Is a cult responsible for the death of a high school student?

Kurt McFall

Kurt’s body found at base of cliff

CASE DETAILS

On September 8, 1984, Kurt McFall, a 17-year old high school student, drove from his home in Concord, California, across the Bay Bridge into San Francisco. He told his father he was staying with a friend and would be home Sunday evening. Kurt never returned.

Puzzling clues found in Kurt’s abandoned car

On Monday, two birdwatchers spotted a half naked body on a remote beach below the cliffs of San Francisco Bay. Kurt McFall was dead. Kurt’s father, Tom McFall, says he knew at once his son’s death was no accident:

“Kurt told a friend of his that he was involved in some kind of Satanic cult and that he wanted out, but he thought that they might try to kill him. He really feared for his life. It was a murder. It needs to be investigated. There’s no doubt in my mind that Kurt could’ve handled himself in that cliff area because he was an experienced mountain climber and he was a diver. So he would not have drowned in the water or fallen down the hill.”

In Kurt’s room, Tom discovered a knife made from a deer’s hoof, a necklace of stone and feathers, and drawings depicting witchcraft themes and violent fantasies. These seemed to prove that Kurt was leading a double life. The year before he died, Kurt had joined a group that enjoyed reliving medieval customs. They dressed in costumes and practiced sword fighting in the parking lot of an Oakland subway station.

“Caradoc”

Around the same time, Kurt also joined another organization that initiated him into a pagan religion. This new group frightened one of Kurt’s old high school friends. He later contacted Tom McFall and then began to fear for his own safety. He spoke on the condition that his identity not be revealed:

“Gradually, over a period of perhaps six months, his attitude towards other people changed drastically. He kind of moved from just studying with an interest in medieval religion, to actually adopting that religion as his.”

Kurt’s guide into the pagan religion was Gabriel Carrillo, who went by the ancient Welsh name, Caradoc:

“This is a religion that is also an art, a craft, and one that has techniques that are, at their essence, magical. I met Kurt because he had evinced an interest in magic. Kurt was real bright and real curious about just about everything.”

Kurt’s high school friend thinks Kurt got too deeply involved:

“His involvement with this group can be compared to a drug addiction, where you begin thinking that you’ve got it under control and you can take it whenever you want. But gradually, you lose that sense of knowing when to stop until you’re a junkie.”

Gabriel Carrillo:

“I do not make any attempt to control people’s lives. People are free to come and go at their own discretion, just as Kurt did. If anything, the emphasis that we have is on individuals taking control of their own lives.”

On Saturday, September 10th, Kurt stayed over at Carrillo’s apartment. They had dinner, went to a movie, and around midnight, Kurt went swimming at Ocean Beach, a few blocks from Carrillo’s home. According to Carrillo, Kurt had trouble sleeping and knocked on his door at about three in the morning. Kurt said he was going to go back to the beach. Kurt was never seen alive again. Carrillo thinks Kurt’s death was an accident:

“My best guess is simply that he took one too many chances. He might have gone swimming in the ocean and been pulled by the undertow. He might have gone climbing on the cliffs at Land’s End and slipped and fallen, or any one of a number of other things.”

The following evening, Kurt’s car was found abandoned on a golf course overlooking the ocean. There were a number of puzzling clues. Kurt’s driver’s license was on the floor.  His car keys were on the seat. A $20 bill was in the glove compartment. The prized suit of armor which Kurt had made for sword fighting was missing from the trunk. There were also beer bottles scattered in, and around, the car. Tom McFall thinks the clues were staged:

“The car has to be a phony scene that was set up, because Kurt did not drink beer. That’s also inconsistent with the autopsy report that shows that there was no sign of alcohol or drugs in the body when it was recovered. So that looked very suspicious.”

At 10:15 the following morning, National Park Service lifeguards recovered Kurt’s body.  It was lying in a cove less than two miles from Carrillo’s apartment, just below the cliffs at the golf course where Kurt’s car was found. Brian Cameron was one of the lifeguards:

“When we came upon the body, we noticed it was in fairly good condition, fairly pale, usually a sign of being in the water for an extended period of time. No obvious external trauma. He looked pretty clean, other than a few small abrasions on the body, but nothing obvious.”

