Happy birthday, Charley Project!

Once again another birthday has rolled around for the Charley Project: having worked for months to set it up, I launched the site seven years ago today. It remains the largest missing persons site online, in terms of number of cases (though I think NamUs will eventually catch up and knock Charley to second place) and the most detailed one. It gets about 4,000 to 6,000 unique visits a day. (5,244 average this month, so far.)

Here’s to all the missing people out there, and their families who wait and wonder. I’m going to keep on keeping on with Charley for as long as I am able.

Read Ted and Ann

Some time ago I mentioned a book coming out called Ted and Ann, about Ted Bundy and his possible connection to the unsolved 1961 disappearance of Ann Marie Burr. A lot of people in a position to know what they’re talking about believe Ann was Ted’s first victim. He was only fourteen years old when she was taken.

Well, I finally read the book in Kindle edition. (I don’t own a Kindle but I have Kindle for PC. I don’t use it much, but this book was a bargain in Kindle edition, at seven bucks compared to twelve for the paperback.)

I must say I am very impressed with it. The author interviewed so many different people and included information about the case, and about Bundy, that I’d never seen before. I knew he had weird things going on in him and in his family when he was a kid but I had no idea it was THAT weird. And I feel so sorry for Ann’s family. Her younger sister, who shared a room with her, started showing signs of emotional problems when she was about twelve and she developed schizophrenia later on in life. That’s a biologically based illness, but you have to wonder about the trauma of what happened to her family when she was just three years old, and how much that contributed to her sorry mental state.

Ted was executed in the 1980s. Ann Marie Burr’s parents both died several years ago. Most of the original investigators in the case are also deceased. It’s been fifty years since Ann vanished from her bedroom. She’s probably buried close by her home but I doubt they’ll ever find her.