Once upon a time in a California city called Rohnert Park there was a beautiful young woman named Ana Marie Cavazos who worked as a hair stylist in a busy saloon. In the year 1993 Ana was 23 years old and had recently moved to Sonoma County from her previous home in Fresno, California. She had left her job at Sally's Beauty Place where she had worked from August 13, 1991 to March 14, 1993. She was spreading her wings and wanted to take courses that would enable her to become a dental assistant. Her supportive mother, Barbara, and her siblings lived in nearby counties and they often visited and talked on the telephone. She was a happy woman whose smile would light up a room.
One day a man named Leo Magers walked in to get his hair styled and met Ana. He soon began courting Ana showering her with attention and gifts. Leo Magers was a long time resident of Rohnert Park who lived at 223 Fauna in a lovely home adjacent to a golf course. He took his new girlfriend out drinking and dinning with his friends, many of whom appeared to be important professionals in the medical profession. Ana enjoyed socializing with Leo and the doctor friends. Friends of Ana said that she was flattered by all of the attention, and Ana told them she was falling in love with Leo Magers. (Click. Top photo Leo Magers and his associates. Bottom photo: Ana Cavazos and Leo Magers.)
Ana's mother said that Ana moved in with Leo Magers at his urging in 1994 but Ana told her mother that there was a dark side to Magers. She said that he constantly drank, beginning with wine in the morning, beer in the afternoon and hard liquor in the evening. Ana told Barbara that Leo was supplied a constant supply of sample medication from his doctor friends. Ana told her mother that she felt that Leo was a functional alcoholic who needed pills to fall asleep, pills to wake up and pills that would calm his stomach so that he could continue drinking. Shortly after Ana moved in with Leo Magers, she moved out telling him that she could not tolerate his drinking and that he must find help if their relationship would continue. First Ana moved in briefly with her mother in Napa, California and then found her own apartment. She would continue to see Magers but she was putting distance between her and this older man. She was establishing a new found independence and she enrolled in classes to continue her education.
But Leo Magers had not given up his pursuit of the beautiful Ana and he promised to get help and attend Alcoholics Anonymous regularly. Ana told her mother that Leo said he needed her and loved her. Ana missed him and she moved back into his home in Rohnert Park. Shortly thereafter Leo began telling her about a "crazy" ex-girlfriend named Carol Mardeusz with whom he had fathered a daughter named Haleigh Magers-Mardeusz. Soon Ana told her mother that Haleigh was moving in to live with them because Leo had obtained custody of the child. Ana was puzzled by the circumstances but because she totally believed Leo's version of the event, she told her mother that she would try to be a good stepmother to the little girl. Ana took over the mothering of Haleigh and several times she would deliver or pick up the child from supervised visits with her mother, Carol. It was not long, however, before the Sonoma County Courts stopped all contact between mother and child and Ana became the only care taker and the only buffer between father and daughter. She was now Leo Magers unpaid nanny and housekeeper. Her life now revolved around the child, Magers and the home that he owned.
Ana's friends were eliminated and her contact with her family became less frequent. Leo Magers made no secret of the fact that he considered Ana and her family members stupid. He repeatedly deriding them because they had not gone to college. When Magers drank, which was almost continuously according to what Ana told her siblings, he would become very abusive verbally to Ana and to Haleigh. He would rant and rave, she said, until she would convince him to go to bed. If he had to go to work the next day, Magers would take pills to stay alert. According to Ana's brother Magers had identified his profession to members of Ana's family as "heart surgeon" and/or "pacemaker expert". Either profession allowed him into the operating room where patients' lives were at stake.
A friend of Ana's said that for a long time Leo Magers told Ana that his father was dead and that when he was alive he would repeatedly beat the Magers' children. So Ana was very startled when Leopold Magers, Leo's father came out to visit them. Leo never explained to Ana why he had said that his father was dead. Ana told her friends that Magers had a strange side to him that she would never understand.
Still there were the good times when Magers would take the his daughter and Ana on trips to Europe and other places. During one of these trips Leo Magers obtained a new passport for Haleigh changing her name from Haleigh Magers-Mardeusz to Haley Magers. He would claim that the child's passport had been stolen and he applied to a United States Embassy for a replacement giving them the name he now wanted her to use. When Haleigh's real mother, Carol Mardeusz, discovered the latest move by Magers to take over total control of her daughter, she wrote the U.S. Passport office in Washington D.C. citing the fact that she had sole legal custody. In her letter dated June 15, 1998 she stated: "Mr. Magers has a history of engaging in child abuse of Haleigh and has admitted under oath in Solano Superior Count that he uses cocaine and supplies it to others for their use". At the time Ana knew nothing of these allegations made by Carol Mardeusz. A small army of Magers' insiders controlled the only information Ana received about the custody dispute involving Haleigh.
Ana's mother was told that two of Magers' closest friends were two Rohnert Park Public Safety Officers named Eugene and Patrick Fahy. Ana told Barbara that these two officers would often escort Haleigh to and from the Margaret Hahn school where she attended classes. Magers and the Fahy's told Ana they did this to protect the child from her crazy mother. In the evening the Fahys and Magers would relax at Magers' home and drink and watch sports on television.
In 1998 Ana found herself pregnant, and she told her mother that Leo was not happy about it. Ana was looking forward to having a child of her own even though she told Barbara that she loved little Haleigh with all her heart. When Ana went in to labor, she drove herself to the hospital and called her mother from there. Ana told Barbara that Leo was watching a sport event, so she had to drive herself to Kaiser hospital around 1:00p.m. Five minutes before Baby Lee was delivered at 11:00a.m. Leo Magers showed up. It was apparent to Barbara that he had been drinking.
