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)

This just really makes me mad

April 11, 2014

On the first of this month, NamUs added the case of Emmanuel Birts, a five-week-old baby who’s been missing from Dallas, Texas since 1989. Their casefile provided no details about his disappearance. I did my usual info-checking and found a number of articles that mention the case. I found four or five from the time the abduction happened, and one from several months later that was about another missing baby but mentioned Emmanuel’s abduction in passing. This is my draft thus far of the summary that’s going to appear on Charley when I put up Emmanuel’s casefile:

Emmanuel was born at his grandmother’s Dallas, Texas home, but spent seven days at Parkland Memorial Hospital after birth. He was released from the hospital on August 11, 1989 and went to live with with his grandmother, Hermane Grady, and mother, Kisha Birts, in the 2900 block of east Ledbetter Drive. His abductor, who claimed to be a social worker and called herself Debra Manning, first visited the home on August 12, saying she was making a follow-up home visit from the hospital. She told them Emmanuel had an eye infection, which was in fact true.

Manning visited the family again on September 12, and claimed there was a possibility Emmanuel was infected with the HIV virus. Because Kisha had used drugs during her pregnancy, this was plausible. On the evening of September 13, Manning visted again, with a letter she claimed was from the Child Welfare Department. The letter said Emmanuel needed to go to the hospital and get tested for HIV. She said she needed to take the baby immediately, and Kisha wanted to come with them, but Manning made an excuse as to why she couldn’t, and said she’d come pick up Emmanuel for the test the next morning.

On the morning of September 14, Kisha went to Parkland Memorial Hospital to ask about her baby’s health. She left Emmanuel home with Grady. When Manning first arrived, she claimed she had to get a car seat for the baby and would be back in an hour. She did return and Grady let her take Emmanuel with her at 10:00 a.m. She promised to return by 2:00 p.m. Manning never returned with the baby and neither of them have ever been seen again. The family reported Emmanuel missing at 8:00 p.m.

The abductor is described as African-American, in her thirties, 5’6 tall and 145 pounds. Her hair appeared to be sandy brown, although it may have been a wig. She wore heavy blue eyeshadow and spoke with a foreign accent, possibly of African origin. She claimed to own a van, although none of Emmanuel’s family members saw any vehicle. The name Debra Manning was almost certainly an alias, although Grady actually did know a welfare worker by that name. Child Protective Services hadn’t authorized Emmanuel’s removal from his home for any reason. The abductor always wore a white lab coat and surgical pants; real social workers wore street clothes. Investigators believe the abductor may have a history as a con artist, given the nature of Emmanuel’s abduction. She apparently also had access to the baby’s medical information.

Both of Emmanuel’s parents subsequently tested negative for HIV. They also took polygraph exams and neither of them are considered suspects in the child’s abduction. The woman who called herself Debra Manning has never been identified and there’s been no sign of either her or Emmanuel since the day she took him away in 1989. His case remains unsolved.

What. The. Beep.

Where has this case been all this time? Why have I never heard of it before? Why hasn’t Emmanuel been listed with the NCMEC? Why hasn’t there been anything in the press about it since nineteen-fracking-ninety? Where has everyone BEEN?

MP news lately

April 11, 2014

I’ve been out of the loop the last ten days, but here’s a couple of things that have happened in the meantime in the missing persons world.

Jenika Feuerstein has been located deceased. The twenty-year-old disappeared from Mesa, Arizona five years ago, on January 3, 2009. Target shooters found her skeletal remains taped inside a container in the desert. Obviously a homicide.

Tommy Lynn Sells, a serial killer, was executed last Thursday. He’s listed as a suspect or person of interest in several Charley Project cases: Lauria Bible/Ashley Freeman, Juanita Bardin and Stefanie Stroh. Yay, more cases for me to update! I might not put up a notice for these ones though.

They’ve started a search for the body of Ladana Wiley, who disappeared from Texas on New Years’ Day, 2000. Ladana’s case has never once been updated in the whole history of the Charley Project. I don’t have much on her.

Thomas Funk‘s family has doubled the reward for information leading to his location. He went missing from Florida in 2011 — another case about which I know little. I’ve got pics of his tattoos though.

Flashback Friday: Mary Louise Day

April 11, 2014

(Yes, I’m still here. I know some of y’all have been concerned at my uncharacteristic absence. I’m more or less okay, just preoccupied with other things. But I’m going to get back into the saddle.)

Sorry about skipping out on you guys last weekend. This week’s Flashback Friday is Mary Louise Day. Unfortunately this entry is going to be very short because I know almost nothing about this case. And that fact is very sad, given that she’s a twelve-year-old girl.

