Web of Lies S4E3 Script

Love Goes South (2017)

Narrator: A MUSICIAN FINDS HIS DREAM GIRL ONLINE...

HE WAS DEFINITELY AFRAID OF BEING ALONE.

Narrator: ...ONLY TO DISCOVER SHE'S 6,000 MILES AWAY.

HOW DO YOU KNOW SHE IS WHO SHE SAYS SHE IS?

WHERE'S YOUR SENSE OF ADVENTURE?

RAY JUST DOVE IN, YOU KNOW, HEADFIRST.

Narrator: THE EXOTIC ROMANCE HEATS UP FAST.

I JUST KNEW THAT THIS IS AN EVIL PSYCHOPATH.

Ray: I DID NOT MAKE THOSE PURCHASES.

AND I WANT THEM REMOVED FROM MY CARD.

Narrator: BUT WHEN MORE THAN MONEY DISAPPEARS, WILL THE BREAKUP TURN DEADLY?

WAS MY BROTHER TRYING TO TELL ME, "PLEASE, HELP ME"?

WHERE IS HE?


I'M SORRY.

I THOUGHT MAYBE WE COULD GIVE THIS A LISTEN.

Narrator: 55-YEAR-OLD RAY MERRILL LIVES WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND, BARBARA FLOREZ, IN A SUBURB OF SAN FRANCISCO.

YEAH.

Florez: RAY HAD CHARISMA.

HE HAD A DYNAMIC ABOUT HIM THAT WAS VERY APPEALING.

IT WAS KIND OF A VERY SUBTLE... SEDUCTIVENESS.

[ SLOW POP BALLAD PLAYING ]

RAY WAS VERY TENDER, VERY PASSIONATE, VERY LOVING.

I REMEMBER LOOKING INTO HIS EYES AND FEELING THAT I SAW THE WHOLE UNIVERSE.

♪ IT'S LIKE A SONG ♪

[ MAN SINGING INDISTINCTLY ]

Narrator: RAY'S A SUCCESSFUL MUSICIAN AND HAS BUILT HIS OWN RECORDING STUDIO IN HIS SAN BRUNO HOME...

LET'S SEE WHAT SHE'S GOT. YEAH.

...WHERE HE LIKES TO JAM WITH BEST FRIEND BILL RAUCH.

I MET RAY ON A CONSTRUCTION JOB IN CALIFORNIA, AROUND THE MID-'70s.

WE WOULD GET TOGETHER AFTER WORK SOMETIMES AND, YOU KNOW, TRADE RECORDS AND PLAY GUITARS, YOU KNOW, JUST BASICALLY EXPAND ON OUR FRIENDSHIP.

GOT YOURSELF A NICE INSTRUMENT THERE.

NOW YOU JUST GOT TO NAME IT.

HEY, LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT I'VE BEEN WORKING ON.

SOME NEW STUFF?

I CAN RECOGNIZE SOMEBODY WITH TALENT.

[ SOFT ROCK MUSIC PLAYING ]

AND RAY HAD PLENTY OF TALENT.

SOUNDS GOOD.

I LOVE THIS!

Narrator: PROUD OF HIS MUSICAL ACHIEVEMENTS AND CARPENTRY WORK, RAY'S GOT NO FINANCIAL WORRIES.

HEY, CUTIE.

I WOULDN'T SAY HE WAS A MILLIONAIRE.

BUT HE WAS VERY, VERY COMFORTABLE FINANCIALLY.

WHEN OUR MOTHER PASSED AWAY, THERE WAS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF INHERITANCE THAT BOTH OF US GOT.

Narrator: DESPITE BEING FINANCIALLY SECURE, RAY'S CAREFUL WITH HIS SPENDING.

WE DON'T NEED ALL THIS CRAP. IT'S JUST MARKETING.

THERE'S NOTHING GOOD, OLD VINEGAR CAN'T CLEAN.

RAY COULD BECOME VERY TIGHT WITH GROCERY MONEY...

DID YOU HEAR WHAT I SAID?

...NOT WANTING TO PURCHASE SOME ITEMS BECAUSE HE FELT THAT THEY WERE TOO EXPENSIVE.

STOP BEING CHEAP, RAY.

IT'S JUST A COUPLE OF BUCKS. [ SIGHS ]

Narrator: RAY IS ALSO VERY PARTICULAR ABOUT HIS MUSIC.

Florez: HE LIKED TO, AS HE CALLED IT, "DIG DOWN DEEP AND GET TO IT."

HEY, I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE HUNGRY.

NO! YOU KNOW I DON'T LIKE INTERRUPTIONS.

HE WOULDN'T TOLERATE ANY NOISE.

IT WAS PURE CONCENTRATION.

