Archive for the ‘historical’ Category

Flashback Friday: Ricky Jean Bryant

August 22, 2014

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Ricky Jean “Jeannie” Bryant, a four-year-old girl missing from Mauston, Wisconsin since 1949. Her circumstances of her disappearance are similar to the Sodder siblings case: a terrible fire, no body found in the ruins, and hope that she could still be alive.

I really don’t know what to think about this. From what little I know it seems unlikely that Jeannie survived the fire, but the police must have reopened the case for SOME reason. If she’s still alive she’d be 68 today.

Make-A-List Monday: People Who Disappeared on Walpurgis Night

June 16, 2014

This list was suggested and created by one Eric Cass: people who disappeared on Walpurgis Night, which is to say April 30/May 1. I don’t know much about it, but it seems to be a pagan holiday and the Wikipedia entry says it’s celebrated in one form or another for hundreds of years in the Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden. St. Walpurgia was canonized in the 800s.

Amir Kareem Abdou
Cecil O. Baker
Ericka Lynn Ballard
Lahkbir Banwait
Benjamin Joi Barros
Joanne Benner
Theodore Earl Bibb
David Thomas Block
Carlos Tino Bojorquez
Christian James Boldt
Michael James Borges
Jeffrey David Borthwick
Vivian Botz
Rebekah Noel Bramel
Ronald Joe Cole
Jovita Dizon Collazo
Joseph Paul Cordova
Arianna Ivane Davis
Felix Dunn
Tammy Cherie Ellis
Keiosha Marie Felix
Zaylee Grace Fryar
Ruben Gallegos
Mario Angel Gastellum-Villa
Brad Lee Gilmartin
Megan Ginevicz
Carlos Humberto Gonzale
Sherie Ann Graves
Virdell Green Jr.
Alex Geraldo Hernandez
Kawana Lashan Holmes
Toya Ann Cox Jenkins
Sherline Johnson
Vincent Bernard Jurus
Sarah Elizabeth Kinslow
Mitchell B. Lazor
Jun Ma
Travess Shawn Malone
Maria Martinez
Marguerite Mary Mayden
Daniel Patrick McCabe
Michael Mendoza
Judd Miller
Lee Darwood Minner Jr.
Diana Ladene Munyon
Myoung Keun Noah
Leonedes Secundino Orellana
Franklin Jay Osgood Sr.
Michael Pearcy
Denise Lynn Perez
Muni Bart Perzov
Andonios Georgios Petroutsas
Elizabeth Iris Prescott
Ian Ashley Richardson
Michelle Lee Richardson
Jimmy Louis Rogers
Darence Phillip Round
Ethan Ton Kae Farm Saelee
Francisco Javier Sanchez
Lisa Marie Sexton
Victor Dewight Shoemaker Jr.
Melissa Maureen Sloan
Lisa Michelle Stebic
Lutricia Steele
Christopher William Vigil
Georgia Jean Weckler
Dennis Marshal Weeks
Hubert Lee Wilson
Cheryl Schille Wyant
Philip Michael Zarba

Anyone know of any cases from 1950?

May 21, 2014

My page of pre-1960 cases has cases from 25 different years in it and I would like to be able to separate it out some more, take the 1950s cases and make their own page, and then have a page of pre-1950 cases. The problem is I only have cases from 1951-59, and it seems like to have a page of 1950s cases I should have at least one case for every year. And I can’t find any cases from the year 1950.

Before you ask, yes, I did check the NamUs database and found no cases listed from that year, and no, I don’t want to add Richard Colvin Cox because I read the book about him and if you believe what it says, he’s not really missing.

MP books I need to read

May 15, 2014

I’ve already read quite a few nonfiction books and novels about MPs, but here’s a list of missing persons books I’ve heard about and have yet to read, in alphabetical order by author. The MP or former MP who is the subject of the book is included in parentheses. Once I have read them I’ll probably review some or most of on this blog.

You’ll note that some of the subjects of these books aren’t on Charley. That’s because either they’ve already been located, or they are non-US cases.

