“Don’t Believe a Word” – Interview with Coyote Shivers

Published September 1, 2015 by Maryanne

Coyote Shivers Don't Believe a Word

Fans have waited a long time for something new from Coyote Shivers. Now the wait is over. His new single “Don’t Believe a Word” will be released Sept. 8, 2015 – the first day of Shivers’ nine-month jail sentence.

The single will appear Sept. 8 on coyoteshivers.bandcamp.com with the legal disclaimer: “All characters and events portrayed in this song are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. If anyone has a guilty conscience and sees similarities to their own actions, well, that speaks for itself.”

It will also be available on iTunes and other online stores, but on the bandcamp link the funds go directly to the Legal Defense Fund working to free Coyote Shivers from jail, and also it allows people to pay “one dollar or more” so if they want to contribute more than the one dollar minimum they can.”

The following is an interview in which Coyote spoke to me about his case.

For people who don’t know what happened, tell us in a nutshell.

COYOTE: “Pauley Perrette’s own words give the best insight. I cut off all contact and filed for divorce from Pauley Perrette in 2004, and began dating another girl, Courtney Washburn. As Courtney testified at the trial, Pauley then broke into my residence in the middle of the night, yelling at Courtney calling her a ‘slut’ and a ‘whore,’ and threatening to ‘Star Crazy’ me if I divorced her. Pauley was confronted on the stand with her handwritten notes for ‘Star Crazy’ and was forced to admit to her own writing, which outlined how a female TV star could use her fame combined with restraining order abuse, to have an innocent man who rejected her, jailed and defamed. Pauley’s handwritten notes included the steps ‘Get Restraining Order’ and ‘Stalk Him.’ So I don’t need to comment on that further. I will let Pauley Perrette’s own words and subsequent actions speak for themselves.”

In hindsight is there anything you would have done differently? For instance, were there any red flags during your relationship with Pauley Perrette or did this incident totally blindside you?

COYOTE: “There were red flags for sure. Our first date was at Kinkos, because she was falsifying some restraining order paperwork and cat food receipts to use in court against her ex-boyfriend, Daniel Rivas, because she had stolen his pet cat. She freely admitted the cat was his before they even met, but somehow convinced me he was an ‘asshole’ and the cat would be better off with her. Clearly I should have known everything about this was wrong, but she is very good at playing on sympathy. Still, I should have known right then and there. When things started getting crazy in court with Pauley, Daniel Rivas sent me an email saying ‘History repeating itself, big time,’ and he was originally going to testify on my behalf, but when Pauley found out she suddenly decided to make up with him and got him a job on NCIS playing her brother. Yes for real. Suddenly, he won’t testify for me, even though I still have the email. And the court case between them is still on file in Los Angeles Superior Court.’

She also has a long history of falsely accusing ex-boyfriends and ex-lovers, and being overtly vindictive after a relationship is over. This is also on public record. She has even publicly falsely accused something like four or five ex-lovers of rape, although she subsequently admitted that was just to protect her own reputation.”

How is this ordeal affecting your career?

COYOTE: “It has consumed a lot of time and energy, for one thing. For another thing, as a condition of bail I was not allowed to speak truthfully about my life, which is part of what art is really about. Also, I will be writing a book in jail, which wouldn’t be happening if I wasn’t in jail, so although it has stifled some of my work, some art does come from it all. There is also of course, my single, DON’T BELIEVE A WORD, which will be released the day I enter jail, and is sort of an anthem dedicated to the falsely accused.”

It’s so obvious you are very much in love with your wife, Mayra. During your jail time how often will you see Mayra? How is she holding up?

 COYOTE: “This is absolutely the most cruel thing anybody can do to me, separate me from my wife. Jail itself is nothing, except boring. I could do it standing on my head. But tearing me from my wife is torture. But that is exactly what Pauley threatened she would do if I ever remarried. It’s kind of like a ‘if I can’t have you nobody can’ scenario.”

 How are you staying strong and positive?

COYOTE: “I’m not positive at all really. This is a terrible thing being inflicted on my family. I am just staying strong for my wife, and for our mutual belief that we are righteous and will prevail in the long run, that being, no matter what Pauley Perrette does to us, our hearts remain together, and sooner or later we will be reunited and live happily, and there is NOTHING Pauley can do to stop that.”

