Archive for the ‘children’ Category

Make-A-List Monday: 2012 Popular Boys’ Names

April 21, 2014

This is a list of Charley Project MPs whose first name was one of the top ten most popular’ boys names for babies born in 2012. (This is per the Social Security Administrator’s name page. I’m using 2012 cause they haven’t put together 2013 yet.) I’ve decided to do only those particular names, and not variant spellings. Next week I’ll do girls.

Jacob Allen Bobo
Jacob Cabinaw
Jacob Lee Heckart
Jacob Michael Olivier
Jacob Elias Pope
Jacob Wesley Webster
Jacob Erwin Wetterling

Mason Christopher Fernandez

Ethan James Hernandez
Ethan Ton Kae Fam Saelee


William Mark Adair
William Mark Alley
William Anderson
William Nolan Bass
William O. Beard
William Charles Bisbee
William Dean Bleakley
William Ward Bleakley
William Blodgett
William Walter Brooks Jr.
William Cameron Brown
William Kelly Buntain
William Arlin Bynum
William F. Calvin
William Charles Cordes
William Cowan
William H. Crandell Sr.
William Clark Crumpacker
William Scott Currier
William Andre Davcev
William Edward DeLano
William Christopher Delk
William J. Dennis
William Francis DiSilvestro IV
William LeRoy Douglas Sr.
William Verne Downey
William David Dudley
William Thomas Ukiah Duncan
William Isaac Eastep
William James Elgen
William Henry Ellis
William Edward Evans
William Michael Ewasko
William Farrer
William W. Fields
William Henry Forshee Jr.
William Henry Forshee Sr.
William Charles Fox
William Gaffney
William Theodore Garrison
William Farris Goodmon
William Bourg Gray
William Gu
William Gunn Jr.
William Dale Gunn
William Edward Hamilton
William Pearce Henderson
William R. Hennig
William James Henry
William Chris Hensley
William Ensley Hipp III
William Hoag
William Harry Hollingsworth
William Paul Houran
William Joseph Jamison
William Todd Jarreau
William Asa Jenkins
William Charles Jones
William Ebenezer Jones III
William Taylor Kaminskas
William Charles Lafferty
William Jeffers Lank
William Donald Leach
William Majewski
William McBride III
William Thomas McKay
William Howard McSwain
William L. Meehan
William Dennis Merceri
William George Merriman
William Giulio Minasian
William Earl Moldt
William Carl Myers
William Denzel Newman Jr.
William Wright North
William Henry Nunn
William Richard Ohl
William Patterson
William Herbert Pear
William Perez Sr.
William Dean Ponder
William Thomas Purcell III
William Terry Raulerson
William Carl Reed
William Carl Rigsby
William A. Roberts
William Robertson
William Robert Rochelle
William Francis Rogers
William Larry Roland
William Bruno Leon Sandidge Jr.
William Schmidbauer
William E. Schmitt
William David Shea
William James Simon
William Marshall Sisco Jr.
William Paul Smolinski Jr.
William Edward Sparks
William Ronnie Staggs
William Christopher Stonecipher
William K. Summers Jr.
William Campbell Underhill
William Martin Vosseler
William Jingde Xu
William Weatherall
William Sky Weinischke
William Webster Wells
William Dwight West
William Wilson
William Michael Zani Jr.

