Update on Peter Beagle’s fight for fairness, and deceptive “crisis management” against fans by Connor Cochran & Conlan Press.

On Peter’s birthday (April 20), The Last Unicorn facebook page was silent.  So were other social media false-fronts run by Connor Cochran and Conlan Press. Now their main concern is extracting money from fans to pay for legal battle against Peter.

Not all was silent with Peter.  For his birthday, his fans got the present.

Now fans can follow him at The REAL Peter S. Beagle facebook page, where his exploiters have no access.

Peter got a birthday post from Tachyon, an honest publisher who’s actively supporting Peter’s career. He did a reading in San Francisco and got dinner with fans (hi Ted!) And Balticon 50 announced Peter as their guest of honor.

That’s hardly the life of a man too feeble to manage without forcible control.

The world is a better place because Connor Cochran won’t be allowed to use these activities for his predation. It’s driving him to spread desperate, self-serving phone messages to plead that Peter NEEDS conservatorship… because otherwise Cochran’s movie deals will suffer. He’s all about the money.

Mystery of The Magical Disappearing Comments.

Comment on the Tucson screening announcement and watch it disappear. Alakazam!  On 4/27, there’s 54 comments shown but 76 listed (replies don’t count). That’s a lot of hidden comments. (You may need to log out to see filtering of ones you leave.)  

Now let’s have a deeper look at the turmoil behind Cochran’s social media false-fronts, and the deception he’s doing to roll back awareness.

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While Cochran exploits fans to keep buying what he sells, he doesn’t want you to know about the fight to #TakeBackTheUnicorn. He sees a storm of protest brewing and he’s battening down the hatches.

Massive deletion is happening to fan discussion about the fraud and lawsuits. We have screenshots of deleted posts with hundreds of comments. Let’s dig up what Cochran and his cronies want to bury.

GONE: Fan posting ability to The Last Unicorn page on Facebook!

  • 190,000 page followers used to post daily to the Last Unicorn page.  No more… and their previous posts are all gone.  Meanwhile, on the Peter Beagle Facebook page run by Cochran, thousands of followers are under tight control of info.
  • Andrea says:

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ENTIRE REVIEW SECTION DELETED from the Conlan Press Facebook page!

  • In late March 2016, Cochran deleted the “reviews” section from the Conlan Press Facebook page after a streak of 1-star reviews from customers who never got what they paid for.
  • Here’s a screenshot of Google’s cache made in January before further 1-stars (with lonely 5-stars from his own employees).  On April 13 we linked the cache and the next week it’s gone too.

EVASIVE MANEUVERS! Spambots suppress Twitter search results:

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  • This is new.  The tweets are consecutive, and they aren’t single instances.  Numerous accounts are repeating the SAME tweet DAILY.
  • They’re spambot accounts all linked to each other, populated entirely with generic quotes and sayings.  It’s a commercial service.
  • Some services build bot accounts to sell you a pile of new “friends”.  Others like Reputation.com manage PR, like suppressing search results to help cowardly con artists hide what they do. It wouldn’t be cheap to use Conlan Press funds this way.

ATTACK AGAINST PETER by the Last Unicorn Facebook page!

  • 190,000 followers were treated to Cochran’s sympathy-begging statement about manipulating Peter’s children against him.  It was his official side linked right to Conlan Press.  (That post is now deleted too.)
  • At the same time, the page declared itself a “neutral zone” (that would not post Peter’s side).
  • When repeatedly asked, the page manager conveniently forgot who owns the page (refusing to name Cochran) while claiming to be run by “a fan.”  However, Reece Mack posted the professional position to his LinkedIn resume in September 2015.  (That was when Peter hired a fiduciary; so Cochran got a crisis manager.) The sudden, transparently phony coyness and evasion about the PR coincided with Peter’s injunction against Cochran.
  • Jay reacts:

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Deleted comments and evasion:

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Sudden serious memory problems… maybe a conservator is needed!

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The selling must continue… but if you don’t get what you ordered, they have nothing to do with it.

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Cheated customers keep getting the runaround…

A message to the crisis manager:

When the Last Unicorn Facebook page says it’s run by “just a fan”, and refuses to name the owner, it implies being unaffiliated.

Do you get that little nagging feeling that you’re expected to say something that isn’t true?  Does your skin crawl a little about deflecting fans this way?  Admit it… doesn’t it feel a little weird and wrong, deep down inside?

Why ignore your conscience?

(EDIT: we’re told that previous crisis manager Reece Mack has stepped down. If that’s even true.  Reece: get distance from this, and best luck.)

Fans should expect much more of the smoke and mirrors to delay justice.  But the overwhelming evidence shows that Cochran is guilty of cheating many people besides Peter Beagle.  That’s why Peter will win.  Please help him, and share the story using these hashtags. #TakeBackTheUnicorn – #LastUnicorn

Connor Cochran’s motive for defrauding and attacking Peter Beagle, explained by a reader.

Why – The short answer is $$$, and the long answer is about covering up.  Cochran is desperate to deflect notice towards Peter’s supposed “health problems” – and away from his own history of predatory business scamming.

“Cochran induced Beagle to transfer his intellectual property rights to a sham corporation, appropriating this property with intent to defraud Beagle.” – (Peter’s lawsuit p. 5)

Avicenna was the sham corporation formed in 2008 by Cochran (with his disgraced ex lawyer friend.) It was supposedly made for Peter Beagle to share ownership 50/50. The other 50% was Cochran’s, with Conlan Press doing all the public business (and cheating so many fans). He promised to bring in multiple authors, but Beagle’s work remains the entire source of value – and Cochran refuses to account for the money.years

This reader lays it out point by point:

“Connor’s arguments about people preying on Peter – mostly directed at Peter’s girlfriend – all circle back to his assertion of Peter’s lawsuit being the only reason the movie deal didn’t work out (and Connor is also blaming Peter’s withdrawal from having anything to do with Conlan/Avicenna as the reason other book projects have not yet gone to press. Conlan’s projects are FOREVER “…about to go to press.”) There’s NO OTHER WAY to show harm. And every time Connor has to argue about Peter’s mental capacity, he rolls out the same story about Peter demanding Connor give him his mother’s ashes, which Connor says he already had – whereas MANY people can counter Connor’s claims by relating examples of having perfectly lucid and lengthy conversations with Peter.

And Connor’s only real argument for “helping” Peter – the argument that the negative influence of others that is causing Peter to make harmful or bad decisions – has to do with the lawsuit, and loss of the Japanese investor interest in the potential movie [1] – because what other benefit does Peter gain by associating with Conlan/Avicenna/Connor otherwise? Conlan is a Beagle signature factory that hasn’t published anything, and everything they DO sell is published by other companies; the film tour investors are suing Connor for not paying them or even accounting for the money; Connor lost another lawsuit for taking money from a teacher who wanted to be an author by promising to use the money to publish her books, and never did [2]; and there are thousands of fans and volunteers who never get things they paid for. [3]

And, if ANYTHING Connor claims about Peter’s health is true, then the days of endlessly signing books and doing movie roadshows should be over. So what value is there in enlisting the kids to gain conservatorship? Simple: Connor gains control over the part of Avicenna – and the rights to ALL of Peter’s work – that Peter can and is contesting [4]. And Connor can then dangle the unlikely prospect of millions of dollars pouring in from film investors in front of Peter’s heirs. That’s the only reason, because IF their claims about Peter were true, he should not continue working at even close to the pace Connor had been working him before.”

“If their claims are NOT true, then why try to make such a claim? Because otherwise, Peter IS in his right mind, and is justified in separating himself from a business that is both built entirely on his work and reputation, while being managed so poorly it is destroying both. If Peter prevails, Connor would have to make a full accounting to EVERYONE about all of the money: to the fans, about the sales of books that have not shipped, and of books that have not even been PRODUCED yet, in some cases, for more than a decade now;  to the tour volunteers, who were promised gifts that have never been sent; to investors in the tour, who were offered impossible returns, and yet have not received one penny in repayment or a single accounting of how the money was spent; and to Peter, whose work provides Connor’s SOLE INCOME, and which has allowed Connor to live in million-dollar homes while the creator of the work itself lived in apartments.” [5]

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Connor’s full time occupation is running Conlan Press… the money Peter’s work generated has been his own sole income.

