It’s certainly been a long time coming, but it appears as if the Kai the Hitchhiker book is nearing completion. Last week I finished the first draft and did one last read through and fixed some typos and other issues. Now it’s off to be proofread and while that’s going on I’ll finish the end notes and work on the companion volume (transcripts of interviews, portions of the jury selection, grand jury and trial transcripts and portions of motions filed by Kai or parties he has taken to court that are cited in the main book). Over 5 years in the works and certainly my most intensive investigative work to date. Expect to see it available by early December, but possibly sooner if you pre-order (pre-order sales should begin in October). Drop me a line at kafkaguy[at]gmail.com if you’d like a review copy or to set up an interview, podcast appearance, livestream etc. later this year once it gets closer to release date.
The thing about following down rabbit holes is you never know where they’ll lead. Sometimes the results are exciting, sometimes scary. My recent journeys down a couple particular New Jersey rabbit holes have been both and thanks to an anonymous tipster I have new leads to chase regarding the organized crime and corruption element that stems from Union County’s valuable waterfront property. The info ties implicates multiple cops from Elizabeth, Union County in cocaine trafficking and protecting drug dealers. I’ve also identified the 1970s-80s cocaine route via Florida originating in Colombia. How that ties to a stash house/car repair shop/money laundering front who may have been the ones installing those trap doors in cars to smuggle the dope out of state. Also, a source with explosive news that I’m working on corroborating has led me down a rabbit hole that may tie the cop protected cocaine trafficking rings to the slew of predators who I was remiss to personally call an organized ring until just recently when that same anonymous source shared personal information that may tie a Union County sheriff to the drug trade via the Hernandez crime family. Buckle up folks, this is a wild one…
Just days after discovering the mob connections to the Union County prosecutor’s office I learned that Kai was a victim of not only the Children of God/The Family cult (notorious for masses of child abuse perpetrated across multiple continents resulting in suicides, murders and overdoses of victims) by way of his mom and through Gilbert, his dad, the United Church of Canada which has 100+ year tradition of abuse of indigenous people including literally kidnapping kids putting them in torturous residential schools (like the one that had that mass grave that was discovered last year). But that will have to be a story for another day…
In movies about trials often there’s a last minute revelation entered into evidence. Apparently that pretty much never happens, there’s protocol for introducing evidence and you can’t introduce evidence without prosecution knowing. That said, this is research for a book and it has been kind of a 3rd act bombshell moment this past two weeks.
FYI, if you’re interested in the current progress on the Kai the Hitchhiker book you can keep up at Patreon. Don’t worry, new posts are only paywalled for 72 hours and then free to the public but if you’re interested in behind the scenes writing process stuff there are a few videos along those lines at https://www.patreon.com/theplasticscreen as well as a few other videos and items that are unlisted on YouTube.
Caleb McGillvary, better known as Kai the hitchhiker, spent nearly five long years in solitary confinement at the Union County Jail while awaiting trial. Twenty-three hours a day, seven days a week, in segregation—what is considered to be “cruel and unusual punishment.” That is of course a gross violation of constitutional rights, not unlike the inherent violation of the sixth amendment right to a speedy and fair trial that Kai was subjected to.
It all began with two fateful rides, only weeks apart. The first would catapult him to fame and epic hero status, the second, would plummet him into the depths of a nightmare that continues to this day. Kai gained viral fame with a ride he thumbed that resulted in him saving the lives of a utility worker and a woman in the Fresno, California in 2013. His emotional and heartfelt message catapulted him to viral fame. His ‘catchphrase’ of “Smash, smash, suh-MASH!” resulted in him being invited on the Jimmy Kimmel show as well as on an episode of Stephen Colbert’s show, among others.
It all changed in an instant, shortly after Kai shared the following status on his Facebook account:
“What would you do if you woke up with a groggy head, metallic taste in your mouth, in a stranger’s house . . . and started wretching [sic], realizing that someone had drugged, raped . . . you?” This was one of the last posts beloved viral star Kai the Hitchhiker made to social media before his arrest. From viral fame after being interviewed shortly after saving the lives of a man and woman, Kai’s rising star seemed to be crashing quickly. Not long after that though, the nightmare would begin, a nightmare that continues to this day.