Liam F. Morrissey


Michael Jefferson Adams
Michael Richard Alfinito Jr.
Michael Keith Allen
Michael Dean Andrews
Michael Eugene Ashby
Michael Ray Askren
Michael Avicolli
Michael Raymond Barrentine
Michael Paul Bazan
Michael Keith Beaudoin
Michael Darnell Bell
Michael Benavides
Michael Anthony Bennett
Michael Steven Bickel
Michael Robert Bidwell
Michael Black
Michael Ernest Black
Michael James Borges
Michael Bowcott
Michael S. Boyette
Michael H. Brich
Michael Ralph Brougham
Michael James Bruce
Michael Christopher Bruno
Michael Clifford Bundy
Michael Erick Burckley
Michael Duane Burnett
Michael Charles Causley
Michael J. Chouinard
Michael E. Cosgrove
Michael Timothy Costello
Michael Patrick Coyne
Michael Austin Davis
Michael James Delaney
Michael John Delaney
Michael William Doane
Michael Joseph Donohue
Michael Dumont
Michael Norman Dunn
Michael Rolf Eddy
Michael Anthony Elenes
Michael David Ewing
Michael Ficery
Michael Franz
Michael Bradyn Fuksa
Michael Frank Fullerton
Michael James Gaughan
Michael Timothy Georgeoff
Michael Eugene Golub
Michael Gordon II
Michael Scott Gordon
Michael Matthew Gormley
Michael Bruce Gove
Michael A. Grant
Michael Earl Gray
Michael Anthony Green
Michael Lesly Green
Michael Lawrence Griffin
Michael Waynes Grimes
Michael William Grimm
Michael Grochowsky
Michael Daniel Harp
Michael Curtis Hawley Jr.
Michael Edwin Hearon
Michael Lee Henderson
Michael Duane Hissom
Michael John Hodge
Michael Anthony Hughes
Michael Harris Jacobs
Michael Allen Jarvi
Michael Davis Jeffreys
Michael Henry Johnson
Michael Lloyd Johnson
Michael Guy Johnston
Michael Lamont Jones
Michael J. Kelly
Michael S. King
Michael T. Kroell Sr.
Michael Allen Lane
Michael Scott Lattimer
Michael Jermaine Lawson
Michael James Lee
Michael Larry Madden
Michael Pierce Madden
Michael Jose Malinosky
Michael Mancino
Michael D. Mansfield
Michael Charles Marsh
Michael Martinez
Michael Omas Masaoay
Michael DeWitt Mayes
Michael Mayfield
Michael McCool
Michael McDowell
Michael Craig McGhee
Michael P. McAvoy
Michael Jerry McClure
Michael Dale McLaughlin
Michael Scott McLaughlin
Michael McWhorter
Michael Mendoza
Michael Francis Mergen
Michael Joseph Miranda
Michael Lee Montelongo
Michael Morgan
Michael Brendan Nash
Michael Anthony Navarro
Michael Denerie O’Donnell
Michael O’Driscoll
Michael Olson
Michael Ray Orsborn
Michael L. Page
Michael Timothy Palmer
Michael S. Pastor
Michael Pearcy
Michael Richard Pickett
Michael Phillip Proctor
Michael Ryan Rangel
Michael Reinert
Michael Alexander Reyes
Michael Frederick Reynolds
Michael Roy Richards
Michael Alexander Rudolph
Michael Damian Rust
Michael Andrew Salter
Michael Santana
Michael A. Sheppard Jr.
Michael Dean Stephenson
Michael Kenneth Stricklin
Michael Sullivan
Michael L. Summers
Michael Alan Tapley
Michael Russell Taus
Michael Tilton
Michael Truong
Michael George Udow
Michael William Wake
Michael Robert Walczak
Michael James Walsh
Michael Henry Wasik
Michael Way
Michael D. Wilk
Michael P. Williams
Michael Anthony Womack
Michael J. Woodward
Michael Allen Wright
Michael Zapletal
Michael Jerome Zipfel

Alexander Emmanuel Chacon
Alexander Matthew Erb-Sanchez
Alexander Ferguson
Alexander Lengheimer
Alexander Sol Olive
Alexander Edwin Shaw IV
Alexander Robert Masters
Alexander Parks Sr.
Alexander Bonilla Pastrana
Alexander William Skelton
Alexander M. Smith
Alexander Haig Tafralian
Alexander Joseph Talamantes-Bourg


Is it just me, or…

April 18, 2014

Jeffrey Blankinship recently appeared on the NCMEC. They list him as having brown eyes and so does the Washington state clearinghouse, but if you look at this close-up photo of him, it looks like his eyes are blue. At least, it looks like that to me.

