One of the Indianapolis missing persons cases they’ve put up on their new website (and all the links are still broken, btw) is Kimberly Blackburn. Kimberly is also listed on NamUs.
The Indianapolis PD gives a date of disappearance as April 11, 1983. The NamUs date of disappearance is more than six weeks later, on May 29, 1983. But in the “circumstances” section it says she disappeared in JUNE 1983.
That’s three different dates of disappearance, people. Make up your minds; you’re making my job even more difficult than it already is.
Given these discrepancies I don’t feel comfortable posting her case, until the dates get worked out. More’s the pity.
This time it’s Rebecca Smith, a 19th century Englishwoman who lived in dire poverty and poisoned eight of her eleven children because she couldn’t afford to keep them. Too bad they didn’t have the Pill back then; it could have prevented this tragedy.
This week’s Flashback Friday is Mary Georgine Lang, who disappeared from Hays, Kansas on October 21, 1983. Lang, a legal secretary, was running work-related errands when she simply vanished. She left her car behind with the door open. Her keys and coat turned up several days later, but beyond that, nothing else was discovered.
I searched the usual places for her name when I did this this write-up, and discovered some additional information about her case that isn’t on her Charley Project casefile. (Yet.)
The police have a person of interest in her disappearance, Steven Carl Holdren, who’s in prison for aggravated kidnapping. According to this article, Holdren “convicted in 1985 on a single count of aggravated kidnapping, for the shooting and beating of former Hays resident Jackie Peters.” He was also charged with murder back in the seventies, but acquitted at trial. What connection Holdren has to Mary I don’t know, other than the fact that he was hanging around downtown Hays that day and bothering local women.
Mary Lang was declared legally dead after the usual seven years had passed since her disappearance. But what happened to her? Where’s her body?
Ah, nice. I got a decent Charley Project update in at 12:14 a.m. It’s such a pleasing feeling to know I don’t have to think about updating for at least another 24 hours. But of course I WILL find myself combing through articles and databases throughout the day, writing this, double-checking that, and so on. About 90% of the time that I’m on the internet, I’m doing some Charley-related thing in at least one tab, even if I’m surfing or Facebooking or watching cat videos or whatever in other tabs.