the perpetrator.  And he shoots her as she’s coming out the hallway.  And she goes down, that’s what wakes Donny up.  Donny picks Julie up, takes her out on the front porch, deposits her there.”

According to the defense, at least one of the assailants was still in the trailer after Hans, Betty, and Donny escaped.  It was only then that Jill was shot.

Terry Farmer and the prosecution disagreed with that theory:

“If you’re going to commit a murder, don’t you bring the instruments to do that job?  Don’t you bring the gun if you’re going to burn down the house, don’t you bring the gas.  How convenient for them that both of these items just happened to be provided by Donald Hansen, makes no sense.”

However, the jury believed it did make sense and they found Donny Hansen not guilty.  For Hans Hansen, Donny’s acquittal was a crushing blow:

“This has been a real tragedy for us because we have lost three out of our four children out of this.  Two of them are dead and Donny’s dead to me, because I do feel he was 100% responsible for this, whether he pulled it off 100% himself or not.”

Since the trial, Donny has moved and changed his name.  His account of the events that took place the night of his sister’s murders is still the subject of debate.  Although his attorney claimed Donny was awakened by the shotgun blast, Donny now has since changed his story and said he never heard the shot:

“No one that was in that trailer that night heard any blast.  I don’t know how I didn’t hear it.  I don’t know how any of us didn’t hear it.”

Another nagging question is why Donny removed the shotgun from his car before anyone knew that a shotgun had been involved, or even that a crime had been committed:

“I don’t really know why I moved it, other than… I didn’t want… someone to steal it… someone find the gun… thinking oh I did this.  You know if it was used in the commission of this crime.  At that time, I didn’t know if it had been or not.”

However, with all the circumstantial evidence against him, Donny still maintained his innocence:

“The accusations that I know what went on that night are absolutely ludicrous because I had absolutely everything to lose and nothing to gain.  You know.  And the fact to let someone get away with what they did to Jill and Julie tears me up.” 

The whole truth about this hideous crime may never be known.  A jury has acquitted Donny Hansen, but his mother Betty has not:

“You go on but life is never the same.  And you can build a new house or buy a new car, but you can’t… bring back the girls.  And all we have left is memories.  And it’s really rough.”


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season six with Robert Stack and in season three with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

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46 Comments

  1. thinkingoutloud

    donny is so guilty. whether he murdered them or set the house on fire, he had something to do with it. maybe his plan wasnt to intentionally kill the twins, but one of them woke up and in fear she would alert the family or anyone first, donny or his accomplice killed her. maybe donny or his accomplice planned to only burn the house down with everyone in it, but since the twin woke up it comprised their original plan. donny definitely had something to do with it. he went back to the crime scene to get the gun! shady, he was so trying to hide it before the police got to it. so sad, their parents said they were really sweet and shy girls, terrible they didnt get to grow up and spread their kidness to others.

