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
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.
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.”
Movie Tour Volunteer Experience
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.
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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.