Kai alleges he was drugged and raped, evidence available suggests he was then subjected to a sloppy frame-up job. After the ‘investigation,’ he was then detained without trial and held in solitary for years. When the trial finally came, in keeping with the investigation and detention, it could be characterized as nothing less than a massive miscarriage of justice in which the defense seemed to work on behalf of the prosecution.
Major conflicts of interest abound in the case. Officials of the court who should have recused themselves among others. Eventually, one judge assigned to the case would step down rather than recuse himself when it was pointed out that he was connected personally to the alleged rapist lawyer, Joseph Galfy. The prosecutor, Theodore Romankow also “resigned” after 11 years when his friendship with the deceased was disclosed. Incidentally or coincidentally, he “call[ed] it quits” on the same date Kai’s arrest was announced.
The New Jersey Star-Ledger reported the following:
“In court, McGillvary told Superior Court Judge Joseph Donohue last month that Robert Mega, Union County’s presiding Criminal Court judge, had the phone number for the victim’s son, Joseph Galfy III Jr., saved as contact no. 18. He later learned that Mega was listed in Galfy’s cell phone from the evidence that the prosecutor’s office provided to Liguori.
Donohue said Mega has recused himself from the case, but he understood the defendant’s concern about the other judges.”
Oh dear, not another conflict of interest! This is starting to look like a pattern. Not unlike the pattern of abuse inherent in the New Jersey penal system and specifically the Union County jail and Juvenile Detention Center which have been responsible for multiple deaths and an environment of sadism that is beyond the pale.
There are numerous issues with the investigation, detention, and trial of Kai. Kai accused the proceedings of being a kangaroo court and sham trial. Many media sources portray his claims as unhinged and conspiratorial but what is to be done about the fact that evidence supports many of his claims?
In the Gardner and Suter investigative report, it was noted that the dishwasher had been run between May 13 and 15th, while the home of Joseph Galfy, the wealthy lawyer and accused predator, was an active crime scene. Also, Galfy was found with his own semen and unidentified blood on his penis. Kai was denied a rape kit, but they ran one on the deceased. The cups that were said to be drugged were washed by investigators; but a tox screen was ordered on Galfy’s body. The tox screen and rape kit were both negative, but they were done on the wrong person. So at this point, the prosecution can claim that “a rape kit was run” and that “tox screens were inconclusive.” That certainly would seem to make Kai out to be a liar had this not been the result of a brazen bait-and-switch.
Why would a dishwasher be run in a house subject to an ongoing investigation about an alleged murder and/or rape? And to explain the “and/or” in New Jersey, lethal force is authorized in the case of sexual assault so accidentally killing someone who is raping you in the state is not even manslaughter. Now if the evidence of Kai being drugged and raped hadn’t been destroyed (‘spoliation of exculpatory evidence,’ in legalese) then this would be an open-and-shut case. If the public defender was more interested in defending Kai rather than playing ball with the Union County system, then perhaps there would have already been a more favorable dispensation.
Oh, and who was allowed in the house around the time that this mysterious dishwasher incident occurred? None other than former local chief of police and brother of the deceased, James Galfy. James Galfy, according to investigative documents released in discovery, note his concern that a “drifter” was involved when he was told his brother was dead. Apparently not the first such case of a “vagrant” being involved in Galfy’s life.
Read the rest at City University of New York’s graduate program newspaper The Advocate.
B.Z. Douglas, my cohost on the Walking the Wire podcast set up a Twitter Spaces after our latest episode was released. Several folks on Twitter that are mutuals of ours showed up and the conversation ran the gamut from prosecutorial corruption to Stanley Kubrick conspiracies and B.Z.’s idea for a crowdsourced investigation platform to help us get stories we’re too busy to fully devote ourselves to at the moment some more eyes on the situation.
We should be doing these after each show, so every couple weeks. Hope to see you there next time! Feel free to just listen in live, join the convo or listen to the recording after the fact.
I interviewed Samuel Clark who worked his way up from Sergeant to Lieutenant before finding himself on the wrong side of the Blue Wall after reporting various issues of police misconduct in the Newark Police Department. Will be incorporating some of this material in the upcoming book about Kai the Hitchhiker.
Mr. Clark has a new project, a docuseries related to police and political corruption that should be out soon. When that happens should have a review of that as well.