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  2. Lynda Akin

    I had lived in Willow Creek until 1984 and knew the family. Hans was one of the nicest men, always helpful. The logging supply business was one block off Hwy 299 (it think the street is Mayfair), and between Hansen’s and the highway there were two gas stations, a Ward’s catalog store and one large old building on the corner behind the second gas station (heading east) I think most of the residences in that area (which wasn’t that large) were mobile homes.
    Across the highway from the 2nd gas station was a bar. I forget the name; I never drank there. At the other (westerly) side of town was the other bar, The Forks. It was at the intersection of 299 & Hwy 96 (north to Hoopa).
    Mayfair & Country Club Way ( ran from 299 north between the Chevron station and the 1st one I mentioned before) had a vet’s office on the corner next to Han’s place. Next to that (east side) was/is a very small laundromat. North of that, on the corner is a mobile home. Across the . street (still on Country club) was a mobile, family named Huff lived there.
    On the west side of Country Club Drive heading north (the Chevron station took up the short block) was a small, bare lot and to the west, the Chevron distributor (bulk fuels, etc for the logging industry. Past that was the Trading Post…two businesses (3?) downstairs, a couple of apartments upstairs. Very large parking lot, and the new Post office and other businesses.
    So you see there weren’t really many \neighbors’ in the way most of us think of neighbors. But remember those two bars. There had been a lot of problems in the past with the people that frequented them and the Sheriff’s substation at the time was in Hoopa…a 12 mile drive over curvy mountain roads. Two deputies would do a drive through an area, a very limited patrol.
    This is a hunting area so you’d see a gun rack inside a large percentage of the pickup trucks you’d see. My husband worked nights and when he’d leave he’d remind me the shotgun was above the door, if someone came on the property (Burnt Ranch), take it down and tell the to stop. If they keep coming be prepared to fire, but don’t Tell them again to stop. If they come in the house/window/etc, fire. Aim for the upper body so hopefully you’ll blind them (somewhat) and if they’re on the ground and moving, hit them with the maul (outside for splitting firewood).
    Never happened, but I understood that there were people who might have thought about it.
    This is not to talk about me but to talk about what the area was like, even in the 1980s. There were always people around that you wouldn’t trust, wouldn’t want near your home, but since they lived in the area you just tried to avoid them.
    We lived in Willow Creek not far from downtown so we were used to that also. You hear gunfire. Not just before hunting season (sighting in a rifle) but all year long. Someone might be drunk and just shooting for the hell of it, shooting at a varmint getting into a garden, or whatever. A lot of the women I knew were familiar with handguns, rifles, shotguns, what have you.
    OK, that’s the physical and psychological environment.
    Now for Humboldt County’s Not-the-Finest. I served on a jury
    in the Hoopa Justice Court once and a couple of other times had
    been summoned. I’d served on juries in San Francisco and paid
    attention and I had a low opinion of the DDAs they sent out. Of course
    I had an even lower opinion of the deputies who couldn’t get their
    stories straight.
    so I am quite capable of believing that the DDA didn’t do a good job,
    that he was relying on the emotional factors without taking other
    emotional factors into consideration. He didn’t take into consideration
    how different things were 35 miles from Eureka. It’s not the miles, it\s the
    years and the culture. Inland we would be talking loggers, truck drivers,
    lumber mill workers, miners, a few professionals but not a lot. People from
    the coast might go to WC to swim & fish & hunt but there wasn’t a lot of
    friendliness. I knew people from WC who would not go to Hoopa Valley
    (a better food market there) because they were afraid of all the violence
    they heard about. Yes there was some violence there, but I knew people
    from there and liked the, shopped there and always felt safe.
    And people from the coast were all too ready to believe that ‘outsiders’
    were involved. Easier than saying we have really messed up crazy homegrown
    people here.
    Guess what. It’s 30 years later and the same prejudices exist. The more recent
    DAs have been a waste of money (finally a decent on I’ve heard from friends) so
    hopefully things will get better.
    So a good defense attorney played the ‘boogeyman’ defense that someone who
    wasn’t one of our decent, honest but confused youth did it. Or several boogeymen.
    You know…drunk miners or dope growers or dealers or who knows what. THEM.
    Of course the jury wanted to buy into the ‘Other’ defense. I daresay the defense
    attorney knew all of the DDA’s tricks, ploys, and weaknesses.
    The DDA expected to win but didn’t ensure it. He lost.
    I served on a civil trial in SF and the lawyer for the plaintiff was cocksure and
    very practiced. The defense attorney had been given less than week to prepare
    for a case along time pending.
    but the lawyer for the plaintiff played too many tricks…his client wouldn’t testify because
    he can’t speak English well & doesn’t want to insult the jury with his poor speech.
    The medical records were all messed up but we weren’t allowed to know anything about
    that. But without doing research (a no-no) I came up with discrepancies in the arguments
    vs the records…and my general knowledge. two of us hung the jury. We were polled and
    the plaintiff’s attorney was shocked. And angry. turned out there were 3-5 other personal
    injury suits for the same man (same lawyer). Defense attorney was shocked. We explained
    our separate reasons for voting not guilty and the lawyer said they’d make a lowball offer
    just to get rid of the lawsuit, ten cents on the dollar. Some juries you serve on, there’s no
    satisfaction and I end up with no respect for my fellow jurors (who do just what they promised
    they wouldn’t do).
    I think the jurors in the Hansen case didn’t follow the judge’s instructions, I think they went
    with what they could live with. They wouldn’t turn their back on their son.
    I remember friends telling me about the case. They too felt robbed—but somehow they’d come
    to expect it from Eureka. Most people agreed the Sheriff’s department did a very poor job with
    evidence, etc. And deputies were known for being authoritarian at times (One good DS: Red
    Marler, very good). I think this case is an excellent example of when LEO don’t do their jobs
    right and DDAs don’t have the smarts to fix it.

