Sean Munger writes about McStay family

Sean’s done a very good blog entry recapping the disappearances of the McStay family: Joseph McStay, his wife Summer, and their two small boys Gianni and Joseph Jr. Sean also reviewed a book written about the case, and based on what he said about it, I think I’ll pass on reading it. That case is about as mysterious as you’ll find anywhere; I don’t think I’ve seen another one like it, and I’ve seen just about everything. I agree with him that if it isn’t solved, it seems destined to become something historic.

15 thoughts on “Sean Munger writes about McStay family

  1. Jaime August 31, 2013 / 8:52 pm

    There is also the Jamison family and the Szcpenik family (the 2nd name isn’t spelled correctly)

    • Meaghan August 31, 2013 / 11:16 pm

      What happened to the Szczepaniks is known though.

  2. jaclyn September 1, 2013 / 1:21 am

    I have followed the missing McStay family since the beginning. Every once in a while I go on their website and check for updates, but there have not been any in quite a while. I didn’t think the book would be so good to read either. I read reviews on it, and I will read Sean’s review as well. So much doesn’t add up, in my opinion. The police botched quite a bit as well, which seems typical; however, because of these types of missing person situations some investigations into mp’s are being handled more carefully, it seems.

  3. danielle September 1, 2013 / 3:08 am

    The McStays’ disappearance was featured on that show by Beth Holloway. So weird. Real mystery and the family must be in terrible pain not knowing what happened.

  4. Princess Shantae September 1, 2013 / 8:03 am

    There is a family from Canada, the Jacks, who vanished without a trace in the eighties. Mother, father and two little boys.

  5. Jose September 1, 2013 / 9:44 am

    does anyone know of a missing person who was killed by their son or daughter?

    • whereaboutsstillunknown September 1, 2013 / 12:40 pm

      It’s possible in Walter Dunson’s case, although more likely he died of natural causes.

  6. Kelly September 1, 2013 / 10:49 pm

    There is also the Sodder family of West Virginia

    • Meaghan September 1, 2013 / 11:05 pm

      That wasn’t an entire family, though. Just several members of a family.

  7. danielle September 1, 2013 / 11:54 pm

    that guy, Christopher Sutton attempted to kill -whose dad was a lawyer. Blinded but not killed. The mom died. And, those two guys Sebastian something and his friend who killed the friends family in Washington but they ran to hide out in canada. Took 10 years to charge them. The friend’s sister had autsism .

  8. Kat September 3, 2013 / 10:17 am

    The McStay case has been bizarre all over since the beginning. I’m not sure we’ll ever know what really happened. And as for family cases, you want horrifying, look up the Brendel family and Christopher Hightower. There’s not a lot out there, unfortunately, but there’s enough. Close to home for me and just a truly tragic case.

  9. Leaman September 3, 2013 / 9:48 pm

    Meghan, I am just putting in my two cents to suggest you read the McStay book anyway. For one, it is very short and won’t take much of your free time. (I read both this book and the Beverly Potts book on your recommended books list, both on Kindle, over the long weekend.) Second, it’s one of the better missing-persons books I’ve read.

    Sean seems to think the book is unfair to Summer, but really the author makes no judgement calls. It’s just that he uncovered some emails and other hard evidence that paint Summer in a very unflattering light. But, really, nobody in this story comes out looking very good, Joseph McStay included. But it’s all fact-based reporting. The author does posit some theories in the last chapter, but he doesn’t place any emphasis on his “Summer is the bad guy” theory over any of the other possibilities.

    I always quite enjoy Sean’s writing, but this time I had to wonder if we were reading the same book. It’s not a Summer McStay character assassination. It’s just the facts, many of which have not been unearthed before, and many of which are not very pretty.

  10. V.E.G. November 16, 2013 / 3:25 pm

    There is a McStay family in Colorado. Unfortunate circumstances occur that Allan McStay was kicked by a horse and lived another 31 years.

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