Sean Munger does Eddie Aikau

Sean Munger’s blog now has a post about Edward Ryan “Eddie” Aikau, a Hawaiian surfer who disappeared in 1978.

Incidentally — I’ve got Eddie listed as Caucasian, but he probably wasn’t. But he wasn’t black or Asian either. I dunno. I don’t think I have a “Native Hawaiian” categorization.

The latest MP news

This article about Erik Patchin has two new pictures of him. Last seen in Tallahassee, Florida, He’s been missing for nineteen years, nearly as long as he had been alive before he disappeared. His sister was quoted in the article, talking about how awkward it was to explain whenever someone asked if she had any siblings. Reminds me of Etan Patz‘s parents, who have three kids including him. Post-abduction, when asked how many children they had, his father would say: “Two, I guess.” His mother would say, “We have two at home.”

There’s an article about the disappearance of Kemberly Ramer, who’s been missing almost sixteen years. The police are still actively searching for her and believe she was abducted from her father’s Opp, Alabama home by someone she knew. The NCMEC put up a new AP for her a few months ago.

A newspaper in Illinois has run an article talking about several MP cases local to that area, including Michelle Bianco and Keith Ryan. The other names it gives, I don’t recognize and I’m not sure where they come from; I don’t see them on NamUs.

Sunday was the seventh anniversary of the disappearance of Roxanne Paltauf from Austin, Texas. The case has gotten a reasonable amount of attention over the years and got an anniversary article here.

Sunday was also the sixth anniversary of 19-year-old community college student Brian Sullivan‘s disappearance, and his family had a vigil to commemorate it.

This article mentions not only Brian but also two missing young black men, Domonique Tyshawn Holley-Grisham and Jonathan Tyrone Granison-Bradley. As I note on their Charley Project pages: Domonique is classified as a runaway, but he didn’t take any belongings and his family doesn’t think he left on his own. Jonathan has a life-threatening medical condition and needs medication to survive; he hasn’t refilled his prescriptions since his disappearance eight years ago.

Michelle Angela “Angie” Yarnell‘s killer has been freed. He got a whopping seven years for her murder (a plea bargain) and has been released four years after his sentencing; I think he must have gotten credit for time served and perhaps time off for good behavior as well. (Why is it that we always release the rapists and the murderers and the child abusers but keep the drug users behind bars?) Angie’s body has never been found.

MP of the week: Kimberly Mileo

This week’s featured missing person is Kimberly Christine Mileo, who disappeared from Croom, Maryland in 1983, three days before she would have turned 21. Someone requested her, and I hadn’t updated her case since 2005 so I said okay.

Although the investigation seems to have focused on Kimberly’s boyfriend and I’ve got more details in her case than I do for most Charley Project cases, little actual evidence is available. If she is still alive, Kimberly would be 51 today. But her case is being investigated as a possible homicide.

A YouTube message from Michele Knight, Amanda Berry and Georgina DeJesus

I got this from Peter Henderson’s Facebook page: the three young women rescued in Cleveland have made a YouTube statement thanking the community for their support. You get to see Georgina and Michelle’s faces for, I think, the first time since they were rescued.

Gina Michelle’s statement brought tears to my eyes: “I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face and with my head held high and my feet firmly on the ground. And I will not let my situation define who I am. I will define the situation.”

Executed Today: a three-time wife-killer

Another Executed Today post by me: Lee “Monroe” Betterton, who murdered three of his wives. He doesn’t appear to have been a serial killer in the strict sense of the word, just someone with an ungovernable, homicidal temper. They finally fried him after the third one, and good riddance.

Just prior to the murder, Monroe’s son by one of his previous wives had married Wife #3’s daughter. I wonder if the step-siblings stayed married. Must have made for some awkward family reunions if they did.

Also on this day (from previous years): two people who were about to be mass-executed by the Nazis but were saved at the last moment by a shortage. Halina Bierenbaum‘s would-be killers at Majdanek in 1943 ran out of poison gas; for Shaike Iwensky in 1941, there wasn’t enough room in the mass graves for his body.