Patty Stallings is finally released after being sentenced to life for the murder of her two boys.

Patty Stallings

Patty was arrested and sent to jail

CASE DETAILS

On July 9, 1989, in St. Louis, Missouri, a young mother rushed her critically ill baby to the hospital.  The baby was three-month-old Ryan Stallings.  Since birth, Ryan had suffered from chronic gastric distress.  On the day Ryan was brought to the emergency room, his breathing had become labored and he was vomiting uncontrollably.  According to his father David, Ryan was immediately placed in the pediatric intensive care unit:

“It was just a shock to see a little baby incapacitated the way he was. It was to the point where they said, well, they don’t know how long he’s going to be here.  We don’t know what’s wrong with him yet.  So you may as well just go to the waiting room and stay out there until we can tell you what’s wrong.”

Did she poison her children?

David and Patty Stallings rented a hospital room to be near their son.  After three agonizing days, the Stallings learned that Ryan would recover. The diagnosis, however, was shocking.  Ryan had been poisoned. Patty Stallings was annoyed that authorities immediately considered her a suspect:

“They were very polite, yet suspicious. They would not allow us to see Ryan alone. There would have to be two nurses or a doctor present. We were never allowed at his bedside alone. That bothered me, but I still didn’t understand. Because I wasn’t looking at it the way they were, I guess.”

Patty was finally released

That same day, the police were brought in to investigate. According to Patty, detectives interviewed her husband in a separate room:

“We were split up and talked to by detectives. They immediately started asking me, ‘Is there a problem at home? Are you and David fighting?’ They were saying that they knew that that baby had been poisoned by either me or my husband. It infuriated me, and I was just… I was devastated. I was blown away… Ryan was my world… He was perfect.”

Ryan’s condition improved.  After twelve days, he was released from the hospital, but not to the custody of his parents.  Patty and David’s contact with Ryan was severely restricted.  According to Patty, they were allowed only a one-hour visit each week on Thursdays:

“I just could not wait till Thursday. I would tell everybody over and over and over how last Thursday went. That was my life…”

The parental visits continued for five weeks.  During the sixth visit, Patty was left alone with Ryan a short time.  Three days later, Ryan suffered another severe attack of vomiting.  Once again, he was rushed to the hospital.  Once again, the diagnosis was poisoning.  Authorities came to Patty’s house with an arrest warrant:

“We were getting out of the car, and they said, ‘Stop right there.’ I turned around, and I was, like, ‘Come on into the house.’ They said, ‘You’re not allowed to go into the house.’ They immediately slapped handcuffs on me and said, ‘You’re under arrest for assault.’”

Ryan Stallings

Patty Stallings was arrested and charged with assault.  While Patty languished in jail, her son was dying.  Ryan was placed on life support systems.  David Stallings found himself trapped in a private hell:

“The doctors come up and tell me that they have a feeling that Ryan’s not going to make it and that maybe I should contact a minister and have him baptized. I tried to get Patty up there and all I got from the judge was, ‘No, absolutely not. I’m not going to let a baby-killer up there.’ I said, ‘This lady did not kill this baby.’ When they finally came back to me and told me that ‘We need to know if we can turn him off,’ I told them, ‘Go ahead and shut the machine down.’  But I wanted to be in there with him.  So for three hours, I sat there with him in my arms, knowing that Patty couldn’t be there, watching this meter on this machine go down each time his heart would beat.”

On September 7, 1989, Ryan Stallings died.  He was not yet six months old.  His mother, Patty, was now charged with first-degree murder and held without bail.  She was not allowed to attend Ryan’s funeral.  A few weeks later, Patty discovered she was pregnant again.  Six months later, David Stallings Jr. was born.  Even though David Sr. was not a suspect, he was not allowed to take his son home.  The baby was placed in foster care.  Ironically, this devastating blow would turn out to be a stroke of good luck.  Without it, Patty and David Stallings might have been accused of poisoning their second son.

Patty & David Stallings with their son David

When David Stallings Jr. was two weeks old, he began to exhibit symptoms identical to the ones that had plagued his brother Ryan.  This time, the diagnosis was different.  David Jr. had a rare genetic disorder, MMA, in which the body produces chemical by-products that are similar to the chemicals found in antifreeze.  Unsolved Mysteries contacted an independent medical expert about MMA:

“It would be very simple to confuse the diagnosis of MMA with multiple poisonings because the symptoms are very similar. But more importantly than that, MMA and other similar disorders are very rare, and the majority of doctors either will never have seen a case, or if they have seen a case, didn’t know that they saw it, and actually confused it.”

While prosecutors evaluated the medical evidence, Patty Stallings was released from jail.  However, Patty was still denied visitation rights with her new born son:

“I thought it was over, as far as the nightmare of being accused of hurting Ryan. I was positive because even my lawyer said it was over. There was no way that they could not see the truth right in front of their eyes.”

