May 20, 2013
UPDATE: Never mind, I found the text of the article on the Project Jason forums. Still annoyed, though. I want my $7 back.
I’m trying to look at an archived MP article on In Forum. I signed up for a digital access account — seven bucks — just to read the article, which profiles several missing persons, at least two of which are not on Charley. Well, I got the “thank you for your order” email, but nothing about a password to access my new account. And so I went there and did the whole “reset your password” thing so they could send me a temporary password, and it said my email address was invalid. So I emailed the tech support email address, and that bounced.
Does anyone who reads this blog by chance already have an account with In Forum (one that works) and could send me the text of the May 8 article headlined “Police on local missing-persons cases: ‘Always room to hope’ after Ohio rescue”? I would much appreciate.
May 20, 2013
This from People Magazine: I had written earlier about how Michael Powell, Josh’s brother, jumped off a parking garage roof to his death almost exactly a year after Josh blew himself and his two children to smithereens. Well, now the cops have a theory that Michael (rather than Steve, Josh’s pervert father) was an accomplice after the fact to Susan‘s presumed murder and it was he who buried her body.
Police began seeing clues to Michael Powell’s involvement fairly early in the case, says Anne Bremner, a high-profile Seattle attorney. Bremner represents Susan’s family as well as the victims in Steve Powell’s voyeurism case. She also has participated in many discussions between police and the Cox family.
Bremner says police learned after Susan disappeared that “Michael had his Ford Taurus towed a hundred miles, and then sold it for salvage value because, police think, he had her body in there. Then he hired militaristic satellite photography people to go look at the wrecking yard to see if his car had been completely destroyed, but it wasn’t.”
She adds, “Cadaver dogs came to the tow yard and only indicated on his car, no one else’s.”
More recently, Bremner says, Utah police repeatedly questioned Michael Powell in Minneapolis. Then, three months ago, Michael Powell jumped from the fifth story of a parking structure, taking his own life. He was 30.
I hope this latest theory leads to something. Susan’s body, preferably.
May 20, 2013
Felix Vail has been charged with the murder of his wife Mary over FIFTY YEARS after she drowned in the Calcasieu River in Louisiana. Even at the time, Mary’s drowning was considered suspicious, and Felix was actually arrested for murder but released a few days later for lack of evidence.
In 1973, eleven years after Mary’s death, Felix’s girlfriend Sharon Hensley disappeared from California. She doesn’t have her own Charley page because I’m not sure if she was ever actually reported missing, but I do have a photo of her. Felix was the last person to see her alive. Then, in 1984, eleven years after Sharon disappeared (sensing a pattern here), Felix’s eighteen-year-old wife Annette disappeared from Oklahoma.
A newspaper in Mississippi ran a series of articles on Felix’s curiously bad luck luck with women in 2012. When a reporter tried to interview him, he suddenly fled the area. He was arrested in Comal County, Texas a few days ago.
Felix and Mary had one son, Bill. Bill died of cancer in 2009, but before his passing he made a video statement saying his father had told him several times about how he murdered Mary. I hope that statement can get introduced into evidence at the trial. I hope the info about Sharon and Annette can be introduced too, but I’m not all that confident of that.
This guy reminds me of Randy Roth.
May 20, 2013
For Make-a-List Monday. A month ago I did a list of people who disappeared from the capitals of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas and California. Now Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida and Georgia:
Amy Ann Ahonen
Uvaldo Moises Anaya
Nonnie Ann Dotson
Jennifer Anne Douglas
Daphne Ronette Hope
Rebecca Ann Kellison
Jennifer Lynn Marcum
Anthony Steven Michael Moya
Irma Rosario Muneton-Cueto
Diana Judith Portillo
Ian Ashley Richardson
Alexander Joseph Talamantes-Bourg
Ligia Miranda Uribe-Ramos
Michelle Ileana Uribe-Ramos
Jesus Vizcaino Maldonado
Jose Vizcaino Maldonado
Maria Guadalupe Vizcaino Maldonado
Sofia Vizcaino Maldonado
Rosa Marie Camacho
Rosa Maria Valentin
Danielle Tamara Brown
Jeremiah Dominique Bryant
Eddie Albert Bunion
John Wesley Davis
Ali I’isha Gilmore
Erik Sol Patchin
Jerry Michael Williams
Gloria Jean Baird
Monica Renee Bowie
Carolyn Ann Brown
Dymashal Lashon Cullins
Athena Joy Curry
Desmond Santonio Dix
Gabriella Larasati Elprana
Raymond Lamar Green
Marion Bobby Gresham Sr.