“If nothing else, if NOTHING else, Peter should be receiving money from the sales of the ebooks – which were launched en masse AFTER the lawsuit was filed – and the sales of the books that have happened since, plus a portion of the money from the screenings of the film – which continue without his involvement. But Connor/Conlan/Avicenna refuses to give any accounting, much less any payment [6], and Peter is having to rely on being paid by other editors and publishers who will work with him directly for new work [7]. It’s only speculation to assume that the argument would be that Conlan and/or Avicenna owns the rights, and thus owes no accounting or payout to Peter under whatever contractual terms Connor talked him into – but as Conlan Press and Avicenna are built IN THEIR ENTIRETY on the work of Peter Beagle, then any money came to those entities FROM the work of Peter Beagle, so it’s easy to see who benefits most from maintaining the status quo. And as Connor’s full time occupation is running Conlan Press, if he is withholding anything from Peter because those entities control the rights, then he’s only been able to do so because of the money Peter’s work generated, which has been his own sole income.

This whole conflict has NOTHING to do with Peter’s health – which Connor claims has been a problem for a LONG time but which somehow never stopped him from touring with Peter and taking him to conventions – and EVERYTHING to do with the shoddy way that Connor has run Conlan Press. Period.”

His legal docs claim he was Peter's "ghostwriter"
His legal docs claim he was Peter’s “ghostwriter”

We spoke further with this reader. They reported that there are many people who have closely observed Cochran, who until recently steered clear of speaking because of retaliation against anyone who does. We’re happy to share those secrets here. And the public discourse about this scandal is now refocusing away from Peter’s health – Cochran’s primary diversion tactic – and back towards this fact:

“he is a terrible and unethical businessman who uses everyone around him.”

About his conduct towards Peter:

“…underhanded and despicable.  And then seeing things like that teacher who sued him – he never intended to use her money to publish her books – convinced me that it was all a massive house of cards.  And her win against him should be what the Sandbox people focus on, because he scammed then in the exact same way: offer grandiose returns on a debt that he does no accounting for. Because he never planned to pay a penny.”

The kids’ position is also clear from a comment Kalisa made on one of those other stories, about how Peter signing 5000 apology notes was a part of his contract. They have clearly bought into Connor’s savior angle, and don’t see the thing Peter was signing apology notes for was another one of Connor’s failed schemes.

Please keep doing what you’re doing.  Peter deserves far better than to have his life destroyed by someone like Connor Cochran.”

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And the reader followed up:

“Where order fulfillment is concerned, there has long been a pattern of confusion and apparent forgetfulness on Connor’s part. Many, many people can testify to having had Connor promise something will be delivered, only to never have it happen. Perhaps this is indicative of a greater memory problem – in which case maybe someone claiming to have only his best interests at heart should legally file for conservatorship over him and his business dealings.”

“… and let’s say somehow Connor and Peter’s children’s effort to gain conservatorship over Peter is successful. How does that change ANYTHING with regards to how Conlan Press has been run? Connor has stated over and over again that it’s Peter’s health that has necessitated halting his participation in the film tour…so if Peter really is struggling with health and/or memory issues that will prevent him from being as involved in the sales operations as he had been, then what does the conservatorship do for ANYONE other than removing the right of a partner – Peter – to sue the other?  Conlan will continue selling things they can’t be bothered to deliver; they’ll still be sued by Sandbox for not repaying the tour investment; and Connor may think he can go do a new movie deal without Peter – but investors will be aware that he only got control of the rights by forcibly taking them away from a beloved creator.”

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<> at Jacob Javitz Center on October 12, 2014 in New York City.

[1]  Reader misspoke about “Japanese” investors (meaning Chinese) for a new live-action movie.  See below screenshots of Cochran’s claims on 12/10/15. They are full of defamation against Peter and incredible distortions:

  • Cochran was sued by his investors after making the comments – guess how likely it is to restart a deal.
  • Cochran pretends he meant to make Peter “co-owner” of the movie.  But his manipulative comments to this reader put it far into the future of an elderly man… and a decade wait for products he sold still hasn’t produced them.
  • He denies there is benefit from false claims about Peter’s health – read it above.
  • He claims a lawyer who knew Peter dismissed his claims, which indicates Richard Mooney. He served Cochran to take over the movie rights and now represents Cochran as a very self-interested crony in attacking Peter.

[2] Cochran was sued for taking $25,000 from an elderly teacher, and breaking their contract to publish her book.  Cochran’s defense is accurately described as gaming the system.  Rather than settling as a sane person would, Cochran dragged her through the mud with a frivolous countersuit.  She won an arbitration judgement (the only judgement in the case).  That should be that, but not for a frivolous litigant.  Cochran gamed the system by paying taxes to re-open a suspended corporation, only to get a new trial under corporate veil. It was a flimsy defense that ran up costs without chance for him to win, simply to make her cut losses.  It’s likely the only time his suspended corporation paid taxes was to block justice for victims.  It could not save him from losing another lawsuit in 2015 (search case 511166.)

[3] Here and here are volunteer reports.  Products sold and not delivered since 2005 include audiobook CD’s and ‘Two Hearts”, “Extra Deluxe” Last Unicorn books, the “Writing Sarek” book never to be produced without Peter, movie tour edition books, and more that can’t be accounted for. Even before taking over Peter’s career, Cochran was soliciting sales for his own book that appears never made.

[4] Peter’s lawsuit is seeking recission of contracts because they were made with fraud and to deprive him of his rights.

[5] Cochran’s homePeter’s apartment loss involved Cochran’s control of his lease.

[6] Slight correction – Cochran’s ebook launch was October 2015, shortly before a lawsuit but when he knew it was coming. Peter had hired a fiduciary in September to manage his finances; Cochran got a crisis manager.  After lawsuit, sales promotion grew but Peter never received any money.

[7] Denied pay he is owed, Peter is relying on honest publishers such as Tachyon.

Connor: The King of Empty Promises

Full text of injunction to stop Connor Cochran from exploiting Peter Beagle and his work.

The downward spiral continues for Connor Cochran, abusive ex manager of Peter Beagle. His fraud is bringing strong public scrutiny. His lawyer just dumped him. Now he faces an injunction to prevent him from exploiting Peter’s name and works to enrich himself.

Cochran is abusing Peter’s name as a false front on social media and in business, and continuing to make money from his works without paying him.  Cochran has been “selling as much as he can… to raise money for one purpose only: so that he can use it to sue Peter with.”  (See here at bottom.)

In September 2015, Peter hired a professional fiduciary to handle all of his finances. Cochran was informed of duty to pay money owed to Peter and “frequently indicated an understanding” about it months before Peter was forced to sue.  This exhibit from a court document shows why a lawsuit was strongly provoked.

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Funny that in September 2015, before there was any lawsuit, Cochran got a crisis manager when Peter hired a fiduciary. Guilty much?

An injunction will reduce egregious money grabbing for Cochran’s scam operation, like the Last Unicorn movie screening on 3/27/16.  Fans were misled to ask if Peter would appear, without knowing about his lawsuit against the people running the show. (A comment we linked here was deleted – they forgot this one.)

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Besides ripping off and gaslighting Peter, and dealing with the strongly provoked lawsuit, Cochran is also countersuing Peter’s girlfriend. It’s a strategic smokescreen and punishment to emotionally defeat Peter, cut him off from support, and keep him under Cochran’s thumb. All of his heinous wrongdoing makes a lot of legal bills.

Cochran’s abuse is funded by exploiting you, the fans of Peter, to keep buying from Conlan Press, ebooks on Amazon, and more. And he desperately wants to stop you from knowing. Don’t let him. Please share with hashtags #LastUnicorn and #TakeBackTheUnicorn.

Coincidentally, Cochran’s Last Unicorn page on Facebook suddenly “forgot” who owns it, when repeatedly asked by fans.  His crisis manager began deleting their comments and posts wholesale. It’s a transparent ploy to dodge accountability.

