A stripper-turned-investigative reporter is missing and some think the disappearance is tied to the Russian Mafia.


Susan Walsh

Missing:

Gender: Female
DOB: 2/18/60
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 110 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Bleached blonde
Defining Characteristics: Scar on her right wrist
Remarks: Last seen 7/16/96

CASE DETAILS

On July 16, 1996, Susan Walsh of Nutley, New Jersey, was in a hurry. She dropped off her son, David, with her estranged husband. She said she needed to make some phone calls and run a few errands. But Susan never returned. Police believe Susan Walsh simply chose to disappear. Others fear she may have met an untimely end.

She was proud of her work in the book

Susan grew up in a broken home. By most accounts, it was a bitter childhood. Still, Susan dreamed of being a poet. By the time she turned 20, she was far from her dream. She was, instead, a substance abuser supporting herself as a stripper. Still, she kept her hopes alive, using her dancing tips to pay her way through college. By the time she graduated in 1988, she’d traded stripping for a writing career.

According to Susan’s friend, Melissa Hines, Susan had been sober for over four years when she got married and became a devoted mother.

“Susan loved her son very much and she was always there for her son. The two things that meant a lot to her were her son and her career as a journalist.”

Eventually, she and her husband separated. Her writing jobs didn’t pay enough to support her son. According to journalist James Ridgeway, she went back to stripping, unable to resist the easy money:

“Susan would say she was like an addict and the whole sex business was kind of like an addiction and she was trying to break this addiction. She’ll talk endlessly on an intellectual level against dancing. And sometimes with great articulation you know, you feel like this is very profound stuff. And then you know, she’s out there doing it.”

Did Susan leave on her own

Eventually, Susan landed an internship at New York’s alternative newspaper, The Village Voice. Because of her background as a stripper, she was assigned to research the sex industry. She soon turned up a hot story: Russian mobsters in New Jersey were allegedly forcing young immigrant women to work like slaves in strip clubs. James Ridgeway described Susan as dogged in her work:

“Susan was a fantastic researcher. She really poured herself into this. She spent hour after hour, day after day. Then she got in this situation where some of the people were alleged to be in organized crime. The managers of these clubs began to side with the Russian women against the Russian manager, so it was like the two mobs meet. And Susan, then of course, loved this thing and she got right in the middle of it.”

Her lifestyle may have played a part

Susan earned praise for her Russian mob article, but she also received serious threats when it was published. But that didn’t stop her from taking another dark assignment, this time investigating vampire nightclubs. These clubs attracted kids who called themselves “Goths.” They were known for their outrageous black outfits. But some took it further, even drinking real blood.

Susan was attracted to the vampire world. She even started dating a man who claimed to be one of the undead. According to James Ridgeway, Susan wrote a detailed article, but she seemed to lose her journalistic objectivity:

“She believed a lot of the things that these guys were telling her, about how there were secret murders and so on and so forth in the vampire world. She would come and say to me, ‘I met these two guys and they got this van and it’s very scary and I don’t know whether I should go in their van.’ So I said, ‘Hey look, don’t go in the van, because they might not be vampires, you know’.”

Mobsters may have been involved

To Susan’s disappointment, The Village Voice never ran her vampire story. She went back to dancing full time. In a documentary made by a friend, Susan talked about the toll stripping had taken on her life:

“It’s draining me. I’ve been in it four and a half years, four years too long, I’d say, and I’m stuck in this conundrum because I feel so drained. And I’m damaged right now, I will admit that, very damaged from this business. I’m hurting very bad.”

Filmmaker Jill Morley was with Susan two days before she disappeared:

“She said she had bronchitis, emphysema, and an ulcer. She said she’d been in the hospital twice that week. She talked about her mood swings and being depressed and about just holding on to live.”

Forty-eight hours after Jill last saw her, Susan disappeared. Did she collapse because of her depression and poor health? Or was she out there somewhere, waiting for help? Susan’s friends had to consider darker theories. James Ridgeway said he believed Susan had become addicted to drugs:

“I think she went out and probably called somebody to come and get her and then she went and she may very well have O.D.ed. And she may very well have O.D.ed in the presence of someone who knew her and was frightened to do anything about it.”

