The Starry Night Murder: Timeline
May 29, 1932 - Harvey Freier born in New York.
1951 - Responding to a newspaper ad, Freier is hired by Merit Protective Services, a New York private detective agency.
1952 to 1955 - Freier drafted into army and serves stateside. He also marries and has a daughter, Meryl, who eventually marries Larry Hurwitz.
April 27, 1952 - George Castagnola born in Arkansas, grows up in New Jersey.
1954 to 1970 - Larry Hurwitz born and lives in Cedarhurst, New York.
Late 1950s to 1961 - Freier goes back to work for Merit, opening an office for them in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1961, he learns how to administer lie detector tests.
1962 to 1965 - Freier re-enlists in the Army and goes to Vietnam. He later tells people he worked for the Special Forces behind enemy lines and assassinated captured American soldiers before they could talk under torture.
Late 1965 - Freier gets out of the army and goes back to work for Merit. He moves to Los Angeles and increases his work with lie detector tests.
1967 - Freier opens his own detective agency, Harvey Services, in Los Angeles. Marries for third time, has two more children: Harvey, Jr. and a deformed child who dies in infacy.
1968 - Freier has a religious experience and moves back to New York to study for the ministry.
1969 - Freier legally changes his name to Freeman, becomes an ordained minister and moves back to Los Angeles.
1970 - Freeman attends a religious seminar sponsored by the International New Thought Alliance in Portland, Oregon. He meets "Dr. Bill Graham," pastor of the Church of Truth in Beaverton, which is looking for a minister. Freeman is hired and works there for approximately one and a half years. He also meets Starr Farish, who would later operate the Outlook Inn on Orcas Island, Washington.
1971 - Freeman makes first of four trips to India, first stopping in New York to see his daughter, Meryl, and meet her boyfriend, Hurwitz. He offers to buy food for the couple, but when he goes to a grocery store with Hurwitz, Larry shoplifts food instead.
Fall 1971 - Freeman returns to Portland and opens his own church, the Center for Truth.
July 21, 1972 - Freeman incorporates the Center of Truth as an Oregon non-profit corporation; founds commune in La Centre, Washington.
1973 - Freeman marries for the fourth time. Hurwitz marries Meyrl in New York, with Freeman performing the ceremony.
July 1973 - Freeman opens Portland's first vegetarian eatery, the Center Family Restaurant at 1233 SW Morrison.
July 1973 or 1974 - Hurwitz and Meryl move to the La Centre commune. Hurwitz has a falling out with Freeman and moves to San Francisco, but soon returns with a new workaholic attitude and becomes manager of the Center Family Restaurant. Meryl has a son, Ari, who is born with a cleft palate. Hurwitz temporarily leaves Meryl, but eventually returns and the couple and child move into a SE Portland apartment.
1975 - George Castagnola is discharged from the Navy. He was stationed at Swan Island and stays in Portland working in the music industry as a lighting and sound man.
1976 to 1977 - Castagnola moves to New Jersey, marries a woman named Virginia, has a son named Zack, moves back to Portland.
April 1977 - Freeman opens second restaurant, Family Center Pizza at 227 SW Morrison. Commune members discover Freeman is having sex with a number female followers, and begin to doubt his religious sincerity.
May 1978 - Freeman sells the restaurants.
Fall 1978 - Freeman closes the commune, sells the land and clears approximately $600,000. He opens another restaurant at SE 29th and Powell.
February 1979 - Hurwitz opens his own vegetarian restaurant, Au Natural.
1981 - Hurwitz meets Al Jasper, owner of Marco Polo restaurant in Old Town.
March 23, 1981 - Hurwitz and several other former commune members sue Freeman for fraud over unpaid work at the restaurants. Suit seeks $150,000 in back wages.
April 14, 1981 - George Castagnola, future sound engineer for Starry Night, is arrested on attempted murder charges during a drug raid in Gladstone.
August 13, 1981 - Freeman pays Hurwitz $10,000 through third party; lawsuit dismissed. Freeman closes his restaurant, returns to private detective work in Los Angeles and California, especially polygraph work. He eventually marries for the fifth time.
December 15, 1982 - Hurwitz Corporation is formed with Larry as chairman of the board, president, and secretary. Brother David is vice-president and director. Initial capital includes $80,000 loan from father.
December 22, 1982 - Starry Night opens at NW 5th and Burnside. Hurwitz Corporation never keeps payroll or other employee records. First show, Billy Rancher concert, is shut down by fire marshal! for overcrowding.
January 1983 - Beatrice Wolbaum works as waitress at Hobo's Restaurant in Old Town, which provides temporary liquor licenses for Starry Night.
January 20, 1983 - Hurwitz pleads guilty to driving with a suspended license; never has valid Oregon driver's license again.
March 1, 1983 - Starry night applies to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for a liquor license.
March 21, 1983 - Castagnola pleads guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance. Attempted murder charges are dropped.
