Back to work

I spent last week, and the week before that, sulking. Then the computer went up in smoke and I got a new one and had to set it up and everything. (Oh, and play the old Oregon Trail game that I just rediscovered.) But I promise you, I will update today. And get back on to regular updates again. Pinky swear.

And, in the meantime, some international MP news:

They’ve opened up a mobster’s tomb looking for the remains of Emanuela Orlandi, a teenager who was kidnapped from the Vatican City in 1981. (The mobster was killed in 1990.) Her disappearance is all spooky and mysterious: “Various theories have tied the presumed kidnapping to intrigue involving the Italian secret services, organized crime, even the attempt to assassinate John Paul II — or possibly all three.” Though what organized crime, the Italian secret service, etc., would want with a fifteen-year-old girl is a mystery to me.

A dumbass travel agency used a photo of Madeleine McCann in an ad. Of course her parents are appalled and everyone else wonders how these people could be so tasteless. More to the point, I wonder why on earth the ad people thought this would be appealing to potential customers. “Go to Europe! Visit beautiful resorts where children get kidnapped!”

They found Gerald Twibey, a man who disappeared from a British mental hospital in 1985. Actually, they found him back in 1985 in the River Colne, but he’s been unidentified all this time and lying in a pauper’s grave. Now (although the DNA tests were inconclusive) they’re pretty sure the dead body is Gerald, sure enough to return the remains to his family. Some funeral home did the service for no charge. Nice of them.

A body found in Fox Lake in Ontario Nova Scotia, Canada has been identified as Ray Peter O’Connell, a 32-year-old who had been missing for almost eight years. The cause of death hasn’t been determined but it isn’t being treated as suspicious.

9 thoughts on “Back to work

  1. Kat May 15, 2012 / 9:50 am

    Oregon Trail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, my God, I loved that game. I used to play it all the time in middle school. Jeez, I’m old. Where did you get that game, cause now I want it. That, and the old Where In The World Is Carmen Santiago. Those were my favs, back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Ahem. Back on topic, I’m a little confused about all this stuff in the Orlandi case. Did they ever find her remains? I vaguely remember something about it a few years ago and thought they did, but the tone of the articles I’ve read indicates they didn’t. As to what the mob wanted with her, wasn’t her dad some rich sort or high position in the government or something? I really need to brush up on this case.

      • Kat May 15, 2012 / 6:38 pm

        Thanks for the link! And for the info….I really do need to do a little work on this case, I barely remembered it at all. I do hope they find something now though. The circumstances are bizarre..opening graves, skulls in confessionals or whatever. It would make a great mystery book or movie.

    • Princess Shantae May 16, 2012 / 10:23 am

      It was “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego.” I had a middle school teacher that showed videos of it all the time b/c he was usually hung over or still drunk at class time and needed something to fill the time. lol Another teacher used to like to show videos of that math game show Square One, which I hated for the screechy theme song.
      When I was real little I liked that science show “3 2 1 Contact.” I haven’t seen that one in forever.

  2. Rambler May 15, 2012 / 10:38 am

    Ray Peter O’connell was from Nova Scotia, not Ontario.

  3. Pamela May 15, 2012 / 11:06 am

    Just a note on the Fox Lake case; it is in Nova Scotia rather than Ontario.

  4. Lori May 16, 2012 / 1:52 am

    Loved Oregon trail and carmen sandiego as well although I can’t seem to find versions of either that are compatible with windows 7.

    • Meaghan May 16, 2012 / 2:20 pm

      You won’t. For OT you have to download an Apple emulator.

  5. Mark Ryder June 6, 2013 / 11:24 pm

    Hi Meaghan. I have very strong views on what I think happened to Madeleine McCann and who I think is responsible for her death. But I can’t say more, because I don’t want to get sued by… Well, you can probably guess. I’d be very interested to know your views on the case. Here in England it’s one of the 3 most famous missing persons cases. The other 2 being Lord Lucan in the 7O’s and Suzy Lamplugh in the 8O’s. I’d love to hear anything you have to say on those cases too. Have they all made the news in America too? Any cases in the USA particularly remind you of the disappearances of these 3 Brits? Anyway, I recommend you get hold of a copy of a book called ‘The Madeleine McCann Case Files: Volume 1’ -with Introduction by Tony Bennett (NOT the singer).

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