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Katie Beers: Buried Memories: Katie Beers' Story

Katie Beers disappeared on December 28, 1992, two days before her tenth birthday. She was lured by the promise of birthday presents to the home of a family friend, John Esposito. She left a message on her godmother's answering machine saying, "I've been kidnapped by a man with a knife." Esposito, almost immediately a suspect due to his own personal history, falsely alleged that Beers was kidnapped by a third party while at the Spaceplex indoor amusement park, but security cameras disclosed that Esposito entered Spaceplex by himself.

Beers was held in a 6-foot-by-7-foot concrete bunker under Esposito's garage in Bay Shore, New York, concealed by a 200-pound concrete trap door. The bunker contained a commode toilet, television set, mattress and chains used to restrain Beers. Beers, along with other children, had played in the dirt displaced by the bunker as Esposito dug it a few years earlier. He told police he had built the bunker for Beers.On January 13, 1993, she was found alive in the bunker after Esposito led police to it.

Two Classic Shows Added To The Archives, West Mephis 3 Special & The Process Church



Two shows, previously unavailable in the archives, have just been released; A special report on the West Memphis Three, with William Ramsey, Fred J Walsh, & Adam Galvan. And a great show with retired NYPD Detective Jim Rothstein on the Son Of Sam case, Manson, the Process Church and more.  The shows are linked at the bottom of this article, 

Retired Detective Jim Rothstein as a member of the New York City Police Department and his retirement from the New York City Police Depart in 1980 to the present, has continued his work as a researcher and consultant on human trafficking. Det. Rothstein worked with various out of state agencies, officers, departments, professional groups, and numerous federal agencies to develop the expertise so vital to be effective. Det. Rothstein’s assignment to the New York State Select Committee Crime was also the end of his career. These hearings were ordered by Governor Carey of the State of New York and a Bi-partisan Legislative Committee. The mandate was to find what the effects these crimes were having on society. The most important lessons learned was that there must be absolute integrity, honesty, trust, and don’t use the merchandise. Honesty without integrity does little to help the Investigator establish credibility. You don’t break the law to enforce the law. If these principals are not followed closely, all trust is destroyed and you will become totally ineffective.

The bright side of human trafficking; these are the true stories of Retired New York City Detective James Rothstein. There is a message and a lesson in every story. On the street, he was known as “Boots,” because he always wore black cowboy boots. Detective Rothstein was told he had been awarded nine medals. He never filed a request for recognition unless he was ordered to do so. Det. Rothstein never accepted or displayed any of these medals. Det. Rothstein always believed he had done his job to the best of his ability as a sworn Police Officer. These stories touch the heart and soul of the toughest Detective and are never forgotten. The names may be forgotten (he tries) but the faces and memories are always there. These are the forgotten children, prostitutes, victims of pedophilia, and others. There is no individual discrimination; they are all discriminated against, Black, White, Yellow, Indian, and whatever else there may be. They may be Catholics, Protestants, or any other denomination; they are all victims. Nobody cared or cares.

The Dark Side of human trafficking, prostitution, pedophilia, and corruption go far beyond human comprehension. It is a world of “Smoke and Mirrors,” where “Deceit and Deception” are the norm. The degradation, torture, and mental manipulation of the victims that were uncovered in the investigations, conducted by Rothstein (Boots), were never made public. They were not politically correct, or feel-good do-good. You cannot disguise decadence with the smell of clover or the pureness of a white lily. It is what it is, vulgar and despicable. Great effort was taken by the powers to be to discredit and cover-up the findings. Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies have no problem doing low level investigations. When they go after the “Big Time” traffickers they have problems. ANY investigators, prosecutors, or other authorities that do an in-depth investigation are stopped by the powers to be and their careers are ruined

Laws to be passed:

Any person, agency, or other entity that interferes, threatens, harasses, impedes, or in any way compromises an investigator, investigation, prosecution, or witness in human trafficking, child porn, pedophilia, or criminal use of children case is guilty of a felony with a mandatory 5 year prison sentence.

Any enforcement agency, agent, prosecutor, elected government official, or any other authority that fails to act, with due haste, on human trafficking, pedophilia or the criminal use of children complaint and then doing a complete investigation of the complaint is guilty of a crime. (felony)

Any person or entity who uses human trafficking, children, child porn, pedophilia, to compromise, extort or cause another person to do an unwilling act is guilty of a felony with a mandatory 25 year to life in prison, no parole, prison sentence.

Any person or entity who buys, sells, trades, or in any way promotes, enables, or profits from human trafficking, pedophilia, human compromise, extortion, or uses children in a criminal manner is guilty of a felony with a mandatory 25 year to life in prison, no parole, prison sentence.

The use of electronics, social media, or any other form of communications to facilitate, promote, or further human trafficking, child porn, pedophilia, human compromise, extortion, use of children in a criminal manner is a felony with a mandatory fine of one million dollars per incident and a 10 year prison sentence for all parties involved.