What advice would you give to men in similar situations?

COYOTE: “Immediately take it seriously and get attorneys on the case. My situation was so utterly ridiculous, and it was so plain for everyone to see what was going on, that I didn’t take it seriously enough. I also didn’t realize how easy it was to ‘Star Crazy’ somebody, because I didn’t know how easily the laws can be manipulated, but they are ripe for this kind of exploitation, one of the things I’m learning about the law now that it’s too late.”

Tell us about the book you’ll be writing while incarcerated.

COYOTE: “It will be the story of how I found myself in jail, how ‘Star Crazy’ was threatened and executed upon me. But I have a pretty odd sense of humor, so it won’t be some dark ‘woe is me’ tome. If I’m writing it you can count on it being pretty funny. Humor has always been a part of my writing and has always gotten me through life. Also, it will be a lot more positive than you might imagine. It may seem like a thriller. It’s being sold as a real life ‘Gone Girl’ based on celebrity events, but it is actually a love story with a happy ending. You have to remember that I met my beautiful wife six years ago, because she was a journalist writing for the largest newspaper in Brazil, and she was interviewing about my ongoing legal troubles with my ex Pauley Perrette. So the very thing Pauley was trying to prevent, she actually caused. That is the ultimate in poetic justice.”

When you get out of jail is your nightmare over? What is next for you?

COYOTE: That would be up to Pauley Perrette, but she has already made it clear to me as long as I am happy, she will continue in executing thethreats she made when I divorced her. She keeps talking about me, rather obsessively, on Twitter, over a decade since I divorced her, so I think that speaks for itself.”

In conclusion, is there anything you want to say to your fans and Mayra’s fans that supported you?

COYOTE: Yes, THANK YOU. It is just incredible and heartwarming the amount of love and support we have received. Those who made #FreeCoyoteShivers a worldwide trending topic; and especially those that have contributed to the Free Coyote Shivers Legal Defense Fund THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!!!!

mayra-coyote-3Coyote Shivers and Mayra Dias Gomes

For more information Google “Coyote Shivers” and phrases like “star crazy” or “restraining order abuse.” Or visit following links:






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“Free Coyote” t-shirts can be purchased via: http://www.freecoyoteshivers.com/


Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and The Lovin’ Spoonful at Ocean Grove Auditorium

Published August 30, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8375Felix Cavaliere

For the third time, my husband and I saw Felix Cavaliere! This time at Ocean Grove’s Auditorium.

The opening act was The Loving Spoonful! We never saw them before and it was awesome hearing their hits: “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice,” “Nashville Cats,” “Do You Believe in Magic,” and “Summer in the City.”

Here is their website: http://www.lovinspoonful.com/

Last year I wrote about Felix Cavaliere’s show at Point Pleasant: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/tag/felix-cavaliere/

This was another fabulous show from one of the greatest song writers of the 1960s. My two all time favorites are “It’s a Beautiful Morning,” “How Can I Be Sure,” and “Groovin’.”

For more info on Felix Cavaliere, visit: http://www.felixcavalieremusic.com/home

SAM_8378Felix Cavaliere set list

For more information on the Ocean Grove Great Auditorium, visit: http://www.njoceangrove.com/ocean-grove-auditorium.shtml

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” available in paperback on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Officially Introducing R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights)

Published August 27, 2015 by Maryanne

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R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights) is a new animal rights activist group, inspired by the murder of Cecil the Lion. We all came together August 1, 2015, bonding over the loss of Cecil, and our love for animals. Our home base is in New Jersey, but we have online members from all over the world. Every day we sign petitions, share beautiful photos of animals and post about events/fundraisers that benefit animals.

Originally our goal was to raise funds to make July 1 National Save the Lions Day in order to bring awareness to senseless trophy killings. We needed to raise $1499 for National Day Calendar to officiate the day. However, we were almost halfway to our goal when it was brought to our attention there already was a World Lions Day. So we decided to send our monies raised thus far to various animal rights organizations in need.

