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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)

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.

Make-a-List Monday: Other jumpers

March 24, 2014

I’ve written before about the numerous Golden Gate Bridge suicides on Charley. The number of total deaths is something now over 1,500, and that’s only the official ones. If your body isn’t found, or if it’s found far enough away from the bridge that there’s some doubt you jumped from there, or if there’s any other excuse to keep you off the list, your death isn’t included in the tally.

It’s been in the news that they’ve decided, or are in the process of deciding, or something, to put up a safety net under the Golden Gate Bridge. Frankly I think a net is a stupid idea, but it’s better than nothing.

I thought I’d make a list of Charley Project MPs who are presumed to have jumped off other bridges, cliffs, etc into bodies of water and never emerged. I should emphasize that these are all voluntary jumps, not cases of someone being thrown into the water or falling accidentally. I did decide to include a guy who shot himself on a bridge, whose body fell into the water and wasn’t recovered. I left out the baby whose mother jumped off a bridge with her child in her arms.

Each name tells a particularly sad story. I should note that, as you can see for yourself, many of these victims are terribly young. The average age of these eighteen individuals is 29.4, the median age is 23, five of them were in their twenties and five of them were 18 or younger.

Adrian Ferreras Almario, 17
Steven Earl Applegate, 17
Zachary A. Aylsworth, 22
Thomas Redd Evans, 51
Jennifer Ha, 17
Corey Michael Lang, 32
William Jeffers Lank, 42
Maricel Tolentino Marcial, 27
Priscilla Giordano McKee, 44
Brian Keith Morrison, 25
Lynenne Lavette O’Neill, 42
Roseline Pawai, 40
Mark Wade Potts, 45
Hilary Harmon Stagg Jr., 16
Sandra Stricklin, 24
Donna Lee Urban, 23
Charles White Whittlesey, 37
Chanier Corey Winns, 18

MP of the week: Asante Willoughby

March 4, 2014

This week’s featured missing person is a slender, handsome-looking black kid with delicate features named Asante Anton Willoughby, who disappeared from Chicago, Illinois on June 21, 1996, at the age of sixteen. The NCMEC doesn’t list him as a runaway; he’s classified as endangered missing. They have nothing else to say about him and I can find nothing about him anywhere else. Missing black teenage boys were not and are not considered good copy by the media; there may be nothing to find.

His case makes me think of Brian Kelvin Andrewin, another black boy the same age and size who disappeared from Chicago a year earlier. He is also classified as endangered missing with the NCMEC, though they used to list him as a runaway. Not saying they’re connected; I don’t have enough info to tell. In fact, I don’t have enough info to even speculate as to what happened to either of these young men.

If he’s still alive, Asante would now be 34. He’s been missing now for nearly as long as he had lived prior to his disappearance. What happened to him? I would love it if anyone who knew Asante (or Brian for that matter) could post in the comments section with their thoughts. Even if they know nothing about his disappearance, they could give a sense of the sort of person he was before he vanished.

Disappeared: Bobby Sine, missing 2 years.

March 2, 2014


This is a very sad story. He was obviously not in his right mind — hadn’t slept in four days, hadn’t eaten in longer — and yet they allowed him to refuse treatment. Bobby is a victim of “the system” as much as he is of his disease.

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A little more than two years ago, on February 6, 2012, Bobby Sine (Robert Earl Sine IV), an 18-year-old boy from Mount Vernon, Washington, leaped out of a car being driven by his mother after she took him to a local hospital. Bobby, who struggled with mental illness, was having a psychotic break. His mother took him to the emergency room but he refused to be treated and abandoned the car near the Division Street Bridge in Skagit County, Washington. As his mother described it, “the illness took over.” He was last seen running toward Riverfront Park near the bridge. Whatever happened to Bobby after this is unknown.

Some traces of Bobby were later found. His wallet was recovered near the river, with ID cards and money still inside. There is some evidence that Bobby Sine is still alive. He was reportedly sighted in the Mt. Vernon area in the…

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Latest MP news, back by popular demand

February 6, 2014

In alphabetical order:

There’s finally an article giving info about Stephen Shawn Austin, a teenager who vanished from El Paso, Texas sixteen years ago. Stephen, it would appear, had been in trouble with the law and disappeared the day after his first meeting with his probation officer. A cousin reported seeing him in 1999, but that hasn’t been confirmed, and other than that, NO ONE has seen or heard from Stephen since 1997.

