@drunkwooky I actually know this fellow and have had collecting interactions with him in the past. He was one of the foremost experts and established collectors relative to the Power Droid. Like Gus Lopez/Steve Sansweet level.
It was crazy to watch this whole thing unfold to be honest. There was a big money transaction for a very rare item taking place when this all unfolded and the back and forths about on the forums were pretty interesting and nobody could believe this guy would suddenly “not” provide/send the item which was paid for. He was pretty much the everyone’s friend and stand up guy in the vintage realm.
It was definitely one of those “you never know what is truly going on with a person behind closed doors” situations.
In thinking even more about it, it honestly makes me very sad. This fellow appeared to have it all. Beautiful family, beautiful home, a foremost collector in the hobby that was truly respected, super friendly and helpful to other collectors…Ugggg…just a real shame. Even now I look at his posts, his items, his sales, and his numerous accolades from other collectors. Everything down the drain. I feel bad for him family, the victims of his crimes, and I suppose…even for him a bit as sometimes life just spirals out of control.
He also had numerous “one of a kind” type items. Unfortunately, the entire collection and those items are a bit tainted because of the history. Quite a few gifts/things given in the name of charity, etc…that were ultimately sourced via nefarious means.