“This was a long time coming” – first comment from public.
For a year, this site has spoken against resistance to expose a history of abuse by Connor Cochran and Conlan Press. It caused consternation among many fans who didn’t want to believe their eyes. Some would Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil about ten years of scam victim complaints. “We need more evidence!”
It was just as Cochran planned. Smart people set their judgement aside out of love for Peter Beagle. Peter was manipulated as a shield, while they were misled by a fog of excuses, deceptive charm, movie tour hype, and oily PR.
Cochran’s properties grew behind the false front. From small publishing scams, he rose to seducing investors for millions with a sham corporation (Avicenna). There were no limits to his calculated greed, or what he would do to hide it. It is sociopathic abuse (details below- “Gaslighting The Victims.”)
But independent victim reports kept coming, despite denial. This site holds documents in confidence that could make you cry. You can tell how important they are by how hard he tries to bury the expose.
Countless customers are complaining across the internet, with reports of being cheated and misled by a con artist. Former employees won’t put Conlan Press on their resume, with abuse exposed by Cochran’s own blundering. (Whistleblowing by Michael Bolger was unknown until Cochran attacked him and exposed it himself.)
Now comes hard evidence of elder abuse for gain. Until now, it was only hinted by Cochran’s shady behavior, but we predicted this.
Peter Beagle has no communication with us. His report is independent. It ties many threads together, bringing major publicity that the fraud has needed for a long time.
We delivered the first sustained expose. Now respected news sources, world class authors, true fans, and Peter Beagle are spreading the call for fairness against fraud.
- Cartoon Brew: ‘The Last Unicorn’ Scribe Peter S. Beagle Sues His Manager for Elder Abuse And Fraud
- Comics Beat: ‘The Last Unicorn’ Author Peter S. Beagle Sues Business Manager for Elder Abuse
- Bleeding Cool: Peter S Beagle Sues Connor Cochran Alleging Elder Fraud
- Author Jim C. Hines: Peter Beagle Sues Conlan Press
- Reddit’s fantasy fans: Peter Beagle is suing Connor Cochran & Conlan Press
Putting FRAUD in headlines is a major victory. Abuse can’t stand against consumer rights and fairness. The tide is turning and the expose is relentless. Remember our promise a year ago:
Despite Connor Cochran’s cockiness about courts… if you see this site live, he doesn’t have a thing to do about it. If he can’t get this site taken down, take it as a firm clue that Connor Cochran is lying. This site reveals the truth of the scandal he caused. We won’t be silent until fairness is won. We PROMISE.
Cochran broke his promises for 10 years. We deliver ours. The story is way bigger now and it won’t go away. The emperor’s clothes are gone. Cochran’s false front is “in tatters”, because Peter won’t be a shield any more.
Read Peter’s lawsuit in full.
All 48 pages are worth reading. Don’t skip it. It hits hard with a compelling story, clear timeline and convincing support. It’s sad and shameful to see the cheating Cochran did, but opens a better future for Peter and his work.
Beagle is earning love and support from true fans and the top of his profession. His story is spreading through prominent fellow authors like Neil Gaiman, Wendy Pini, and Charles De Lint. Their professional inside experience validates the story.
Hundreds of shares show that there’s nothing “frivolous” about this. Across a worldwide audience, Cochran is consistently being called out as a villain, abuser and fraud. One of countless scam victims confronts him:
What better evidence would I need to be convinced that you’re a crook than to have been personally cheated by you myself?
Peter’s report corroborates 1o years of previous complaints. Could there be any more powerful support? It independently confirms fraud.
Our expose was accurate against disbelief. So please pay careful attention to what we share from this point on.
We know worse than what’s been told so far. We’ve seen hurt beyond any you could suspect by hearing the Conlan Press excuses. Anyone who clings to Cochran’s sinking ship is in for a terrible trip. If you still keep a shred of sympathy, don’t – back away.
Get on the right side – believe the victims.
A small core of misled followers are still unsure about Cochran. But even cult brainwashing victims can come to their senses. Others should know better and are shamefully complicit. If you hear anyone dispute Beagle, look for how they benefit.
There’s no conclusion except shame to see Cochran break up Beagle’s family. Beagle’s kids went months without seeing him face to face, and didn’t accompany him on the movie tour where abuse happened. They degrade themselves by associating with Cochran now. This is common in tabloid stories. When Hollywood money is involved, children aren’t above betraying elders.
Damage is deepened by others who couldn’t possibly be witness to abuse, but still help Cochran blow smoke with fluff quotes of inconsistent time and place.