This article provides a few more details about the 1986 disappearance of elderly woman Shirley Pullen from South Bend, Indiana.

Kristin Denise Smart‘s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Paul Flores, the man they believe was responsible for her disappearance and probable murder. (Incidentally, I think they’re right. The guy is a scumbag.) Unfortunately, according to this article, the suit is hanging in limbo because the police refuse to release info from what they term is an active investigation. Kristin’s family says they hardly care anymore what happens to Flores and they just want to know what he did with their daughter.

As about a zillion people have told me, Nathan Slinkard has returned home from Mexico. Nathan was five when he was abducted, along with his three-year-old sister Sydney and seven-year-old brother Andrew, from Greenfield, Indiana in 1997. The children’s non-custodial mother, Trena Slinkard, took them. Last week Nathan (now 23) walked into the U.S. consulate in Guadalajara with documents proving his identity. He’s been reunited with his searching father. Sydney and Andrew are still missing, but apparently they’re well aware of their father’s existence and know they’re free to go back to the U.S. should they so choose. I hope they do. This is the best possible outcome for a long-term family abduction case.

Speaking of family abductions, the police are still searching for Bethany Tiner, who was abducted by her mother at the age of three in 1997. Bethany’s parents divorced in 1996 and Dad got full custody of both Bethany and her sister. For some reason, when Mom took off, she only took the younger child. Bethany is 20 years old now, wherever she is, and has half-siblings she’s never met and doesn’t know about.

And, from abroad:

The cops think they’ve more or less solved the 1957 disappearance of eleven-year-old Moira Anderson from Scotland. Alexander Gartshore, a convicted child rapist, is the prime suspect in her case and the authorities say that if he hadn’t died in 2006, they would have indicted him by now. Even Gartshore’s daughter, a friend of Moira’s, believes her father was the killer. But where the child’s remains were disposed of is anyone’s guess.

Meanwhile, in Australia, the police are digging up someone’s backyard looking for the remains of Marilyn Wallman, a 14-year-old who disappeared in 1972.

MP of the week: Albert Lee

February 4, 2014

This week’s featured missing person is Albert Lee, a nineteen-year-old who disappeared from El Dorado Hills, an affluent community in central California, in November 2010. Albert definitely ran away, taking a bag of clothes with him, but what happened to him after that is anyone’s guess. The only other thing I know about him — something I didn’t include in the casefile — is that he’s apparently a fan of the metal band Megadeth.

Surge in traffic over the weekend

January 27, 2014

According to the Charley Project’s visitor stats, Thursday, Friday and Saturday all saw over 10,000 visits, with over 15,000 on Friday. This is in contrast to the usual eight to nine thousand visits. Besides my frontpage, the most popular page on the site was Nicholas Patrick Barclay‘s casefile.

I think he might have been featured on CNN recently; my friend KC said he saw a program about “an impostor who passed himself off to family as missing son” and said one of their graphics was credited to the Charley Project. KC couldn’t remember the names in the CNN story, but if it wasn’t about Nicholas I don’t know who they could be referring to.

Rogelio Cerda

January 20, 2014

A Charley Project reader sent me a link to this blog, which was created by the sister of Rogelio Cerda, who’s been missing since 1975. I thought I’d pass the link along to y’all.

Select It Sunday: Brandon Swanson

January 12, 2014

Selected by M86: Brandon Victor Swanson, a clean-cut community college student who disappeared under mysterious circumstances from Marshall, Minnesota in May 2008. He went out with a friend to celebrate the end of the school year, and whilst driving home he got his car stuck in a ditch. Brandon called his parents to come help him, but they couldn’t find him. Then suddenly he cursed and the line went dead. When the police found his car, it was over twenty miles from where Brandon had said it was.

There’s no hard evidence of foul play and it sounds like his disappearance could have been an accident of some kind; there was a theory that he accidentally walked into a river. I’ve heard stories about people who walked into telephone poles and the like while talking on cell phones in broad daylight, never mind pitch darkness. But authorities searched the area of the Yellow Medicine River and Mud Creek pretty extensively, and couldn’t find anything. Another problem with the drowning theory: Brandon’s cell phone remained turned on and ringing for two days after his disappearance.

Brandon’s been missing for five and a half years now; his parents keep their porchlight on for him but they no longer believe he’s alive.


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