Cal Poly San Luis Obispo News Archive Part 2: Brian Gillis

This assertion appears in many subsequent posts. The scope of what you are about to read is massive and touches on every single aspect of what is wrong with the closed-system comprising the university, the city, the chamber of commerce, law enforcement, the media….Cal Poly generates a massive income stream for this system and w/in it…it is above the law. As a Senior++, I failed to provide the amount of research and coverage that Brian Gillis and his tragic death deserved.
A photo of Brian Gillis

I will NOT fail him or his memory again. What follows is the message. Patricia Gillis, Brian’s mother, sent to me yesterday. I actively avoided the city and the university for over a decade. Only in the last few days have I even checked in with online print media, one of which I was a staff writer and both of which I deplore. In my request for more information regarding the death, this is what she wrote to me using my contact form:

“Mr. Welke, I just came across your site today, 9-21-14. Thank you for posting the information regarding my son’s death at the hand of evil Sigma Chi brothers and Alpha Phi sorority sisters as well. This is a hard time for us right now as Brian’s birthday is Oct. 11th and he would be turning 32 this year. Also, Brian was on a USAir flight from Providence via Pittsburgh to San Diego on 9-11-2001. He called us about 2 hours after the WTC tragedy happened to let us know his plane was next for takeoff when Pittsburgh closed their airport. Being raised Irish Catholic and attending Catholic schools through high school, I often ask God why he did not take him then, instead of letting him die the way he did. We proved in our civil suit without a doubt who sold the GHB to the frat, David Seminsky, and who had mixed, Matt Heintz, and had it stored in his refrigerator well in advance of Brian consuming it. SLODA and SLOPD promised us they would make an arrest when the civil suit ended, which is the only reason we settled, but then they just continued to drag out the manslaughter statute. But, these punks can still be arrested for 2nd degree murder because the GHB and Gatorade was mixed ahead of time and they knew exactly what Brian was ingesting. We also proved that Brian did not know there was GHB in the Gatorade he drank, per Nick Potter. There is so much corruption involving Brian’s death. I hope you continue to keep Brian’s memory alive as well as all the other Cal Poly students who have died under suspicious circumstances and were brushed under the rug. As far as I am concerned, Cal Poly is a death trap more than most colleges. I have worked in education my entire career and am well versed with the ongoings of corruptions at the college level with frats and sororities. Also, the “red hand prints” that were painted over at Cal Poly is another major issue. I believe Dan Blackburn, along with a lawyer found out that Cal Poly, SLO at the time of Brian’s death had the highest rape crime rate of all the UC and State Universities in the state of California. Sidenote: Sigma Chi and Alpha Phi are brother/sister chapters on most college campuses in the U.S.”

Let’s pull the bullet points out—for your consideration:

