Prince Edward Maryland Is Sorry

He nearly beat his wife to death, but the Ironwood State Prison resident wants you to donate to his anti-domestic-violence charity

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After the women who respond to Maryland's online ad for an office manager learn they must first work as "closers" for three months soliciting donations, Maryland reveals his strategy. "Who in SoCal wants to meet famous stars?" he writes. "Isn't the answer obvious? EVERYONE! Halle Berry and Lynda Carter are among the celebs who love us. We have celebs lining up to participate. My closers are contacting previous donors, inviting them to our HAPPY HOUR WITH THE STARS! Events are at popular, local night spots: red carpet, celebrity photo ops, terrific food—are you with me?"

The cost? A donation to Maryland, who currently lists himself as president of Mad Men, Inc.; Hollywood Helpers, Inc.; Prior Military Productions; Golden Goose Films; Don't Hit, Quit; and Fire of God Men's Ministry.

Valerie's hair, collected as evidence
Valerie's hair, collected as evidence
Busch—Maryland’s loyally defensive partner in unregistered,
anti-domestic violence fund-raising operations—advertises for acting gigs on IMDb.com
Busch—Maryland’s loyally defensive partner in unregistered, anti-domestic violence fund-raising operations—advertises for acting gigs on IMDb.com

"A paltry $100 for a night of fun, Facebook bragging rights and, most of all, a serious assault on a plague that kills four women in the U.S. every day," the convicted felon wrote. "Enough is enough! If any of this interests you, contact Joanne Busch within 48 hours."

If you can't attend happy hour, Maryland and Busch also designed a "Celebrity Lunch Series," at which, they claim, donors can meet George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Gere, Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Jeff Bridges, Ben Affleck, Julianne Moore, Charlize Theron and Clint Eastwood—"the list goes on and on."

Maryland and Busch say the price of admittance for a "summer pass" is $500, but they are willing to sell tickets for $400. "Hollywood celebrities are proudly pitching in to help stamp out domestic violence!" they wrote. "Space is severely limited. . . . What are you waiting for? Click on the PayPal link right now and have the best summer of your life!"

Maryland's charitable efforts don't end with domestic violence. "Are you tired of political rhetoric?" he published on his Hollywood Helpers, Inc., website. "Are you fed up with Washington? Are you fed up with the economy? Are you tired of struggling? We can help! America! Washington is BROKEN! No one cares! Alone, we are invisible! Together, we're invincible! Help us combat America's core problems: unemployment, domestic hunger, domestic violence . . . Donate now."

Beneath images of the American flag, U.S. soldiers, the U.S. Capitol Building and an Academy Award Oscar statue, he offers his "simple reasoning" to create "10 million" jobs: "If 160 million citizens give just $10 each, that's $1.6 billion! Let's bail ourselves out. . . . We can curb domestic hunger and create millions of new jobs with one program!"

Next to an online PayPal button on his solicitations, Maryland writes, "Give Liberally! God Bless!"

According to Nick Pacilio, a spokesman for California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, the charity organizations created by Maryland and Busch have failed to register and have ignored repeated delinquency notices from state regulators. "They are out of compliance," said Pacilio. "If they continue to ignore their responsibilities, there will be consequences."

An attempt to get Busch—who has been raising donations for Maryland for more than three years—to describe overall receipts and disbursements and to reveal how much has been used by Maryland resulted in swift anger. Though my only communication with her had been two, brief emails, she accused me of illegally harassing her, refused to share any of the charity's "proprietary" financial information and threatened to have a lawyer sue me if I asked any more questions.

Busch then attempted to kill this story by going to Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano. "One of your senior editors, Scott Moxley, has been hounding me for an interview and in no uncertain terms," she wrote in an email. "This charity is about taking a bad situation and doing something good. Here is a man in prison giving back. There are no covert, illegal prison operations taking place of which [Moxley] seems to be suspecting. It's a nurse and a prison inmate trying to change the landscape of domestic violence in America. Here is someone who has turned his life around and wants to stop what happened to him from happening to anyone else. . . . Why does Scott want to stop or defame stopping domestic violence and saving lives?"

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During his 2007 attempted-murder trial, Maryland rejected public-defender service, represented himself and angled to play the victim for the jury in Superior Court Judge John Conley's Santa Ana courtroom. He asked to show a homemade sex video that he said proved Valerie willingly submitted to his whims, demanded that jurors never see any photographs of her injuries and, after losing those battles, asked to change his plea from "not guilty" to "not guilty by reason of insanity." A veteran psychiatrist examined Maryland and concluded unequivocally that while he has average intelligence and grandiose self-perceptions, he knew at the time of the beatings that his actions were illegal.

Because he chose to be his own lawyer, Maryland gave an opening statement that hailed himself as "a good husband" who gave Valerie "everything she wanted." He also took advantage of his opportunity to question—retorture?—his ex-wife on the witness stand, where he kept her for nearly nine hours. He demanded that she tell the jury that sex with him was "incredible."