Going to be releasing some exclusive patron only content here. No, don’t worry, it’s still free, I’m just adding extra here as well. The Youtube link is unlisted but feel free to share. Coming up next week a video on From the Archives series with some Dr. Louis Jolyon West files. The man who helped the False Memory Syndrome Foundation end the Satanic Panic… fueling the fires of the Satanic Panic in the 80s!
For now though here’s a peek into my notecard sheaths/stacks shared first at Patreon. I’ll be giving a peek inside the notebooks soon as well. Stay tuned, feel free to subscribe at any level $5, $1 or $0 makes no difference the extra material (some like the West files, fairly exclusive) will be at Patreon only. Some of the updates will be shared, some will not. For $1/mo. you will get email alerts and early access, otherwise, check back at
I talked with indie journalist B.Z. Douglas recently for a two part interview. In part one we talk about my book Pedogate Primer: the politics of pedophilia which can be purchased at major booksellers such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million and a handful of shops (multiple in some countries) in Australia, Norway, UK, Poland, Holland, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Taiwan and elsewhere. I personally recommend supporting independent booksellers like Powell’s, Skylight Books or Trident’s Book Cafe. if you plan to buy it. As always if you can’t afford a copy, drop me a line at kafkaguy at gmail.com or via the contact form (if you don’t get an answer through the contact form try again with the email to be safe).
We had initially met through a mutual on Twitter who knew we were both dealing with harassment from lawyers with very vague and toothless threats trying to get us to pull factual reporting.
Right down to “false memory syndrome,” real estate fraud, corrupt officers of the court, prosecutorial misconduct, conflicts of interest and other points from each of our stories kept lining up as we became acquainted on a zoom call that morphed into the idea to collaborate on the upcoming Walking the Wire podcast. Speaking of, we have been doing aftershows via Streamyard and Twitter Spaces, our second was recently released online and can be found here.
I’ll be doing a Q/A session for B.Z.’s patreon supporters, Patreon supporters are also eligible for a free digital copy of my book as well (as always reviews always appreciated as they really help). You can also watch the above video at the B.Z. Douglas YouTube channel.
We’ll also continue doing “aftershows” at the @walkingwirepod account to discuss more about our cases as they relate to The Wire via Streamyard and Twitter spaces. Call in guests are welcome, you can see our second aftershow (first recorded) below.
Look for part 2 of this interview in a couple days. This Friday at 9pm EST B.Z. will be hosting me for a livestream Q&A.
If you’re a Patreon supporter, a PDF copy of my book is available for you at https://www.patreon.com/bzdouglas.
Between next week and early April should have a 3 hour interview (possibly in two parts) coming soon from independent journalist B.Z. Douglas. First half we talk about my book. In the second we talk about how we met, our shared love of The Wire and how a Twitter mutual friend introduced us due to our both being targeted for harassment by lawyers who don’t like the factual reporting we’ve done on their clients. On our first zoom call, The Wire, the early 2000s HBO crime drama came up. We talked a lot about how the show encapsulates corruption in the system and ended up discussing the idea of doing a podcast based on The Wire from the perspective of two indie journos. Each episode we cover one of the shows with help of a special guest. Mostly people who come from one of the walks of life in the show whether that’s dock workers, union members, ex drug dealers, former prisoners, former cops or whistleblowers. We’ve already got quite a few interesting guests lined up and have recorded the first 4 episodes which we should begin releasing by April if we stay on schedule.
Meantime, we are going to be doing Twitter spaces aftershows that will be restreamed on YouTube and Facebook. Today was our second aftershow and first livestreamed video afterparty. The stream only covers the first part, a Baltimore native came on and shared some inside scoops about certain characters in the show based on real people (David Simon even used real names of Baltimore homicide detectives like Jay Lansdale and many characters are based on real people or composites of multiple people).
Once we have a schedule will be shared with the next aftershow. We welcome audience engagement and even if you haven’t seen the show or heard the podcast you’re welcome to come join us (warning, spoilers abound).
You can check out B.Z. Douglas at http://www.bzdug.com where you can also find his YouTube, Substack, Patreon and social media including his music. That’s right, both B.Z. and I are guitarists and Tom Waits fans so the first two seasons of Walking the Wire podcast just may have versions of us covering the song… To keep up to date follow @walkingwirepod on Twitter.
