When a businesswoman is murdered, her family believes it was not a random crime.

Joan Jefferies

Joan was shot twice in her car

CASE DETAILS

On the night of November 29, 1994, in Webster, Texas, 58 year-old Joan Jefferies died alone and scared in a suburban parking lot. The killer shot her twice in the head at close range. Then, he fired two more times. Both bullets pierced her heart. No one has ever been charged with the murder. But Joan’s family is sure they know exactly who killed her: a former business partner named Sam Patel. Kelley Walker is Joan’s daughter:

“I think Sam Patel had the motive. I think he had the opportunity. And I think the facts speak for themselves.”

Sam Patel denies any involvement:

“I did not kill Joan. I had no reason to kill Joan. I had no reason whatsoever.”

Kelley says he showed up unexpectedly

Joan was a clerk at an aerospace firm in Houston. Sam Patel worked there as a software engineer. But he had bigger plans. The company would be called Best Aviation — a commuter airline for gamblers. In April of 1994, he asked Joan to help him start the company. Joan’s daughter said her mother was thrilled:

“When Sam initially offered this position to my mother, she was, of course, flattered and excited because the money was very good.”

Patel also put Joan on the company’s Board of Directors. Although Patel was married, he and Joan often held meetings at the home of his girlfriend, Richie Guyote:

“Sam had an arranged marriage. He had told me that he could not get a divorce and so we lived as boyfriend and girlfriend.”

Patel told Joan that overseas investors would be funding Best Aviation within a few months. Meanwhile, he wanted to get life insurance for the company’s key employees.  Joan was insured for a quarter of a million dollars. Sam Patel explained:

“The initial idea was presented from the investor group because they wanted assurances that if something happened to one of the key people in the organization, that the company could function and that they would recover their investment.”

Joan’s son, Darrel Jefferies, thought the move was suspicious:

“Basically, she’s a secretary, and I can’t see that as a key point person. Nothing sounded right about that.”

A check for Joan’s back wages

Patel agreed to pay Joan a monthly salary. But in the next seven months, she received only one check and it bounced. Kelley claims that her mother wanted to quit, but Patel convinced her to stay. Patel says that’s not true:

“Joan never approached me and said that she wanted to leave the business. There was a time when she said, ‘Hey look, this isn’t working out and I don’t like it.’ She did come up and say that. And the compromise we came up with was, ‘Fine, you can continue to be part-time until you feel comfortable and we’ll go out and get somebody else to work part-time, also.’”

By then, Joan’s back wages totaled close to $4,000. Two weeks later, Patel showed up at her apartment late at night. According to Joan’s daughter, Kelley, he told Joan he had a certified check for her:

“She said that he had to get this certified check Xeroxed, which was odd to her and me.”

Investigators found potential evidence

Sam showed up later claming he couldn’t find a Xerox machine and that he needed to use Joan’s phone. Patel told Joan that he was on foot that night, and if he couldn’t get a ride, perhaps she should take him home. When Kelley heard this, she said she warned her mother:

“When she told me that he mentioned getting into her car, that, I think was the firmest I have ever been with my mother, saying over and over, ‘Absolutely not, do not ever let him in your car.’”

According to Kelley, she was on the phone with her mother when Patel showed up a third time that night. Joan refused to let him in. Patel says Kelley is wrong:

“I had never met Joan like that, in the manner that Kelley had described to the police, never, ever.”

Kelley believes Sam was conducting a dry run for the murder:

“I truly believe it was a trial run. And I think because I was on the phone and my mother continued to say ‘Kelley, it’s Sam,’ I stopped it that night.”

Two weeks later, after a business dinner with Sam Patel, Joan Jeffries was murdered.
Joan told Kelley she planned to meet Patel and his wife, Penny, for dinner. Joan expected to get a check for her back wages. She also planned to hand over the company files and sever her ties with Best Aviation. But Patel insists that Joan wasn’t planning to quit:

“I asked Joan to meet with me, ‘I can give you the check, you can give me files. We can arrange for our meeting with the investor group for you to be there.’  And that was the purpose of the meeting.”

Patel and Joan left the restaurant together around 10 PM. But Joan never made it home.
By 9:00 AM, detectives were at the parking lot crime scene, trying to piece together what happened. Joan’s purse and keys were missing, but she was still wearing her gold and diamond necklace. According to Det. Sgt. Charles Probst of the Webster, Texas Police Department, robbery didn’t seem to be the motive:

“Because of the multiple gunshot wounds to the body, it would indicate that the offender is known to the victim or had a grudge or something of that nature. The first interview that we had with Sam Patel, he told us that he had not been in Joan Jefferies’ car.  Later in a second interview, he changed his story and said that he had in fact been in Joan’s car and that we would find evidence of such in her car.”

Sam said after he and Joan parted, he went to his girlfriend’s house, then road his bike around the block a few times. Richie told investigators:

“I opened the door and Sam was there with a shirt wrapped around his neck. And I said, ‘You know, what are you doing without your shirt, you know, it’s cold out there, you’re gonna catch a cold.’ And he said ‘I’ve been riding my bicycle.’”

