Dunbar thinks Simcox had some sort of a breakdown following 9/11. No longer living with his ex-wife and son, Simcox left a series of bazaar and threatening messages on Dunbar’s answering machine. These messages were submitted to the court in order for Dunbar to insure Simcox was denied access to their son, who was by that time, a teenager. Until that time, the couple shared custody of their son.
In one of the taped messages, Simcox threatened: “You better stop playing baseball, buddy, and you better do something real, 'cause life will never be the same," Simcox thundered. "I'm going to go down to the Mexican border and sign up for the government for border patrol to protect the borders of the country that I love. You hear how serious I am."
THE TOMBSTONE TUMBLEWEED
At this point it should be noted that I have been trying, for the past 3 years, to get just one more confirmation on certain explosive information I have concerning Chris Simcox and the time he spent at the Tombstone Tumbleweed. Not long after 9/11 (according to my sources) Chris Simcox showed up in Tombstone in rather dire financial shape. He pitched a tent in the little campground behind the OK Café. For a while he worked at odd jobs, washing dishes, this sort of thing, still living in the tent. By Thanksgiving, my source noticed that he was at Carmen Mercer’s side, serving Thanksgiving dinner for the local community.
A German immigrant who divorced her GI husband, Carmen has owned the “famous” OK Café for years. Tall, stunning, and blond, Mercer does not like illegal immigrants. My source was unable to confirm if that dislike of illegal Hispanic immigrants occurred after she and Chris Simcox became “an item”, but assumes that is the case. My source told me that sometime between that Thanksgiving and Christmas, Carmen Mercer and Chris Simcox became an “item”. I was told Carmen fell hard and fast for Simcox, who was obviously (allegedly) using her.
Not long after Christmas, Simcox returned to LA, where he somehow managed to scrape up the money to invest in the Tombstone Tumbleweed. This where I make a brief cameo in the Chris Simcox story. Simcox and his newspaper were very helpful with a project I was involved in, literally ‘giving us a break’. He appeared to be interested in what we were doing, and to his credit provided excellent and honest coverage for us.