  • Gillis wants to know why God did not take her son on 9/11
  • The dealer’s name is David Seminsky
  • the man who mixed the faderade’s name is Matt Heinz
  • The District Attorney LIED to Brian Gillis’ family-instead let charges cycle through a complex PC array*
  • There is eyewitness testimony in open court from Nick Potter who stated that Brian Gillis didn’t know the drink was laced
  • Potter’s words are almost indisputable-Perjury is a PC 118 Class D FELONY (4yrs-CDC)
  • Gillis said her son’s death involves “so much corrpution”
  • She said that fraternities and sororities are corrupt— based on her professional experience
  • Cal Poly is characterized as “a death trap”
  • The name of the fraternity is Sigma Chi that has a “sister” sorority Alpha Phi
  • In my 1st draft of this featured post, I specifically remember a report on “Rape per unit capita” and that San Luis Obispo was #1 in California. I can’t remember if Dan Blackburn stopped by the Clear Channel Studio at 51 Zaca Ln. or if he called or emailed us, but at the time it was difficult to generate reports like that, he was one of a select few resposible journalists in town … in another post I mentioned that I had no contact information . If you are out there Dan…my name is Chris Welke, I was a staff writer at the “Mistake” Daily around 2001-2002 but did most of my reporting at 93.1, in 2004 I produced the morning news at KVEC and was a fill-in guest and/or call screener for “The Dave Congalton Show.”
  • Re: Patricia Gillis’ statement:
    1. I can’t read all the way through it without getting choked up.
    2. I’m conflicted about whether or when/how her son may have passed on earlier and whether or not that is “better” but Brian Gillis died in an awful, run-down, decrepit and very dangerous place. I can verify this. Gillis died in the worst part of the “white-ghetto,” (Stenner Glen) with my awful studio located on the same block. The act itself occurred along California Street – “Fraternity Row” aka “Rape-Central.”
    3. She ID’d the man distributing date-rape drugs and the name of the man who probably paid for it and made the infamous mixture that was the immediate Cause of Death in official reports. That’s what I want – NAMES. We finally know “who” this was IMPOSSIBLE to figure out when the story broke, my few sources close to the frats knew it was Sigma Chi but they all went on “a camping trip” the same day Gillis’ body was found. hmmmm…..
    4. From the information I have, were I the DA, I would charge both under PC 192(b). Manslaughter is “the unlawful killing of a human being without
    malice.”-PC
    (b) Involuntary--“in the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to felony; or in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death, in an unlawful manner, or without due caution and circumspection. This subdivision shall not apply to acts committed in the driving of a vehicle.” -(PC)
  • This is a felony charge (4yrs-CDC) I’d select this as the most likely to yield a guilty verdict. We are now aware that a settlement was reached, indicating both men likely have criminal defense retained…as of this draft, the SLO District Attorney says the are stuck in the ID# and Classification phase needed to open a felony case and issue an arrest warrant.
    5. Gillis asserts that both men can be charged under PC 188. “Such malice may be express or implied. It is express when there is manifested a deliberate intention unlawfully to take away the life of a fellow creature. It is implied, when no considerable provocation appears, or when the circumstances attending the killing show an abandoned and malignant heart…. (etc)” -PC
  • Key description: “an abandoned and malignant heart” it is awfully poetic for the California penal code…to me it describes what happened. Because it is a Class A Felony I would NOT file charges under this because:
  • 1. Guilty verdict probability reduced— heavier burden of proof on the state. The sentancing guidelines being “15 with an L”
    2. If convicted they would be eligible for parole after 7 years…. THIS IS A BIG IF STATEMENT….it is better to be certain both are convicted on felony counts, where they will enter the CDC/Parole system which will ruin their livesSo where do we go from here? Ill be writing more stories and editing that massive amount of content I just generated to increase its value…The San Luis Obipso District Attorney is funded by the taxpayers of San Luis Obipso County, I am not one of them but I was from 1998-2004, I can almost guarantee there is no way to get ahold of and ADA’s but there is no reason NOT to pester them with emails and phone calls. My question is: “I was informed by the family of Brian Gillis that you are processing charges under Penal Code 192 for Matt Heinz and David Seminsky? Yes….why haven’t you filed charges yet…Brian Gillis died 10 years ago….yea….I understand that you can’t comment regarding an ongoing investigation can we please speak off the record this is a matter of some importance…..etc.” In abstract: are other cases involving suspicious death, agg-assault, 1st degree burglary, attempted murder, attempted murder with GBI, attempted murder with Gang Enhancements, (for US Attorney: kidnapping, tax-evasion) and  sex crime also stuck in a some theoretical Penal Code ID/Class Loop? I call shenanigans on that. I’m not an attorney, but I see enough evidence already to issue warrants for the arrest of Heinz and Seminsky on suspicion of manslaughter, file 1 felony count of 192(b) against both and if any physical evidence of the drug exists an additional concurrent count of Felony sales (GHB) for Seminsky and felony possesion (GHB) for Heinz (HSC Section 11377)
  • please visit The Brian Gillis Online Memorial
  • This Web site is investigating this and other unresolved tragedies in and around Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Contact me with any information. If you went to Cal Poly, if you’re a fellow alumni, if you work or worked there, associate professors, tenured professors, campus administration: YOU CAN TELL ME ANYTHING, OK? I’m not a cop….I’m your friend. We can heal the community, but we have to confront reality. Nobody will ever do it for you, nor will they do it for me, but together we can find truth-present it publicly-punish those responsible and put an end to it for good.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo News Archive Part 1 – Recovering hidden scandals….