May 20 - 22, 1983 - Starry Night employee John Stanley steals $5,000 in cash, along with rumored cocaine and pornography. Hurwitz decides to kidnap Stanley's parents and hold them for ransom. He convinces several employees to trick the parents into flying to Portland from Texas, but is stopped at the last minute at the airport by the Port of Portland police. Although a report on the incident is sent to the Multnomah County District Attorney, no charges are ever filed.
July 7, 1983 - Before the OLCC issues its liquor permit, Starry Night is cited for selling liquor without a permit.
August 15, 1983 - Larry and David Hurwitz plead guilty to OLCC charges, fined $150 each.
August 29, 1983 - OLCC approves liquor license (issued September 2). January 1984 Wolbaum goes to work as office manager at Starry Night.
May 1984 - Michael Wolbaum is discharged from the Navy, meets Larry through Bea, eventually goes to work at Starry Night as a bartender.
Mid-1980's - After attending PCC and working as a carpet layer for several years, Castagnola goes to work for Hurwitz at Starry Night. The two meet at a softball game.
February 23, 1985 - Larry Hurwitz offers to buy David's interest in Starry Night for
April 4, 1985 - Larry opens new nightclub called The Sixth Avenue directly across the street from Stary Night at 15 NW 6th. According to April 4 Willamette Week piece, the club was originally the Old Town Saloon. Larry says it will serve as a venue for local bands, augmenting the national acts at Starry Night.
April 5, 1985 - Hurwitz opens comedy club across the street from Starry Night. Closes a few weeks later but soon re-opens as black-oriented disco; ownership unclear.
November 1985 - Freeman works as polygraph consultant for Chapman Investigations of Los Angeles.
January 1986 - Freeman works as polygraph consultant for Merit Protective Services in Hawaii.
August 1986 - Tim Moreau moves to Portland to attend Reed College.
October 1986 - Remodeling reportedly performed at Starry Night, underwritten by $250,000 loan from landlord, Marko Susnajaro. Hurwitz tries to shut down the competing Pine Street Theater by complaining to the Portland building inspector about code violations.
November 22, 1986 - Starry Night cited by OLCC for selling liquor to minors.
1987 - 1994 - George Castagnola lives with Karin DeWolff.
January 1987 - Hurwitz opens Merrill Lynch account. It averages between $49,000 and $128,000 over the next five years.
May 1987 - Freeman works at the Outlook Inn in Eastsound, Washington. He meets Kat Hand and begins a romantic relationship with her.
Summer 1987 - David Hurwitz sues Larry in Multnomah County court for not paying off his interest in Starry Night. Suit also charges that Larry failed to repay his father's estate $105,000 in outstanding loans.
November 19, 1987 - Hurwitz Corporation holds special meeting to document Larry buying David out two years earlier.
December 1987 - Hurwitz drops OLCC license, contracts with Dakota Cafe for alcohol servicing under Oregon law covering only the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Starry Night.
1988 - Hurwitz fails to file personal or corporate income taxes for 1987.
April 1988 - Freeman goes to work at Starry Night.
June 7, 1988 - David Hurwitz's suit against Larry is dismissed.
June 24, 1988 - Outsider motorcycle club holds annual private party at Starry Night. Guests drink Dakota Cate's liquor without paying for it, in violation of OLCC rules. Dakota Cafe breaks contract with Starry Night, prompting lawsuit.
August 1988 - Freeman and Hand go to work for Hurwitz, temporarily living at Starry Night. Among other things, Hurwitz gives Hand the job of counterfeiting concert tickets.
August 1, 1988 - Cafe Vivo provides liquor license for Starry Night.
December 1988 - Moreau leaves Reed to pursue career in music, opens Riddlers dance club at the Red Sea Restaurant, 318 SW 3rd.
1989 - Hurwitz fails to file personal or corporate income taxes for 1988.
January 5, 1989 - Bazillion Corporation is formed to open and operate Day for Night Restaurant at 325 NW 5th. Owners are Wolbaum (75%) and Freeman (25%). OLCC applications lists $20,000 in personal loans from Hurwitz. No income taxes are ever filed.
February 22, 1989 - Hurwitz files letter with OLCC claiming no financial interest in Day for Night. Liquor license issued shortly thereafter. Bazillion Corporation also begins serving liquor at Starry Night.
March 1989 - Moreau goes to work for Starry Night. Kat Hand quits a short time later. Before leaving, she teaches Tim how to counterfeit tickets for Hurwitz.
July 22, 1989 - Hurwitz, Castagnola and others try but fail to burn down the Sav-Mor grub/Onion Tree complex because it is bad for business.
August 1989 - Dakota Cafe wins settlement from Starry Night. A few days later, Dakota Cafe,owner Bill Dickey's boat is stolen from McCormick Pier, vandalized and left to sink. No one is ever arrested.
August 3, 1989 - Hurwitz loans an additional $4,000 to the Bazillion Corporation.