As heinous as these crimes of human trafficking, pedophilia, human compromise and sexual exploitation of children are, an overzealous uninformed law enforcement agency, prosecutor, social worker, or mental health expert, who uses less than scientific investigative methods to conduct a “witch hunt,” can wreak havoc on our society and don’t provide any real solutions.
There must be an Oversight Committee (see Oversight Committee report) to prevent innocent people from becoming another victim and furthering an already heinous crime.

Upon conviction of either/or #3, #4, #5 and affirmation of the Oversight Committee all assets of the perpetrator(s) or entities involved shall be seized and given to the victim(s).

Jim Rothstein
Ret. Det. NYCPD

United States Navy, Deck Hand
Chase Manhattan Bank, Computer Proof and Distribution
1965-1980 New York City Police Department, Police Officer and Detective
1980-Present Researcher and Consultant

Fifteen years experience with the New York City Police Department, Police Operations and Investigations.
February 1965 to June 1965; New York City Police Academy. Basics in Law Enforcement, Criminal Law, Use of Weapons, and Necessary Force.
June 1965 to January 1967; Patrol Midtown Manhattan, Introduction the basics of Patrol and Law Enforcement.
January 1967 to January 1971; Plainclothes Anti-Crime Patrol, Plainclothes Investigator, Undercover Surveillance, re: Pimps, Prostitutes, Narcotics, and Organized Crime.
January 1971 to March 1973; Plainclothes and Undercover Investigator. Headquarters Special Investigations; re: Vice, Narcotics, Corruption, Intelligence, Electronic and Photo Surveillance.
March 1973 to March 1980; Detective specializing in Vice related crimes, Intelligence on a local and national level. Special Assignments.
March 1980 to present; Researcher and Consultant; continued the work started as a Detective, on a National and International Level.

New York State Select Committee on Crime; Investigator and Advisor, A study into the Effects of Crime on Society.
Policy Science Corporation; assigned as an Advisor and Consultant.
Internal Revenue Service; Special Assignment, Investigator and Advisor. Criminal Prosecution of National Pimp Organization and Intelligence Networking.
New York State Liquor Authority; Intelligence co-ordinator and Advisor.
Other Police Agencies in the United States; developed a National Information Data Base tracking prostitution ( male and female ) and the trafficking of children.

Inslaw-Promis Software; The theft of the proprietary rights to computer software developed by Bill and Nancy Hamilton.
The Oaklahoma City bombing of the Murrah Building; The involvement of Iraqi Terrorists in the OKC bombing.
The Sexual Abuse Crisis In the Catholic Church; The Infiltration of and the Cover-up by the Church.

Kathryn MacDonald, Jeff MacDonald Murders and Trial


The case of Jeff MacDonald has been infused with controversy since the murders took place, almost 39 years ago. Through it all, Jeff has steadfastly maintained his innocence. Over the many years since trial, thousands of pages of government reports, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, that prove the existence of outside assailants, have been obtained. In fact, not only do these documents show Jeff's claim of outside assailants to be true, they also show how the prosecution deliberately set out to suppress evidence supporting these claims before, during, and after his trial.

The MacDonald case has served as an example of malfeasance in the investigation of the FBI Crime Lab's misconduct, and the case has been featured in numerous congressional hearings and in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and The New Republic. In January, 2006, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals panel of three unanimously agreed that the affidavit of Jimmy Britt, a respected former US Marshal, was sufficient grounds to propel a rare fourth appeal (successive habeas petition) forward for review to the District Court in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jimmy Britt died in October, 2008. In November, 2008, the District Judge denied relief. The defense will appeal to the 4th Circuit.

The MacDonald case is one of the most enduring and haunting legal cases of our time, and a torturous example of injustice and wrongful conviction. It continues to endure and weigh heavily on the public consciousness because the right conclusion has never been has never been issued in a court of law- that Jeff MacDonald is an innocent man and must be released. If guilt was so clear, its hard to imagine that the interest and emotion this case continues to proliferate would still exist nearly 40 years later.

The MacDonald Case website:

About Kathryn MacDonald

Personal and Professional History




Kathryn made her theatrical debut at age 10 in The Sound of Music.  By age 12, she had performed featured roles in over 24 productions.

Highlights: Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”; Jo in “A Day in the death of Joe Egg”


At 14, she was cast in an original musical tribute to America for the Bicentennial, mentored by the man who envisioned and built the city of Columbia, MD, Jim Rouse. The original cast of the “Young Columbians” endured for 7 years.

 Highlights: Opened the Tomorrow Land Stage, Disney World, Fla., entertained at the White House (President Carter & Pierre Trudeau); appeared on the (international) telecast of “Happy Birthday, USA” Parade (July 4, 1976)-an event later included in the time capsule established by Act of Congress to be opened 7/4/2076.


