Brittanee Marie Drexel, 17, disappeared two years ago this week while on spring break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jamie showed me this article about others missing from Myrtle Beach. It talks about Charley cases Shanta Marie Johnson, Woodrow Taylor and Lisa Ann Myers Neugent, as well as several other people. They have a few pictures in the “gallery” link, including one of a woman who isn’t on Charley yet. I wish they had pictures for everyone.
Both Phillip and Nancy Garrido have pleaded guilty in Jaycee Dugard’s abduction. Neither have been sentenced yet, but Phillip faces up to 431 years in prison and Nancy, 36 years to life. They will most certainly die in prison — probably in solitary, because I’m sure the other inmates would turn on them.
I’m glad about this; it seems like the best thing for all parties involved. Jaycee and her children (now aged 13 and 16) won’t have to testify. And it wasn’t a long drawn out case; it moved about as fast as you can expect in our sluggish criminal justice system. Whereas in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, it was six years before Wanda Barzee was sentenced and seven before Brian David Mitchell was sentenced. Of course, a lot of the reason for that was that Barzee and Mitchell were both psychotic, but it’s still rather harrowing for Elizabeth and her family, hanging in limbo all that time.
This article says Jaycee is writing her memoirs. I would totally read them when they come out. I have read the memoirs of Belgian kidnap victim Sabine Dardenne, but have yet to get around to Natascha Kampusch’s 3,096 Days.