I had written about my latest ET entry, about a teenage apprentice who killed his boss. Well, it turns out Jason had run an entry for that person earlier, and didn’t catch it till now. Very fortunately for Executed Today, however, I had TWO entries written for this date. So here is the other: Christopher Rafferty, who murdered a Chicago police officer.
You might recall a bit of commentroversy last summer when I added a photo to Zulma Pabon’s casefile that looked nothing like all the other pictures. I had gotten the photo from the Virginia State Police and I called them and they swore it was legit, but I decided to remove it.
Well, I don’t know if it was my inquiry that set things in motion or what, but if you go to the Virginia State Police MP listings now and scroll down, you’ll find the old photo of Zulma replaced by two ones that are definitely her.
I had gotten more than one request to put up Anna Manning, who disappeared in 1992, since there’s been some recent press about her disappearance. So, okay, why not? I’ve begun writing up her case and right away spotted a problem:
I wonder if perhaps the newspaper meant to write 5’01 instead. In any case, unless I hear otherwise I’m going with the lower height. 108 pounds is about average height for a five-foot (or five-foot-one) woman. For someone five-foot-ten, at 108 pounds is quite underweight.
It would be just my luck, though, if my guess turns out to be wrong and I wind up listing this poor woman as nine inches shorter than she actually was. These sort of discrepancies are part of the reason we’ve got so many unidentified bodies in potter’s fields all over the country.
(Also, apropos of nothing: while I was at the doctor’s the other day, a third-year medical student was shadowing him and sat in on our appointment. Dr. Bruno said I should tell him about the Charley Project, so I did and it turned out he’d already heard of it! Not terribly surprising, since it was covered in local TV and print media a few years ago, but still a nice experience for me.
The young man looked up the Charley Project online and said, “You have your own subreddit. I want a subreddit.”)
The Washington State Missing Persons database vanished without a trace several months ago. It wasn’t a particularly useful resource (very few photographs) but did at least provide me with dates of birth for the Washington cases I pulled off NamUs etc.
I had no idea why the database disappeared and didn’t expect it to reappear, but voila, it’s back.
Happy hunting, everyone.