Height/weight uncertainties

I’m never too sure about a missing person’s height and weight, since most people don’t know it for sure about themselves, never mind about other people. I think a lot of times the police go off of whatever’s on the person’s driver’s license, but it’s not like the BMV measures you; they go off by what you say, and people fudge that all the time.

This came to my mind today. I had a gentleman who was on my site already, and I decided to look him up and see if he’d ever been arrested. It turned out he had been, less than a year prior to his disappearance, and the arrest record gave his height as 5’9 and weight as 154 pounds. Which is a significant difference from what NamUs said; they had him listed as 6’2 and 189 pounds.

So which is correct? And how could anyone think a 6’2 guy is 5’9, or vice versa? In these cases I try to include a range obviously, but a five-inch range is quite a difference.

It’s something to think about when you’re trying to decide whether a particular MP might be a particular UID.

Articles about other kids in the wake of Jayme’s recovery

As often happens when a high-profile missing child is found, especially when they’re found safe, news agencies are dusting off their local missing kid cases and being all like, “Hey, you know how Jayme Closs was found? Here’s some kids missing in YOUR area and their parents hope they’ll get found too.” So far we’ve got:

I highly doubt Adji or Diana is alive. Adji is a special needs child and if he was abducted, I don’t think the abductor could have kept him long without attracting some attention. As for Diana, a suspect has been charged with her murder.

More Jayme Closs thoughts

The most frightening thing about the abduction of Jayme Closs, and the murder of her parents, is that it seems like there was basically nothing that could have been done to prevent it.

The perpetrator had no arrest record. He had basically no connection to anyone in the Closs family, wasn’t talking to them online or anything. Almost all the time, an abductor/murderer has SOME connection to his victim. Like, Brian David Mitchell first saw Elizabeth Smart when Elizabeth’s dad took pity on the poor homeless dude and hired him to do some work around the house.

The Closses never met Jake Patterson before that horrible day the parents were murdered and Jayme was taken.

All Jayme did was get off the school bus, and that was where it all started. Her abduction is much like the abduction of Shasta Groene and the murder of her family. Joseph Duncan, a known sex offender with no connection to the Groene family, saw Shasta playing in her front yard and decided he had to have her at any cost. If you ask me, Jake Patterson was a Joseph Duncan in the making.

What can we, as a society, do to stop such horrific and horrifically random crimes? Basically nothing.

You can’t keep your kids in isolation. They have to learn to live in the world and to do that they have to go out in society.

Jayme is alive and with people who love her, and the man who did this will never see the light of day again. It can only get better from here. But this is going to affect her, and her family and friends, in all sorts of ways. I hope they all get the help they need to recover.

MP of the week: Fern Klein

This week’s featured missing person is Fern Stephanie Klein, a 32-year-old woman who disappeared from Hollywood, Florida over 20 years ago, on December 9, 1997. I don’t know anything about the circumstances of her disappearance or about Fern herself, other than that she was an alcoholic. She has several tattoos.

Jayme Closs and other things

So I’m on a downswing, in terms of my mood. I’m bipolar. This is my life and it will never change, though the five psychiatric medications I take daily mitigate the downswings.

It’s just been kind of hard to get anything done. I will decide to do some thing or other, then I’ll find myself just sitting there staring into space as I’m trying to get myself to move. Even something as simple as picking an object up off the floor.

The Jayme Closs thing has kind of gotten to me. Of course I’m delighted that she’s been found alive. That’s not what’s getting to me; that part’s great. What’s getting to me is what some people have been saying. It’s really hard not to take that personally because of what happened to me back in the day.

(If you haven’t read that far back in my blog, what happened to me is this: in 2009, while I was on a trip to Virginia, I got lost and a stranger offered to give me directions. Instead, he took me into the woods and beat the crap out of me and raped me multiple times. Then he gave me the directions he’d promised and let me go. In the aftermath of the attack, there were a bunch of people on the comments section of this blog, and in email, who accused me of making the whole thing up for who knows what reason. It was very hurtful, obviously. After almost a year the rapist, a serial offender, was identified through DNA and he’s since been deported.)

I was just writing on here about how people can make speculations online about cases, speculations with no evidence to support them, and how this isn’t helpful and can indeed be harmful, especially if the victim or their family sees it.

And some people are doing that about Jayme Closs now. They’re outright accusing her of the murder, or at least complicity to the murder, of her own parents. And the police have said they believe her abductor acted entirely alone, and that he did not know Jayme (who, I will point out, is thirteen years old), and that he had been stalking her, and that Jayme is a victim and not a suspect.