This just really makes me mad

April 11, 2014

On the first of this month, NamUs added the case of Emmanuel Birts, a five-week-old baby who’s been missing from Dallas, Texas since 1989. Their casefile provided no details about his disappearance. I did my usual info-checking and found a number of articles that mention the case. I found four or five from the time the abduction happened, and one from several months later that was about another missing baby but mentioned Emmanuel’s abduction in passing. This is my draft thus far of the summary that’s going to appear on Charley when I put up Emmanuel’s casefile:

Emmanuel was born at his grandmother’s Dallas, Texas home, but spent seven days at Parkland Memorial Hospital after birth. He was released from the hospital on August 11, 1989 and went to live with with his grandmother, Hermane Grady, and mother, Kisha Birts, in the 2900 block of east Ledbetter Drive. His abductor, who claimed to be a social worker and called herself Debra Manning, first visited the home on August 12, saying she was making a follow-up home visit from the hospital. She told them Emmanuel had an eye infection, which was in fact true.

Manning visited the family again on September 12, and claimed there was a possibility Emmanuel was infected with the HIV virus. Because Kisha had used drugs during her pregnancy, this was plausible. On the evening of September 13, Manning visted again, with a letter she claimed was from the Child Welfare Department. The letter said Emmanuel needed to go to the hospital and get tested for HIV. She said she needed to take the baby immediately, and Kisha wanted to come with them, but Manning made an excuse as to why she couldn’t, and said she’d come pick up Emmanuel for the test the next morning.

On the morning of September 14, Kisha went to Parkland Memorial Hospital to ask about her baby’s health. She left Emmanuel home with Grady. When Manning first arrived, she claimed she had to get a car seat for the baby and would be back in an hour. She did return and Grady let her take Emmanuel with her at 10:00 a.m. She promised to return by 2:00 p.m. Manning never returned with the baby and neither of them have ever been seen again. The family reported Emmanuel missing at 8:00 p.m.

The abductor is described as African-American, in her thirties, 5’6 tall and 145 pounds. Her hair appeared to be sandy brown, although it may have been a wig. She wore heavy blue eyeshadow and spoke with a foreign accent, possibly of African origin. She claimed to own a van, although none of Emmanuel’s family members saw any vehicle. The name Debra Manning was almost certainly an alias, although Grady actually did know a welfare worker by that name. Child Protective Services hadn’t authorized Emmanuel’s removal from his home for any reason. The abductor always wore a white lab coat and surgical pants; real social workers wore street clothes. Investigators believe the abductor may have a history as a con artist, given the nature of Emmanuel’s abduction. She apparently also had access to the baby’s medical information.

Both of Emmanuel’s parents subsequently tested negative for HIV. They also took polygraph exams and neither of them are considered suspects in the child’s abduction. The woman who called herself Debra Manning has never been identified and there’s been no sign of either her or Emmanuel since the day she took him away in 1989. His case remains unsolved.

What. The. Beep.

Where has this case been all this time? Why have I never heard of it before? Why hasn’t Emmanuel been listed with the NCMEC? Why hasn’t there been anything in the press about it since nineteen-fracking-ninety? Where has everyone BEEN?

Flashback Friday: Mary Louise Day

April 11, 2014

(Yes, I’m still here. I know some of y’all have been concerned at my uncharacteristic absence. I’m more or less okay, just preoccupied with other things. But I’m going to get back into the saddle.)

Sorry about skipping out on you guys last weekend. This week’s Flashback Friday is Mary Louise Day. Unfortunately this entry is going to be very short because I know almost nothing about this case. And that fact is very sad, given that she’s a twelve-year-old girl.

Mary disappeared from Seaside, California sometime in the spring of 1980. Exact date unknown. What the beep?

She was on the NCMEC at one point — I recognize the background from her age-progression photo, that’s theirs — but isn’t on anymore.

