Make-a-List Monday: Limbs of unequal length

April 27, 2015

These MPs all had an arm or leg that was shorter than the other one.

  1. Charles Wane Dodd
  2. Nellie Florence Cornman Flickinger
  3. George William Hawkins
  4. Angelique James
  5. Noel Nathaniel Morris
  6. Mary Louise Walker
  7. Roland Martin Welsh Jr.
  8. David Mark Wheeler

Select It Sunday: Arkadiy Tashman

April 26, 2015

This week’s selection is by B.: Arkadiy Tashman, a Russian immigrant skater boy who vanished under very mysterious circumstances ten years ago in January. He left behind a very distressing note: “Sorry about this. No wake, no funeral.” But if Arkadiy took his own life, where’s the body?

What’s, in a way, even more distressing than that note, is something noted in his casefile: “His parents notified police immediately [after finding the note], but for unknown reasons authorities did not begin an official search for Arkadiy for six days.”


Note nevertheless, his family doesn’t believe he committed suicide. I hope not. In situations like this families are often the last people to know when a person is in that kind of condition.

Leaving for Wisconsin tomorrow

April 24, 2015

So tomorrow Dad and I are driving to Green Bay, Wisconsin for this missing persons conference I’ve been invited to. If anyone else is interested in going, here’s the deets: It’s at Heritage Hill State Park at 2640 South Webster Avenue between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

And, distressingly, I can’t find my Charley Project sweatshirt ANYWHERE.

Delores Gonzales found at last

April 24, 2015

Not too long ago Charley added the case of Delores Gonzales, a seventeen-year-old girl — married and a mother of two, in spite of her youth — who vanished in 1973 from Gulfport, Mississippi. Well, now we know what happened to her: her husband murdered her and dumped her body in Alabama, where it was located but remained unidentified for forty years.

Per this article:

Spencer Walker, district attorney for Choctaw, Clarke and Washington counties, said DNA testing solved the disappearance.

“Detectives found her remains in 1974 with two gunshots to the skull,” Walker said. “The murder investigation is still open, but at least we could get the family this bit of closure.”

The investigation restarted in 2012 when Jason Kokoszka was taking inventory before the Alabama Department of Forensic Science moved to a new building.

“He found the remains and realized DNA testing had never been done,” Walker said. “After that, he sent the remains to numerous locations for every DNA test possible.”

Two shots to the head. That’s cold.

They’re pretty sure they know who did it to her: her husband, Robert Lane Gonzales. Unfortunately, Mr. Gonzales died in Florida years ago. He got away with murder.

Flashback Friday: Paula Pope

April 24, 2015

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Paula Ann Pope, who disappeared nine days before her 19th birthday in 1972. Paula and her husband were staying at a California campground and she wanted to see a rock concert in Nevada and they got into an argument because he couldn’t go with her. (From what I recall, he couldn’t leave the state because he was on parole or probation or something, though I didn’t say that in the casefile.) Paula went stomping off and never returned.

It’s kind of up in the air what happened to her, I guess. Last seen talking to “motorcycle types.” I suppose it’s not inconceivable that she left on her own, but it seems unlikely, especially after all this time. It’ll have been 42 years in September. Paula would now be 61 years old.

Cracked features missing people again

April 21, 2015

In their recent photoplasty, 23 Creepy Unsolved Mysteries Nobody Can Explain, Cracked has talked about Charley Project MPs Garnell Moore, Amy Bradley, Zachary Ramsay, Tara Calico, and of course the Sodder children.

MP of the week: Lydia White

April 21, 2015

Last week’s featured MP was Caleta White. This week’s MP is also named White, but presumably not related: Lydia White, missing from Lawndale, California since the age of four months on August 1, 2004.

I have very, very little information about this case, other than that she was under CPS supervision and was “last seen by her father.” Oh, and “suspicious circumstances.” Shrug. If she’s still alive she’d be eleven years old on Friday, but frankly it doesn’t look good for her.

I’d love to hear from any relatives or anyone else who knows about this case.

ET entry: Williams Haas & Wiley

April 21, 2015

Two murderers named William were judicially fried on this date in 1897. Both crimes were pretty typical and I wouldn’t have bothered to write this one up except that they were the first to be executed in Ohio’s electric chair.

Make-a-List Monday: Really really bad photos, F-J

April 20, 2015

See the A through E list.

