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Whatever Happened To Billy?

 
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 Posted 12/14/2016  01:18 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add joeysanders627 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
The only people I befriend on my Facebook are people who I knew in elementary school or high school and, of course, family members. Anyone else? I'll call you.

I was very successful in finding whoever I wanted to from that time. One person I could never find was Billy Kearney. He was a good friend of mine from the time I was five. We grew up playing baseball together. We hung out after school together all the time.

Billy was a good person growing up. He was 6'2" by the time he was ten years old. Even with that size advantage, he never bullied anyone in elementary or high school. He grew taller and taller and also was very well built. He used these attributes to get a football scholarship to be an offensive lineman at a decent university.

I saw him a few times after that, but lost touch after I moved out of state. There was no Facebook back then, so I never knew what happened to him. When I finally opened an account, he was one of the first people I sought to find. I never found an account in his name. Maybe he wasn't a Facebook guy.

Then, yesterday, I was talking to this girl I liked in high school. I, eventually, ask her about Billy. I was hoping she had his phone number, so I could just say hi to him. She told me he had gone to prison and was going to be there for a long time. I was shocked. I did not believe it. I thought she was joking because she knew how close Billy and I were back in the day.

She assured me she wasn't. I asked her what he was in prison for. She stated it had something to do with coins. I was like, "Coins?"

Tonight I tried to find out what happened to my friend. Here is what I discovered.

2nd Circuit Upholds Fraud Convictions, Coin Experts' Testimony:

http://www.lexislegalnews.com/artic...ts-testimony

How Joseph Romano went from coin fraud to hiring a hit man:

http://www.cnbc.com/2014/02/27/how-...hit-man.html

I hope Billy is able to put his life back together after this. I think he got caught up in the money and wound up with the wrong crowd after college. Too bad. He was raised better. I knew his mother and father growing up and they were good and honorable people. That is why my family never had a problem with me going to Billy's house to hang out.

I don't know what else to say. Goodnight.

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 Posted 12/14/2016  06:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Biedercoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Wow. That's quite sobering. There are a lot of eBayers out there that would benefit from hearing consequences such as these. Okay, maybe not a lot but more than a few.
- About two score and seven+ years ago, I began a Lincoln cent collection. I have all, most in AU or better & am upgrading to MS as possible.
- I collect all coins minted 1809, 1859, 1909, 1959, and 2009. Lincoln and C.Darwin were both born in 1809. The latter published his "On the Origin of Species.." in 1859, the Lincoln cent debuted in 1909, and after that it just seemed like a good way to show the evolution of US coinage. Most non-nums to whom I've shown these react with the phrase, "I had no idea!" That alone shows their worth.
- I've completed MS sets of Jeffersons & MS specimens of other 5 nickels; Franklins done. Roosies mostly done. I enjoy hunting for WLH and "winged liberty" dimes.
-- If I left my early Washington quarter book at one of y'alls house, please ring me up.
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 Posted 12/14/2016  06:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Man. What doors are chosen that open onto fields unimagined.

I had a similar story to yours, with most of the pre-Facebook story nearly identical. In my case my friend had died a decade earlier.

One of those cases where you think you will always have time to see your friend again. But the clock had stopped.
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 Posted 12/14/2016  06:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add trout1105 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am sorry to hear about how your Mate turned out, It is a real shame when one of your friends take the wrong turn in their lives.
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 Posted 12/19/2016  2:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cascade to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wasn't this story on an episode of "American Greed" a year or two ago? Sounds familiar.

I didn't see your friends name in the article. Do you know how he was involved?
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