2011 Hague Convention compliance report

Per Annie of For the Lost: the 2011 Hague Convention compliance report. (The Hague Convention is an international civil treaty that basically says that if a child is abducted by a non-custodial parent and taken to another country, that country will return the child to their country of habitual residence.)

The report might be summed up as: No one is complying.

Quite a few Charley Project cases are mentioned in this report, although not by name.

Latest Charley Project email

Got an email from a woman whose two children are listed in the resolved section of my site, as abducted by their non-custodial mother and now found. She says she always had custody, the kids’ father abused the system, and she is suing him. She wants me to remove the resolved notice, or she’ll add my name to the lawsuit.

I’ve heard that story many times before. But who knows, her story might be true. My response:

You will, I hope, forgive my skepticism, but I have gotten many similar claims before about other cases. Very few held water. But if the information is really untrue, of course I don’t want it on my site. Could you produce papers or something to support your claim and explain how, if you had full custody, your children were listed as missing and yourself as a parental abductor? I’m not asking for anything confidential, and certainly nothing you wouldn’t have to produce in court anyway, if you did in fact sue me. If you can provide some support, I will promptly remove the children’s resolved notice.

UPDATE: Wow, she actually delivered.

I’m pretty sure this is wrong

I found this Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse profile for Susan Elizabeth Pearson, noted as missing from Missoula since 1992. But when I ran her name through NewspaperArchive I found a bunch of articles from 1966 about a person by that name missing from Missoula. I’m pretty sure it’s the same one, too: both Susans are 5’0 and 97 pounds. And they disappeared on the same day, just not the same year.

I suppose maybe she disappeared twice, but that seems unlikely. I’m going with the 1966 date.

John Steven Burgess to stay in prison

I had previously written about how the man convicted of killing Donna Jou was about to get early release from prison. He had only been sentenced to five years anyway, because without Donna’s body and other crucial evidence, they were forced to just accept his story that she’d died of a drug overdose. And then he was going to serve just half of those five years.

Not so fast.

John Burgess, to the relief of everyone, is not getting out after all. He will be released from prison, but delivered immediately to the custody of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and spend at least a year in their jail. The article I linked to provides a great summary of Donna’s disappearance and Burgess’s crimes.

It’s better than nothing, I guess.