Hi Cherrymeg, The caller, Harvey Martel was a known felon. This was extortion. They crossed state lines. He lied to federal authorities. He certainly could have been charged. I find it suspect that he wasn't. There were at least 3 extortion incidents I remembered. Nothing happened in any of them. None of them made the papers, but they are all documented in source files. The only person I saw use the phone was George. I did see Steve call his dad on that line sometimes. George insisted the phone was off limits. I always assumed it was a business line. My dad had a business line in our house growing up and we never used it. But when your daughter is missing and you have an extortion caller on the line claiming she is alive, I think Eleanor could bend the rules. I don't think authorities knew they had this line in the house. It was not checked according to police files.