Word slowly spread among parents throughout California, and the business of printing up the fake brochures took off. And the biggest secret between parents in the United States was born, thanks to Beck Printing.
Eventually, Beckett said, “parents from all over the country just ate that up. And over time, my dad made up more brochures for other institutions that would scare the bejesus out of kids. Then, when I took over the company in 1998, we realized we had to adapt to the changing landscape the internet provided us. So the company started making up fake websites for military schools and attitude adjustment boot camps and other places kids were scared of going. And that has done very well.”
Beckett said the company also has websites for more fun research, like sites devoted to Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. He said it’s nice to be able to have some sites that don’t instill fear into a kid’s heart, but his bread and butter is still fabricating information to deter a would-be trouble-maker and set them back on the right path.
And for a premium, Beckett said his company will create custom sites catered specifically to their client’s unique requests. “We’ve also done vacation sites for husbands who have no desire to take their wives or mistresses to a particular destination. We’ll come up with horrible reviews for a certain resort, or fake press releases saying it’s not safe to go on a cruise to the Bahamas for a few months, stuff like that. We can pretty much do anything, we just need 48 hours turn-around time. Had Melky Cabrera’s people called us, he wouldn’t have gotten suspended. I can promise you that.”