Det. John Rhein of the Nutley, New Jersey Police Department, said that the police have a completely different theory:

“I believe Susan Walsh is alive. For some unknown reason to me at this time, she opted to leave her family and home, which she has a perfect right to do.”

A number of people, including an old friend, Melissa Hines, told the police that they saw Susan after she disappeared, getting into a limousine:

“I definitely think it was her. I’m positive that I saw Susan a month after she disappeared.”

Det. Rhein followed up on Melissa’s information:

“A license plate number that Melissa Hines provided to us, we did track down, we spoke to the owner and operator of that vehicle. He had been with a woman fitting the description of Susan. He did view photographs and felt he was pretty sure that it had been her. But again, we had no positive identification of Susan Walsh at that time.”

Melissa believes that if Susan is alive, she may be deliberately hiding out:

“Susan definitely felt that she was in danger. She was scared for her life and I think she was also feared her son’s life could be in danger too. Susan actually told me that she wasn’t going to make it in the next year. She felt that she was going to be killed.”

Floyd Merchant is Susan’s father:

“I believe there is a chance that the mob was after her. People in organized crime were concerned that Susan had information that would send them to jail. According to Susan, that was the case.”

Melissa Hines believes someone was following Susan:

“I thought at first that it was just her imagination, but I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I would see cars follow her, both of us, people follow my car, she was in my car. So definitely, somebody was stalking her.”

Who was it that could have been following Susan? No one knows. But now, years after she vanished, police believe she was murdered and the case remains open.


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season nine 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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33 Comments

  1. Jamie

    What is her relation to joe Walsh the singer?

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  2. Wayne

    i viewed this case last night ,as i live in South Africa i do not know the status of the case other than what i have been following . The following might be of help: A)Does the father and son still stay in the same abode , if they have moved ,how long after Susan went missing ? . B)Was the month of July missing due to the fact that it had been planned and did not want to be found and not leave evidence / . C) are these “club s ” raided on a regular basis , where ever they maybe ? .Maybe she was “offered ” a better opportunity as a reporter else where .D) Why is the Mother not mentioned in the case ? . E) She has cousin s in Florida , without them knowing , did she not make for Florida and was harmed in anyway on route ? . F ) Did she ever mention a special place to go to unwind
    Isolated , and was taken advantage of ? . Melissa said that she think s that she was been followed while driving with Susan in the car , did she ever report this was she at any stage ever harassed as , well as any of Susan s other friend s and collegues ? . Greeting s From South Africa Wayne .

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  3. Anonymous

    I watched thi episode alot , I try to watch it as often as possible.When they said ,” Susan wrote for the Village Voice paper , I thought it to be nice,because lots of sweet people live in the Grenich Village area. But recently I found a website that explained that she wrote for Screw newspaper starting since around 1981 and they said she was really impressing the owner of the Screw paper, about a year before she dissapeared. How come they never mention this, they just say “She was a stripper, like if she is wacko? I feel more worried after I read this web story, is it really true, too?

    village

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  4. SassyChick

    Anyone try searching for her on social media like facebook? They’ve found lots of missing persons and people with warrants using social media. Maybe they might find something there? I found an individual that is the same age Susan would be today but without age progressed photo I can’t say whether or not it’s her. They have similar noses and cheek bones though.

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  5. kellie

    The husband still lives in the same house but in susans apt now there was a witness that worked at the pizza place across from the pay phone an said he saw her walk back into her apt but if u see the pizza place an where her apt is theres no way being inside the pizza place u can see someone walking back into the bld i think they should have questioned him more

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  6. Anonymous

    I saw this show again and I do believe her ex husband did it

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    • Geri

      I just watched it again tonight, too, and I agree with you. Her best friend said that whatever happened to her happened in that house, plus the ex will no longer cooperate with the cops. He did it!

