Archive for the ‘historical’ Category

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.

ET: Hester Foster and William Young Graham

February 8, 2014

A short entry, which I actually wrote years ago: the integrated double execution of Hester Foster and William Young Graham, who’d committed separate murders while in prison.

Re-blogging from Whereabouts Still Unknown

January 1, 2014

The excellent Whereabouts Still Unknown blog wrote up five MP cases for December: John Victor Dial, Michelle Elaine Meiser [not on Charley yet], Anna Marie Anderson, Katrina Dawn Sweaney and Freda Winget [her I'd never heard of]. I recommend you check ‘em out.

Anniversary posts, just for the heck of it

December 27, 2013

I posted an anniversary remembrance for Amanda “Nikki” Campbell earlier today. Just because I have nothing else to do I thought I’d post the other Charley Project cases who vanished on December 27. Don’t expect me to make a habit of these, though. I’ve got enough to do without posting an anniversary list every single friggin’ day or even every week. I’ll do this as a once-in-awhile treat, if I do it again at all.

Melvin Horst, 1928 (85 years)
Joanne Elaine Coughlin, 1974 (39 years)
Rebecca Pauline Gary, 1988 (35 years)
Raymond S. Mutchler, 1989 (34 years)
Lisa Renee Zochowski, 1990( 23 years)
Amanda Nicole Eileen “Nikki” Campbell, 1991 (22 years)
Windsor Dennan Thomason, 1991 (22 years)
Bertha Michelle Burkholder, 1992 (21 years)
Phyllis Ellen Lewellen, 1996 (17 years)
Richard Edward McCrary, 1999 (14 years)
Stephen Horace Pearson, 2000 (13 years)
Karen Jo Smith, 2000 (11 years)
Fatil Algul, 2001 (12 years)
Laura Leticia Ramirez, 2002 (11 years)
Earnest Lee Franklin, 2003 (10 years)
Gabriel Scott Johnson, 2009 (4 years)
David M. Mekvold, 2010 (3 years)
Gabriel Scott Johnson, 2009 (4 years)
Dan Binh Nguyen, 2010 (3 years)
Isabeth Yanez, 2010 (years)
Lacey Marie Buenfil, 2011 (2 years)
April Michelle Pickens, 2011 (2 years)

This list turned out much longer than I thought it would, actually. Has it really been THAT long since baby Gabriel Johnson was kidnapped? And we’re still no closer to an answer, even any kind of legal resolution, to his disappearance.

Charley Ross ransom letters have surfaced

December 14, 2013

From someone via the Charley Project FB page: the original ransom notes from the Charley Ross case have appeared in a school librarian’s desk drawer.

I’m quite sure they weren’t the first ransom notes in history, but they are very important documents.

ET by me: a Puritan execution

December 2, 2013

Sometime in December 1644 in colonial Maine, one Goodwife Cornish was hanged for allegedly killing her husband. As to whether she did it or not, we’ll never know. I suppose she might have, but the evidence at her trial was pretty pathetic.

ET Entry: Alice Bowe

November 29, 2013

Another ET entry by me — actually, most of the text comes from a public domain book published in 1904 — about a woman named Alice Bowe who, with several of her friends, were executed for murder in 1284.


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