Flashback Friday: Lew Welch

October 24, 2014

Sorry I missed Flashback Friday for the last two weeks. I don’t remember why I did so; probably laziness. This week goes to Lewis Barrett “Lew” Welch Jr. The 44-year-old disappeared from Nevada City, California on May 23, 1971, taking a friend’s gun and leaving behind a note indicating suicide.

Lew Welch is a bit unusual in that he was sort of famous before he disappeared. He was a minor poet in the Beat Generation, which including Jack Kerouac, etc. Apparently he published only one major book in his lifetime, but the following works are for sale on Amazon:

How I Read Gertrude Stein
How I Work as a Poet
I, Leo: An Unfinished Novel
I Remain, Volume 1: Letters of Lew Welch & The Correspondence of His Friends 1949-1960
I Remain: Volume 2: Letters of Lew Welch & The Correspondence of His Friends 1960-1971
On Out
Ring of Bone: Collected Poems
Selected Poems

Ring of Bone was actually published in 2012 and is still in print. You can also read a few of his poems here.

Tony Luzio’s car, body found in retention pond

October 22, 2014

Per Jennifer W. and the Columbus Dispatch: missing man Anthony “Tony” Luzio Jr.’s body has been found inside his car in a pond not far from where he was last seen leaving a friend’s house party. It appears he just drove off the road into the pond. Searchers had been operating under that theory for some time and were systematically checking ponds in the area to see if they could find him.

R.I.P. Tony. He was 25 years old.

James Pflueger finally sentenced for his crimes

October 21, 2014

Per someone who wrote to me on Facebook, James Pflueger has finally been sentenced for causing the deaths of seven people and one unborn child when his dam collapsed and drowned them all in the ensuing 350,000,000-gallon flood. The bodies of four of the victims were never found: Timothy Noonan, Carl Rotstein, Daniel Arroyo and a toddler, Rowan Dingwall, whose parents were also killed.

Pflueger’s sentence? SEVEN MONTHS IN PRISON. Seven months, plus five years’ probation, and a $7,000 fine which is pennies to him as he’s worth millions of dollars. That’s only one month and one thousand dollars per person killed (minus Christina MacNees’s baby). Pflueger’s company has already paid a $50,000 fine for each victim — money to go to the state. So one month in prison and $51,000 — that’s how much a person’s life is worth in the state of Hawaii, which is also partially responsible for what happened because they failed to perform required inspections on Pflueger’s dam. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.

MP of the week: Lisa Lambert

October 21, 2014

This week’s featured missing person is fourteen-year-old Lisa Monique Lambert, missing since 1979 from Baltimore. 35 years ago this past week she left home, telling her parents she was going to dance class. It isn’t clear whether she arrived or not, but one account I found says she did. She never returned home. Her brother saw her a few days later; she got into a vehicle and disappeared again. No one’s heard from her since.

It sounds like Lisa might have run away, at least at first, but it’s highly unusual for a runaway to be missing for this long without contact.

Lisa’s stepfather, William Chestnut, died in early 2004; I found his obituary at NewsLibrary. He had nine biological children, plus Lisa, who is listed in his obituary as having survived him. I think Lisa’s mother, Marlene Chestnut, might have died last year. I found an obituary for a woman of that name and the funeral home that handled the service is in Baltimore. I didn’t see a list of survivors, though, so I’m not 100% sure if that’s her.

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.

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

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

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

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

Charles Fletcher
Daniel McCoy Moses
Nancy Marie O’Sullivan

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

Al’Quon Flowers

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

Victor John Theel

Myrtle Ann Green Hudson

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.


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