And on 4/5/16, Cochran’s lawyer dumped him for abusing court process. His substitute is Richard Mooney, who previously served Cochran to take over the Last Unicorn Movie rights. His remaining support comes from closely tied cronies. If you see them spread denial, speak up with questions that destroy it.

The injunction seeks necessary relief from the corruption.  It puts force behind public awareness.  Here’s the full text.

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Peter Beagle’s lawsuit steadily gains steam. Injunction sought against ex manager Connor Cochran while he desperately hides abuse and fraud.

UPDATE: This effort was put on hold during other action and went active again on 7/26/17.

The story of fraud against Peter Beagle is increasingly reaching his true fans and winning their support.  There’s high traffic on many fronts to cover in this update.

Many fans are hearing about Peter’s lawsuit for the first time, and overwhelmingly convinced by the evidence, against denial and pretense spread by his ex-manager. Their message is clear: you can’t abuse a creator and hijack fandom for greed.

“Dear fandom: another of our elder voices has received treatment as a cash cow being milked for one last harvest. He’s been exploited for his fan base, many of whom never received products they paid for…” – (Maggie)

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Sharing brings awareness to stop the abuse.

Cochran is desperately trying to hide what he’s done, with crisis management and widespread deletions on social media.  He would keep his Golden Goose captive if nobody knew.  Sharing is vital to stop the abuse. Please tell fans you know and add hashtags #TakeBackTheUnicorn and #LastUnicorn.

Sharing is the mission of this site.  The story isn’t ours – it’s yours.  We want nothing more than fairness, and we’ll settle for nothing less.  Share if you feel the same.  It’s the opposite of Cochran’s mission to enrich himself with predatory greed.

Cochran continues cheating fans without delivering goods.

When Peter’s lawsuit came out, many cheated customers knew it was absolutely true because they were personally victimized. Cochran tried to deflect with glib promises yet again that goods would come “soon” after a decade-plus of false sales (while he’s really spending your money on lawyer fees.) See how easily he lied to victims:

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It’s plain to see that he’ll say or do anything to get what he wants.  There’s no credibility on his side – only greedy lying.

The Last Unicorn Tour investor lawsuit destroys Cochran’s pretenses about being falsely accused.

Cochran stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his movie tour investors too.  While he attacks Peter for being old, he refuses to say anything about this other lawsuit – because he has no defense.  He can’t call them senile.  It destroys the smokescreen he’s blowing to hide his exploitation against Peter and fans.  This is the scumbag who a few cronies are rallying around in denial.

Wherever you see denial, speak up with questions that destroy it. Point out refusal to acknowledge the investor lawsuit, cheating against fans, and witness reports.

Movie tour workers come out as witnesses to Cochran’s abuse.

We previously shared a movie tour worker’s report of abuse, and here’s a new one. This report spread “like wildfire” according to author Robin Goodfellow.  She’s a life long fan (who appears in the DVD special features) – a movie tour volunteer – and a dementia nurse who refutes Cochran’s gaslighting against Beagle:

THE TRUTH ABOUT CONNOR COCHRAN & WORKING THE LAST UNICORN TOUR

One telling detail:

“The show sold out, many movie goers were turned away and Connor wheedled with the staff of the Cineplex to try to let in standing room only, and was turned down due to this being a fire hazard of which Connor complained.”

It’s a perfect illustration of what Connor Cochran stands for: Enriching himself with casual disregard for laws and safety of others, while asking others to look the other way. That’s what he does when people are watching, so think about what he does when they aren’t.  Watchdogs are urgently needed.

Fans manipulated by Cochran to twist the story, but it isn’t working.  

The more the story spreads, the more Cochran evades, deflects and deceives.  If you’ve been cheated or seen his abuse, and say so in public – you’re likely to get persistent internet and phone contact to twist the story the way he wants. His fork-tongued excuses carefully follow a rehearsed script to make him seem innocent.

Robin Goodfellow told us about his attempted phone manipulation:

“Connor Cochran is a scum bag and his magickal phone call to me was nothing more than scare tactics, even though he veiled it as wanting to get orders to people. My friends who were cheated hundreds of dollars on their orders want nothing to do with him and wish no contact with him. I find it interesting that he can’t figure out orders, but was able to find my phone number in two year old emails to the last unicorn tour from my volunteer application.

My partner had originally called this whole thing. He believes Cochran only called me to scare me, and once I hung up on him he kept calling and left that voice mail. I have no interest in hearing what he has to say and believe he is scum. I’ve worked with enough victims of elder abuse and seen enough greedy families eager to see their parents in the ground for want of financial pay off. I wish it was not so common.

Connor was saying on his phone message to me about Peter being toxic to Hollywood. Who cares? This is his legacy. His work. Not yours.”  – (Robin Goodfellow)

Here’s another illustration of what Cochran stands for.  He conveniently ignores customer pleas about missing orders for months and years, but his manipulative phone call came only 6 hours after her story went out. (Seen that before.)

“Toxic in Hollywood” defamation against Peter.

In his voice message, Cochran claimed Peter’s name is toxic with all the scandal.  But the wrongdoing all leads back to Cochran.  WHO is toxic?  Peter or the scumbag who exploited his career?  It’s another piece of an agenda to gaslight, defame and force helplessness on Peter to make Cochran the “savior” dominating his life.

More witness corroboration.

“This woman’s experience echoes mine when I saw Peter S. Beagle and Connor Cochran together. Her whole experience of the Last Unicorn screening reflects mine as well.” – (Melanie)

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Literary agent says Cochran “made my skin crawl”.

“This is so heartbreaking. I met PSB on tour and he was absolutely lovely. But after meeting & sort of watching his manager, I knew something was very wrong. I contacted some mutual friends, hoping they could get through since I was still a baby agent w/little pull. I’m hoping one of them was able to help. That manager made my skin crawl.” – (Jennifer)

9 years ago…

Evidence vs. Cochran’s manipulation and sympathy-begging.

Comments from Robin Goodfellow’s report:

“Question for Conor Cochran: If Mr. Beagle had severe memory loss issues and cognitive issues, why did you think it was a good idea to take him on film tours? Wouldn’t you want him resting comfortably at home with the finest medical care? Also, from what I hear, it’s not just the Canadian tour that is missing their merchandise–it’s people all over the world. Did everyone in the world mess up their order form?” – (beans)

“This is the part which doesn’t make sense to me as well. I could realistically, looking at the many detailed statements on both sides of this issue, believe either Mr. Beagle or Mr. Cochran to be telling the complete truth… if it were not for one simple fact.

An elderly man in frail health, who is rapidly declining both physically and mentally; who cannot track or recall with any accuracy; who is unable to make his own decisions; who needs others to do what’s best for him, even against his own strenuous beliefs and wishes…

…is in no way the *same* man who can safely be dragged from pillar to post for two years; put to work for 12-16 hour days; housed in guest rooms of fans who want to talk to him when he needs rest; expected to do an arduous job, in short, with little rest and no special medical care.

Yet Conor Cochran expects us to believe both of these things about Peter Beagle, simultaneously. I’m sorry, Mr. Cochran, but that defies reason and common sense. If Mr. Beagle were truly the sick old man who is unable to function mentally or physically without such extreme care as to require removing his agency over his own associates and financial decisions, then there would be only one ethical course to take: keeping Mr. Beagle safe at home, surrounded by family and friends and with good medical care close at hand, and refusing any and all work which required him to be on tour. physically and mentally active for long, grueling days and sleep on strange beds every night. That you chose not to do that tells me that either Mr. Beagle was not nearly as ill as you claim, or that you were not treating him and his medical needs ethically, or both.