August 19, 1989 - Hurwitz, Castagnola and others try to blow up the Sav-Mor Grub/Onion Tree complex but call it off because too many people are in the area.
August 24, 1989 - Hurwitz, Castagnola and others blow up the Sav-Mor Grub/Onion Tree complex because the junkies and drug dealers hanging out there were bad for business.
November 17, 1989 - Kat Hand checks herself into a residential drug treatment program at the Tuality Hospital.
1990 - Hurwitz fails to file personal or corporate income taxes for 1989. Sundown Sound sues Starry Night for not making payments on its sound system.
January 19, 1990 - Tim calls parents to say he resents Hurwitz not giving him a raise, and that he has information he can take to the police. He asks if he can move home, and his parents say yes.
January 20, 1990 - Counterfeit John Lee Hooker tickets are seized at Starry Night. They were all sold at Day for Night. Hurwitz accuses Moreau of counterfeiting them.
January 21, 1990 - Hurwitz meets with Freeman, Castagnola and Wolbaum and plot to kill Moreau. Castagnola recommends a garrotte, and also says they should dig a grave in advance. Hurwitz borrows Freeman's Cadillac, and both he and Castagnola drove up the Columbia River Gorge, cross over to the Washington side, and dig a grave for burying Moreau's body. Meanwhile, Moreau calls his parents in New Orleans to say he is concerned about the situation at work and will be meeting with Hurwitz. But he insists everything is under control and he can take care of himself.
January 22, 1990 - At 5:55 am, Oregon State Police trooper L.D. Tatom stops Cadillac near Hood River containing Hurwitz and Castagnola. Castagnola would later say they had just finished digging a grave. Castagnola is arrested for criminal non-payment of child supprt, and Hurwitz bails him out of jail. They return to Starry Night, where Castagnola makes a garrotte for strangling Moreau. Castagnola shows Hurwitz how to use a garrotte, and Hurwitz practices slipping it over Tim's neck, using Castagnola's forearm.
January 23, 1990 - At Hurwitz's request, Moreau comes to Starry Night. Castagnola is there, too. Hurwitz strangles Moreau with a home-made garrott, which breaks after Moreau passes out, and Castagnola wraps his head in duct tape to suffocate him. Hurwitz and Castagnola load Moreau's body into the trunk of the Cadillac, drive it up to the grave, and bury it. Unknown to Castagnola, Hurwitz asked Michael Wolbaum to serve as a lookout outside Starry Night. After returning to Portland, Hurwitz calls Moreau's apartment several times, leaving messages on his answering machine as though he was still alive. Hurwitz orders a pizza, which is delivered at 12:30 am on the 24th. While eating the pizza, Hurwitz devises the cover story that hold up for the next 10 years.
January 24, 1990 - Castagnola drives Moreau's car to the Portland International Airport and leaves it in a parking lot. Tim's landlady calls Mike at work to say she has not seen Tim for days. The Moreau's call his apartment and Starry Night, but only get record-a-phones.
February 1, 1990 - Hurwitz calls the Moreau's in New Orleans and gives them cover story about Tim admitting to counterfeit tickets and fleeing. Mike says Larry's voice had strange, mesmerizing quality to it.
February 2, 1990 - Moreau's car is found at the Portland International Airport. Police find no record of him having caught a flight.
February 3 to 5, 1990 - Mike and Penny Moreau visit Portland, find no sign of Tim. At the advise of Portland homicide detective Steve Baumgarte, they do not visit Hurwitz on this trip.
February 5, 1990 - After the Portland police ask Hurwitz if he's willing to take a lie detector test, he and Freeman fly to Los Angeles to practice how to pass test by using machine at ray Chapman's detective agency. Chapman is friend of Freeman's. Harvey coaches Hurwitz on how to pass test. After returning to Portland, Hurwitz takes and "passes" test administered by private polygraph examiner James Wygant.
February (first week), 1990 - Kat Hand tells unidentified female details of counterfeit ticket operation during drug rehab program. Hand says Tim was going to implicate Hurwitz in the scam, and tell the police about drug dealing and prostitution at Starry Night. Hand told the woman Tim had been killed and his body disposed of by "biker types."
February 22, 1990 - Willamette Week publishes small story on counterfeit controversy and Tim's disappearance by Fiona Martin. Jim Redden served as editor. The story prompts former Starry Night employee Evan Parrish to call the paper with new about John Stanley's "disappearance" and Hurwitz's threat to kill him.
March (second week) 1990 - Hand tells unidentified informant that "biker type" named Mickey Everson had threatened her because of her knowledge of killing.
March 28, 1990 - Moreau's fly back to Portland to collect Tim's belongings and ship them home. They stop by Starry Night and confront Hurwitz in his office. Although Hurwitz sticks to his cover story, when Mike asks if Tim left the office alone, Hurwitz pauses a full 30 seconds before saying, "Yes." Mike thinks he was trying to figure out if someone had seen something.
March 29, 1990 - Moreau's stop by Willamette Week offices, have coffee with Jim Redden, tell him about strange encounter with Hurwitz at Starry Night.
