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Old 03-26-2012, 03:40 PM   #16
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there is more to this story. Dans middle name was Sterling...Daniel Sterling Tondevold. Ms Berrys son Hugh died in Mexico, and Dan supposedly died in SC. I know a missing link to this whole story and am slightly frightened by what i know. Because I was married to the missing link! I met Ms berry one time in like 1986? 1987? while dating the missing link.....she was an amazing woman!
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there is more to this story. Dans middle name was Sterling...Daniel Sterling Tondevold. Ms Berrys son Hugh died in Mexico, and Dan supposedly died in SC. I know a missing link to this whole story and am slightly frightened by what i know. Because I was married to the missing link! I met Ms berry one time in like 1986? 1987? while dating the missing link.....she was an amazing woman!
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:07 AM   #18
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3. Ellen McClung Berry was actually an art professor at my school sometime in the early '90s and has at least three scholarships/fellowships in her name in the art program. The McClungs are among Knoxville's "first" families and many buildings and monuments here (especially at school) are named after them. It's terrible what happened to her, but I have to admit I was pretty freaked out about the Hugh Berry story. I had heard a lot of stories about Knoxville "high life" and the scandals that have gone on, but never that one. I wonder whatever happened to him.
Wow, she was teaching in the early 90s, after being duped by Tondevold? I'm glad she was in good enough health to do that.

I get freaked out by the Hugh Berry story, too. Flying in a rage and shooting his grandmother over an inheritance is scary enough. But him possibly being lobotimized, then dying mysteriously in Mexico and never being brought back is disturbing, too. And lastly, he and Tondevold did look very much alike, with that similar smile. Even though it seems almost impossible that they are one and the same due to the evidence presented, that side-by-side photo comparison freaks me out!

One of the big mysteries besides who the body belonged to: How the heck did Tondevold work his way into Mrs. Berry's good graces so quickly? Did he just appear out of the blue?

Also: I know it seems far-fetched, but I've always suspected that Pete Ballard's theory about the lookalike may just be spot on.
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Wow, she was teaching in the early 90s, after being duped by Tondevold? I'm glad she was in good enough health to do that.

I get freaked out by the Hugh Berry story, too. Flying in a rage and shooting his grandmother over an inheritance is scary enough. But him possibly being lobotimized, then dying mysteriously in Mexico and never being brought back is disturbing, too. And lastly, he and Tondevold did look very much alike, with that similar smile. Even though it seems almost impossible that they are one and the same due to the evidence presented, that side-by-side photo comparison freaks me out!

One of the big mysteries besides who the body belonged to: How the heck did Tondevold work his way into Mrs. Berry's good graces so quickly? Did he just appear out of the blue?

Also: I know it seems far-fetched, but I've always suspected that Pete Ballard's theory about the lookalike may just be spot on.

This is one of the more mysterious cases that UM presents. There are a lot of unanswered questions that we were left with. It does seem possible that fan tondevold could have been her son, but why would he con her like that when he could have just stayed and waited for his inheritance. I think it is more likely that tondevold planned this from day one and did hire a look alike to kill him to cover up his tracks. That is the more likely scenario. I wonder if authorities ever spoke to anyone that interviewed for that position or if it was researched. It appears law enforcement may have just closed the case after they identified the body as tondevold.
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Here's another thread with some info about the Dan Tondevold/Hugh Berry questions, among other things:

http://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/...ight=tondevold
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Watching it now. I wonder if he somehow was a friend of her son or knew him from the looney bin...would make a great movie!
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Anyone find it weird UM didn't mention that Hugh Berry shot a police officer after killing his grandmother? He also wounded his own father.
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It's the same person, he's my great uncle. He's from Vegas.
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It's the same person, he's my great uncle. He's from Vegas.
Who is your great uncle? Dan Tondevold?
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Who is your great uncle? Dan Tondevold?
Yes, Dan was/is my grandmas brother. The stories I heard about him from her were a lot different than this. It's crazy. My family has been in contact with the show. It was a shock to the family when we saw it. We thought he was just missing. Unfortunately my grandma passed away and never knew what happened to him.
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Dezarae, Wow thanks for posting this, can I ask you a question were any of the missing antiques or anything ever found that he had that you know of? Like paintings or pictures etc?
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It's the same person, he's my great uncle. He's from Vegas.
When did your family lose contact with him?
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I want to know if the coroner took fingerprints or if they just followed the will and cremated the body. Part of me wants to believe he killed himself in the swamp, but why would he go to all that effort just to kill himself and not enjoy the money he took? Also, can you not get the money back from the bank if it's stolen from you?
I'm certain they did. I discussed this case a many years ago with some folks and one lady indicated to us that Tondevold had an arrest record which were requested following Tondevold's suicide. Of course years had passed and thought nothing of it until I watched the episode a few days ago which reminded me.

Sure enough, it appears a Dan Tondevold from Las Vegas was convicted of extortion in 1954.

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Pleads Guilty To Extortion LAS VEGAS. Dan Tondevold, 20-year-old Las Vegas high school graduate, will appear before Judge A. S. Henderson Jan. 21 for sentencing after he entered a plea of guilty to a charge of attempting to extort $1200 from a local businessman. Tondevold admitted his guilt as he appeared in district court Tuesday. His intended victim, Roy Quenzer, a master baker had told police that he didn't even know the youth. Court attaches said that Tondevold may be committed to a special hospital for mental treatment as a condition of probation
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Every man in this episode is gay or codes gay.
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