Kurt had no shoes, socks or shirt.  His back and shoulders were covered with cuts and abrasions. The belt he wore was missing its buckle. Chief Petty Officer Ron Wilton with the U.S. Coast Guard:

“With the facts that we have in this case, it’s really anybody’s guess as to where he actually entered the water, where he came from. My guess would be — and that’s all it is, is an educated guess — that he simply fell off the cliff. And that’s what it appears to me.”

The coroner determined that Kurt died from multiple traumatic injuries and severe blood loss, but no one knows what caused those injuries. Perhaps Kurt died after stumbling over the edge. Or, perhaps he was pushed. The coroner ruled, “cause of death, unknown,” a determination unacceptable to Tom McFall:

“I went to the San Francisco coroner and I said, ‘What do you think happened to Kurt?’  And he said, ‘I think the most probable cause of Kurt’s death is homicide’. But he said he didn’t have enough to testify to that in a court of law. And so he sent his ruling up to homicide classified as ‘unknown.’ I can’t accept that.”

The police investigated further, but found no reason to change the ruling from “unknown” to “homicide.”  They declined to be interviewed for this story. Kurt’s father continues to believe his son was murdered:

“Kurt may have uncovered something in the organization and may have indicated to people that he was going to expose this. And I feel that all of these things probably contributed to them wanting to do away with Kurt.”

Gabriel Carrillo denies that he or his organization had anything to do with Kurt’s death:

“If I wanted to murder somebody, the last person I would murder would be somebody who was staying at my house and whose father knew that he was staying in my house.  I mean, the whole thing is stupid.”

Tom McFall hopes that someone will come forward with new evidence that could re-open the investigation.


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17 Comments

  1. U.N. Owen

    Murder?

    Nonsense.

    The only ‘unsettled’ issue is exactly how – meaning did he fall off the cliff, did be have an accident, etc – but NOT IF, nor WHO ‘killed’ him.

    The most laughable – and therefore the most dangerous part in the televised version of this, is the (supposed) ‘former best friend of Kurt, who’s only shown in the shadows. His (ridiculous) statement (in regards to Kurt having supposedly come across something nefarious about his ‘witchcraft’ group) in which he says ‘this type of group – when they find out someone might cause them problems, they ‘deal with it’ (‘deal with it’ as in kill them). This is so hokey-sounding. I’d bet this person’s ‘expertise’ comes from watching TV – not from any first -hands experience with such groups, or – at the very least – reading any published (and fact-checked) material.

    This period – the mid-80’s – was a time when the American general public (primarily in the dumb parts, I.e., the midwest and south) were constantly fearful of black magic, satanism, etc. If anyone recalls the ‘recovered memories’ in the most infamous case – the McMartin daycare case – the (supposed, and later Sidney add fabricated) memories of the child victims had the adults sound all sorts of nutsy ‘black magic’ stuff.

    The whole thing – from the father’s perspective – sounds like a Hardy Boys-type mystery, with the intrepid, young Kurt serving as the ‘interloper’, but as someone nor connected – and therefore able to have a more logical POV, it’s a young man, who’s not yet found himself – his interests, etc, and he’s exploring life.

    In all likelihood, he fell off the cliffs, tumbled part of the way, and most of his blood was washed away (his body being transported the relatively short distance from where his car was). As for the ‘staged’ setting – the beer bottles by the car, it’s more than likely that someone who DOES drink beer threw down some empties, and all that hairbrush was Kurt parked his car there.

    I would like to hope that with all this time having past (3 DECADES +), his father – if he’s still alive – has been able to accept what did Halen, and not touring himself with what is a loony – unlikely – ‘conspiracy’.

