Comparison of Story One and Story Two​​

Story One
"Sex, Lies, and the Tape -
The John Fund Story"

​September 4, 2001
Published on
by John Connolly

 "When the stone thrower himself lives in a glass house, it is a matter of legitimate public interest.
  John Fund, the forty-six year old writer on the staff of the Wall Street Journals' editorial page, has staked out a position as a man of integrity. On his frequent appearances on cable and network talk shows, he espouses the position of the right-wing conservatives. He is friends with people in the Bush White House. He is a dear friend of Conservative Grover Norquist.    He recently met with Vice President Cheney. During the Clinton presidency he wrote often of the terrible acts committed by Clinton against women. On his appearances on Television evangelist Pat Robertson"700 Club" show, he often condemns those who do not live up to the highest moral standards. This conservative pundit seems to be on television more often, than "I Love Lucy" reruns. Although he portrays himself as a voice of the religious right, the never married Fund has cut a wide swath of sexual relationships through-out the Libertarian and Conservative parties. He's a regular right-wing Lothario. He is also a hypocrite.
   There is nothing newsworthy about consensual sex between two unmarried adults, even if one of those supposed adults, acts badly. But, when a high profile public person stakes out the moral high ground, that person had better not be standing on quick sand. A few months age, Morgan Pillsbury a twenty-seven year old woman, contacted me with information about her former lover of three years, John Fund. Although, I heard stories of Fund's less than cavalier treatment of women and particularly his Clintonesque treatment of one particular woman, I did not think that information worthy of a story. Amusing gossip yes-newsworthy no. But, the story Morgan told, gave me pause. If her allegations were true, Fund's relationship with her was not only bizarre; it was treacherous and bordered on the perverse. To back up her story of the bad behavior of John Fund, she furnished me with a tape recording she made of a conversation she had with Fund. The tape and conversations with Morgan's' mother, Melinda Pillsbury-Foster and others confirmed Morgan's tale.
   Twenty years ago, Melinda and John Fund both worked for the then fledgling Libertarian party in California. Fund was the executive director of the local party in Sacramento. 
   Melinda, who at the time was the mother of four children, she would have three more began sexual relationship with the much younger Fund. 
  Melinda said, "John and I had a sexual (Correction: romantic) relationship for four or five years. When he moved east, we remained friends. It never really ended." Melinda who is still active in the Libertarian party went on to say, "Six or Seven years ago, John called and during the conversation he told me, "Melinda if any of your children come east, have them look me up."I didn't realize that he was using me as a dating service!" Last year Melinda learned that not only had Fund been sleeping with Morgan, he was the father of the child she would abort.
   Not only had Fund violated his twenty year old friendship with Melinda Pillsbury-Foster, he, much like Congressman Gary Condit (Fund recently wrote a scathing indictment of Condit's behavior) insisted that Morgan keep their three year affair secret.
   Morgan was 23 years old the first time then 43 years oldFund, took her to bed. Sounds all too familiar doesn't it? According to Morgan, John Fund was the third man she had been intimate with. She had contacted him when she moved to the New York area after a bad breakup with her previous boyfriend. Instead of receiving consolation from the man who had on occasion been her babysitter back in California, Fund took her to bed. In 1999, confronted with an unplanned and apparently unwanted pregnancy, Fund abandoned Morgan and without attempting to dissuade her, allowed the distraught young woman to have an abortion, without any support from him.
   John Fund is a full time writer for the Wall Street Journal. Yet, when I began researching a profile on Mr. Fund, he unlike most other journalist, began a campaign to kill the story. A source close to Fund told me a few days ago, that Fund and a confederate were attempting to plant a false and malicious blind item about two people at Talk magazine. They believed that the item would so frighten the victims that they would see to it that my profile of Mr. Fund was spiked. Mr. Fund and his pals can congratulate themselves, to protect innocent people from being attacked; I have pulled the piece from Talk magazine. Hence this abbreviated piece which is written solely to introduce the reader to John Fund on tape with Morgan Pillsbury, the mother of the aborted child.
   So there should be no confusion, this tape was made legally and given to me by Morgan Pillsbury. Ms. Pillsbury also gave me her permission to use her name, as did her mother Melinda Pillsbury-Foster. I have learned that very recently, Ms. Pillsbury who has experienced some financial difficulties, has at Fund's request, moved in with him. John Fund lives in an apartment in Jersey City, just a stones throw from the Holland Tunnel. I have also been told that Mr. Fund, for whatever reason, has given Morgan cash and a new computer.
   The following is a transcription of the tape of Morgan Pillsbury and John Fund. Mr. Fund makes mention of how he is being threatened by Melinda. 
   He apparently believes that Melinda has no right to be angry for his deceiving her for three years, all the while sleeping with, and impregnation her oldest child. For those who doubt the veracity of the transcript or wish to hear the anger and seething hostility of John Fund, Please listen to the audio tape.  

