38 thoughts on “Cracked article about missing persons

  1. Ilya October 28, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    Jason Jolkowski case still take the cake for me – its almost like he fell off the face of the earth.

    • Meaghan October 28, 2014 / 5:37 pm

      I agree. It’s the kind of case that makes you want to believe in alien abductions.

    • Angie October 29, 2014 / 11:08 am

      I’ve always thought Jason Jolkowski committed suicide. But that’s just my theory.

      • CaptK October 29, 2014 / 12:55 pm

        I haven’t read any evidence that suggested a suicide.

      • Ilya October 29, 2014 / 2:22 pm

        There was a theory flying around that he was a victim of hit-and-run accident, but then how could anyone not hear or see anything if that was the case?

  2. B October 28, 2014 / 7:22 pm

    Yep, agree with Jason Jolkowski for sure. I would also add Margaret Kilcoyne, who never gets mentioned in these type of lists.

    • Meaghan October 28, 2014 / 7:44 pm

      I think her disappearance is explainable: she walked into the ocean, in my opinion anyway. But it is a very sad story; she was such a talented individual.

      • Ilya October 28, 2014 / 7:48 pm

        Another story that completely freaked me out – Elisa Lam’s story:


        She’s a Canadian woman that ended up in a water tank in one of American hotels.

        Albeit, this is a bit outside of scope of Charley, I understand, but still is incredibly puzzling.

      • B October 28, 2014 / 9:07 pm

        I think it’s possible that Margaret Kilcoyne walked into the ocean, but then how did her shoes/passport/clothes/etc. get discovered in an area that had already been searched, days after she disappeared? Very strange.

  3. danielle October 28, 2014 / 9:54 pm

    Maura Murray…I know there were secrets but even when the secrets were exposed still very very mysterious

    • Ilya October 28, 2014 / 9:56 pm

      I think I talked to someone that knew Maura in real life – not that she knew anything else about this case.

    • Mion October 29, 2014 / 2:52 pm

      Maybe I’m in the minority, but I don’t think Maura’s disappearance is really all that mysterious? She was likely drunk when she got into her car accident, it was snowing and (IIRC) she went missing in a densely wooded area. I think she was drunk and disoriented after the crash, panicked (she’d already had run-ins with the police and probably made it out to be a lot worse than it really was), wandered off to hide somewhere, and probably died of exposure.

      Yes, it is possible that she met with foul play. But what is more likely – that a drunk, possibly disoriented girl (who was probably not in a good state of mind) wandered away from her car and ended up dying of exposure in a very cold and forested area? Or that she was abducted by a murderer in the 10-minute window between a passing motorist seeing her and the police arriving? There will always be the possibility of foul play, but there’s no evidence that she did, and I think the chances are pretty slim.

      A lot of people think she would’ve been found by now if she did wander off from her car, but that’s not necessarily true. There have been many cases where searchers don’t find the remains until the area is searched several more times (or when someone stumbles across them) – and those are in areas that AREN’T densely wooded. People underestimate how difficult searches are, especially in forested areas.

      • danielle October 29, 2014 / 3:29 pm

        exposure definitely makes sense. From the articles and blogs about HER and only her, they are indepth and it appears she was a very troubled young woman…..

    • Ilya October 28, 2014 / 9:58 pm

      Lest we forget…Tara Calico.

      That’s another huge one for me…disturbingly freaky too.

      • danielle October 29, 2014 / 3:27 pm

        you are right…1. that polaroid picture of her and a boy? was it real? 2. Did “they” ever discover if she was a hit and run victim and the driver/killer took her bike to hid it??

      • William Baraby November 10, 2014 / 12:18 pm

        This one is disturbing to me to.

  4. Ilya October 28, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    I’m also curious why Cracked didn’t mention Richey Edwards from Manic Street Preachers – he’s probably the most famous missing person that I know of!

    • Lyra October 31, 2014 / 8:00 pm

      I always figured either he killed himself in such a way that the body hasn’t been found,or he OD’d (or otherwise died by accident) and someone panicked and hid the body. It’s sad but I don’t see him as a “vanished into thin air” mysterious disappearance type.

      • Ilya October 31, 2014 / 8:20 pm

        I also think that he most likely killed himself, but something doesn’t add up in this story anyway.

      • Ilya October 31, 2014 / 8:20 pm

        But yeah – he was suicidal/depressed, so that’s why I’m guessing…

      • Ilya October 31, 2014 / 8:24 pm

        Also – in his own words:

        “In terms of the ‘S’ word, that does not enter my mind. And it never has done, in terms of an attempt. Because I am stronger than that. I might be a weak person, but I can take pain.”

    • Lyra October 31, 2014 / 8:28 pm

      Yeah, and then it looks like he spent a couple years engaging in increasingly violent self-mutilation. It’s grand he said he wouldn’t kill himself but it doesn’t carry much water in context.

      It also interests me that he was withdrawing $200 per day. Drug/alcohol habit, maybe?

  5. CaptK October 29, 2014 / 8:00 am

    I’ve always been fascinated by the case of Mary Shotwell Little.

  6. Orla October 29, 2014 / 1:54 pm

    Michael Negrete and Michael Hearon similarly are ‘vanished into thin air’ scenarios.

  7. Mion October 29, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    I remember Cracked did another article a few years ago about missing persons cases where the mentioned Ray Gricar. The article suggested a connection between his disappearance and the Penn State scandal that was going on at the time. You can read it here: http://www.cracked.com/article_19765_the-5-creepiest-disappearances-that-nobody-can-explain.html

    They also mentioned Jean Spangler (who I think is also on Charley) and Jim Thompson. Thompson was an American ex-OSS agent who became a fashion designer and played a major role in reviving Thailand’s silk industry, before he disappeared in Malaysia in March 1967. He’s not on Charley because he was living in Thailand at the time and disappeared from Malaysia, but his case is really interesting nonetheless.

    • danielle October 29, 2014 / 3:28 pm

      his brother committed suicide…do you think Ray did too?? I’m very curious, why was everything deleted and the computer stuff ruined?? Is that why there is the Penn State angel to the story?

      • Meaghan October 29, 2014 / 3:48 pm

        I have no idea whether Mr. Gricar committed suicide or not, but I can tell you that suicide lives in families. He was also sleeping excessively before his death, to the point where his girlfriend advised him to seek medical attention. Sleeping too much can be a sign of depression. Depression tends to manifest itself differently in men than in women; women tend to have the whole sad mood stuff, and men more often exhibit physical symptoms and anger and irritability.

      • Ted T. October 29, 2014 / 5:01 pm

        The Penn State angle was that Gricar, as district attorney, was at the time investigating the first wave of complaints of what would become the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Of course, he and his office were investigating many other cases, too.

    • Ilya October 29, 2014 / 8:21 pm

      I always that thought that Jerry Sandusky’s case and Ray Gricar’s disappearance were definitely related in some way or another….

  8. Karen November 1, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    I’m surprised there has never been a book written about the Sodder kids. Such a sad but fascinating case.

    • Ted T. November 2, 2014 / 5:06 pm

      Actually, I’ve long wondered the same thing. Does anyone know?

      • Kat November 2, 2014 / 5:57 pm

        There might be some issues with surviving family members giving permission, interviews, etc. They might be worried about sensationalism and/or exploitation. From what I’ve read, that was a shattering tragedy for the family. The parents are gone now, maybe the rest of the family doesn’t want to reopen the wound. Just my guess though.

  9. Cattt November 13, 2014 / 7:32 am

    The Sodder kids story is creepy

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