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  2. Servant

    Bryan Abbey – it sounds like you were close to Gabriel. However he could choose who he decides to confide different secrets to. He reveals a mistake in his interview on unsolved mysteries. He gets real excited and defensive when addressing the fact he was the last one with Kurt. Occult groups do not always operate transparently even among there own. Gabriel sought help from deceptive sources. And if you are seeking truth in the occult you need to know you will be judged and destroyed. No matter how annoying “christians’ have behaved in your past does not change the Truth. Do not make life decisions based on the ignorant behavior of others. Seek the truth without bias. Everyone I’ve seen who has the courage to seek ultimately see that the occult is misleading them by way of false hope given by demons. Repent and seek Yeshua (Jesus) and be saved. Blessings
    Servant of the Living God

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  3. Uhhh

    Yeah so, it seems like theres a lot more to this case than they were comfortable reporting on at the time. There are allegations on multiple websites by supposedly different folk that make allusions to “weird” sexual activities of both Kurt McFall and this Gabriel person. It seems pretty certain Gabriel had some homosexual leanings, he was apparently an early activist on that front and it seems this is somewhat established. Kurt’s “weird” sexual activities are much less specific and harder to find info about, also there’s the casual mention that he had “violent fantasy drawings”. What’s up with the lack of specificity here? It seems to me there are obvious paths forward for investigating this case.

    He’s 17 years old. A slight, somewhat nerdy kid. He’s at the house alone (?) of an older person in a position of power over him at 3am, who’s known (allegedly) to be gay or bi or what have you. Kurt’s reported to have “Weird” sex interests surfacing, as well as violent fantasy drawings. The only one that says he leaves the house on his own is the person who last sees him alive. The actor in unsolved mysteries says because he’s hot, though I can’t confirm if thats the official story. Did they just not investigate this, or are there answers that we just don’t have that clear up this obviously suspicious circumstance they highly undersold on the show?

    Did they test the beer bottles for DNA? Clearly Kurt wasn’t drinking because it wasn’t in the autopsy findings, but if they have the other guys DNA on a beer bottle that’s a conviction in ’84 (granted he’s dead now). What about the armor? Did he just throw it away? How do you get rid of something like that? I guess it would make a more convincing suicide scene if he had tossed things that were important to him if you were staging it, but Kurt was 2 miles from where he would have made that decision to die if it was suicide (why else would he get rid of the armor, unless he had some falling out with the group that’s unreported. It seems to show anger and/or transition if it was intentional). They found him essentially right away (right?), you couldn’t find a sighting of someone ditching some home-brew armor in a 2 mile area, or the armor itself in a dumpster or w/e?

    Why is this a mystery? It seems like they just didn’t want to investigate because it involved two dudes possibly having sex. and speaking of sex, was there any evidence of it in the autopsy? Surely they could have determined whether he had drowned or not based on the water in his lungs or signs of asphyxia, and the wounds supposedly only being on his back, could some of them have been inflicted during some sex play gone wrong? If he had fallen down a rocky cliff to get them wouldn’t the edges of the cuts typically be torn and not clean, with wide swaths of varied scratching and debris from the cliff embedded? There are allegations about Gabriel having related sexual interests to that. Why are the hard facts here tantamount to a “f**k it” and a shoulder shrug?

    Many things about this Gabriel of Bloodmoor (or w/e) character, his apparent suicide attempts by cutting himself, ties to S&M including something with weighted hooks and ritualistic cutting, Having a weird necklace with a buckle-like medallion he claims was from a different dead person that died accidentally. I have no idea which reports are true, or to what extent they’re true, but there seems to be plenty to go on in this case there’s no reason we shouldn’t have answers so far as I can see.

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  4. thinkingoutloud

    I think Gabriel is involved. He is the last person to see him alive, he has no other alibi. I think that night Kurt either told Gabriel he wanted out OR Gabriel took his chance of hanging with Kurt alone to kill him because he wanted out. Kurt couldn’t sleep so he went swimming by himself at 3AM? I don’t buy it. Gabriel was so experienced, I highly doubt he made the decision to go swimming at 3AM alone. I think they willing went to the beach that night and they got into a struggle about Kurt leavingand Gabriel pushed him/murdered him. His missing clothes and belt buckle probably contain evidence so Gabriel took them.

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  5. Anonymous

    Hey there, great website. Keep going the good work.

