A series of incriminating letters put a man in jail for attempted murder, but his confinement does not stop the letters from arriving.

The letters that led to Ron Gillespie’s death

Was Ron Gillespie’s death an accident?


In December of 1993, a post card arrived at the Unsolved Mysteries offices that stood out from the rest. It was a threat designed to keep us from telling the following story.  It read, in part:  “Forget Circleville, Ohio … if you come to Ohio, you el sickos will pay.”  It’s signed: “The Circleville Writer.”

Circleville, Ohio is a small town 25 miles south of Columbus. It’s a place that rarely attracts outside attention. But in 1976, the frightening letters started to arrive.
Local journalist Martin Yant:

“The first letter was received by Mary Gillispie, a school bus driver, telling her that the letter writer was aware that she was having an affair with the superintendent of schools and that it had better stop.”

Why was one bullet fired from his gun?

In addition to allegations of an affair, the letter carried an ominous threat. It read, in part:
“I know where you live. I’ve been observing your house and know you have children. This is no joke. Please take it serious.”

The envelope was postmarked Columbus, Ohio. There was no return address, no signature inside, no way to tell who sent it. A week later, Mary received another letter with a similar tone. Mary kept the letters to herself, until her husband Ron also received one. According to Martin Yant:

“And this letter, addressed to Ron Gillispie, told him that if he didn’t do something to stop this affair, that his life was undoubtedly in danger.”

Actual letter received by Unsolved Mysteries

The alleged affair became the talk of Circleville. The mysterious writer understood the power of gossip. The next letter was even more threatening. It read, in part:  “Gillispie, you have had 2 weeks and done nothing. Make her admit the truth and inform the school board.  If not, I will broadcast it on CBs, posters, signs, and billboards, until the truth comes out.”

Mary and Ron evidently told three people about the letters:  Ron’s sister, her husband, Paul Freshour, and Paul’s sister. Mary had an idea about who was sending the letters.  And she had a plan. According to Paul Freshour, Ron Gillespie’s brother-in-law:

“We thought we’d scare the guy. We sent him four or five letters only. There was no violence in them or anything, just that we knew who he was and what he was doing, and we sent him the letters.” 

A trap was set for Mary Gillespie

For a while, the plan worked. The threatening letters stopped. Then, on August 19, 1977, Ron received a phone call. The call seemed to confirm Ron’s suspicions about the identity of the letter writer. According to journalist Martin Yant:

“He told his children he was going out to confront the letter writer. He took his weapon. He did not seem to be drunk. Said good-bye to his children and went out.”

Angry and upset, Ron hurried to the family’s red-and-white pickup, even though the letter writer had said he was watching it. According to Martin Yant:

“Within a short distance, at an intersection that he knew very well, he lost control of the vehicle, hit a tree, and was killed. Somewhere in between leaving the house and hitting that tree, his gun had fired one shot and there was never any explanation for when or how, at whom that gun could have been fired.”

The police eliminated one potential suspect, then ruled Ron Gillispie’s death an accident.  But several Circleville residents soon received anonymous letters accusing the sheriff of a cover-up. Ron Gillespie’s brother-in-law, Paul Freshour, said the sheriff had changed his story:

“The sheriff agreed with me that there was foul play. And then, when I contacted him again, he’d changed his attitude completely. Then, he was telling me that it wasn’t foul play, that the suspect had passed a polygraph test.”

Martin Yant pointed out another inconsistency:

“Gillispie had .16% alcohol in his blood, which would, in Ohio,  be one-and-a-half times the legal limit. Most people I’ve talked to said that he was not a heavy drinker and were surprised by that kind of finding.”

The gun belonged to Paul Freshour

Was Ron Gillispie’s death an accident? Was he really drunk that night? And why had one bullet been fired from his handgun?

After Ron’s death, the letters kept coming. His wife, Mary, and the superintendent of schools eventually admitted to a relationship, but said it began after the letters were sent. Mary kept her job driving a school bus. But beginning in 1983, the letter writer began putting signs along her bus route. Mary’s daughter was being targeted. According to Martin Yant, Mary finally took action:

“She ripped the sign down. Much to her surprise, behind the sign was this box and string and also another post that was attached to the fence post. She took it into the bus, and she opened it up, and there was a small pistol.”

When she looked closer, Mary realized that it was a crude booby trap designed to fire the gun at her. Investigators discovered that someone had tried to rub the serial number off the weapon. But when lab tests were able to read it accurately, the case took an incredible turn: it belonged to Mary’s brother-in-law, Paul Freshour. He had just split up with his wife, Ron Gillespie’s sister. Paul denied any involvement:

“I admitted the gun was mine, but I hadn’t seen it for a long time. I had no reason to check up on it or anything, and I don’t know when it had come up missing. I really don’t know what happened to it, and I told them that and that’s the truth. And that’s how it was.”

