A curious thing

October 20, 2014

It came to my attention that, for whatever reason, the date of birth on Mikelle Diane Biggs‘s tombstone is wrong. It gives her date of birth as May 31, 1989, making her nine years old when she disappeared. Every other source I’ve seen gives the date as May 31, 1987, which would have made her eleven. I’m sure the 1987 date of birth is right. She was in the sixth grade when she disappeared, and her own sister posted on Reddit about the case and said she was eleven years old.

Make-a-List Monday: MPs with many siblings

October 20, 2014

This list is for MPs who have six or more brothers and sisters (half-siblings and adopted siblings count). I’ve got six of my own. The largest family I’ve ever personally encountered (or should I put the word family in quotes?) is this one guy who told me his sailor father had fifteen known children by thirteen women in seven states and three countries. I’m sure there are more people on Charley who could go on this list but I don’t usually know family sizes.

SIX SIBLINGS
Star Gail Boomer
David Cook
Josephine Doris Despard
Thomas Estevis
Tina Marie Finley
Augustine Lee Floyd
Marchelle Hansen
Johnnie Joe Herrera
Sue Carol Laimer
Brenda Gail Lambert
Elizabeth Ann Miller
Mary Agnes Moroney
Oscar James Nedd
Michele Reidenbach
Naomi Monica Shalom Sanders
Leigh Frances Savoie
Ke’Shaun Bryant Vanderhorst

SEVEN SIBLINGS
Constance Jeannette Anderson
Paul Henry Armstrong
Henry Louis Baltimore Jr.
Sandra B. Bertolas
Patricia Joan Chesher
Jan Andre Cotta
Brenda Cecilia Crowley
Thomas L. Duesterhaus
Thomas J. Hearn
Frederick Andrew Holmes
Roland Wayne Lucas
Destry Richard Rhinehart
Alicia Amanda Stokes
Maurice Dale Wing

EIGHT SIBLINGS
Austin Eugene Bryant
Edward Dylan Bryant
Molly Laura Dattilo
Jimmy Davis
Phyllis Davis
Frances Blanche Groves
Clark Toshiro Handa
Anthony Peter Tumolo
Bonnie Woodward

NINE SIBLINGS
Debra Jean Asbury
Jacob Cabinaw
Kevin Andrew McCarthy Collins
Patrick Joseph DiFrancesco
Elizabeth Ann Gill
William Joseph Jamison
Kenneth A. LaLima
Marilyn Renee McCown
Edwina Atieno Onyango
Robin Michelle Smith
Betty Dolly Sodder
Jennie Irene Sodder
Louis Erico Sodder
Martha Lee Sodder
Maurice Antonio Sodder
Pamela Marie Boutte Watson
James Michael Welter

TEN SIBLINGS
Charles Fletcher
Daniel McCoy Moses
Nancy Marie O’Sullivan

ELEVEN SIBLINGS
Mary Edna Badaracco
Hattie Gertrude Brown
Anita Kay Drake
Reed Taylor Jeppson
Henry Arthur Moreno
William James Simon
Leonard Taku
Agnes Ann Young

TWELVE SIBLINGS
Al’Quon Flowers

THIRTEEN SIBLINGS
Brian C. Carrick
Hang Lee
Joel Mark Wells
Donna Shareen Wright

FOURTEEN SIBLINGS
Victor John Theel

FIFTEEN SIBLINGS
Myrtle Ann Green Hudson

AN INDETERMINATE NUMBER, MORE THAN SIX
Daniel Barter
Robert Joseph Fritz

MP of the week: Earl Kidder

October 14, 2014

This week’s featured missing person is Earl Bubba Kidder Jr., who vanished in March 2010 while on a fishing trip with two other men. The circumstances of his disappearance aren’t clear, but it doesn’t look like he drowned or anything like that. Very mysterious.

Trudy Appleby’s mother killed in car accident

October 13, 2014

Per Jamie: Trudy Appleby‘s mother, Brenda Gordon, was killed by a drunk driver this past Friday. She was 53 years old. The man who caused the accident has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

R.I.P. Mrs. Gordon.

Make-a-List Monday: Multilingual

October 13, 2014

This list is for missing people who are fluent in two or more languages. As with the last list, I will include those languages in parentheses. And as with the last list, chances are there are more people in Charley that fit this criteria than I know about. I am excluding anyone under four years old, on the idea that they’re not fluent in anything yet.

Laura Ayala (Spanish)
Gunnar D. Berg (Japanese)
Kianna Berg (Japanese)
Kenneth Anthony Chacon (Spanish)
Michelle Enid Delfi-Feliciano (Spanish)
Piotr Drabik (Polish, Russian)
Brenton J. Garmire (Spanish)
Gilbert Mark Gilman (Arabic, Chinese, Russian)
Jiovany Gomez (Spanish)
Arisoneide Oliveira Gosselin (Portuguese)
Ann Gotlib (Russian)
Karen Rosalba Grajeda (Spanish)
Ylva Annika Hagner (German, Swedish)
Youssef Nabil Elsayed Hassan (Arabic)
Sean Ogawa Hillman (Japanese)
Deniese Shalize Hiraman (Guyanese)
Craig L. Hoskie (Navajo)
Marina Tiffany Kaneda (Japanese)
Darrel Wayne Kempf (Spanish)
Irene Kouame (French)
Adam Benjamin Lake (Spanish)
Hang Lee (Hmong)
Carlos Andres Luke (Spanish)
Edward Lee Melanson (Korean)
Irina Malezhik (Russian)
Shannon Denise Melendi (Spanish)
Gerald Montrio (Spanish)
Mary Elizabeth Nunes (Spanish)
Alfredo Miguel-Angel Perez (Spanish)
Diona Maria Peterson (Japanese)
Andonios Georgios Petroutsas (Greek)
David Ronnal Provost (Spanish)
Margaret Isabel L. Sandige (Spanish)
Doh Soe (Thai)
Dang Tang (Vietnamese)
Arkadiy Tashman (Russian)
Barbara Zakon (Polish, Yiddish)

Happy birthday to Charley, happy birthday to you…

October 12, 2014

I know I’ve been inactive all month. The reasons being (A) I’m on a book-reading binge on account of all the books I got for my birthday and (B) I’ve had a sudden burst of creativity re: writing. Writing is usually tremendously hard for me and now that it’s suddenly become easy, I’m seizing the opportunity while it’s there.