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  6. rob main

    robbmain@Hotmail.com any updates on the case

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  7. Anonymous

    How prophetic that Kurt took a Mcfall

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  8. LUIS FREEH

    YEAH “Ive” BEDN IN THAT APARTMENT ALSO WITH THE BELT BUCKLE. HE GOES BY THE NAME KEITH! ORIGINALY A “BORDEN” HE LIKES “HAMILTON” ALOT! AS FOR THE “OCCULT” HE NEVER WAS! “ONLY” REAL NAVY SEAL TEAM” MEMBERS RECEIVE POWER’S OFF THE “OCCULT”. THEY’RE AT CONGRESS! DIDN’T I TELL U “I” WAS THE “ONLY” NAVY SEALS TEAM MEMBER CAUGHT ON CAMERA DURING THE “PANAMA WAR”. “I” WASN’T JOKING.

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  9. Corey Hicks

    I’ve watched this case several times and it’s very sad. Both Kurt and Gabriel are truly missed. I just saw recently that Kurt”s Dad Tom McFall has a Facebook. I’m pretty sure it’s him because it says that him and his wife live somewhere in CA. Tom is probably in his 70s now Kurt would be 50 years old today if he was alive.

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  10. Anonymous

    I get “feelings”. I felt so strongly once seeing this episode, that I knew exactly what happened and who was responsible. Gabriel told Kurt he wanted to drive to the cliff that night to see the water. Gabriel then made sexual passes at Kurt, who did not reciprocate. This enraged Gabriel who pushed Kurt over the edge of the cliff. In an attempt to cover up the murder, he placed the beer cans around the car. It was Murder. It was Gabriel.

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  11. fixed matches

    Hey there owner of unsolved.com. Great site. I think you should be little more strict with the comments.

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  12. Sylvia Ross

    I was a student of Garbriel Carrillo’s for a few years in the early ’90’s. Two things in the story above about Kurt McFall’s unsolved death stood out to me–the cuts on his body and the fact that his belt buckle was missing.

    Regarding the cuts found on the deceased: The lifeguard who helped discover the body, Brian Cameron, said, “When we came upon the body No obvious external trauma. . .He looked pretty clean, other than a few small abrasions on the body, but nothing obvious.”

    I found out after I left the group that Gabriel did practice ritual cutting. After leaving the group, I still saw some of the members social, and one night went out with a woman who was still a member for dinner and a movie. We saw Mel Gibson in Hamlet. When we were eating later, she was upset and told me that Gabriel had introduced ritual cutting at some rituals, and wanted others to do the same, but that some people had refused. I was shocked, and didn’t even know what to ask about this. Barbara was upset, looking down, dismayed and confused herself. She changed the subject.

    The lifeguard who found the body said that the abrasions were “pretty clean, other than a few small abrasions on the body, but nothing obvious.” So these weren’t big stab wounds that someone would use in a murder. But were they cuttings used in ritual?

    Gabriel told me once that he had tried to commit suicide twice when he was in high school because he was depressed about homosexual feelings he was having. The method he used in his suicide attempts was the slitting of his wrists. Blood attracts and “feeds” demonic spirits. It’s my guess that on these attempts, the blood from his suicide attempts attracted some demonic spirit(s) who then posed to Gabriel as “gods” or “goddesses.” It was after these suicide attempts that Gabriel became involved with the occult. The sad, heavy set, short kid, who had feelings of guilt and depression about his homosexual tendencies suddenly felt powerful–in contact with the “gods.” And that’s how his interest in cutting developed over the years.

    Regarding the missing belt buckle in the story of Kurt McFall’s death: Later the article says that “Kurt had no shoes, socks or shirt. His back and shoulders were covered with cuts and abrasions. The belt he wore was missing its buckle.”

    When I was a student of Gabriel’s, he had an altar in his living room in the 16th St. & Balboa area of San Francisco. Over the altar, hanging on the wall, was an interesting metal necklace with a large medallion on it. I asked him about it one day. Gabriel told me it was the necklace of a member of his group who had died in a house fire. So Gabriel did keep this personal item of a deceased person, presumably for use in rituals, since it hung prominently over his altar. So a belt buckle could be used for similar purposes.

    I feel so bad for Kurt McFall and even for Gabriel. I still remember the vulnerable Gabriel, sharing an intimate detail of his life with me, telling me about when he started cutting himself in his suicide attempts. It was like, for a moment, he was thinking out loud, using me as a sounding board, just trying to figure things out. He touched me deeply, and I felt badly for him. I loved him. A lot of people did. This is the cult experience.

