There is one thing that stands out in matters and events leading up to the murder of Jason R. Turner-Shenker, his homicide, and what has followed over these past nine years. A good friend of this writer likes to remind us to “follow the money” in order to understand anything about most of everything. The first step in doing so requires asking, “How much did it cost to make that happen?” And that’s what stands out in this case: Most of what has taken place, including the murder of a nescient young man, cost someone a pocketful of cash. In the summer of 2002, Jason Turner hired a lawyer in Springfield, Missouri, Mr. Doug Lee, to represent him in his quest to participate in a living trust established by his grandparents, Lillian Koplar Shenker and Morris Arthur Shenker, Sr. That cost the 21-year-young man $2,500. The lawyer did nothing at all for J. R. Turner. One phone call to a law firm acting as trustee for the estates of L. K. Shenker and Morris Shenker resulted in a lawyer asking Jason, “How much do you want?” Taken aback by that question and unprepared to answer it, Jason asked for time to consider. He was to call that lawyer the following day. He did. During the next few days, Turner learned that no lawyer from the firm would speak to him. That is why he hired his own legal representative, and that is how he came to learn that lawyers don’t earn the money they take from clients. The law firm acting as trustee to the Shenker estate in St. Louis was one of the top firms in this country. It might still be. In subsequent years, most of the lawyers from that firm dropped off, and no longer were willing to act as trustee for the estate. That might have been voluntary withdrawal, and it might have been at the request, or demand, of Jason’s aunt, Patricia Ann “Patty” Shenker. At some point, Patty Shenker became the last trustee of her parent’s remaining estates and trusts. Jason’s father, Arthur Shenker, told Cynthia Turner that he had turned over control of his personal trust “B” to his sister Patty Shenker shortly after his father’s death in 1989. Only one of two things will be found true: the Shenker estates and trusts have gone bust, as the Shenker siblings would have most of us believe, or their collective assets have grown to enormous size through careful administration and wise investments. The Shenker siblings allegedly claim to be “poor and broke,” according to a family member. Earlier I wrote that the mysterious man who confronted Rolando Larraz of this publication and appeared to Cynthia Turner the same week had a striking resemblance, with 99 percent certainty, to Duane Ryzner. Ryzner has been a vice president of security at Thunder Valley Resort and Casino in Lincoln, California. He claims to also have worked at New York-New York Casino in security during the first seven months of 2003. C. Turner was not introduced to Ryzner during that time, as she would normally have been as a fellow NY-NY Casino employee, and someone to report possible crimes to. Deduction tells us that Ryzner might have been brought in to observe Turner as a target.
By Thomas A. Nagy
12th in a Series
After finding nothing in seven months, he moved on to Aliante, then to Thunder Valley. If Ryzner was at NY-NY to trap Turner, this means that within a mere six months after Jason Turner hired a lawyer to pursue his legal share in a sizable family trust, efforts were under way to destroy Cynthia Turner. Considering that Jeffrey Yarnall (see our Sept. 3 issue) later went to extremes to entrap Cynthia Turner with various cheating schemes also at NY-NY Casino, Yarnall’s campaign seems merely a continuation of the same “destroy Cynthia” theme. Ryzner found nothing in 2003 because there was nothing to find. Yarnall failed to entrap C. Turner in 2004 and 2005 because she wouldn’t lower herself to Yarnall’s base standards. Someone was spending money to make these efforts happen. It must have taken considerably more money to buy a scheme to make false arrests of Jason Turner and Cynthia Turner in 2005, and carry that scheme out.
Dirty deeds were done by agents of the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) and “employees” of New York-New York Casino. It took participation of not less than ten people to arrest Jason and Cynthia with ridiculously contrived “evidence” in 2005. It may be that dirty deeds come very cheap, if not for free, by NGCB agents, but coordinated schemes take money. If appearances prove to be true to fact, it took perhaps as much as a house near the Aliante Casino and Hotel to buy a former coroner investigator, John L. Stallings, in 2005. A mere sixteen days after Jason Turner’s murder, and a criminally misleading report on the circumstances of his death by Stallings, the same man was deeded a house in the Aliante community by P N II, Inc., a “Pulte Nevada” company. A Pulte Mortgage lien has been recorded. What’s interesting about this transaction is that Pulte and Del Webb are often partners in building communities such as that surrounding the Aliante Casino and Hotel. Ryzner worked at Aliante. Morris Shenker helped Del Webb get started in the construction business, and Morris Shenker had an intriguing pattern of arranging to earn, in perpetuity, ten percent (10%) of businesses that he helped to initiate or fund. It can be surmised from this that M. Shenker would normally have arranged for 10 percent of Del Webb profits to go to his estate, whether those earnings were paid to his name or to his wife’s estate. M. Shenker declared bankruptcy in 1984 after a multi-million dollar judgment against him and partners in several businesses. By that time, assets had been transferred to the estate of L. K. Shenker, his wife. Ten years later that bankruptcy was still in probate, although Lillian Shenker had stipulated in her will that her “Trust A” continue to provide for Morris Shenker “ …in order that he may maintain himself in his proper and accustomed station in life…” Trustees of Lillian’s estate were to draw from “Trust A” to provide for Morris’s needs. Every person involved had confidence that there would be enough profits earned by Trust A for that to carry on, then split into “Trust B” and “Trust C” for the Shenker Siblings. So it becomes amazingly coincidental that Ryzner and Stallings are connected in Aliante, developed by a partner of the Morris Shenker spawn, Del Webb Construction, profits of which have likely been feeding, at some point in time, the estate of Morris and Lillian Shenker, and that all of the above are wrapped around the death of Jason R. Turner.