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  7. Frank

    I remember when I saw one episode of Susan W. I remember they gave her address when she was very young , some street , near Longport Dr. in Wayne , NJ.I was scared , because,it is very close to my nieghborhood. They kept saying the Russian Mafia killed her and I thought that was very strange, because a fellow student lived close by was Russian and he always wore a Russian sickle belt buckle to school and he seemed kind of poor, so I just figured he couldn’t afford to buy a new one. He wasn’t a troublemaker,and he got good grades, but he wore that belt buckle all through school ever year and sometimes people would question him about it ,mockingly. I think Susan was in the same grade as his sister,maybe they were even friends. Another wierd, strange thing is that a female student there, became an adult film star, and she lived close to Susan’s house ,too. Anyway I wondered if they were friends, maybe that’s how she became a stipper and why people are quick to believethe Russin Mafia has some thing to do with her dissapearence, perhaps they are really too scared to question her husband? Maybe Susan was an alcoholic and ran off to be with the adult film star,who actually quit the buisnee 2 years befre Susan’s dissapearence, maybe they used drugs together in High School, and are really in love?

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  8. Sam Frank

    I have followed this case for years. I was born and raised in Nutley and still reside there. I never knew Susan Walsh but I remember when this happened. I was told a very interesting story about this case by the brother of her ex husband Mark. Several years after her disappearance I met Mark’s brother when he came to work for the same company I was working for. We struck up a friendship that continued for years until we lost touch after we both left that company. I asked him what he thought happened to Susan and he told me he knew exactly what happened to her. This is what he told me:

    Mark and Susan were separated and Susan was living with their son David in the apartment upstairs while Mark was living in one room in the basement. All Mark had was a bed, a dresser, a telephone and his few personal belongings. Susan would come down and use his phone frequently but he would not allow her to use it to call her boyfriends or her drug dealers. In exchange for using the telephone, she would allow him upstairs to use the kitchen to cook his meals. The day of her disappearance they had a huge argument about her using the phone so she went across the street to use the pay phone. When she returned from using the pay phone she did not go to her apartment, she went to the basement where she and Mark continued fighting. In a fit of rage he grabbed a frying pan and smashed her across the head with it, killing her. It was not intentional but nonetheless it was murder. He hid the body in his basement room and once her boyfriend had gone to work he took David to Staples. Later that night or early the next morning he took the body to a reservation where he was known to hike and disposed of the body. He returned and later that day reported her missing.

    He also told me that Mark did not have much money and when he visited his brother about a week before the disappearance Mark had shown him the new frying pan he had just bought and how expensive it was. When my friend went to see his brother after Susan disappeared he noticed the frying pan was gone. When he questioned Mark about it mark just said he must have misplaced it. He also told me that Mark removed the page from the calendar because there was something written on it he didn’t want the cops to see. I didn’t know what to make of his story but I told him he should go to the police if he was so sure that Mark had done it. He said he did go to the Nutley PD and sat with a detective and told him everything. The detective said they would investigate and they would be in touch, but he never heard a word from them. He said he called several times to see how the investigation was going but they just kept telling him they were still checking it out and would contact him. He finally gave up after not hearing anything. He said his brother became distant and remote from the rest of the family and concentrated on raising his son David.

    I don’t know if any of this is true and I’m not accusing Mark or anyone else of anything. This is the story his brother told me and he seems to believe it. I’ve never met Mark or his son but I find this theory pretty intriguing. I also wonder why the Nutley PD did not follow up. Or if they did maybe it was all a lie. One more fact about this story that is pretty interesting is that Mark Walsh and my friend are the younger brothers of Joe Walsh, the rock star. I’ve never seen that mentioned in any of the stories I’ve read about Susan Walsh.

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    • Scott

      I’ve been fascinated by this case for years as well, and always wondered why police were so quick to rule out her husband. Have you considered taking this information to the police? I really think you should. It seems quite believable to me. All of the vampire culture mumbo jumbo and mafia stuff is more than likely untrue. Occam’s razor 101. I wouldn’t be surprised if what happened is precisely what you’ve described.

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  9. Nevermind

    I have seen a woman in Phoenix Arizona who could pass as her twin. She likes meth and is dating my cousin, everything is secretive, she disappears for days and he can never depend on her to show up for any family get togethers. He had her picture on his fb page but I don’t see it now please contact me for more information.

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  10. Bill Blaski

    Can you provide an update please?

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    • unsolved

      Hi Bill – we do not currently have any new information regarding this case, but if and when we do we will be sure to update it above. Thank you.

