Well, that story just gets better. On December 29, a 34-page memo written by one of the 'victims,' 31-year old Angelo Amadio, was apparently delivered to the Monterey County District Attorney. The rambling complaint characterizes the Monterey County Sheriff's Department as "bad actors," and alleges that they have failed to investigate the art heist thoroughly because of Amadio's friendship with a woman named Sage Ratcliff, who is under separate investigation for passing bad checks. And then, just when you think the story can't get any stranger, in it pulls the CIA. Yup, the CIA, that old chestnut. It alleges Ratcliff's stepfather has ties to the CIA and that her father is a deputy with the sheriff's department, and insists the cronyism in the sheriff's department is the reason his artwork is still missing. Amadio also claims he was threatened at gunpoint by men with CIA ties, or ties to the sheriff's department.
I have to admit that, in a perverse way, I sort of admire how brazenly Amadio seems to be doubling and tripling down on the crazy. First, you report one of the biggest art heists in history, including an 'undiscovered' canvas by Jackson Pollock. That alone is transcendently insane, if false. Then, when pressed by skeptical investigators, you say that all record of your ownership was stolen, too, in the same theft. Then you triple down with the alleged CIA connection and murky threats at gunpoint.
It's all very convoluted. (I left out many, many other twists and turns, too.) It may be easier to follow if you watch a 4 minute piece about this from a local TV news station by clicking HERE. (It includes video of the two "victims" as well. The other man is a 62 year old retired professor named Dr. Ralph Kennaugh. The two are variously described as "business partners" and just "partners.")