The entire world is cheering at the rescue of Amanda, Gina and Michelle. I am, of course, cheering along with them. On a personal level it’s exciting for me cause I’ve been contacted by several reporters and did a phone interview with a French media outlet. (No, I can’t find the interview on their website yet.) I believe this was actually a live interview which they translated into French for the benefit of their viewers. They asked for a picture of me and I supplied this one because it was taken only about six months ago and unlike in some of my other photos I don’t look like I’m twelve years old.
They wanted to talk to me about Ashley Summers, another missing girl from Cleveland, and whether her case might be related to the others. Saying “I don’t know” didn’t seem altogether helpful, but I was happy to provide details of Ashley’s disappearance anyway. It’s good to be able to use these girls’ being found as a springboard to provide publicity to other cases. I expect a lot of communities are going to have articles like “Have you heard about the girls that were found in Cleveland after being missing for ten years? Well, here’s some missing persons from OUR area.” Several reporters have written me asking if I have contact info for the families of other missing people; I’m quite sure this is what they have in mind.
Several outlets have used Charley as a source in their write-up on these cases. For example, Reuters, and this Native American news site. (Amanda Berry is part Native American.) Also Wikipedia. I expect other people have used Charley too but haven’t bothered to credit me. Ah well.
Hey, they’re all welcome to it. The more the merrier. This is, after all, sort of what the Charley Project is designed for. A publicity vehicle, like I say on my front page. Happy I could be of service, etc.