Paul Guyot asked, Lee Goldberg concurred, and so must I: where does all the money that attendees pay into each and every Bouchercon actually go? Do they, as allegedly they are supposed to, get passed on to the next organizing committee, or do they line the pockets of the current organizers?
David Montgomery adds that his wife -- who is a CPA -- wonders why no one's demanded an audit. Well, count this post as an official demand. Because when people seem to go out of their way to keep things murky and hidden, that says an awful lot about what's being done as opposed to what's promised.
Granted, I have a personal interest, if only to find out why it would have been so difficult to transfer my registration to someone else -- because every time I tried to ask the Chicago organizers why this was a problem, I never got an answer. And if the money I paid will be used to fund next year's convention (or one thereafter), well, fine. But if it's been funnelled away for some other purpose that isn't being made public, that's a whole other story.