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Part 32: Chilling E-Mail Details ‘Dangerous’ Triple Murder Case
Posted: Aug 21, 2008 08:38 AM

By Nathan Baca
News Channel 3


The Riverside County Sheriff’s department is looking into possible connections between a triple murder in 1981 and murder-suicide in 2005 that claimed six lives.

A chilling email written by a detective shows just how dangerous this case is.

When this detective writes he “can’t look his wife in the eyes” and risk his family’s lives, you know it’s a big case.

Nicauraguan arms deals, stolen computer databases, weapons testing on local Cabazon Indian land and a lawsuit alleging conspiracy from the highest federal officials for the past 30 years: all of these are now being investigated by the Riverside County Cold Case Division.

Three people were murdered execution style in a Rancho Mirage home on July 1st, 1981. There were never any arrests. The victims included Cabazon Indian Vice Chairman Fred Alvarez. Family members say he was going to blow the whistle on a business partnership between defense contractor Wackenhut Services and the Cabazon Indians to build machine guns and biological weapons for Central American countries.

Confidential sources close to the investigation recently handed over an email written by a riverside county sheriff’s detective. The email’s source was confirmed by multiple people inside the investigation. The detective who wrote the email hasn’t responded to additional requests for information. We’re not revealing his name to protect his identity.

The email states the Cold Case Division reopened the Alvarez triple murder several months ago.

Bad things seem to happen to those who get too close to uncovering Cabazon Arms and its dealings with the Federal Government.

There were three Rancho Mirage murders in 1981, and a Riverside County District Attorney Investigator left the office in the early 80’s after threats on his life.

Journalist Danny Casolero investigated what he called “The Octopus” and was found dead in his hotel room in 1991. His reporter notes disappeared. The book on the conspiracy he was to name “Indio” was never finished.

The detective is also investigating whether DA Investigator David McGowan and his family of five were murdered in 2005 after McGowan looked into the case.

The detective writes he “doesn’t want to continue on the case based on the number of people who have met an untimely demise while doing so.”

But the detective is continuing the case. Newschannel 3 learned former computer programmer Michael Riconisciuto was recently questioned.

Documents show a secret government computer spy program named “PROMIS” was modified on tribal land in Indio. PROMIS is linked to a major spy scandal that has stretched for years.

With all of these national security implications, the detective states he “feels like Alice in Wonderland going down the rabbit hole” and he “no longer has a complete grasp on the real world.”

The stakes are high, the secrets are growing, and the suspicious deaths remain unanswered. Even the detective desperately asks, “am i just another lamb to the slaughter?”


What follows is the text of the email obtained by News Channel 3. Information that identifies the detective and the source are deleted. The email is part of an ongoing exchange between the detective and the source, who is one of many people who have independently investigated this case for years.

The Rachel Begley referenced in the email is the daughter of 1981 murder victim Ralph Boger. John Nichols as mentioned in the email is the former manager of the Cabazon Band of Indians. Jimmy Hughes is a former murder suspect who was never arrested for any of the deaths. Hughes is currently a Christian minister in Honduras.

—– Original Message —– 
  From: X 
  To: X 
  Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 1:44 PM
  Subject: Alvarez Triple Homicide
  Hello X

  My name is X and I’m with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.  I’m a homicide detective assigned to the cold case division.  The Alvarez triple homicide was assigned to me a couple of months ago.

  For the past two months I have reviewed nearly a thousand documents of police reports, and spent many hours browsing the Internet for additional sources of information.  As I am sure you can imagine, I feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland after falling down the rabbit hole.  I no longer have a complete grasp on the real world.

  You should know first off, that I am an experienced investigator with 18 years on the Sheriff’s Dept. and I consider myself pretty intuitive when it comes to filtering out the BS.  After my first review of the police reports in this case, I wasn’t sure why it remained unsolved for over 26 years.  All of the players were identified and the Modus Operandi seemed to be well established.  I couldn’t understand why every few years the case was suddenly dropped and put back on the shelf.

  That’s when Rachel Begley introduced me to the rabbit hole.  After the countless hours I have now spent on her website and the numerous other conspiracy theorists websites, I’m having a very difficult time sifting through the BS.

  I have also spent much time on your website and I have found your investigations impressive and your opinions refreshing.  That is why I am writing to you now.  I do not make it a habit of talking to journalists about open homicide investigations, however, it appears you are much more educated about this particular case than I am.

  I know you are very busy and I understand the Alvarez triple homicide is a very small part of the Octopus, but I would be very interested in spending any time with you that you have available, in order to get some perspective on what I’ve read.

  Just so you understand where I am in this case.  I am currently preparing a review and summary for my Sergeant.  My conclusion will be that I do not wish to continue investigating this case, based on the number of people who have met an untimely demise while doing so.

  My actions in this matter go against everything I believe in, and this case is very difficult for me to walk away from, especially with the allegations that involve the deaths of Investigator Dave McGowan and his family.  But I am conceding to a higher power (my wife) and trying to give her some peace of mind.  I cannot look her in the eyes and tell her that I am willing to risk the life of my family by pursuing this.

  I am interested in your opinion.  Am I just another lamb to the slaughter?  Is the Puppet Master pulling my strings via Rachel Begley?  Is this just a simple case of murder by Jimmy Hughes at the direction of John P. Nichols, or is it really much more than that?

  Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you,

  Detective X
  RSO – Central Homicide
  (951) X desk
  (951) X cell


Written by nuganhand

September 2, 2008 at 6:31 am

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  1. Hi,
    I’m the Rachel Begley in this email and the owner of First, I want to say that this email that was sent was a “feel good” email to someone to try to get that person to hand over evidence. The investigator that is working my dad’s case is a good guy, and working very hard on this case, he is however, working a very dangerous case.
    Nathan is also a good guy and is doing all he can to protect this investigator and still report on how dangerous this is.
    I’m told that an interview I did for this story will air on 9/11 (although this date could be changed), and hopefully I didn’t butcher my interview too badly as I was very sick the day I gave it.
    You can find more evidence and video’s I’ve done with confrontations of some of the players on hidden camera at my site if you want more info on this.
    Rachel aka desertfae

    Rachel Begley

    September 9, 2008 at 11:01 pm

  2. The FBI polygraphers will clean-up this mess.

    Google “Quadri-Track ZCT”

    David Howard

    October 7, 2009 at 3:52 pm

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