 At 16, Kathryn graduated to ingénue roles such as Liesl in The Sound of Music and Tuptim in “The King and I” , Still with “The Young Columbians”, She was the lead singer with 2 swing bands and worked as a  pianist/singer at area country clubs and hotels.  Highlights: Writing and directing school variety shows, moonlighting as a calligrapher.

  While attending college and beyond, Kathryn performed in over a lead roles including “Oklahoma!” (Laurie) “Guys and Dolls” (Sarah) and “1776” (Martha Jefferson),  She continued to sing at nightclubs.  Highlights:  Singing with Natalie Cole at a benefit held at the Rainbow Room, NYC, hired by Billy Dee Williams to sing at private party he hosted.

  At 29, Kathryn became the second woman to direct at a Washington DC theatre (non-equity) since 1972 (almost 20 years). Her first assignment: “The Sound of Music”- the show she had started with as a child performer. Highlights: Writing and recording original songs, one of which was picked up by Harry Connick, Jr.

 Additional directing jobs followed; Kathryn made her last professional stage appearance as Gypsy Rose Lee in “Gypsy” Highlights: Learning that her Dad, who had suffered with Parkinson’s for 15 years, willed himself out of his seat for a standing ovation.



Advertising Rep and Design Consultant (Patuxent Publishing 1982-85)

Highlights:  Recognition for top revenue producer 2 consecutive years)


Creative Services Manager (Media General Cable 1985-1991)

Highlights:  Writing and directing for Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, and others (pay-per-view boxing events). Awarded Best Boxing Promotion Prize by HBO/Steve Wynn/The Mirage Hotel and Casino


Media Buyer/Executive Asst. (Bailey Deardourff Political Consultants 1991-1996)

Highlights:  Arranging Mr. Deardourff’s appearances at the (Clinton) White House, working with Marian Wright Edelman (The Children’s Defense Fund) journalist Maureen O’Dowd and political strategist Karl Rove.


Casting Director and Scriptwriter (National Press Club 1991-1994)

Highlights: Interviewing and Filming NPC speakers including Norman Lear, Hillary Clinton, and Billy Crystal.


Owner /Director (The Young Artists Theatre 1994-2011)

Highlights:  Writing and Directing over 30 original musical comedies for the public, performed by child and teen actors; Performances at Raven’s Stadium, Macy’s and Merriweather Post Pavilion.


Certified Paralegal: (2000-present)

Highlights:  Procuring crucial affidavits from key witnesses, earning the friendship of Kirk Bloodsworth- the first Death Row inmate to be exonerated by DNA.



Springbrook High School, Silver Spring MD Highlights:  graduated with Honors at age 16 Approval from the Principal to miss school for theatrical travel; Teacher’s Award for creating talent shows that encouraged the integration of “cliques” Singing with her best friend at graduation (UMD).


Catholic University of America, Washington DC

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in Acting

Highlights: Selected by audition to be 1 of 10 students enrolled in the BFA program, 1 of 8 to travel Europe with the USO as a freshman; Serving as co. manager of a 2nd USO tour sophomore year, co-writing/directing & performing in a celebration of the USO’s  40th Anniversary with Bob Hope narrating.  Being the first/only collegiate ever elected to the USO’s Board of Directors (1981)


American University, Washington, DC

MA in Communications (Screenwriting)

Highlights: Returning to school in 1994 while establishing the Young Artists Theatre; Graduating with honors; being chosen to present analysis of Frank Sinatra for a panel of the American Psychological Association (APA).


Kaplan University, Boca Raton FLA

Paralegal Certification

Qualified in all areas of Maryland state law, and federal criminal defense law.




Board of Directors, Arts Council of Montgomery County    (1995-1997)

Member, Howard County Arts Council                               (1998-present)

Voted Best Drama School by Families Magazine 8 times      (1995-2009)

Awarded Best Children’s Program for the Arts

by Howard County MD Executive Ken Ulman                      (2007)

Chosen as Best Provider of Children’s Programming

by GSNC (Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capitol)                   (1998-2008)




DAUGHTER of Rick and Suzanne Adams of Silver Spring MD (both deceased)


FATHER was self-employed as a commercial real estate broker and died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in 1996.


MOTHER was self-employed as a real estate agent and died of cancer in 1997.


SISTER:  (Jennifer) consults as a biostatistician, editing scientific studies.


WIFE of Jeffrey MacDonald, MD. An ER surgeon and an innocent man.




Advocating for animals, training them and helping others with animal behavior modification,  working with animal rescue groups, rehabilitating abused animals, working with children and adults to increase their self-confidence in group settings, writing, drawing, singing, dancing, composing music, piano, yoga, Pilates, holistic healing and lifestyle,  restoration of antiques and sentimental items, personal and office organization, calligraphy, classic films (Cagney/Sinatra) and music/bands (of the 1930’s-40’s)  and striving to be an asset to the community.

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