Ultimately, Jaquiss uncovered the complete document, which showed that Goldschmidt had agreed to an estimated $250,000 settlement after the victim threatened the lawsuit in 1994. He later learned that the settlement also included three $50,000 lump-sum payments over 10 years.
Jaquiss would spend many late nights and weekends hounding reluctant sources, meeting people in parking lots and begging them for the smallest details. He found the victim in Henderson, Nev., and brought the paper's arts and culture editor, Ellen Fagg, with him to help persuade her, woman to woman, to discuss her ordeal. Instead, the victim, who had signed a confidentiality agreement after her settlement, tape-recorded the 50-minute interview, consulted her attorney by phone and then would only praise Goldschmidt. To make matters worse, Jaquiss forgot the tape was rolling and called the woman a "liar" after she left the room. "Things weren't looking good," he said.
After tracking down one of the victim's friends, a man without an address or phone number, Jaquiss asked him to confirm or deny, off the record, whether the initials Jaquiss had written on a napkin -- Goldschmidt's -- were those of the abuser.
"The guy instead wadded up his napkin and pointed to a trash can several feet away," recalls Jaquiss. " 'If I make this shot, I'll tell you what you want to know,' he said. He threw the napkin and it rimmed out and fell on the floor. I said, 'Come on, you have to tell me.' He got up and left."