RAY WAS A LOVELY PERSON. BUT HE HAD HIS MOMENTS OF, UM, YOU KNOW, HE COULD BE PRETTY HARSH, PRETTY DEMANDING OF PEOPLE SOMETIMES.

HONEY, PLEASE, JUST LEAVE ME BE.

Narrator: THE ARGUMENTS CONTINUE.

AND OVER TIME, THE STRAIN ON RAY AND BARBARA'S RELATIONSHIP BECOMES TOO MUCH TO BEAR.

Florez: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MYSELF AND RAY BROKE DOWN.

IT JUST WASN'T WORKING.

THERE WAS TOO MUCH FRICTION.

AND YOU PULL THE PLUG.

YOU'RE LEAVING.

I-I JUST CAN'T TAKE THE MOOD SWINGS ANYMORE, RAY.

I'M SORRY.

SO AM I.

WE WANTED TO REMAIN FRIENDS.

Narrator: A MONTH AFTER THE BREAKUP, RAY IS READY TO MOVE ON.

HE DECIDES TO LOOK FOR NEW LOVE ONLINE.

Loebick: HE WASN'T A PERSON TO GO FREQUENT CLUBS OR BARS WHERE HE COULD JUST PICK UP WOMEN.

HE WASN'T THAT TYPE OF GUY.

Narrator: RAY JOINS SPIRIT, A SOUTH AMERICAN ONLINE DATING SITE.

Loebick: HE ALWAYS HAS LIKED LATINA WOMEN TO MEET, TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH, ULTIMATELY TO END UP IN MARRIAGE.

Narrator: RAY'S EAGER TO LET POTENTIAL GIRLFRIENDS KNOW THAT HE'S DONE WELL FOR HIMSELF.

Loebick: HE WAS PROUD OF THE MONEY HE HAD.

I THINK THAT WAS A TOOL, SO TO SPEAK, IN TERMS OF MAKING HIMSELF MORE IMPORTANT.

Narrator: BUT A FEW DAYS AFTER POSTING HIS PROFILE, RAY'S DISAPPOINTED THAT NO ONE SEEMS INTERESTED IN HIM.

NOT ONE MESSAGE. NOTHING.

HE WAS DEFINITELY AFRAID OF BEING ALONE.

Rauch: HE FELT LIKE THERE WAS NOBODY OUT THERE FOR HIM.

NO KIDDING. NICE PIC. WANT TO BORROW MINE, BUDDY?

[ LAUGHS ] WE DON'T WANT TO SCARE THEM OFF.

[ CHUCKLES ] ALL RIGHT.

I WAS HOPING FOR THE BEST FOR HIM.

I WAS HOPING THAT HE WOULD FIND SOMEBODY AND BE HAPPY.

ULTIMATELY, THAT'S THE PRIZE.

Narrator: TWO WEEKS AFTER JOINING THE DATING SITE...

[ COMPUTER CHIMES ]

...RAY FINALLY RECEIVES THE MESSAGE HE'S BEEN WAITING FOR.

[ COMPUTER CHIMING ]

RAY JUST DOVE IN, YOU KNOW, HEADFIRST.

Narrator: NEARLY 15 YEARS YOUNGER THAN RAY, REGINA RACHID ALMOST APPEARS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.

SHE PUT ON SOME VERY ATTRACTIVE PHOTOS OF HERSELF AND PRESENTED HERSELF IN A WAY THAT SEEMED VERY APPEALING TO HIM.

[ COMPUTER CHIMES ]

Narrator: THEN RAY REALIZES THERE'S A CATCH.

REGINA LIVES 6,000 MILES AWAY IN BRAZIL.

THERE HE IS. ALL READY, BUDDY.

JUST FOR YOU. NICE.

COOK 'EM TO PERFECTION, ALL RIGHT?

[ Chuckling ] YOU GOT IT.

Narrator: RAY'S BEEN MESSAGING REGINA EVERY DAY FOR TWO WEEKS NOW.

HE'S DESPERATE TO SHOW OFF HIS NEW ONLINE FRIEND.

DON'T PRETEND LIKE YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW WHAT SHE LOOKS LIKE.

LET'S SEE HER.

WOW. HE SHOWED ME A PICTURE OF HER.

AND I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, "SHE'S A PRETTY WOMAN."

HOW DO YOU KNOW SHE IS WHO SHE SAYS SHE IS?

I MEAN, HOW MUCH CAN YOU LEARN ABOUT SOMEBODY IN A MATTER OF A COUPLE WEEKS?

THIS COULD BE A GUY SENDING YOU THESE PICS.

YOU'RE JUST JEALOUS.

