Contraland: The First $2 Million YouTube Video?

When we reported on Craig “Sawman” Sawyer’s charity Vets4ChildRescue’s 2018 IRS Form 990, we gave him the benefit of the doubt that he really was going to release a documentary. Well, he’s come through. Contraland is finally available…on YouTube, not Netflix.

At the time of writing, the video has been out for 3 days and has 13,806 views and Veterans For Child Rescue’s YouTube channel has 724 subscribers.

We estimate V4CR has raised about $2 million so far around their mission to create this documentary, which must make it one of the most expensive YouTube videos ever made. It appears there is not a great relationship between NASCAR sponsorship and YouTube subs.

By contrast, the documentary Out of Shadows has been out for about a month and has received more than 12 million views just on their official channel.

This free movie has become the subject of a lawsuit between Tiffany Fitzhenry and Mike “The Stuntman” Smith. TL;DR: he claims she libeled him by text messaging his wife.

The Out of Shadows movie has also been viciously attacked by LARPer Jason Goodman, who accused one of the producers, his former frequent guest Kevin Shipp, of buying fake subscriptions. Goodman has had Craig Sawyer on his show several times; will he now promote this movie, as a rival to Shipp’s?

Although I still have my doubts about Craig Sawyer, I commend him for doing the right thing and releasing his documentary for free. Let’s hope it has some positive benefit in stopping the scourge of child sex trafficking. So far they’ve only helped bust a few low-level pedos.

(h/t Cathy Fox for giving me the heads up on this release).

#LARPWars Part 6 – Fox Sues Defango, Trevor, Thomas, Michael

Previous Coverage:

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5


#LARPWars in the News

We were the first to break this story in October 2019. Since then, ShadowBox Strategies has been in the news.

First Jimmys Llama did an exposé in January 2020:

Then notorious “QSlayer” Will Sommer of The Daily Beast wrote about it in February:

Source: Daily Beast

The tale was then picked up by Raw Story:

The story has also been covered at Dave Acton‘s blog SDNY.org:


Latest Developments

Looks like this story’s not going anywhere.

#Coronavirus be damned; the Well Traveled Fox is suing her former partners.

Thanks to Lestat, aka Cheshire3301, for bringing this to my attention:

Ever the victim, Defango claims that he was sued on his birthday (March 21). In fact the suit was filed March 16 2020.

Defango is only on the hook for $499.19. He has threatened to counter-sue for either $75,000 or $1 million; on what basis remains unclear at this time.

It seems Fox is trying to claw back some of the money awarded to Trevor in his lawsuit against Jesslyn Radack (who Defango publicly accused of leaking the “Seth Rich” DNC files to Wikileaks).

Defango’s threats against Beth and her family have been included:

We even get a mention! Posting Fox’s own comments, with redactions at her request, is supposedly “false, derogatory, or threatening” to her in some unspecified way.

It’s interesting to note that the Twitter account mentioned in a) refers to PaxNomad, which is one of Fox’s sock puppet accounts. So she is blaming herself for defaming herself – the height of legal confusion.

Here is the full complaint:

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Fox certainly picked an interesting Beverly Hills lawyer, check out some of his Yelp reviews:

Source: Yelp
Source: Yelp

As this story unfolds, we will continue to provide you with the most accurate coverage available on the Internet.


Additional Information

Tweet from Thomas Schoenberger
Source: Fitzgibbon v Radack, Counter-claim filed by Jesslynn Radack
Message from Trevor Fitzgibbon asking Shadowbox partner (allegedly, Fox) to “do the tick tick” against Jesslynn Radack
Message from Thomas Schoenberger to Well Traveled Fox and Defango about Shadowbox corporate structure, March 2018 (click to enlarge)
Introduction of Defango to Well Traveled Fox, May 25 2017. ChristWins aka Vetter is allegedly Thomas Schoenberger
“Nice to meet you” message from Thomas Schoenberger to Well Traveled Fox, Jun 25 2017
Message from Thomas Schoenberger to Fox suggesting they form a company with Trevor, July 9 2017
Message from Well Traveled Fox to Thomas Schoenberger “we started a business” Aug 21, 2017
Message from Michael Levine to Fox about corporate structure of ShadowBox strategies, Feb 2018
Message from Thomas Schoenberger to Fox and Michael Levine about corporate filing, February 2018
Message from Thomas Schoennerger to Manuel Chavez, equal shareholders
Message from Thomas Schoenberger to Manuel Chavez, creation of C corp

Other Videos

Defango’s “birthday lawsuit” stream:

Videos referenced by Fox in the lawsuit:


Updates

Thomas Schoenberger (allegedly) has responded to this article on Twitter:

Did Fox initiate this lawsuit out of coronavirus quarantine-induced boredom?

The #LARPwars sure create some strange bedfellows:

Meanwhile Defango’s landlady “Cheri CBD” is accusing Fox of using this lawsuit to stalk Defango and harass her elderly father. She is about to “sick 2 attorneys onto her”:

Conspiracy theories abound:

Nothing new for Cheri. She also accused Thomas Schoenberger and Dave Acton of doxxing her father:

The police visit she is referring to happened 5 days after Isaac Kappy’s mysterious death. It was allegedly called in by Tanya Cornwell, wife of Defango’s former attorney Steven Biss. Defango claims it can’t have been her because the phone number given on the police report was different from the cellphone number he has for her.

2019 Burning Man Post-Mission Synopsis (Sheriff’s Report)

Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen has released his Post-Mission synopsis for 2019.

The relationship between the Burning Man Project and the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office is described as “extremely toxic”.

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Burners should be aware that all police on Playa are now mandated by law to wear body cameras. You might think you’re in the middle of nowhere having a transformational experience and being whoever you want to be – but you are being recorded.

Police are required at the festival for longer than just the 8 days the gates are open. This year there was a sexual assault during the city build, as well as someone reporting a sexual assault from the previous year.

See also 2018 Financial Analysis

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