Opinion poll

All things being equal, would you prefer that I give priority to adding new cases first (that is, trying to put them up as soon as possible after they hit the six-month mark), or really old ones — like in the seventies and before? Frankly, I get more excited by the old ones, particularly when I have a decent amount of info, but it’s probably more helpful, in terms of solving the case, if I put up newer ones. I am still going to post both, mind, I just want to know which y’all like to read better.

42 thoughts on “Opinion poll

  1. Jaime December 7, 2011 / 5:21 pm

    I like the older ones to, but whatever you can get around to is fine with me.

  2. dedekeene December 7, 2011 / 5:23 pm


  3. MIchelle December 7, 2011 / 5:35 pm

    I love the older ones. But I read them all

  4. Quinn December 7, 2011 / 6:30 pm

    I do find the old ones really intruiging, but I’d have to recommend doing newer cases a little sooner, only because a lot of the new cases seem to fall out of the public eye after a month or two but given how recent they are, they’re more likely to still generate information or evidence (given the circumstances) and so it helps to have people reminded of those recent cases.

  5. CarlK90245 December 7, 2011 / 6:36 pm

    I prefer the older ones,

    It is probably a lot less work for you as well, because a much smaller proportion of them are resolved.

  6. Sandy Bauscch December 7, 2011 / 6:59 pm

    I read them all, but because of my interest in Connie Smith, Little Miss X, Donnis Redman and her boyfriend, Michael Griffin, who by the way, has never been listed as officially missing, although the LE thinks they may have “found” him in a box in the attic of a mortuary, prefer older ones.

  7. Justin December 7, 2011 / 8:31 pm

    I personally like the older ones. The newer ones tend to get resolved fairly quickly more often than not, and you barely have time to register them before they are recovered. Not that I don’t think that you shouldn’t put the newer cases on your site, but you might want to consider waiting a year instead of six months before posting them to Charley.

    Have you ever figured out percentage-wise how many missing persons cases are resolved between six months and a year of their being reported missing? It could give you more breathing room.

  8. Leslie in Apex, NC December 7, 2011 / 8:31 pm

    I’m with dedekeene on this, Meaghan. You post whatever cases you want and I will read them no matter what!

  9. Jer December 7, 2011 / 9:21 pm

    I do prefer the newer ones, I think that having another outlet to give people information about the missing person on the internet is important.

    Although I do find the older ones a lot more interesting some times.

  10. Lisa December 7, 2011 / 11:45 pm

    I prefer the older ones, but read them all too.

  11. michele December 8, 2011 / 12:18 am

    Well, I read all of them, but I think the amount of info available is more interesting to me than the age of the case.

  12. Mischa December 8, 2011 / 12:55 am

    I also prefer the older ones (and I get really excited, if there is new information about a really old case), but I think it is more important to add the newer cases, because it seems to me most of them tend to slip out of the public mind a soon as they are a few weeks old.

  13. Laura Brown December 8, 2011 / 5:02 am

    I like the old ones better, but any update is good.

  14. Humbled_Observer December 8, 2011 / 8:09 am

    I especially like the older cases too, but I also keep up with the new ones you post.

  15. Robin Cox December 8, 2011 / 9:00 am

    Tough call! I favor the old cases and their updates/resolutions… But the new cases are interesting too.

  16. pdq451 December 8, 2011 / 12:14 pm

    Michele hit the nail on the head. (I too enjoy the older cases, but not if they are of the “little else is known…” variety.)

  17. Michelle December 8, 2011 / 1:13 pm

    I prefer to read about the older cases, but I read everything you post. Thanks for all your hard work–it is definitely appreciated!

  18. Brenda December 8, 2011 / 1:34 pm

    I like the older cases better.

  19. Crystal December 8, 2011 / 1:43 pm

    I prefer the older cases. They are fascinating reading!

  20. marycarney December 8, 2011 / 4:14 pm

    Like most of your readers, I read EVERY newly-posted case. I prefer the level of detail the older cases seem to naturally have though.
    And like everyone else – I thank you for what you do. You are an amazing woman.