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  3. Anonymous

    Just seen this story, Donny isn’t the only one guilty! Alot of mess went on. Freak accident in the the hospital?? Yeah right! Shot gun shots wake up two people? This was all bad.

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  4. Anonymous

    In the reinactments, the girls was played by the actress, Moore (cannot remember her first name) in a dual role, Parent Trap style.

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  5. Greg Samsa

    If a verdict makes absolutely no sense at all, then two things are possible: 1) The jury happened to be composed of all equally irrational individuals who, presented with the same evidence that convinced every person in this forum, together arrived at the opposite conclusion, OR 2) You don’t have the whole story, you’ve assumed the info you got from a 15 minute tv segment or the brief summary above is equal or superior to the info the jury got during a whole trial, you’ve never noticed that Unsolved Mysteries always slants stories to guilt unless it’s an uplifting “Wrong man” story of exculpation, and you are easily manipulated by your television.

    Hm. I wonder which is more likely?

    I don’t know what happened but I find it really hard to believe that a convincing motive of Donnie’s existed (e.g. “jealousy,” or business or wealth he stood to get from trailer’s owner) and Unsolved Mysteries just somehow FORGOT to include it, or didn’t find it relevant.

    Btw, look more closely at the dates. The show makes it seem as if Julie’s death happened shortly after the fire. Nope. Check again.

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  6. Stan Lore

    Ineffective prosecutor? Great defense lawyer? Idiot jurors? I have a feeling one or two jurors convinced the rest he was not proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A real shame. I recall the case as it was being tried. Personalities aside, it was a slam dunk guilty verdict waiting for the jury to vote. My old law school criminal law class professor said that he got physically sick to his stomach when the verdict was announced. He attended most of the trial. You just never know who is saying what during jury deliberations, and who is able to influence the others.

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  7. Blaise-Marie

    This is just so sad. My heart goes out to the Hansen family, essentially losing 3 children that day.

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  8. anonymous

    Here is what does not make sense. Re-read the snips, below. How could Donny say he never heard the shot, yet in the very next portion of the interview asking why he removed the gun from his truck, he says he didn’t want “someone to find the gun… thinking oh I did this. You know if it was used in the commission of this crime…”
    Well, if he did not hear any shots, then why would he think it could be interpreted that the gun was used in the commission of the crime??? What the heck? He implicated himself with his statements!!!

    Since the trial, Donny has moved and changed his name. His account of the events that took place the night of his sister’s murders is still the subject of debate. Although his attorney claimed Donny was awakened by the shotgun blast, Donny now has since changed his story and said he never heard the shot:

    “No one that was in that trailer that night heard any blast. I don’t know how I didn’t hear it. I don’t know how any of us didn’t hear it.”

    Another nagging question is why Donny removed the shotgun from his car before anyone knew that a shotgun had been involved, or even that a crime had been committed:

    “I don’t really know why I moved it, other than… I didn’t want… someone to steal it… someone find the gun… thinking oh I did this. You know if it was used in the commission of this crime. At that time, I didn’t know if it had been or not.”

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  9. brypan

    I think it’s simple. Before the girl died at the hospital she said she saw Donny in the shotgun blast. She did not say anything about an intruder. I know this wasn’t put in court, but surely someone could state this somehow. I’d love to know if the jurors ever did any interviews? They are a disgrace!

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  10. Lisa

    I knew Donny and had a hard time believing he would do something like this, as he always thought highly of his three sisters (he has an older one as well). I never believed that he actually committed the crime, but did have knowledge of who did. He came to visit a few years after he was aquitted, and seemed a shell of who he once was. To this day I wish
    that this case had been completely solved, and I always thought that perhaps drugs were involved?

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    • Anonymous

      He did it because he stood to inherit a few hundred thousand dollars… Only reason he was acquitted is because terry farmer was incompetent as a trial lawyer. Had also been shopping for expensive sports car prior to the murders.

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  11. Betty Hansen

    We did hear the gunshots that night, that’s what woke both my husband and myself up. We grieve for our daughters to this very day.

