An MP-related article from Cracked!

Robin Warder (who does that Trail Went Cold podcast I wrote about not too long ago) did an MP-related Cracked article that got published yesterday: The 5 Most Insane Twist Endings Of Real Missing Person Cases. Included was the case of Bobby Dunbar, who was “found” in 1912 but is actually still missing (long story). I thought I’d let y’all know about this article. Like most Cracked articles it’s interesting, informative and funny.

Incidentally, the most recent podcast for The Trail Went Cold is for two Catholic priests, father Reynoldo Rivera and Father John Kerrigan. The former was the victim of a horrific murder; the latter disappeared and was never found but was almost certainly also murdered. Both cases remain unsolved. There’s some speculation that the cases are related, although the murder happened in New Mexico and the disappearance in Montana. Father Kerrigan had spent some time in New Mexico, and in both cases, it seemed like whoever did this had a serious grudge against the church.

I actually updated Father Kerrigan’s casefile last month, with some significant new information. (I found out he was accused of sexual abuse.) I wonder if it’s a coincidence, then, that Warder did this podcast now. I haven’t listened to the podcast yet so I don’t know.

Podcasts are fun and entertaining, and I highly recommend them to true crime buffs, but unless I have some time to kill, I usually don’t listen to them myself. If I’m already familiar with the case, a podcast usually just provides a few shreds of extra info for the most part, or sometimes nothing at all. It would take much less time to read an article about the case and those often have more info in them. I wish more podcast included the written text as well as the recording.

Make-a-List Monday: Brain damage

Last week I did a list of MPs who suffered from seizures. Here’s a list of MPs who were suffering from brain damage for whatever reason — whether a genetic condition, a stroke, cancer or some other disease, a traumatic brain injury, etc. I’m probably missing some, perhaps quite a few, of these.

It’s hard for me to define brain damage for the purposes of this list. Like, one guy a cyst in his brain that was causing some cognitive impairment — but was he actually brain damaged? I left him off the list.

I did leave on a guy who had brain cancer; his tumor that actually encircled his brain, and he had exposed bone on his head, and often became confused. Brain tumors, it appears, doesn’t necessarily cause brain damage — another woman with a brain tumor was said to be functioning completely normally both physically and mentally in spite of it.

It’s all a judgment call. I didn’t automatically add someone to the list if they had seizures or a brain tumor or a brain operation. I did add a guy who had a bullet in his brain, though I don’t know how he was affected by it, since it’s kind of hard to imagine how a person could NOT be brain damaged if they get shot in the head. So I added him.

  1. Rosemary Cosgrove
  2. Victoria Anne Cotton
  3. Ronald Allen Douglass
  4. Selena Marie Edon
  5. Billie Jean Hall
  6. Lauren Maria Pico Jackson
  7. Leland Alton Jones
  8. Brandy Lynn Myers
  9. Timothy Scott Parry
  10. Charles Edward Stanley