Select It Sunday: Reuben Bennett Blackwell

Selected by Hannah, all the way back in November. It’s been awhile since I solicited suggestions.

Reuben Bennett Blackwell II‘s case is a profoundly scary family abduction; there’s a very real possibility that the child is dead. He was only three years old when his father, Reuben Sr., abducted him from Clinton, Maryland on May 6, 1996. If he’s still alive, he would be twenty-one.

Little Reuben’s parents were in the process of a divorce and Reuben Sr. had been acting crazy, to the point where, according to the mother, LITTLE Reuben suggested she call the police. He was three years old! Mom did go to the police, and the day Reuben was taken, the police served his father with an order requiring him to move out of the family home. In response he freaked out and fled with his son. A few days later, he sent a letter to his mother describing what his and little Reuben’s funerals should be like.

See what I mean?

To the best of my knowledge, since Reuben Sr. sent that letter there has been NO TRACE of him or his son. Not a single blip on the radar.

The only non-tragic explanation I can think of is that they’ve left the country, but to do that requires a substantial sum of money and a passport, and it would appear that this abduction was spontaneous so chances are Reuben Sr. didn’t have either.

But if they’re dead, where are their bodies?

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5 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Reuben Bennett Blackwell

  1. NH March 16, 2014 / 5:39 pm

    Terrible story but certainly worthy of posting.

    Do you know if Ruben Srs car was ever located?

    • Meaghan March 16, 2014 / 6:18 pm

      Not that I know of.

  2. Kat March 16, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    Shades of Powell here. I wonder if they are out of country or if he followed through. So sad. I hope someday they are found. If this is for punishing the other parent, I would guess it worked.

  3. Elliott Lanosa March 17, 2014 / 4:19 am

    I would think the bodies will be close to a place that the Sr. liked or felt familiar with. I don’t think that he went too far and probably killed the little boy and himself not long after he left, still angry and still desperate. It is not unusual that this would happen fairly soon after the kidnapping. I do hope that they will be found alive but it doesn’t sound very promising.

  4. fats hill November 30, 2015 / 6:10 am

    I grew up in reuben.neighborhood he went to school at dundalk high in baltimore with my brothers and he was a layer back not to loud of a person and I just hope they are alright. And rumor control said that hr went to Cuba.

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