Maria Anjiras and Amy Billig

The Hour, a newspaper out of Norwalk, Connecticut, has done a really good article on the 1976 disappearance of fourteen-year-old Maria Anjiras. It has loads of info on her case that I didn’t know before, and this is just the beginning, as the article is only the first of a two-part piece. It seems that Maria ran away with some bikers and hung around the general area for at least six months afterwards, but she never returned home.

Her case reminds me a lot of Amy Billig. Both pretty brunette teenagers, aspiring actresses, who disappeared in the mid-seventies and apparently spent quite awhile running around with bikers after they went missing. Both of them are probably dead now. It looks like Amy and Maria came from good homes, and it seems highly unlikely that they would go over thirty years without ever contacting their folks again.

18 thoughts on “Maria Anjiras and Amy Billig

  1. Cheryl December 12, 2009 / 4:06 pm

    Amy Billigs story is what got me interested in missing people. It was so hard for me to fathom someone disappearing off the face of the earth. Blows my mind that its still happening today.

  2. Cheryl December 12, 2009 / 4:12 pm

    The link to the article requires you to register/join. I hate when they want you to do that!

  3. danielle December 12, 2009 / 7:56 pm

    Amy Billings mom received lots of phone calls from a man who teased and taunted the mom. He was a big wig with some military place…I can’t remember the whole story.
    What I remember most is when Amy’s mom said, she would always remember Amy as 17 years old, not a 34 year old woman (Amy would be 34 yrs at the time of the interview.)
    Obviously, Amy’s family was never the same. I’m sure that happens to so many missing people’s family. (unless it was the parent who created the disappearance.)

  4. Cattt December 13, 2009 / 5:23 am

    I just finished reading Maria Anjiras’ updated profile and it did remind me of Amy Billigs.

  5. Justin December 14, 2009 / 6:08 am

    I never understood why women flocked to outlaw biker club members. They treat their women very badly.

    • Meaghan December 14, 2009 / 3:34 pm

      Unfortunately, there are a lot of women who are especially drawn to men who treat them badly.

      • emma l December 14, 2009 / 5:29 pm

        Very true. I think it comes from a misguided idea that they can somehow be the one to change them.

      • Justin December 15, 2009 / 3:03 am

        I don’t think women go to men like that because they think they can change them. I think there are several different reasons, the most common is usually because they grew up in a family where the men are abusive and they think that is the norm.

        But as far as Outlaw Motorcycle Club members go, I think women go to them because they are attracted to very tough, hard, and violent men. Unfortunately, those men are also violent towards those women, who are used, abused, then tossed aside. Every time I see that television show “Sons of Anarchy”, I just don’t see it as realistic because the men are way too nice to the women. I worked with a guy several years ago in Seattle who told me his mother used to hang out with Outlaw Bikers back in the ’60s and ’70s, and lived with some of them. I only had the one conversation with him about it and don’t know a lot of details, but there was a lot of abuse and this guy absolutely hated Outlaw Bikers (and his mother for that matter) with a passion. Granted, his view of them was colored by his intense hate, but practically all the information I have heard of Outlaw Bikers from people who deal with them is that they have little or no respect for women.

  6. Michelle December 14, 2009 / 2:25 pm

    I read the book on Amy’s disappearance. I recommend reading it.

  7. danielle December 14, 2009 / 3:13 pm

    I don’t know if they voluntarily went to the bikers. The girls may have been hitchhiking (which kid did at their time) and “kidnapped” or led to believe they would go one place and the biker did something different.

    What I can’t believe is the guy who called Amy’s mom and teased and taunted her for years about where her daughter was. He knew that was mean and tortue for the mom

    • Meaghan December 14, 2009 / 3:42 pm

      Some people are just evil.

  8. L.B. December 14, 2009 / 4:37 pm

    What’s even more tragic is that it’s a possibility that both were girls were murdered (or trafficked out of the area, as what is alleged to have ocurred to Billig) because the police were actually investigating the disappearances. The mid/late seventies was when law enforcement started going after outlaw biker organizations — perhaps some members panicked at the thought of kidnapping/statutory rape/trafficking charges (and further investigations) and decided to dispose of the problem before any more scrutiny was placed on them.

    • Meaghan December 14, 2009 / 8:59 pm

      While we’re on the subject of police investigations, the failure of the cops to dust Amy Billig’s room for fingerprints is really frustrating to me. Given the circumstances under which Amy was living in the months after her disappearance, it’s highly likely she was arrested at least once. If the cops had lifted her prints from her room, perhaps they could have been matched up and she would have been found. But the police waited too long to search her room. By the time they finally did it, all the prints had melted in the Florida heat and humidity.

  9. Dey el May 23, 2010 / 9:54 pm

    Hello, Amy was 17 when she vanished- that does not exactly qualify as being a “woman”- she was a kid. And who says these women go voluntarily with the bikers? Unlike today, bikers were very hard core back then- a lot of them being ex-Vietnam vets- they were as nasty as they come and trained to kill. Many women were abducted against their will and never escaped…(and were killed when they learn too much about the activities of the gang). You are naive if you think most of these women could just come and go as they pleased with the biker gangs of the 70s. Look up 1%ers… you will learn a lot about what the Billings were most likely up against (and I say likely- for after all, she could have been abducted by a lone person or couple, and the bikers were not to blame, although I doubt it).

    • Meaghan May 23, 2010 / 10:57 pm

      A) 17 at that time was a lot older than 17 is now, if that makes sense. Around the time Amy disappeared, the average age for a first marriage in the US was 18, for example.
      B) I wasn’t referring to Amy specifically as a woman. Nor was I speaking of the bike culture specifically when I made my comment about women dating dirt bags. It’s just something I’ve noticed — innumerable cases of Charley of perfectly nice, smart, respectable women dating scumbags with criminal records and drug habits who eventually kill them.

  10. pirateman October 15, 2010 / 10:04 am

    I don’t buy the outlaw biker story at all. At lot of women were being victimized between the summer of 1973 and 1984. I belive that Christopher Wilder was involved in many of these crimes. I had a good friend mary sue Curtis who was raped and murdered in august of 73 in hollywood fl. Wilder was a person of interest in a double murder of two young girls in his native austrailia when he ran to the U.S. He was eventually killed in a struggle with a trooper over a gun after a horrific cross country murder spree. From what i,ve read he is classified as a spree killer. I belive this to be a mistake. My intent is to investigate this further and write a book on the subject. My belief is the Wilder could be one of the most prolific serial killers in history. and yes I agree with the posters that the police did an aweful job of investigating these crimes. The fact that they leaked Wilder to the news media as a suspect in coral gables model killings cost many people their lives. anyone who has any information on the murders please feel free to contact me. I believe there are people out there who have info on the serial killings that took place in Dade and Broward counties between 1973 and 1984

  11. TooLateTheHero April 29, 2011 / 6:45 pm

    Is Wilder’s activity during the period of Amy’s disappearance (March ’74) documented? Such a baffling, frustrating case – lots of leads, missed chances, misunderstanding and so few answers. As an aside, I would be interested to know if the Jane Doe found in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, has been ruled out in this case. I guess so.

  12. Rhettarot July 8, 2012 / 7:35 pm

    i did a tarot card & mlle.lenormand reading on the Amy Billig case. i know most people think cartomancy is a bunch of crap but if you’re open-minded enough please take a look at my page & see what I found: http://rhettarot.wordpress.com

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