Don’t forget to check out the new book Pedogate Primer: the politics of pedophilia now available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. Also available at independent booksellers like Powell’s and Skylight Bookstore if you’d rather not support Bezos and the chain stores like Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Target and Wal-Mart. It is also available from some overseas sellers in Taiwan, Poland, UK, Australia, Germany and a couple other countries.
Last week I began a series going into the many covered up instances of prosecutors, judges, politicians and other attorneys receiving a slap on the wrist for crimes against children in New Jersey, including some specifically from the 20th Legislative District of New Jersey. That is, Union County, where the lawyer Kai alleges drugged and raped him lived. Where the prosecutor and judge and public defender who were friends of the deceased alleged rapists surrounded Kai in court.
One thing I noticed while going through this list was the name Boylan showing up multiple times. There is also a coincidence regarding a Boylan in New Jersey whose law firm is apparently connected to insurance companies, specifically the law firm Golden Rothschild Spagnola Lundell Boylan & Garubo in Bridgewater, New Jersey. I am planning to cross-reference a couple background check sites to see if it can be determined whether E. Richard Boylan of New Jersey (former Judicial Clerk in the New Jersey Superior Court before joining GRSLBG&B in 1986) who represents “insurance companies and self-insured companies in the defense of these claims.” I have also emailed E. Richard Boylan via his listed email at GRSLB&G.
Fittingly, the first case we will look at today is related to Prudential Property & Cas. Ins. Co. v Boylan 307 NJ Super 162 (App Div 1997).
Kai writes: “NJ Judge James F. Boylan helped his son Ryan avoid jail time for molesting a 5 year old. No record remains o it except for this lawsuit by the child’s parents.”
Sure enough, I found no news coverage related to the molestation of a child of a judge, the same judge who was involved in defrauding the state and having sex with women in exchange for diminished sentences. We’ll cover that in just a minute. The only mention of Ryan Boylan’s rape of their five year old daughter as he was babysitting her is in the case text for this lawsuit, as Kai mentioned.
In this case: “The motion judge ruled that Prudential’s homeowners policy provided coverage to James and Linda Boylan and that the policy’s business pursuits exception did not apply because this was a ‘one time only casual accomodation to babysit in an emergency.’ The judge also ruled that the insurance policy covered fifteen year old Ryan Boylan as a matter of law because he was deemed to lack the requisite intent or mental capacity to understand the nature of his acts.”
That’s right, this 15-year-old rapist of a 5-year-old deemed too young to understand that molesting a small child is wrong. Prudential Insurance applied for but was denied access to Ryan Boylan’s juvenile court records. Whether there are other exampoles of this type of behavior we will never know. I did search for Ryan Boylan in New Jersey state and federal sex offender registries. No record of Boylan being on the RSO list exists.
The case ended with a judgement in favor of the plaintiffs for nearly $400,000 plus prejudgement interest. Ryan Boylan “babysat” the 5-year-old girl and her little brother, taking them upstairs where they “played some games” then went to bed. The daughter was taken to a bedroom where Ryan Boylan forced the little girl to perform oral sex on him. Boylan admitted to this act.
The defendants in the case argued “that we should declare the law of New Jerseyu to be that in cases where a minor sexually abuses a much younger child it is the minor’s subjective intent that should apply, rather than the objective intent standard that would apply to adults.” Now yes, the judge’s son was a minor, but there is a major difference between a 5 and 15-year-old.
In the suit it’s argued that “N.J.S.A. 2C:4-11a(1) creates a presumption of maturity for an individual over the age of fourteen, it is manifest that this fifteen year old boy knew what he was doing to this five year old girl.”
Once again, it is noteworthy to mention that Ryan Boylan is the son of James F. Boylan who a few years later would face charges of coaching female defendants to lie in court to reduce their fines and penalties in exchange for sexual favors. Former Municipal judge Boylan admitted these actions to the court. In addition to coercing women into having sex in exchange for reduced sentences, Boylan defrauded the City of Jersey City to the tune of somewhere between $10,0000 and $20,0000. This was also admitted openly to the court.
