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From page 1 some face time in the form of an on-camera interview on the Dis- covery Channel's sister network "Investigations Discovery." That episode of"Sins & Secrets," as the show is called, aired a couple of years ago. Eventually, Williams' body was found floating several miles off the West End of Catalina. Un- til he was identified, he was known as "John Doe 88." Rather than the presumed vic- tim of a drug trafficking operation gone wrong, it turned out the story behind Williams was quite a bit more complex. For L.A. County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Ken Clark, things got interesting Island resident Kelly Callaghan- Skoff, is a digi- tal illustrator and recent plein air pastelist. Graphic Design had been her chosen career but all she's ever wanted to Kelly Callaghan-Skoff do was draw. Always yearning for artistic opportunities, travel and adventure, she called it quits on the typical way of life and left the comfort of her, California home and lifestyle with a big box of art supplies and a dream of earning a living in paradise her reality. "When I first got to the island after a five-year travel and sailing sabatical, I was eager to recreate my art career and strived to capture the lively and colorful social beau- when he learned that Williams had recently inherited $2 million from his father and had subse- quently been swindled out of it. The wheels of this epic confidence scam began turning even before Wil- liams had inherited the money when he met up with a man named Har- vey Morrow in San Pedro in 2003. The two became pals and Williams regular- ly updated his new friend on his father's condition and--unfortunately for Williams--on his huge inheri- tance upon his father's death. At this point, the con game-- which had no doubt been swirling in Morrow's head for months-- ty of Avalon. Digital illustration seemed the best choice for me. There were all ready many talented artists creating beautiful plein air landscapes. After many years of work- ing on the computer, I needed to return to the natural beauty of the island and learn to ren- der images in a more classical approach. The results and process are very different, but being reconnected with nature and tra- ditional art media has brought my creativity full circle. I always have had the desire to explore and change things up a bit to keep life's journey interesting. I thrive on the challenge of learning and the unexpected results that are created as I art on. - - - Jim Watson Columnist went into high gear. Williams, who evidently was suffering from that often deadly combination of greed and naivet6, actually let Morrow convince him that he could save him a ton of money on taxes by putting his new- found wealth in "tax shelters" in offshore banks in the British Virgin Islands. As you've prob- ably figured out by now, Morrow simply opened the bank accounts in his own name and even began using the funds to refurbish his yacht the "Ioliar-Mara," Gaelic for "Sea Eagle". "Making a living by one's hand is not always easy, but it is incred- ibly exciting and always reward- ing. I thank you from the bottom of my heart in allowing me and other artists to create for you and take home a memorial piece to showcase:your--special time oa~ Catalina Island. We couldn't do i~'~ without you !" Williams remained blissfully ignorant of these clandestine moves on the part of Morrow and the two not only remained "friends" but began planning an around-the-world sailing adven- ture. But sooner or later a light final- ly switched on in Williams' head and in May 2006 the pair found themselves on Morrow's yacht off the Isthmus. There, Williams un- wisely began protesting Morrow's usurpation of his wealth--a pro- test that was ended by a gun shot to the head. Williams' body remained in the ocean for an estimated two weeks before being discovered by a pass- ing yacht from Newport Beach on May 18, 2006. Morrow fled to Montana where he landed a job as a used car sales- man. Despite his colossal haul, within six months of the murder he was already broke. Not only was Morrow evidently poor at handling his own finances, he was apparently rather poor at selling used cars as well and his employer paired him up with a mentor named Joe Parsetich, who lust happened to be a retired deputy from the Cascade County Sheriff's Department. Being a retired peace office, Parsetich was naturally curious about his new student's life and learned .from Morrow that he had recently moved to Montana in an attempt to assuage his grief over his "wife's drowning" off their yacht in Texas. Parsetich did a little sleuthing on the internet and learned that Morrow was wanted for question- ing by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department in connection to the murder. Morrow was subsequent- ly arrested and extradited to L.A. County. On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, a jury in Long Beach Court convicted Morrow of First Degree Murder and Murder for Financial Gain. The following month, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 25 years. ISLAND SPA Island Spa Catalina (American Leisure, Spa operator) is hiring for all positions. 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