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    • V.E.G.

      I am sorry for your loss.

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    • Thanks Betty

      What name does he go by

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    • Simon

      you still believe it was your son

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    • grandma

      file an FBI report

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    • Donna Kemp

      The thing I’m having trouble with is the gun placement. Donny is sleeping on the sofa. Was the gun in his car or in the barn at that time? The impression I had was through all the chaos of the fire, the shooting, the finding of his sister in a field, how and when did the gun get to the barn where it was found? The timeline doesn’t make sense. Was he ever tested for gunshot residue, that’s police work 101. My heart as a mother breaks for this family. I hope and pray that the parents have found not peace, that will never happen, but maybe, just maybe a stronger faith in each other that helps them cope.

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    • Theresa

      I am so sorry for your loss, even though time heals, you never completely get over something so horrific as this. I know you will never have a sense of peace until you get the truth, but I wish you all the peace you and your husband can possibly have at this point in time. May the guilty Rot in Hell…

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    • Brighteyes

      I’m sorry for your loss. Just saw this on unsolved mysteries. You had said. Smoke woke you up and you didn’t hear anything. Nobody saw or heard anything. Now you say the gunshots woke you and your husband up?

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  12. justsayin

    Money was the motive…The family owned a business and Donny wanted it all for himself…

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  13. anonymous

    I went to school with Jill and Julie. They were always so nice and polite to everyone. I still to this day cannot believe what happened to them by their older brother, it literally breaks my heart. What kind of jealous monster would commit such an act?

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  14. Robert

    Why was a motive never mentioned? Makes no sense for a guy to drive 70 miles to kill his family,and for what? Did he think his sisters stood to inherit the family business? Was he a crackhead? We need motive people!

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  15. Anonymous

    How in the heck would the smell of smoke be what made the mother wake up to check out where the smell was coming from? When there were three shot gun shots. One shot gun blast in a mobile home or even near by would of woke me up. What is the mother and father covering up.

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  16. Jim

    I don’t believe this. His own stepfather wishes his own stepson was dead.

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  17. Stacie Watson richelieu

    I knew these girls at a young age and will always wonder what truley happened that awful night to two beautiful girls.Why would someone want to hurt this family? My heart aches for the parents <3

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  18. Anonymous

    From what I heard Donny was dating one of the jurors.

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  19. Anonymous

    What was the motive? Has one ever came out?

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  20. Wiseman

    It’s a botched crime where everyone was supposed to die and Donny and his accomplice(the person he borrowed the shotgun from) would benefit.

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  21. DonnyDidIt

    This monster (Donny) got away with murder. And arson. My biggest question is, how could a jury acquit him? Then again, look at O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony, etc. My heart goes out to Mr. & Mrs. Hansen.

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  22. Ashley

    I do not understand how a jury found Donnie Hansen not guilty, When there is so much evidence pointing to him?!?! No mystery here, just a big mess up by a jury

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  23. johnson

    this is ridiculous…. this is the problem that I have with our legal system.. literally everything points to this guy committing such a heinous act. Family even… Donny is guilty hands down and just because a few people had “doubts” this guy gets away and even changes his name to never be associated with this crime. things need to change… guilty people are getting away with crimes and innocent people are locked away all the time. all because of a good defense lawyer. something isn’t right here…..

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    • Anonymous

      Thank you I’m glad someone said what I was thinking…smh it is sicking

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    • Gregory Smith

      Guilt has to be PROVEN. apparently it WASN’T! THATS HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS!

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    • Awilda

      Maybe the father and mother were the real targets for Donny, for whatever reason, insurance money, to take over family business or plain jealousy. ………but Donny’s plans were foiled maybe due to his sister waking up and stumbling upon it. He then made them his target. And the so call mysterious strangers seen by the neighbors were probably his accomplices who disappeared during all the confusion during the fire!

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  24. Sky

    Donny is a monster!!!!

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  25. viz

    hes a snake and slithered away

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  26. Liz

    The girls were nearly the same age as well. A good time apart from each other though.

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  27. Liz

    Could this have anything to do with the Bible/ Freeman case? Both were carried out the same way. Murdered with a shotgun and trailer set on fire after the murder. Just seems similar to me.