For some strange reason the court ruled that “the offense level is not determined under [section] 2C1.7(c) (1), (2), or (3).” U.S.S.G. § 2C1.7, comment. (n.4). Since the offense level is not determined under any of these subsections, the abuse of position of trust or use of special skill adjustment is not applicable.” As for how a judge coercing sex from women using his position is not an abuse of power and trust, I have no clue. It’s also interesting that Boylan was ruled financially unable to pay a fine and “not likely to become able to pay any fine in the future.”
Boylan at the very least was disbarred and a very short article at New York Times was written up on the case. This is one of only two of the nearly couple dozen (so far) names on this list to have had any media coverage of the major crimes by these various judges, politicians, prosecutors, public defenders and Union County jail staff to have committed awful crimes without so much as a drop of newspaper ink coverage.
Another name I’ll have to cross-reference in background searches is Matthew P. Boylan of New Jersey, director of the State Division of Criminal Justice in New Jersey. Matthew Boylan is mentioned in the New York Times article from 1974, “8 Are Accused of Fraud in Insurance Take-Over.”
In the case of Harry Parkin, similar to Boylan, we have an indictment regards to “a scheme to defraud the public of his honest services in his role as Chief of Staff to the Mercer County Executive.” In the case of Parkin, he was indicted on twelve counts of mail fraud as well. Parkin was also accused of extortion.
Parkin tried to argue his sentence received was “unreasonable” by nature of his standing in the community and prior military service record:
“This is a sad situation. Everything that I see indicates that before this
period of time the defendant was [a] well respected, highly successful attorney, he served honorably in the nation’s military and was respected by a number of people and indeed served as the person responsible for the ethics in the county.”
Similar to friend of Joseph Galfy and former prosecutor in the Caleb McGillivary (Kai the Hitchhiker) trial even the District Court itself noted that Parkin was “very highly respected” and that “[p]eople say a lot of good things about him . . . .” (Id. at 240.) The District Court read from a letter Parkin wrote to the Court in which Parkin cited his long years in public service as well as his military service. (Id. at 243.) The District Court considered this letter as well as “the letters of all the people that knew Parkin and spoke well of him.”
Parkin appealed the sentence of 90 months followed by 3 years of supervised release and $26,000 fine. $26,000 isn’t that much when you consider the amount Parkin defrauded the taxpayers ran well into six figures.
Next up is another case similar to that of Boylan and Parkin. The matter of In Re Quatrella 237 NJ 402 (2019) is also cited in the Matter of Angelo M. Perrucciby the Disciplinary Review Board of New Jersey, decided as recently as late August of 2021.
Yet another case of a New Jersey judge caught up in wire fraud.
David L. Quatrella was temporarily suspended after one count of wire fraud. Quatrella failed to appear on the Order directing him to show cause why he not be disbarred. It appears that it was Quatrella’s failure to attempt to defend himself and not the fraud and corruption that led to him being disbarred.
The Quatrella Matter is cited in a New Jersey DRB decided February of last year. Once again, coincidentally, insurance policies and fraud are involved.
Meanwhile, the 2020 New Jersey Courts Disciplinary Summaries shows that the situation has far from abated. Eval Katzman “solicited high school-aged girls for sex in exchange for money. He showed no remorse for his conduct and attempted to shift blame to his victims.” Brian P. Meehan entered a no contest plea regarding “statutory sexual assault, victim 11 years or older.” Jeffrey Toman “engaged in sexually explicit txt messages with a fourteen-year-old girl whose mother he was representing in a child custody proceeding.” Guess what, no news coverage of the Katzman case.
Yes, you heard that right. The middle-school aged girl was his client’s daughter and the case was a custody hearing. This sort of disgusting conflict of interest should never be allowed to exist, as we see over and over again though things operate just a little differently in Galfy country, it seems. We also have the crooked public defender Andrew Michael Carroll “engaging in a sexual relationship with a client while appointed her public defender.”
In the case of Tobin G. Nilsen, this New Jersey lawyer was finally disbarred after federal court conviction of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity and state court conviction of second-degree child luring. Nilsen had bought a ticket to fly from New Jersey to Atlanta to meet up with what he believed to be a 32-year-old mother of a nine-year-old daughter who he expected to have sex with. He had been arrested previously by New Jersey law enforcement for soliciting yet another “mother-daughter pair for sexual activity.” Why was he not disbarred immediately then? Once again, it appears this is just the way business is taken care of in New Jersey. As per the usual, neither of the Nilsen cases were deemed “newsworthy” apparently, no results in Google News for Tobin Nilsen New Jersey returned.