THE WHOLE THING ABOUT ONLINE DATING IS YOU CAN EXCHANGE INFORMATION TILL THE COWS COME HOME.

BUT UNTIL YOU MEET THAT PERSON TO SEE IF THERE'S ANY CHEMISTRY, IT'S KIND OF HARD TO GET THAT ON AN E-MAIL.

WHERE'S YOUR SENSE OF ADVENTURE?

SHE'S TOO GOOD FOR YOU. [ CHUCKLES ]

Narrator: ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT, RAY BUYS AN $800 TICKET TO BRAZIL, DEPARTING THE NEXT DAY.

Florez: RAY COULD BE TRUSTING.

I THINK THAT THERE WAS, UH, A SENSE OF INNOCENCE ABOUT HIM AT TIMES.

Narrator: RAY'S FRIENDS ARE FLOORED BY THIS SUDDEN 6,000-MILE TRIP TO SEE SOMEONE HE'S NEVER MET.

TWO WEEKS IS REALLY QUICK, I -- I THOUGHT SO.

WAY TOO FAST.

FLYING TO BRAZIL TO MEET A PERSON THAT YOU MET ONLINE THAT YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IN PERSON BEFORE, THAT'S GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND EVEN A FIRST DATE TO A FANCY RESTAURANT.

Narrator: AFTER THE 15-HOUR FLIGHT, RAY THINKS HE'S ABOUT TO MEET REGINA FACE TO FACE.

I'M SURE RAY THOUGHT HE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS DOING.

Loebick: I WAS HOPEFUL FOR HIM.

I DIDN'T FEEL ANY PARTICULAR, UM, SENSE OF TREPIDATION AT ALL.

JUST, "WOW. I HOPE THIS, UH, YOU KNOW --

THIS WORKS OUT FOR YOU."

Narrator: RAY MERRILL HAS TRAVELED 6,000 MILES FROM CALIFORNIA TO BRAZIL TO MEET REGINA RACHID, A LATINA HE CONNECTED WITH ONLINE JUST OVER TWO WEEKS AGO.

THEY HAVE NEVER MET FACE-TO-FACE.

YOU?

RAY AND REGINA HEAD BACK TO HER HOME IN SAO PAULO.

Loebick: SHE CAME FROM A FAMILY --

I BELIEVE THE MOTHER HAD PASSED AWAY SOME YEARS PRIOR.

THE FATHER WAS SOMEONE IN BUSINESS OF LEBANESE DESCENT.

RAY TOLD ME SHE RAN A BOTOX CLINIC.

I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE YOU ARE HERE, STANDING IN MY HOME.

NEITHER CAN I.

Florez: REGINA HAD A DAUGHTER.

THIS IS MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER, SOL.

OH, NICE TO MEET YOU.

AND THE DAUGHTER WAS GOING TO COLLEGE.

THIS IS RAY.

Narrator: AFTER SPENDING A DAY EXPLORING THE SIGHTS OF SAO PAULO, BEFORE RAY HEADS TO HIS HOTEL, HE ESCORTS REGINA BACK TO HER HOUSE.

SUCH A CABALLERO, A GENTLEMAN.

I HAVE HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME.

SO HAVE I. MY TIME WITH YOU, I ENJOY A LOT.

I'M JUST GLAD YOU GOT TO BE MY TOUR GUIDE.

HE WAS ABSOLUTELY ENCHANTED AND SMITTEN.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO STAY?

SURE. OKAY.

[ BOTH CHUCKLE ]

I HAVE A SPARE ROOM.

SHE DID PRESENT HERSELF AS A TRADITIONAL LADY.

I AM UP EARLY AND NEED MY REST.

OH, SURE. I-I UNDERSTAND THAT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR A GREAT EVENING.

THANK YOU.

GOOD NIGHT. GOOD NIGHT.

Rauch: HE WAS FINE WITH NOT HAVING SEX UNTIL FURTHER ON IN THE RELATIONSHIP.

Narrator: EXCITED ABOUT HIS NEWFOUND LOVE, RAY IS EAGER TO SHARE HIS HAPPINESS WITH HIS SISTER.

[ COMPUTER CHIMING ]

HE BELIEVED THAT SHE WAS GOING TO BE THIS HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

BECAUSE I HAD NOT MET HER, I JUST WISHED HIM LUCK.


Narrator: AFTER A BLISSFUL 12 DAYS WITH REGINA IN BRAZIL, RAY IS LEAVING TO GO BACK HOME TOMORROW.

[ CHUCKLES ] WOW.

WE GO OUT. AND IT'S ON ME.

I JUST WISH I WAS STAYING LONGER.

I HOPE YOU WILL COME TO VISIT ME.

LET'S GO. [ CHUCKLES ]

WHAT IS THIS?