Ryan passed away

Yet local officials continued to pursue Ryan’s case.  Their position was that Ryan Stallings had not died from MMA.  In the judge’s chambers, they cited four expert witnesses.  The judge refused to allow the diagnosis of David Jr. presented to the jury.  George McElroy was the prosecuting attorney on the case:

“We were concerned that if it came out that David Jr., or Ryan for that matter, had this methylmalonic acidosis, unless it could be shown that he actually died of that or it was some kind of a contributing factor to his death, we believe that that would not be relevant and in fact might cause the jury to go off on a wild goose chase and make a decision based on something that’s really not relevant.”

The Stallings received custody of David

Without the medical testimony, the case against Patty seemed airtight.  The prosecution focused on the events of Thursday, August 31, 1989, Patty and David’s sixth parental visits with Ryan. It was on that visit that David’s parents were invited for the first time:

“About twenty minutes into the visit, my mom and dad decided to leave. Patty and I had the rest of the time with him. I escorted my mom and dad out and walked down to the hall. I was out of the room no more than forty-five seconds at the most.”

According to George McElroy, Patty was alone with David anywhere from three minutes to eight minutes:

“During that time she did actually feed the child a bottle. The child again got the same symptoms it had before, came back into the hospital, was diagnosed with ethylene glycol poisoning.  But the state believes, and certainly circumstantial evidence suggests, that she slipped ethylene glycol, or antifreeze, into the bottle during that feeding.”

The prosecution believed Patty poisoned her baby

However, David Stallings disagreed that his wife fed their newborn son while she was alone:

“That’s incorrect. What happened was, I walked back to the cubbyhole where Patty was with Ryan. He started getting a little cranky, so I reached into the bag, took the bottle out, and started feeding him. I saw the bottle… I did not see any discoloration in the bottle whatsoever. There was nothing done to that bottle. Absolutely nothing.”

They were allowed supervised visits

But the jury sided with the prosecution and on March 4, 1991, Patty Stallings was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Each visit with her son was limited to one hour.  David Stallings Sr. was allowed to see his son once a week:

“I cannot see how they can live with themselves, knowing that they sent an innocent woman to jail for the rest of her life for something that she didn’t do. If Ryan would have been correctly diagnosed with MMA, none of this would have happened. None of these series of events in the last two years would have happened. It all depended on whether he was correctly diagnosed, which he was not.”

Update:

Shortly after this story aired, doctors from all over the county called to say there were familiar with MMA.  Dr. Piero Rinaldo, a renowned scientist from Yale University, even performed tests that confirmed MMA was the cause of Ryan’s death.  Consequently, the prosecuting attorney dropped all charges against Patty Stallings.  David Stallings Jr. was finally allowed to come home.


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

 

45 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    What ever happened to Patty stallings? Any update of her life such as where she is, what she does, how she is doing if she still is alive?
    How did her son die? He was so young.

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  2. Anonymous

    I played David Stallings in the television story, To hear the father tell the story in a closed pre shoot environment was extremely difficult to bare. Highly emotional. I sincerely hope the scars are or have healed.

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  3. Stacy

    Okay. The substance in the bottle was created from the saliva of Ryan. No one killed him. The doctors misdiagnosed then mistreated and it lead to his death but it was a rare condition. It was not intentional misconduct. The prosecutor was looking at the evidence he had them actively persued MMA after David was diagnosed and was told that mma contributed to his death but tgat poison was also a factor so he moved forward on the case. As soon as the case was aired on tv and doctors familiar with mma contacted the da, he looked into it and requested conviction overturned and immediate release. There was no misconduct by law enforcement or government offices. Even the lab didn’t doo anything wrong intentionally. It is a sad case all around and i hope that it continues to help teach future lawyers, doctors chips and technitions to tread lightly and fight to turn over every stone in all cases.

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    • Veritas1919

      There was misconduct. No expert decided that ethylene glycol was also used. The DA decided that it was. His an opinion based on conjecture, not fact. An expert told the DA before trial it was most likely MMA. The DA still had access to Ryan’s blood and could have tested for MMA, but chose not to do so. The notes from the MD that pronounced Ryan dead suggested in his notes it could be MMA. The second child had MMA. Before trial, an expert said it was most likely MMA, but the DA got this evidence excluded. Any exculpatory evidence for the defendant is supposed to be allowed at trial. It wasn’t until UM aired and more experts called in that Ryan’s blood was tested. The Judge and the DA ignored the evidence and intentionally allowed exculpatory evidence to be withheld at trial. The DA, Judge and the Stallings attorney should be prosecuted for misconduct or at the least tried for ethics violations.

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  4. Anonymous

    Patty donated $10,000 to McElroy’s opponent when he ran for reelection. He lost!