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  28. John Matos

    First to the mother and father of their two beautiful twins(Jill &Julie),I felt so sad to see such a good family suffer such heinous tragedy.I can’t believe Donny got away with such evil.My heart goes out to the Hansen’s.

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  29. V.E.G.

    Wow! I have no idea if Donny Hansen is innocent or guilty, since he was acquitted, he lives now under an assumed name, just like Yuri Nosenko-style. (Nosenko was a KGB agent and lived under an assumed name until passing.) I hope to God, Donny Hansen should pray to God to forgive him. I hope so.

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    • Josh

      I rolled my eyes so many times, during the defense attorneys explanation of the story, that they almost rolled out of my head. Donnie is Guilty with a capital G. Who was on his jury, and how many head injuries did they have?

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  30. Tammy Thomas

    This was such a sad story. I think there was a mountain of evidence against Donny. I can’t believe they acquitted him.

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I hereby grant to you the non-exclusive, irrevocable and unconditional right to describe, relate, publish and/or exploit My Materials in such manner as you shall elect, in whole or in part, on your websites and in print and electronic form or in any other media now or hereafter known or devised (including without limitation, books), and in related products and services in connection with any exploitation thereof (including but not limited to clothing, bumper stickers, mugs, toys, posters and other printed materials, and any related promotion and advertising of such items), throughout the universe in perpetuity, and in any advertising, promotion and publicity related thereto in all media now existing or to come into existence in the future. I agree that you shall have the right to edit, change, add to, take from, rearrange, vary, embellish, alter, modify, revise, translate, reformat and/or reprocess My Materials in any manner you may in your sole discretion determine and to use them as you in your sole discretion may determine and to make derivative works of the same, in whole or in part, or not to use any of My Materials, without notifying me and without obligation to me; and I waive any right to inspect or approve the final display or other exploitation of My Materials now or in the future, whether that use is known to me or unknown, and I waive any right to royalties or any other compensation arising from or related to the use of My Materials. I waive any right to sue even if what I feel was created was defamatory.I hereby give Unsolved.com (hereafter referred to as “you”) the right to make visual and audio recordings of me, and I give you the irrevocable right to use such recordings as well as my name, voice, appearance, activities and experiences in connection with the website unsolved.com. Such use includes promotions, publicity and advertising.

I represent and warrant that I have the right to enter into this agreement and to grant, without the consent of any third parties, all the rights herein granted; that I have not exclusively granted or assigned or otherwise transferred such rights to any third parties; and that there are no claims, litigation or other proceedings pending or threatened which could in any way impair, limit or diminish the rights granted to you hereunder. I, on behalf of myself, my successors, heirs, representatives and assigns, hereby irrevocably covenant that I will not assert a claim or maintain an action or suit and will not consent to the assertion or maintenance by others of any claim, action or suit (including, but not limited to claims, actions or suits for invasion of my rights of privacy, rights of publicity, defamation or rights in the nature of “droit moral”) of any kind on account of the exercise by you of any of the rights herein granted or agreed to be granted to you.

I represent and warrant that if any minors appear in My Materials, I am the mother, father or duly appointed guardian of such minors or have the irrevocable permission of the parents or duly appointed guardian(s) of such minors to grant the rights set forth herein to you on behalf of such minors.
I agree to indemnify and defend you, and hold you harmless from and against any and all liability, losses, damages, costs, expenses (including but not limited to attorneys’ fees), judgments and penalties arising out of, resulting from, based upon or incurred because of the breach of any warranty, representation or agreement made by me hereunder (including, without limitation, with respect to any claims that I lack the authority to grant all of the rights (including rights of third parties and minors) herein granted). I agree that I will have no rights to terminate or rescind any rights granted to you hereunder or to enjoin the publication, production, exhibition or distribution or exploitation of any work based thereon.

IN NO EVENT WILL YOU BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF MY USE OF YOUR WEBSITES OR YOUR REMOVAL FROM YOUR WEBSITES OF, OR DISCONTINUATION OF ACCESS TO, MY MATERIALS. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, YOUR WEBSITES AND ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED ON OR THROUGH YOUR WEBSITES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. YOU DO NOT NOW AND SHALL NOT IN THE FUTURE HAVE ANY DUTY OR LIABILITY, DIRECT OR INDIRECT, VICARIOUS, CONTRIBUTORY, OR OTHERWISE, WITH RESPECT TO THE INFRINGEMENT OR PROTECTION OF MY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, IF ANY, WITH RESPECT TO ANY SUBMISSION OF MATERIAL.