There’s one more thing I notice about the behavior of the various parties to the dispute: Mr. Beagle supports his claim with specific evidence — financial documents, medical evaluations, etc. Mr. Cochran supports his claim with character witnesses. Character witnesses can be fooled… even over a period of years. They may believe what they’re told, or what someone sets a situation up to appear as true. Tests are much more rarely fooled, and primary source documents virtually never. I believe that most or all of the parties who signed Mr. Cochran’s public relations document earnestly believed what they wrote… doubtless including Mr. Beagle’s children. However, they would not be the first to mean well and be wrong.” – (Nora Rivkis)

“The only ethical principle which has made science possible is that the truth shall be told all the time. If we do not penalize false statements made in error, we open up the way for false statements by intention. And a false statement of fact, made deliberately, is the most serious crime a scientist can commit.” -Dorothy Sayers, _Gaudy Night_

Of course Cochran could convince some people to like him with a superficial mask of oily charm.  His life is dedicated to it.  That’s literally the definition of a con artist“Con men have to seem nice.  It’s a necessary skill.” (More below.)

Don’t trust our expose because it’s written from between two purring baskets of rescued orphan kittens.  Notice that we’ve been sharing documents and facts about fraud since 2014, predicting the scandal for a year before Peter Beagle’s lawsuit came out and the media caught on.

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Cochran tries to tighten power over Peter by proxy, manipulating his children to file for conservatorship.

It’s obviously preferable not to share private details about Peter’s life.  But since they’re already exploited in public by Cochran, it’s fair to uncover his controlling agenda.  Cochran used universal family drama that can happen to anyone to drive a wedge into Peter’s family.

While Peter was hauled from couch to couch on an elder-abusing death march of a tour, his kids weren’t present.  There were months without face to face contact while Cochran interfered with their communication.

Only one kid is blood related to Peter. There were divorces over decades. Into the relationship dynamic came Peter’s partner as an outsider. She stuck by him for 17 years when there was no money.  She would have a front row seat for Cochran’s scamming, know where his bodies are buried, and encourage Peter against being a captive golden goose. These are implications of Cochran’s “screaming ugly naked hate” for her.  Pitting people against each other would let him divide and conquer.

Readers react:

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Cochran intends to force Peter into conservatorship against his will. He can dangle hope that his way is the only way to get a piece of Hollywood money that he promised for so long. But investors won’t touch Cochran now, so he can only string people along with a fake carrot. The kids must have been very upset to see the promises vanish with Cochran’s scandal. He blames Peter, and grudges can motivate as well as money. Whatever the specifics, he’s exploiting upset.

“These are the same kids that let their 70+ year-old Dad go on a hobo tour where he was expected to sleep over at strangers houses that they met online?” – (Gwen)

That’s all hinted by public sources. And here’s one more strike against the chosen conservators: Kalisa Beagle’s financial responsibility got her sued by the Bank Of America.  They won a judgement against her for $5,000 that she defaulted on and was forced to pay back. Search case CV166651 at this link.

The BEST Cochran offers is conservators who have to get sued by their own creditors, even ignoring his own history of fraud and abuse.

Last Unicorn Facebook page spreads deception. Widespread deletion of posts and comments. Conlan Press Facebook page has ENTIRE REVIEW SECTION DELETED!

Stay tuned – this is long enough for another update soon.  We have screenshots of entire posts with hundreds of shares and comments deleted.

In late March 2016, Cochran deleted the “reviews” section from his company Facebook page after a streak of 1-star reviews from customers who never got what they paid for. Here’s Google’s cache (with lonely 5-stars from his own employees), made previous to newer 1-stars.

Around April 6, The Last Unicorn Facebook page posted Cochran’s statements against Peter to 190,000 followers.  It was the official side linking right to Conlan Press. The followers gave strong dispute.  Simultaneously the page declared itself a “neutral zone” (that would not post Beagle’s side), refused to admit that Cochran owned the page (marked “official”), and suddenly forgot who did own it, while claiming to be run by “a fan.” Conveniently, that “fan” neglected to mention that he put his position as crisis manager on his professional resume.

One of many similar experiences of evasive deception:

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Social media pages using Peter Beagle and his works are false fronts managed by Cochran.  Why the sudden fake coyness about management of the Facebook page?  It’s an evasive tactic anticipating an injunction against Cochran.

Peter Beagle fires back hard with injunction – and Cochran’s lawyer dumps him.

Peter’s lawyer filed for an injunction to prevent Cochran from abusing Peter’s name, using it as a false front on social media and in business, and continuing to make money from his works without paying him. Search case RG15794528.

Here’s the full text of this strongly provoked response.  Sharing Peter’s story helps, and this puts force behind public awareness.

Meanwhile Cochran was dumped by his attorney for abusing court process. He was forced to file attorney substitution on 4/5/16. His new one is Richard Mooney, who previously served Cochran to take over the Last Unicorn Movie rights. That’s the kind of partner who would never upset the apple cart.

Remaining support for Cochran comes from cronies who are closely tied to him.  He’s worked very hard to manipulate them to believe everyone else is the problem.

The root of the problem.

These fans nail it:

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Here’s a known fact about Cochran’s partner in ripping off Peter.  Ex-lawyer Charles Petit had a State Bar hearing where he lost his license for fraud. They explained:

“In regard to the Respondent’s continuing misrepresentations to disciplinary counsel, Dr. Jeckel said ‘it’s lying upon lying upon lying and I think it’s a sign of very serious and unique personality disorder.'”

Look at this self-satisfied piece of shit:

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“Right now, Connor is selling as much as he can in the way of ebooks and used books to raise money for one purpose only: so that he can use it to sue Peter with. It’s ridiculous. He has a screaming ugly naked hate for Peter’s longtime partner Peggy – they’ve been together 17 or so years. He’s dragged Peter for eighteen hour days driving from one state to another, sleeping on sofas in fans’ houses rather than in an actual hotel. This is the very definition of “elder abuse” – and as the lawsuit just brought against Connor by Sandbox LLC shows, Connor had taken money from Sandbox ostensibly to finance the same movie tour during which he spent virtually no money on Peter’s comfort…  I’d suggest checking (Fans Against Fraud) if you’re interested in a long, ugly history during which Connor has consistently defrauded people, lied about it, and generally shown all the characteristics of an advanced example of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, in which he is always right, no one has more power than he does, and he must always win because he is somehow smarter or better than everyone else. I’m not sure how he’s planning on countersuing Sandbox, but I’m sure his out of control narcissism will find him something he thinks he can use.”
We’ve been sent far more material from inside this man’s personal life dating back to the 1960’s.  It shows why he achieved a reputation of “don’t work with him, don’t depend upon him, don’t trust him.”  It’s extremely unpleasant to look inside the mind of a sociopath, but this can suffice for now.

Updates to come:

  • More about deception and deletion by the Last Unicorn Facebook page.
  • Full text of injunction filed against Cochran.
  • Cochran’s scamming led to default judgement against him, with $6,000 seized from his bank account.

Peter Beagle was forced out of his home, but media is spreading the fraud story. Readers support him to #TakeBackTheUnicorn.

Peter Beagle recently lost his apartment as a result of abuse by his ex manager, Connor Cochran.

“I just found out that due to some influence his last agent had over his lease that Peter S. Beagle lost his home and is now in substandard housing…”

Cochran watched this happen while enriching himself with movie shows that pay Peter nothing. Where does Last Unicorn sale money go?  It pays Cochran’s lawyers to attack Peter, deny his rights and delay justice.  Meanwhile Peter is forced to have a fundraiser sale.

In the latest money grab for Cochran’s scam operation, The Last Unicorn movie played in one Florida theater on 3/27/16.  Fans were misled to ask if Peter would appear, without knowing about his lawsuit against those profiting from the show.  But the wrongdoing can’t be suppressed.  Media watchdogs have picked up the story and are carrying it where it needs to go – to the awareness of every fan.

From VICE: “The Sad, Strange Legal Battles of ‘Last Unicorn’ Author Peter S. Beagle”. The Onion A.V. Club: The Last Unicorn author locks legal horns with his manager”.

You can help. Share these articles on social media and add hashtags #LastUnicorn and #TakeBackTheUnicorn. (Share sources: Facebook, Twitter 1, Twitter 2). Also thank the journalist and ask for more coverage of the wider story about cheating against Peter’s fans.

