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Saturday, May 14, 2016

MR. INGERSOLL'S YARD SALE: An $8,577 Couch, A Stationary 1985 Mercedes-Benz, A Franklin Six-Burner Stove...At An Estate Sale Run On Behalf Of A Convicted Felon By A Man Charged With Five Counts Of Criminal Sexual Conduct Of A Minor Child!

Just when you thought you'd heard it all, Miss Fortune has another shocker! (Any day I can publish a mugshot is a good day!)

An estate sale held inside and outside the Perry House, 2230 Center Avenue in Bay City, features a motley spew of flotsam and bibelots according to the amusing description the company managing the sale, Estate Sales & Beyond of Northern MI. Calling the collection of castoffs “not a typical sale”, Estate Sales & Beyond describes the event:

Estate Sales & Beyond of Northern MI is hosting an impressive Estate/Liquidation sale. 

This is not a typical sale. 

The items were purchased with the intention of creating an extraordinary B & B event center. 

Unfortunately, due to an emergency situation, the business had to be put on hold. 

The items are beautiful and almost all brand new with tags. 

Their loss is your gain. 

If you are looking to furnish your home with the classiest of taste than you're in luck. 

Feel free to make an offer on the entire lot. 

Every item is grand. 

Every item is a statement piece. 

This sale is for those with discriminating taste. 

It is intended to cater to individuals seeking high-end furnishings. Again-This is not your typical Estate Sale. 

Just so you don't twitch when you read this, I've excerpted the above without making any corrections!

One of two automobiles featured is Steven Ingersoll's 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SE (below).

Miss Fortune photo
The car, apparently as sedentary as its owner since it hasn't moved in nearly three years, features a $1,500 asking price, and sports a Grand Traverse Academy decal in its back window.

If the $8,577 couch is not quite to your liking, consider instead the naked lady pedestal bowl at left, displayed inside the Perry House.

Now about the company running the sale, Gaylord-based Estate Sales & Beyond of Northern MI.

I guess I've found its real “Beyond”: Brian Ackerman, co-owner of the business, was on-site at the Perry House Friday, May 13.

Ackerman, whose trial is scheduled to begin July 27, was arrested May 4, 2015. He was charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct, three counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct as well as one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Pictured at left in his official Otsego County Sheriff's Department mugshot, Ackerman was accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old family friend. 

According contemporaneous reporting, Michigan State Police began its investigation in August of 2014 when a family member contacted the police about Ackerman. 

The incident happened at a home in Bagley Township where Ackerman allegedly assaulted the 13-year-old and gave the victim alcohol. 

Ackerman turned himself in on May 4, 2015, and was charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct, three counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct as well as one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor. 

Ackerman was released on a $50,000 personal recognize bond, and is currently awaiting trial.

So, you might ask, wasn't there anyone else available to conduct this sale? 

As Proverbs 13:20 states, he that walketh with wise men shall be wise; but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.


  1. That is creepy! What he only hires criminals? Nice job Steve gotta love a man with impeccible integrity.....NOT!

  2. Nothing suprises me....crooks hang with crooks!

  3. Brian Ackerman's wife has children that attend North Central Academy in Mancelona. Interesting!

  4. Aren't we getting off track on this guy? While I agree he has obvious issues AND a criminal record.......somehow I think it's way secondary to the important issues, Miss Fortune. I don't want us to lose focus on any of the key players here, that's all.

    1. If you're looking for a different editorial focus, I suggest that you write your own damn blog!

  5. Looking at every angle you never know what one might find. I believe one might call that thorough.

  6. Love the phrase: "Unfortunately, due to an emergency situation the business had to be put on hold." What a way to say Ingersoll and his wife were indicted and went to federal criminal trial?! Although the writer's pen put the 'situation' so innocently, we all know better. His "power of the pen" will yield to the "justice of the jury and judge," and then there will be the "power of the prison."