Another of my Executed Today entries: George Shelton and John Bailey, who were hanged 114 years ago today for the murders of Ben Pettigrew and his two children. What’s kind of unusual here is that Shelton and Bailey were white, the Pettigrew family was black, and this took place in the Jim Crow South, specifically Nashville, Tennessee.
I do give occasional shout-outs to other MP blogs and websites and so on. Here’s another: a podcast called The Trail Went Cold, which discusses unsolved murders and missing persons every two weeks. I found out about them after their Twitter feed followed my Twitter feed.
I’ve only listened to one episode, the most recent one, about Dannette and Jeannette Millbrooks, but I liked it and learned some stuff about their cases — most of it frankly horrifying — and plan to listen to the other episodes. Robin Warder, who runs the podcast, also writes for Cracked.
This week’s featured missing person is Pamela Pendley Biggers, a 52-year-old woman who disappeared from Panama City Beach, Florida on January 27, 2008. She actually lived in Hueytown, Alabama, a five-hour drive away, but was in Florida on business.
Pamela was under a lot of stress when she disappeared because her son was about to be deployed to Afghanistan. She was actually experiencing some serious signs of mental illness, including auditory hallucinations, and her doctor thought she might have developed schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but Pamela refused to see a psychiatrist.
If she had in fact only just gotten bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, her case was highly unusual; those illnesses usually develop in the late adolescent or early adult years, and Pamela was middle-aged. That said, it’s not completely unheard of for a person to start manifesting symptoms later in life. It’s also possible that, if Pamela did have one of those illnesses, she had been dealing with symptoms for a lot longer than is supposed. I was diagnosed with severe depression at 23; two years later, my doctor changed his mind and decided I was actually bipolar. In fact, I’d been dealing with symptoms since I was a child and just did a good job of hiding it.
In any case, Pamela must obviously be considered an at-risk missing person. There were some leads placing her in Ohio after she disappeared, but I haven’t found a whole lot of news about this. The most recent article I could find is two years old.
This list is for MPs whose belongings — such as identification, purse, cell phone, etc. — turned up alongside the road after they disappeared. (I didn’t count cars though.) I actually did a list of this recently, but just for cell phones; I decided to expand on it.
This seems to me like a pretty good indication of foul play: either the MP was forcibly abducted from the roadside and dropped the items during the struggle, or whoever harmed them tossed the incriminating things out their car window. I mean, no one just voluntarily leaves their wallet or their phone in such a place in an ordinary situation.
The part of Ohio where I’m from used to be pretty much all swamp. They drained the swamps by digging ditches. There are ditches pretty much everywhere, on both sides of the road. They fill with stagnant water sometimes, or the grass in them grows knee-high. If someone threw something out the window, there’s a good chance that it wouldn’t get found for months or years, or maybe never.
I just noticed something about two NCMEC missing adults who haven’t been missing long enough to be on Charley. John Raymond Iglesia-Alvarez, age 19, and Ashley Marie Cruz-Rodriguez, age 18, both disappeared on the same day — October 10, 2015 — and from the same city — Midland, Texas. (Wikipedia says it has a population of about 120,000.) Also, John’s poster says he may be with an adult female and Ashley’s says she may be with an adult male.
It seems likely, then, that these two MPs disappeared together.
But if that is the case, why doesn’t the NCMEC say so? Why don’t they share a poster, as people who disappear together usually do?
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s MP database has always been sorely lacking in photos, but in the past week or so, I’ve noticed that in the very few cases where the listing DOES have a photo, I can’t see it anymore. It shows up as a broken image. Like, right now Carla Roberson’s listing, which you can see for yourself here, looks like this to me:
Clearly this is a serious problem, because sometimes the FDLE database is the only source I have for photos of certain MPs. Is anyone else having this problem?
I use Google Chrome for my browser, if that helps.
One of my Charley Project irregulars has been sending me a load of useful stuff lately I haven’t even gotten to yet (I’m not ignoring you, I promise!) and a few days ago I got a strange one: proof that Hilary Harmon Stagg Jr., currently listed on both Charley and Doe as having disappeared at age 16 on some unspecified date in the spring of 1970, was alive and well as late as 1972. She sent me his senior yearbook picture as proof. Websleuths says Hilary disappeared in November 1977, a full seven years after the date I have listed as of this writing. He would have been 23 then.
What…? How on earth did the wires get crossed that badly?
Anyway, I thought I’d let y’all know.