The elder abuse revealed by Peter’s lawsuit shows that fame and devotion is no guarantee of safety. Mickey Rooney and Harper Lee had similar stories about them.

Readers call “bullshit” on Cochran.

After Peter was abused, Cochran’s countersuit doubled down with a heinous attack at Peter’s girlfriend.  He pretends she’s a gold-digger in their 17 year relationship.  It’s a strategic smokescreen and punishment to emotionally defeat Peter, cut him off from support, and keep him under Cochran’s thumb. In Cochran’s bully mind, he’s yanking the choke chain on a disobedient dog. It’s the pattern the caused Peter’s lawsuit:

41 Defendant Cochran deliberately defamed Beagle, not just to the public or to business associates, but specifically to his children and to his close personal friends. He refused to stop including Beagle’s children and friends on his emails to Beagle, despite repeated requests to do so. On one such email, dated June 23, Cochran claimed that he didn’t “have any reason to make stuff up”, but this is clearly not true. As long as Beagle could be portrayed as an ill, incompetent, and alcoholic old man to his family and friends, Beagle would lack their support at a time when he was in critical need.

With all of the evidence of Cochran’s wrongdoing, nobody on any of the links has fallen for claims against the girlfriend. He’s struck out after years of lying and manipulation. Peter’s fight is winning. Here’s what readers really think.

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These readers nail it.
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This one nails it, too.

“The other side of the story is very deceptive and all sourced from the manager. It’s known that the children were not part of the movie tour. Peter Beagle’s internet presence and facebook and twitter pages are owned by his manager, and there’s been a high amount of deletion of comments. Meanwhile all of the other complaints and lawsuits against the manager outweigh the excuses by a huge amount. It really is a story with a right side and a wrong side.

Copying a top post to the VICE piece on social media –

Beagle’s lawsuit was reinforced by another lawsuit at the same time by the Last Unicorn Movie Tour investors. His manager stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from them too, and he refused to tell them where it went. LA Superior Court case BC605386.

This story has a clear villain and a clear victim. Nobody has a bad word to say about Peter Beagle. His manager Connor Cochran has a decades long reputation for scams and fraud. Just google it.

Cochran claims Beagle is crazy, like many other targets he called crazy to get away with cheating them. But Beagle’s lawsuit gives medical exhibits that he’s in excellent health for his age. Cochran also is targeting Beagle’s life partner with legal attacks that claim she’s a gold digger. She’s been with Beagle for 17 years since before there was any gold. It’s an absurdly flimsy hit tactic/smokescreen. You can read the entire lawsuit at Beagle’s support site. http://supportpeterbeagle.com/wordpress2/

Please update this in a while because Cochran sure isn’t going to avoid paying huge damages. It takes a lot of attention for the audience who have been following all the shifting stories and lying about his scamming, but just read the piles of horror stories to get informed.”

Nice hashtag here – it deserves to be shared.

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Please share a fundraiser for Peter Beagle, and oppose false sale of his work to fight him.

Would you buy the work of a creator you love, if it funds an abuser’s fight to grab his rights – to financially crush him into submission, steal his creative time, make him lose sleep, punish people he loves, and delay aid and solutions?

How would you feel if your goodwill was misused that way without your knowledge- because the seller hid the creator’s objections?

This is happening with sales of Peter Beagle’s work at Conlan Press. It enriches owner Connor Cochran while he battles Peter in court, and Peter is living as “close to the bone” as possible.

Here’s a good way to get books without guilt, and help him eat and live.  “All proceeds go directly to Peter. There is no middleman.”  Please share: 

A Fundraiser for Peter and A Lot of Damn Fine Reading as Well!

Consumer rights abuse is only part of the problem with Conlan Press.  There’s something very wrong with the misuse of goodwill. Well-intentioned fans are paying without being informed about Peter’s lawsuit against Cochran for Elder Abuse and Fraud.  Their money funds Cochran’s vexatious attack back at Peter.

Cochran’s appeals for money won’t mention any lawsuit – in his “Raven” newsletter, his web store, his ebooks at Amazon.com, and his exploitation of the Last Unicorn movie rights and licensing.  DON’T BUY ANY OF IT! He’s doing “sleazy money and intellectual property grabs using Peter as bait without Peter’s permission or benefit.”

He’s milking Peter’s name like there’s no tomorrow – because there isn’t one for his business while Peter’s lawsuit moves forward.

Cochran wormed his way into Peter’s life by selling snake-oil about a better deal. He pushed out previous exploiters to take their place.  But this fundraiser isn’t like his “crisis for poor Peter!” tearjerkers he did to exploit goodwill. It’s not promoting another false savior. It’s simply dealing with the results of Cochran’s scamming, that hit so many others who need relief too.

Didn’t get your book, just excuses?

So, you’re one of countless deceived fans who paid Conlan Press without knowing about Peter’s lawsuit or Cochran’s 11 years of withholding goods.  Please notice his new strategy to delay timely delivery, put off complaints, and sweep scamming under the rug.  (And to hide violation of the FTC’s 30-day rule.)  He recently enlisted a Crisis Manager to make the excuses look good.

Read about Cochran’s PR manipulation in our extra-super-detailed post.

DON’T LET HIM GET AWAY WITH IT.  Silence makes more harm.

If your money was taken deceptively, or if you got nothing – demand refunds now. Take NO excuses. Keep pressure going. Don’t hold hope after years of lies. Don’t let your money fund attacks at Peter instead of what you paid for.

No refund? File a Credit Charge Dispute.

(Non-lawyer tips to use at your own judgement. Read more at Credit.com.)

Never pay cash to a shady seller. A card brings important protection.

If ONE refund request to the company isn’t honored, find the transaction in your statement and ask the bank for a charge dispute. It can be done online in a minute, or call them.  They’re rarely fought.  Watch time limits (often 120 days.)  The bank takes the money back and credits your account, then reviews if the decision is final.

If you got no item, the refund is yours.  If something did arrive, you may mail it back (ideally, postage due) and keep the tracking number.  If the bank follows up to ask for proof, share the tracking number and the refund is yours.

If the company delivered something different than you paid for, delivered more than 30 days late, didn’t answer your request, refused to accept a return, or there was any problem with return address, tell them and the refund is yours.

Banks make money from providing this service – they’re strongly on the side of consumers. Also, they review accounts that receive many disputes.  Too many and the account may be cancelled.

We’ve seen cheated victims of Conlan Press go empty-handed without knowing about this protection.  Knowledge is Power – use it today.

Conlan Press gets Crisis Manager instead of delivering goods promised now. Fake “pre sales” are continuing since 2005. Meet the new Human Shield for fraud.

Conlan Press is crashing and burning with multiple lawsuits for over $50 million and a fraud scandal.  That includes 11 YEARS of fake “pre sales” for TWO HEARTS.  Most recently, the lying delivery promises were for October… then November… then February… “Spring 2016″… and then all dates were removed from the sale page:

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(- Conlan Press).  See bottom for more outrageously slimy excuses for why this isn’t happening.

The lies have been so consistent and intentional that they need special tracking to list them all.  We started in 2014. (Another site has a Lie List too). The public is fed up:ten

Complaints keep piling up about Kubo art prints, Last Unicorn Blu-ray movies, “Better Beagle Bundles”, THE LAST UNICORN expanded graphic novel, and THE LAST UNICORN worldwide screening tour edition. From 2/17/2016:

(Facebook post by G.N.) I consider myself to be a rather intelligent and cautious man when it comes to scammers and those who choose to take advantage of others for the sake of a dollar… the reason I am posting this… is to draw attention to Connor Cochran of Conlan Press and expose him to the world as the crook that he truly is. I also wish to express my deepest sympathy to Peter S Beagle and his family who have all been taken advantage of by such a disgusting and self-serving lowlife. I may never see my $120.00 again or ever receive my merchandise, but I refuse to stand by and let the legacy and beauty that is “The Last Unicorn” be tarnished and desecrated in such a manner…

Here’s what owner Connor Cochran delivers, instead of what you paid for.

