According to Project Jason, Melvin Uphoff and Jacquelyn Rains-Kracman have been found safe. They both disappeared about a month apart from the same Nebraska town in 1965. They were both married to other people but seeing each other (although, to be fair, Jackie was separated and getting a divorce) and everyone assumed they had run off together, but no one really knew for sure.
Additional information about their location hasn’t been released and may never be. But I’m enthused that the two lovebirds have been located and their families finally know they are all right. First Everett Ruess and now this; it seems to be the week for ancient case resolves.
I figured out how to make my Charley Project visitor stats public. As you can see, Charley generally averages about 2,000 to 3,000 visits a day. I got over 10,000 one time, when some really high-profile case hit the news (maybe Shawn Hornbeck, I can’t remember). The most commonly visited page right now is, shockingly enough, my entry page. The second most popular is the Everett Ruess casefile, which no longer exists since I resolved his case. That’s always a problem — there’s a high-profile resolve, and I remove the casefile, and loads of people try to look at it and it’s no longer there. Unless they know how to use Google cache, they won’t be able to see anything.
Speaking of stats, by blog readership is increasing. It started out at about 300 visits a day, and now it’s up to like 500. It had 740 visits on April 21 for some reason. *strokes her ego*
Dean Worsley was fifteen years old at the time of his disappearance, looked about nine, and was only 4’11 and 70 pounds. That seems improbably tiny to me.
Etan Patz‘s father, Stanley, hopes the prime suspect in Etan’s case, Jose Antonio Ramos, will be charged with murder soon. Ramos is presently serving a stiff prison sentence for other crimes, but he might get out in 2012, and Stanley wants to make sure this doesn’t happen.
The article I linked to has a photo of Etan I’ve never seen before. The camera clearly loves him, and I think his dad is a professional photographer, so there are a lot of pictures of him. The article also mentions After Etan, a book about the case that’s being released in a few days. I hadn’t heard of this, but the library has the book on order. I look forward to reading it.
As for murder charges, if the prosecution thinks they have a strong enough case, I say go for it.
Remember this post?
There’s a classic example of that kind of thing right here. Most of the comments are shockingly insensitive, even cruel. They are either insinuating nasty things about Brittanee, blaming her mother for not supervising her enough, or actually accusing her mother of involvement in her disappearance.
One comment: Usually, parents with missing children won’t even face the thought that their child may be deceased, let alone say it publicly at this early stage of the search. Things don’t add up is right, and it’s with the moms behavior. Um, no. I can guarantee I’ve read a lot more about moms of missing kids than you, and there is no “normal” way for them to act, and some of them do face the worst possibilities even this early on. Other commenters say she must be involved because “she does not seem all that upset” and doesn’t sob hysterically in front of the camera. As if there was some manual on how parents are supposed to behave in these situations!
I don’t know a thing about the Brittanee Drexel case — I usually don’t start following missing person cases until they’re old enough to make my site — but people have no business saying such hurtful things like this in a public forum. Sometimes I just want to find these people and smack them, I swear.