  1. Joyce Alice Fisher
  2. Justine Gabrielle Flynn
  3. Dixie May Forrester
  4. William Henry Forshee Sr.
  5. Iva Mildred Foss
  6. Brenda Kay Foster
  7. Hilda Claudette Frazier
  8. Bernhard Fricke
  9. Elizabeth Dorothy Funchess
  10. William Gaffney
  11. James Anthony Galloway
  12. Emely Yolibeth Gamez-Lopez
  13. Frank Garcia
  14. Mauricio Garcia
  15. Rodolfo Alalberto Garcia
  16. Robert C. Garman
  17. Marvin Cornell Gibbs
  18. Stephanie C. Gibson
  19. Scott Anthony Gilchrist
  20. Elizabeth Walston Godwin
  21. Ronald Gomes
  22. Catalino Gomez
  23. Donna Maria Gonzales
  24. Haskell Wilson Gonzales
  25. Jesus Gonzales
  26. Marcus Hernandez Gonzales
  27. Raymundo Antonio Gonzalez
  28. Curtis Lawrence Goodman
  29. Oded Gordon
  30. Keyshia Graham
  31. Juan Gravado
  32. Craig Jeffrey Graves
  33. Sherie Ann Graves
  34. Katie Michelle Gray
  35. Michael Earl Gray
  36. Deborah Kim Green
  37. Walter Gressley
  38. Joshua Greyson
  39. Michael Grochowsky
  40. Angela R. Gross
  41. Fabian Humberto Gutierrez
  42. Gerald J. Hanrahan
  43. Thomas Allen Hanson
  44. Sharon Harrer
  45. Jennings Lee Hart
  46. Oliver Hart
  47. Richard Burks Hart
  48. Cindy L. Haumann
  49. Robert Hay
  50. Gary Hayward
  51. Jeffrey Keith Hegwood
  52. Mitchell Todd Hein
  53. Martha Smith Helmick
  54. Ronnie Henderson
  55. Dorothy Mae Hendricks
  56. Jerry Sherman Hendry
  57. Sausha Latine Henson
  58. Robin Denise Appel Herring
  59. Roland Himebrook
  60. Kathaleen Elizabeth Hine
  61. Oscar Florence Hintta
  62. Virginia Hollingsworth
  63. Davis Holloman
  64. David Charles Holmes
  65. Frederick Andrew Holmes
  66. Dawn Michelle Holt
  67. John Scott Holt
  68. Gwendolyn M. Hooser
  69. Melvin Charles Horst
  70. Michelle Houchman
  71. Isaac Ray Howard
  72. Jody Fern Howard
  73. Cheryl Huff
  74. Lily Mae Huff
  75. Cary Sue Huie
  76. Francisco Huizar
  77. Thomas Kearny Hull Jr.
  78. Alice Kristina Wehr Hummel
  79. Gary Lee Humphrey
  80. Raymond Lee Hunley
  81. Barbara Jean Pauley Hunt
  82. Dontray Miquel Hunter
  83. David Robert Hursell
  84. Peter Jess Hurst
  85. Refugio Isaguirre
  86. Hattie E. Jackson
  87. Scott Lyons Jacobs
  88. Ruth Alice Jacobus
  89. James Jamison
  90. Kyle David Jansen
  91. Douglas Morris Jarmon II
  92. Tammy Ann Jarvis
  93. Virginia Jewell
  94. Albert Leo Jimenez
  95. Ruth Jimenez
  96. Robin Lynn Jobson
  97. Julie Dalton Johnson
  98. Kester Denmon Johnson
  99. Randy Johnson
  100. Taurean Johnson
  101. Tok Sun Han Johnson
  102. Trina Lakea Johnson
  103. William Johnson
  104. Sidney Edward Johnston
  105. Danny Lee Jones
  106. Gladys Jones
  107. Jerry Von Jones
  108. Marland Dewayne Jones
  109. Pamela Gay Jones
  110. Dietrich Helmut Jonke
  111. Fairlyn Jordan
  112. Orlando Jordan
  113. Song Im Joseph
  114. Marie D. Jost
  115. Guadalupe Juarez-Figueroa
  116. Roger Lenard Jung

Select It Sunday: Rachael Garden

April 18, 2015

This week’s Select It Sunday case was chosen by HennyLee: Rachael Elizabeth Garden, who disappeared from Newton, New Hampshire on March 22, 1980, at the age of fifteen. Newton is, curiously, just 35 miles from the town where Laureen Rahn, another petite brown-haired girl only a year and a half younger than Rachael, disappeared a month later. This may just be a coincidence though.

As for Rachael, she sounds like a pretty typical teenager of that time, a bit rebellious but not overly so, fond of her pet horse. The three guys she was last seen talking to had bad reputations. One of them later served time for rape and one them (not sure if it’s the same one) reportedly confessed to killing Rachael, but his statements were not verified.

There was a recent article about the case but it doesn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. The police believe Rachael met with foul play, if only because of the time that has passed since her disappearance — 35 years now. If she’s still alive she’d be 50 years old today.


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