Ana's brother Eli recalls the friction now emanating from the Magers' household. Now that they had a child, Ana told Eli that they had been married in a secret ceremony. However, Ana told Eli that Magers would not marry her before she had signed a prenuptial agreement that stated she would not inherit anything from Magers' estate should he die before her unless she had stayed with him for five years or until 2003. She told Eli that she agreed to this because Leo was not in good health, he was considerably older than she was and his excessive use of alcohol and drugs almost guaranteed that Leo would die before she would. Ana told Eli that this agreement would assure a future for her and her family.
After the birth of Baby Lee, Ana's contact with her family diminished and it became her habit to receive and place her telephone calls to them from the outside deck of the Magers' home. There she could talk to them in privacy without Magers shouting verbal abuse at her about how stupid she and her family were. Ana told her mother and brother that Magers' doctor friends continued to supply both of them with free medicine normally prescribed from the doctors' stock of free samples. Ana said that when the children needed any medication they were not taken to a doctor. Instead, the parents would cut the home supply of free samples to what the children would need and give it to them. Barbara told Ana that this was extremely dangerous and illegal, but Ana told her that it was all right because Leo was a heart surgeon and knew what he was doing.
As the millennium rolled around, Ana would bring Baby Lee to see her mother and occasionally they would travel to Southern California to visit relatives. Haleigh would never accompany Ana and her son. When Barbara inquired about the little girl, Ana said Haleigh had been bad and had to be punished by Leo. If Ana would stay too long at her mother's home, Leo continuously called, saying he missed Baby Lee. He ordered Ana to come home. Barbara felt that Leo was becoming increasingly controlling of Ana and the children.
During the last Thanksgiving of her life, Ana traveled with Leo and the children to Florida where they visited the Miami Strip, Key West and an island off Key West where Leo went fishing. They were gone for seven days and returned to Rohnert Park on November 29, 2001.
Shortly after their return Ana suffered an injury to fingers on her left hand. She told her mother that Leo Magers told her she could go to one of his doctor friends or she could go to the walk in clinic nearby. She choose the clinic where they splintered her finger and prescribed pain medication for her. On December 6th, 2001 Barbara received a call from Ana saying that she was so sick she felt like she was dying. Barbara assumed that it had to do with the pain medication and told Ana that medicine had to be taken with food and that she had to eat something. It would be the last time that the mother would speak with her daughter.
The next night the family would be contacted by Leo Magers who told them Ana was dead and then abruptly hung up. The love story was over and the investigation into the suspicious death of 33-year old Ana Marie Cavazos Magers would now begin.
Virginia McCullough © 7/23/02
THE TRIALS OF CAROL MARDEUSZ WHO FOUGHT FOR THE
CUSTODY AND WELFARE OF HER DAUGHTER
by Virginia McCullough
CLICK. UPDATE! THE ROHNERT PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT AND LEO MAGERS
Click. THE WALLS OF SILENCE THAT PROTECT
Click AN OPEN LETTER TO MARIN COUNTY PROBATION OFFICER MARGARET EDWARDS ADDRESSING THE CAROL MARDEUSZ CASE. (8/14/00)
Click. MARIN DISTRICT ATTORNEY PAULA KAMENA HAS A LOT OF ADMIRERS -- PUBLIC DEFENDER MARK DAVIS AND JUDGE VERNA ADAMS BOTH CONTRIBUTED TO KAMENA'S CAMPAIGN FOR DA. DOES THIS AFFECT THE PROSECUTION OF CAROL MARDEUSZ? (6/16/00 )
Click QUESTION: WHO HAS SOLE LEGAL CUSTODY OF HALEIGH MARDEUSZ?
ANSWER: HALEIGH'S MOTHER, CAROL MARDEUSZ.
THEN WHY IS THE MARIN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE DESPERATELY TRYING TO JAIL CAROL MARDEUSZ?
BECAUSE ATTORNEY PAULA KAMENA WANTS TO PROTECT COCAINE DISTRIBUTOR AND USER LEO MAGERS? MARIN COUNTY CITIZENS SHOULD ASK WHY ARE OUR TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS BEING WASTED TRYING TO CONVICT CAROL MARDEUSZ! 6/13/00
Click. Who protects Haleigh Mardeusz.
Click. Haleigh Mardeusz' stepmother found dead on Leo Magers' kitchen floor.
THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF 33 YEAR OLD ANNA MARIE CAVAZOS.
Click. Why Did Children's Protective Services (CPS) Fail to Protect Haleigh Magers-Mardeusz?
Click. Where is Haleigh Magers-Mardeusz?
Click. Leo Magers courts Ana Cavazos. A Rohnert Park love story.
Click. Will the Sonoma County Coroner Release the Body of Anna Marie Cavazos to Leo Magers Without Proof of Marriage?
Click. SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF-CORONER'S AUTOPSY REPORT REGARDING ANA CAVAZOS MAGERS
Click. SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF CORONER'S INVESTIGATIVE REPORT REGARDING THE DEATH OF ANA CAVAZOS MAGERS
Click. Photo: Ana Cavazos Magers Click. Photos: Haleigh Magers-Mardeusz and her brother Leo
Click. Photos: Leo Magers and his associates and wife Ana
CLICK. COMPLAINT FOR THE ARREST OF LEO MAGERS FOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT
REGARDING GIRL, 11, AND INFANT BOY. (7/10/02)
Click. LEO ALLEN MAGERS PLEADS NO CONTEST TO FELONY CHILD ABUSE OF HALEIGH MAGERS-MARDEUSZ (10/4/05)
Click. LEO ALLEN MAGERS PLEADS NO CONTEST TO DRUNK DRIVING -- .20 BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT (10/9/05)
Click. LEO ALLEN MAGERS UPDATE (11/23/05)