All in a Day’s Work

This afternoon, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, I’ll be interviewed on All in a Day’s Work, a podcast by Ted Bauer about “work, interesting jobs, unique approaches to management, ways to understand and embrace change, and, well, anything else that happens to interest him.” He’ll ask me about the Charley Project, how it was created, how I maintain it, etc.

The actual podcast won’t appear for another week or so; Ted Bauer wants to edit it and stuff and get my approval of the final result. I’ll post a link once it’s up.

Got an email from today…

Someone wrote in to tell me about some case where there were minor errors — basically, like, typos. For example, I accidentally referred to the MP as “he” at one point when in fact it was “she.” She wanted me to correct them at once. (Which of course I did.)

“Remember these are people’s lives,” she said.

Gosh, thanks for reminding me. I had totally forgotten that. I’d been under the impression that I was writing about French poodles.

(Okay, maybe I’m being a little snide here…)

Some very cold cases

They’re still trying to find Eileen Williams, a nineteen-year-old girl from Ontario, Canada who disappeared while hitchhiking to Prince Edward Island in 1962:

Police all but rule out the possibility Williams either committed suicide or simply chose to deliberately disappear on her own to never be found by friends or family. The most practical assumption, a former detachment commander for Montague RCMP told The Guardian a few years back, is that the young woman was picked up while hitchhiking and met her untimely end some point thereafter at the hands of the driver and/or other occupants of the vehicle.

And they’re searching for a girl who’s been missing from Oroville, California since 1973. She was fifteen at the time and lived in a group home. She was listed as a runaway, but the cops got a tip that her body was buried in the foundation of a local home, and they’re digging. I wish they would release the MP’s name. I have no idea who she is and I’m quite sure she’s not one of my cases.

And they’re still trying to identify Princess Doe, a teenage girl who was found brutally murdered in a cemetery in Blairstown, New Jersey in 1982. For awhile they thought it was Diane Dye, who ran away from California in 1979, but she’s been ruled out. They have a pretty good idea who Princess Doe’s killer is, but no idea who she herself is. I’m confident they can give a name to her. After all, they were able to identify Dorothy Gay Howard 55 years after her death.

Brandi Summers and Tiffani Wise

I was working at trying to update the case of Brandi Summers and Tiffani Wise, who were abducted in 1977 after the murder of their mother. It’s quite complicated and there were a whole bunch of people charged as accessories and my information is quite incomplete. The thing is, I looked up those accessories, and several of them seem to be alive and still living where they lived back when this all happened. One of them has accounts on Facebook and Pinterest. I could contact these people if I wanted to ask WTH happened back in 1977 — not that I would touch that with a ten-foot pole.

From what I know thus far, it looks like no one at all came to justice in this case. I found one conviction of an accessory, and that was overturned. The suspected murderer walked. The guy had been married seven times, which is impressive when you consider he wasn’t even 40 yet, and in addition to allegedly killing Brandi and Tiffani’s mom he also attacked another wife (he was convicted of assault, acquitted of attempted murder), assaulted her again after she got out of the hospital from the first time, and even supposedly attacked his own mother with a knife. I’m not sure where he’s at now. Hopefully locked up somewhere.

Both the girls may still be alive. They were definitely alive as late as three years after their abductions. Brandi had cystic fibrosis, which was terminal in 1977 and still quite nasty even now. She might have died. But there’s no reason to believe Tiffani’s dead. The only question is, where is she now?

Sigh, it’s never enough

I got a message from a guy regarding a family abduction case. He asked me to put him in touch with the searching father because he knew of a private investigator who could help. I replied that I didn’t know how to get in touch with the dad, having never spoken to the man myself. He answered:

ALL THESE *%^#ING PEPLE DO IS PUT INFO ON A SITE. Have no clue as to what they are doing. Just buy a domain name, get money and list people on there. Seems nobody ever does any real searching, just taking money.


I wrote back explaining that I was not paid for my efforts. If anyone ever actually read the FAQ — and it seems no one does — I would probably put in some question like “Do you make money off of your site?” And then the answer being a flat “No.”

The silly thing about it is the kids’ location is known anyway. It’s an international abduction and the problem is not finding them, but getting them back.

(no longer) Missing FBI agent

Stephen Ivens’s wife contacted me and asked me to help publicize her husband’s case. A 35-year-old FBI Special Agent and father of one, he’s been missing since May 10. So obviously, I can’t put him on Charley. But I can blog about him.

His loved ones have set up a website and Facebook page about his disappearance. There’s a listing of news articles. Dogs tracked his scent to the Verdugo Mountains, but searches there have turned up nothing. He was reportedly depressed, armed and suicidal at the time of his disappearance.

I really hope he’s alive and just lying low somewhere.

It seems Mr. Ivens was found deceased two days ago. It makes me wish I had replied to his wife’s email right away — not that it would have made any difference. I get so many emails it often takes days before I can answer them.

I feel sorry for his wife and child. His son is only a toddler and probably won’t even remember his dad later on.