Another new MP book

I just found out about another book on missing people that was published last year: Clueless in New England: The Unsolved Disappearances of Paula Welden, Connie Smith and Katherine Hull, by Michael C. Dooling. I put in a library request for it, since its publisher did not see fit to send me a surprise free copy.

Katherine Hull is no longer missing; she was found dead seven years after she vanished. The whereabouts of Paula Welden and Connie Smith are still unsolved mysteries, however.

8 thoughts on “Another new MP book

  1. Princess Shantae April 7, 2011 / 5:04 pm

    I always do wonder about Connie Smith. I mean it was back in the fifties, didn’t anybody who saw her hitching away from camp think that was odd for a girl that age to be thumbing rides?

  2. Karen April 7, 2011 / 7:47 pm

    Fantastic book!

    Connie Smith looked older than her age. She probably would have been quite tall in adulthood (her father is over 6 feet.)

    Let us know how you like the book.

  3. Princess Shantae April 7, 2011 / 8:46 pm

    Not that much older. And girls hitching was seriously frowned on back then.

  4. Lisa April 9, 2011 / 1:07 am

    Janice Pockett(July 26, 1973 Tolland CT another New England unsolved mystery..) should have been included in this book, went for bike ride down her street and never seen again. But maybe I missed something the cases in this book have in common, was it hitch hiking? So maybe that’s why she isn’t in the book.

  5. Michael C. Dooling April 25, 2011 / 9:04 am

    I would like to add a few words about my book Clueless in New England. Hitchhiking was starting to be outlawed in the 1950s but was quite prevalent. It had become tacitly accepted during the depression years as a means of getting around the country to find work and, though illegal in many states in 1952, it was commonly practiced. All three young women – Paula Welden, Connie Smith and Katharine Hull – were observed hitchhiking shortly before disappearing – all near the New England-New York border.

    I did some research on Janice Pockett’s disappearance. Janice (age 8) disappeared in Tolland in 1973, 21 years after Connie Smith. In 1968, Deborah Spickler (age 13) disappeared in Vernon and Lisa White (age 13) disappeared there in 1974. None of the three was ever found. In 1975, two young women from that part of Connecticut were found dead with fractured skulls – Susan Larosa (age 20) in Vernon, and Stephanie Olisky (age 15) in East Windsor. And in July 1978 Patricia Luce of Vernon was also found dead with a fractured skull. I could find no similarities between this cluster of cases and the Hull – Welden – Smith disappearances, but they might make an interesting study.

    • Elizabeth May 12, 2011 / 3:40 am

      I do find this to be something to study… I met the son of Susan Larose, I would like to help him find out who killed his mother… I am would like to know what kind of info you have on this case… If we put our heads together we maybe able to help these family have some kind of closer…

      • Michael C. Dooling May 14, 2011 / 10:03 am

        Hi Elizabeth,

        I have only read some newspaper articles about the cases from the period. If you contact me through my website (, I will send you several articles about the case. They are pdf files from digitized newspapers.


  6. Sandra Bausch July 31, 2011 / 7:43 pm

    There is a core group working the Connie Smith and Little Miss X cold cases. We are stuck. We need to find the location of the remains of Little Miss X, located in Coconino County AZ.

    No information on, or even if these remains were buried or are sitting on a shelf or in a drawer waiting to be called for in identification. While Connie went missing in 1952, forensic study was undertaken on remains of Little Miss X who was found near Williams, AZ. In 1961 hopes of a match to Connie Smith was not conclusive. But with the testing available today, they could, once and for all, determine if these remains are Connie Smith, Donnis Redman or some other missing young girl.

    The location of documents for the county cemetery are in disarray, we are at an impasse.

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