They’re still working on the Adam Hermann case

Over a year after the 1999 disappearance of ten-year-old Adam Herrman first came to the attention of police, they have reassured the public that they’re still plugging away at the little boy’s disappearance and probable murder.

[Butler County Attorney Jan] Satterfield says her goal is to have the case to a grand jury by this time next year. Since this is such a complex case, she’d like jurors to help determine whether there’s enough evidence to charge Herrman’s adoptive parents… If a grand jury makes an indictment, the case would go directly to trial.

I only hope that will be the case. The fact that no one even realized this kid was missing for close to a decade is horrible enough. Justice delayed is still justice, and I can’t think of anyone who needs it more. If nothing else, they can get Adam’s adoptive parents for fraud, for accepting benefits for him when he was no longer in their care. My rough estimate is they took about $60,000 in state benefits under false pretenses. But I believe that’s the least of their crimes.

Adam’s case reminds me very much of Peter Kema‘s — another case that remains officially unsolved even though everybody knows what happened to him and who did it.

Meaghan’s book stats for 2009

I had made it a goal to read 365 books this year — not literally a book a day, but averaging that. I made it and more, in part because I spent significant time this year shut up from illness and other causes. I don’t think I’ll try this challenge again, though. Anyway, stats are as follows. If I reviewed the book on Goodreads, I link to its review; else to its Amazon page:

Books read: 377
First Book: Challenge of Anne Boleyn by Hester W. Chapman
Last Book: Sex Lives of the Popes by Nigel Cawthorne
Longest Book: French Children of the Holocaust: A Memorial by Serge Klarsfeld, 1881 pages
Book That Took The Longest Time to Read: The Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten, 2 months and 11 days
Favorite Adult Fiction Book: Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
Favorite Young Adult Fiction Book: What I Was by Meg Rosoff
Favorite Biography: Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Favorite Holocaust Book: Babi Yar: a Document in the Form of a Novel by Anatoly Kuznetzov
Favorite History Book: The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia by Orlando Figes
Least Favorite Nonfiction Book: Ten Books That Screwed Up the World: And Five Others That Didn’t Help by Benjamin Wiker
Least Favorite Fiction Book: I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Young-Ha Kim
Least Favorite Holocaust Book: The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Languages translated from: Czech, Danish, French, German, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Sango, Serbo-Croat, Spanish, Swedish and Yiddish

Holocaust: 87
Young Adult/Children’s Fiction: 81
History: 45
True Crime: 24
Memoirs: 20
Adult Fiction: 19
Miscellaneous Nonfiction: 18
Medicine/Psychology: 16
Humor: 14
Biographies: 12
Nonfiction Diaries: 9
Trivia: 9
Classics: 7
Short Stories: 7
Science: 5
Travel: 3

The category designations are quite arbitrary and there is a lot of overlap. All Holocaust memoirs, diaries and novels went into the Holocaust category. A lot of books on true crime, memoirs and biographies could also qualify as history, and a lot of the trivia books were science- or medicine-related.

And it looks like the numbers only add up to 376. I must have miscounted somewhere. Oh well.

You can see a complete list of the books here.