These people think they know better than the cops, I guess. Why? Because Jayme took a selfie after her reunion with her aunt and dog. Because she was clean and looked okay in the selfie. Because she was smiling.

OF COURSE SHE WAS SMILING. She’d just been reunited with her dog and what’s left of her family, after she thought she’d never see them again, and the monster who did this to her is locked up! Why shouldn’t she smile? Why wouldn’t she have gotten herself cleaned up, showered etc.?

At what point is a crime victim “allowed” to smile and act happy and still be considered a “legitimate” victim?

One of the so-called reasons people were calling me a liar about my rape was because I didn’t act “traumatized enough” to suit them, when in fact they didn’t know the first thing about it. They were only seeing words on a screen, on my blog.

And so some people, on the basis of a “feeling” or a “hunch”, and a photograph, are making dreadful accusations against a thirteen-year-old child who saw her parents get murdered and who spent the last three months, I’m assuming, as Jake Patterson’s sex slave, thinking every day would be her last.

Frankly it makes me sick. I hope Jayme’s aunt and other caregivers make sure she does not see those accusations. I’m not seeking them out myself, but when they get posted on the Charley Project’s Facebook page I kind of have to read them, though I delete them as quickly as I can.

Theories versus “theories”

In scientific discourse, a theory is a hypothesis that has not been proven but which does have considerable evidence to support it. An example of a scientific theory would be the Theory of Evolution. A hypothesis that doesn’t have considerable evidence to support it remains a hypothesis.

I kind of take the same approach on the Charley Project when it comes to what might have happened to an MP. I only have so much time and would prefer to spend it wisely, and if I’m going to update a casefile with a suggestion as to what may have happened to the MP, it’s not going to be something a random person suggested on their blog.

In my mind, a valid theory either has to come from someone in a position to know what they’re talking about (such as the police investigating the case, or someone else very close to the case), or, if it comes from elsewhere, it has to have some evidence to support it. Any suggestion that doesn’t meet either of those criteria falls into the realm of speculation, and I don’t have time for that.

For example, virtually every female who disappeared during the sixties or early seventies and had long hair parted in the center has been pinned on Ted Bundy by somebody at some point. But while Bundy was a very prolific killer who racked up quite a body count and probably had victims no one knows about, he wasn’t the only serial killer operating during that period and his time was not infinite. He had to sleep, eat, hang out with his friends, attend work and school, etc.

If the person pinning Bundy on an unsolved case could, for example, at least show that Bundy was in that town at the time, that’s one thing. But trying to blame Bundy for every missing or murdered woman who even remotely fits his victimology, particularly ones in states he is never known to have visited, is basically seeing hoofprints and pinning them on zebras rather than horses.

I’m not just talking about Bundy here, but about any kind of speculations without evidence. Regarding a case of two MPs who were sailing alone and got lost in a storm, and whose boat was later found adrift, someone told me “theories” that one or both of the people had survived and either had amnesia or felt too guilty to come home. These “theories” had actually no evidence at all to support them and were just people grasping at straws hoping the MPs were still alive.

I don’t think it would do any good for me to put such speculations on my site and it might do some harm.

Some pretty messed up cases added today

I added eight cases today and two of them are pretty messed up, for lack of a better description.

The Roberta “Bobby” Snider disappearance / murder (which I had never heard of until today) is baffling. The husband’s behavior is so strange and I wonder if he’s got a touch of dementia. He’s in his seventies after all. If it’s not dementia I wonder what it was that made him kill his wife in cold blood in her sleep like that, especially as she was supposed to be dying of cancer anyway. Perhaps he was her primary caregiver during her illness and was tired of doing it.

I can refer interested readers to this very detailed article about the case if you want to know more about it.

The cops don’t even plan to look for her body, as they think it’s in a landfill. I wonder just how sure they are about that, though, given that the landfill thing is only one of many stories Phillip told.

The Setina and Ren Weddles case is just incredibly sad. There are shades here of the Fowler kids — Ivon and Inisha are even twins as well. I don’t hold out much hope that either of the Weddles twins is still alive, though I guess it’s remotely possible that Setina is.

All the children clearly should have been removed from their parents sooner than they were. I don’t understand why the nurse’s recommendation after they were born was not acted on.

I definitely don’t advocate removing kids from the home just because of poverty/homelessness, but Aaron and Princess were both drug addicts and Princess has serious mental health issues (she’s been locked up in Napa State Hospital since last summer as they try to make her competent to stand trial), and the family was living in absolute squalor in a van.

I wonder if the twins had some health problems, perhaps because of Princess’s drug use during the pregnancy, and if one or both of them didn’t just die from health issues and/or neglect during the many months the family was living in that van.

And we may never know.