Paul Freshour

On February 25, 1983, Sheriff Dwight Radcliff asked Paul to take a handwriting test.  Paul agreed:

“He would give me an actual letter and ask me maybe to do the envelope part just as near as I could to the envelope. And then, on some, he would take the actual letter out and have me to do them as near as I could on the letters. And I did them because I knew I wasn’t responsible for the letters.”

Martin Yant said this was not the correct way to conducting handwriting analysis:

“That is not the proper way to test to see if someone has a certain writing style, because if they’re copying from a letter, they’re going to try to emulate the style.  And the experts said that the testing was improper. So they didn’t really say that these letters were written by Paul Freshour. They said that they could have been.”

The sheriff also searched Paul’s garage. He turned all the evidence he gathered over to the courts. Paul Freshour was charged with attempted murder:

“He called in the prosecutor and told the prosecutor that it was my writing on the booby trap and I was under arrest for attempted murder and placed on a $50,000 cash bond.”

Authorities did not follow up on the El Camino

On October 24, 1983, Paul Freshour went on trial for the attempted murder of his sister-in-law, Mary Gillispie. He wasn’t charged with writing the threatening letters, but they were used as crucial evidence against him. On the stand, a handwriting expert said it was his opinion that the writing on the envelopes, documents, and postcards was made by the same person: Paul Freshour. Paul’s boss testified that Paul hadn’t gone to work the day the booby trap was found. Even though Paul had a solid alibi for almost the entire day, he never took the stand in his own defense. It was a decision he would come to regret. Paul was found guilty of attempted murder. He said the verdict was completely unexpected:

“I can’t blame the jury, because the jury didn’t hear all the evidence. But I just couldn’t believe it. I was really in shock.”

Paul Freshour was given the maximum sentence for attempted murder: 7 to 25 years.  Everyone assumed he had written the Circleville letters. And everyone figured they would stop once Paul was in prison. Everyone was wrong. Journalist Martin Yant:

“They were being received all over a large area of central Ohio. So, a lot of people couldn’t understand how Paul Freshour could be mailing all these letters from prison.”

Following repeated complaints from Sheriff Radcliff, the warden had Paul placed in solitary confinement. But the letters continued. All of them were postmarked Columbus, even though Paul was imprisoned across the state in Lima. Martin Yant said the Warden became convinced that Paul was not writing the letters:

“Full-scale investigations were conducted twice, possibly three times, during which Paul Freshour was put into isolation. And the warden of the prison then wrote a letter to Paul’s wife saying that as far as he was concerned, it was impossible for Paul to be writing these letters and sending them from prison.”

For seven years, Paul was a model prisoner. But when he became eligible for parole, the board rejected his request based on the volume of letters still being sent. A few days after his hearing, Paul himself received a sadistic letter from the phantom writer. It read, in part:  “Now when are you going to believe you aren’t going to get out of there?  I told you 2 years ago. When we set ’em up, they stay set up.  Don’t you listen at all?”

When journalist Martin Yant reviewed the sheriff’s investigative file, he uncovered evidence never mentioned at the trial:

“Mary Gillispie told the sheriff one of the other bus drivers told her that she had been driving that same road about 20 minutes before Mary Gillispie found that booby trap at exactly that site. And when she went by that very same intersection, there was a yellow El Camino parked there. A large man with sandy hair was standing there. When he saw her come, he turned around and acted like he was going to the bathroom or something, but seemed also to be avoiding any kind of identification. The description of the individual does not fit Paul Freshour at all, and Paul had a very solid alibi for this time. There was no attempt at all to follow up on that lead. And if they had, as I say, they would have found that another possible suspect in this case had a brother who had a yellow El Camino.”

In May of 1994, Paul Freshour was finally granted parole after serving 10 years. To this day, he maintains his innocence. He’s sure that the real criminal is still at large:

“I’d like to see someone really look at this case on the letters, reopen the letter part of it and get in and find out who wrote the letters. I’d also like to see someone look into my former brother-in-law’s death. Look, that’s not my family anymore. That’s my past. I’m not even going to look back at it. I’ve got a new family and a new future. But I would still like to see someone look at that accident real close and the letters.”

The Circleville letters finally stopped, but many questions remain. Who actually wrote the letters? Was Ron Gillispie’s death an accident or was he murdered?  And, who made the booby-trap found by Mary Gillispie?

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



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    I tend to believe that the real target is the brother-in-law. I feel like someone needs to look into that.To me, it seems as thought someone intended to frame him the whole time.Just a thought.


