Special newspaper site section on Ann Gotlib

A reporter directed me to a special page the Louisville Courier-Journal has for the articles and features they’ve done on Ann Gotlib, a twelve-year-old girl who disappeared from Louisville in 1983. Unfortunately, the article links seem to be be broken, but there are videos.

I find this video most disturbing. It’s a ten-minute segment of a psychologist’s interview with Greg Oakley, the prime suspect in Ann’s case. In the photos I’ve seen he’s very clean-cut and respectable looking, but in this video he has a beard and looks like Santa Claus. The way he calmly, emotionlessly details some of his crimes is chilling.

UPDATE: I brought up the broken links with that reporter. She says they will be fixed.

22 thoughts on “Special newspaper site section on Ann Gotlib

  1. Justin June 2, 2010 / 8:57 am

    Evil doesn’t always look the part.

    • Meaghan June 2, 2010 / 11:39 pm

      Evil almost NEVER looks the part.

    • Justin June 8, 2010 / 11:22 pm

      I once read this and wrote it down because I liked it. I can’t remember where I got it anymore, but I just found where I copied it down in a notebook.

      “For some men, evil is not a violent rage, nor vicious urge, nor compulsion, not necessary of survival.

      For some men, evil is merely a state of being, a ever lingering malaise

      Evil is a gift of birth, an innate talent. Instead of a silver spoon, such men are born with a dagger in hand which they’re all too willing to bury in your back”.

      As to how true this is, I don’t know. Some people seem to have embraced evil before they were able to eat solid foods. But I believe for the most part, even if some people were born so inclined, they had a lot of help getting there.

  2. danielle June 2, 2010 / 2:52 pm

    Justin is right…..b/c the bad guys look “normal” they get away with the crime. “Oh..not him….he seems so normal”
    We’ve had some good looking professional bad guys through the years.

    Is Greg Oakley a psychopath or socipath??

  3. Princess Shantae June 2, 2010 / 4:53 pm

    They’re just diffrent names for the same thing but the pros don’t like to use them much any more. They rather say anti social personality.
    But yea, Oakley probably is one. If he did it or if he’s just lying about it, same thing.

    • Justin June 8, 2010 / 11:29 pm

      This is my understanding of the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath. I am copying this from an article on the internet:

      I’ve read that the sociopath is less organized in their demeanor, nervous and easily agitated – someone likely living on the fringes of society, without solid or consistent economic support. A sociopath is more likely to spontaneously act out in inappropriate ways without thinking through the consequences.

      A psychopath on the other hand, tends to be extremely organized, secretive and manipulative. The outer personality is often charismatic and charming, hiding the real person beneath. Though psychopaths do not feel for others, they can mimic behaviors that make them appear normal. Upon meeting, one would have more of a tendency to trust a psychopath than a sociopath.

      Because of the organized personality of the psychopath, he or she might have a tendency to be better educated than the average sociopath, who probably lacks the attentive skills to excel in school. While psychopaths can fly under the radar of society, many maintaining families and steady work, a sociopath more often lacks the skills and drive for mimicking normal behavior, making “seemingly healthy” relationships and a stable home less likely. From a criminal standpoint, a sociopath’s crimes are typically disorganized and spontaneous, while the psychopath’s crimes are well planned out. For this reason, psychopaths are harder to catch than sociopaths, as the sociopath is more apt to leave ample evidence in his or her explosions of violence.

  4. T.T. June 2, 2010 / 8:07 pm

    This case has always been so sad to me. I remember years ago reading about her and two other girls in one of those women magazines (Women’s Day or Family Circle or something) and it said that she had a little brother who was born a while after she went missing. I can’t imagine what it’s like for her parents or him to know of his big sister, but to have never met her.

    • Meaghan June 2, 2010 / 11:40 pm

      I never heard of any siblings, but I feel deeply sorry for Ann’s parents and I admire their strength and fortitude. They came to the US from Communist Russia for a better life (and to escape antisemitism probably) and instead their daughter disappeared.

  5. danielle June 2, 2010 / 11:48 pm

    …change of subject (I don’t know how to make a new blog topic) Natalee Holloway’s suspect is not a suspect in another murder. Hope the mom doesn’t get on the tv and start her rants. I know she’s hurt, but she bugs me and it seems like she has really hindered the case

    • Bill June 3, 2010 / 12:17 am

      Thank you, Danielle, for bringing this up.
      I got the news today, and came here to see if anyone’s mentioned it yet. Joran Van Der Sloot had apparently murderd another woman in Lima, Peru, but this time they found the body. I consider this good news, Sorry another victim had to die, but glad they finally got his butt for something they can prove.

    • Meaghan June 3, 2010 / 12:24 am

      You’d think Joran would be thanking his lucky stars he escaped prosecution in Natalee’s case and would be walking the straight and narrow from now on.

      • Bill June 3, 2010 / 4:57 am

        Interesting you should say that, Meaghan, because I said something similar to a reporter about Debbie’s suspected killer after he was arrested last year. “He should have been trying to stay out of trouble, but he just couldn’t help himself.” The thing is, people like that don’t stop doing what they do until they are put away.

      • Meaghan June 3, 2010 / 5:23 am

        I read once about a very unfortunate case where a man was wrongfully convicted of rape. He had a record of sex offenses and the victim picked him out of a lineup, but he didn’t do that crime. Some years later DNA testing set him free and he promptly went out and raped someone else and this time he killed her. And you would think he would have done his best not to commit any more crimes and thus land back in prison! But he was unhinged to begin with, and he was angry.

        I saw a few blogs at the time that actually blamed the Innocence Project for what happened: “Oh, now look what you’ve done!” But he didn’t rape that woman. What were they supposed to do?

      • Bill June 3, 2010 / 1:58 pm

        That is bizarre!

      • danielle June 3, 2010 / 2:17 pm


      • danielle June 3, 2010 / 2:19 pm

        Meaghan: Is that the guy who killed the photographer??

      • Meaghan June 3, 2010 / 3:05 pm

        Maybe. I don’t remember.

      • Justin June 4, 2010 / 4:05 am

        It sounds like the persons you are talking about is Steven Avery in Wisconsin who spent 18 years incarcerated for a rape, then after he was cleared, later raped and murdered photographer Teresa Halbach at a salvage yard owned by Avery’s family in 2005. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for that murder.

      • Meaghan June 4, 2010 / 6:30 am

        Yeah, I think it was him.

  6. danielle June 2, 2010 / 11:48 pm

    I meant NOW a suspect…not NOT a suspect

    • Bill June 3, 2010 / 12:19 am

      I got it.

  7. thegreatrockyhill June 3, 2010 / 4:03 am

    That was one of the first cases I remember coming across when I first started coming to the site. At the time, George Oakley wasn’t listed as a suspect and little was known. Those are the ones that chill me to the bone the most; the ones from long ago with few leads. Thankfully something has broken in the case so the family has something of an answer as to what happened to their daughter.

    Another one that really creeped me out was the case of Donna Lee Fowler. It was so mysterious, then out of the blue there’s a resolution after 30 some years.

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