June 20, 1990 - Willamette Week publishes Jim Redden's story on Hurwitz and Moreau titled "Missing and Presumed Dead."
July 18, 1990 - Willamette Week prints letters from Hurwitz and Freeman and clarifies small points in the story in exchange for promises from Hurwitz and Freeman not to sue over the article.
August 1990 - Apparently thinking silver will increase in value, Hurwitz buys $303,090 worth of silver bullion from five gold and silver dealers in Portland, including Pacific Gold, Alder Gold, and Halsey Gold and Silver. Harvey Freeman and Beatrice Wolbaum reportedly help him buy the silver under false names.
January 31, 1991 - Hurwitz sells Starry Night to the Oregon Theater Management Company for $650,000. He soon begins promoting music at Cisco and Poncho's Mexican Restaurant (across the street from Starry Night) for $1,500 a month.
March 21 - 27, 1991 - The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office presents information on Moreau's disappearance to a grand jury. Witnesses include Hurwitz, Wolbaum, Castagnola, Freeman and Karen DeWolf. Hurwitz appears twice, the second time on the 27th. Without a body to prove that a murder occurred, however, the grand jury declines to indict anyone. Willamette Week story distributed to grand jury at March 27 session.
April 1, 1991 - Redden starts PDXS with brother Bill and art director Mike King.
May 21, 1991 - Hurwitz and Freeman sue Willamette Week, Redden, and Evan Parrish (a source for 1990 story) for $5 million. In addition to libel and invasion of privacy, Hurwitz and Freeman claim they suffered humiliation, scorn, embarrassment, anxiety, sleeplessness, loss of esteem and respect among members of community, loss of well-established business relations, and loss of profits that would have come from those relations.
July 1991 - Willamette Week, Redden, and Parrish deny charges and countersue Hurwitz and Freeman.
August 1991 - Hurwitz buys silver with Freeman's help.
November 1, 1991 - Hurwitz files personal and corporate taxes for 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990.
1992 - Sometime during this year, Hurwitz buys more than $300,000 worth of silver with Freeman's help and transfers it to bank in Seattle.
February and March 1992 - Depositions conducted in libel suit.
June 26, 1992 - Judge Haggerty grants Willamette Week's motion for summary judgement against all claims. Haggerty does not dismiss the claims against Evan Parrish or our counterclaim, however.
July 23, 1992 - Acting on a tip, Portland police and Multnomah County sheriffs search the Willamette River under the steel bridge for Moreau's body. It is not found. Hurwitz and Freeman watch from the east bank, and Hurwitz says, "They'll never find anything."
July 24, 1992 - Portland police serve search warrant on Roseland Theater (formerly Starry Night), seizing carpet from Hurwitz's old office.
August 1992 - Sundown Sound seizes Hurwitz's Merrill Lynch account, valued at $63,400.
August 3, 1992 - Redden published "The Truth About Larry Hurwitz" in PDXS.
August 20, 1992 - Hurwitz files for bankruptcy protection, fails to disclose $650,000 sale of Starry Night.
October 1, 1992 - Counterclaim charges essentially traded for claims against Parrish. All court proceedings end.
Fall 1992 - Hurwitz and Freeman travel to Thailand.
1993 - IRS serves summons on Multnomah County DA for grand jury transcripts of Larry, Bea, Harvey and George.
July 23 - 24, 1993 - Hurwitz stages phony food benefit at Sellwood Waterfront Park titled Summerfest '93. It is fronted by former Starry Night employee Tom Anderson.
August 7, 1993 - Anderson calls PDXS and threatens "legal action" but admits Hurwitz booked approximately half the bands.
1995 - Hurwitz visits Freeman at Orcas Island, talks him into taking $10,000 in U.S. currency to Thailand. Hurwitz later reclaims the money, giving Freeman a few hundred for the trouble.
1995 - Hurwitz and Wolbaum move to Seattle to start business promoting concerts in Vietnam.
Mid-1995 - Freeman claims he has falling out with Hurwitz after Hurwitz provides Freeman's teenage daughter with alcohol.
October 16, 1996 - Hurwitz stages Sting concert in Ho Chi Mihn City. Show is documented by the E! cable television channel.
February 19, 1997 - Hurwitz is indicted on four counts of federal income tax evasion, accused of hiding more than $420,000 in income from 1987 to 1990.
May 1997 - After Hurwitz refuses to return from Vietnam, a warrant is issued for his arrest. December 1997 The U.S. State Department pulls Hurwitz's passport and he is arrested and deported for being an undocumented alien.
December 19, 1997 - Hurwitz is booked into the Multnomah County Justice Center. December 22, 1997 - Hurwitz is arraigned on tax evasion charges. He pleads not guilty and a trial date is set for February 24, 1998.
December 23, 1997 - Magistrate Janice Stewart refuses to release Hurwitz on bail before the trial.
