Articles of interest

Zinah Jennings, mother of missing Amir, has given birth to a girl. I really hope that baby gets placed for adoption or something because Zinah, to put it mildly, doesn’t have a good track record as a parent. It looks like at minimum, she abandoned Amir, and may well have done a lot worse to him. Zinah is currently on trial for child neglect regarding Amir’s disappearance; they just started the defense.

The murder conviction in Cherita Thomas‘s 1980 disappearance has been overturned on appeal and the defendant, Jimmie Nelson, can NOT be tried again due to double jeopardy. Oh, well. I’ll have to move her to my “acquittals” list. The “convictions” list is still more than three times longer though.

This article is from back in April but still worthy of inclusion: all about the 1969 disappearance of Niki Britten. She’s classified as a runaway and I had zilch on her till I found this.

And there’s a long article on Leigh Marine Occhi, who disappeared from Mississippi in 1992 at age 13, leaving bloodstains and other evidence of a struggle in her home.

7 thoughts on “Articles of interest

  1. Karen Weber September 4, 2012 / 4:40 pm

    So Leigh Occhi’s mother failed THREE polygraph tests and wasn’t as forthcoming to the police as they expected a mother to be….Hmmm, she is involved. Not sure if she killed her daughter or if she is covering up for someone, but she is involved.

    • Meaghan September 4, 2012 / 4:41 pm

      The police are referring to the person of interest as “he.”

      • Karen Klinesmith Weber September 4, 2012 / 10:08 pm

        Oh, I know. I just think she knows something. I hope they get some DNA results from the envelope and stamps. I’m really curious.

      • Lori September 5, 2012 / 2:41 am

        Mom makes me suspicious.the use if the word “he” dosen’t bother me….it is a generic term. And of course she may not be involved but it does sound suspicious.

  2. Saffy September 4, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    I am sure they will put Zinah’s baby up for adoption. They usually do when women give birth in jail, unless the family can take care of it. However, in this case it sounds like her family is probably just as bad. She sounds like an idiot- overwhelmed by parenting, but has zero trouble getting pregnant again? I hope she’s put away until she’s too old to breed. She is a menace.

  3. T.T. September 4, 2012 / 9:13 pm

    Oh, well.

  4. Peter Henderson September 5, 2012 / 8:58 am


    You probable already know this, but you don’t follow Jane Doe cases, so just in case you missed the news; Elizabeth Lurene Ernstein, 14.. Murder Victim; R.I.P. Liz after 44 years you are finally going home

    A picture of Liz, my take on her disappearance, and a news report about her identification at my link:

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