Sam explained being shirtless:

“I was hot, you know, I hadn’t, I hadn’t ridden a bike, I hadn’t done any exercise in months and months. And you know, I was going into the house. I took my shirt and I had it over me and I was walking into the house.”

Richie believes he was hiding evidence of blood:

“That shirt has never been found. I think it’s a very crucial piece of evidence because he would’ve had to reach across Joan to take the keys out and that shirt would’ve had a smear of blood all up the arm.”

Sam claims he still has the shirt:

“There are no blood stains on it. I have it in my closet. And if whoever wants it, if the Webster Police Department would send me a real nice note saying, ‘Please, could we have the shirt,’ I would be glad to hand over the shirt to them.”

Investigators say that Patel has never been willing to give them that shirt. For Joan’s daughter, Kelley, Patel’s refusal is just one more sign that he pulled the trigger:

“I think Sam is responsible for the murder of my mother because he had a life insurance policy out on her life for $250,000. She was ending her business relationship with him that night. So he needed to do it that night while she was still an employee.”

Patel insists this accusation is completely groundless:

“The very next day after her death, the board of directors all got together and we decided that we would take the entire proceeds from the insurance and either give it to the family, donate it to some local charity that would leave a lasting memorial for Joan, or a combination of both.”

The case of Joan Jefferies’s murder is still open.


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

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25 Comments

  1. Yo

    Patel was killed years later by a man he did business with! How crazy is that! He got what he deserved

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  2. thinkingoutloud

    sam did it. super obviosu whether they have the shirt as evidence or not. crazy how joan was murdered the last ngiht of her being the employee and sam was the last to see her. hes so guilty. this case makes me angry. so obvious so obvious. joan’s daughter and sam’s girlfriend even know he did it. so annoying

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    • Val Whitt

      He’s such a disgusting worthless POS—-and SUCH a LOUSY LIAR—-I can’t believe he got away with it…..Probably fled the country. So sad for Joan & her family & friends.

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    • Mike J McNulty

      It didn’t help either that the lab failed to
      find any DNA. They bungled the investigation as well as the police. 100% sure that Patel was the lone killer; they should have convicted him from circumstantial evidence at least!

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  3. Anonymous

    In case anyone is interested, the potential evidence found picture, was of vomit the investigators found on the ground. They mentioned in the original Unsolved Mysteries episode that it could be a link to Patel since they just had dinner. If they only could have found out what he ordered and judging by the regurgitated food, they could pin point him. I think i remember them trying to do that in the original episode, but it was all inconclusive or something like that. Its been so long i cant remember.

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  4. Anonymous

    An indian getting away with killing a white woman in TEXAS almost unheard of!

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  5. Marci

    He’s positively smirking as he defends himself. All these years later, what else has he done?

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  6. DJ

    Sam was the prime suspect in this case. This policy could not be paid out to a prime suspect. He got nothing

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  7. lime

    good job none of the commentators who have convicted this guy on the back of this tv show are lawyers…

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  8. kevin adam kanzer.

    i think patel is guilty as sin.

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    • Michelle C

      So do I! He has not cooperated with the authorities and “everyone is lying, but me” attitude makes me sick. He got away with murder. Hopefully, a cold case detective from Houston will reopen this case so the family can have some resolution.

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  9. Johnny

    This should have been an easy Unsolved Mysteries to solve. Sam had the motive and opportunity to murder Joan. He was the last person with the victim and the insurance money was important. She still had to be an employee to collect the money. I’ve seen cases brought to court with less evidence. Justice for Joan and her family.

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  10. Lin

    Why hasn’t the PD or prosecutor insisted on the shirt and searched his house and business. Something isn’t right here.

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    • Loosewheel

      I find the whole thing very odd too. I didn’t see what year it happened but all the info can be checked. Thinking that an insured person that was murdered, would not get a pay out from the company. Fishy.

