Washington DC votes to close Relisha Rudd’s shelter

I just found out that the Washington D.C. city council has voted to close the D.C. General Hospital homeless shelter Relisha Rudd lived in when she disappeared. About fracking time.

In her casefile I describe the shelter in this way: it was “filthy, chaotic, crime-ridden, infested with vermin and had no playground.” Oh, and it had a creepy janitor named Kahlil Tatum who really liked little girls.

Certainly there are those who are more responsible for Relisha Rudd’s disappearance than others, but what happened to her seems to have been so much a result of the problems with society at large. I swear they invented whole new cracks in the system for Relisha to fall through.

I would like to say I think the closing of that Dickensian shelter might prevent more Relisha cases from happening in the future, but I don’t have that kind of optimism.

Make-a-List Monday: Girlfriends and boyfriends

This week’s list is of girlfriends and boyfriends (or engaged couples) who disappeared together. I don’t mean cases of them running off together; I mean cases where both were reported missing.

  1. Jesus Manuel Balbi and Xiomara Rodriguez
  2. Bonita Mara Bickwit and Mitchel Fred Weiser
  3. Margie Shaw Boone and Hoyle Smith
  4. Ted Herbert Boyett and Charlene Denise Knapp
  5. James Howard Boyle and Stacey Lynch
  6. Kristina Delane Branum and Christopher Dale Mittendorf
  7. Ronnie Leo Bromenschenkel and Cynthia Mae Schmidt
  8. Richard Keith Call and Cassandra Lee Hailey
  9. Michael Lawrence Griffin and Donnis Marie Redman
  10. Eugene Harold Hyatt and Kami Luella Vollendroff
  11. Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone Jr.
  12. Phillip Glenn Johnson Jr. and Abby A. Roberts
  13. Canute Joseph and Karin Wetzl
  14. Rosario Imelda Pacheco-Flores and Luis Fernando Castillo Villafana
  15. Catherine E. Nelson and Charles Martin Russell
  16. Michael Sullivan and Camden Anne Sylvia

Also, honorable mention: Amanda Dawn Gallion and Patrick Lee Ghering, who disappeared together probably but on different dates.