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Did Killer Vintner Want This To Be His Investor’s Forced Confession At Gunpoint?

Previously in Wine Industry Insight:


A rambling eight-page document overlooked by Napa Sheriff’s investigators at the Dahl Vineyards Winery, appears to be a forced confession that Robert Dahl may have tried to get his investor, Emad Tawfilis to sign at the point of a gun.

It is not known, and probably will remain unknowable, whether Tawfilis ever saw the document, or perhaps signed another copy at gunpoint before fleeing.

What is known is that the document, drafted by Dahl, is a clumsy and blatantly self-serving effort to get his investor to go away.

Rather than a mutual settlement and release as it’s titled, the document was written as an apology and would have required Tawfilis  and his Lexington Street Investments LLC (LSI), to write off the complete $1.2 million investment, turn back over to Dahl any collateral it might have and apologize for trying to enforce the terms of the loan.

Even beyond that, it demands that Tawfilis confess to fraud, wrongful prosecution, and other crimes used in a conspiracy with Dahl’s former business partners, his lawyer and even Wine Industry Insight to ruin Dahl’s reputation.

Below, a few screen caps of the document offers a flavor of the document.

The full text of the document is available here to premium subscribers of Wine Executive News.

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11. Dahl’s bookkeeper, business partners and office managers testified that the transfers were made.
12. State of Minnesota confirmed this was the right Robert Dahl and those documents were filed in court.Both of these speak to Dahl’s continual lying to the court. Resulting in another of the 18 contempt of court counts.
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There was actually a court order in place. Robert’s violation of that was one of the 18 counts of contempt of court.Right-click image to enlarge. 

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Your editor finds it unsettling to know the killer had kept him in mind this close to the end.Right-click image to enlarge. 

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