November 12 – Melinda, returning to her office on the second floor, after eating dinner in the early evening notices the electricity is out, having tried several devices. Around two weeks earlier Rayelan had “Ben of no last name” install a 'door' to block Melinda from access to areas she had used since arriving in Ashtabula to work for Rayelan two years previously.
Rayelan had evidently left the house. Melinda surmised she had turned off the electricity to the room immediately before leaving. Melinda called the police.
Melinda, who was on deadline for a work proposal which she needed to finish, whipped out her Phillips head screw driver and removed the door, placing it on the front porch. She had discussed the issue of assess with a police Lt., who told her as a legal resident of the house because of her length of residence, she was free to do so and recommended she call the police if this became necessary.
Melinda entered the problematic environs of the Basement, finding the room where the electric panel was located was entirely filled with boxes, a change since the last time she had been down there just weeks before.
Melinda moved enough of the boxes to gain access to the panel, reset the one to the room in question, her office, and departed the basement returning to her office to work.
In the interim, Rayelan had returned and called the police herself. Melinda learned of this when the police called her to tell her to do downstairs and make sure she spoke to them directly, which she did.
The original call was necessitated both by the limited access and to an uglier incident which took place several weeks before.
Some background is necessary here.
When Melinda arrived in Ashtabula the living room of the house, located at the left of the foyer as you enter the front door, had been so full of boxes, furniture, and trash as to be unusable. Melinda had completely cleared and cleaned it herself so it would be possible to celebrate Christmas. Rayelan decided what to donate and what to store in the basement, which was already nearly full to overflowing with boxes, miscellaneous furniture and office items.
After Christmas in 2012 Melinda cleaned the basement. These efforts ended when she realized Rayelan could fill up space through her endless, ceaseless, buying faster than Melinda could possible clean them out. By autumn of 2012 Melinda had retreated to the up stairs, refusing to allow Rayelan to use the area for storage, which she continued to suggest.
It was beginning to dawn on Melinda Rayelan was a hoarder. One of Rayelan's previous victims, Amanda Lee, also commented on Rayelan's predilection for collecting 'stuff' in letters written in very early 2012. Melinda acknowledges she should not have believed Rayelan. She has learned better, now, and takes heart from the unavoidable chagrin the present collection of clueless, but well paid, assistants Rayelan has gathered to her will feel when the inevitable 'distance and destroy' strategy is used on them. Amanda's Letters.
Arthur continued to sit in the living room, which had been converted to Rayelan's office, with a television constantly on, to play computer games on an old computer Rayelan had given him, through this period.
Then, without explanation, the computer station was set up in the foyer on a table, but not attached so it could be used. Then, a few days later it was sitting on the floor next to the steps to the upstairs. Melinda moved it to Arthur's bedroom. But Arthur still enjoyed sitting in the living room when people were there to chat and watch television with others. Staying in his small room upstairs was lonely for him. Arthur likes people and socializing and the change in how Rayelan was treating him was causing depression and emotional pain.
One day, in late October Arthur attempted to enter the living room so he could watch television and socialize with the people assembled there to be told by “Ben of no last name,” he was not welcome. This shocked Arthur, who had used the room and socialized there since his mother, Melinda, had made it possible two years earlier. Arthur felt threatened, which is a constant problem for someone who is badly handicapped, especially when this comes from a woman, Rayelan, who told him she considered herself to be his godmother on multiple occasions.
Having this happen in the house he thought of as his home was especially devastating to him emotionally.
Arthur went upstairs, but could not discuss this with Melinda until the next day, when, tears threatening he relayed what had happened.
Melinda was outraged, but saw this as another incident illustrating a pattern of behavior in Rayelan.
Rayelan cannot, or will not, discuss conflicts. Instead, she engages in manipulation and lies.
Melinda had encountered this same issue with Rayelan as the promises made to her before coming to Ohio were ignored and Rayelan began to assert these were never made, actually moving on to assert Melinda was not working for her and had never worked for her. Rayelan had characterized their sharing of quarters, which were a benefit of employment, first as being 'room mates,' and then she and Arthur being 'house guests,,' then uninvited house guests.
Melinda had, for some time, been aware Rayelan was slandering her to people at the church where they both attend and manipulating the people she knew there with stories which bore no relationship to reality.
This caused conflict at the church. At first, Melinda tried to ignore it. Then, realizing this was not going to stop, she began documenting the issues, which are covered in detail elsewhere for litigation.
Returning to the Night of November 12th, the police arrived. Melinda had canceled her call when she got the electricity on and could work. Rayelan claimed Melinda had damaged her property. This was clearly untrue, the door was sitting on the porch, undamaged.
Rayelan, ignoring the issue at hand proceeded in an attempt to use the presence of the police to slander Melinda, claiming she was an uninvited guest and that denying her access to the basement was necessary because Melinda was going through records there and publishing these to the Internet.
Melinda rebutted these claims and offered the police a card which provides the URL for this website.
Melinda never touched Rayelan's records. If such records are stored in the basement it is news to her and of no interest. All the information on Rayelan's alias' and questionable business practices, were obtained online and are in public view. This research is going forward with the intention of publishing a book on Rayelan. All claims made are documented. Rayelan, who prides herself on NOT being a journalist and lives a life of wild fantasy and invention, is hostile to the very idea of objective, and provable, facts.
Melinda fully intended to continue publishing on Rayelan Report and taking photos of the astonishing morass which Rayelan creates so there will be a perpetual record of Rayelan's behavior. This is necessary documentation.
In this way, Melinda's intention is to protect people who would otherwise be victimized by Rayelan's frauds.
Before leaving the police told Rayelan she was not to deny Melinda access to utilities. Having “Ben of no last name” lock off the basement does this and will be reported to the police. The officer had to repeat this a couple of times because Rayelan, clearly, was not getting it.
November 13 – Rayelan has “Ben of no last name” who refuses to identify himself, install a lock on the door down to the basement where the electric panel is located. Access is denied through the outside door into the basement, apparently with an internal device, as the locks still work. - Ascertained by trying them at 1:05 am on the 14th.