WordPress says I wrote my first entry nine years ago today. Much has changed, in the missing persons world and in my own life, since then.
Also…a question for my readers. Should the mere fact that an MP was barefoot or shirtless be enough to push a case from “missing” to “endangered missing” do you think?
Eight years ago I wrote a blog entry about potentially problematic headlines for articles about missing persons and crime victims. That is, headlines that point out info about the MP or suspect that might be seen as shaming them. I was reminded of this entry cause I just found another such headline:
Police seek missing cross-dresser from Jennings
I’m inclined to let this headline go. The fact that Eddie Johnson was a cross-dresser was news to me until I saw the article. And he was, apparently, wearing a woman’s kind of wig when he disappeared, though I can’t tell from the clothing description whether they were women’s clothes or not. The inevitable possibility is that he was the victim of a hate crime and that’s why he’s missing.
The last month or so I’ve been going through all the cases on Charley using my tablet. I have finished the eastern and midwestern cases and have done all but Texas on the southern cases page; the western cases, the biggest geographical category of all, has yet to be touched.
This is something I can do whenever, like if I’m watching TV with Michael or something. Prop up my tablet in my lap, go down the list, check out each casefile. And depending on what I see, I might add the case to my tablet browser’s “reading list” for future reference once I return to Orville.
So when I see typos leaping out at me (gah, “indicatted” for “indicted”, I winced), or some other obvious mistake, or if I think maybe I need to check and make sure this case is still active, or I think maybe there’s been an update and I need to check, the case goes on the “reading list.” Then eventually I take my tablet to Orville and start going down the reading list and taking appropriate actions.
Those resulted in yesterday’s updates for example. The reading list is in alphabetical order by the meta title of the page; that is, it goes in order by first name. That’s why everyone who got updated yesterday had a name beginning with A through D. (Except Luis Contreras. I was looking up updates on another case and found some additional info for him.) They were also all from the south, cause I’m doing the southern states at the moment.
I’m still in the D first names for the southern states, and I just found a really awesome update for a case today. It turns out the MP’s local paper did a whole six-part series on his disappearance, where they interviewed the cops and his relatives and all his friends, and I found a lot of information. It’s a strange case more by what isn’t there than what is — this guy seems to have just dropped off the face of the earth.
This is my latest Executed Today entry, which went up today: Not Anne Greene, who SURVIVED her execution for infanticide in 1650. And it turns out she was innocent anyway — the baby was a late term miscarriage. Details at link.
Yeah, sorry I dropped out of sight. I had the stomach flu for a few days and wasn’t able to get anything done. Yesterday I finally started to feel better and spent the day lying around on the “bananas and water” diet the Internet said was good for getting used to food again after you’ve been sick. Late that evening I was able to eat pizza and today I am back to work.
I found an almost halfway decent photo of Deborah Kim Green on Newspapers.com! The other ones I had were both terrible; they barely looked like a person at all, never mind anyone you could recognize. In fact, they were so awful that I have removed them both and replaced them with the single reasonably okay photo I just found. For reference, see the change below:
Much better, huh?