January 16, 1998 - U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Ashmanskas released Hurwitz to a halfway house. He is not required to post bail at the time of his release, nor did he have a job.
January - February 1998 - Al Jasper hired Hurwitz at Marco Polo, allows him to live in his house.
April 22, 1998 - Hurwitz pleads guilty to one count of tax evasion before US District Judge Malcolm Marsh. Sentencing is set for July 13. The expected sentence is 10 months.
May 8, 1998 - Detective Kent Perry, investigator Herschell Lange and Sgt. Van Stearns meet with unnamed male and female informants. They initially contacted Oregonian reporter Tony Green after he wrote about Hurwitz going to jail in January. The informants tell the investigators that Kat Hand knows about the murder. The female says Hand told her some details of the murder when they were both in drug rehan in the early 1990s. Male informant says Hand told him similar stories. He also says Bea told him Moreau had been murdered in 1993.
June 18, 1998 - Kathy (Kat) Hand is interviewed for the first time by DA investigator Herschell Lange and Supervisory Sergeant V.R. Steams. She gives them inside information on Hurwitz's counterfeit ticket operation.
July 8, 1998 - Hand interviewed second time by police. Denies allegations from unnamed informants.
July 21, 1998 - Hand takes and passes lie detector test about her version of events.
July 28, 1998 - Hurwitz is sentenced to 12 months and three years supervised parole by US District Judge Malcolm Marsh. In announcing the sentence, Marsh told Hurwitz, "Yours is not a typical tax evasion case. It involved considerable planning, and the recruiting of others to assist you in tranferring assets to evade reporting requirments and moving those assets to another country. It also involved the solicitation of a witness to commit perjury before a grand jury. This increases the significance of your actions."
August 1 and 2, 1998 - Hand drives to Orcas Island, Washington. She contacts Freeman, who works at the Outlook Inn occasionally while living in Thailand. During a series of conversations with Hand, Freeman says Hurwitz said he was going to kill Moreau because he wouldn't take responsibility for the counterfeit ticket scam, and that Hurwitz and Castagnola borrowed his Cadillac twice — once to dig a grave in the Columbia Gorge, the second time to bury the body.
August 6, 1998 - Mike and Penny Moreau have Tim legally declared dead in Civil District Court for the Parish of New Orleans.
August 14, 1998 - Hand contacts Lange to say she has new information on the Hurwitz/Moreau case. Lange arranges meeting at OLCC office (where Hand works) with Frink, Myers, Van Steatns, Perry and himself. Hand tells the investigators about her conversations with Freeman at the Outlook Inn.
August 18, 1998 - Perry, Stearns and Myers drive to Anacortes, Washington, where the ferry to Orcas Island originates. Hand makes taped (with Lange) 20 minute call to Freeman at the Outlook Inn. During the call, Freeman generally confirms her version of their earlier conversations. Freeman indicates he is going to leave the next day. Perry, Stearns and Myers agree to wait until the next morning to confront Freeman at the Outlook Inn.
August 19, 1998 - Perry, Stearns and Myers take the ferry to Orcas Island at 5:45 am, drive to the Outlook Inn, but discover Freeman has already fled. Frink prepares an arrest warrant for Freeman as a material witness U.S. Attorney Lance Caldwell obtains a federal warrant for Freeman..
August 19, 1998 - Hurwitz is arrested for violating the terms of his pre-sentence release at Jasper's house. Apparently, federal law enforcement officials had been unable to reach him for several days. Hurwitz claimed he was merely camping with Castagnola and his girlfriend, Johanna McCloskey, at Oxbow State Park and had left a note at work, but that Al Jasper had not be aware of it when contacted by the feds. Hurwit claims Lange drove him to a residential area and kept him in his car and tried to interview him.
August 20, 1998 - U.S. Magistrate Janice Stewart holds a hearing on the arrest. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Caldwell argues that Hurwitz is a flight risk and should remain in federal custody until he reports to jail on August 10. Daniel Feiner argues that the government has not proven Hurwitz did anything wrong. Stewart agrees to let Hurwitz go, but only after he is fitted with an electronic monitoring device and required to report in three times a day. Stewart also set a hearing on the matter before Judge Malcolm Marsh on August 26. At the hearing, Feiner confirms that Hurwitz is both living with and working for Jasper.
August 26, 1998 - Freeman calls Perry from Thailand, leaves message on phone that he is willing to talk. Perry briefs Frink.
August 27, 1998 - Freeman is arrested in Thailand by immigration officials working with customs officials. A conference call is arranged between Freeman, Frink, Caldwell and Thai officials. Freeman says he is willing to cooperate with the investigation, and Lange and Perry begin making arrangments to travel to Thailand. At some point, Hurwitz calls and asks Freeman what he's going to say if contacted by the police. Freeman claims he replies, "What I know."