For our first fundraiser, we have raised $550 and just sent the money to the following organizations:

1. Wild Cru (via Americans for Oxford, Inc.) – $250 (http://www.wildcru.org/)
2. Farm Sanctuary$50 (http://www.farmsanctuary.org/)
3. Panthera$250, to sponsor a lion! I thought that would be awesome to have in honor of Cecil! In addition to many things, the donation supports the salary of a well trained community scout in Africa to help track and protect lions from being hunted! (More info can be found on the Panthera website). (http://www.panthera.org/)

Those who have donated include: Mickey Wnek, Lynelle Behler, Patricia Blythe, Sarah Geer, Judith Smith, Joan Bunda, Dave Aver, Susan George, Iben Skjernaa Lyhne, Margaret Villa, Jerry Bedfor, Ellen and Greg Policastro, Beverly Russell, Corinne Wood, and Anonymous.

We are currently discussing ideas for our next fund raiser. To join our Face Book group, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/847039385392058/

Everyone is welcome, but please note, this is not a vegan group. We’d like everyone who loves animals to feel welcome.




Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez is Dead. And it’s Business As Usual for Cancer

Published August 26, 2015 by Maryanne

Dr. GonzalezDr. Gonzalez with patient, Suzanne Sommers

Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez was a visionary; a holistic cancer treatment pioneer. He treated cancer patients, including actress Suzanne Sommers, with pancreatic enzymes and natural compounds. According to his website (http://www.dr-gonzalez.com/index.htm),  in addition to  cancer, his individualized nutritional regimens also helped Lyme, allergies, autoimmune disorders and chronic fatigue. And he had over 30 years research and clinical experience.

On July 21, 2015, Gonzalez died an untimely death. It was in his home and sudden. Until then he had been in excellent health. And while further tests may determine the cause of his death, autopsy reports do not support the original belief that he may have died of a heart attack.

Dr. Gonzalez was just one of 10 alternative holistic doctors found dead at home this summer.

In a recent article by Rajie Kabli for Collective Evolution because of the doctor’s cutting edge work, he told Vitality Magazine, “I’ve been told drug companies know about my work but hope I get hit by a bus.”

Was it coincidence that he was found dead not too long after this statement — or foul play? I remember reading on his patient Suzanne Sommers’ Face Book page that his death was in question.

Now … please hear my voice. I am just the voice of a mere journalist who had a great passion for health. But putting two and two together makes me believe foul play also.

Back in 2010 I had a health column, which appeared in an online local publication. My column was called “Here’s to Your Health.” I had some of the most inspiring interviews: my niece, who struggled with juvenile diabetes; Scott Schiaffo, actor from Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” who struggled with heart disease; two men who suffered from male anorexia; and supermodel Oleda Baker.

All was fine and good. My editor said that I was the best writer on staff and he wished he had at least three more with my talent. He even gave me a pay raise, which is very unusual for local news online publications.

Then I interviewed Dr. Nicolas Gonzalez and the shit hit the fan.

After I submitted my article, I got an email from my editor. He went ballistic. No, it wasn’t my grammar. It wasn’t a poorly written article. There was nothing wrong with my article and the editor gave no other explanation of why he wouldn’t print it other than, “I want to go back to a local angle.” He wanted me to write about local health food stores and local health restaurants. But the town I was representing for the online local newspaper had neither!

When I brought this to the attention of the editor, he sent me the most angry email I’ve ever received in my life. He said he was going to ban my health column indefinitely.

With that I took the high road and told him I would no longer be writing for his publication and that he dare not use my column tag, “Here’s to Your Health,” as I had it copy written (and still use it today for my lectures on holistic health).

Even though I stood up for myself, I felt defeated and embarrassed. In my undeserved shame I immediately deleted the negative email threads, along with the interview with the late, great, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez. My amazing interview was gone, but I will always remember how highly Dr. Gonzalez spoke of his patient Suzanne Sommers. She was the main focus of the article. He couldn’t say enough good about her.

I shared what happened with a good friend who is very much into nutrition — so much so that Gary Null was his nutritionist. His comment, right off the bat, was that the media does not want to hear about a cure for cancer.

That also reminded me of what Lydia Lunch had said in one of her spoken word performances: “CANCER IS BIG BUSINESS.”

At the time, almost six years ago already, I pushed those thoughts to the side. I chalked my experience up to the editor having a bad day and taking it out on me. Because, being naive, I thought,  How could it be possible that people wouldn’t want to hear good news — that cancer is just as reversible as type 2 diabetes? Why was my article with an innovative doctor such a no-no? 