SUGARCANE JUICE.

TRY IT.

IT HELPS THE GRINGOS DANCE.

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

YO TE AMO.

I LOVE YOU.

I'M SURE THAT RAY, IN HIS MIND, FELT, "WOW, I'VE JUST GOT THIS BEAUTIFUL WOMAN THAT'S FALLING IN LOVE WITH ME."

BOY, THINGS HAVE HAPPENED SO FAST. I --

MM-HMM.

BUT I LOVE YOU, TOO.

I JUST WISH I DIDN'T HAVE TO GO.

WHEN YOU FIRST MEET SOMEONE, AND YOU'RE VERY ATTRACTED, YOU THEREFORE THINK YOU'RE IN LOVE.

IT WASN'T BASED ON A LOT OF LOGIC.

[ GIGGLING ]

[ SIGHS, LAUGHS ]

[ GIGGLES ]

HAVE YOU SEEN MY WALLET ANYWHERE?

MAYBE THE MAID, SHE PUT IT AWAY SOMEWHERE SAFE.

HERE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR TONIGHT.

IT'S MY PLEASURE.

IS EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT?

YES.

I GUESS I AM JUST SAD THAT YOU ARE LEAVING.

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOUR MOM?

MAYBE I CAN HELP.

WE'RE IN TROUBLE.

Narrator: AFTER MEETING REGINA RACHID ONLINE, RAY MERRILL HAS SPENT A ROMANTIC 12 DAYS WITH HER IN BRAZIL.

I LOVE YOU.

BUT JUST AS HE'S ABOUT TO HEAD HOME TO SAN FRANCISCO...

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOUR MOM?

...HE REALIZES REGINA MAY HAVE A PROBLEM.

WE'RE IN TROUBLE. WHAT SORT OF TROUBLE?

FINANCIAL.

WHY DIDN'T YOUR MOM SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THIS TO ME?

SHE'S TOO PROUD.

I WISH YOU STAY.

Narrator: AS SOON AS RAY GETS HOME, HE REACHES OUT TO REGINA, HOPEFUL HE CAN HELP HER WITH FINANCIAL WOES.

[ COMPUTER CHIMING ]

Loebick: MONEY WAS DOLED OUT VERY JUDICIOUSLY, UNLESS HE WAS TRYING TO IMPRESS A LADY.

RAY HAD A CAPACITY TO BE GENEROUS WHEN HE WANTED TO BE.

Narrator: BUT ONLY A WEEK AFTER RAY'S RETURN TO THE U.S., HE GETS A NASTY SHOCK WHEN HE CHECKS HIS CREDIT CARD STATEMENT.

I DID NOT MAKE THOSE PURCHASES.

AND I WANT THEM REMOVED FROM MY CARD.

RAY, BEING WATCHFUL OVER HIS MONEY, WAS GOING OVER EVERYTHING.

AND THERE WAS RECEIPTS THERE THAT HE DOESN'T RECALL PURCHASING.

LOOK, THIS IS FRAUD.

THE CHARGES FROM NOVEMBER 17th WERE FROM BRAZIL.

I WAS IN THE STATES.

I HAVE A PLANE TICKET TO PROVE IT.

YOU GO DOWN TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY, AND YOU COME BACK, AND THERE'S THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS CHARGED ON YOUR CREDIT CARD?

OKAY, PLEASE REMOVE THEM FROM MY CARD.

IT WAS A RED FLAG FOR ME.

♪ LIVIN' FAST ♪

♪ YOU'VE GOT TO LIVE LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW ♪ MAN, I JUST DON'T GET HOW THIS HAPPENED.

HE THOUGHT, WELL, YOU KNOW, HE DID USE THE ATMs DOWN THERE.

AND HE'D THOUGHT MAYBE SOMEBODY LOOKED OVER HIS SHOULDER.

HOPE YOU CANCELLED YOUR CREDIT CARDS. DID YOU?

NO. THE BANK'S LOOKING INTO IT.

♪ I'VE GOT NOTHING TO GAIN ♪

Narrator: RELIEVED THE BANK IS RESOLVING THE FRAUD, RAY CAN DEVOTE TIME TO NEW GIRLFRIEND REGINA.

THEIR RELATIONSHIP HEATS UP OVER THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.

Loebick: EVERY MOMENT THAT MY BROTHER WAS NOT WORKING, HE WAS ON THE COMPUTER.

HIS BEHAVIOR WAS QUITE LIKE A TEENAGER, IN TERMS OF HIS WHOLE WAY OF THINKING, OF REACTING, OF RESPONDING, OF THE FANTASY OF THIS HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

Narrator: ON HIS SECOND TRIP TO BRAZIL...

THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL. THANK YOU.