  21. Tara December 8, 2011 / 9:01 pm

    I prefer the older cases, but mainly because I really want to find a missing persons match to the Walker County Jane Doe. However, they’re all interesting, and I’m happy with whatever you have time to post. Thank you for your hard work!

  22. amy December 9, 2011 / 5:35 am

    Whatever you do is great with me…..but if you are asking….I like em old and cold. Older and colder the better.

    • Cattt December 10, 2011 / 2:28 am

      “old and cold”… lol!

  23. Lindsay December 9, 2011 / 8:23 am

    You should do what works best for you. You do a great job with this website. I hope you take some time off to enjoy the holidays with your family!!

  24. Janell December 9, 2011 / 11:41 am

    I read all of your updates, but i like reading the older ones.. I can’t actually explain why… maybe because it’s kind of hard to believe how many people are missing over a long amount of time. Some of the newer cases seem to be solved quicker…

    I love this site,,, you do a great job!! keep up the good work and have a great holiday!

  25. woodeded December 9, 2011 / 4:18 pm

    Older is better but I enjoy them all

  26. Margie December 9, 2011 / 7:07 pm

    I spend hours reading The Charley Project. You do fantastic work. Thank You! Whatever you choose is fine with me. Personally, I love the old cases. I had no idea that so many people just disappeared and so many were never found until I started reading The Charley Project.

    I told my husband, that if there is a heaven and god, creator, all-knowing being, that I am going to ask what happened to all those missing people and I want details! I think I am obsessed sometimes. Almost makes be believe in UFO abductions!

  27. Amy White December 9, 2011 / 9:53 pm

    Older! But it’s your website and if you put any missing person’s name out there it’s all good.

  28. Janessa December 9, 2011 / 10:02 pm

    old cases are just as important as the new….i read them both. but i LOVE the old cases. bless your heart for making a place to keep these people’s stories alive in a place where they’ve been forgotten, especially when its been decades and decades since they vanished.

  29. Cattt December 10, 2011 / 2:28 am

    I like old ones too, Meaghan, but whatever you decide is fine. I read both.

  30. Cattt December 10, 2011 / 2:28 am

    Wow I didn’t realize alot of ppl like older too!

  31. Elisabeth December 10, 2011 / 10:00 am

    I agree with everyone else. It’s YOUR website, and you should put up whatever you like! But if you’re asking for input, I’d prioritize the oldest cases — both out of personal interest, and because those are the ones it’s hardest to find information on elsewhere.

  32. Robin-NH December 10, 2011 / 8:38 pm

    I prefer the older cases, however I read them all regardless of date. I say do whatever you feel is best for you.

  33. Celeste December 11, 2011 / 1:21 am

    I think you should do whatever works for you and don’t worry about what the masses think.

  34. Jane December 11, 2011 / 6:25 am

    I agree with the opinion that you should do whatever works best for you. We appreciate any updates you feel good enough to make.

  35. KER December 11, 2011 / 8:32 pm

    i prefer the older ones…but it is probably more timely and helpful to do the more recent ones first

  36. Kelly Evans December 12, 2011 / 12:46 pm

    I prefer to have the older cases the priority. Most of the newer cases are still fresh in our minds from recent news reports.

  37. Pamela December 12, 2011 / 1:32 pm

    I like ’em all, but the older ones hold a special appeal for me.

  38. Lois December 12, 2011 / 2:07 pm

    I prefer the older ones – mainly because there is usually more details to read about. But as many have said – I’ll read whatever is posted.

  39. Leaman Crews (@leamanc) December 12, 2011 / 9:50 pm

    I really love the old ones for the intrigue factor. In a short amount of time, I have made my way chronologically from the oldest ones all the way through the 1970s.

    It does seem like fresh cases can use the most exposure. It seems the more time that passes, the less likely they are to be found.

    But for pure fascination, you can’t beat the older cases. Being from a different time when things were easier for predators–no cell phones and hitchhiking being socially acceptable, just to give two examples–it’s very interesting to ponder these cases. It also seems like the cases with the most bizarre elements, irony and coincidences are the older ones, too.

  40. Dallas Goodale (@texasokie70) December 24, 2011 / 8:38 pm

    I agree with your thoughts. The new ones need attention to help solve but the old ones are very exciting to read about when there are new developments.

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