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            was the truth about who did what to whom, Caudillo was, as far as my
            eyewitness, never again seen at Drummer after the burglary. He may have
            been Embry’s henchman, but he lasted only two issues. His name appeared
            as “Assistant to the Publisher” on the masthead of Drummer 20 (January
            1978) and Drummer 21 (March 1978).
               Caudillo’s sudden disappearance caused not a whit of concern. We were
            San Franciscans. We specialized in fly-by-night people who appeared and
            disappeared. Ask Oscar Wilde. “It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disap-
            pears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and
            possess all the attractions of the next world.”
               Begelman was found shot to death in a Century Plaza Hotel room in
            LA in 1995.
               Paralleling Dakota’s Informant, Jeanne Barney, testifying her own eye-
            witness, told me in an email, November 14, 2006, that Caudillo

               ...sold John Embry a bill of goods about how much he could do
               for Drummer, yada, yada, yada. Some years after I left [Drummer],
               when I was still handling “The Leather Fraternity” and fulfilling
               magazine subscriptions [in 1978 before Embry trashed her han-
               dling of “The Leather Fraternity” in Drummer 30], he showed up
               here with John and told me that they would no longer be providing
               the magazines [directly to me], that I would have buy them from
               the distributor. Which I was forced to do in order to fulfill these
               people’s subscriptions; he and John refused to do it. He should rot
               in hell. With John. Every year when John [Embry with whom she
               remained lifelong frenemies] and Jerry [Embry’s partner] do The
               Annual Day-After-Christmas Ladies Who Lunch, John says, “The
               worst thing I ever did was get involved with Dick Caudillo.” And
               I always respond, “No, the worst thing you ever did was letting me
               go.” By the way: a friend and I used to call DC, “Dick Caudildo.”

               Were  Drummer’s financial direction and account books handled by
            “amateurs” like Mickey and Judy putting on a show? During twenty-four
            years, was there a business plan? Was there ever a professional financial
            director or a licensed accountant? Were profits reinvested into the magazine?
            Or into real estate? Was anyone watching the cash register? Was Drummer
            embezzled to death? Were its accounts run like personal checkbooks? Was
            Drummer a cash cow milked dry? Or was it simply a case of Hollywood
            accounting where  no film  turns  a profit? No  matter  how big a film’s
            gross, the studio accountants typically figure it nets zero. These financial

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