...RAY BELIEVES HE MAY HAVE ANOTHER WAY TO HELP REGINA.

SO, I'VE BEEN THINKING.

I'D LIKE TO BUY YOU A CAR.

A CAR?

RAY THOUGHT, "IF I CAN MAKE SOMEBODY ELSE'S LIFE A LITTLE BETTER, YOU KNOW, IF I CAN BUY THEM A CAR SO THEY CAN GET AROUND"...

LOOK.

..."THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT."

HE THOUGHT HE WAS DOING A GOOD THING.

RAY, I-I CAN'T BE SEEN IN THAT.

IT'S FAR TOO SMALL.

I DO REMEMBER HIM SAYING THAT SHE COULD ALSO ACT SPOILED.

EH...

HERE.

SHE WANTED A MORE EXPENSIVE ONE.

I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN STRETCH TO THAT.

WHEN HE MENTIONED THIS TO ME, THERE WASN'T A --

A NOTE OF ANNOYANCE IN HIS VOICE MORE THAN LIKE, "OH, HOW CUTE.

SHE'S ACTING LIKE A SPOILED CHILD."

I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THE CAR.

I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE.

BUT THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE WHO WILL HELP.

RAY GOT WIND THAT THERE WAS ANOTHER SUITOR.

THERE IS A MAN, ERNESTO.

WHO'S ERNESTO?

SO THAT BECAME A THREAT.

HE'S JUST A FRIEND.

RAY WAS SCARED THAT HE MIGHT LOSE HER.

LOOK, WHAT'S THE POINT IN SAVING MONEY IF YOU DON'T SPEND SOME SOMETIMES?

I THINK HE WAS THINKING, MAYBE, "HERE'S THIS BEAUTIFUL WOMAN.

I HAVE THIS MONEY.

SHE'S IN LOVE WITH ME."

LET'S GET THE S.U.V.

HE WASN'T THINKING CORRECTLY.

YOU ARE MY KING.

Narrator: THOUGH REGINA AND RAY ARE GROWING CLOSER BY THE DAY, THEY'RE STILL SLEEPING IN SEPARATE BEDS.

A WEEK AFTER RETURNING TO THE U.S. AGAIN...

I DON'T APPRECIATE THE THIRD DEGREE.

...RAY IS DESPERATE TO MOVE TO BRAZIL PERMANENTLY.

MARCIA AND BILL ARE CONCERNED THAT RAY IS MOVING TOO FAST.

BE MY ROCK. YOU GUYS SHOULD BE HAPPY FOR ME.

HIS GOAL WAS TO CASH OUT HIS MONEY AND LIVE WITH REGINA.

LOOK, I'VE THOUGHT THIS THROUGH.

I'M GOING TO PROPOSE TO HER ON MY NEXT TRIP.

YOU'VE KNOWN HER EIGHT WEEKS. AND YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED?

AT MY AGE, I KNOW WHAT I WANT.

ANYONE THAT MEETS SOMEONE IN A COUPLE MONTHS AND IS GOING TO MOVE TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY AND MARRY SOMEONE?

I WOULD SAY TO ANYONE, "THAT'S WAY TOO FAST."

WE'RE JUST SURPRISED. THAT'S ALL.

Rauch: HE DIDN'T TAKE A LOT OF ADVICE.

HE PRETTY MUCH HAD HIS WAY OF DOING THINGS.

AND -- AND THAT'S THE WAY HE WOULD DO IT.

Narrator: BUT IT'S NOT LONG BEFORE RAY NOTICES MORE FRAUDULENT CHARGES ON HIS CREDIT CARD.

NOW HE SUSPECTS SOMEONE IN REGINA'S HOUSE MIGHT BE RESPONSIBLE.

Rauch: HE KNEW THAT SOMETHING WAS UP.

THIS WAS NOT JUST SOMEBODY LOOKING OVER HIS SHOULDER, DOING A ONE-TIME CREDIT CARD THEFT.

HE DID MENTION THAT SOMEBODY MAY HAVE SLIPPED INTO THE BEDROOM AND TAKEN HIS CREDIT CARDS.

YOU GOT TO GET AWAY FROM THIS, RAY.

I CAN'T.

I NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON.

AT LEAST CANCEL YOUR CARDS. THERE'S NO NEED.

I'M GOING TO GO DOWN THERE AND STRAIGHTEN THIS WHOLE THING OUT.

HE STILL HAD HOPE FOR THE RELATIONSHIP.

BUT AT THIS POINT, HE WAS GOING DOWN THERE TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH HIS MONEY.

Narrator: FIVE MONTHS AFTER MEETING REGINA, RAY FLIES BACK TO BRAZIL FOR HIS THIRD VISIT, DETERMINED TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE CREDIT CARD FRAUD.

