Just received this in an abovetopsecret reply to a thread I started there.
Hey guys. I know Joe’s wife through a family member. I can answer all of your questions.
Joe got word of the IRS disaster (well, this round of it) earlier in the week. He seemed to keep it to himself and then it appeared to eat at him as he got more and more angry as the days went by. On Wed, he pretty much blew up and got violent, causing Sheryl to leave with her daughter (his step-daughter). They went to a hotel for the night. Days before that, she changed her email address to a private host instead of sharing his mail server (she never explained why, just that it was “effective immediately”). Clearly, things were not going well at home.
I’m guessing the reason why the family wasn’t mentioned is that they’d been married about three years, he wasn’t really bonded with the girl, and he was upset with Sheryl leaving. He then turned that rage towards the IRS and boom.
The money goes deeper than you think, though. Yes, it’s an expensive house (and was a nice one), but it was also full of new furniture and that delicious grand piano for Sheryl to teach with (she ran lessons out of the home; that’s the undocumented income). The plane, he’s had that for years. He wouldn’t sell it because they used it practically every weekend to relax and be together. It had a lot of emotional value to them all.
So anyway, they were at the hotel overnight and in the morning she went home and found the house on fire. She went into a neighbor’s house while the firefighters did their job. That’s where the “and a neighbor saved her” or whatever BS came from. She was just ducking out to have a breakdown.
The “theft” of the plane was from journalists. Because there was no flight plan, some dip# presumed it was stolen, unaware of any situation were one might not need to be filed. So, it was his plane all along and the hangar was even in his name (and another fellow, unrelated to this incident).
So … what else? This is just a case of a good guy having too much crap happen to him. He’s no martyr and there’s no grand conspiracy.
The conflicting accounts of the house fire and plane crash should not be surprising to anyone since it is commonplace, especially in cases involving traumatic incidents, to find wildly divergent eyewitness reports. That these unfiltered versions get reported without corroboration is illustrative of the current state of what passes for journalism these days.
As for the pilot’s financial status, it is not at all unusual for a person to possess high value assets while, simultaneously, be on the verge of bankruptcy. If his debts far exceed the value of his assets, then he would be forced to file in order to protect at least some of what he owns.
There are many people who have found themselves in this kind of precarious situation through no fault of their own due to illness or being un/under-employed. I certainly have sympathy for them.
This coward tried to game the system and then, when he got caught, tried to paint himself as some altruistic patriot, willing to sacrifice himself for a greater good. In reality, he lacked the fortitude to fight the battle he started and, even worse, attempted to take others with him.
We are better off with him removed from the world. I hope other like-thinking individuals learn from Stack’s gutless deed. He is going to be remembered as a weak loser who took the easy way out.
If that’s how you want to be remembered, then by all means, go find a plane. If not, show some courage and face the music.
Now that makes sense and answers my questions.
For some reason I believe the guy.