by Gwen Moritz
Posted 1/23/2012 08:39 am
Updated 3 years ago
Jon Brawner masterminded the early morning kidnapping of a businessman with the intention of forcing him to transfer money from his company to offshore accounts. But things went wrong - fatally so.
This is not the story of John Glasgow, although Brawner now claims to have helped bury the body of the construction executive who vanished four years ago after leaving his Little Rock home before dawn.
This is the story of James M. Daven, a commodities broker and investment adviser who encouraged Brawner's interest in becoming a stockbroker, hired Brawner when he failed elsewhere and called the cops when he discovered that Brawner had been writing himself checks from a company account.
This is a story pieced together from official documents and interviews.
On the last day of July 2009, 18 months after Glasgow disappeared, Jim Daven walked out of his home near Menifee (Conway County) at 7:30 a.m. Just like every other workday, he was going to get in his Toyota Tundra and drive to his commodities brokerage in Conway.
But on that Friday morning, two men who had been crouching by the driver's side of his truck grabbed Daven and tried to cover his face with a cloth soaked in paint thinner ...
Click to read Gwen Moritz's full cover story on Jon Brawner, the Daven case and what Brawner is saying about John Glasgow.
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