LISTEN. WE HAVE TO TALK.

Florez: ARIES ARE THE FIRST ZODIAC SIGN, SO THEY HAVE TO BE RIGHT IN THERE.

I KNOW SOMEONE'S BEEN USING MY CREDIT CARD.

AND I KNOW IT'S SOMEONE IN THIS HOUSE.

I'M SORRY.

YOU DESERVE AN EXPLANATION.

Narrator: RAY MERRILL HAS TRAVELED TO BRAZIL FOR A THIRD TIME TO SEE HIS ONLINE LOVE, REGINA.

WE HAVE TO TALK.

HIS MISSION IS TO FIND OUT WHO HAS BEEN STEALING MONEY FROM HIM.

I KNOW IT'S SOMEONE IN THIS HOUSE.

I'M SORRY. YOU DESERVE AN EXPLANATION.

TWO WEEKS AFTER RAY LEFT FOR BRAZIL, HIS SISTER MARCIA NEEDS TO GET A HOLD OF HIM URGENTLY.

RAY: Sorry I'm not around right now.

Just leave me a message, and I'll get back to you.

[ Beep ]

IT -- IT'S MARCIA.

PLEASE CALL ME BACK.

IT'S ABOUT DAD.

Loebick: SHORTLY AFTER HIS THIRD TRIP DOWN THERE, OUR FATHER FELL ILL AND WENT INTO THE HOSPITAL.

AND THE PROGNOSIS WAS THAT HE WAS NOT GOING TO LAST MUCH LONGER.

I STARTED TO E-MAIL RAYMOND.

I GO, "RAY, WHERE ARE YOU?

DAD IS DYING.

PLEASE GET IN TOUCH."

Narrator: BUT RAY DOESN'T GET IN TOUCH.

Loebick: WHEN I DIDN'T HEAR BACK FROM MY BROTHER, I WAS CONCERNED. I MEAN, I JUST --

IT DIDN'T MAKE SENSE TO ME.

Narrator: FOUR WEEKS AFTER RAY WAS SCHEDULED TO RETURN HOME, MARCIA RECEIVES THE NEWS SHE'S BEEN DREADING.

Loebick: MY FATHER PASSED AWAY.

RAY: Sorry I'm not around right now.

Just leave me a message. And I'll get back to you.

I HAD STILL NOT HEARD FROM MY BROTHER.

AND I JUST KNEW THIS JUST DIDN'T MAKE SENSE.

[ Voice breaking ] I NEED YOU.

I WAS JUST HOPING THAT MAYBE I'D HEAR FROM HIM BY THE TIME OF THE FUNERAL.

PLEASE. WHERE ARE YOU?

[ SIGHS ]

[ MAN ANNOUNCING INDISTINCTLY OVER P.A. ]

I WENT TO THE AIRPORT TO MEET MY BROTHER.

HE'S COMING TOWARDS ME.

HIS FACE WAS COMPLETELY RED.

AND HE WAS COMPLETELY DRESSED IN BLACK.

[ Distorted ] HELP ME.

HE JUST LET OUT THIS HUGE SOB OF DESPERATION.

[ CRYING ]

[ CRICKETS CHIRPING ]

IT WAS MORE THAN A DREAM.

I-I STILL GET GOOSE BUMPS WHEN I THINK ABOUT IT.

I KNEW IT WAS MY BROTHER TRYING TO TELL ME, "PLEASE, HELP ME."

Narrator: RAY'S BEST FRIEND, BILL, IS EQUALLY CONCERNED.

WITH NO WAY OF REACHING HIM, BILL HEADS TO RAY'S HOUSE TO SEARCH FOR CLUES TO HIS WHEREABOUTS.

Rauch: IT BOTHERED ME WHEN I HADN'T HEARD FROM HIM.

AND I KNEW SOMETHING WAS UP.

SOMETHING WAS REALLY WRONG HERE.

[ DOOR RATTLING, DOG BARKING IN DISTANCE ]

I BROKE IN.

I WAS HOPING TO FIND SOME EVIDENCE THAT HE HAD COME BACK, MAYBE A SUITCASE THAT WAS OPEN.

AND -- AND IT WOULD TELL ME THAT HE WAS HERE.

MAYBE THINGS DIDN'T WORK OUT FOR HIM.

AND HE WAS EMBARRASSED BY IT.

I WAS SHOCKED.

IT WAS ALMOST LIKE A SHRINE OR SOMETHING TO -- TO THIS WOMAN.

AND THEN IT BECAME OBVIOUS HOW INFATUATED HE REALLY WAS.

