In April of 2009, Dandar received a misdirected e-mail from Carrie Brennan Farrell (one of Tom Brennan’s sisters), who lives in San Diego. Evidently, Farrell believed she was sending information to attorneys representing her brother. Written with the intent to discredit me by claiming that I’d expressed little concern for my son’s well-being, it provided amusement for the law office of Dandar & Dandar. (See Farrell’s e-mail pasted-in below.) Along with her morally repugnant and self-serving musings, Farrell erred in the time-line regarding Kyle’s travels. These two things would make it easy to discredit her as a witness. And in the end she helped throw her brother under the bus. When she implied that she’d spoken to Tom Brennan in person, I suspected that Brennan was now out in San Diego.
Carrie, Cathy and Jeff had little contact with Kyle in his lifetime. They saw him no more than three times in twenty-years. When Kyle died the aunts never sent so much as a bouquet of flowers for his funeral.
According to Carrie, Cathy is the person who picked up Kyle in California to bring him to Carrie and Jeff’s home. I was told by Carrie that Cathy forgot about Kyle and left him waiting all day in front of a Denny’s restaurant. Kyle asked to be taken to a hotel when she finally arrived. This was the only time that he would see Cathy in the five days that he spent in the Farrell’s guest house.
It was claimed that the weapon that killed Kyle was an heirloom/sidearm that had belonged to the father, Myles Brennan. The truth–the man was an auxiliary police officer for a brief period of time in the Town of Wallingford, Connecticut. He was quickly thrown off and prohibited from ever re-joining the organization soon after he was arrested for drunken and lewd behavior.
Brennan and The Church of Scientology were sending Scientology literature to Farrell’s home after learning that she had her sister institutionalized. (Carrie told me that she was angry over this and she had told Brennan to stop sending it).
Carrie had her sister Cathy institutionalized in 2006. Cathy suffers from a bipolar disorder. Carrie went through the courts to gain legal control/guardianship to have her sister committed.
Tom called me and spoke with me about this. He was livid. I recall Brennan telling me that he was thinking of disconnecting with Carrie over this. Brennan went on to say that Carrie should have sent Cathy to Clearwater as he would have taken care of her. He claimed to have better knowledge regarding on how best to care for his sister. This was a real sore spot between Carrie and Tom as she had let the doctors perform electric shock therapy on Cathy.
Joan also stated that Carrie had told her that Tom had taken Kyle’s medication away from him. She went on to say “everyone knows that you can’t do something like that.”
Conflicting information between siblings:Testimony of Thomas Brennan
Thomas Brennan’s statement regarding Kyle’s relationship with his Aunt Carrie Farrell:
In the Email written by Carrie Brennan Farrell dated 4/15/2009
In a misdirected correspondence with Attorney Ken Dandar, Carrie Brennan Farrell made a statement that she contacted Victoria Britton in January of 2007, and by this time Kyle was with his father. Farrell is not aware of the fact that Kyle was not with Tom Brennan at that time-he is in Hawaii. The reason for her error: She was not speaking with her brother during the time period that Kyle is camping on Maui.
The Farrell email was sent to Dandar in April of 2009. Farrell at this time is informed that there is a search underway for her brother. The sisters continue to hide Brennan for several months, until he was located when he posts an add seeking employment on Craigslist.
In the notes for trial, Britton writes: in the one conversation that I have with Farrell–a call that I initiated-Farrell tells me that she has had the biggest argument with her brother regarding his involvement with the Church of Scientology. Carrie had suggested that Kyle speak with a counselor to Tom and he blew a cork. This was the basis for the argument between Tom Brennan and his sister. Brennan was also very angry with Carrie for institutionalizing his sister Cathleen. It is my understanding that Carrie Brennan has custodial rights over Cathleen due to her issues with mental illness.
Brennan fled his wife’s home in Brooklyn, N.Y., when the wrongful death suit was filed. When papers were served at the Brooklyn address the sheriff was told by his wife that no one by the name of “Thomas Brennan” had ever lived there and that no one at that address had ever heard of a “Thomas Brennan.” After numerous attempts to locate and serve Brennan, Judge Stephen Merryday gave the Estate three months to find the father and serve him with papers. Attorney Dander was going to hire a U.S. Marshall to locate him.
Victoria was able to trace Brennan from a Craigslist post that was placed in the San Diego area. Brennan was seeking work as a handyman. An error that Brennan makes in his add was the contact phone number he listed had a Clearwater, Florida area code.
Kyle’s older brother Scott called the number knowing that when he answered the phone he would be able to recognize Brennan’s voice. Attorney Dandar had a friend of P.G. call Brennan claiming she needed a room painted in her home. When Brennan arrived to give her an estimate for the job he is served with papers.
Brennan’s comment: “I was expecting this—I knew it was coming.”
After being served he returns to Brooklyn, New York to the address where we had attempted to serve him months prior. The same address where they claimed that no one knew Brennan and that no person using that name ever resided.
It is during Brennan’s time hiding out in San Diego, California with his sisters that they concoct the story of Kyle saying he did not like his medication.
Take note that Brennan and Cathleen use the same wording when describing what they claim Kyle said about his medication.
In Cathleen’s affidavit she state’s that Kyle said “I hate this crap” when describing his med’s. In Thomas Brennan’s deposition he state’s that Kyle said “I hate this shit.” We know this is not the demeanor or language used by Kyle.
There would have been no frame of reference for Kyle to even mention his medication during the brief time that he spent with Cathleen.
The only time Kyle saw Cathleen while in California was when she had picked him up in front of a Denny’s restaurant. She left Kyle waiting for seven hours. She drove him to a hotel not to her apartment. She told Kyle that there is no room for him to stay with her. The next day Farrell decides that Kyle can stay in her guest house. Within a few days the aunt and uncle tell Kyle he needs to leave as they plan on having the guest house redecorated. Carrie Brennan Farrell also accused Kyle of stealing a copy of a “World Almanac.” This information combined with accusations were told to Victoria Britton by Farrell during their one and only conversation.
Britton notes: Farrell called me on her cell phone—I left her a message earlier in the day– she is returning the call. In my conversation with her she tells me that she is currently driving to the Sierra Nevada’s with her family for the weekend. Brennan Farrell profusely apologizes for not directly contacting me. She claimed she was concerned for Kyle. Farrell said she had asked Kyle if he was on medication and Kyle showed her the bottle of Lexapro. He told her that it helped him. She asked Kyle if he wanted to speak with a friend of hers who is also a counselor. Farrell claimed Kyle was not enthusiastic over the suggestion.
It is in this conversation that Britton is told that Kyle was asked to leave the guest house as it needed redecorating.
In Britton’s notes she writes: in the one conversation that I have with Farrell –a call that I initiated-Farrell tells me that she has had the biggest argument with her brother over Scientology and Kyle’s mental health. She had suggested that Kyle speak with a counselor to Tom and he blew a cork-this was the basis for the argument- Tom Brennan had been angry with Carrie for institutionalizing his sister Cathleen-who had recently undergone electric shock therapy and was placed on lithium. I believe Carrie Brennan still has custodial rights regarding Cathleen.