But in the spirit of commemoration, namely the Charley Project’s decennial (yes I had to look that word up), updates SHALL resume today. As usual, a lot has happened in the missing persons world in the past two weeks and I’m anxious to put it all down. And also to reply to those emails that have been piling up.

An aside: I’ve finally published a few of my short stories on Kindle edition on Amazon. None of them are new; in fact two of the three are several years old. But check them out on Amazon if you want; just search for my name. They are normally 99 cents each but there’s a free promotion on two of them right now, so get ‘em while they’re hot. I would appreciate an honest review while you’re at it. And I’ve had a new Execution Today entry published, the 1888 hanging of deranged teenage mass murderer Frederick Mann.

Disappeared: William Gu, missing one year.

October 9, 2014

Originally posted on www.seanmunger.com:

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About a year and a half ago, on March 7, 2013,  a 22-year-old man named William Gu, a student at CUNY and a resident of Brooklyn, was expected to meet a friend at Rutger’s University in New Jersey, or possibly Staten Island in New York. Wherever it was supposed to be, never made it to this meeting. Whatever happened to William is completely unknown, as are the exact boundaries of the geographical area from which he vanished. He frequently drove between his apartment in Brooklyn and the residence of his girlfriend in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. From the reports I was able to find on this case, it’s unclear where he was last seen.

What is known is that at 7:30 PM on the same day Gu’s car, a silver 1998 Lexus, was found crashed into the sign in front of the Somerset Diner in Somerset, NJ, not far from Rutgers…

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MP of the week: Rebeca Nuno

October 7, 2014

This week’s featured MP is Rebeca Gabriela Nuno, a 21-year-old mother of three who vanished, or perhaps was kidnapped, from Cedar Hill, Texas on May 31, 2005.

I don’t know that much about the case but it looks like she could have been a victim of human trafficking. She called her parents and said everyone should stop looking for her, but she acted strange during the conversation and wouldn’t say where she was or if she was actually okay.

There hasn’t been any news on this case, at least not in the English language media, in a long time.

Make-a-List Monday: No or limited English

October 6, 2014

MPs who spoke little or no English at the time of their disappearances. There are probably a lot more on here than I include on this list. I have their primary language, if I know it for sure, in parentheses. I’m not going to make any assumptions; the guy from Korea probably speaks Korean, but it doesn’t say that so I didn’t list his language. Most of these people are either visitors or immigrants to the United States. I’m not including people who are unable to speak English due to some physical or mental disability.

Vyacheslav Arjkadyevich Akopov (Uzbek)
Galina Morozova Brown (Russian)
Rosa Marie Camacho (Spanish)
Anton Cesnjevar (German)
Young Hwan Chang
Nelida De Jesus Del Valle (Spanish)
Lian Fang Feng (Chinese)
Juan Flores
Bani Galicia
Luis Osvaldo Diego Garcia
Delfina Soledad Esiquio Guzman (Mixtec)
Adan Jacquez Hernandez (Spanish)
James P. Higham III (Japanese)
Stanina Ignjatovic
Yansis Massiel Juarez (Spanish)
Qaisra Khan
Hee Chol Kim
Sabino Llona-Saenz
Margarita Medina (Spanish)
Gabriel Ovando
Oscar Garcia Quintanilla (Spanish)
Karla Carolina Rodriguez (Spanish)
Luz Daris Rodriguez
Philistin Saintcyr (Haitian Creole)
Felipe Santos (Spanish)
Federico Ventura Supnet (Ilocano)
Melchor Tabag
Mouy Tieng Tang
Ducong Trinh (Vietnamese)
Carla Vicentini (Portuguese)
Yuan Xia Wang (Mandarin Chinese)
Masumi Watanabe (Japanese)
Valerie Wojcik (Polish)
Yuen Kwang Wong
Sifeng Wu
Pietro Zarfino (Italian)

Select It Sunday: Jitsuro Hiramoto

October 5, 2014

Selected by Annie of For the Lost fame, this week’s Select It Sunday case is Jitsuro D. Hiramoto. This seventeen-year-old Japanese-American young man vanished from Berkeley, California three days into 1984, and was never seen again.

Although it says “few details are available in his case” I actually know a little bit more about Jitsuro’s disappearance than it says on Charley. I got an email nearly five years ago from a high school friend of his. But I didn’t feel comfortable putting it all on the website, since it wasn’t from any “official” source and since it was information that might upset Jitsuro’s family.

Here’s what little I feel like I can say: Jitsuro dropped out of sight mysteriously in 1984, but it wasn’t until his high school’s ten-year class reunion in 1994 that my correspondent found out he was missing. Fliers were mailed out with the class reunion invitations, asking people who knew Jits (that was his nickname) to get in touch with a private investigator who was looking into his disappearance. My correspondent did speak to the P.I., who said Jits left a note when he disappeared. Suffice it to say that the person who wrote me believes Jitsuro is probably dead.

His family, according to the email I got, still lives in Berkeley.


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