New Twist in NY Fake Death SchemeScandalous Schemes — By Trace America on August 8, 2012 at 2:27 PM
Our recent two-post story about Raymond Roth, who allegedly faked his own drowning, is back with its third installment with yet another twist; and it appears to be death threats.
Raymond’s son Jonathon says he’s not sure why his father wants to kill him, but his step-mom thinks she might know. She believes that Jonathan ruined his father’s scheme to fake his own death by leaving the home computer on, thus allowing her to discover a bunch of e-mails between the supposedly dead father and his son.
According to the New York Post, Jonathan claims he’s in hiding because he is scared of what his father might do after his dad called him four days after his “disappearance.”
Jonathan’s girlfriend, Kristi Mayleas, accidentally intercepted the call that had a furious Raymond on the other end of the line.
When Mayleas angrily refused to put Jonathan on the line, Raymond allegedly said, “If you don’t put him on the phone, you’re going to be sorry. I’m on my way back. You’re going to be sorry.”
The dad later left a profanity-filled voice mail for his son. Jonathan said the message proclaimed: “Still not a man, huh, Jonathan? Can’t even answer your own phone . . . Listen, tough guy. You say you’ve been to the Marines and you can kill and everything else. When I get back, you are gonna do just that. One of us is going to die.”
Raymond Roth, the unemployed computer manager, was suspected of drowning after Jonathan told authorities that he saw his dad go for a swim and never come out. His wife Evana realized he was still alive once she discovered the computer messages to his son.
On the other side of this argument however, Jonathan insists he knows nothing about the e-mails.
“I had no idea about those e-mails until I saw it in The Post, and I said, ‘Oh my God!’” he said. “Right away I checked my e-mail and they weren’t there.”
Jonathan says there’s no way his stepmom could have found any incriminating e-mails because she had no access to his laptop –and any messages must have been deleted right after they were sent.
He also made the claim even though Evana said she found the e-mails on a different, desktop computer.
Jonathan also can’t explain why his father, whom he described as an abusive alcoholic, would be mad enough to make threats. He said, “Why? Because I foiled his plan by reporting him missing? I don’t know.”
To help her side of the fight, Evana Roth stated that her stepson is “a habitual liar.”
“One thousand percent, Jonathan is lying,” she said. “He’s scared, he’s in major trouble. He didn’t foil the plan. He was involved in it. He’s trying to stay out of jail.”
Evana’s lawyer, Lenard Leeds, said he got an order of protection for his client because Raymond Roth has a history of violence, having “broken my client’s nose at one time,” Leeds said.
This post is authored by Trace America.