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  5. Anonymous

    Like Patty, I was innocent but charged with a crime in St. Louis. After two trials with hung juries, charges were dropped. I later learned the Prosecutor had been blackmailed into ruining my family and business. I lost everything due to negative publicity and legal fees. However, I was able to expose the corrupt St. Louis Prosecutor and I made an award-winning movie about the whole story. http://www.Beholder.com

    The movie is on YouTube as well as NetFlix and Amazon.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXF7Y-DEN7s

    I would like to contact Patty about making a movie about her ordeal. My contact info is:

    ken@rivercityent.com 818-905-4684

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    • Anonymous

      That movie has nothing to do with what happened to Patty. I tried watching the movie on site you had…..boring!!!!

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      • libby2140

        do you know how to read,,, they said that movie was about THEIR own story and they want to make a movie about what happened to Patty and her family

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  6. Anonymous

    I actually know Patty, she was very close friends with my older sister. Patty, her mom and sister lived across the street from us for years. When this had happened my sister and Patty werent close but still in touch. I never for a second thought she was capably of this. She was always great with me and my nephew and I kept a tabs on her case throughout the whole thing. Horrible that the system failed her in such major way. Hopefully this case has helped someone else from going through this

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  7. Anonymous

    If I were the Stallings, I would definitely sue both the state of Missouri and the prosecutor’s office. I guarantee!!

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  8. Sadly

    The prosecuting attorney in this situation (George McElroy) was absolute filth, a sad excuse for a human being. He KNEW about the MMA diagnosis and still charged Patty after the fact and refused to allow that evidence to be admitted into the trial where she received life in prison. He literally allowed an innocent women to go to prison after losing her first child and tried to convince the world she had murdered that child.
    What kind of horrible person would do that? Then he played all surprised after throngs of doctors came forward to defend her and the subsequent tests PROVED that the infant died of MMA rather than poisoning.
    George McElroy Represents everything wrong with this world and our justice system. It was all about winning cases and never about the truth or justice.
    It was person for him in that he was trying to further his career by framing an innocent mother as a murderer of her own child. Absolutely deplorable and unthinkable to anyone with ethics, which he lacked.
    I saw where Patty did eventually challenged to get him out of office and raised money for the challenger but I do not know how that turned out way back when.

    I am curious as to what happened to Mr. McElroy. I can only hope he was disbarred from ever practicing law again. He knowingly tried to ruin someone’s life despite the evidence and I imagine karma came back to him in subsequent years. I know this was a long time ago now but a situation like this is unforgivable. Bottom line/ had unsolved mysteries not done the show they did on the case, Patry would still be in prison, still be innocent and mr. McElroy would be to blame. She was freed DESPITE his attempt to ruin her life and place her child’s death on her hands.
    Unthinkable. Totally unfathomable. Again, everything that is bad about our justice system, selfish, self-serving prosecuting attorneys trying to imprison innocent people for the sake of saying ‘I won a murder conviction and my record is more important than your life, your reputation, actual justice and truth.’

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    • Veritas1919

      McElroy lost that election. He attempted to show Patty’s records to the new DA that beat him. In return the new DA had most of the criminal record against Patty expunged.

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  9. jeanne albin

    I hope they sued all involved, this is terrible

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  10. Jj

    Would like to know if they are all ok now….and if any compensation was given to them…after all she was denied being with her son when he died………

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    • Ivy

      Yes they ended up getting millions from the hospital and county, etc. but how on earth could that “fix” a loss that huge…they basically killed her child (the treatment given based on the incorrect poisoning diagnosis caused his death) and then blamed her for it. Ugh

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  11. Dot

    Sadly David Stallings passed away in 2013 he was a neighbor of mine and I can tell you he had a very sad life. Patty Stallings seem to suffer a nervous breakdown after she was let out of prison ( bought a different color Corvette for every day of the week among other things )and went on to marry another man and had another family and left David with his father and his father’s new family
    Who didn’t seem to have the time or the coping mechanisms to help David in any meaningful way he was in and out of psychiatric centers and from what I could see had a very lonely life. I never saw his family visit him at home or when he had to go to the hospital which was pretty regularly . His Facebook page remains untouched after his death and his obituary is so sad

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    • Laura

      That is heartbreaking – so many lives ruined by errors, carelessness, ignorance, and outright negligence. I understand why Patty would have difficulties after her long and sad ordeal, but she had a child who needed her, to a greater extent than most kids that age. She should have done whatever it took to pull herself together – therapy, taken some time away to process everything and then return, whatever. She said Buddhism got her through the legal ordeal; she could have gone to a retreat.
      I realize that Patty suffered, as did David Sr. But to me, the most innocent victim (other than Ryan) was David Jr. It sounds like he suffered the most.