Questionable ties and silence make an issue itself, involving sources like BoingBoing editor Cory Doctorow and the File 770 Sci Fi fan blog. These SFWA associates should know better than to deal with Cochran in his sordid partnership with disgraced ex-SFWA lawyer Charlie Petit. Then there’s the abuse-enabling blogger who gets severe criticism from his own readers for violating ethics others won’t – by dishonestly “reporting” Cochran’s PR without question, until it continually fails and has to be “updated” with reversals. (Exhibit ‘A’ for what journalists don’t do).
All of that is harming the victims.
Some of these followers are troubled by cognitive dissonance. They’re desperate for a villain besides Cochran to blame. That’s another fake distraction. Cochran’s first defense was spuriously attacking Peter for “undue influence” – with none to name, because he has to concoct excuses now.
For everyone else who was shocked to learn the truth, remember that even Peter was conned while dependent. Don’t beat yourself up for trusting him before.
This expose has consistently maintained that Connor Cochran is the center of the scandal. His wrongdoing is separate from Peter Beagle. Any questions about Peter “looking the other way” are answered with his lawsuit. He had everything to lose by risking his career for fairness. That’s a sacrifice for principle. Go Peter!
Support Peter Beagle now.
Direct support isn’t the only thing fans can do. If you want to buy Peter’s work, buy from publishers he isn’t suing (like Tachyon) or buy used.
DO NOT BUY ANY EBOOKS or unauthorized goods.
DON’T buy t-shirts, prints, or any other goods benefiting Connor Cochran at Amazon or Conlan Press… if you even expect they’ll be produced when you pay. The sales will fund lawyers who fight Peter. Cochran will be desperate to fund the court fight he caused. Even if you don’t care who profits, you take the huge risk of going empty-handed when he loses a $52 million lawsuit and goes bankrupt.
NOW more than ever, demand refunds for undelivered goods.
Take no excuses. Keep pressure going even if ignored. Don’t relent or hold out hope after years of fake promises. Hold Cochran accountable to help yourself and Peter. Keep funding to it’s promised purpose and away from Peter’s opponents. Conlan Press has consistently refused refunds, while mountains of the money pays for self-serving litigation – until they’re put under fire of public outrage.
Cochran’s abuse isn’t stopping – it’s worse.
Until Beagle’s lawsuit, the cheating was all about greed. Now it’s desperation while Cochran struggles to fund court costs. Recent business dishonesty:
- An ebook sale to supposedly benefit Peter Beagle in his “upcoming move” launched on December 3 – the day after Cochran was served with Peter’s lawsuit. That reason was later deleted from the Conlan Press webstore. The “Last Unicorn” Facebook page owned by Cochran kept spreading the sale.
- An unauthorized “Peter S. Beagle Fans” paid campaign appeared on a newly created Facebook page. The timing is especially manipulative. On December 21, 2015, the desperate cash ploy advertised a shirt sale of a few short days. Among thousands of unaware “likes”, comments report not receiving previous shirts, and suspicion that the artist of the shirt isn’t aware of the sale. The artist confirmed that the art was taken without permission and requested removal.
- ‘Two Hearts’ (falsely “pre-sold” since 2005) was last promised for publication in October, then November 2015. The Conlan Press webstore now announces Spring 2016, with no explanation for the latest broken promises.
- The Last Unicorn Facebook page is arguing with fans and removing complaints. They include reports of missing DVD’s, Blu-Rays, and “Better Beagle Bundle” sales of indefinite delivery – and heartless cheating of movie tour volunteers, who were promised shirts and thank-you goods that never arrived.
This exploits Peter’s name and work, to finance a fight against Peter. “The irony is as obvious as it is nauseating” – (personal friend of Peter).
Cochran is obsessively exploiting Peter’s voice and putting words in his mouth:
- Cochran controls Beagle’s social media accounts so he can’t be heard. Messages from fans to Peter are deleted and Cochran’s side is posted under Peter’s name.
- He’s spreading Peter’s intimate personal life across Reddit to attack his side – with duplicitous demand for privacy for Peter’s kids, and no debate until court.
- He’s using other’s names to excuses elder abuse, as if a 77-year-old should tour like a young rock star: “Peter liked to stay at people’s house on tour whenever he could for all the same reasons that Neil Gaiman’s wife, Amanda Palmer, liked to do it.”
Gaslighting the victims
Cochran’s manipulation shows calculated GASLIGHTING to spread doubt.
To manipulate someone by psychological means into questioning their own sanity. “In the first episode, Karen Valentine is being gaslighted by her husband.”
Misinformation was spread against Peter well in advance of his lawsuit, to prime the public to receive Cochran’s side. The lawsuit documents Cochran’s manipulation of Peter’s own doctors, to fake evidence of health problems and “alcoholism”. That’s a cold sociopath at work. We previously reported the same tactics used against Cochran’s former employees.
