Found a bit more about Diane Robbins

Thanks to a Charley Project blog commenter I found out a little bit more about Diane Nguyen Robbins. I had wondered if she was the offspring of an American soldier and a Vietnamese woman he met in the war, and it turned out I was correct. It’s a very sad story: Diane’s mother already had one child when she moved to the US, married an American serviceman and had Diane.

Then, when Diane was twelve, she said her father was sexually abusing her. He was sent to jail and Diane’s mother left him, but the emotional toll remained and Diane vanished only a year or so later. (She may have been a Green River victim, no one knows.) Her mother committed suicide in 1991 — no doubt the grief over her daughter’s disappearance was a big factor in that, though it does sound like she had an unhappy life generally. But Diane’s half-brother is still alive and hopes she may be found. She also has family in Vietnam.

I think this story goes to show the far-reaching consequences of crime. If Diane’s father hadn’t molested her, perhaps she would not have left home and disappeared in 1985. If she hadn’t disappeared, it’s likely that her mother would be alive today. Fortunately her brother seems to have conquered his demons and is now a motivational speaker, married with kids, and involved in trying to promote racial harmony.

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7 thoughts on “Found a bit more about Diane Robbins

  1. Princess Shantae September 1, 2010 / 12:08 am

    Once a pervert always a pervert. In Shantae’s book once you do something like molesting your own daughter it doesn’t matter a damn whatever else you do. He’s got off a lot easier than he deserves, a lot easier than his wife or Diane ever did. That anybody else would marry him after knowing what he did his time for is scarey.

    • Meaghan September 1, 2010 / 12:09 am

      I think you misunderstood. It’s Diane’s brother that’s married now. I don’t know what happened to her dad.

  2. Princess Shantae September 1, 2010 / 8:46 pm

    Oops, my bad!

  3. tamar September 2, 2010 / 5:13 am

    Serial Killer Dayton Leroy Rogers (active in Oregon 86-87) has 1 unidentified victim found in the Molalla Forest, in ’87. For some reason there is a dearth of info for this Jane Doe– nothing available online.

    Diane Robbins might be a possibility… but I’m not even certain of the victim’s race– although she was most likely Caucasian, given serial killers’ propensity for consistent victim type.

    • Meaghan September 2, 2010 / 5:16 am

      Diane is half-Asian, half-white.

  4. Princess Shantae September 2, 2010 / 3:16 pm

    Rogers doesn’t look too good for that case, b/c he dumped all his victims together and Diane’s older friend wasn’t any place near his hillside, and Diane wasn’t with her.
    I wonder about the friend, Molly? She was what, 25? Quite a bit older than Diane anyway. I wonder if she might of got Diane into something that Diane maybe wouldn’t of got into on her own.

  5. NYer October 22, 2010 / 1:11 am

    Just heard a speech by her older brother. What a life of tragedy. Yet he became all the wiser and has a lot of wisdom to impart. I recommend that everyone who has the opportunity to read or listen to his life work

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