IT WAS JUST UNEXPLAINABLE THAT HE HAD GONE OFF THE DEEP END LIKE THAT.

Narrator: ANOTHER WEEK PASSES.

MARCIA BURIES HER FATHER.

Loebick: I FELT VERY SAD THAT MY BROTHER WASN'T THERE AT MY FATHER'S FUNERAL.

I WAS VERY, VERY CONCERNED.

I BELIEVE IT WAS ON MAY 8, I FILED A MISSING PERSONS REPORT WITH THE SAN BRUNO POLICE.

[ SIREN WAILING ]

Narrator: LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT START LOOKING INTO RAY'S DISAPPEARANCE.

THEN JUST DAYS LATER, MARCIA RECEIVES AN UNEXPECTED MESSAGE --

AN E-MAIL FROM RAY.

WHEN I SAW THE E-MAIL, I THOUGHT, "HE IS ALIVE.

HE IS OKAY."

Narrator: BUT WHEN MARCIA READS THE E-MAIL MORE CLOSELY, SHE REALIZES IT'S NOT FROM RAY'S USUAL E-MAIL ADDRESS.

AND IT'S NOT WRITTEN IN HIS VOICE.

I DON'T THINK MY BROTHER WROTE THIS.

I THINK SOMEONE CREATED A FAKE E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR HIM AND THAT THEY WROTE THIS AS IF THEY WERE RAYMOND.

Narrator: MARCIA IMMEDIATELY REPLIES TO RAY'S NEW ACCOUNT.

Loebick: "IF THIS E-MAIL IS INDEED YOU, WHAT WAS THE THING THAT WE USED TO SAY AS KIDS JUST BEFORE WE WENT TO SLEEP?"

Narrator: A SECRET WORD ONLY RAY WOULD KNOW.

I DIDN'T HEAR BACK FROM HIM.

Narrator: WITH ALL LEADS IN CALIFORNIA DRYING UP, MARCIA PUSHES THE U.S. EMBASSY IN BRAZIL TO HELP.

THEY APPROACH BRAZILIAN AUTHORITIES TO FIND RAY.

[ SPEAKING SPANISH ]

Interpreter: MISSING PEOPLE CASES ARE DIFFICULT.

WITH A MISSING AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO HAS COME TO BRAZIL TO SPEND A FEW DAYS, IT'S EVEN MORE DIFFICULT.

HEY, HEY. HAVE A LOOK AT THESE.

Narrator: BUT AS SOON AS DETECTIVE De BARROS LOOKS INTO RAY'S FINANCES...

LOOK, LOOK.

...SHE NOTICES UNUSUAL ACTIVITY ON RAY'S ACCOUNTS.

SOMETHING'S NOT RIGHT.

Interpreter: SEVERAL WITHDRAWALS WERE MADE FROM TWO OF RAYMOND'S ACCOUNTS WITH CITIBANK, AMOUNTING TO A HIGH SUM OF MONEY.

Narrator: NEARLY $130,000 HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM RAY'S ACCOUNTS SINCE HE WAS REPORTED MISSING THREE WEEKS AGO.

THE NEXT STEP OF THE INVESTIGATION IS FOR DETECTIVE De BARROS TO QUESTION REGINA.

DO YOU MIND IF I KEEP THIS? NO, OF COURSE.

I WANT TO HELP. I MISS HIM.

Interpreter: REGINA IS A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN, FROM A GOOD SOCIAL CLASS AND FROM A TRADITIONAL FAMILY.

DID HE STAY HERE?

YES. FOLLOW ME.

REGINA WAS ALWAYS CALM, VERY RELAXED, ALWAYS VERY BALANCED IN HER ANSWERS.

THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM, WE HAD AN ARGUMENT.

HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO VISIT A FRIEND IN PARATY.

I ALWAYS WORK WITH THE HOPE THAT NOTHING BAD HAS HAPPENED.

Narrator: BUT HAVING THE NAME OF THE PLACE RAY WAS HEADED DOESN'T MAKE IT MUCH EASIER TO TRACK A U.S. CITIZEN IN BRAZIL.

[ TELEPHONES RINGING ]

Interpreter: WE WERE WORKING WITH THE HOPE THAT HE GOT LOST IN BRAZIL, OR HE'D BEEN THE VICTIM OF A ROBBERY.

CHECK WITH THE RAIL COMPANY OR HIRE CARS TO SEE IF ANYONE WITH HIS NAME BOOKED TRANSPORT TO PARATY.

WE THOUGHT WE HAD TIME TO SOLVE THE CASE AND FIND HIM ALIVE.

Narrator: BUT FOUR MONTHS INTO THE INVESTIGATION, LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS MADE LITTLE PROGRESS.

Interpreter: MY HOPE OF FINDING HIM ALIVE WAS DIMINISHING.