This release is governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, United States of America, without regards to its principles of conflicts of law.

1.In the event of any dispute arising out of or in connection with this agreement or otherwise in connection with your websites or My Materials, such dispute shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence.

  1. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees. Each party expressly waives any right to a jury. Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction.

This agreement shall bind my heirs, administrators, representatives, executors and assigns forever. You shall have the right to assign any or all of your rights hereunder to any person, firm or entity in your sole discretion. I may not assign this agreement to any third party, and any purported attempt to do so shall be deemed null and void ab initio.

I give you the foregoing permission with the knowledge and understanding that you will incur substantial expense in reliance thereon. If any part of this agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed in a manner consistent with applicable law to reflect, as nearly as possible, the original intentions of the parties, and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.

I am of the age of majority in my state of residence (which is typically 18 years of age in most states) and competent to contract in my own name. I HAVE READ THIS SUBMISSION RELEASE AND I FULLY UNDERSTAND AND FREELY ACCEPT THE CONTENTS AND MEANING OF THIS AGREEMENT. I AGREE TO BE BOUND HEREBY AND INDICATE MY ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS BY CLICKING THE BOX BELOW. MY electronic consent to this Agreement (or to any other agreement between ME AND YOU), whether by clicking THE BOX BELOW or similar buttons provided in conjunction with any such agreement, shall constitute MY electronic signature and, according to the provisions of UNITED STATES federal law (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, UNITED STATES COPYRIGHT LAW), shall be of the same effect as if I had signed such agreement manually. UPON YOUR request, I agree to sign a non-electronic version of this Agreement. A printed version of this Agreement and/or of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial, administrative, or arbitration proceedings based upon or relating to this Agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated.

Complaints about content, including complaints arising state or federal law involving the unsolved website should be made to unsolved@unsolved.com or at Unsolved Mysteries, 4303 W. Verdugo Ave., Burbank, CA  91505.  For questions regarding Unsolved’s compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act please see our DMCA policy [https://unsolved.com/dcma-agreement/]

 

PRIVACY POLICY

Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. (“CMP”) provides www.unsolved.com (the “Website”) and related services for your personal non-commercial use only and subject to your compliance with this Privacy Statement and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Terms of Use Agreement. Please read this Agreement carefully before using this Website. Your use of this Website constitutes your acceptance to be bound by this Agreement without limitation, qualification or change. If at any time you do not accept all the terms and conditions of this Agreement, you must immediately discontinue use of this Website. This Agreement sets forth Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. policies with respect to its operation of this Website.

Certain products or services offered by this Website may be governed by additional terms (“Additional Terms”) presented in conjunction with those products or services. You must agree to these Additional Terms before using those areas or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Services. The Additional Terms and this Agreement shall apply equally. In the event of an irreconcilable inconsistency between the Additional Terms and this Agreement, the Additional Terms shall control.

YOU MAY NOT USE THIS WEBSITE FOR ANY PURPOSE THAT IS UNLAWFUL OR PROHIBITED BY THIS AGREEMENT AND/OR ANY APPLICABLE ADDITIONAL TERMS. YOUR ACCESS TO THIS WEBSITE MAY BE TERMINATED IMMEDIATELY IN COSGROVE MEURER PRODUCTIONS, INC. SOLE DISCRETION, WITH OR WITHOUT NOTICE, IF YOU FAIL TO COMPLY WITH ANY PROVISIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT AND/OR ADDITIONAL TERMS, OR FOR ANY OTHER REASON, OR FOR NO REASON.

This Agreement informs you of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. practices with respect to the online collection, use, and disclosure of personal information from the Website. Personal information is information that allows us to contact you (such as email address, home address, or telephone number) or other information that, when linked to your name or contact information, allows us to personalize your visit to our Website by providing you with information that suits your interests.