August 28, 1998 - Hurwitz reports to the Sheridan prison two weeks early. Apparently, instead of going through with the August 26 hearing before Marsh, Hurwitz decided to begin serving his sentence early. According to the August 29 issue of the Oregonian, Daniel Feiner said Hurwitz "wanted to put to rest all suggestions, worries that he was a flight risk." But, as Oregonian reporter Ashbel Green put it, "There are several theories why Hurwitz might have wanted to run. First, his sentence includes an additional three years of supervised release, which would likely prevent him from returing to Vietnam, where he was living and working before his arrested." (Green did not mention that federal law enforcement officials believe Hurwitz has stashed approximately $300,000 in silver there.) "But Hurwitz, 43, also remains a 'person of interest' in the 1990 disappearance of former Reed College student Tim Moreau; police have reopened the case in hopes that new witnesses will come forward," Green continued. "Moreau vanished after the discovery of a counterfeit ticket scam at an Old Town nightclub called Starry Night. Hurwitz owned Starry Night and employed Moreau. Hurwitz was also the last person to see Moreau alive."
August 7, 2000 - At Hurwitz's request, Castagnola contacts Michael Wolbaum at the River Queen concert site and advises him to stay quiet about the murder, warning that Freeman may be starting to talk.
September 1 - 6, 1998 - Perry and Lange travel to Thailand, meet Harvey, and accompany him back to Portland. Perry and Lange deny talking to Harvey about the case during this trip.
September 8, 9, 10, 14 and 15, 2000 - Freeman is interviewed by investigators at the office of his lawyer, Whitney Boise. The investigators take no notes until the 15th. Freeman is granted immunity in exchange for his cooperation. Afterwards, Perry writes a lengthy summary of Freeman's life and experiences with Hurwitz.
September 14, 1998 - Investigators interview Kat Hand again. Among other things, she confirms Freeman's account of the Sav-Mor Grub conspiracy.
September 16, 1998 - Freeman signs plea bargain agreement, testifies before Multnomah County Grand Jury.
September 23, 1998 - Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge James Ellis authorizes the use of a pen register and trace device for George Castagnola's home phone, 503-274-1622 at 26 SW Curry.
September 25, 1998 - Detective Sergeant Kent Perry talks by phone with Harvey Freeman in Thailand. Freeman tells Perry that Hurwitz may have assets in the Siam National Bank at 66 Rasada Road in Phuket Town, Thailand. Perry subsequently passes this information on to IRS investigator Debra Meyer.
September 29, 1998 - The police arrange to use a vacant house at 25 SW Curry, directly across the street from Castagnola's home, for surveillance.
October 1, 1998 - Continuous surveillance begins on Castagnola's home (excluding midnight to 6 am), including pen register and trap and trace on Castagnola's phone, still (35mm) and video film of people coming and going from the home, along with an activity log of people and vehicles. Surveillance continues until October 5.
October 5, 1998 - Perry obtains tapes of nine phone calls placed by Hurwitz from Sheridan federal prison between September 10 and 23.
October 6, 1998 - A grand jury authorizes the use of the tapes from Sheridan. Perry reviews them and notes that in one conversation between Hurwitz and Castagnola, the two men appear to be speaking in code. In fact, Hurwitz asked Castagnola to contact Michael Wolbaum and ensure he stays quiet.
October 12, 1998 - Judge Ellis authorizes a wire tap and listening device for Castagnola's phone. It is activated at 4:22 pm.
October 14, 1998 - Perry and Sergeant Stearns drive to Seattle to interview Beatrice Wolbaum. They contact her at her apartment at approximately 11 pm. Wolbaum is visibly nervous and won't let them inside. She refuses to talk at length. At 12:15 am, Perry and Stearns return to her apartment with Detective Wrede of the Seattle Police Department and serve Wolbaum with a subpoena ordering her to testify before the Multnomah County grand jury on October 22.
October 14, 1998 - DA's investigator Hershel! Lange and Dick Bolger contact Michael Wolbaum in Beaverton. He denies knowing anything about Moreau's disappearance. Lange and Bolger serve him with a subpoena ordering him to testify before the grand jury. Perry and Stearns drive to Seattle and contact Bea, serving her with a subpoena to appear before the grand jury in Portland on October 22.
October 15, 1998 - Perry briefs ODA Frink by phone from Seattle before returning to Portland.
October 16, 1998 - At a strategy meeting between Frink, DDAs Frink and Carey, Steams, Lange, Meyer, Lt. Schwartz and Captain Clark, it was decided that Karin DeWolff should be contacted in Spokane on October 19. It was also decided that grand jury subpoenas should be served on George Castagnola's brother John, along with George's current girlfriend, Johanna Mccloskey.
October 19, 1998 - Lange serves grand jury subpoenas on John Castagnola and Johanna Mccloskey.
