Make-a-List Monday: Famous Last Words

This is a list of MPs who said strange things before they disappeared, or left notes saying strange things. It was kind of hard to put together and I expect I missed some. “Strange” is just strange/mysterious as (rather loosely) defined by me.

  1. Ruth Annette Johnson Barber: “Where am I? I want to be with my baby.” I’m not sure she even had a baby.
  2. William Kelly Buntain: He was upset and crying and when someone approached him, he said his mother had died. She hadn’t.
  3. Lee Sterling Cutler: “I’ll finally get to sleep.” Apologized for “being a coward.”
  4. Kelly Bergh Dove: She called 911 from the convenience store where she was working alone and said a male customer who’d been harassing her all night was back and was “dressed improperly.”
  5. James Harig: “This looks like a good place to get lost.”
  6. Torey Clarke Newlin: “I don’t know where I am.” (Though that’s not so strange I suppose, given as he had taken a large dose of LSD.)
  7. Patsy Ann Ravens: “God calls me to do this and I must leave.”
  8. Andrew Brian Renton: Left a suicide note for his family claiming he had stomach/intestinal cancer. This was news to them, and they’re not sure whether it’s true, although he did have other health issues. Renton didn’t have health insurance and usually went to walk-in clinics when he was sick.
  9. Joseph Thomas Rodziewicz Jr.: He called his sister collect in 1995, six years after his family last heard from him, and said he was in Illinois and homeless. He was actually calling from Connecticut. He never called again.
  10. Annette Deanne Sagers: “Dad, momma came back. Give the boys a hug.” Presumably referring to her mother, Korrinna, who’d disappeared almost a year before.
  11. Benjamin Gomez Sagun Jr.: “I’m going to the father who loves me.”
  12. Jean Elizabeth Spangler: “Kirk — Can’t wait any longer. Going to see Dr. Scott. It will work out best this way while Mother is away,” The comma at the end is not a typo.
  13. Arkadiy Tashman: “Sorry about this. No wake, no funeral.”
  14. Cindy D. Valle: “I’m living with a lady.”
  15. John Melvin Wipert: “Gone to check out the cabin. Back tomorrow night.” There was no cabin close enough for him to be back by tomorrow night.

Honorable mentions:

  1. Melinda Karen Creech: I don’t know about Melinda, but her mother behaved strangely after she disappeared: in 1994, fifteen years after Melinda was last seen, her mom told everyone in the family that she’d been found dead. They didn’t find out otherwise until 2003. Melinda’s mother had died by then so no one ever found out why she lied.
  2. Susan Anne Swedell: She didn’t say/write anything strange, but she did change into a short skirt before leaving the house that day, which was odd because she was supposed to be just going to work at K-Mart and really outright insane because it was January in Minnesota and it was snowing.