Racketeering. Altering Evidence. Destroying Evidence. Covering Up Murder. Bank Fraud. Arson.
Former Sarasota Sheriff's Homicide Detective, Gary Ferguson, has reviewed the evidence and has come to the conclusion that Murray Cohen was a victim of a cold blooded, pre-meditated murder done for money and greed. Please see his sworn statement.
Detective's Sworn Statement
Current Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight
A Disgrace to Law Enforcement
Has no interest in bringing a Sarasota killer to justice.
Attorney Letter to Sheriff Knight
Former S.S.O. Major Chuck Forbis
Co-conspirator in the cover up of Murray Cohen's death, participated in altering the 911 recording to hide the murder.
5/3/15 Update on where Forbis is TODAY:
Chuck Forbis libes in Lewisburg, Tennessee and is currently the Chief of the Lewisburg Police Department.
SSO Detective Involved in the Cover Up of Murray Cohen's Murder Moves Up in Rank Over the Last Decade
Circled: Detective Dave Scott
5/3/15 Update: Dave Scott currently is a Lieutenant at the Sarasota Sheriff's Department working his way up through the ranks.
In 2003, Detective Dave Scott who is now Lieutenant Scott at SSO altered evidence, destroyed evidence, obstructed justice and allowed Murray Cohen’s killer to get away with his murder. Scott was the first person to ever request a copy of the 911 recording involving Murray Cohens death. His request for a copy was made on 1/16/03. (Recording Request) Instead of placing the 911 recording into properties which is standard for a natural death classification, Scott kept the recording in his possession for 5 months. This was discovered the day Murray Cohen’s son called SSO records seeking a public records request for a copy of the 911 call regarding his father’s death.
Records custodian, Bonnie Brinson told Murray’s son that she was puzzled why the 911 recording was not in property. Brinson put Murray’s son on hold. When Brinson returned to the phone she informed Murray son that he needed to call Detective Dave Scott regarding the 911 recording because the copy was in Scott’s possession. Murray’s son immediately called Detective Scott and was able to make contact with him.
After Murray’s son asked Detective Scott for a copy of the 911 call, Scott became agitated and said to Murray’s son “You don’t want to listen to that call, it is very disturbing”, “It is clear your father’s wife did everything to try help your father”. Murray’s son replied, “I appreciate your concern, but I still want a copy of the 911 call”. At this point, Scott was very agitated but agreed to send Murray’s son a copy of the 911 call.
After not receiving a copy for 2 weeks, Murray’s son called Scott back to find out when it was coming. Scott disposition was one of anger and told Murray’s son he was sending it in a few days. On May 29, 2003 Murray’s son received the package containing a copy of the 911 recording. In this package was a white cassette tape along with two business cards. One from Detective Scott and the other from a Paul Richards.
Upon listening to the recording, Murray’s son was shocked and horrified after hearing his father pleading for an ambulance after he was reported by his wife of three weeks to not be speaking, not breathing and totally gone. Seconds later, he heard the wife yelling at his father to give up. Murray son also noticed a severe sudden drop in volume half way through the recording. Murray’s son called Detective Scott back and told him that he heard his father pleading for an ambulance and he could hear his wife yelling at him to give up.
An agitated Detective Scott replied, “You are hearing things and you need to move on with your life”. Scott then yelled at Murray’s son, “Never call me again”.
Detective Dave Scott falsifies his report to make it look like Murray Cohen’s toxicology test showed nothing suspicious
Scott’s investigative report
Why did Detective Scott order no test for Murray Cohen’s hair sample and failed to report the results from the blood samples?
No test ordered for hair sample
Why didn't Detective Scott order toxicology testing on Murray Cohen's blood samples?
Toxicology samples taken from Murray Cohen
Recently, audio expert Paul Ginsberg stated publicly that in his opinion, Murray Cohen was murdered. Sheriff Knight was given this information along with Ginsberg's phone number. Sheriff Knight refused to call Ginsberg.