October 19-20, 1998 - Perry and Stearns drive to Spokane and contact DeWolff at her residence at 5:30 pm. Because she was leaving for work, they agree to meet her again at 11:30 pm after she finishes her shift. At that time, Perry and Stearns interview DeWolff about her knowledge of and relationships with Tim Moreau, Larry Hurwitz, George Castagnola, and Harvey Freeman. She denies knowing anything important. Spokane County Sheriff's Sergeant Bill Beeman serves her with a grand jury subpoena (October 22 appearance). The police leave, but Stearns is paged by DeWolff in his hotel room at midnight, offering more information. The police return at approximately 12:30 am on October 20. At that time, DeWolff admits that Castagnola told her he killed Moreau sometime following his and her original 1991 grand jury testimony. She was also aware that Freeman coached Hurwitz to pass the polygraph test. She's subpoened to appear before grand jury on October 21.
October 20, 1998 - Perry briefs Frink before returning to Portland.
October 21, 1998 - Perry picks DeWolff up at the Portland International Airport and takes her to Frink, who debriefs her. She testifies before the grand jury at approximately 1:20 pm before returning to Spokane.
October 21, 1998 - Perry, Frink and Stearns contact Al Jasper at the Marco Polo at 5 pm. He is cordial but says he won't talk to them until he consults with his attorney.
October 21, 1998 - Michael Wolbaum contacts Lange and Frink by phone, saying he has more information to tell them but wishes to consult with an attorney first.
October 21, 1998 - DeWolff testifies before grand jury.
October 22, 1998 - Perry and Stearns meet with Jasper and his attorney, Steven Arntt, in the DA's office. Jasper tells them about the bombing of SavMor Grub, but says he knows nothing about Moreau's disappearance. Jasper says Hurwitz showed him "documents" about a subject who accused him of killing Moreau recanting his testimony (probably David Wilson).
October 22, 1998 - Beatrice Wolbaum arrives at the DA's office for her grand jury testimony. She tells Frink that she is planning to plead the Fifth Amendment, and Frink arranges for her to have an attorney, Downing Bethune.
October 26, 1998 - Perry and Stearns fly to Spokane to arrange for DeWolff to make a taped phone call to Castagnola. They bring her to Room 310 of the Holiday Inn Express on Division Street in Spokane, where she calls Castagnola at 11:15 pm. Castagnola declines to talk because he suspects his phone is tapped, but calls her back from a pay phone at 11:30 pm. In the call he admits the traffic stop in The Dalles (but denies having shovels) and admits taking Tim's car to the airport, but places most of the blame on Hurwitz and Freeman.
October 27, 1998 - Perry briefs Frink on the call at 8 am before flying back to Portland. At 3 pm, Perry, Frink, Carey, Horner, Caldwell, Meyer, Clark, Stearn and Lange meet and decide to arrest Castagnola. He is taken into custody by DA Investigator Steve Zapp at the Memorial Coliseum at 4:10 pm, where he worked as a lighting technician. Perry and Stearns begin interviewing him at 5 pm. He asks for an attorney, the interview is terminated. He is booked and charged with murder. Multnomah County Assistant District Attorney Norm Frink immediately arranges for an attorney to be appointed to represent him. Joe Reike, a prominent criminal defense attorney, begins negotiating on Castagnola's behalf with Frink. The Oregonian reports that Hurwitz is the ultimate target. "He's certainly a focal point of the investigation," Portland police investigator Kent Perry tell The Oregonian about Hurwitz. "We anticipate that there will be additional arrests," the paper quotes Frink as saying.
October 28, 1998 - Reike negotiates on Castagnola's behalf with the DA. Perry speaks by phone with Freeman in Thailand, arranging for him to return to Portland on November 1.
October 29, 1998 - Castagnola provides detailed statement to police.
October 30, 1998 - Investigators get Castagnola out of jail and take him up the Columbia River Gorge to look for Moreau's body. They don't find it
November 3, 1998 - Mike and Penny Moreau are in town, provide oral DNA samples to the police in case they find skeletal remains.
November 4, 1998 - Bea makes a proffer, testifies before the grand jury.
November 5, 1998 - Investigators take Castagnola out of jail to go looking for Moreau's body again. They fail to find it.
November 10, 1998 - Investigators take Castagnola to the Roseland Theater, where he walks them through the murder.
November 10, 1998 - Stearns, Lange, Perry, Frink and Horner meet with Michael Wolbaum, who tells them his involvement in the events.
November 13, 1998 - Redden testifies before grand jury about blank TicketMaster stock.
November14, 1998 - During a visit at Sheridan, Larry tells David Hurwitz that he was involved in the counterfeit ticket scam.
November 18, 1998 - Castagnola takes and passes a police polygraph test about his version of the murder plot.
November 20, 1998 - George Castagnola pleads guilty to one count of murder. He will be sentenced to 10 years in prison. During the hearing, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Joseph E. Ceniceros read the full text of Castagnola's plea as follows: "I plead guilty to aiding and abetting Larry Hurwitz in causing the death of Timothy Douglas Moreau, including disposing of the body of Timothy Douglas Moreau." Castognola's lawyer, Forrest Reike, says Moreau's body was buried in the Columbia Gorge, proably near Skamania Lodge. He says that Castagnola has already gone to the area three times with the police, but is having trouble finding the exact spot because the georgaphy has changed. That afternoon, Hurwitz is indicted on five counts of aggravated murder.