John Connolly
Note: I wish to thank Michael Mann, who runs this web site, for his assistance.

Copyright 2001 by Weasel All rights reserved.  Republished with the permission of the author, John Connolly.  

Note to the Reader:

MP-F: No one in Morgan's birth family was speaking to her after she moved to New York in January of 1999.  Her relationship with Fund had started October 26, 1998.  No one in the family cared who she dated or what she did.  The overwhelming attitude to decades of deceit, theft, malicious lies and endless disruptions and heart-aches, was relief when we did not hear from mer.  

I later realized Morgan had gotten back in touch because she was at the end of her rope.  Craig had stopped paying her; Fund was moving on to newer sexual conquests, Job hunting brought Morgan face to face with the reality she had no skills suitable for office work.  McDonalds would never support the life-style she had enjoyed all of her life, first from my parents and then through me. 

Morgan had watched her sisters finish college and get jobs.  If she paid attention she might have noted they worked hard in school and realized this was being provided to set them on their feet as independent women. They were not interested in drinking, smoking, drugs, meeting rock stars or in using deceit to get what they wanted.  

To understand what was going on for Morgan read  Bankruptcy Response, August 27, 2001 - Morgan - Payments - Loan - Bankruptcy

Morgan is a psychopath.  Read more about her early life. (unlike her claims, she was born in 1967 and was 31 when she hopped into bed with John Fund). Go to for an eye-opener with documents.  

Story Two
"Back Into the Muck"

March 7, 2002
Published in The Nation Magazine
by Eric Alterman and John Fund

Quotes by Alterman appear in brown
Commentary by MP-F and in black type

The focus with what Alterman wrote in 2002, quoted below, and in 2003, appearing again in The Nation, in the article, "Who Framed John Fund?", published May 15, 2003, was to destroy my credibility. - MP-F

"John Fund
has landed on Page Six in a bizarre tale that is almost too weird to write down.

1. It seems that a woman with whom Fund had an affair twenty years ago named
Melinda Pillsbury Foster

MP-F: Outrageous. Fund and I saw each other once in 1982 when he took the bus down to spend the weekend near me at the Motel 6 at 6909 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys.  That weekend we went to a party of Janice Vargo's house and out to eat at a Mexican restaurant. Fund had said he wanted to get to know LP members in Southern California, as I recall.      

Janice and I took a trip up north for an Executive Committee meeting soon afterward and stopped to see my brother, Charles, who lived with his wife, Sue, in Davis.  Chuck was in law school at Davis. flew for the National Guard, and had a job as a legislative assistant in Sacramento. When Janice and I kept our appointment with John, who had promised us a tour of the Capitol, John asked me to have my brother get him a job.  I refused.  Fund called Chuck anyway, and asked him directly for a job, telling my brother he was my boyfriend. 

That ended my interest in a social relationship with Fund. He was acting like a child, not an adult. 

Thereafter, our interactions were political and took place on the phone.  But John kept pursuing me, telling me he loved me, until 1988.  That was what I meant when Connolly asked me about our relationship.  John was sappy, but I thought he was sincere.  Wrong.    

By 1992, John was asking me to have my kids call him, "Uncle John" and look him up if they ever were in New York.  The kids never saw him except at conferences; he was never invited to our home. The gushy phone calls were from Fund to me, I was polite but distant.  Fund did not take hints easily. 

​Fund used the gushy approach on other women he hoped would be useful to him, for instance,  Diane Sykes . Read the letters he sent Diane.      

2. sent her daughter, Morgan, to look up Fund when she came to town.