THANK YOU.

Narrator: UNTIL...

THERE'S A BREAKTHROUGH ON SEÑOR MERRILL.

THANK YOU.

Narrator: AFTER SEARCHING FOR MISSING AMERICAN RAY MERRILL FOR FOUR MONTHS, BRAZILIAN POLICE FINALLY HAVE A SOLID LEAD.

THERE'S A BREAKTHROUGH ON SEÑOR MERRILL.

BEING HELD AT A NEARBY DETENTION CENTER ARE TWO PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY IN DOWNTOWN SAO PAULO.

AND ONE OF THE SUSPECTS HAS JUST DROPPED A VITAL PIECE OF EVIDENCE CONNECTED TO RAY'S DISAPPEARANCE --

A BAG CONTAINING RAY'S CREDIT CARD.

Loebick: WHEN I HEARD THAT THEY HAD FOUND MY BROTHER'S CREDIT CARD IN REGINA'S PURSE, I JUST KNEW THAT THIS IS AN EVIL PSYCHOPATH WHO HAS DONE SOMETHING TO MY BROTHER.

RAY GAVE ME THE CARD.

HE WAS VERY GENEROUS.

YOU WERE THE LAST PERSON TO HAVE SEEN RAY.

WHERE IS HE?

I'M NOT SAYING ANY MORE.

Interpreter: NOW SHE IS LOOKING LIKE YOUR MAIN SUSPECT.

[ TELEPHONES RINGING IN DISTANCE ]

Narrator: BUT WITH REGINA NOT TALKING, DETECTIVE De BARROS TURNS TO THE SECOND ARMED-ROBBERY SUSPECT --

EVANDRO RIBEIRO.

HI, EVANDRO.

I'M GOING TO BE RECORDING EVERYTHING.

TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW.

Interpreter: EVANDRO, IN COMPLETE CONTRAST, WAS VERY EMOTIONAL.

HOW ARE YOU INVOLVED?

EVANDRO CONFESSES THAT A SERIOUS CRIME HAD HAPPENED WITH RAYMOND.

WHERE IS HE?

[ SIREN WAILING ]

Narrator: EVANDRO SAYS RAY WAS KIDNAPPED BY REGINA AND HER REAL BOYFRIEND AND HELD CAPTIVE AT HER SAO PAULO HOME, WHILE THEY STOLE MONEY FROM RAY'S BANK ACCOUNTS.

THEN...

...THEY STRANGLED HIM TO DEATH.

EVANDRO WAS HIRED TO DISPOSE OF RAY'S BODY.

Interpreter: ACCORDING TO EVANDRO, THE ONE WHO KILLED RAYMOND WAS REGINA.

REGINA GAVE EVANDRO A GALLON OF GAS.

HE POURED THE FUEL ON TOP OF RAY'S CORPSE.

AND THEN, EVANDRO CLAIMS, REGINA THREW A LIGHTER ON THE CORPSE, LETTING IT BURN.

Rauch: I'M SPEECHLESS.

IN THE MOST HORRIFIC WAY, THEY TOOK MY FRIEND AND STOLE FROM HIM, KILLED HIM, AND THEN DESECRATED HIS BODY.

I MEAN, IT DOESN'T GET ANY WORSE THAN THAT.

Narrator: IN MAY 2007, REGINA RACHID IS FOUND GUILTY OF ARMED ROBBERY AND SENTENCED TO NEARLY SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON.

EVANDRO RIBEIRO GETS FIVE.

REGINA, HER BOYFRIEND, AND EVANDRO ARE ALSO CHARGED WITH RAY MERRILL'S MURDER.

BUT THEY ARE STILL AWAITING TRIAL ON THOSE CHARGES.

IN 2011, REGINA IS RELEASED ON BAIL.

NOW HER BOTOX BUSINESS IS BOOMING.

Loebick: THERE'S NOTHING I DON'T MISS ABOUT MY BROTHER.

I MISS --

WE CAN'T GROW OLD TOGETHER.

I MISS THE CRAZY, CRAZY THINGS THAT WE LAUGH AT.

JUST THE FACT THAT I WON'T HAVE HIM IN MY LIFE ANYMORE.

Florez: HOW COULD THIS HAVE HAPPENED TO MY FRIEND?

THIS IS SOMEONE THAT I LOVED DEARLY MURDERED OVER THE MONEY THAT HE HAD AND THIS VICIOUS WOMAN.

Rauch: YEAH, IT JUST BROKE MY HEART.

YOU CAN'T --

YOU CAN'T DESCRIBE THE EMOTIONS THAT YOU GO THROUGH WHEN -- WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS TO SOMEONE YOU LOVE.