    Gabriel is gone now. But he never figured things out. It’s so horrible. I write this so that others can learn from it. I was a pagan for 22 years, but became a Christian over five years ago.

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    • Dee Fallon

      I’m looking on this site for stories I remembered from Unsolved Mysteries, checking for updates. I ran across your reply to this case and it touched me. Thank you for sharing your insight.

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    • Bryan Abney (Vyrdlokkin)

      This is hogwash. And I am surprised that a woman curious and intelligent enough to once delve into Occult subjects would write this! I sense conspiracy. There is a ring of misinformation throughout this posting that I would not need psychic powers to know this is flagrant besmirching of a man whom is now deceased and whom many (like myself) loved and revered Caradoc.
      Although I know of his slightly kinky sexual fetish side; these where nothing he hid from the mainstream. But, at the same time did not feel it was something he needed to have a NEON SIGN about.
      I know that Gabriel had an element of S & M to his sexual prows; but I can honestly say he never, ever talked to me about cutting rituals. He did utilize ancient shamanic techniques to induce ecstatic states of consciousness (like the process of the piercing of ones flesh which dangled a small weighted balls that were shaken off from the body; and with the enhanced pain senses; induced shamanic trance.).

      I actually was appointed one of his guardians who would go retrieve the weighted balls and insure Gabriel would not slip into unconsciousness. This was an open event that took place at the Women’s Center in the Mission district of San Francisco 1989-1990 (kind of unsure which year).

      He never, ever indicated a fetish involving cutting of ones flesh and I should know as I was a consensual sex partner of Gabriel’s during the time I was also studying for initiation into Bloodrose.

      One thing I do know is that the case of Kurt McFall was a topic Gabriel & I discussed often and it was something that upset him a great deal. Having ones life completely exposed and allegations of wrongdoing and perverse involvement in murder seems a story right out of the Burning Times and yet it happened to him.

      Personally, I do not know the truth. But I do know that Gabriel was no Satanist, Black Magician, or murderer. He was a shy, curious, intellectual wizard who often gave refuge to those who needed sanctuary (like myself).
      And he was truly gifted at real, no-nonsense witchcraft. But no matter how great his powers; he could never shake the stupidity and the ignorance of those who found him suspicious. Godspeed, Gabriel. You are truly a Saint of my Church!
      Blessed Be, Bryan (Vyrdlokkin).

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  13. unsolved

    There has been no new information in this case.

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  14. rob

    did they ever solved the case of kurt mcfall.was he murded or had he fallen

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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:

  • Site usage (e.g., browsing history, search terms, number of clicks, referring/exit pages, date/time stamp, time on Site)
  • Products and services viewed, including advertisements for such products and services
  • Computer type, operating system and platform type
  • Internet service provider

 

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
 

  • Identify you when you visit our Sites
  • Provide service communications such as invoices, order confirmations, registrations and customer service messages
  • Provide products, information and services you request or that we think you may be interested in
  • Respond to your emails or online requests for products, services, or information
  • Deliver and process surveys
  • Personalize and improve the usability of the Sites
  • Fulfill and/or deliver CMP products and services
  • Tailor content, advertising and marketing to you
  • We do not publish or aggregate credit card information or personal identification numbers such as social security numbers.


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:

  • Share data with third parties to fulfill service requests and to perform business functions (e.g., CMP contracts with third parties to provide services on our behalf such as customer support and consulting services; 
  • Share data with third parties as required by law or to protect CMP in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process served on the CMP; (b) protect and defend CMP’s rights or property; or (c) protect the personal safety of CMP personnel or members of the public in appropriate circumstances.
  • Share data with third parties if CMP and/or its assets (or a portion of its assets) are sold, assigned, transferred, or merged, or if CMP undergoes some other change including a change to its corporate form or as part of a bankruptcy proceeding. 
  • Share data with third parties to offer you products and services that may be of interest to you professionally or personally (e.g., apps or software).  Users can request their information to be removed from such lists by contacting us.
  • Share data with third parties under other unanticipated situations, but only with your consent.
  • Share your email address, but only as permitted by the CMP Email Policy, as follows:

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.