This week’s Flashback Friday case is Gloria Suzanne Korzon, who disappeared from Warrington, Pennsylvania on March 9, 1981. The case is a very sad but pretty typical example of domestic violence.
Due to her husband William’s attempt to cover up her absence, she wasn’t reported missing until July of that year. When Gloria’s family reported her disappearance to the police and they asked William about it, he lied and said she was visiting an aunt out of state.
Furthermore, the couple’s marriage had been pretty terrible. The police had been called to their home eight times, and Gloria left behind a list of times when William allegedly assaulted her; the list was three pages long.
William is, obviously, the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance, but no charges have ever been filed in her case.
The Longreads article I got interviewed, photographed for back in June is finally going to come out — in another month or so. All the waiting is very frustrating. It’s probably more frustrating for the reporter and photographer/videographer who are putting the piece together, because they don’t get paid until publication.
This week’s featured missing person is Dorien Deon Thomas, a nine-year-old boy who disappeared from Amarillo, a city in the Texas panhandle, on October 26, 1998. He was (probably) going for a bike ride around the neighborhood when he vanished, and, unusually, the bike disappeared with him and was never found.
Dorien will have been missing for twenty years next year. He’d be 28 now, if he is still alive. I suppose there is no hard evidence that he isn’t; Jaycee Dugard turned up alive after quite a long time. The most recent news article I found on his case was from last fall.
This list is of missing girls and women with first names that are much more common among men. For whatever reason it’s more acceptable to give a girl a masculine name than a boy a feminine name. Nevertheless, there aren’t too many of these. I’ve decided to go by sound rather than spelling — i.e. including names like “Jeri” because it sounds identical to the far more common, and masculine, “Jerry.”
What constitutes a “masculine” name is, of course, entirely my subjective opinion. Part of it depends on what time period the person was born; what was considered a boy’s name in one generation might have become a girl’s name by the next generation. It’s also a matter of culture/country, too.
- Stevie Danielle Bates
- Jonne Ann Boe
- Jeri Anne Brommels
- Darrian H. Burdine
- Jimmie Lynn Caine
- MarkLenny Candelario
- Jonni Clemett
- Micky Colman
- Francis D. Crownover
- Dail Boxley Dinwiddie
- Tyler Lauren Domingue
- Frankie Lyvonne Duvall
- Willie Fay Elliot
- Terrill Suzanne Girard
- Billie Lynn Groff
- Frankie Darlene Horsley
- Frankie Viola Hurst
- Willie Mae Jackson
- Geri Johnson
- Noel Annette Marcotte
- Marlo Keolalani Moku
- Germaine Odius
- Dean Marie Peters
- Cory Marie Rubio
- Saunders Cloie Rymer
- Salum Nicole Satterwhite
- Eddy Segall
- Shawn Desiree Short
- Billie Jo Smith
- Jeffrey Lynn Smith
- Marcus Maxine Stalnaker
- Rae Meichelle Tener
- Tyler Marie Thomas
- Micki Jo West
- Jonnie Renee White
- Jerry Frances Yell
- Shaun Young
Kristen Y. selected Ke’Shaun Bryant Vanderhorst as this week’s Select It Sunday case. Like Peter Kema‘s and Relisha Rudd‘s, this is a case that really gets to me. Also like with those two, it’s as if the system opened up whole knew cracks just for Ke’Shaun to fall through. What’s more, the 22nd anniversary of this adorable little boy’s disappearance is tomorrow, Monday. He vanished from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 25, 1995, at the age of two years and three months.
I wrote about the case on my blog seven years ago, inserting my own commentary into Ke’Shaun’s Charley Project casefile. Since then there’s been an additional development: last October, Tina was charged with murder — not in Ke’Shaun’s disappearance, but in the case of a 64-year-old man whom she allegedly stabbed 77 times before setting his body on fire. She was homeless at the time, and was charged with murder, robbery, arson and “causing a catastrophe.”
I can’t find anything else about the case and don’t know if it has yet been resolved. It often takes a long time to resolve murder cases, as long as several years, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Tina is still awaiting trial. It’s been less than a year since she was charged, after all.
I wonder if this murder charge has prompted authorities to take another look at Ke’Shaun’s case. I can only hope so. Tina needs to pay for what she did to her son, and 2 1/2 to 7 years for child endangerment isn’t nearly enough.
If he is still alive — and he almost certainly is not — Ke’Shaun would be 24 years old today.
I have stumbled across a new collection of MP cases, put together by the National Park Service. This list is by no means exhaustive, I’m sure, but it’s a start, and I see several names I don’t recognize, as well as nuggets of information I didn’t have for cases already on Charley.
For example, it turns out that Trenny Lynn Gibson‘s real name is Teresa. Who knew? Even the NCMEC lists her as Trenny.
Anyway: woo! I hope they keep it current.
This week’s Flashback Friday case is Steven Dick Kirchhoff, who disappeared from Waterloo, Iowa on January 24, 1978. He was 22 years old. Foul play is strongly suspected in his case: Kirchhoff was a known drug dealer, he was allegedly carrying $8k in cash on the day of his disappearance, and a neighbor heard bumping noises and someone crying out “Oh God, don’t do this to me!”
He may have been killed by Richard Forsyth, who himself disappeared from Waterloo in October 1979. It’s possible that Forsyth met with foul play also, or he may have hopped the border into Canada.
I had another Executed Today entry posted, this time out of Botswana: Kedisaletse Tsobane, who was hanged on September 19, 2008. He had killed his ten-year-old illegitimate daughter, supposedly to get out of paying child support. But the judges aren’t sure that’s the real reason he did it, because
a) Tsobane had not paid any child support at all since the girl’s birth, and no one seemed to be pressing him particularly hard to start doing so.
b) Even if he was under pressure to start making payments, he was only obligated to pay the equivalent of $4 a month, and I calculated that his total debt was only $480. Tsobane could afford to pay this. Botswana is one of the most prosperous nations in Africa and has a per capita income of nearly $18,000 annually.
So, although Tsobane’s actions were clear enough, and he confessed, the case is still a bit of a head-scratcher.
I did not get picked to serve on the jury. I have not had the world’s greatest week; my bipolar disorder has been kicking my butt and I’ve been having suicidal thoughts and stuff, to the extent that the people at my psychiatric clinic thought it might be best if I went to spend some time with Dad. He can stay with me and keep me safe, he’s a calming influence, and Mom got all the sharp knives in the divorce settlement.
I saw my psychiatrist, Dr. Bruno, yesterday. He’s taken me off that medication that’s making me fat and put me on another drug that doesn’t make you fat, and which might improve my mental state as well. We’ll see.
I returned to Michael that same day. We had missed each other a lot and it was so good to see him. I have been doing some behind-the-scenes Charley Project work today. Updates will resume tomorrow.