Despite a “2010 conviction of lewdness and years-long pattern of inappropriate sexual conduct” Todd C. Sicklinger only received a three month suspension. John Rex Powell was disbarred in 2016 after “one count of engaging in child pornography enterprise and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.” David J. Witherspoon in 2010 received a one year suspension “for offering discounted legal services or fee reductions to three female clients and the daughter of another client in exchange for sexual favors, practicing law while ineligible to do so for failure to pay the annual assessment to the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, and failing to maintain the books and records required of attorneys.”
In 2009, Stephen W. Thompson was disbarred due to conviction for sexual exploitation of a minor. He had been temporarily suspended already in 2005. The case of Steven C. Cunningham, related to sexually explicit chats with what he believed to be a 12-year-old boy resulted in disbarment in 2007. Andre McGuire was finally disbarred in 2007 after a guilty plea to four counts of sexual assault in the third degree. This after previous disciplinary meeasures: a six months suspension in 1994 and temporary suspension in 2006.
Kenneth Fink just got a three year suspension in 2003. He had previously been disbarred in the State of Delaware based on his conviction of 15 counts of felony possession of child pornography. He had been previously disciplined with a temporary suspension. Then there’s Stephen A. Gallo. Gallo was disbarred following his being charged with “four separate acts of the fourth degree crime of criminal sexual contact.”
William S. Wolfson got a paltry six months suspension after pleading guilty to an accusation of fourth degree criminal sexual contact. What’s more this assault wqwas of a “female employee at his doctor’s office.” He admitted that he had a habit of this having “touched six female employees at his doctor’s office between 10 and 15 times.” Once again though, as we’ve learned here New Jersey doesn’t seem to be too concerned with judges, prosecutors, public defenders and state legislators being accused of sex crimes, even against children, even multiple instances of such. Wolfson lucked out with a “Pre-Trial Intervention Program.”
James W. Kennedy is another case of the six-month suspension slap on the wrist despite fourth-degree endangering the welfare of a child involved in his admission of downloading between 20,000-30,000 images of children under 16 engaged in sexual acts. Salvatore J. Maiorino was “reprimanded” before the review board for fourth degree sexual assault of a minor. The Supreme Court of New Jersey “held that a reprimand was the appropriate discipline for an attorney who pleaded no contest to an information filed in the state of Connecticut” related to the sex crime against a minor.
Terry G. Tucker also received no more than a “reprimand” from the N.J.S.C. related to “unwanted, sexual advances to a bankruptcy client.” If behavior like that or these numerous crimes against children isn’t behavior unbefitting a member of the bar, I honestly don’t know what would be considered such.
James I. Peck, IV received a whopping 21 month “time-served suspension” as discipline for his charge of child pornography possession. Like several other cases noted here and in part I, this wasn’t Peck’s first rodeo. He had been temporarily suspended 2 years earlier in October of 2001 (In re Peck, 170 N.J. 4). Donald S. Rosanelli, another six month suspension over child pornography and child endangerment was mentioned in the previous article in this series.
A one year suspension from law practice was deemed sufficient and appropriate discipline for Donald M. Ferraiolo for “attempted endagnering [of] the welfare of a child” and sexually explicit chats with “Jay” who he believed to be a 14-year-old boy. Ferraiolo repeatedly asked Jay to come to his home “to engage in numerous sexual acts, some of which were explicitly stated.”
At least in the case of Gerard Gilligan the New Jersey Supreme Court finally found a a second degree aggravated sexual assault charge enough (after a temporary previous suspension the year prior).
In the case of Ty Hyderally a “reprimand was the appropriate discipline for an attorney whose certification to practice of law before Navy courts or boards was suspended by the Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy for two years as a result of sexual advances that the respondent made to two women who were his legal aid clients
while he was in the Navy.” Kind of ruins the end of A Few Good Men thinking of the JAG lawyers being predators, huh?
Once again, this is just getting us over the halfway point (as far as I can tell currently). Stay tuned…