DATA WE COLLECT

Personal Data
 

We collect information (whether online, by phone, or by paper) that enables CMP to identify or contact you (“Personal Data”) to carry out our business purposes.  CMP Sites collect this information for a variety of business reasons, including but not limited to, providing tips, registering for an CMP event or program, purchasing CMP products or services, or otherwise interacting with CMP.
 

The types of Personal Data we collect include, but are not limited to:
 

Personal data is not collected without your providing that information to us.
 

Non-Personal Data
 

We collect information (whether online, by phone, or by paper) that does not directly identify you as you interact with our Sites (“Non-Personal Data”). The types of Non-Personal Data we collect includes, but is not limited to:

 

HOW CMP USES YOUR DATA

In addition to the uses described above, we use your Personal Data, sometimes combined with Non-Personal Data, in a variety of ways including, but not limited to:


Personal Data
 


Non-Personal Data


We use Non-Personal Data to improve the usability of our Sites and for other business reasons. We or other third-party companies also use the Non-Personal Data to provide advertisements and targeted advertisements to you (ads based on the Non-Personal Data). We do not provide Personal Data to third parties with whom we share your Non-Personal Data. Please note that, when you select an advertising link or other link that takes you to sites not operated by CMP, you may be subject to the privacy policies of these third-party sites.

PERSONAL DATA COLLECTED FROM THE UNSOLVED APPLICATION

We may also obtain demographic and other personally identifiable information (such as your name, email address, password and PIN) that you voluntarily give to us when choosing to participate in various activities related to the Unsolved Application, including chat, posting messages in comment sections or in our forums, liking posts, sending feedback, and responding to surveys. 

 

If you do not turn off your phone’s location services, you may send us your geographic location.  If your camera roll is set to share, you may make your camera roll available to us.  If you have signed up to receive push notifications, you will receive those from the Unsolved Application.

 

HOW WE SHARE YOUR DATA

We share your Personal Data, sometimes combined with Non-Personal Data, in a variety of ways including, but not limited to the below:


Your email address will be used only by the CMP, its entities and CMP vendors performing member services, or offering products on CMP’s behalf.  CMP does not sell or rent email addresses to anyone outside the CMP, nor does CMP share email addresses to unrelated third-parties, affiliates, or CMP members.  CMP also shares your email address with third parties to enable CMP to take security measures to help protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure, or destruction of data.  Finally, CMP shares email addresses with third parties as necessary for CMP to perform certain services on our behalf, such as packaging, mailing and delivering products and processing event registrations and to respond to your service requests.

 

HOW YOU CAN MANAGE YOUR DATA WE COLLECT

You can manage your profile and email preferences, including “opting out” of email by contacting us. If you prefer to receive hard copy mailings only from CMP, you can contact us and request to have your name and address removed from the list we provide to third parties.

 

For California residents, please consult the “California Privacy Rights” section for additional considerations. 

 

Our processing of your data is based upon your consent, contract performance (e.g., your purchase of products), legitimate business interest (e.g., direct marketing of goods and services), or compliance with law.  You have the right to object to our processing of your data or to restrict our processing of your data. In addition, if you have consented to the processing of your Personal Data, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

 

CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS

In addition to the rights as explained in this Privacy Policy, under California law, California residents who provide personal information (as defined in the statute) to obtain products or services for personal, family, or household use are entitled to request and obtain from us, once a calendar year, information about the personal information we shared, if any, with other businesses for marketing uses. If applicable, this information would include the categories of personal information and the names and addresses of those businesses with which we shared such personal information for the immediately prior calendar year (e.g., requests made in the current year will receive information about the prior year).

 

To obtain this information please write to us at:

 

Unsolved

4303 Verdugo Ave.

Burbank, CA  91505

 

 Attn: CMP -- California Privacy Law.

 

Please include your full name and address.

 

CANADIAN ANTI-SPAM LAW

CMP complies with the Canada Anti-Spam Law which requires you to opt-in to receive unauthorized Commercial Electronic Messages (as defined under the Canada Anti-Spam Law).

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HOW WE PROTECT PERSONAL DATA

CMP implements commercially reasonable security measures to help protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure, or destruction of data. Except for membership directories, membership lists and registration lists, and the sharing of information as set forth in this Privacy Policy, we restrict access to Personal Data to certain companies who need the data to operate, develop, or improve our services. These individuals or partner organizations are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations.