Memory problems? What problems? The lawsuit gives evidence that Peter is in fine health, while claims of “forgetting key people and events” are spurious. Case in point – Peter’s rememberance of Christopher Lee in mid-2015.
There are other victims not revealed yet. If you hear Connor Cochran attack the character of anyone – it’s reasonable to assume that they have reports of abuse he’s afraid you’ll hear.
The manipulation is utterly professionally calculated, with decades of practice (he was once a TV news correspondent). If you hear charm and seduction from Cochran, be aware that this site holds documents of extreme verbal abuse he has done to bully and silence some victims. They aren’t ready to share yet. Help them.
Keep asking questions and sharing news – and expect business collapse.
Cochran played Peter’s agent, personal life manager and publisher all at once – with breathtaking conflict of interest.
- “Brian Wilson/Eugene Landy all over again”. – link
“Publisher” is a term for companies that produce goods. But for 10 years Conlan Press was just a signature factory with other publisher’s goods and one golden goose. Meanwhile, Cochran’s real business was in court, suing to take other’s work and silence victims. It made a house of cards. Without Peter and his fans, this won’t last.
- “Well, obviously they need to keep taking orders so they can refund the old orders. Nothing pyramid about this.” – link
As more and more disgrace comes out, Cochran is desperately using every song and dance he can to spin the story. Across his network, he’s doing a frenzy of hour-long phone calls to lather people up with oily PR. In his tales of deceptive charm, he only had noble goals without gain for himself. He was Peter’s angel, beset by coincidence after coincidence, and a vast conspiracy of evil, crazy enemies.
It’s loaded with manipulative guilt about how he tried to “make Peter a wealthy man“, while bashing Peter for abandoning his “chance”.
That’s a hollow ploy, and here’s why.
There wasn’t going to be a new Last Unicorn movie that involved Connor Cochran. He was chasing $125 million from Chinese investors and Hollywood players – as if they would seal a deal with Avicenna Development, a sham corporation suspended for tax delinquency, partnered with disgraced ex-lawyer Charlie Petit. They knew. Movie producers aren’t easy prey like small, powerless fans.
He puts on a big show, but knows his future is grim. As soon as this expose came out advising victims to report to authorities, Cochran ditched his California business location and fled the state.
Now, why does the focus of a fraud scandal and $52 million lawsuit move to Bellingham WA, 15 miles from the Canadian border? Watch this point.
4 thoughts on “‘Last Unicorn’ author slaps Connor Cochran and Conlan Press with $52 million lawsuit for Elder Abuse and Fraud. Go Peter!”
THANK YOU! I’ve been covering Peter’s back from the time Connor’s house of cards started crashing, and I’ve watched it go down. Now comes the payback, and it’s well past due. The idea that Cochran is selling Peter’s work to help finance his own defense against Peter’s lawsuit pretty much equates to a beautiful illustration of how Connor’s mind works.
I’ll be sending this page to Peter, who will, believe me, be immensely cheered to see it. And reposting the page where you can support Peter directly, with no chance whatsoever of Connor getting his hands on any of it.
Thanks, everyone, from Peter and everyone who has ever been ripped off, manipulated, lied to or cheated by Connor Freff Cochran.
As to the first couple of points in Rothers issues above, I believe this puts Conlan press squarely on the wrong side of the FTC’s “30 day rule”, see: https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/business-guide-ftcs-mail-internet-or-telephone-order If ones needs more ammo for the fight.
Peter’s lawyer really needs to get a cease and desist order to have his name removed from the creators page on the Conlan Press website. I have noticed that they are still taking preorders for the Conlan Press expanded edition of the Last Unicorn graphic novel that is now highly unlikely to ever see the light of day.
Cochran has little to no morals or values as far as I am concerned. Having worked The Last Unicorn Tour (Canada) I have today emailed Mr. Beagle’s lawyer Mrs. Hunt with my account and all emails I saved between Colanpress/Cochran and myself.
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. …One of our volunteers was recovering from radiation and chemo and Cochran could not have cared less. It wasn’t until I found this volunteer on the floor in the bathroom throwing up from being worked too hard that I realized how truly deplorable Cochran is. He was made aware of this vounteers state of health by me when I saw him working her far to hard. After that, nothing changed. The man didn’t spend more then two minutes at a time with Beagle that night and not once asking if he was doing okay or needed anything.
Purely a man out for the buck with no ascertation of how to be a good, caring human.
I was disgusted by his behavour and still am today as our last conversation was about a month ago.