Posts Tagged ‘1990s’

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.

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.

An interlude

October 4, 2014

It’s been awhile since I rapped with ya. What can I say? All is going well. My birthday is tomorrow; I’ll be 29. Presents are starting to trickle in. Dad got me the Sims 4 game in September as an early present. Michael and his parents have given me their gifts: he got me a copy of Shoah and they got me a pair of shoes.

I know it’s been several days but I promise I’ll update tomorrow. The breaking news with Sharon Marshall being identified means I’ll have to make some major changes to her son Michael‘s casefile. That case is about as complicated and sordid as I’ve got on Charley. I’ve also got to do the Lyon sisters’ cases. The police are saying they think there’s a good chance they can recover the girls’ bodies. Me, I’m not holding my breath.


And here’s most of the books that I own but have not yet read, that I’ve resolved to get through by the end of the year. You can click on the picture to see a bigger version and read all the titles. After I took this photograph I went out to get the mail and three more books arrived, used books that I’d ordered cause they cost only a penny on Amazon. (Plus $3.99 shipping. So really, $4. Still a bargain.) Some of these books are gifts — some of which I’ve had for years and haven’t read yet. *guilt* Others I got for free from book publishers in exchange for writing a review of them — another responsibility I’ve neglected. *more guilt* But there’s nearly three months left in the year and I figure I can manage to get through all twenty — or rather twenty-three, now. The main problem is that I keep making trips to the library to check out books which I feel obliged to read first because I have to return those.

If I stick to my promise it shouldn’t be all that difficult to get through the books by the end of the year. But who am I kidding? Next trip to the library, I’ll come determined to just return read books and leave, but then I’ll tarry in front of the new arrivals shelf and wind out walking with a stack…

That’s all I’ve got to say.

Select It Sunday: Michael Anthony Hughes

September 21, 2014

Selected by Lauren: Michael Anthony Hughes, abducted from his school in Choctaw, Oklahoma in 1994. In the extremely unlikely event that he’s still alive, he’d be 26 today.

I can’t even really begin to summarize his case. (Jennifer Marra wrote the casefile that’s on the Charley Project.) It’s about as sordid as I ever heard tell of, and notorious online. This is a case of intergenerational abduction: Michael’s father, Franklin Delano Floyd (who wasn’t his biological father, it turns out, but had believed he was) also apparently kidnapped his mother when she was a child, although he claims she was abandoned by her parents and we might never know because she’s dead and her true identity has never been established. I’ve read the book about it, A Beautiful Child by Matthew Birkbeck.


It’s kind of a long story. And a very sad one.

Missing person of the week: Jesse Kaslov

September 16, 2014

This week’s featured missing person is Jesse Robert Kaslov, one of the Charley Project’s older family abduction cases, missing from South River, New Jersey since January 20, 1998. This case is complicated by the fact that Jesse and his family are American Gypsy/Roma and kind of live off the grid, without much of a paper trail or anything like that. Jesse was only a toddler when he disappeared, and he will turn eighteen come December.

Select It Sunday: Dervish Adili

August 31, 2014

Selected by Ryan, Dervish Adili was last known to be alive in Tok, Alaska on August 13, 1992. When he actually disappeared is anyone’s guess, and it wasn’t reported until 2006. His belongings, including his checkbook and ID, turned up at a campsite in 2000. I don’t think there have been any clues since then.

My guess is that Mr. Adili suffered some mishap while hiking in the wilderness. But we’ll probably never know.

MP of the week: Benito Velasquez

August 19, 2014

Hi all. I went to visit my dad for a few days. I’m back now. This week’s featured MP is Benito Ricardo Velasquez. He disappeared mysteriously with his little son Jose in January 1999.

I have no details on this father and son’s disappearance. Jose isn’t on the NCMEC, and NamUs, for some reason, only has Benito listed and doesn’t tell me anything I don’t already know. The city they vanished from, Calexico, California, is right smack on the Mexican border and I wonder if whatever happened to this pair happened in Mexico.

Select It Sunday: Everett Thompson Sr. and family

August 17, 2014

Selected by Michael (not my Michael, some other one) all the way back in November 2013: Everett Thompson Sr., who disappeared with his entire immediate family: wife Lydia and sons Andrew and Everett Jr. Missing from Chicago since July 5, 1996.

It’s not very often that an entire family vanishes without a trace like that, and this story reminds me of the sad sagas of the McStay family and the Jamison family. Unlike in those two cases, however, there’s a suspect in the disappearances of the Thompsons: Lydia’s brother, Kenneth White.

White was a violent man, he had threatened his sister and he was living with the family before they vanished. But if he harmed the Everett Sr. and his family, whatever happened may never be known because White killed himself in prison a year and a half after they vanished.

I suppose it’s possible the Thompsons went into hiding to get away from White — in fact there has been speculation as to where they might have run to — but that seems unlikely. It seems like they would have been found by now, or come out into the open after his death. But this case leaves a LOT of unanswered questions. Whose blood was on the clothes in White’s trailer? Where are the bodies?

MP of the week: Gladys Kidd

August 12, 2014

This week’s featured missing person is Gladys Stella Kidd, who disappeared from Rowan County, Kentucky in 1990, at the age of 71. In the very unlikely event that she’s still alive, she’d be 95 today.

Her disappearance reminds me of that of Mary Watkins and the other presumed victims of suspected serial killer James Carlin Toliver: a secret boyfriend, a large sum of cash taken from the bank…

MP of the week: AbdulNur Wilson

August 5, 2014

This week’s featured missing person is AbdulNur Wilson, a teenage boy who disappeared from Wilmington, Delaware in 1998. He was listed on the NCMEC site for a long time, classified as a runaway. He’s no longer on there, but he is on NamUs.

Given AbdulNur’s involvement with drugs and the length of time that’s passed since his disappearance, it’s entirely on the cards that he met with foul play. It seems like if he were still in the local area and still alive, they’d have found him by now.


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