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luisa.willingham
luisa.willingham

i know prince edward maryland from gießen germany i am devastatet to hear this i knew him as a good dancer and a real nice person

tanja.35398
tanja.35398

i am prince edward maryland ex wife from germany he didnt beat me or our son during marriage   i dont know what happend after all this i been reading hear i dont know who i was married to i quess i was lucky

tanja.35398
tanja.35398

i am the exwife from germany of prince edward maryland  i did not divorce him because of domestic violence he didnt beat me or his son at any time his only problem was that he was cheating on me

rstang42
rstang42

I knew this guy in highschool. Seethru fake. Claimed all kinds of false things. Many kids didnt like him. He was 1 of 10 African Americans in a private high school of 1400. 

Anonymous
Anonymous

I've been doing a little research myself and found an interesting response from the charity's website (http://www.donthitquit.com/press.html).  This "press release" (posted on a website that anyone can use to look official) labels Moxley as a "vindictive O.C. reporter" hounding "a decorated U.S. military veteran" who "..contracted PTSD trying to save the base Chaplain who died in his hands."  Prince also states his very clear opinion of Moxley: "I guess some people thrive on controversy. Perhaps he should do like I did and get help."  The article also goes on to name celebrities that back their charity and paints a very different picture of the evidence and trial.

GabachodeMichigan
GabachodeMichigan

I guess I am having a little difficulty wrapping my head around this one - how in the hell does a prison inmate merit internet access,  let alone run a scam from within prison?  If reporter can figure it out from the outside, surely the prison staff might be able to figure it out and restrict the guy's access to computers.

 

Perhaps this is a silly question but have the folks running the California penal system completely lost their minds?

Jessica Roe
Jessica Roe

Great reporting on a disgusting story. Busch seems just as deranged as Maryland ~

corvusriley
corvusriley

@sesmithwrites goddamn. Why did I read the comments, though?

TicoRorpe
TicoRorpe

Coalburners are as sad as they are disgusting. They are always either fat, ugly, or screwed in the head -- often it is a combination.

 

Regardless of whether they fall for or settle for a bajooga, domestic battery commonly follows.

Shay Evans
Shay Evans

Wow...chilling read! I hope he rots in jail forever!

George Camacho
George Camacho

Wow another loser! That pos should be shot on site.

Marlene Castañeda De Luna
Marlene Castañeda De Luna

Great story. Intense. Really should not have read it first thing in the morning. I'm lingeringly disturbed.

durablebrad
durablebrad

The moral of this story? Always thoroughly research any supposed non-profit group or institution before believing their public statements, and/or offering financial assistance. Remember, google is just a click away!

brilynch1283
brilynch1283

Awesome article...I hope no one else falls for this guy's scams!! 

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Wow, this is one of the scariest stories I've read in awhile.  I wonder how he and Busch got hooked up together?

neworder84
neworder84

This thing, for lack of a better term because calling him a Man would imply he has a soul, is an utterly disgusting and repulsive excuse of flesh and I wonder if Ms.Busch is blind to facts or completely retarded. 

brandonf76
brandonf76

In the part where Prince questions himself on the stand, I can't help but think of Woody Allen in Bananas. Great work Mox!

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @GabachodeMichigan "surely the prison staff might be able to figure it out"

 

You have *way* to high an opinion of California prison guards and officials.

sesmithwrites
sesmithwrites

@corvusriley There are times when I prefer to pretend comments sections don't exist.

Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk
Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk

 @TicoRorpe they are disgusting.  Its sick and sad how over 2 generations of white females have been brainwashed by the Jew media to love N166er dick.  Just look at porno.  Its all N166ers on whites.  N166ers up your ass.  The only way is to DELETE the typical N166er.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @durablebrad And maybe, just maybe, middle aged white women should think twice about dating smooth talking black guys.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

 @durablebrad

 Good advice.  One piece of info will tell you volumes about their op. Always ask what their admin rate is. 80-90 % is common, 95%+ is hardly unheard of.

durablebrad
durablebrad

 @Mitchell_Young

 Yeah... it's probably best for middle-aged white women to just do whatever suits guys like you, that way there'd be no tendency to exacerbate your male insecurities - you know, the ONLY thing of any sizeable proportion on your body. LMAO.

Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk
Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk

 @durablebrad  @Mitchell_Young You are a fucktard.  White women are 10,000 % more likely to be raped and killed by a black negro jigaboo than ANYTHING!   You stupid fucking liberal rat retard.  I wanna sodomize you with s bottle of champagne while you are tied up .

durablebrad
durablebrad

 @Mitchell_Young Since American women are twice as likely to be raped by a police officer, and the families of law enforcement officials are 4 to 5 times more likely to suffer an incidence of domestic violence in their homes- you might just be focusing too much on race and not enough on chosen profession. IMO, your patronizing attitude probably doesn't help to communicate anything to women... except that you are insecure, domineering, and a tad bit condescending.  

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @durablebrad I'm pretty comfortable with my package, brad. Just trying to keep yet another white woman from getting OJ-ed.

 
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