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  11. whomever

    just what drug was she addicted to ? they are very vague about it — just saying she took substances. Well, there’s a big difference between valium, pot, etc, and, say heroin…..

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  12. Anonymous

    Did investigators ever try to run finger prints on the calendar that was missing the month she disappeared?

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  13. Joe Kulik

    Wiki says Susan got her BA from Paterson Univ/NJ ( with10k students) & had almost completed her MA at NYU when she disappeared. So how is a lady with these credentials “forced” to be a stripper? Aside from her formal education, the social contacts she made at these schools should’ve easily gotten her a better job. Looks to me like Susan was suffering from SEVERE Low Self Esteem as well. It is this SEVERE Low Self Esteem that probably got Susan “set up” to get murdered too. Think about it. She was 46 & still stripping when she “disappeared”. How many 40+ strippers have YOU ever heard of?? … joseph.kulik.919@gmail.com

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  14. Frank

    I remember seeing an old unsolved mysteries show about 20 years ago, and they mentioned that Susan was originally born from Wayne,nj. they showed a kindergarten photo of her and even mentioned the street she lived on and her father talked a while. I never really saw that episode again, and it seemed as if I was dreaming becauase I live close to that area. I dont ever seeing her though,she is older. But it seems scary though because a famous female porno star lived less then a half mile away. I look on other web sites and it never says she was born on Wayne, NJ,was I just imagining this? Thank You.

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  15. J.

    To the person who says they found her in NC please contact the police in Nutley NJ.

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  16. Anonymous

    She is on the Outer Banks of NC someone please help I dont know how to report this, she is a cat lady and she looks identical and is same age and still goes by Susan Walsh. She is here!

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    • Anonymous

      Omg! I hope to God that’s true! Her story on disappeared was heartbreaking and She seemed like such an amazing person who just had a hard time finding a job that paid enough money to support her child. That does sound possible too because I’m sure dancing and being around some of the slime balls who patronize the strip clubs is hard and having to listen to morons treat you like a piece of meat day after day must be extremely difficult and I’m certain it damages some of the dancers self esteem and could create mental disorders.

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    • Christopher mohan

      Well contact nutley police

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  17. Anonymous

    What is to say she didn’t go to the mental health facility. The facilities aren’t allowed to release information about if someone is there or not.

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  18. Valerie M.

    How long did it take for anyone to alert the police that she was missing? It seems to me that within a day or two they should have been notified, but I think I read that it was 4 week! If it was 4 weeks..hmmm..makes me wonder why her ex didn’t notify police sooner…and nothing was missing..things you would take if you were going to disappear. No, she is no longer alive….I don’t buy that and I think the police put on blinders because of who she was and what others said about her…misleading things..thats why police need to investigate with an open mind. Sadly for Susan they did not.

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  19. Bill G

    I was one of two private detectives that investigated this case. We never felt that she ran away. The Essex County Prosecutors Office advised Nutley P D to not cooperate with us because they feared that it would turn into a homicide investigation. I guess that they were afraid of us muddying the waters? We had our own theory but no defining proof. She would have never left her son.

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  20. malissa

    I pray for susan safe return may God bless her where ever she is

    Ś

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  21. annistaisa

    I am not usually interested in cases like this. For some reason, i remember the original new reports as clear as day. I was a Goth at the time. To this day, her case has as importance in my subcouncious mind.I think there is more to this case then meets the eye. When i had a Goth band in the late 1990’s I met a ruff looking blond woman. She was older than me. She was very high and depressed. she was a smoker. There was a man with dark interest with her. He was one of the people who think they are undead. She acted like a victom of kidnappping. You can tell. They are careful at what they say and parionoid of the world around them. She was scared of what this dark man could do. So was i , so i left them alone. I always wondered about that encounter. It was in Chicago. I never told anybody about the encounter. I wote about it in my novels i now write. it was just very strange, and i always thought the two were related.

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  22. AJ

    Has anyone considered this? I was looking through the doenetwork and came across from this: right age and time of death https://identifyus.org/cases/full_report/6118

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  23. charmaine

    Omg is she still missing I hope they find her for her safe return

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  • 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.