When Jennifer Marra gave me control of the MPCCN, the Charley Project’s predecessor, in December 2002, I started out adding and updating cases in pretty much the exact same way she did. And, over the years (almost a decade now…whoa) I have made very few changes to her methods. Because Jenni really knew her stuff. She was a former journalist, knew how to research and write well, and the MPCCN was the best missing persons website that was available at that time. I (and by extension, you) owe a great debt to her. I picked up the reins, but I could never have started what she did. The Charley Project would not exist without Jennifer Marra. If I had actually started my own missing persons website, it would never have gotten as big, or as good.
I have made some changes, of course. I stopped italicizing car brand names, although I still put other brand names in italics. I add many more runaways and family abduction cases than she did — that’s probably my biggest change. The idea to put up case listings organized by state, by date of disappearance and alphabetically by name was also my own innovation.
Anyway, I’m thinking of making another change: start referring to MPs by their first names, at least sometimes, like with children. I am doing updates on the Dwight Stallings case as I write this and it just seems silly to keep referring to an eleven-month-old boy as “Stallings.” I think I might just start doing that. But in a quiet way — I’m not going to spend months going back and changing all the casefiles to look that way. I don’t have the time and I don’t think it’s important enough for that. I’ll just change them a I add/update them. Whaddaya think?
(For some reason Charley isn’t loading for me right now, which is very annoying when I’m trying to update. But I suppose it’ll come back up soon enough. Lizard Hill is a very reliable host.)