This quiet, sleepy little section of the Central Coast lives in a tenuous balance between the upper-middle class families who own property and the majority: the long-term and transient college students that are a nuisance and a necessity. Many national news stories originate or happen here. Like all good PR Firms, City Government and the prestigious Cuesta College in association with Cal Poly (whose administrative talent, cash and credit can compartmentalize conflicts, bury secrets deep and naturally maintain and boost credibility).
Any cursory glance or visit to San Luis Obispo by tourists, interested in the quaint, isolated downtown, access to famous vineyards, nearby hot spots; Pismo Beach (“and all the clams we can eat!”), Morro Bay, Pirates Cove, Los Osos and that monument to Gilded Age decadence: “Billy Buster’s” Fortress of Solitude – Hearst Castle reveals historic and geological beauty not found anywhere else.
Campus tours of Cal Poly showcase the gorgeous landscapes, happy and motivated students, friendly faculty and ESPECIALLY exclusivity. They proudly report that acceptance is restricted to high school applicants who matriculate in the 98th percentile (A cross product GPA, SAT score and quantity/quality of extracurricular and volunteer work)
At the time of my acceptance and subsequent enrollment, The Cal Poly College of Agriculture was #1 in the west, The College of Engineering 2nd only to CalTech and successful pre-Med BS degrees and pre-law BS degrees were known as fast-tracks to grad school. The Architecture College was second ONLY TO STANFORD. This writer started in Computer Science and finished with a BS in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Math and Computer Science.

Here’s what campus guides would never mention, some are minor nuisances many are serious problems:

  • The few students accepted fill campus capacity and frequently overflow it
  • this overflow makes things like class enrollment, parking, and scheduling a nightmare
  • The quarter system is 8 weeks of steep learning curve, dead week and a nerve-shattering Finals Week
  • Choosing a major (required for enrollment) forces 18-yr-olds to choose a career path
  • Did YOU know what you wanted to be at 18? Was it realistic in any level?
  • Overflow contributes to on avg 5.8 yrs to complete BA/BS-it took me 6
  • If the freshman yr is completed,  only a lucky handful can stay on-campus
  • The rest will enter the price-gouged, dilapidated “white ghetto” nearby
  • This ghetto is where 30,000 intelligent, young, overworked, students are consolidated
  • The city compartmentalizes the permanent residents from students to its detriment
  • The biggest scandals, many that became national news originate and occur in this ghetto
  • The frats are bristling with date-rape, rohypnol-rape and actual violence rape
  • Heavy-stress and high pressure on students attracts binge-drinking, drug abuse, even suicide
  • Female college students are kidnapped, raped and murdered in disturbing qty
  • Major scandals promote a culture of silence, Like Penn State w/o the kid-touching
  • A Federal Prison borders the north end of campus (The Sheep Unit)
  • The Diablo Nuclear Power Plant is just a few miles west
  • Nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base conducts mysterious experiments, like weapons-testing
  • Also nearby: Atascadero State Hospital – The only facility for convicted Sexually Violent Predators