November 24, 1998 - Hurwitz transported from Sheridan to Justice Center jail, where he is booked.
November 25, 1998 - Hurwitz appears before Judge Ceniceros and pleads not guilty. He is represented by Feiner and a new lawyer, Charles (Chuck) Rogers. Ceniceros sets January 6, 1999, for further proceedings.
December 1, 1998 - David Hurwitz tells Sergeant Sterns that Larry admitted involvement in counterfeit ticket scam during November 14 Sheridan visit.
January 6, 1999 - Judge Ceniceros sets a tentative trial date of October 26, 1999.
May 6, 1999 - Judge Ceniceros sets a new trial date for April 2000. A bail hearing is set for June 23, 1999, then moved to August 11.
August 11, 1999 - Hurwitz is denied bail. DA releases hundreds of pages of police reports, including detailed information about the murder conspiracy and the bombing of SavMor Grub.
August 12, 1999 - Castagnola appears before Ceniceros and is formally sentenced to 10 years in prison. He is then accidentally placed outside protective custody in the Inverness Jail, where Hurwitz is also staying. Two other inmates, Steve Larson and Kevin Nettleship, will later say they heard George take credit for both the counterfeiting scheme and the murder. The Moreau's also tour Inverness in the company of Herschell Lange. Feiner later complains they observed Hurwitz during their visit.
August 20, 1999 - Dan Feiner, Marc Sussman and investigator Jay Myers meet with Nettleship, who tells them he overheard Castagnola tell Larson that he killed Moreau and counterfeited the tickets.
November 26, 1999 - Myers interviews Larson at Inverness.
January 7 or 10, 2000 - Feiner and Myers interview Castagnola at OSP. Feiner says Castagnola contridicted information he provided to the police on October 29, 1998, two days after his arrest.
January 23, 2000 - Mike Moreau suffers heart attack on 10th anniversary of Tim's murder.
March 16, 2000 - Frink, Horner and state investigator Robbie Thompson try to interview Larson at his Parole Officer's office. Myers intervenes.
March 17, 2000 - Nettleship picked up for parole violation.
May 8, 2000 - Hearing before Judge Redding in Room 549 of the Multnomah County Courthouse. During the morning, Redding considers and denies several defense motions to prevent Hurwitz's 1991 grand jury testimony from being used in the murder trial. During the afternoon, Hurwitz's attorney present a witness who says he heard George Castagnola take sole responsibility for both the counterfeit ticket scheme and the murder. The witness, Kevin Nettleship, was an inmate at the Inverness Jail when he overhead a conversation between Catagnola and another inmate, Steve Larson. Castagnola had just returned from his sentencing hearing and was allegedly bragging about putting one over on the DA. The second witness, Larson, did not appear as scheduled. Redding continued the hearing until the next day, saying he would sign an arrest warrant for Larson if he didn't show up. Frink submits statement from Catagnola saying he told police and grand jury the truth.
May 9, 2000 - Larson still did not appear. Redding continued the hearing until May 24. Another issue to be addressed is Feiner's ability to subpeona notes taken by Freeman's attorney, Whitney Boyce, during first four days of police questioning (police allowed to take notes on fifth day only).
May 24, 2000 - Continuation of bail hearing. Still no sign of Larson. Feiner and Sussman are trying to get notes that Freeman's attorney, Whitney Boyce, took when Freeman was questioned by the police. Apparently the police didn't take any notes. Boyce is refusing, saying the notes are "work product."
July 21, 2000 - Judge Redding conducts a hearing to determine what evidence can be presented at trial. At the end, he rules the DA can argue that Hurwitz ran Starry Night/Day for Night was an ongoing criminal enterprise, and that information about the Sav-Mor Grub and IRS case bombing can be presented as proof of the criminal nature of the business.
August 8, 2000 - Judge Kimberly Frankel oversees a settlement conference between prosecutors and defense attorneys.
August 21, 2000 - Hurwitz pleads "no contest" to charges he killed Moreau before Judge Kimberly Frankie. The plea bargain allows Frankel to set the sentence depending on whether Hurwitz helps find Moreau's body. If he makes no effort to help, he could get life. If he makes a good faith effort but the body isn't found, he could get up to 12 years. If he finds the body, he could get up to 10 years. The Moreau's are present for the court hearing, and Mike says he felt like he could finally breath again after he heard Frankel say Hurwitz was convicted of killing Tim.
September 25, 2000 - Hurwitz is sentenced to 12 years in prison, minus one year already served while awaiting trail and the one year he already served on federal income tax evasion charges. Over a dozen members of the Moreau family showed up, including Mike, Penny and Charles, who read emotional victim impact statements before Hurwitz was sentenced. Hurwitz denied having anything to do with the killing, blaming Castagnola for everything.
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