 

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is fully secure. Accordingly, and despite our reasonable efforts to protect your Personal Data from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure, CMP cannot guarantee or warrant the security of the Personal Data you transmit to us, or to or from our online Sites. If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.

 

Certain areas of the Sites require the use of a user ID, email address, or password as an additional security measure that helps protect your Personal Data.  To help you protect your privacy, these Sites have tools to help you log in and log out.

ACCESSING, CHANGING AND DELETING PERSONAL INFORMATION

We rely on you to update and correct your Personal Data.  If you are a user of our Sites, subscriber to [CMP product], purchaser of CMP products and services, you can review, update and correct your information directly on CMP’s website or by contacting us using the information in the “Contact Information” section below.

 

Typically, we retain your Personal Data for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.  This may include retaining your Personal Data indefinitely, even after you are no longer a CMP member, in order to provide you with future marketing opportunities and other purposes, as well as to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, or enforce any of our agreements.  

 

Please note that you can request, at any time, that we delete your Personal Data.  All requests must be directed to the contact in the “Contact Information” section below.  We can decide to delete your Personal Data if we believe that the data is incomplete, inaccurate, or that our continued use and storage are contrary to our obligations to other members, individuals, or third parties.  When we delete your Personal Data, it will be removed from our active databases or anonymized so that the data is no longer identified with you, but the data may remain in our archives if CMP determines that it is not practical or possible to delete it.

Your Personal Data is processed in the United States, where privacy laws may be less stringent than the laws in your country and where the government, courts, or law enforcement may be able to access your data.  By submitting your Personal Data to us, you agree to the transfer, storage and processing of your Personal Data in the United States.

You, as the data subject, have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of your habitual residence, place of work, or place of the alleged infringement, if you believe that the processing of your personal data does not comply with legal requirements.

In the event we determine the occurrence of a data security incident, we will notify you by email, US mail, telephone, or other means as permitted by law.

If you have questions, comments, or complaints concerning our privacy practices or if you wish to change, access, or remove your Personal Data, please contact us as indicated below.  We will attempt, where practical, to respond to your requests and to provide you with additional privacy related information.

Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. is the owner of this Website and retains all ownership rights to the information collected at this Website. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. reserves the right to change, modify, add, or remove provisions of this Privacy Statement. Any changes to this Privacy Statement will be posted here, and we encourage you to check back from time to time. In addition, Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. will notify registered users of changes as they occur.

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org. Your use of the site constitutes your agreement to accept cookies, beacons and third-party advertising. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for third-party ads.

ARTICLE 1. Personalization
1.1 We may use the contact information you give us to better tailor your Website experience to your interests, and to send you information about Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. and its services as well as promotional material on behalf of some of our partners. We may use other information that you provide to us to show you content in which you may be interested and to display the content according to your preferences. We will also share this information within Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. in order to enhance your experience on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Websites.
1.2 In addition, we may share this information with advertisers or other third parties that are not part of the Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. family on an aggregate or other basis that does not disclose your identity or contact information.

ARTICLE 2. Online Surveys/Contests
2.1 From time to time, we may conduct online surveys and contests. These may ask you for contact information (like name or email address) and demographic information (like zip code or age).
2.2 We may use this contact information from our surveys and contests to provide you with information about our company and promotional material on behalf of some of our partners, and to contact you when necessary.

ARTICLE 3. Shopping/Commercial Services
3.1 This Website may offer shopping services, which may be offered by us or by a firm that operates a store under contract with us. If our Website offers shopping or other commercial services, you will use a customer order form to request information, products, and services. The order form will ask you to give us contact information (like name or email address), financial information (like account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like zip code or age).

3.2 We will use the financial information that you provide to bill you for products and services. By giving our Website your credit card and related personal information, you are authorizing our store to give that information to the merchant and credit card company in order to confirm and fulfill your order.

3.3 We will use contact information from the order form to fulfill your orders. We may also use contact data to get in touch with you when necessary. We will not otherwise use or distribute your financial information without your prior approval.

ARTICLE 4. Public forums
4.1 This Website may make available chat rooms, blogs, forums, message boards, and news groups. Please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Information disclosed by you or by others enters the public domain and may be freely used by any other persons or entities using the site.

ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at: unsolved@unsolved.com.

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.