Dianna Affana Hammonds
Artdrunetta Lareann Hobbs
Douglas Morris Jarmon II
Sabah Nasheed Karriem-Conner
Katie Dell Kemp
Mary Shotwell Little
Lydia Michelle McDuffie
Shannon Denise Melendi
Robert Lee Mitchell
Daryl Edward Nicholson
Cheryl Bernita Parks
Elliott Calhoun Rountree
Hazel Ruth Smith
Brenda Ann Walters
Mary Ann White
Nikita Michelle Wingo
Christoph R. Zahn
May 20, 2013
I had promised to do this this past weekend, then on Sunday I kind of crashed in the morning and wasn’t online for the next 24 hours, so, better late than never…
Y’all probably know, or know of, my long-standing (almost ten years now) friend Annie Keller and her wonderful missing persons website For the Lost and corresponding blog. Annie is an awesome person, but unfortunately she happens to be poor and without dental coverage. And a few months ago ago she was told she needs $10k in work done on her teeth. She really doesn’t know what to do about this. There are charities that provide free dental care for the indigent, but almost without exception they only work with children, or they want you to pay for a large part of it. And half of a lot of money is a lot of money.
I have never done this before, but Annie’s my friend and this is a noble cause. So here’s a link where you can donate to her dental fund. It’s been up for awhile but so far not much has been raised; enough for about half a crown she says. You can see a picture of her proposed treatment plan with all the money owed, so you can see she really needs it. Here’s another picture too, which shows her teeth.
Annie would really like to be able to solid food well into middle age. If you can help, either by donating something or sharing this, that would be awesome and get you loads of good karma.
May 19, 2013
A Jewish barber named Shimon Cohen was executed in Nazi-occupied Lithuania. This ET entry of mine was published two years ago. I took a bit of a humorous slant on Shimon’s story. He had been in hiding, but got betrayed to the Nazis because he was juggling multiple women at once and they found out.
May 18, 2013
As per this article, the fund is up to almost $500,000 now. But that’s not much when you consider it will be split four ways (Amanda, Michelle, Gina and Amanda’s daughter), which is just $125,000 each. And Michelle and Gina, at least, apparently have serious physical problems stemming from the beatings, starvation etc. during their captivity that will require long-term medical care. Not to mention the serious, long-term psychological/psychiatric care all four of them will need.
No doubt, however, more money will be coming in from well-wishers. If any of the girls decide to go on the lecture tour or write a book or something, it would be well-received. The state crime victims’ fund will have to cover at least some of the damages, and they may get even more money due from the state; Jaycee Dugard got twenty million and deserved every penny.
May 18, 2013
You’ll recall that Dawn Renee Silvernail is this week’s spotlighted missing person and I had nothing on her. Well, when I put her up some people sent me information, and now there’s this brand-spanking-new article that just came out today. It’s a pretty detailed article, too.
May 18, 2013
As I figured would happen, in the wake of Amanda-Michelle-Gina there have been loads of newspapers all over the country doing articles on THEIR cold case missing persons cases. Here are a few (I’m not including articles that are just lists of names and NCMEC posters):
Man’s hope for missing daughter renewed: for Sharon Baldeagle. This case was one that grabbed me early on. I remember encountering it when I was twelve or thirteen, and finding just enough details to frustrate me horribly: the NCMEC poster at the time said something like “Sharon was last seen in Evansville, Wyoming after being kidnapped by a suspect who is now in custody. Sharon has never been found. FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED.” I couldn’t find any details anywhere about the kidnapping, the suspect, etc., for the longest time. Now I know quite a bit more of course but I was still happy to see the this article appear, because Sharon hasn’t had any press that I know of since Royal Russell Long’s death twenty years ago.