None of this makes Cal Poly a bad university, nor does it make San Luis Obispo a poor town, it does motivate The university, residents, businesses and City officials, with (sadly) cooperation of local media to cooperate in the cover-up and eventual burial of stories The City and The University would not want parents considering Cuesta College, Cal Poly or nearby Allan Hancock College to know … the stories I mention here and cover in-depth in following installments are done so because they are suppressed truth and historically significant to the University and the City. Both deserve an objective archive, all I see online is marketing brochures. Tourist dollars trickle in, but keeping Cal Poly packed and the nearby warehousing of older students and Cuesta kids in over-priced slums, kids who have money, scholarships, grants, jobs and family-money is a vital income stream for Cal Poly, Cuesta and local business.
The city and university condone criminal activity. it leads to blow ups like riots, police abuse of authority, serial killers continue for years and murders remain unsolved. Subsequent are more cover-ups, minimizing the gravity of tragic events and obfuscation of online content regarding these murders, deaths, suicides and scandals. There are so many that, if known, would cross Cal Poly off MANY HS students’ wish lists—- parents would search for SLO or CPSLO and read all these things…..it could harm the bottom line….major stories are missing, difficult to locate or interpreted in retrospect by biased sources. Here are some common themes (which I will cover in-depth soon) to highlight the issue at hand:
Despite bans on drinking in the dorms and threats from RAs to expel for drug offenses, Campus Police and SLOPD make relatively few arrests … it’s more of an “all right you kids get out of here now, ok?”-like situation. Of course cops bust students just like every other school… What if a noticeable amount of felony possession/distribution cases emerged? What effect would it have on Cal Poly in the college-marketplace? A cadre of college kids, all in one place attracts a massive influx of weed, meth, coke, MDMA, psychedelics, date-rape drugs and benzodiazepenes.
Political forces turn a blind eye to drug trafficking barring extreme circumstances, some of which have been buried online once they drift from the public consciousness and become legend.

Ex-Cal Poly fraternity president appears in court on drug charges
I assure you this happens all the time moving weed around is a healthy hustle, less so today as it becomes more and more legal, but anyone with a fat sack in their pocket and a pound or two stashed away attracts two things: lot’s of buyers and a few competitors that want to jack those customers, weed and  money…this occasionally leads to minor dust-ups (robbery, intimidation, threats, assault) but it’s still just kid stuff, there’s a significant degree of separation between major weed distribution (in tons, carried in Semis) and rich white kids who sell QPs. It’s at every college and hardly newsworthy.

Hard drugs on the other hand are in another league, weed is no threat to Cal Poly. Rohypnol, GHB or Roofies on the other hand… I mentioned this in the previous story, about how a kid accidentally OD’d on GHB by drinking a bottle of “Faderade” – a medium-sized Gatorade bottle kept around the local chapter of now disbarred SigChi as an easy goto device should the sudden urge to rape overcome our “esteemed” Fraternity System (in reality Frats are considered a way for unpopular kids to ‘buy friends’…few students join, they only show up to their parties for free booze)—This kid didn’t know that the scumbags at this frat used small amounts to dose their victims, even in distilled form (most of the bottle was real Gatorade) a teaspoon was enough to induce 12 hours of deep sleep. The drunk and dehydrated kid found it in their fridge and pounded it.

He lived with his roommate in Stenner Glen, king of the campus-close slums and adjacent to my own dilapidated 3 story studio in Mustang Village. Having virtually no association or contacts w/in the frats, word traveled fast. Once I found out I interviewed witnesses, police and covered the story in depth at KCPR and KVEC. I don’t recall local media putting much attention to it, I came up with very little in searching for ANY record of this happening, I remember it being discussed on national TV and radio though… (I really need a lexis-nexis account again!) even for a carefully designed Web search, it took me a while. To their credit, local indy rag “The New Times” (Similar to the OC Weekly) DID cover the story, but their archive mysteriously goes all the way back to 2004, starting a few months after I graduated and left the white ghetto, frats and it’s hidden evils behind me….just a month or so after I graduated and moved up to San Francisco where music gigs awaited and fellow musicians to throw light office work at me in-between gigs. It was reprinted in a forum post…an update to the lawsuit and investigation that followed. I could find no content on this major story from their local indy paper for f—s sake! ….so credit to whoever reprinted it….

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