Patrick McDermott, Olivia Newton-John’s missing boyfriend, is alive. Sources close to the case have told Tabloid Baby that McDermott... has been sighted numerous times... in the Baja California region of Mexico... Tabloid Baby continues to lead the way in keeping the Patrick McDermott story in the public eye... In the spirit of Tabloid Baby’s original “Stories To Steal” site, (we) hope to open avenues of investigation for intrepid reporters and editors to take in the pursuit of the truth...
-- Tabloidbaby.blogspot.com, March 6
Three months after Tabloid Baby broke the story that Olivia Newton-John’s missing “boyfriend” Patrick McDermott had been seen alive in Baja California, an intrepid newspaper reporter has picked up our lead-- and is getting credit for the scoop.
Kudos to Australian newspaper reporter Nick Papps for getting his editors to pay the tab for him to follow our information to the town of Todos Santos in Baja California, where sources had told Tabloid Baby in March that McDermott had been sighted.
As Tabloid Baby operatives have been doing for the past few months, Papps has been showing McDermott's photo around, and now reports that three separate witnesses say they’ve seen McDermott in the remote region as recently as ten days ago. McDermott vanished from a fishing boat last July. All along there were suspicions he faked his death to escape debts and possible jail time over thousands of dollars in unpaid child support.
Equally suspicious was Newton-John’s failure to report him missing or acknowledge his disappearance for more than seven weeks-- until the media picked up the story.
Several Tabloid Baby contributors were on the story from the day it broke, scooping the world for the television show A Current Affair. They worked closely with Papps, and featured him on the show. After A Current Affair’s cancellation, Tabloid Baby remained the only major news outlet to stay on the McDermott story and break new leads.
Papps’ enterprise casts shame on the United States news and tabloid entertainment media, which scoffed at Tabloid Baby’s digging. Already, Fox News is trumpeting the “exclusive.” Watch as the American media jumps on the story (and look here to see why). Propaganda outlets like Entertainment Tonight and Good Morning America, which folded McDermott’s saga into the Newton-John “tragic diva” myth, will revert to scandal mode, though few are expected to use the story as an avenue into exploring Hollywood relationships of convenience.