Cracked writes about located MPs

Their article: “5 People Who Vanished Mysteriously (And Appeared Awesomely).” I’ve heard of a few of these cases before, but not all of them.

It has been suggested that I write an article for Cracked about the Charley Project, maybe for one of those “here’s what it’s like to have this kind of job” articles. I wish to state categorically that I will never do this. Much as I would love the exposure, I just don’t see how much humor can be mined from the running of the Charley Project, and I think it would be insensitive to the loved ones of the missing.

A clarification about my education

Some people have, in the past and recently, written me asking me just what I meant when I said, on Charley’s “About Meaghan” page, that I graduated from high school without having taken a single class there. Some people are under the impression that I got a GED or something. But it’s actually a lot more complicated than that.

I grew up attending a third-rate rural school that wasn’t even attached to a particular town; it just absorbed students from various tiny towns in the county. By eighth grade I had developed serious academic and social problems. I was bullied a lot by other kids and by one teacher in particular, who if you ask me should never have been allowed to teach. I recall that he once flew into a rage during class and screamed obscenities at another student before chucking her out. The bullying from kids was very unpleasant and relentless, and I simply had no idea how to fight back. I still don’t. Anyway, by the end of eighth grade I was flunking all my classes and coming home crying every second day. I made it clear that I was not going to go back to school after the summer vacation and my parents were like, “Okay.” In retrospect, dropping out was the best on a list of bad options.

I spent a year moping around the house saying very little to anyone except Robert Cormier, to whom I confided a great deal (rather more than I should have). Then Dad got the bright idea to have me start auditing classes at the Ohio State University’s Lima campus where he works. This was reasonably successful. I was, at least, getting intellectual stimulation, I performed reasonably well in my classes, the other students mostly regarded me as a curiosity and nobody bothered me. I met Michael while we both were attending classes there. (We were in a class together and got into an argument before class started, about the death penalty I think, and he decided I was a smart person worth getting to know. I decided he was a jerk and I was never going to speak to him again. The rest is history.)

When I was sixteen, before what would have been my senior year in high school, Dad got an even more brilliant idea: I would re-enroll at the aforementioned third-rate school district. Then I would immediately enroll in their Academy Program, where you could take college classes for both high school and college credit at OSU-Lima, and the school district would pay for your tuition and books. This had never been done before, I think in the entire state of Ohio, I mean a homeschooled student enrolling in the Academy Program. And it was never done again, at least not at my district: after I did it they changed the rules so students had to be enrolled for a minimum of one year before they could sign up for the Academy Program.

So I spent my last year of “high school” doing much the same thing as before, except that now I had an actual GPA. I was anxious to get the heck out of dodge though, and applied at four different colleges, three of which accepted me. The closest one was three hours away. At the end of the academic year my parents more or less forced me to attend my high school graduation ceremony. They wanted to see their daughter walk down the aisle; I wanted nothing to do with it. They won; I went.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I was able to graduate high school without having taken any classes there.

Like I said, it’s complicated.


I was going through the NCMEC runaway listings when I came across the cases of Travis Henneghan (who is listed on Charley) and Timothy Henneghan (who is not, but probably soon will be). The boys are not noticeably alike in appearance, other than that they are both black and tall for their ages. But I wonder if they could be related. They have the same not-very-common surname and lived within fifteen miles of each other. They both may be in Washington D.C. While investigating this hunch I found an obituary for another guy named Henneghan who died in D.C. and it’s mentioned he is survived by nephews named Travis and Timothy.

I suppose I’ll probably never know.

Make-a-List Monday: “Disabled” or “dependent adult” persons

A list of people who are classified as dependent adults or disabled, where the reason for such classification isn’t provided.

  1. Jolee Baker
  2. Robert Anthony Biela
  3. Bethany Lynn Bull
  4. William F. Calvin
  5. Raven Joy Campbell
  6. Michael J. Chouinard
  7. Felicia Dishelle Coleman
  8. Willard Dabney
  9. Lillian Eileen Demaris
  10. Stephen Eding
  11. Charles R. Elmquist
  12. Martin Encinas
  13. Daniel Elijah Esses
  14. John Gilbert Farfan
  15. Rodolfo Alalberto Garcia
  16. Marcus Hernandez Gonzales
  17. Maria Elaine Gutierrez
  18. Cheree Cathleen Hankins
  19. Clinton Heins
  20. William Henderson
  21. Sabrina Yvonne Hill
  22. Theodore Anthony Hoerstman
  23. Karl Hogenson
  24. Selina M. Hoheusle
  25. David Charles Holmes
  26. Edward William Krautkramer
  27. Nick Marich
  28. Mark Allen Merritt
  29. Andrew Phillip McElwaine
  30. Lee Darwood Minner Jr.
  31. Arturo Montes-Araujo
  32. Morris Morehead
  33. James W. Morse
  34. Jorjanna Murray
  35. Fairy Elaine Olmstead
  36. Luis Orosco
  37. Juan Padilla
  38. Amalia Perez
  39. Edward A. Ratynski Jr.
  40. Dennis Paul Samstag
  41. Yung Ning Soo
  42. Dale Webster Strassburger
  43. Beulah Tucker
  44. Lon D. Turner
  45. Sandra S. Vanderhoef
  46. Carl Vikstrom
  47. Richard Benjamin Villacana
  48. Mary Louise Walker
  49. Billy Wellman
  50. Chao Xiong