This statement entirely reverses the facts and is a clear attack on myself, not on Morgan. In 1998 was completely taken up with Arthur's recovery from his suicide attempt, my heart problems, the need for a corneal transplant for myself, the depression my youngest son, Justin was experiencing, and the on-going divorce. 
My estranged husband, Craig Franklin, had the services of the least ethical, most vicious divorce attorney in Southern California, Jacqueline Misho , found for him by Morgan. My mail was disappearing, every day brought another horror. These included demands for information from Misho which came in seconds before my attorney's office closed but which had to be answered before the next business day started. Here is more on Craig , if you have a strong stomach. 

Remember John Cleese's After Divorce Comedy Tour?  His wife had Misho as an attorney, which explains why Cleese needed to return to work.  

I was told by an acquaintance this was because Judge Anderle always gave Misho what she wanted because she was his dominatrix. I have no idea if this is true, but it would not surprise me.       

I heard rumors Morgan was dating Fund early the next year, 1999, but did not believe it. It was my youngest daughter, Ayn, who called and skeptically mentioned this to me.  Neither of us believed it.  It was not until September 1999, when Morgan produced the Tape, that I believed her. 

The relationship between Morgan and Fund starting when they jumped into bed together on October 26, 1998. Morgan was in New York because Craig had asked her to accompany him to New York, London, and Paris to "cheer her up". Her boyfriend, Eugene Volokh had broken up with her a week or two before. Craig found out about their relationship when John answered Morgan's phone. Listen to the Tape and hear them talk about it.   

On October 26, 1998, I had not spoken or communicated with Morgan for six months.  Only when Morgan produced proof that this time, she was not lying, did I began communicating with her again.  That is why she made the Tape, so she could extract more funds and help from me.  Eventually, I realized she wanted me to force Fund to marry her. My experiences with Morgan when she 'wanted me to do something for her' still make me shake.  

In October of 1998, I was at home in Santa Barbara caring for my son, Arthur, who had shot himself through the brain on March 22, that same year.

Craig had called me at the beginning of March 1998 to tell me he wanted to stay in Arthur's life.  I was touched and consented when he asked to start this by having lunch with Arthur at the Santa Barbara Sandwich Company near Craig's work.  

I was hopeful this would give Arthur some happiness and told him what Craig had said.  But when Arthur slammed into the house two hours after I dropped him off he went into his room and refused to talk to me.  Craig had told him he was worthless, I would learn only years later after Arthur's memory began to recover.  

At this point, Craig was making about $1M a year because I had handled our financial problems by getting the IRS off his back and forcing them to refund about $250,000 to us the year before. 

When the relationship with Fund started  Craig,  was still paying Morgan $5,000 a month the slander me to friends and associates and also to help him destroy me financially. I learned about the payments and what Morgan was being paid to do through court papers and financial discovery.

           Morgan Bankruptcy    Morgan Deposition

Morgan was also paid, by Craig, $10,000 in March in an attempt to persuade me to turn off my son Arthur's life-support after he shot himself in the brain.  Arthur had suffered a major Traumatic Brain Injury the previous September and was severely depressed.  Craig had been told by his attorney, Jacqueline Misho, he would be liable for support for a disabled adult child so Craig wanted Arthur dead.

BACKGROUND - Craig's sexual focus is girls with whom he has a father-like trust relationship. I learned this in 2003 when the PI I was using to serve papers on him found the evidence.  Incest Porn

Craig had apparently finished his sexual fantasies about Morgan on that trip.  In December he tried to get her to sign a paper saying he had not had sex with her.  He knew her well.  The logical explanation for this was that he did not want to worry about being blackmailed. This was when he decided to convert his payments to Morgan into 'loans.'  

3. One thing led to another and the results appear to have been a live-in relationship and an abortion.

This is strange enough for a Wall Street Journal editorial writer who, although very much a gentleman in person, penned some of the most vicious and irresponsible material about Clinton and the Democrats outside the columns of this magazine." 

MP-F:  And that was the 'article' which in no way troubled The Nation. Turning the slanders toward me was clearly necessary to them but I did not understand what was happening, or why.  Morgan had lied so many times, to so many people no one trusted her.  I was the threat to Fund, not Morgan. 

Alterman's Background Alterman's close associate, who was referred to as 'arm candy'  Katherine Rosman.   Immediately after killing the story for which she had wanted an exclusive, which was given to her, she accepted a job at the Wall Street Journal.

It likely paid better than being an intern at Elle Magazine.  

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