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    • Laura Marie

      What is is name on Facebook where I can find him?

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    • libby2140

      that would be their son david jr…yes very sad

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  12. Kim

    I have two children with the same disorder and I almost lost my little girl it took the same hospital a long time to tell me what was wrong and they had us to take her to Scottish right children hospital for test

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  13. read this post

    after this happened patty left David sr. and D.J. I am upset by this and just ashamed. I know she is inanest for killing but for leaving her family not inanest for everything.

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  14. Becky Atkinson

    I feel so that Patty had to spend almost two years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. A crime that never even happened. The poor woman suffered a big loss and couldn’t even go to her babies funeral. If you see this Patty know that some people are sorry and hope you were able to move on. God bless you

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  15. Richard Diaz

    Patricia loved her first son and he loved her. The truth remains and will remain eternal for her, Ryan, D.J., David Sr and from each one to each other.

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  16. Anonymous

    I personally knew Patty and all involved. I even babysat DJ. She did receive a large settlement in 93. Unfortunately she and David divorced after all the trauma. The DA and judge in the case went with what they had evidence of and when the DA had doubts he researched them and eventually released her. Patty was never angry at the justice system for doing their jobs, but she was angry that Ryan died from something that could have been treated. That’s why she didn’t sue the judicial system but the medical system.

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  17. randy

    Why did the d.e.a not go to jail or something for putting these poor folks thu that.

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  18. Gildaa

    Did patty stallings ever have a lie detector test?

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    • susan

      and what would a lie detector test have proven?? they are unreliable and inadmissable in a court of law!!! science prooved she was innocent…. Thank goodness you have nothing to do with upholding the law in any way!!! get some education…. basic education would serve you well 😉

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  19. critter

    so in other words the state killed an innocent child same on the judge and attorney having there heads up there butts.

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  20. heather hughes

    patty stallings was a lot of things ,but a murderer she was not. She and her ex husband eretried to parent DJ, but were unable to , as were David and his ex second wife Mary Elizabeth. Sadly DJ had a rough life and passed away on Sept. 15 2013.

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  21. me

    all because of one man dr. rinaldo? thats all it took…one man…ridiculous. I believe she didnt want to raise a child with MMS so she poisoned him, which after they let her out of jail, she decided to raise the other child david and not poison him, so she wont go back to prison for life. She is guilty.

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    • critter

      your are a fool and blind by facts she didn’t kill her child her second child was born when she was in jail. and found out he had mma. not sure why it took long for people to get the right story. many people have those things in there homes its not surprise hack we used anti freeze in winter for car.

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    • Randy

      people like you are the resin they are been so many people die on death row and was innocent!

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    • Becky Atkinson

      You’re an ignorant woman.it was not one dr. Did you not hear that the switchboard was flooded by calls after the show aired. Doctors from all over the world called. If you are ever falsely accused and imprisoned I hope you have people just as ignorant as you are defending you. The woman spent almost t so years on prison and didn’t get to attend her baby’s funeral for something that did not even happen. Before ypu make stupid statements in the future get facts. You are an idiot.

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    • GS

      You are seriously one of the most ignorant individuals I have ever come across! Wow, what school system produces someone as ridiculously ignorant!! The show clearly states the Prosecutor was wrong and apologized. Multiple doctors from around the country called to confirm the improper diagnosis yet you think there’s something the mother did!! You deserve to be wrongly accused yourself!! The person who should go to jail is the cop or technician who planted or faked the glycol results from the baby bottle. That’s who should go to jail! This family was so wronged they should have received a settlement from the lovely state of Missouri!! I know I won’t be traveling there again after seeing this episode and there justice system with a judge who should have thrown the case out in the first place. Egos are what got in the way here!! Cops and prosecutors are singularly focused and blind to the truth. You are just an idiot!

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    • susan

      you are psychoitc

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    • Ivy

      The children has MMA not MMS (idiot) and it was several men and women (all of whom are much more intelligent than you – not hard) who realized that a mistake had been made and that mistaken diagnosis caused her son’s DEATH. They gave him treatment that killed him because the diagnosis was WRONG! SO SAD!

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    • Ivy

      You are an idiot

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    • Jackie D

      I think you are dumb. MMA was what killed Ryan and DJ was also diagnosed with it as well. She did not poison her son!

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  22. s benner

    WHY was the DA not held reasonable. And tried for false atrest

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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:
 

  • General data (e.g., names, dates of birth, home and business addresses, email addresses, Internet protocol addresses and mobile/landline business/personal telephone numbers that are provided by our members/customers)
  • Professional data (e.g., occupation and state of residence)
  • Other identification information (e.g., photographs)
  • Sensitive Personal Data (e.g., racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation and disability data) for diversity or accessibility purposes based upon information you provide us.

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:

  • 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.