Mary disappeared from Seaside, California sometime in the spring of 1980. Exact date unknown. What the beep?

She was on the NCMEC at one point — I recognize the background from her age-progression photo, that’s theirs — but isn’t on anymore.

Oh, and she’s tall. 5’8.

That is the sum of my knowledge of this case.

My guess is that the police wrote her off as a runaway and then lost their file on her case, which would explain both the lack of press and the lack of available information.

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.

MP of the week: Robert Vendrick

April 1, 2014

This week’s featured missing person is Robert Lee Vendrick, a 71-year-old gentleman last seen on February 15, 2008. He is from Phoenix, Arizona but he actually disappeared from Orange County, California.

This is a murder-without-a-body disappearance. A con artist named Gary A. Shawkey had convinced Vendrick to give him $100,000 to buy into in an imaginary government computer contract, then murdered him and dumped his body in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Dana Point Harbor. Shawkey is serving a sentence of life without parole for the murder, though he maintains his innocence. His appeal was rejected in December.

Disappeared: Israel Smith, missing 6 years.

April 1, 2014

Originally posted on www.seanmunger.com:

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Sometime after March 10, 2008, a bit more than six years ago, something happened to Israel R. Smith of Wytheville, Virginia. It seems to have happened at home. And nobody has the slightest clue what it might have been.

Is (that was his nickname) seemed to be a pretty normal guy. Age 28, he had a 7 year old son by a woman with whom he was no longer involved; the son lived at his mother’s house but spent most weekends at Israel’s apartment. Israel worked at a local Radio Shack and was a model employee. March 10 was the last day he was seen at work. After his shift he visited his brother and also talked to his mother, with whom he was close. Then he went home, and [insert unknown event here]. There was no trace of him after that, whatever that was.

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MISSING from my very own neighborhood! Please help!

April 1, 2014

Spotted Sock

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Above: Sock’s identical twin, circa 2014
(actual photos of Sock are unavailable)

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing since: April 1, 2014 from The Dryer, Meaghan’s House
Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
Age: 2 years old
Height and Weight: Ankle-length, one and a half ounces
Distinguishing Characteristics: Pale blue, fuzzy. Sock has large yellow and white spots. His weight is an approximation, as a postal scale was unavailable.

Details of Disappearance
Sock was laundered in the Washer at Meaghan’s House with the rest of of the bright colored clothes at 11:00 a.m. on April 1, 2014. He was last seen when transferred to the Dryer at 1:00 p.m. When the Dryer was opened and the clothes removed at 2:30 p.m., Sock was no longer there. A bathrobe belt also appeared to be missing but turned up hiding inside a sweatshirt. An extensive search of the laundry area turned up no sign of Sock. He has never been heard from again.

Sock was very close to his identical twin brother and they were never apart from each other. Sock’s twin does not believe he would have left of his own accord. Little information is available in his case, which remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Meaghan Elizabeth Good
administrator@charleyproject.org

Source Information
Happy April Fool’s Day, folks.

Make-A-List Monday: Babysitters

March 31, 2014

[Goddarn it, this was supposed to run NEXT Monday. Oh well, my bad.]

People who disappeared while either babysitting, on their way to babysit, or — in one case — thinking they were going to be babysitting.

Crystal Marie Haag
Evelyn Grace Hartley
Nahida Ahmed Khatib
Heather Nicole Kullorn
Lori Jean Lloyd
Maria De Los Angeles Martinez
Nadine Jean O’Dell
Carla Kaylene Owens
Jonnie Renee White

Make-a-List Monday: Young People With Dentures

March 31, 2014

This list is of MPs under age 30 who have dentures, partial dentures or a false tooth.

Carolyn Maryann Bealer, 25
Ronnie Odell Davis, 24
Stephanie Douglas, 25
Diana Lynn Harris, 27
Robert Hay, 27
Ashley Standish Higgins, 19
Felecia Rochell Johnson, 21
Julie Aquisalas King, 24
Ashley Nicole Martin Mauldin, 27
Deborah Rae Meyer, 14
Jeannette Rose Miller, 17
Lori Ann Murchison-Dunbar, 24
Roxanne Elizabeth Paltauf, 18
Betty Marie Roberts, 29
Luke Robinson, 24
Rick Anderson Rodriguez, 29
Patricia Ann Schmidt, 21
Faye Aline Self, 26
James Thomas Stanley, 25
Sheri Lynn Swims, 23
Andrew Carnegie Whitfield, 28
Nancy Stewart Hranko Williams, 26

For interested parties I recommend John Woodforde’s delightful book The Strange Story of False Teeth, which is a history of dentures. It’s really interesting and though it’s been out of print for ages, Amazon has used copies for cheap.


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