April 23, 2014
When they find unidentified remains, would it be possible to tell whether the said individual was HIV-positive or had active AIDS? Just wondering.
I’ve thought about doing a Make-a-List Monday of people with HIV or AIDS, but I’m afraid it would offend people.
April 22, 2014
…Wordpress says I’m getting a tremendous number of views on this blog, relatively speaking. 4,475 yesterday. 3,449 today so far. Now, there’s a difference between views and visitors. I got 633 actual visitors yesterday but they clicked on seven pages each. I wonder what’s up?
April 22, 2014
Finally changed the missing person of the week: it’s Zeta D. Gordon, a 43-year-old woman who went for a drive after an argument with her husband and never came back. This was in Atchison County, Kansas in the wee hours of October 5, 1992 — my seventh birthday. (I think I got a Baby Rollerblade doll that year.)
It’s not clear what happened to Zeta. On the one hand, her car was found abandoned with her belongings, including her purse, inside. On the other hand, after she went missing there were sightings of her in the area, and some of the witnesses were people who knew her. Her husband, who was never named as a suspect in her disappearance, took his own life in 1997. I don’t know whether they had any children.
If she’s still alive, Zeta would be 65 years old today.
April 22, 2014
I also shared it on my personal Facebook page. This is from the book Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History by Bill Laws. (I’m only up to page 26 but so far it’s fascinating.) From page 10:
Cut into an onion, and a chemical — thiopropanal-S-oxide — is released. It is a substance that reacts on the eye like pepper spray: we are reduced to tears… American biochemist William Frey discovered that while all tears are composed of water, mucus, and salt, tears of sadness contain additional proteins, suggesting that when people cry the body is having an emotional clear-out of stress-related chemicals. Shedding real tears is good for you.
April 21, 2014
Someone asked in the comments section of another blog how many cases on the Charley Project were “famous.” Regular readers of Charley and this blog will know the answer to that question already.
Four and a half years ago I wrote a blog entry on what it takes to make an MP case famous. (In a nutshell: it’s not just wealth or race; there are various other factors involved too.) I still agree with what I said in the entry, and just for kicks I thought I’d bring it up again: The media and missing people.
April 20, 2014
This week’s selection is Marjorie Alice Knox, chosen by Cristobal. This fourteen-year-old girl disappeared without a trace on Valentine’s Day, 1987. Authorities believe she could have been the victim of a serial killer. There were also unconfirmed reports that she was pregnant, though what that would have to do with her disappearance I don’t know.
Marjorie was from Chaparral, New Mexico, a small town 25 miles from El Paso, Texas. She attended a party in El Paso on the day of her disappearance and may have been seen walking down the road in Chaparral in the wee hours the next day.
Around the time of her disappearance, several women disappeared from the area and many of them were later found buried in the desert. Marjorie and two others are still missing. David Leonard Wood was convicted of six homicides. He had also lived in Chaparral and knew Marjorie. Other than the circumstances, however, there’s no evidence to tie him to her disappearance. Several execution dates have been set for Wood, but I can’t find any articles saying they’d done it, and as of this past October he was still alive.
Beyond David Leonard Wood, the police don’t seem to have much to go on in her case. At least one of her friends believes she’s alive, but I don’t know why. She still has family looking for her.
Marjorie is of Thai ancestry. If she’s still alive she would be 41 years old today.
April 18, 2014
I finally got an update in. It’s not very much, mostly APs the NCMEC dumped on me. But who does everybody want me to profile on Sunday?
April 18, 2014
Jeffrey Blankinship recently appeared on the NCMEC. They list him as having brown eyes and so does the Washington state clearinghouse, but if you look at this close-up photo of him, it looks like his eyes are blue. At least, it looks like that to me.