Part 14 of a Series
In the fall of 2005, shortly after Cynthia Turner found her son dead in his bed at home on Nellis Blvd. in Las Vegas, she turned to private investigator Thomas Doyle Dillard, hoping to find answers. Her questions included: Why did the LVMPD not prosecute John Hamilton for vandalism and burglary at her son’s house a month before he (Jason Ryan Turner-Shenker) was murdered? Why did the LVMPD not investigate insurance or financial motives for her son’s death? Why did authorities ignore multiple incidents of mail theft that adversely affected C. Turner after the murder? Why were incidents of forgery related to Jason’s death not investigated by authorities?
Just weeks after Jason’s death, Kathleen and Marc Burton were found trying to sell Jason’s house at Alta Mesa in Las Vegas. The young man’s signature had been forged after his death on real estate documents. Those documents were then filed at the Clark County Recorder’s Office. The Burton’s had no legal right to sell that property, yet attempted to sell the late Turner’s house as if it belonged to Jason’s widow, Kathleen Burton’s daughter. This case of forgery was reported to authorities. No investigation ensued.
Thomas Doyle Dillard was at that time Las Vegas’ most publicly known private investigator. He had made a name for himself by taking $100,000 or more (some assert he was offered one million dollars) from the Binion family for the mission of finding, or perhaps creating, incriminating “evidence” against Ted Binion’s former live-in girlfriend. Dillard accepted the task of producing “evidence” to punish Sandra Murphy for “Benny’s” drug overdose death.
In late 2005, Cynthia Turner faced a similar circumstance. Her son had been murdered by dosing a weight-gain milkshake with more than ten times a lethal dose of morphine. Liquid morphine, provided as a prescription for cancer patients, is sweet to taste. In a milkshake it is undetectable. Without knowing that his milkshake was laced with morphine, Jason ingested a pitcher full prepared by his killer. Within ninety minutes he was dead. Binion had also died at home from a drug overdose. Ted Binion’s mother, or family, had wanted to pin his death on someone, and chose his young girlfriend, Murphy. So they hired Dillard.
When Turner approached Dillard, he told her he could not work for her directly. She had to hire E. Brent Bryson, the attorney, and only Bryson, in order to obtain his (Dillard’s) investigative services. So Turner hired Bryson in November 2005, six weeks after Jason’s death.
Dillard did not tell Turner that district attorney David Roger was his “best friend.” Had he done so, Turner would have expected Roger to enthusiastically prosecute her son’s killer. That would have been reasonable. What actually happened later speaks volumes about Dillard, Bryson and Roger.
Bryson persuaded Turner to divert her attention away from gathering evidence to prosecute Jason’s killer. In a blatantly self-serving move, he suggested that she file a civil lawsuit instead. Reluctantly, Turner agreed.
Next, Bryson wanted to know who had “assets” that could be taken once Turner’s civil suit was successful. Two separate lawsuits were filed.
In the first, Turner prevailed by default. No defense was put up; the defendant did not appear in court. Eight years later, no judgment amount has been entered in court. Nothing came of that win. The second defendant suddenly had a vigorous attorney to defend her. A former protégé of the Clark County district attorney opened her own law firm,
Bush-Levy, in January 2007, just as depositions began for Turner’s remaining case. Kathleen Burton said during deposition that she was “given” a new attorney, Susan Kaye Bush, Esq., with whom she was not familiar. It appears that someone well-connected took an interest in this case. That person, or persons, set up Bush in her own law firm
and appointed her to defend Kathleen Burton, so it appears. Bryson totally mishandled Turner’s cases. He intentionally set up Turner to lose. He took depositions after extremely long delays, only to direct questions into meaningless areas and away from matters of substance. Bryson worked to undermine Turner’s position and support
Dillard’s “best friend,” District Attorney Roger, also put aside prosecution. When Turner personally delivered a compendium of information about her son’s murder to Roger’s office, the district attorney was livid. He called this case “high-profile” and adamantly refused to prosecute.
The last weekend of September 2014, Cynthia Turner was in Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Henderson. While inside she noticed a man acting strangely a few yards away as she shopped for a tool. Upon seeing Turner turn her head in his direction a short man with white hair bent down and kept his face out of sight, looking toward the floor. A few moments later Turner was walking to another spot in that Lowe’s to select another item. While there in the hardware section she noticed another man, rather tall, standing at a corner display staring blankly at power saw blades. Finished selecting her items, she moved toward the tall man and stopped about three feet away. She had noticed his shoes beneath his jeans. “No f***ing way!” Turner exclaimed loudly.
She had “made” this man as a tail on her, and concluded he was wearing “cop shoes.” Immediately upon hearing her exclamation the tall man turned his body and face away from Turner and walked rapidly out of the store. Turner followed him, leaving her selected items at a register as she passed. Outside, Turner took out her phone and captured photos of the tall stranger who had been stalking her. He was peering around, looking for someone. Then the very same short man with white hair appeared from between two parked cars, where he had been crouching, and joined the tall man. They got into the same old car, which strongly resembled a 1977 Ford LTD hardtop Landau, and drove away.
Later, looking at those pictures, Turner was struck by the extremely strong resemblance between private investigator Tom Dillard and the short man with white hair. Expert photo analysis can determine whether or not “private investigator” Tom Dillard is stalking Turner years after Dillard reneged on helping advance the Turner murder case. The physical resemblance is too strong, and far too significant to ignore.
And who is the other man who drove “Dillard” out of the Lowe’s parking lot? Cynthia Turner’s health and life might well depend upon having these questions answered.
It takes money to hire people to stalk another person, especially in teams of two or more. Who is paying the bill, and why?
To be continued…
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Thomas A. Nagy is the author of Cannabis Consumer Handbook available at Amazon.com, and the blog ReGeneration at blogspot.com. Email direct at: firstname.lastname@example.org.