Mr. Reece Mack has publicly announced getting the Crisis Manager role for the “Last Unicorn Movie” page on Facebook.  Months afterwards, that is.  On LinkedIn, he says it happened in September 2015. (Was it timed in advance of Peter’s lawsuit?)

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A deleted comment by Mia S.: “So… By happy place do you mean deleting all mentions of bad business on the part of the publishing company?” 

 

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Mr. Mack’s LinkedIn profile publicly presents his Crisis Management role. It shows a talented, wholesome-looking guy, making sympathy about a good person damaged by association with Connor Cochran. (Below, read a professional’s advice to get distance.)

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Connor Cochran gave this role to Mr. Mack while he’s in school near Vancouver for a PR degree.  Using a student has benefits for a manipulator. They may be passionate and exploitable – until they’re burnt out and disposed. (See how Cochran exploited a cancer patient until they collapsed.)  

Why would Cochran want a Vancouver connection? It’s a center for animation industry with lots of international investment and tax breaks. And don’t forget refuge from legal jurisdiction. In 2015, he fled California after calls for investigation, and moved to Bellingham WA, 15 minutes from Canada’s border.  He was chasing $125 million from Chinese movie investors – until they saw Peter Beagle’s lawsuit.

September 2015 was an interesting date to engage Mr. Mack’s service.  Cochran had already done a few months of calculated deception about Peter’s health. (See the doctor’s report about good health in Peter’s lawsuit).  That was to spread distraction, because Peter refused to shield Cochran’s fraud any longer.

So Cochran reeled in a crisis manager.  We sympathize for Mr. Mack about being strategically put in the line of fire. It sucks to be a Human Shield – and if it comes down to it, a scapegoat like many before him.

We’ve been respecting Mr. Mack’s prudent silence about this, until he belatedly announced and named himself on Facebook, to soothe customer anger about fake “pre sales” and delivery lies by Cochran.

It’s a shitty job, but nobody has to do it.  Let Cochran face justice with no more delay.

Mr. Mack, it’s time to stop excusing fraud and be honest to all – including yourself.

Years of consistent complaints aren’t “negative rumours.”

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It’s not a rumor that Connor Cochran has been sued many times for scamming.

  • Penguin Group (usa) Inc. couldn’t get Cochran to pay his $3,000 bill until they sued. We received a report that they won with damages: San Mateo Superior Court, case #CLJ511166 (2012) – A writ of execution was issued in the amount of $6001.28. The judgment was finally satisfied in early 2015. 
  • Baker & Taylor Incorporated sued for $6,000 of DVD’s after Cochran broke their contract, and pretended to have other terms that didn’t exist.
  • Sydney Clemens had $25,000 stolen when Cochran promised to publish her, broke the contract, forced her to sue, and gamed the system to run up her bills.
  • The Last Unicorn Tour investors are suing him for misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • New grounds to sue keep coming, because Cochran treats contracts like disposable wrapping paper on presents to himself.

Mr. Mack, what this site exposed in 2014 wasn’t rumor. It was prediction long before Peter’s lawsuit gave so much more evidence. See a letter we put out to your predecessor, Chris Rickert, and wonder if she saw it coming.

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Mr. Mack, please read advice about Cochran from one publishing professional to another one, who was disgraced for supporting him:

Dude, I don’t know how far back you go with Cochran, but some friendly advice having known and worked with someone just like Cochran… don’t go to bat for him. I’m a casual observer, I know maybe a smattering of the details, and everything I see is red flags.

Seriously. What’s more likely: he’s the innocent victim of a decade of bad luck and poor project management, along with a duplicitous client and an internet-wide smear campaign lasting ten years, masterminded by angry fans and a former employee using a bunch of sock puppet accounts to sully the name of somebody trying to preserve a beloved author’s career… or the more realistic version?

Honestly, just take a step back from all this. Do it for your own good. I worked for a small publisher in my area for a couple of months, and he fed me a line of bullshit just like Cochran’s about a few projects we were doing… Seriously, just get distance and don’t look back.

Mr. Mack, please don’t underestimate how much worse it will get with the sad thing you’re carrying on.  Think about whether a disgraceful fraud scandal belongs on your resume. Get on the right side with the victims, and support consumer rights and Peter Beagle.  We wish you the best in getting distance from Cochran’s damage.

For anyone else, if you don’t feel like you’re being scammed by Cochran’s PR manipulation – YOU ALREADY ARE.

Even more outrageously slimy excuses with one Human Shield after another.

“The Raven, January 8, 2016 – This is a free email newsletter from Conlan Press regarding Peter S. Beagle’s work” (A slimy way to exploit Peter more without permission.)

“EXTENDED PRE-ORDER DISCOUNTS ON NEW LAST UNICORN BOOKS (Linda Robertson’s loss is your gain)”

Last October Linda Robertson, our freelance book designer, was in a car accident while taking her father on a much-delayed vacation. Linda and her dad came out of it all right, thank goodness, but the same could not be said for the car, which was totaled. So Linda asked us to share this note with all of you:

“Hi everyone. I’m Linda, the book designer working on the tour edition of The Last Unicorn and the exciting Two Hearts hardback. I’m thrilled to be working on both of these books and I hope you’ll love the finished volumes.

“If you’ve ever worked in publishing you’ll know that delays are almost a given. After 40 years in publishing I could tell you stories that would make your eyes cross and head spin. At my end a recent auto accident has taken up a lot of time. Though none of my family was hurt, I am left dealing with insurance companies and an attempt to find a replacement car.

“So please don’t think the books are on the back burner and that you’ll never see them…

DOWNSIDE OF THE ACCIDENT: We wanted The Last Unicorn Worldwide Screening Tour hardcover and the illustrated Two Hearts hardcover to be out by now, but obviously that’s not happening. This delay also pushed back our schedule on the new expanded Regular and Deluxe hardcover editions of The Last Unicorn graphic novel.

UPSIDE OF THE ACCIDENT: (a) Linda’s loss is your gain, assuming you’d like to save money. Our pre-order discount on these titles was supposed to end in October, but because of the accident we are extending it until the books go to press. In addition, (b) the additional time made it possible to add a section to the tour hardcover commemorating Lula Coe, the amazing Idaho girl whose terminal cancer prompted us to bring a screening…

See again the victim report of how Connor Cochran exploited another cancer patient.

And a car accident last October is his amazing BS excuse now after 11 years of fraud. That’s how gullible he thinks you are when he uses others to promote himself.

Getting a crisis manager can keep the excuses coming.  It can’t fix the ownership of the company.  For real solution, see CALL FOR INVESTIGATION in the sidebar.

Deceptive art print sales reveal new fraud by Connor Cochran – a warning to avoid Conlan Press.

We’re letting everyone know about the below post to the Peter S. Beagle Facebook page. (Thanks to Kevin for the tip.)

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The deleted post was here.  Here’s others about Frank’s animation collector website, and a blog post from 2010, showing that he is indeed who he said he is.

Peter Beagle’s Facebook page is controlled by his abusive ex-manager, Connor Cochran. Many grievances have been scrubbed away from the page to hide wrongdoing, depriving Peter of his voice and his connection to fans.

But the internet is forever, and Connor has no power to delete anything we share.

This post adds evidence about the same fraud revealed by many other lawsuits against Connor and Conlan Press. (See sidebar.) There’s strong public need to know about this ongoing pattern of abuse.

The Conlan Press web store offers a few dozen items for sale that reprint other people’s work. (It has long operated as a signature factory and false front for “pre sales” of goods that are never produced.)  Seven Kubo fine art prints are being sold for hundreds of dollars. (Are they really “limited edition”?)

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Cochran has bragged about handling 300,000 sales. The prints have a prominent place at the top of his store. Consider if 5,000 prints were sold at $100 each. A half million dollar take would give excellent grounds for a lawsuit for falsely withholding commissions. You see the scale of theft blithely committed by Cochran while he claims to do “Good Things For Good Reasons” – Conlan Press’s fork-tongued motto.

Fans Against Fraud has already shared many complaints about these expensive prints being withheld from confused and angry customers. From The Last Unicorn Facebook page:

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Connor has since removed all such comments from his own site, but we helpfully saved them for you.