Hands Through Stone: How Clarence Ray Allen Masterminded Murder from Behind Folsom’s Prison Walls by James A. Ardaiz (Mary Sue Kitts)

A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard (Jaycee Dugard)

A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation by Tal McThenia and Margaret Dunbar Cutright (Bobby Dunbar)

We Is Got Him: The Kidnapping that Changed America by Carrie Hagen (Charley Ross)

Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid by Tanya Nicole Kach and Lawrence Fisher (Tanya Kach)

3,096 Days in Captivity: The True Story of My Abduction, Eight Years of Enslavement, and Escape by Natascha Kampusch (Natascha Kampusch)

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight and Michelle Burford (Cleveland girls)

Shannon: Betrayed From Birth by Rose Martin (Shannon Matthews)

Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer by David Roberts (Everett Ruess)

My Story by Elizabeth Smart and Chris Stewart (Elizabeth Smart)

Also, a movie:
Abducted: the Carlina White Story (Carlina White) This is a Lifetime movie you can watch for free if you have Amazon Prime.

If anyone has any suggestions about more books I should read or movies I should watch (nonfiction only) I’d be happy to consider them as well.

Another World War II/Holocaust ET post

May 1, 2014

My latest Executed Today: Charlotte Rebhun, executed in Berlin during the dying days of the Third Reich. Although it’s not what she was executed for — in fact no one knows now what her “crime” was — Charlotte hid Jews and saved at least one Jewish person’s life, that of a baby named Barbara. Barbara was adopted by a Jewish family after the war and grew up in Israel. She’s searching for her biological relatives now, but it’s hard because she doesn’t even know who her birth parents were. But if it weren’t for Charlotte Rebhun, Barbara would not be alive today.

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

Mason
Mason Christopher Fernandez

Ethan
Ethan James Hernandez
Ethan Ton Kae Fam Saelee

Noah
Nobody

William
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
Liam F. Morrissey

Jayden
Nobody

Michael
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
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

Aiden
Nobody

I’m still here

April 17, 2014

I know I’ve been utterly neglecting my duties and I feel like a bit of a turd for it. I hope to get back to work tomorrow, and post Baby Emmanuel and others.

In the meantime, you can check out my latest Executed Today entry: Paul Hadley. His case is notable because it was the first time a state supreme court upheld ballistics evidence and because of the rather appalling negligence of the Oklahoma prison system for granting him a furlough thereby allowing him to kill a second time.

Make-A-List Monday: Ivies and Ivy-Type Schools

April 14, 2014

This list is for MPs who were students or alumni at either the Ivy League schools (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania) or a college or university that, in my subjective opinion, might as well be an Ivy school as far as selectivity, prestige, etc. I count the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels of those schools.

(And please, no complaining about which schools I deemed to be Ivy or almost-Ivy.)

Boston University
Margaret Mary Kilcoyne

University of California, Berkeley
James Nicholas Gray
Roger Lenard Jung
Kristin Deborah Modaferri
Kieran A. Murphy
Sergei Turin

University of California, Los Angeles
Michael William Negrete
Gavin Smith

California Institute of Technology
Jeremy Freeman Crocker

Carnegie Mellon University
Sean P. Friel
Andrew Karis

University of Chicago
John Andrews Cheek
Joseph Laurence Halpern
Lewis Barrett Welch Jr.

Columbia University
Steven Norman Chait
Jesus Maria De Galindez

Duke University
Sandra Hamby Prince
Bradford T. Turek

Harvard University
Kawika David Benjamin Chetron
Jenny Sun-Reisberg
Michael Jay Amico Wallace
Charles White Whittlesley

Johns Hopkins University
Sneha Ann Philip

Middlebury College
Lynne Kathryn Schulze

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Jamie Jean Laiaddee
Amy B. Sher

New York University
James Christopher Scavone (admitted there, hadn’t enrolled yet)
Susan Walsh

University of Pennsylvania
Jerry Tang

Princeton University
Matthew Kirkby Gale Jr.
Andrew Carnegie Whitfield

University of Rochester
Charlotte Heimann

Stanford University
Kawika David Benjamin Chetron (again)
Ylva Annika Hagner

University of Texas, Austin
Robert Curtis Coe

Tulane University
Thomas Hale Boggs Sr.

United States Military Academy
Maura Murray (though she transferred out)

Vassar College
Samuel Arthur Todd

University of Virginia
Paresh Jain

College of William and Mary
Thomas L. Duesterhaus
Ann Linda Riffin

Williams College
Charles White Whittlesley (again)

Yale University
Samuel Arthur Todd (again)

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.

Germantown Historical Society opens Charley Ross exhibit

March 2, 2014

This was sent to me by my cousin Dejah. (Hi, Dejah!) The Germantown Historical Society in Pennsylvania has opened an exhibit on the ransom kidnapping of four-year-old Charley Ross, for whom the Charley Project is named. It includes all the original ransom notes.

Why the exhibit is called “Kidnapped: Lost and Found” I do not know, seeing as how Charley was never found.


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