Fannye Bryant

I came across a mention of a very old MWAB case in an article about an already-existing Charley Project case today: Fannye Bryant, an elderly woman who disappeared from Freehold (I think), New Jersey on July 19, 1976. Various accounts give different ages for her, but according to her Social Security Death Index listing, she was 68. Her former foster son, 22-year-old Jesse Goodwyn, confessed to her murder a few days later and was convicted, but Mrs. Bryant’s body was never found. This court appeals document from 2008, denying him parole, is a good summary of the case.

I’ve found plenty of details about the murder, and I found Mrs. Bryant’s date of birth, but I can’t find a picture or any physical description of her. Which means no casefile.

If any of you could turn up a photograph of her, I would very much appreciate it.

That is all.

2 thoughts on “Fannye Bryant

  1. Tracey Reitterer August 8, 2016 / 4:04 am

    Meaghan, I found this old article which states Mrs. Bryany was 79 & lived at 99 Throckmortin St. Perhaps the Asbury Free Press, if they still exist, can go into ther archives to see if they have her photo, or you can contact the Freehold police to see if they have her photo in their file. Good luck. I hope he never gets out. If he’s yet to take repsonsiblity for his actions in 40 years, he doesn’t deserve freedom, which no doubt, he will only use to kill again.

    • Meaghan August 8, 2016 / 4:14 am

      Mr. Goodwyn probably wouldn’t kill anyone if he got out — statistically speaking, murder is actually one of the crimes you are least likely to repeat. Especially given as he’s now in his sixties. Even violent men tend to mellow out by that age.

      That doesn’t mean he deserves to be free, though. This was a horrific crime. All the more so since Mrs. Bryant was kind to him and tried to help him out, and forgave him over and over when he kept stealing from her. It’s the kind of story that scares people away from becoming foster parents.

      He’ll probably die in prison.

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