was referring to a very small-minded woman named Teresa Link, who used
to live in Las Vegas. I say that she used to live in Las Vegas,
because she is no longer among the living: the poor woman was so evil
that she even envied her own daughter and decided to kill herself on
her oldest daughter’s 21st birthday.
That woman was very well known in her native Peru and in Venezuela for
her unhealthy desire to possess everything others have.
This is an old story and it is not even worth repeating, but what is
important to mention is that envy can destroy reputations and even
cause the loss of human life, because not only is the envious person
rendered unhappy by his or her own envy, but they also wish to — and
do — inflict misfortunate on others.
The death of Lisa Willardson, the Deputy District Attorney accused of
having an “unacceptable” relationship with Family Court Judge Steve
Jones, has brought devastation to many, but I wonder if former
District Attorney David Roger, who sparked the judicial investigation
against Lisa Willardson and Judge Jones was able to have a good
celebration of the New Year, knowing that her death would be on his
conscience for the rest of his life.
We can never forget the actions of Deputy District Attorneys Michelle
Edwards and Janne Hanrahan, who exposed the relationship between
Willardson and Jones through a controversial “under-the table” cell
phone photo of Lisa and Jones at a party in a Henderson restaurant.
Anybody considering inviting those two, Edwards and Hanrahan, either
to a restaurant or a private home party, should make sure to ban their
phones from the premises, because the women have no idea how to enjoy
a party or gathering of friends from the topside of the table, since
they obviously feel the need to check out what’s going on under it.
Some people believe that it was very suspicious that Lisa was not with
Judge Jones during his trip to Utah to celebrate the Christmas
holiday. Those people were very quick to assume (and we all know what
happens when we assume) something, instead of understanding that Judge
Jones owes his children some personal and valuable time, and Lisa was
not part of his family life yet. Some others are of the opinion that
Lisa chose the easy way out.
Personally, I don’t believe she took the easy way out, considering
that she was in very good spirits and looking forward to better times
in 2014. Even her attorney, Gary Modafferi, said that she was never
depressed and that she was in good spirits the last time he spoke to
her, which was a couple of days before her death.
Nevertheless, it is a total shame that a fairly young, beautiful,
intelligent and caring woman has lost her life from one minute to
To all those people who assume and conjecture: I wonder if it ever
occurs to them that it might be too much of a coincidence that several
people who in one way or another are connected to the District
Attorney’s Office have very “conveniently” committed “suicide.”
Let’s take for example, Deputy District Attorney Steven Hill, who
allegedly had drugs and a prostitute in his car when stopped by Metro
Police. Let’s take into consideration that it happened before David
Roger’s reign. Prior to that incident he discussed a situation of some
people with a pending case in court, and told higher levels in the
District Attorney’s Office that he could not prosecute that case,
because it was a perfect and clear case of entrapment by police
officers. He was even willing to give those people a written affidavit
to that effect. A short time later, a felony cocaine possession charge
was to be filed against him.
Coincidently, he committed “suicide” by a drug overdose before he even
made it to court.
David Amesbury, a local attorney, married to a Deputy District
Attorney and who allegedly was involved in a high-profile homeowners
association in Nevada was found brutally beaten, shirtless and with
his pants at his ankles on a Henderson street. He had two broken ribs,
both his kneecaps were shattered and he had several facial injuries.
Organized-crime style. A short time later he was found dead from
apparent hanging at his brother’s home in Grass Valley, California.
His death was ruled a suicide.
At the time, Frank Cremen, David Amesbury’s defense attorney, told the
media that his family (Amesbury) doesn’t believe it was suicide.
Since day one of the Homeowners Association scandal, it was claimed
that attorneys, government officials, and even judges, would come down
with the investigation. Coincidently, only a few little fishes were
caught by the “expert” investigators of the Department of Justice. In
the process, Nancy Quon, an attorney, also conveniently committed
“suicide.” Police officers who work shoulder to shoulder with deputy
district attorneys and keep a close relationship with them to entrap
and destroy peoples’ lives were also victims of supposed “suicide.”
Former police lieutenant Chris Van Cleef supposedly shot himself dead
shortly after an FBI raid in the investigation of the Homeowners
In my humble opinion, Lisa did not commit suicide. It is claimed that
it appears that she was vomiting before her death. Any normal person
would know that there is a big difference from vomiting too much and
vomiting too hard. She was an intelligent woman who knew when to call
911 for emergency treatment. I can hardly wait for a complete report
of her death from our famous Medical Examiner.
A private family celebration honoring Lisa took place in Utah last
Saturday, January 4, 2014.
My deepest condolences to her family, friends and Judge Steve Jones.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She
writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky,
email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.