Now, six years later, and six years more cynical, it all makes sense. The cancer factory makes far too much money for any holistic health care practitioner to present a cure to the general public. My editor knew not to bring such a story to a small town media engine. He didn’t want to take a chance and pay the “price.” Who knows, perhaps he would have gotten fired. Instead of reasoning and telling the truth, he decided instead to belittle me and rip me a new asshole. And at the time I fell for it.

Now that more truths are coming out, I beg to question as many others do: Is there a pharmaceutical mafia?

Yes, I believe so.

In the 2013 book by Peter Gotzsche,”Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare,” Gotzche is fair enough to say that some do benefit from drugs, but the failure of the system as a whole.

It’s absolutely criminal that the war against curing cancer is almost as tough as the fight against cancer itself. An innovative pioneer is dead, and it’s business as usual for cancer.

For more information, just published today: http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/the-cancer-industry-is-too-prosperous-to-allow-a-cure/

 Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award-winning journalist, author and public speaker. To have her speak at your event, contact her at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com for pricing and availability. She will travel for the right price.

The Church/The Psychedelic Furs, State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ

Published August 21, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8303Richard Butler, Psychedelic Furs

I was ecstatic when my husband said he got us second row seats for The Church and The Psychedelic Furs.

I only had one album of The Church and was extremely impressed with their dark, surreal show. The sound was dead on. They had a psychedelic backdrop video show behind them. I was super psyched to hear my favorite song by them, “Reptile.”  Now, to go out and buy more CDs!

For more info, visit: http://thechurchband.net/

I’ve seen The Psychedelic Furs at least four times before and this was probably their best show ever. They were so on the money. Fans were screaming out names of songs, but they could have done anything they wanted, for I have most of their albums and love every song. I guess the mind-blowing moment of the evening, for me, was “Sister Europe,”especially when the sax came in.

Others favorites included: “Heartbeat,” “Heartbreak Beat,” “The Ghost in You,” “Love My Way,” “Heaven,” and “Pretty in Pink.”

It was a most gorgeous energy as every song caressed your soul.

Richard Butler was incredibly jubilant, smiling throughout most of the show. I’ve never seen him so happy, jumping around, dancing and posing for pictures.

The current Psychedelic Furs touring line-up: Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards), and Paul Garisto (drums).

For more info, visit: http://www.thepsychedelicfurs.com/

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Rave on!

Published August 17, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_8250Rave On!

(Photo by Maryanne Mistretta)

Last night was another one filled with great entertainment. This time we stayed local and saw Rave On! (a Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison tribute act).

Rave On is made up of Chris Roselle: Guitar and lead vocals; Pete Farley: Bass and background vocals; and Don Guinta: Drums and background vocals.

This band was fantastic! And as a treat for music lovers, they did the more obscure songs like “Heartbeat” by Buddy Holly, which I knew as a song by The Knack in the 1980s. My favorite picks of the night were both by Roy Orbison: “In Dreams,” and “Crying.” They also did some Elvis songs, “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” and “Suspicious Minds.”

When I found the website, I didn’t know Chris’s last name … and turned out he was a friend of my husbands! A cool side note here … Chris changed my life! One night, back in 2008, we were at a car show with Chris and our other friend Danny (singer for The Characters: http://www.thecharacters.net/) Chris shared that he was self-employed as a musician since 1986. He inspired me to quit my job as a journalist at a Montclair newspaper and work for myself. Ever since I’ve written and published two books and helped at least 10 people write their own books. You never know when someone can inspire you to change your life!

But back to the music … Rave On also warmed up for Lou Christie the other night — the show we were at! However, we got there too late and missed it.

For more information, visit Rave On’s website: http://raveonband.com/main.html

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

I Won’t Be Treated as an Option

Published August 16, 2015 by Maryanne


Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I’d never NOT show up for an event I said I was going to without calling and letting the host know I wouldn’t be there. You just don’t do that to people, it is just not cool.

You just don’t put another human-being in a position where she is worrying and wondering where you are or what happened to you. I find that behavior inconsiderate. And in the olden days, this was called standing someone up. Had I been single and if this was a guy who did it to me, I’d be very hurt and chalk it up to “maybe he’s just not that into you.”

Well, maybe my friend was “just not that into me.”

Good-bye ex-friend. I thought I liked you.





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