The Zook Mann Videos

Posted October 20th, 2008 by Joe Kaiser

Dear Rob,

In late 2003, Jesse Zook Mann followed me around with a video camera, documenting my investing style and for some reason, we decided I needed to be wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

So, every day that month I showed up in said hoodie and the two of us hit the streets. Sometimes, a partner or two tagged along, and we video-taped the whole thing.

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I think there’s something like 18 hours of videos, and finding them the other night was just about the best news I could imagine.

An “absolute falsehood”

AAG Sugarman told a recent interviewee, a fellow I’d rescued years earlier, that I was “evicting people left and right” before you sued me. Untrue.

And Chief Investigator Renee Shadel suggested the only reason he wasn’t evicted was because your office got involved, saying, “who knows what they would have done if we wouldn’t have sued them?”

I think we all know what would have happened, Rob (you need only check the video to confirm for yourself).

Clear enough?

We could never foreclosure, we could never evict, we could never do anything like that to her. We just couldn’t.—Joe Kaiser

And even though only a handful of the folks we rescued paid any rent, much less the agree amount, not a one was evicted and not a one had his interest foreclosed away.

Exculpate This!

I have 200 GB of videos like this. They tell the story and document our approach to helping people facing foreclosure.

And your allegations of unfair and deceptive acts?

Or that we were out scamming people out of their homes?

Or that sellers thought they were getting loans or were rushed to signing or inundated with paperwork or thought it was free and all that other nonsense you’ve made up?


Project Canned

I paid Jesse something like six or eight grand to work on this project, and I ultimately decided to cancel it because I thought I looked too damn fat. So, the tapes got tossed.

But Jesse, smart guy that he is, had stuck them all on a portable hard drive, thinking they might be useful someday.

And today, Rob, is that day. Turns out it was the best six or eight grand I ever spent. Thanks for pushing me so hard to find them.

In the arena, caught on tape (Zook Mann, you are the man!),

Joe Kaiser

11 Responses to: “The Zook Mann Videos”

  1. Drew H. responds:
    Posted: October 20th, 2008 at 7:44 pm


    Is that invitation just for Rob, or can we request those videos too? Hahaha, worth a shot. Of course that would require me to get another hard drive, but well worth the cost!

  2. Joe Kaiser responds:
    Posted: October 20th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Hmmmmm, how about I post them on the web?

    Say, $97 to my defense fund for the link?

    Send me an email if you’re interested and I’ll consider it. Thanks!


  3. DaveD responds:
    Posted: October 21st, 2008 at 5:37 am

    All along I thought you wore a Superman cape. Hmmm. Maybe I should just send you the $97 and tell you to keep the videos. Who wants to watch some fat dude (your word) in a hoodie anyway? ;-) Remember, the camera adds 20 pounds (but then I’m being charitable) ;-) Fear not, I’ve been feeling fatter lately, too. Could be the cheesehead diet, no?

    An examination of your video has got to be something like watching paint dry… being we would just be yet another witness to you as you DOCUMENT your transaction in front of us. I seem to remember you go about your day without pulling any rabbits out of hats… you just PERFORM like any other responsible businessman would.

    Unwind this, Rob!

  4. Joe Kaiser responds:
    Posted: October 21st, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Actually, what I need is someone to review the videos. Any volunteers? If so, let me know.

    There are 405 of them, some lasting a few seconds (b-roll stuff) and some lasting 30 minutes or more. Compressed, it’s 3.36 GB, which I calculate to be somewhere around 16 – 18 hours.

    Just looking for someone who will review and write a brief synopsis of each. Heck, you may learn a thing or two in the process.

    And no, Rob, Chris Johnson need not apply.

  5. Joe Kaiser responds:
    Posted: October 21st, 2008 at 10:06 am


    There is nothing to unwind. Having spent more than a million dollars here, they are pot-committed and could not possibly get out of their own way if they wanted to.

    How do you explain blowing a million bucks and then walking away?

    They can’t, and I know that. Now, they have to up the ante by making unreasonable demands and tightening the screws so I have no choice but to fold.

    They can’t win it any other way, and their tactics are pretty much reduced to making it difficult (read “expensive”) for me to continue (they recently subpoenaed hundreds of more files from my attorneys and partners, for instance).

    And, they’re out talking to everyone we rescued, trying to convince them they’ve been scammed and making them feel like victims.

    I’m told I need to give them a way out, a way to save face, in order for them to walk away. Call me stupid, but I am unwilling to do so. And, I’m unwilling to fold.

    It goes to trial, no matter what, and they’ll just have to deal with the results.


  6. DaveD responds:
    Posted: October 21st, 2008 at 12:17 pm


    You better believe there is something to unwind. Rob is attempting to unwind not only your business, but indeed your LIFE.

    At some point someone higher up has to take notice. That point has been crossed long ago with every attempt to ratchet up the pressure by forcing you to cough up unending docs, fabricating press releases, lying to the press, and lying to the State Legislature… abusing the powers of his office.

    The governor, a US district attorney, or SOMEONE has to force Rob to put up or shut up. The rape of the taxpayers in the name of consumer protection is nauseating. Notwithstanding your own tough hide, Joe, nobody deserves this witch hunt. Not even a dude in a hoodie.

    BTW, if you want me to review the flicks, OK. I’ll send you a bill for the beer and pizza.

  7. Warner responds:
    Posted: October 22nd, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Nice Job finding the videos Joe. You mentioned in an earlier post that you were going to trial around August of this year. Its almost November and it looks like you are still in discovery.

    It has become more than obvious that the AG has not found a slam dunk silver bullet to bring the case to trial (Unless their is some other reasonable explanation for the delay). Saving face is what this has become and now the poor taxpayers of Washington have to pay for this version of the AG’s bailout plan.

    Joe I am willing to review a few of the videos for you and write a synopsis. Let us know how you are structuring this and we can get to work.

  8. Russ Sims responds:
    Posted: October 22nd, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I can do the video reviews, if still needed. I’ve been wishing for a way to help out, that is other than telling every voter I know in Washington to vote John Landenberg for A.G. this November! So just let me know…

  9. Leon responds:
    Posted: October 22nd, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    It doesn’t make things right but it would be THE best thing that could happen if you could get the word out about Landenberg regardless of whether he’s the man for the job. So long as we keep taking out the trash, the house won’t smell.

    It seems Rob has probably spent many millions of taxpayer dollars that I’m positive could have been better spent. He and his kind are all over the TV these days and it’s obvious they have no clue as to how to prioritize our money. Hopefully Rob has done something he can at be proud of while in office cause this aint it.

    From what I’ve been seeing, priority number one with elected officials is getting re-elected. Matter of fact I think I remember hearing that in a poly sci class many years ago. Same ole same ole. Ilk.

    Sorry Joe the real estate investor.

  10. Adrian W. responds:
    Posted: October 22nd, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Joe,
    Sorry have been side tracked for awhile. I thought Rob was going to war in August? Maybe he’s waiting to bail out in November?
    Don’t let him!!!
    Keep up the fight for the right causes. God knows, we need more “Joes” fighting the good causes against government corruption.
    Keep your head up. Someday you will be vindicated.

  11. Chris responds:
    Posted: November 4th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Hey Joe,
    If you still need help with the videos let me know. You’ve put quite a few dollars in my pocket over the years due to your LEGAL real estate plays, I figure I owe you.

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