Attorney Gelman's Response To Sheriff Knight
Once Again, Sheriff Knight Tries To Explain The House Of Cards:
Sheriff Knight's Response
How many other murder suspects are afforded special favors from the law enforcement agency investigating them for possibly committing a murder?
Killer's Special Request and Response
While being investigated for possibly committing a homicide, Amurrio requested an appointment with Sheriff Balkwill, and how she could donate money to the Sarasota Sheriff's Fallen Family Fund.
Fax Cover Sheet
Captain Kurt Hoffman
Guilty of Obstruction of Justice in the Murder Cover UP
Lead Detective In The Cohen Case Arrested For Felony Doctor Shopping
Detective Hallisey created a false timeline to change the fact that Murray Cohen's stock broker, who had a pre-arranged appointment, was an ear witness to Murray Cohen's murder. Hallisey also created this false timeline to hide the fact that my father suffered for 20 minutes before dying.
5/3/15 Update: Enjoying collecting his pension he was allowed to keep after his felony arrest.
Evidence Of False Timeline Created By Detective Chris Hallisey:
Two days after Murray Cohen's death, Detective Dave Scott requested a copy of the 911 recording regarding Murray Cohen's death. He was required to fill out a form and was asked to be specific in the time of the call in which he was requesting a copy.
True Time Of The Call
Sarasota Sheriff's General Counsel, Attorney Gabrielle Taylor, makes the news when she turns up drunk and has to be hogtied and restrained.
Gabrielle Taylor News Article <-Click Here
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Why would the Sarasota Sheriff's Department have more than one version of the 911 call regarding Murray Cohen's death? Please see:
Sarasota Herald Tribune Article.
Captain Paul Richards
Participated in altering the 911 recording.
A criminal with a badge.
Police Report <=== Click Here
Why does Sheriff Knight refuse to speak with former SSO homicide detective Gary Ferguson?
Why did former Sheriff William Balkwill ignore Detective Ferguson's findings of a cold blooded murder?
The Undoing Of The House Of Cards:
The offical story from Sarasota Sheriff's Department and all government agencies in Florida is that the Cohen Case has been fully investigated by former Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, FBI, and Senator Bill Nelson. The truth is none of the above mentioned have investigated the circumstances surrounding, or the cause of death of Murray B. Cohen. The FBI was only asked to listen to a recording and make a transcript- period. FDLE was asked to only review the existing file created by SSO- period. Former Governor Jeb Bush only ordered a review of the Cohen case- period. Senator Bill Nelson sent a copy of the 911 recording in which the quality was good enough to hear Murray Cohen's murder directly to the FBI laboratory on our behalf. The FBI refused to open the package. Senator Nelson received a letter from the Justice Department culminating the whitewash with the biggest falsehood of them all. Senator Nelson was told in the letter that a detective, hired by Mr. Esdale, went into the Sarasota FBI headquarters and met with FBI Agent Lynn Billings. The letter stated to Senator Nelson that Agent Billings did not hear Murray Cohen asking for help where Mr. Esdale claims he is. Therefore, the FBI will not be able to get involved. There's only one problem to this statement: after receiving this report I called the Sarasota FBI and asked to speak with Agent Billings. I read the letter to her regarding where they claim she did not hear Murray Cohen requesting assistance. Agent Billings openly stated that she heard a man say, on both CD's, "You said you were going to get me an abulance". And when I confronted her with this innacuracy, she told me I would have to take this up with her supervisor.
Hear Agent Lynn Billings For Yourself
of the Sarasota Sheriff's Dept. who are directly responsible for
destroying evidence and committing obstruction of justice in the case of
Sheriff Tom Knight
Sheriff William Balkwill
Major Kurt Hoffman
Major Chuck Forbis
Sgt. Paul Richards
Sgt. Jeff Bell
Detective Dave Scott
Detective Chris Hallisey
Major Kevin Gooding
Sheriff's Counsel Gabriel Taylor
August 3, 2013
Current Sarasota State Attorney, Ed Brodsky
Will he find the courage to do the right thing?
Sarasota State Attorney Ed Brodsky’s office finally responds to family’s request for justice to be served.
See Response Letters