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  11. AlwaysSearching69

    “Joans life was insured for a quarter of a million dollars and she recieved a monthly salary, but over seven months, she only got one check and it bounced.”He owed her around four thousand dollars in back wages and showed up at her place late at night with what he claimed to b a certified check that apparently needed to be xeroxed. If that wasn’t strange enough apparently it was just one of three times that he showed up at her place that night. Saying that he was on foot and suggesting she give him a ride home was pretty suspicious, especially seeing as Joan is shot to death two weeks later after having dinner with Patel, it seems as if he was trying to get her alone.
    I also love how around the time Joan is murdered Sam Patel decides “hey you know what, I’m gonna get on my bicycle and ride around shirtless for a few blocks”.
    I mean this is a guy who admitted that he hadn’t ridden a bike or excersised in months and months and all of a sudden he decides to take a bike ride late at night.
    Another thing… In regards to the shirt he was wearing that night “there are no blood stains on it. And who ever wants it. If the Webster PD would send me a real nice note ‘please can we have the shirt, I would be glad to hand over the shirt to them”.
    Webster PD claims that Patel has never been willing to hand over that shirt, hmnnm…. Wonder who I believe at this point. I wonder what really happened to that shirt and I wonder if Joan and her family will ever find justice. I also wonder how its possible for Sam Patel to still be free when it seems so obvious that he was responsible. The family has to be frustrated, hell Im frustrated just reading this and can tell that people that have posted on this site r frustrated but I guess as annoying and inconvenient as it may be we have to remember that criminal investigation in real life is no where near as simple or easy as actors in TV shows n movies portray it to be. I mean its not like Law & Order where something terrible happens, the cops show up and in a space of forty to fifty minutes, the case is solved, everything makes sense, the victims and their family’s get closure and justice while the perp gets what’s coming to them.
    Yes Patel seems very suspicious and I like the rest of u belive he is guilty but if the cops had any concrete evidence n not just the fact he was acting guilty n seems like a very good suspect he’d be spending the rest of his miserable existence rotting away in a cage where all low lives belong.
    Another thing I find interesting is that Joan told her daughter that she planned to meet both Patel and his wife Penny for dinner that night, however having read the details of the case here, it seems that Joan n Patel were at and then left the restaurant alone. Is it possible Patel told Joan that his wife would be there to make her feel more comfortable meeting with him. Could it be that this was a ruse he used to try and get Joan alone, something similar to how he showed up at her house three times in.one night with an alleged check suggesting she give him a lift home seeing as he was on foot. This is also suspicious seeing as the guy has a bicycle and didn’t have to go on foot. So why go to her place with some lame reason for being there and try to get a lift home.
    I think Kelley was right. I think Sam Patel went to Joans place three times that night two weeks before she was murdered as some kind of dry or trial run. I think he was waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike and when time started to run out seeing as she was leaving Sam Patel got desperate. Desperate enough to create his own opportunity. Let’s say maybe inviting her for dinner under the pretence of wrapping thinks up and payying her the money she was owed. I can see the motive here plain as day and let’s face it this terrible crime while motivated by greed reeks of desperation, cause clearly Sam Patel is no Criminal Master Mind. He’s an arrogant jack a** of a clown that got away with this from the looks of it due to dumb luck not criminal genius. None of this seem methodical or well planned and if it was, well that just makes this tragedy even worse seeing as the bastards still free.
    I mean first of all he took out a two hundred and fifty thousand dollar life insurance policy on her stating the “Board” deemed it necessary to do so for all key employees. So where the hell are the rest of the employees and this so called board.
    He visited her place late at night two weeks before she was murdered not once not twice but three times.
    If your a suspect in a crime u cooperate and hand over any alleged evidence I.e your shirt u don’t go on national TV and say that if u were to receive a polite note requesting the shirt u would hand it over. Who does this jack a** think he is. Where does this clown think he is, no body talks like that.
    If some one u knew was murdered, some one u admitted having dinner with the same night that person was murdered, u don’t go to your girlfriends then go for a bike ride only to return to said girlfriends shirtless.
    More importantly muggers or robbers if u will don’t shoot their targets twice in the head then two more times, before taking the victims keys and purse only to leave valuable jewellery behind. Even the most strung out drug addict looking for their next fix and resorting to robbery wouldn’t over look jewelry. Oh and my favorite part, he is married but has a girlfriend because his marriage was arranged and he can’t get divorced. Everything about this guy is not only a joke but so f***ing fake.
    Its so sad and scary that Joan lost her life the way she did and what makes it even worse is how idiotic her killer was and he still got away with it.
    It so tragic to think of how scared she must of been in those final moments and I hope that one day Joan and her children get the justice they deserve. Her soul and her children deserve peace.

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  12. Miranda shortt

    I hopeone day that guy gets caught

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  13. milty

    It would be interesting to know if Patel and the board did turn over the life insurance to the family or a charity.

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    • Anonymous

      There was never a “board” it’s just more of Patels B.S. and the “board” is just his attempt to make himself seem more important than the nobody lowlife he is.

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  14. johnson

    did they ever find out where the insurance money went to? Did they actually do what Sam Patel said he was going to do?

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  15. Amina

    The fact that this man Sam Patel has not been charged with the murder of this woman is a disgrace. He killed her in cold blood and justice needs to be served. So sad for her family.

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  16. Lorry

    So obvious dude killed her but they have to have evedience to indict him

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  17. rachel

    Is this murder solved did they find the killer

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  18. Nicki Coury

    It sounds quite obvious that this guy Patel committed the murder. I don’t understand why they don’t charge him, take him to trial and let the jurors decide. It might help her family gain some closure

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    • Indeed

      I thought the exact same thing. People have been convicted based on much less and far weaker circumstantial evidence.
      My heart breaks for this family. I can’t imagine their frustration.

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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.