Starlette Vining disappeared from Presque Isle, Maine sometime in October 1998. In 2012, George Jaime Sr., her live-in boyfriend, was charged with her murder. He was convicted on Friday after only a few hours’ jury deliberation. The linked article provides lots of details about the case:
The trial began Tuesday with Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson telling jurors in his opening statements that Jaime killed Vining, his live-in girlfriend, in a drunken rage in October 1998. Vining was 38 years old when she was last seen alive.
The accused killer’s son, Ted Jaime, and his friend, James Campbell, both testified earlier this week that George Jaime told them he stabbed Vining to death, dismembered the body and incinerated it in a commercial furnace in the basement of the pawn shop and apartment complex he owned. Ted Jaime also testified that he saw Vining’s corpse in his father’s apartment, and both he and Campbell said they helped clean up the murder scene.
Ted Jaime’s ex-wife, Parise Voisine, said on the witness stand Wednesday that her former husband had told her about cleaning up the murder scene and about the dismemberment.
Ethel Jaime, Ted Jaime’s mother and the accused killer’s ex-wife, testified that her son had told her several times about George Jaime murdering a woman and about Ted Jaime’s participation in cleaning up the crime scene, although he never mentioned Vining’s name.
Earlier today I got word that they’ve found the remains of three people not far from where Bobby Jamison, his wife Sherilynn and their six-year-old daughter Madyson disappeared from in 2009.
From a Facebook page run by a friend of the family:
“ITS WITH A BROKEN HEART THAT I REPORT, SPOKE WITH AN OSBI AGENT EARLIER WHO WANTED CONTACT INFO FOR COLTON, SHERILYN JAMISONS SON. HE LATER CALLED TO TELL ME THAT HE DID MEET WITH COLTON AND HIS FATHER AND TOLD HIM OF THE TWO ADULT AND ONE SMALL CHILD REMAINS FOUND YESTERDAY JUST 2 MILES NORTH OF WHERE THIER TRUCK WAS FOUND 4 YEARS AND ONE MONTH AGO, TODAY.”
News on 6 says it’ll be awhile before DNA confirms the identification, but who else could it be really? This poor family AND the McStays in the same week.
This one was selected by someone who sent me a Facebook message suggesting her for Flashback Friday. Since it’s too recent for a Flashback Friday case, I’m doing it today instead: Tracy Pickett.
For some reason Tracy isn’t on the NCMEC at all anymore, although they did an AP for her as recently as last year. She was last seen at a friend’s party in Webb City, Missouri on August 12, 1992, when she was fourteen and a half. A fellow guest offered to take her home so she could change clothes, and then drive her back to her friend’s apartment. She never made it back to the party and it’s unclear whether she arrived at her home either. Her driver, of course, claims she was just fine when he last saw her.
I can think of plenty of cases like hers, teenage girls who disappeared after getting a ride home. The authorities believe Tracy was murdered, and they went looking for her body eight years ago, but they didn’t find anything.