Jessie Dias June 14, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Hi my mom and i ordered a bunch of stuff when u guys were on tour in Houston TX but we havent gotten anything we ordered yet and were not sure why are u guys waiting till the tour is totally over or are u just backed up on orders?

Sold in April 2015 – STILL undelivered in Feb 2016 (breaking the FTC’s 30-day rule):

These are just some of countless scam victims who should be warned about the consumer rights abuse we have documented.

Cochran broke the promises that were part of sales both coming and going.  He has been sued by publishers for taking stock without paying. Then he takes sales money without delivering.  In essence, he steals twice – from providers, and from buyers who are shortchanged.

Come up with your own words for the way this slimy cartoon villain has inserted himself in the middle of this business.

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Reports are coming in with higher volume than we can cover. Look for more soon.  Please share, and visit Peter Beagle’s support page in the top corner of this site.  Keep the faith that the more this truth comes out, the faster Cochran’s fraud operation will crumble, until there is fairness for Peter and the victims.

Report: Connor Cochran pushed cancer patient and Last Unicorn Tour volunteer to work until she vomited – and her family was cheated after her passing.

It is with sorrow that we share the following story about a movie tour volunteer and her family, reported by her friend.

In respect for the dignity of the departed, we ask readers to pay a moment of thought for her as a generous person, as many fans of Peter Beagle are.

Giving from the heart is the quality that Connor Cochran targeted for his own greedy gain. His profit came from exploiting fan generosity as a continual source for enrichment that he would never repay.

As deplorable as this is, the report may not surprise you if you’re caught up with updates here. For a wealth of supporting evidence, start with the introduction to Cochran’s history – item 1) in the side bar.

We want this reporter to take heart in knowing that it helps other victims to share.  We asked approval to post this, and she answered: “Thank you for giving me a voice to express not only my anger but the truth of Cochran’s behavior.”

Below, read her most recent message sent directly to Cochran, regarding cheating of her friend’s family and 13-year-old son in their time of grief.

Then, read her experience of volunteering for the Last Unicorn Tour.  She sent it to Peter Beagle’s lawyer, to add even more evidence about Cochran’s history.

Names are removed here, but already submitted for legal use as appropriate, exclusively and solely by the reporter. We’re grateful to have the second look.

Message to Connor Cochran

Mr. Cochran,

You have put off, lied and manipulated for years now. This year before Christmas you wanted me to ask H____’s family for their address to have a package sent to her son (now a men’s medium!). Knowing you had no intention of actually resolving this I was lucky enough to have saved every email from you and your cohorts where I had given it (H____’s address) to you years previously.

And, like I thought, NOTHING came to fruition.

What kind of man are you? The lying kind. The kind that will tell anyone whatever he thinks will get them off of his back for a period of time. A man who would have had me get a 13 year old boy excited for a gift which in his eyes would be from his mother – (not you) – who died less than a year before.

You not only did not get it sent to him for Christmas, you didn’t have it sent by mid January for his birthday, which was hard enough for him since his mother passed on the day after his birthday the year before.

You are truly a deplorable person and someone who can not be trusted. Your morals and values need to be put in check, you need to stop lying to the world and start being honest.

It must feel very upsetting to you to know how the public views you.

I have contacted Mr. Beagle’s lawyer, Mrs. Hunt and gave her a write up of my account volunteering under your Tour (it was yours wasn’t it?) and forwarded all emails sent back and forth between the two of us.

Hope this brings you a lot of shame because you deserve nothing less.

Mr. Beagle deserved better than you and so did the people you manipulated to volunteer under false pretenses.

Thanks you very much, I see no reason to further contact you for the packages as it is obvious after three years you have never had intention to mail them out.

Sincerely,
E____

While reporting here, she added:

“Hopefully this wil help support the claims being made by Beagle and give a clear and very depressing look at how much Cochran values his volunteers and humans in general… Purely a man out for the buck with no ascertation of how to be a good, caring human.” 

“My depression is strong and missing my best friend has drastically changed my life and attitude towards life. It is difficult for me to remember times like this as I would much prefer to concentrate on the good days H____ and I had. Still, I did get this done.”

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E____’s account of working for The Last Unicorn Tour.

It was in April of 2014 I believe. My best friend and I signed up to help with the tour. At this point in time H____ had just finished chemo and radiation for cancer.

Sadly a few weeks before the show she found out the cancer was back (note here that H____ didn’t tell me the cancer had returned until after the show), though that did not stop her from participating and wanting to carry on.

We showed up early and went in to the theater. We were told no one from the show had arrived. After waiting around for an hour we decided to walk to Denny’s (a few stores down) and grab a bite to eat. Afterwards, we went straight back to the theater. Still no one had arrived. H____ and I walked around and window shopped for a good amount of time and made it back again to the theater and still no word from anyone from The Last Unicorn.

Finally, Connor Cochran and Peter Beagle drove up in a tiny van. Cochran said his wife was sick and she stayed behind (somewhere). It was just the three of us getting things ready while Beagle, looking exhausted, rightfully took some time to himself. Beagle appeared tired and a little melancholy, sat at a table with a drink and read a book.

Cochran was working us more than double time. I knew it was too much for H___ and took him aside and told him about her situation (she would never have wanted anyone to know).

I had brought up that my father who was paying to attend the screening lived close (at the time) and could help us set up. Cochran said that would be great and that he would also make sure my Dad got one of the packages for the volunteers. My father was in his mid 60’s at the time. H____ and I had known each other since 9 years old and my Father knew her situation well and came up to the theater quickly (we were all like a big family).

H____ needed to take breaks but it didn’t seem like Cochran had any compassion. H____ mentioned to me Cochran made her feel badly for not being able to keep up with the rest of us.

During our setting up, my father, R____, mentioned that Beagle had been sitting alone for a long time, Cochran was noticeably not paying any attention to Beagle even to make sure he was doing okay.

At that point I encouraged my Dad to go and say hello to him and talk about The Lord of The Rings. My father recalls Peter Beagle being on point, having no issues with a confused mind and someone who was quite intelligent. They continued to chat while we set up the trinkets. Afterwards my Dad was pretty happy getting to have the opportunity to pick Beagle’s brain. My father later said while discussing the lawsuit that Beagle seemed on point and not confused, most importantly very sober.

So, the show went on. The crowd filled the seats, Cochran took to the stage first. Talking skittishly to the audience.

In the middle of the show I had noticed H____ had left her seat for an extended period of time which seemed odd because of her love for The Last Unicorn. Sadly, I found her sitting on the ground in the bathroom and she was throwing up. The work was too much and she had clearly over did it.

After the show ended and all questions taken we headed out to sell merchandise. This part my Father did not participate in. It was H____, myself, Cochran and Beagle at the end of the table talking to a huge amount of fans all wanting a chance to speak with the beloved author.

We sold merchandise for a few hours, the line dwindled and so did Beagle’s energy. Not once did I see or hear Cochran ask Beagle how he was holding up and if the mass of fans was too much for him. It would have been for me, I really don’t know how Beagle handled all of that as it must have been difficult as he was already very tired, especially without a bathroom break after the show and through all of the fans purchasing items.

When it was time to pack up Cochran was there to make sure all inventory was in boxes. Then seemed to take off when it was time to put tables away and pack the van up. H____ again over did it, Dad tried to help as much as possible but I felt like most of the work fell on my shoulders and was angry that Cochran didn’t care about H____’s health or my father’s for that matter doing all this heavy lifting. During this time Beagle sat again at the table exhausted.

It wasn’t until the very end of the night that we asked about the packages for volunteers. Cochran said they would be mailed out to us quickly and drove off.

From that time on, I had sent numerous emails to Cochran asking about the packages as more about H____’s health was revealed. When we learned that she would not survive she asked me to email and request the package be made up for her son rather than for herself. Again, Cochran agreed to this and said once the red tape was “cut” he would be sending out the packages.

Now it is 2016, my best friend of over 20 years is gone and there have been no packages sent out to us, or, any Canadian volunteers as far as I have been able to find out.