El Paso boy, 14, disappeared 30 years ago: for Ruben Humberto Herrera. This case is kinda similar to Sharon’s actually, in that it’s a presumed non-family abduction and he was last seen with some identified person who later turned up without him. The article doesn’t really say anything new.
Case Cold But Not Closed: Still Searching for Missing Aiken County Boy: for Jeremy James Grice. Not much in this article, but the police seem to be saying it’s entirely possible he’s still alive. He was young enough that he may not know he’s missing or remember who he used to be.
The family of a local woman missing for 9 years says amazing story in Cleveland gives them hope: for Sarah Nicole Vitt. Has a new photo and a few details.
Five years after Brandon Swanson’s disappearance, the porch light’s still on: for Brandon Victor Swanson. A detailed article here, though it doesn’t look like there’s anything new to put on Charley.
After 30 years, search for Bobby Joe Fritz continues: for Robert Joseph Fritz. This case is indeed, as the police detective quoted in the article says, “a head-knocker.” He seems to have just vanished into thin air, like Jeremy Grice mentioned above. And like Jeremy, he was just young enough at the time to have been raised as someone else and not even know it.
Local woman still has hope of finding missing child: for Alexandra Marie McIntire. This is exceptionally sad because the case is so solvable. They know exactly who the abductor is. They know where she lives and what she does for a living. Even I know those things, though I didn’t give the woman’s name or exact location on Alexandra’s Charley Project page. I really don’t understand why nothing was done in this case and why the police just didn’t seem to care. I’ve been in touch with Alexandra’s mother. She was only nineteen years old when this happened. She was deeply traumatized, of course, and has never had another child.
A cold case, a sister’s final hope: for Anthony Peter Tumolo. His sister thinks he’s dead and only hopes to recover his body.
Cleveland gives Caokia, Ill. investigators hope: for Gary James Shanley. Not much here; one of those “who knows what happened to him, but it probably wasn’t good” cases.
62-year-old woman awaits reunion with her sister, who’s been missing since 1970: for Denise Marie Sheehy. First article I have ever seen on this case. It looks like the “Woodside, New York” Denise disappeared from is actually just a neighborhood of Queens in New York City. She went missing on her sister’s birthday, and it looks like they were a close family.
27 years later: Abeyta family still hopeful missing son will be found: for Christopher Enoch Abeyta. This is another case that’s always caught my eye, perhaps because Christopher is only six weeks younger than I am.
Holding out hope missing Bridgeport girl is alive: for Bianca Elaine Lebron. The video has an interview with her grandmother, who still lives in the same house as she did when Bianca disappeared. The police detective in charge of her case thinks she could still be alive.
Myron Traylor: Valley 13-year-old went missing 25 years ago: for Myron Timell Traylor. Myron’s parents are both dead, but his aunt was interviewed for this article. She thinks he’s dead. I think she’s right.
Investigator to re-open 22-year-old murder case: for Deborah Jean McKneely. The police think it was a “domestic-related incident.” She was in the middle of a nasty divorce. No prizes for guessing who was responsible for this, then.
Ohio captive case gives hope to families of missing: for Cynthia D. Coleman. Rasheeyda Robinson Wilson and Jahi Marques Turner are also mentioned.
On Mother’s Day, Cleveland case lifts hope missing children are not lost: for Michaela Joy Garecht and Phoenix Lucille Coldon. Those two cases aren’t related; they just happened to be profiled in the same article.
Las Vegas detective compares unsolved 1999 missing person case to ‘a scar on your heart’: for Karla Carolina Rodriguez. There’s not anything in this article that I haven’t got, as there’s plenty of stuff on Karla’s Charley page. She is one of those very rare cases that’s a true stranger abduction. Even Elizabeth Smart and Gina DeJesus’s kidnappers had met them before.
May 17, 2013
This is from the Tweet of God but I modified it for clarity.
“Minnesota has just legalized gay marriage. The score is Minneapolis 1, St. Paul 0.”