Foul Play

Why is everyone out to get Randy Wichman?

"It would be worth crazy amounts of money to franchise," says Wichman, who declines to identify the consultants.

Once the franchising occurs, Wichman says, his entire focus is to make amends with those who hold claims against him, especially the Amish.

"I've told investors that if this deal goes through, all these people I owe will be taken care of," he says.

Mark Gilliland
Three years after it dropped an investigation into 
Randy Wichman, the Post-Dispatch published 
a flattering article on him this past May.
Three years after it dropped an investigation into Randy Wichman, the Post-Dispatch published a flattering article on him this past May.

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"Now if something happens that affects that outcome," he warns, "a lot of people will be hurt."

Following his second lengthy interview for this story late last month, Wichman left more than 200 voicemail messages with the Riverfront Times, urging that this article not be published. He also contacted the paper's editor and managing editor, making the same urgent request. When his efforts proved unsuccessful, Wichman's Clayton attorney, Gregory Herkert, left a profanity-laced voicemail.

In one of Wichman's last voicemail messages, he announces that he's changed his tune. No longer will he meekly turn the other cheek when faced by his many accusers. No longer will he pick up his things and move on. Wichman is ready to fight, and he makes the promise that there'll be plenty of carnage once he's finished.

"I want to thank you," he says. "I've gone through life with blinders on, thinking I was doing the right thing. But it isn't the right thing to let people like this get by with it.... I just kicked something into gear, and I feel better than I have in a long time. It's time that I stand up and protect my family and my reputation. These are a bunch of low-lifes that are never going to go away.

"You know, there are two types of people: smart and stupid. Smart people are the ones who, if they've done something to you that you can nail them for but you don't, they're thankful and they disappear into the woodwork. The dumb people are the ones who are going to wish they never did this. The luckiest thing that ever happened in their life is that I walked away and didn't come after them. You're bringing justice to them. Justice they deserve, and it's not good. I'm going to sue their asses off!"

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