Skelton case brings back memories of older one

I’m sure everyone knows by now about the disappearances of Alexander, Andrew and Tanner Skelton. Their parents were in a custody battle and their father had abducted them before. Last week Dad took them for a visit and, he says, dropped them off with a lady friend so they wouldn’t see him kill himself. His suicide attempt failed, the boys are missing now and the police don’t think Skelton’s lady friend exists. This article provides a good summary.

This case reminds me very much of a 52-year-old one recently put on the NCMEC: Myrisha Campbell, age 3, and her 11-month-old brother, A.J. The children’s father, A.J. Sr., also took them for a visitation and then tried suicide — successfully in his case. Before he died he made statements to the effect that he had killed the children, and he said as much in his suicide note. In spite of an extensive search the two children’s bodies were never found. I suppose the NCMEC posted them in a last-ditch hope that the bodies might turn up and need to be identified. Their poor mother. I don’t know if she’s still alive. I can’t imagine how she managed to survive such a tragedy.

Nothing new under the sun.

Those poor kids — the Skelton boys and the Campbell children — look so cute and contented in their pictures. Sigh.

18 thoughts on “Skelton case brings back memories of older one

  1. forthelost November 30, 2010 / 5:25 pm

    Of course, with the Skeltons, mom is a registered sex offender. Sounds like the boys got a really rotten set of parents.

    • sherri October 13, 2012 / 9:38 pm

      Are you serious? This woman has had her 3 precious innocent babies dissapear from her life into the unknown. Without as much as being able to say goodbye or hold them to this day and you nonchalantly post this and imply she should somehow be to blame? Because of a long ago past mistake. Do you make mistakes? Does it matter? Are you a mother? Put yourself in her shoes, you’ll never sleep peacefully until you find your children. Shame on you!

  2. marycarney November 30, 2010 / 5:59 pm

    I wonder if he got an idea from that otherrecent horrible, twisted Ohio case and stuffed them in a tree. Of course his mommy doesn’t believe he’s done anything except tell the truth – and she continues to sit in FL and not come up and look for her missing grandchildren!

  3. J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. November 30, 2010 / 6:21 pm

    Chief Weeks’s “Imagine your worst nightmare coming true; how would you respond?” has thus far taken the cake for soundbites in the Skelton case.

  4. lakeshore678 November 30, 2010 / 7:49 pm

    Have you read the news story about Louann Bowers and her husband, who had 5 children at home and hid them away for years?

    The reason I ask is that it says she was a missing person, reported in 1993 and had run away with the (much older) man she’s still with.

    I think she was formerly profiled on your site.

    Here’s a link.

    I just thought it was kind of interesting.

  5. Princess Shantae November 30, 2010 / 8:22 pm

    That’s old news, there’s a couple posts right on here about Louann and her nasty husband/uncle.

    The Skelton kids sure did have crappy parents but everybody that knew them keeps saying how wonderful and nice they are. Hard for me to believe kids with that background and upbringing could be so normal and happy as they’re saying. But now that it looks like they’re dead nobody is going to say anything but how nice they were, even if they were so mean they wouldn’t let their own kids near them.

  6. J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. November 30, 2010 / 8:29 pm

    One always considers children nice, Princess, it’s the default mode. Unless one lives next door to them.

  7. Princess Shantae November 30, 2010 / 8:49 pm

    I love kids, got almost 3 of my own but I’ll be the first to tell you they can realy push your buttons sometimes. They can be demanding, and they do dumb things.
    Like today, Ben was outside eating an ice cream cone and he dripped mint chocolate chip ice cream on the cat. So he wipes the cat off with my dishrag. And he puts the dishrag all full of sticky cat hair back on the sink like he thinks I’m going to wash dishes with the nasty thing. lol

    • J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. November 30, 2010 / 9:17 pm

      A rich one, Princess! I have a similar tale involving a wreath of brambles, plum pudding, and a tenant on the estate’s mongrel terrier, but I daresay it cannot be recounted here.

  8. Tracey November 30, 2010 / 11:17 pm

    Same thing happened a few years back with the Gehring kids from New Hampshire. The father took son Philip & daughter Sara from the mom during a summer outting, killed them, stopped in WalMart to buy a shovel & buried them along the Ohio turnpike before heading out to California. He actually did commit suicide by hanging himself in prison before revealing the kids locations. Fortunately, a concerned citizen never gave up the search. After 2 years of constantly looking, she finally came across their shallow graves one day while out walking her dog. In my eyes, she was a true hero, cuz she did what the cops couldn’t do & in turn, gave that mom the answers she was looking for. God bless people like her who don’t give up. I would like to believe these little boys will be located safe, but I don’t see that as the case. I hope they are found & laid to proper rest and I hope that piece of shit father gets what’s coming to him in jail!

  9. Tracey November 30, 2010 / 11:25 pm

    Wow, that was a sad case from Texas, Meaghan. Do you know if any human remains close to those kids descriptions were ever found in that area he dropped his friend off at? Or if any female decendants in that family were ever DNA tested to keep on file for database match? You gotta figure he buried them relatively close by where he dropped his friend off, if he was only gone for 40 minutes.
    Would be interesting to hear what cold case detectives have to say about that one!

    • Meaghan December 1, 2010 / 10:29 pm

      I’m not interested in unidentified bodies, so I have no idea whether anything turned up. Though, after all this time, and given how small the children were, there may be nothing left to find.

  10. danielle December 1, 2010 / 10:31 am

    the MOM is a registered sex offender??

  11. J.A. Scrambles-Ashmole, Bart. December 1, 2010 / 3:26 pm

    I was speaking of my own stepmother. Knee-jerk reaction. Sorry for the confusion, the sedative is beginning to kick in now.

  12. Phil Robertson January 18, 2011 / 2:06 pm


    I am actually the brother of Myrisha and AJ Campbell, Jr. Their mother is my mother and she is still alive in Texas. The taking of her first 2 children has haunted her for 52 years now.

    It was me who registered them with NCMEC, since no one from the 60’s to present time has ever known these children were missing (much to our surprise and dismay). All of the original state police reports were destroyed in 1973. As far as the Goliad, Texas Sheriff’s report, we have been trying to have it found for several years now…if it even still exist. The law enforcement investigation from the 50’s and 60’s was terrible to say the least. That is not an indictment of present day authorities, just those during the time it happened. There was no investigation or followup, despite the enormous holes in the overall story. Suffice it to say the possibility does exist that the children were not murdered that day. It’s a small chance, but a chance nonetheless.

    As of 1/18/2011, The Dallas Morning News may be doing a story on my mother and the 2 missing children. A reporter, Wendy Hundley, wants to do the story but said she may have difficulty getting it approved by The Dallas Morning News editor. Hopefully the editor will allow it to happen as it would open enormous doors for us as we continue our search for our loved ones.

    If anyone wants to know more about the story, and see more pictures, follow the link below on Facebook.

    Thanks for writing about them.
    Phil Robertson

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