DEATH ON THE AMERICAN RIVIERA: an investigative series on the Congresswoman, the Iraq war vet & the cover-up of a DUI scandal

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By Peter Lance December 7th, 2014.

On December 5th, 2013 following The Santa Barbara Independent’s holiday party which Raymond Victor Morua III attended as Congresswoman Lois Capps’ District Representative, he got into his Dodge Caliber with a reported BAC of .17 – more than twice the legal limit. Just after midnight at 12:04 a.m. he struck 27 year-old UCSB grad Mallory Rae Dies.

Then, after eyeing her body on the street, he took off, tried to hide and was finally arrested when he crashed his vehicle following a high speed chase. 

After Mallory’s death, Mr. Morua was charged with a hit-and-run and gross vehicular manslaughter. On April 15th he appeared in court and pled guilty to crimes that will keep him in prison for 17 years.

Two days earlier The Santa Barbara News-Press began publishing my copywritten investigative series. It contained shocking evidence that in the days following the manslaughter crash, Mrs. Capps’ District Director Mollie Culver forged official VA forms to get Mr. Morua out of jail and into a government-funded LA treatment facility, only to disown him after Mallory was taken off life support.

Links to the series on


PDF’s of the series as printed in the News-Press:

PART ONE:        Memories of Mallory
PART TWO:       Everybody Loved Raymond
PART THREE:   The Hero And The High Speed Chase
PART FOUR:     Damage Control
PART FIVE:        The Cover-up

Link to series and all related stories from the News Presss:



News-Press April 17th, 2014
Victim’s parents to sue Capps, government, DUI driver

KEYT: April 19th, 2014
Parents of Mallory Dies Sue Congresswoman,
Her Former Aide and U.S. Government

U.K. Mail April 23rd, 2014
Parents of woman killed in DUI hit-and-run
sue CONGRESSWOMAN after top aide
downed 8 cocktails while “working the room”
for her before getting behind the wheel April 24th, 2014
California rep sued over DUI death,
questions raised about ties to driver

KEYT April 26th, 2014
Brother and Friends of Mallory Dies
Confront Congresswoman Lois Capps

News-Press April 27th, 2014
Dies family circulating petition for Capps investigation

News-Press May 1st, 2014
Mallory’s dad calls for special prosecutor:
District Attorney Dudley won’t publicly comment

News-Press May 2nd, 2014
DA sends some Morua information to U.S. attorney May 6th, 2014
Petition calling for Fed Prosecutor to probe
News-Press charges has 1000+ signatures

News-Press May 11th, 2014 (Editorial)
Capps right behind Morua in fleeing the scene? May 16th, 2014
D.A. tells Matt Dies that the U.S. Attorney in L.A.
has referred the Lois Capps “matter” to
the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section

News-Press May 28th, 2014
Mallory Dies’ killer: “I would trade places with her”

News-Press May 29th, 2014
Former Capps aide sentenced to 20 years to life;
Raymond Morua apologizes to family of victim June 7th, 2014
FBI-DOJ open probe into findings in News-Press
investigative series on Lois Capps June 9th 2014
FBI, DOJ reportedly probing ties of
California rep’s staffer to driver in DUI death

News-Press June 10th, 2014
FBI looks into possible wrongdoing by Capps staff:
Peter Lance’s Series on Mallory Dies prompts investigation June 11th, 2014
SB Indy finally covers FBI probe; Capps spokesman
Chris Meagher calls it a, “fact finding inquiry”

L.A. Times June 12th, 2014
Federal officials to investigate fatal DUI
involving former House aide.

The Associated Press June 12th, 2014
Feds probe aftermath of crash involving House aide July 12th, 2014
The Congresswoman who can’t escape the
DUI manslaughter scandal that haunts her August 3rd, 2014
Target of FBI probe was 2012 Electoral College
delegate for President Barack Obama

KEYT October 8th, 2014
Protesters Call For Capps Staffer
Mollie Culver’s Resignation

KEYT October 22nd, 2014
Lois Capps Seeks 9th Term in Congress
Mrs. Capps sidesteps Morua question

Santa Barbara Independent October 22nd, 2014
Lois Capps: Does Character Matter? (op ed) November 2nd, 2014
The Ethics & Public Life of Congresswoman Lois Capps November 5th, 2014
Chris Mitchum loses race to Lois Capps
Campaign refused to raise Morua
DUI-manslaughter issue

KSBY November 5th, 2014
“Lois Capps has no apology” for deceptive
campaign ad that cut off GOP opponent
Chris Mitchum in mid sentence. 

KEYT-KCOY-KFX December 5th, 2014
Former Lois Capps Aide Appears in PSA Videos December 6th, 2014
The unanswered questions in the DUI hit-and-run
manslaughter death of Mallory Rae Dies

KEYT-KCOY-KFX December 7th, 2014
Family and Friends Remember Mallory Dies

News-Press October, 2012
Five-part investigative series on
police corruption in DUI arrests 













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