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    I wonder if there any letters still around, to test for DNA of the stamp or the seal of the envelope, if either were licked I am sure those area contain some testable DNA, back then no one had a clue what DNA evidence existed in 1977 nor 1993.


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    It reminds me of the id channel show “web of lies” where there was threatening letters sent to the family until one ends up dead & turned out to be the spouse that set the whole thing up to get rid of the spouse & tried covering it up. I think Mary, her lover, & Paul’s ex-wife sent the letters & set up booby trap to get rid of their husbands


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    A man lost a decade of his life over this. Unbelievable…and scary how easily a person can be framed with no adequate exoneration from law enforcement.


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    Information changes all the time in a case. Things change. I don’t believe that Radcliff had anything to do with it although suspicious, every detail that was involved in this case doesn’t need to be shared with the civilians.


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    Lindsay Browning

    Do we know how wrote the Circleville letters back in 1990’s?


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    It wasn’t just Mary and her husband getting the letters, there were many folks in Circleville that got letters. Mary’s case stands out and is getting most of the attention due to her husband dying also the affair. The focus should have been on everyone that received the letters and maybe they would have found out who it was. Obviously it was someone who knew everyone’s business. Not even superman can fix this world and what people do wrong in it. It’s sad a man died and I do agree with you all, the affair was going on before the letters, which is sad too. I think Mary’s lover wrote her the letters thinking her husband would find out about them and leave her, then he wouldn’t have had to share her. And obviously the person traveled to mail the letters. Them always bringing attention to “it was post marked Columbus”, that was irrelevant, doesn’t mean the person was from there. It was someone or someones who were in need of attention, were jealous over something they didn’t like going on, etc. It would be nice for them to find out who It was, to find out why they sent the letters. What they hoped to achieve. And why would they threaten the husband with harm when he was the one being cheated on.. that part of it didn’t make sense. And what were the odds that she’d stop at that sign and not some other sign to tear down? She just happened to pick the sign with the booby trap…. don’t buy it one bit.


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    Dear Unsolved Mysteries,
    How do you think the writer discovered you were going to tell this story? Please respond to me.


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    Uhh…Am I the only one who believes that it was the Sheriff? I mean, writing a letter that tells no one to harm the Sheriff, the ability to cover-up everything, and the ability to “set-up” someone, speaks for it’s self…


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    Nancy Nichols

    I was lead here after watching a segment about this on drunk history. It peaked my interest so I wanted to look into it more.


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    Dj chatter

    How did they get pauls gun? I believe paul did it, and had someone send the letters while he was locked up


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    Interesting case


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    I am surprised a movie hasn’t been made about this…


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    I’ve read literally every comment on every archive. This one has a lot of non sense. This reminds me a lot of the elderly couple who I believe was from OH. They got letters sent to them, phone calls, doorbell ringing, etc… Any updates?


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    ” Oh geez , well since we are being accused of having an affair in these letters, we might as well have one ..” Mary is obviously a liar…very fishy on her part


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      Very fishy on her part. The fact that her husband was killed made it real easy for her to continue the affair. I don’t know about the letters but the other part sounds about right. I don’t think Paul Freshour had anything to do with it.


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    I never thought it was Paul. In fact my heart broke for him watching the segment. He seems down to earth and genuine. Was he compensated for being falsely imprisoned?


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    Who did the yellow El Camino belong to?


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    Paul’s Ex-wife had the motive, the means, and is the most obvious suspect.

    The biggest failing of this investigation was that she was not looked into at all. Very shoddy police work there.


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      pickaway county sheriffs are crooked i lived there all my life even there detectives got caught with stolen goods and got off the hook never mentioned at all


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    its a murder cuz most people all said that he drink a lot but when they test him after he died they discover a lot of achole in him the suspect probably poison him at the bar where he drinks they’re really good friends tell him about his family and where he lives that how the suspect knew everything is I think its a murder


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    Pauls wife did it


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    Sheriff Radcliff

    Please do not question my authority or my super investigative skills. I am a professional


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    A superintendent

    We don’t go in schools. Just the buses. That’s why graduation rates are below the 70s 😉 Everything is a lie. Everything is fraud. Shoot heroin


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      Hail to the Chimp

      What an outrageous and dangerous message to send out to our youth! Everyone knows that cannabis is a much better, more accessible high for children.


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    One of the only people that knew they were having an affair could’ve been the janitor. He was at the school and probably caught the schools super intendant and the bus driver. He then starting writing the letters.


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    lebron james

    it was her daughter


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    She obviously is a liar..the affair was happening before the letters…


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    Creepy …all of it.


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    Mary did it and used her feet to write the letters.


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    Alfred Neumanhausen

    Mary set the crime up with the help of her lover.


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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.


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.