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The Mystery Surrounding the Deaths of my Siblings

Original post made by John P Johns, CPA, another community, on Apr 6, 2010

In March, 2008 my eldest brother passed away in the middle of the night at his home in south Palo Alto. He was discovered by his roomate early the next morning. He died of a heart attack. I do not recall whether an autopsy was performed on him. I believe his passing was thought to have been of natural causes and that no toxicology was done.

In March, 2010, my 52 year old sister passed away in the middle of the night at her home just a mile away in south Palo Alto as well. She was discovered by her roomate early the next morning.

I received the results of the autopsy this morning. Her death was ruled accidental. The Santa Clara County Coroner determined her death to be cardiac arrest, induced by an overdose of methadone.

I thought the similarities in the passing of my brother and sister as odd, but thought nothing more of these strange coincidences until having received word of the Coroner's report on my sister's death this morning.

There is one problem with the Coroner's report. My sister was not addicted to heroin. She was not under methodone treatment at the time of her passing. Methodone is not something one uses as a recreational drug.

The Coroner has ruled this death accidental. Her death occurred in Palo Alto, a city where former Chief Robert Brennan, the one who falsely accused me of creating a hostile work environment worked for over 20 years before commming to work for Atherton.

I know Brennan has friends in the Palo Alto Police Department. I know this because after dialing 911 to have his officers raid my office he also called a friend of his in the Palo Alto Police Department to dispatch a patrol unit over to my house. Apparently Brennan hoped the Palo Alto Police officers would gain entry to my house and find Town property that could then be used as evidence that I had been stealing from the Town. Mary Topliff revealed this during her deposition in my suit against the Town.

With Brennan's friends in the Palo Alto Police Department I have little hope of persuading the Palo Alto Police Department to initiate a criminal investigation pertaining to the circumstances of my beloved sister Mary's passing.

I would ask the support of the residents of the Town of Atherton to call for a criminal investigation by an objective and qualified law enforcement agency.

The case number of my sister's investigation is 10 00524. The Santa Clara County Coroner can be reached at 408 885 2010.

I want to be careful in accusing anybody falsely of committing a crime. I have been falsely accused myself and I know how damaging to one's reputation being called a criminal can be.

All I ask for is that this matter be looked into further. I thank the good residents of the Town of Atherton in advance for their support.

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Posted by code blue
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 6, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Mr. Johns:
I can remember when your car was stolen from your driveway, on the evening you were supposed to address the council on your phase one audit of the building department and you had to ride your bike from Palo Alto in order to deliver your report.
I also remember that one of the plan checkers working in the building department (Kevin?had threatened you while you were researching for one of building department audits--there were three phases as I recall.
It's all enough to make you wonder why some were willing to go soooo far to protect the secrets that were revealed in the audit, or might have been revealed if the audits had continued.......
Then Brennen Nielson and Marsala came up more serious ways rake you over the coals for just doing your job
There so many known ways that they came up with to punish you--its horrible to be left wondering and uncertain if there were even more.

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2010 at 7:27 pm

John, I am so sorry to hear about this.

Of course we need to look at this, and I pray we do not find anything.


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Posted by Pam
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm

John, thank you for sharing more of your story and family's personal tragedy.

I am sorry for your loss. I am glad that the investigation will be out of the County.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 8, 2010 at 11:41 pm

John - why don't you get a private autopsy performed? You have the right to do that...

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