The method to my madness

Many people, including myself, have noted that I often enclose information in my casefiles that isn’t terribly relevant. Like where an MP went to high school or something.

I was thinking about that today while I was adding a bit of info to James McNeely‘s casefile. As to his disappearance there isn’t a whole lot to say: he drowned and was never found. But, when someone told me that in 2014 they had a memorial service for him and named a highway after him (or a section of a highway anyhow) I looked into the case again and found some more information. Mainly that there was another person in the boat at the time, and he was found drowned. I even found out where that other person was located — and the river had taken him well over 100 miles.

I think that’s super helpful. If the other man’s body was found all the way over near Tell City, Indiana, it stands to reason that McNeely’s might have traveled as far as that, or more. This would possibly encourage people to start looking at unidentified remains in Indiana and along the Ohio River instead of just focusing on the Kentucky River where McNeely went missing.

I doubt that McNeely will be found at this late date, close to 46 years later; it’s possible there’s nothing left of him to find. But it’s still a shot, even if it’s a shot in the dark.

I wonder what’s going on with this one

Jason Sims‘s disappearance (I listed the official date of January 2015, but it’s likely he went missing sometime earlier) is baffling and it sounds like another Adam Herrman-type case, alas. Yet I haven’t been able to find any articles or the like dated after March, two months after his disappearance was discovered. What little information I do have is pretty mysterious.

Presumably law enforcement hasn’t stopped investigating this case. I hope they’re just playing with their cards close to their chest and a few months or years from now a slew of indictments will pop up out of the blue.

Jason, it would seem, was missing for a long time before he disappeared, if that makes sense. I wonder if anyone in the world cared about him.

Found deceased, recently and otherwise

Some of the Charley Project MPs have been found dead. In some cases they were just recently located, and in others they were located an embarrassingly long time ago and I just didn’t hear about it till now (thanks to helpful Charley Project Irregulars who sent me the information).

  • Bobby Nathan Simpson’s were located last month and identified a few days ago. He had taken an overdose of aspirin in a suicide attempt and was taken to the hospital, but somehow managed to walk out before he could be treated. I don’t suppose anyone ever had a lot of hope that he would turn up alive.
  • Christopher Allen Mooney disappeared from Savannah, Georgia, and they found his sheets and blankets in the trash, soaked in blood, and a bloodstained hammer. Anthony Ingraham was charged with Mooney’s murder thirteen months later, and ultimately pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Mooney’s remains were found in Effington County, Georgia on January 3.
  • Raven Joy Campbell disappeared from Lomita, California in 2009. She was mentally disabled and got Social Security benefits, and it was thought that someone was trying to take advantage of her to get at the money. Well, all the way back in July, her remains were found in her own home, behind a wall in the closet. Her family is upset and thinks she could have been found sooner.

It was a moot point

Remember the woman I was talking about in this entry? It was Siobhan Hameline, as some of you might have guessed.

A helpful person emailed me to say Siobhan is not missing and is, in fact, in the state prison, although she’s still listed on NamUs. I verified this. Sad. Although I suppose it’s better to be in prison than  dead.

An idea: in cases like hers, where there is little or no info other than a troubled background with several arrests, I might check the prison inmate database for the state the MP disappeared from, just to make sure they’re not there, before I post.

Hannah Burgess

An Executed Today entry: William Burgess, hanged for killing his six-year-old daughter Hannah. William was a widower and a drunk, and he murdered Hannah in cold blood and hid her body, basically because he preferred to spend his money on booze rather than day care.

It is a horrific story, but I was pleasantly surprised by how proactive the local people were. When William Burgess offered conflicting explanations as to where Hannah was and someone found the remains of a fire with burned scraps of her clothing, the local vicar traveled five hours on horseback to fetch the constable. Then they spent months pumping water out of a flooded mineshaft when they didn’t even know for sure whether Hannah’s body was there. (It was.)

This was rural England in the 1850s and life was pretty hard. It would have been easy to just look the other way and concentrate on survival, not caring about the little girl. But instead the community did their best by Hannah, which is really the only silver lining in this very dark story.