Oh, and she’s tall. 5’8.

That is the sum of my knowledge of this case.

My guess is that the police wrote her off as a runaway and then lost their file on her case, which would explain both the lack of press and the lack of available information.

Make-a-List Monday: Teens with bipolar disorder

April 7, 2014

This is a list of MPs who suffer from bipolar disorder and are nineteen or younger. This condition usually manifests itself in the late teenage or early adult years, but can appear in childhood or early adolescence also. It’s estimated to affect about two and a half percent of the adult population and a list of every Charley MP who has it, I decided, would be too long — over one hundred names, I think — so I focused on the younger ones.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression, is characterized by periods of depressed mood alternating with manic states, where a person can become irrationally happy and/or irritable, have a greater sex drive and less need for sleep, and, in the more severe cases, become aggressive and develop paranoia and psychotic symptoms. People joke about it — “I’m was in a good mood this morning but now I’m feeling crappy, I’m just so bipolar today!” — but I wish they wouldn’t; this is a serious illness and isn’t to be taken lightly. Psychiatric drugs are pretty much essential for controlling the condition, but various forms of psychotherapy are recommended too.

I myself have a mild form of the disorder. For me it’s the depression that’s most noticeable, and at first I was diagnosed with depression only; years passed before my doctors realized I was also having manic episodes. I’ll become really happy, as in “bouncing around the house singing at the top of my voice” happy, and I’ll talk too fast for other people to understand, and often ambitiously start some project or other that I’ll never finish and didn’t have the ability to finish in the first place. Then, after two or three days or sometimes a whole week, I’ll be in the “I wish I was dead” mode, and that will usually last a lot longer than the happy period did.

(One time, for example, I got this idea to start a business selling a certain herbal appetite suppressant, and excitedly told all my friends about how I was going to corner the market on it and make loads of money. As far as putting my plan into action, all I actually did was order some seeds for planting. I never even bothered to plant them because by the time they arrived in the mail I was back in depression mode again. It was the wrong season anyway.)

Since I started taking a mood stabilizer in mid-2012 my mood swings have smoothed out a great deal, but my emotional pendulum still swings some and I have to keep an eye on myself. The mood stabilizer is a pain in the butt because I have to take it several times a day. But it works. And compared to many people with bipolar disorder, I’m very fortunate.

Diagnosed bipolar disorder:
Julian Carrozza, 13
Stacy Lynn Carson, 19
Mark Anthony Degner, 12
Virginia Anne Greene, 19
Bryan Andrew Hayes, 13
Juliandra Elizabeth Jones, 19
Ashley Renee Martinez, 15
Bianca Noel Piper, 13
Kyla G. Porter, 19

Honorable mention:
Kara Nancy Nichols, 19, listed as possibly having bipolar disorder

I wouldn’t be surprised if these were not the only teenagers listed on Charley who have bipolar disorder. To begin with, I rarely have much in the way of information on runaways, which comprise the majority of teenagers listed on the Charley Project. And also, often a person can have bipolar disorder for years or even decades before it’s diagnosed.

One of the most famous books on bipolar disorder is Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness. I didn’t really like it very much, though I really liked her book Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide. I haven’t read that many books about bipolar disorder, but I would recommend A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania, and Other Afflictions of the Self by Peter Whybrow or The Pits and the Pendulum: A Life with Bipolar Disorder by Brian Adams.

Select It Sunday: Jamel Montrice Williams

March 30, 2014

This week’s Select It Sunday case was chosen by Orla: Jamel Montrice Williams, who (allegedly) disappeared from the back steps of his mother’s apartment at a Toledo, Ohio housing project on May 25, 1994. He was three and a half years old, going on four. If he’s still alive he’ll be 24 in August.

I say Jamel “allegedly” disappeared on May 25 for the following reasons:

1. None of the family’s neighbors reported seeing Jamel at all since he and his mother and her boyfriend moved into the complex on April 15, more than a month before his reported disappearance, and
2. The police could find no evidence of Jamel’s presence in the apartment.