This past December 2015, I had been discussing Cochran’s behavior online and my experience working the tour.

On the 14th of December 2015, Cochran messaged me asking for the address to mail out the packages. As we talked about before they were to all be mailed to one address and handed out to make it easier. Though that was not good enough for Cochran who would have had me message H____’s Mother for her address (I am still close with H____’s family and luckily did not have to bother them with this as I knew it wasn’t going to amount to anything) to have the package mailed.

On New Years Eve Day I emailed back asking for the shipping information because if he had mailed it they should have been in Canada by then. Cochran had explained to me because it was Christmas that the packages were not mailed out. He mentioned that he was being nice to us by putting in a shirt, where I had reminded him that the people working the tour were to receive special shirts saying we worked it, and have heard nothing back since.

I will forward you the emails between Cochran and myself so you can read how he talks to his volunteers and manipulates people.

Cochran did not make a good impression on me or anyone that night. He only cared about money and that still seems to be what he is doing now. Asking me to contact H____’s family a year after her death to get an address that was told to me previously that was already recorded. Then, to not even mail out the package to H____’s kid, who was waiting… Well, I think that gives an exceptional example of what his morals and values are.

We must emphasize that Connor Cochran would sue to shut her up, if he could.

Fans Against Fraud offers rock solid support to make your voice heard.  (Use “Report” link in the sidebar.)

The reporter speaks against resistance that has kept many silent. If false promises fail to manipulate victims, then comes Connor’s threats and abuse of the legal system. We hold many such reports in confidence.

Methods to cheat the system come from Cochran’s disgraced partner, Charles E. Petit, an unlicensed ex-lawyer who can’t work a real job.  The luxury of such free and dirty service has been used against many victims – including Peter Beagle now.

For Cochran’s attack against Beagle, his “official” lawyer also represents Harlan Ellison.  Charles Petit’s former client was Harlan Ellison.  You put two and two together.

Dishonest litigation is Cochran’s real business. He inserted himself between Peter Beagle and fans by seizing other people’s work that way.

The corruption revealed by these stories makes it so important to tell them. We’ll share the truth because every victim deserves it. Please share, and visit Peter Beagle’s support site in the sidebar.

Conlan Press Facebook page has new reports from rip-off victims.

Please share these reports to protect fellow humans at risk, or if you’re a victim of Connor Cochran’s decade of scamming.  A recent comment to this site reports Cochran’s mistreatment of movie tour volunteers (more details soon.)  And new reports are coming out about his predatory business practices.

See Conlan Press reviews on Facebook.

1 STAR – “Nearly a year now I have been waiting for an item I ordered at an event. Too late for a refund from my credit card company, it becomes clear that Conlan never had any intention to mail the items I ordered. Buyer beware: odds are pretty good you’ll never get your books/prints/etc.”

1 STAR – “So many excuses for not delivering items their customers have paid for. Very disappointing.”

1 STAR – “THE LAST UNICORN Unabridged Audiobook, CD Edition – Two Hearts – Special Sequel to THE LAST UNICORN. Ordered in July of 2006 – almost TEN years ago! Still have not received the CDs or the hardcover copy of TWO HEARTS. There has been nothing but excuse after excuse after excuse… And the delays are always someone else’s fault. Went to their “new” website on 12/23/15 and sent an email to everyone listed from Connor on down asking for updates. On 12/26/15, received a reply from… “Customer Relations Goddess” (her signature) – which said the same old thing. I responded to her on 12/27/15 and have heard nothing since.”

The below complaint recently filed with the Better Business Bureau echoes the history of run-around, denial, and deliberate withholding of goods and money.

It was over 9 months in this case.  This customer is lucky not to have a 10-year wait, and ONLY lose the cost of a DVD… while others are suing Cochran for millions!

Complaint

Sent payment for pre-order in March for item to be shipped in June. It’s now November and never received item. Given run-around for receiving refund.
Placed order (#XXXXX)on 3/6/2015 for a signed copy of THE LAST UNICORN – 2015 “Enchanted Edition” Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack pre-order that would be shipped June 2015. Purchased item from http://conlanpress.com/ and paid $19.19 VIA PayPal account (Transaction ID: 7GXXXXXXRXXXXXXXN).

First notified in July that there would be a delay in shipment do to the author having medical problems. Received email on 9/11/15 stating they finally received stock of item, that the item would not be signed due to author’s medical condition, and unsigned items would be sent out in mid-October. Was also given choice to receive a refund and provided with Customer Relations contact ****** Keefer (******@conlanpress.com). Emailed back a forth with ****** a few times to figure situation and options out. Sent email to ****** on 10/6/15 stating that I would like to request a refund for the item. Received email from ****** on 10/7/15 confirming my request and saying she forward my request to ****** ******* to process refund and was told to allow 4 weeks for refund to arrive by check. Received email from ****** on 11/3/15 saying:

“Status of your refund:
When the money came in at the end of the summer from the European shows that did not get cancelled, it ended up being less than one quarter of the initial estimate. That, along with other expenses and lack of revenue means that refunds are not going out as we had anticipated that they would be.

There are some new and exciting things happening (like the sales of the ebooks on Amazon right now) and potential other deals that will bring in money so that we can issue refunds. At this time there is literally not enough money in the bank to issue refunds.

We have an accurate, up to date, current list of customers who have asked for refunds and where to send the check. I do not have a firm date right now when the checks will be sent out. However, you are not forgotten and we remain committed to issuing you a refund as you have requested. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we work through this very difficult time.”

Emailed ****** on 11/7/15 saying: Thank you for keeping everyone updated during this confusing time and I appreciate everyone’s effort to amend the situation. However, I believe I have been extremely patient. I sent payment in March for an item that should have been shipped in June. It’s now November. Unless a refund can be issued and proven in the next week, I will begin disputing the charge with my bank and/or Paypal.”

Received no indication of refund or further communication from ****** over the next week.

Sent follow up email to ****** today (11/17/15). Have yet to hear back.

The Last Unicorn Tour investors are suing Connor Cochran because they were treated just as deceptively as the above customers.  

Their lawsuit reveals fraudulent misuse of hundreds of thousands of their dollars.  Read it and take one guess for why Conlan Press has “literally not enough money in the bank to issue refunds:”

Upon information and belief, the Company Defendants are and were extremely undercapitalized as all, or most, of the revenues and monies yielded from the Company Defendants’ business were and have been drained from the Company Defendants and transferred to Defendant Cochran… for his own personal use…

Defendants completely failed to maintain the books and record… and, instead, simply converted all such funds Plaintiffs remitted for personal use.

Defendants have completely failed and/or refused to account for the use of Plaintiffs’ funds and have completely failed and/or refused to return any of Plaintiffs’ funds. Instead, to satisfy their personal debts and/or living expenses, Defendants wrongfully and unlawfully intentionally converted Plaintiffs’ funds for Defendants’ personal use…

Defendants… made material misrepresentations and false assurances to Plaintiffs, including, without limitation, the promise that… Defendants would not convert such funds for Defendants’ personal use.

Defendants’ misrepresentations and assurances in this regard were designed to entice Plaintiffs, at Plaintiffs’ significant detriment and expense, to pay Defendants… such representations and promises were false and, in addition, Defendants had no intention of fully performing under the terms of the parties’ Joint Venture Agreement, and knew that all such representations were false when made.

Connor Cochran has refused to make any response to the investor lawsuit.  It happened independently and simultaneously with Peter Beagle’s.  

Instead of taking responsibility for cheating, Cochran has chosen to frivolously countersue Peter’s 17-year life partner and his lawyer, for making the same consistent reports as many other victims…  Or more accurately, to punish Peter for leaving him.

And he’s deceptively scamming customers to fund his abuse – every time he takes your money for merch that you’ll likely never get.  His company newsletter even now begs you to buy Unicorn stuff without mentioning any lawsuit.

Place your bets about how soon bankruptcy is coming for Conlan Press – an “extremely undercapitalized” false-front company, hit with multiple lawsuits for over $50 million.