To cap it off, Jamel’s mom and her boyfriend were uncooperative with the investigation, and the mother refused to provide a DNA sample for comparison with any unidentified remains that should turn up.

It doesn’t look good.

Although he’s of mixed black and white ancestry, Jamel had blue eyes and blonde hair in 1994 and from his (admittedly black and white) pictures, he looks white to me. If he’s still alive, I think people should be looking for a young white man. If he is still alive, he probably doesn’t remember his origins and thinks that whoever raised him are be his parents. I did my usual searches but couldn’t find any new info on this case since I wrote about it nine months ago.

Frankly, I don’t have a lot of hope that he’s alive, but this case is certainly solvable. Chances are multiple people know what happened to little Jamel. It’s not too late for them to come forward with information.

This case needs all the coverage it can get, so…

March 29, 2014

I noticed that News One for Black America did an article on Jeremiah Huger‘s disappearance. The article quotes his grandfather, but contains precisely nothing new. Nevertheless, I thought I should make note of it on my blog because poor Jeremiah has gotten so little media attention over the past 28 years.

Select It Sunday: Beverly Potts

March 23, 2014

Selected by Christina S.: Beverly Rose Potts, one of Charley’s oldest cases. She disappeared from Cleveland, Ohio on August 24, 1951 — that is, sixty-two years ago. In the unlikely chance that she’s still alive, Beverly would be 73 years old next month. Her Charley Project casefile is quite long with over 1,000 words about the case history, with its many twists and turns and dead ends. She was last seen walking home from a nearby park. She almost made it home safe. But she didn’t.

Author James Jessen Badal wrote an excellent book, Twilight of Innocence, on the Potts case. I highly recommend this book to MP buffs, and if you have a Kindle you can buy it for less than eight bucks. From what I recall from the book, Badal believes Beverly was probably killed on the night of her disappearance, and that her body might very well be buried on her own street.

Beverly’s parents and sister are dead, and the person(s) responsible for her disappearance is probably dead also. I highly doubt this case will ever be solved. The best we can hope for is maybe her body being found.

Just noticed

March 19, 2014

Today is Michael J. Woodward‘s birthday. He was only nine years old when he vanished over forty years ago; he would be 51 today, if still alive.

MP of the week: Andrew Skelton (and, by extension, his brothers)

March 18, 2014

This week’s featured missing person is Andrew Ryan Skelton, age 9, who disappeared along with his brothers Alexander, 7, and Tanner, 5, from Morenci, Michigan the day after Thanksgiving in 2010. The boys are all adorable and remind me of my nephews when they were that age.

This case is an exceptionally sad one, even by Charley Project standards. The boys’ father made off with them and was later located alone. He made a half-hearted suicide attempt and was hospitalized, then charged with kidnapping in connection to his sons’ disappearances. John Skelton pleaded guilty to lesser charges of false imprisonment was sent to prison for a ten- to fifteen-year term. He claims the boys are safe but refuses to reveal their whereabouts — in my opinion, because he knows he’ll be facing a lot longer than ten to fifteen years if the three children are located. I’m pretty sure they’re dead.

As I’ve said before, this case remains me very much of the still-unsolved Campbell case from over 50 years ago. It also makes me think of the disappearances of Sarah and Philip Gehring, murdered by their father, whose remains were recovered in 2005. And the Porter case, another homicide by a parent; Sam and Lindsey Porter’s bodies were located in 2007, after they’d been missing more than three years. All of the aforementioned children are or were featured on Charley.

If you ask me, John Skelton should remain in prison until he discloses the boys’ location, one way or the other. (Alexander, Tanner and Andrew’s mother hopes they’re still alive.) But he’s been in jail since shortly after they disappeared, over three years, and seems to show no signs of cracking. He seems to be a man so full of hatred and despair that he doesn’t care what happens to him anymore.


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